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Merritt Fire Rescue Department still hoping to begin construction of fire hall expansion this year.
 
Chief David Tomkinson says they are currently working on putting the finishing touches on the tender, with the hope it can go out in August.
 
"We're working with the architect on the final phases of design and we're doing some behind the scenes work with some geotechnical reviews, so it's regular stuff every developer has to go through. "
 
The 10,000sqft expansion will cost the average Merritt ratepayer an additional $21 in taxes annually over a period not to exceed 25-years.
 
Tomkinson says the goal is to break ground and begin construction before winter.
 
The expansion is expected to take a year to complete.
 
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Explore Gold Country hiring from within to fill vacant executive director position.
 
Marcie Down, who previously served as program coordinator for the regional tourism organization, has officially been given the job.
 
Coming off what was the worst fire season in the province's history, she says the goal moving forward is making sure people comeback to Gold Country.
 
"So, the goal is to keep promoting our communities, and promoting that Gold Country itself is open for business. We are doing fresh marketing options, and we have some new exciting projects we will be announcing very soon."
 
Explore Gold Country is a non-profit destination marketing organization governed by a board of directors, working with the municipalities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Clinton, Lillooet, Lytton, Merritt, and TNRD Areas E, I, J, M and N.
 
 
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Ty Pozzobon Foundation launching a series of videos in a continued effort to improve the health and well-being of Western Sports athletes.
 
The series which starts with a video surrounding the dangerous effects of concussions is being done in partnership with the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team.
 
Bull rider Tanner Byrne, who was one of the Pozzobon's closest friends, says the society remains committed to protecting and supporting the health and well-being of rodeo competitors inside and outside the arena.
 
"We've teamed up with the proper doctors, health care professionals and sports medicine teams to get the answers we need, to help athletes in and out of the arena. So, I think these videos are a huge stepping stone to improving the lives of western sports athletes."
 
The Ty Pozzobon Foundation was formed following the tragic death of the Merritt bull rider in 2017, which is being attributed to the number of concussions he sustained over his career.
 
To view the videos, CLICK HERE.
 
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Merritt Rivers Riparian Rehabilitation Committee providing laundry list of ideas to combat flooding in the City of Merritt.

During a Committee of the Whole meeting last night, an animated Nic Beers took Mayor and Council through the changes the society feels are necessary to lessen the threat of flooding within city limits.

He presented ideas for every area of the city, suggesting everything from diking, diverting and even widening the Nicola River.

"It's simple science. The channel has to accept and retain 65 cubic metres. It's very simple math. You can punch it into a computer and you can design every piece of the channel that way. It is the solution."

While the ideas, and willingness to work with the city are appreciated, Councillor Kurt Christopherson made sure the society understood it's not an overnight fix.

"We know there is a problem. they are man made for the most part. And, it will take all of us to work together to try and fix them."

The Merritt Rivers Riparian Rehabilitation Committee was formed following flooding back in May, with a goal of ensuring the City of Merritt take permanent action to combat flooding and repair the river system.

 

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Friends of the Nicola Valley questioning why those profiting off biosolids will be attending a TNRD workshop to explore alternatives to land application.

The all-day workshop takes place Friday in Kamloops at the Hotel 540.

FONV spokesperson Georgia Clement was of the opinion it was a chance for directors to explore alternative disposal/storage methods for the region's biosolids, not hear more propaganda.

"There is no need for any more testing. The results have been available for years. We know its toxic, we know its dangerous, and we know the government is playing Russian Roulette with our health because this is the lowest cost option right now, but its getting old. We saw the tobacco industry in bed with the government for years before the real science could be ignored. We are seeing the same thing here, and we are tired of it.

A moratorium signed by the five Chiefs of the Nicola Valley in 2015 has prevented the importation and land application of biosolids to the Nicola Valley.

Clement says the goal remains to develop a regional solution, with gasification or pyrolysis the current options preferred.

 

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