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Two helicopters and three ambulances responded to a crash that closed Highway 97C for some time last night.

The Okanagan Connector between the Sunset Main Road Exit and the Brenda Mines Road Exit through the Pennask Summit area is open again this morning.

The BC Ambulance Service says three people were transported to hospital in Kelowna after the accident around 6 o'clock last night.

There's no word on how many vehicles were involved.

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The BC Forest Service jumped all over a grass fire just south of Merritt last night on the Coquihalla Highway.

Kamloops Fire Centre Information Officer Kayla Pepper says the fire started after a vehicle rolled over into the ditch near the Comstock Road Exit.

Pepper adds that a three-person attack crew, air tanker, bird-dog and a water hog headed out to the smoldering ground fire which had both smoke and flame.

No word on how many people were in the vehicle, but the BC Ambulance Service says no one was transported to either the Nicola Valley Health Centre or Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

(With files from CHNL)

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Merritt's Airport is expected to be a hub of activity this weekend with Transportation Day set for Sunday as the City's 100th Birthday Celebrations continue.

Merritt Flying Club Secretary-Treasurer Herb Graham says they're having a fly-in and air show for the first time in 16 years.

The show features veteran air show pilot Jon Mrazek performing in his large aircraft on Sunday between 11 am and 1 pm.

Graham adds that the Club is also showing off the work they've done over the last six months on the new hangar.

He says the Flying Club, with 16 members and eight aircraft, hopes to have an air show annually and maybe even more than once a year.

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The 2nd Annual Great Canadian Bike Rally in Merritt is next July 12 - 15, but the exact locations still need to be approved by the city.

The organization has made it official after the inaugural event two weeks ago exceeded their expectations.

Mayor Susan Roline feels that having most of the Bike Rally activities focused on downtown Merritt kept everyone central.

Roline ads that the downtown location added to the Rally's success as people enjoyed an amount of activity not seen since the hey days of Mountainfest.

City Council will deal with the Rally at their next meeting on August 9th.

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A Merritt City Councilor calls the first Youth Council an "awesome step" for the community.

Dave Baker says the youth in the city are often labelled as trouble-makers and now the ten Grade 11 and 12 students who were nominated at the end of the school year will show residents what most local teens are really like.

Baker adds that he's been welcomed with open arms to the Youth Council after he gave them a choice whether they wanted him sitting in and helping with their meetings or not. He says the kids have a lot of great ideas and applauds their initiative.

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