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The first two artists are in the bag for Mountainfest 2011.

Claude Lelievre, president of Active Mountain Entertainment, says Reba McEntire is making a return appearance to the Festival on Saturday, July 9th as one of the show's headliners. She previously played in Merritt in 2007.

And popular country star Craig Morgan will be one of the opening night headliners on Thursday, July 7th.

The festival is July 7-10 after cancelling this year's event due to financial difficulties after seventeen years in Merritt.

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Christy Clark brings her BC Liberal Leadership Campaign to the Nicola Valley today.

Former Lytton Mayor Chris O'Connor, who is managing her campaign in Fraser-Nicola, says Clark will be meeting with supporters in the Nicola Valley this afternoon.

Clark will be meeting with area ranchers at meetings at the Quilchena Hotel this afternoon before attending a members meeting at the Merritt Curling Rink at five this afternoon.

From there Clark travels to Kamloops for meetings tonight.

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While the Nicola Valley and District Food Bank Manager doesn't expect to hear of any National or Provincial funding until at least January, she is overwhelmed by local support over the last two months alone.

Karen Flick says the food bank has been the recipient of upwards of $10,000 in contributions in the last couple months alone.

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Night time temperatures are dropping again in the next few days, meaning the doors will be open at Merritt's Shelter From The Storm.

Coordinator of the extreme weather shelter, Jody Loewen, says the shelter opened again last night, and with minus ten the expected low tonight, will open again tonight.

The shelter has been open since December 1 every Monday night and on evenings when the temperature drops to minus eight degrees or colder.

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There's a couple finales for the Nicola Valley Transit Society this weekend.

Society Manager Jan Oswald says the final Christmas light-up tour leaves the Chamber of Commerce Office this evening at 5:45.

The tour ticket is free with a donation to the food bank.  Call ahead though, to arrange for a seat at 250-378-4080.

And tomorrow is the final Saturday service before Christmas for the buses.

Oswald says regular Saturday service would be well accepted in Merritt.

She says she's crossing her fingers and hoping BC Transit grants requests from the City for a full time Saturday bus service in the new year.

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