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Local cowboy being inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame tonight.

"Big time, the group of people that are in the Hall of Fame is very impressive. They don't just give that honour away to everyone."

Miles Kingdon has spent close to 40 years as a working cowboy, primarily here in the Nicola Valley.

If you ask him, he wouldn't that time for anything.

"I just love going places on horseback. I've covered a lot of country in my time. What other job is there that you can ride a different place everyday, and you're outdoors all the time?"

The induction ceremony takes place tonight in Kamloops at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre.

Upper Nicola Band set to elect new Chief and council.

After a big turnout for last weekend's advance poll, Elections Officer Bernard Manuel Jr is hoping it will lead to an increase in votes cast tomorrow.

"Theree years ago we had 43 people cast ballots in the advance poll, and last weekend we had 80. Three years ago we had a total of 224 votes cast. I'm hoping for more than that, say 300, to 350."

Incumbent Harvey McLeod, the man he replaced in 2014 Danny Manuel, and Fred Holmes are vying to become Chief and 12 members are seeking the five-available council positions.

In 2014, McLeod beat out Manuel for Chief by a mere five votes, 121 to 116.

Band members can cast votes tomorrow at both the Upper Nicola Band office, or Health Centre from 10am to 6pm.

Incumbent Liberal MLA set to open constituency office is Merritt.

Jackie Tegart has already opened offices in Hope and Ashcroft, and this Saturday she will officially open her third and final office in Merritt, at the Rail Yard Mall.

"We've got a really strong team ready to work. I've now opened campaign offices in Hope and Ashcroft already, and are very much looking forward to opening up our Merritt office on Saturday."

Tegart is currently only opposed by Green Party candidate Arthur Green at the moment.

However, an NDP nomination meeting to decide between former MLA Harry Lali, and Lower Nicola Indian Band Chief Aaron Sam is scheduled for Saturday, and the BC Conservatives have indicated they do have someone considering a run in Fraser-Nicola.

The flu season starting to wind down according to the Interior Health Authority.

"We have seen a decline this winter in laboratory confirmed flu cases."

Medical Health Officer Dr Sue Pollock says the peak of activity was reached in mid-January and notes, this year's influenza season was aggressive.

"In terms of the number of cases, and the number of outbreaks we saw in residential care facilities this was a more severe season than in recent years."

Pollock says H3N2, which tends to affect those over 65-years-old more severely, was the predominant strain this year.

The fire at the Kengard Manor is now out.

Members of the Merritt Fire Rescue Department remain on scene this morning, after working well into the night to extinguish a fire that started yesterday just before noon at the three-story apartment complex on Merritt Ave.

"Initial indications are that the fire started in the laundry room, on the main floor of the building."

After spreading slowly to start, Merritt Fire Rescue Department Chief David Tomkinson says the fire got into the walls and the intensity grew to the point that flames could be seen shooting from the roof starting around 6pm.

"The fact that it's not a sprinklered building made it difficult. It ended up getting into a void wall space and was able to travel floor-to-floor. Then once it made it to the third floor it was able to get into the roof assembly."

There were no injuries, as all residents were evacuated shortly after the fire started.

Merritt's Mayor Neil Menard says as many as 60 people were displaced, with most spending the night in hotel.

"The fire chief and his crew did an excellent job. The majority got down to the Civic Centre. Our staff is helping people fill out the emergency services forms, and the New Comfort Inn is supplying the rooms."

It's not known when any of the residents will be able to return to their homes, but firefighters were able to keep most of the damage to the south side of the building.

An investigation on the cause of the fire will take place today.

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