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Merritt's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator is already keeping a close eye on snow accumulations in and around the Nicola Valley.

Tom Lacey says it all has a bearing on whether or not there'll be flooding in the Spring.

Lacey adds it's a matter of always being aware and ready.

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The 41st Canadian federal election is tentatively scheduled for October 15, 2012, under the Canada Elections Act and that's the way it's going to be.

At least that's the feeling of Okanagan-Coquihalla Member of Parliament Stockwell Day.

Day says he's a bit surprised to hear Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff itching for an election when they're not doing well at the polls or in their fund raising.

He says voters want Government to concentrate on the economy and that's what they Conservatives are going to do.

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The City of Merritt's Centennial year kicked off on New Years Eve with the raising of the first of a series of banners that will grace the city over the months ahead.

Mayor Susan Roline says the City has also established a Centennial website where she hopes people will add their pictures and information along with character stories from over the first 100 years.

The web address is merritt100.com.

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The EDU or Explosives Disposal Unit from Vancouver was able to disarm a pipe bomb found on an eastside rural Merritt property Friday.

The team was called to the scene after the aparatus was found secured to a cattle gate Friday morning, near a popular area for A-T-V and other recreationalists frequent year round.

Police are asking for anyone with information to come forward with information that could help the police investigatio.

Call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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Merritt's Emergency Program Coordinator is sounding the thin ice warning to the community.

Tom Lacey says as the temperatures drop below freezing again, it doesn't mean it's safe to venture out onto the Coldwater River or Nicola River that flow through the City.

Lacey says there are people who always push the limits, but the rivers simply are not safe.

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