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It's well documented that this is the busiest time of the year for Canada's postal workers.

Karen Knap, lead hand at the Post Office in Merritt says things are ramping up and deadlines are close for some mailings.

Knapp says if people get regular parcels out by December 11th, Express by December 22nd and Priority by December 23rd, Canada Post can guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.

For the second time this season, the Merritt Centennials are on a three game winning streak after a 3-2 overtime victory against Victoria last night.

Max Vallis notched the winner with 55 seconds left in the extra frame.

Evan Stack and Jeff Jones also scored for the Cents. Jones added an assist to extend his point streak to seven games while Lino Chimienti lowered his goals-against-average to 2.71 after allowing two goals on 29 shots. Chimienti's numbers are good for sixth in the B-C-H-L.

Merritt remains ten points back of fifth place Westside in the Interior after the Warriors knocked off Penticton 6-4 last night. The Vees visit the Centennials tomorrow.

Merritt's Emergency Shelter opened it's doors again for the season last night.

Kelly Donaldson of the Community Policing Office says it opened at 7 o'clock last night.

The local shelter offers up to 20 beds to those in need when the temperature dips below -10 degrees.

More information on the Extreme Weather Response Program and emergency shelters is online at: www.bchousing.org/programs/ESP

Going into the month of December the amount of rainfall in the Nicola Valley is about 22% above normal for the year to date.

Merritt's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Tom Lacey says we can expect to gain even more moisture through December.

Lacey encourages people to take the time to do their basic planning and preparations to make sure they're ready in the event of an incident that they can basically look after themselves for the first part.



A Mexican man accused of trying to smuggle 97 kilograms of cocaine into Kelowna via Merritt doesn't want to come back to Canada.

RCMP say Victor Rodriguez, currently being held in California where he was arrested, is fighting extradition and wants to go back to Mexico.

Police say Rodriguez along with three other men accepted a fruit grinder machine from Argentina filled with drugs in September.

The group is alleged to have brought it to a ranch near Merritt, where RCMP were waiting.

50 year old Barry Ready was arrested on scene and Clifford Montgomery was nabbed at his home in West Kelowna.  Rodriguez and Tariq Aslam were found, after a brief flight from police, in California.

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