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All 9 holes at the Merritt Golf and Country Club open again.

The club had been closed, or partially open since May 8th, after flooding from the Nicola River left a number of holes under water.

Club professional Sydney Van Rensburg says the damage to the course is estimated to be as much as $300,000.

"We will have to resod the fairways on in a number of areas that are damaged or dead. And, we’ve got I believe six bunkers that need to be repaired, that were in standing water too long."

The damage estimate doesn't take into account lost revenue from green fees, and tournaments that have had to be cancelled.

Van Rensburg is expecting work to get the course back to normal to take at least a couple months.

 

Temperatures to hit 30 degrees in Merritt by the weekend.

Environment Canada's Alyssa Charbonneau says to expect summer-like temperatures by Friday.

"A ridge of high pressure is building over the southern half of BC. With that, it will allow temperatures to really climb. We're looking at daytime highs of 30 degrees and above by Friday. And it looks like the hot weather will continue into the beginning of next week."

Saturday is expected to be the warmest, with a high of 35 degrees forecasted.

City of Merritt Mayor and Council to discuss whether to grant exclusive use of the Central Park multi-use sports box to the Merritt Pickle Ball Club tonight.

A special meeting is scheduled for 7pm in Council Chambers.

The Merritt Pickleball Club has called the multi-use sports box at Central Park home for more than a year, and after first requesting they be made the sole user last month, president Brian Dafoe asked Mayor and Council last week to expedite a decision, to qualify for a $25,000 grant, to help cover the $90,000 needed to retro-fit the facility.

"The improvements would include putting in a rubberized membrane over the concrete in the box that is breaking down. The other part of the improvement is the asphalt, which would crown down the centre to address drainage problems. Then we would drill holes in the boards to prevent further warping. The boards for what every reason are indoor boards, and not designed for outdoor use. They are warping very rapidly."

Completed in 2015, the Central Park multi-use sports box cost roughly $1.1-million.

 

Fraser-Nicola MLA to do everything in her power to see Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion move forward.

"I'm very committed to job creation. And of course, the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion will bring a lot of jobs to not only Merritt, but Fraser-Nicola."

Jackie Tegart making the comment as a potential NDP minority government is expected to fight the approved $7.4 billion project in the courts.

"People in British Columbia need jobs. And, in order to have a budget for health care, education and vulnerable people, we need to have a tax base. And, that tax base comes from people working."

Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is still slated to begin in September.

At its peak next summer, as many as 550 people will be working in the Merritt section alone.

Nicola Valley Search and Rescue Association officially adding new members.

Manager Lynne Broekhuizen says 12 new members passed their year-long GSAR course over the weekend.

"It involves mapping, compassing, safety, transport of injured people, and all the other protocols we have for search and rescue."

With the new recruits, Broekhuizen confirms they now have over 40 full-time members.

"A lot times our call outs conflict with members personal lives or work. So, the more we have, the more we can have out on a search."

Several of the new recruits are teenagers, who Broekhuizen says earned credits towards their high school graduation for completing the GSAR course.

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