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A new sponsor at the beer garden for this year's revived Mountainfest is excited about being a part of Canada's number one country music festival.

Speaking from Toronto, Molson spokesperson Jamie Sprule says they are glad to be a part of it.

Mountainfest tickets are on sale at a lower rate until Thursday, when the prices will be bumped up for the stretch run.

The festival runs July 7-10 at the festival grounds on Merritt's southside.

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While the current collective agreement between the B-C Teachers Federation and the B-C Public School Employers Association expires at months end, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees in School District 58 says it's been a good year.

Gordon Comeau says there hasn't been any major incidents and a lot of good things have happened including the Honour House at MSS.

Comeau says there will be some renovations over the summer in the District, but most of the schools are in good shape.


Meanwhile, the teachers vote tomorrow with the two sides apparently a distance apart as the hope continues for a new contract agreement.

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Most of the B.C. caucus of Conservative M-P's are expected on hand today at the Vancouver Aquarium to toast Stockwell Day, the recently retired cabinet minister and M-P for Okanagan-Coquihalla who just announced he’s now in the “government relations” business.

Heritage Minister James Moore and Day’s former staff will be among the Conservatives at the farewell reception in honour of the ex-Treasury Board president, who announced before the election he was retiring from politics after 25 years in public life.

Day's website describes a new Vancouver-based company called Stockwell Day Connex where Day can be hired to “work with your organization to create a clear and concise government relations strategy as well as provide insightful analysis on Canadian political developments.”

Day stresses he won’t be doing any lobbying, nor will he be in breach of the other rules his government set up in 2006 for former cabinet ministers.

(With files from The Globe and Mail)

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Merritt's Roger Sloan had to settle for a fourth place finish at the Canadian Pro Golf Tour's Syncrude Open in Fort MacMurray for a 66-hundred-dollar payday.

Danny Sahl of Sherwood Park won the tournament by five shots.

Sloan finished six off the pace.

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As the City of Merritt gears up for a busy July with several major activities happening, one City Councillor is for the most part, happy with the way citizens are coming on board with the July 18 Communities in Bloom clean up deadline.

However, councilor Shelley Sanders says a few people have yet to come on board to clean up their boulevards.

July kicks off with a bang this Friday with Canada Day at the Civic Centre and Rotary Park.

Then there's Mountainfest from July 7-10, the Great Canadian Bike Rally from July 14-17 and the month wraps up with Merritt's 100th birthday celebrations for the entire week at the end of July.

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