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Paul DeJersey scored at 8:59 of the first overtime period as the Salmon Arm Silverbacks beat the Merritt Centennials 4-3 in Game Three of their B-C-H-L Interior Conference Quarterfinal series last night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

Brett Knowles paced the Silverbacks with a goal and three assists while Devin Gannon had two goals and an assist.

Evan Stack led the Centennials with three assists. His linemates Jeff Jones and Regan Soquila had a goal and an assist each in the loss.

Kris Moore kicked out 35 shots for Salmon Arm. Tyler Steel gets dinged with the loss after making 28 saves for Merritt. Lino Chimienti started the game, but was pulled 28 seconds into the second period after allowing Gannon's second of the game on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Centennials host tonight's must-win Game Four. Puck drop at Memorial Arena is 7 o'clock and our Q101 broadcast is on the air at 6:30. Reserved seating tickets are available starting at 1:30 this afternoon at the Memorial Arena Box Office.

Elsewhere in the B-C-H-L, Penticton is up 3-0 on Quesnel after a 4-3 overtime win and Trail beat Westside 5-4 in overtime to take a 2-1 series lead. All series play Game Four tonight.

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Merritt City Council heard wish lists from department heads on Tuesday last week and went into day long deliberations on this year's budget on Saturday.

City Counillor Mike Goetz says a lot was accomplished.

Councillor Goetz says Council will continue meetings through the weeks ahead.

The next session is tomorrow night at City Hall.

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There was a good representation from the Fraser-Nicola Riding on hand for the Liberal Leadership election that elected Christy Clark as premier designate Saturday in Vancouver.

Norm Brigden, President of the Fraser-Nicola Liberal Riding Association says the voter turn out wasn't as good as it was throughout the province.

Brigden adds that overall, throughout the province there was a 65-percent voter turnout, which the party considers very good.

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With a line-up that already includes Vince Gill, Joe Nichols, Ray Price and Crystal Gayle, Mountainfest has added some Canadian content for the 2011 festival from July 7 - 10.

Longtime Mountainfest favourite Aaron Pritchett takes the stage on the Friday of the festival while Emily Taylor Adams has been added to the Saturday line-up. Bobbi Smith and Cathy Ann McClintock join Price and Gayle on the Sunday.

A main headliner for Saturday has yet to be announced, but Mountainfest organizer Claude Lelievre has confirmed that negotiations are underway with Alan Jackson.

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The Ministry of Transportation has issued a travel advisory for Phase One of the Coquihalla Highway between the Portia Interchange and the Coldwater Road Exit at Kingsvale.

The Ministry says travel is not recommended at all unless absolutely necessary. Winter driving conditions are reported on the highway.

Up to 30 minute delays should be expected at the Great Bear Snowshed due to heavy snowfall and vehicles spinning out.

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