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Despite a number of bear sightings in the last few weeks, conservation officials in the Nicola Valley are hoping this year won't be a repeat of last year, when several bears had to be euthanized in the City of Merritt.

Conservation Officer Jeff Hanratty says 2010 was a particularly bad bear year.

Hanratty adds that people baited bears into the community by providing food sources, which helped the animals overcome their fear of people and that it's simply not fair.

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Merritt RCMP are asking for the public's help to find a missing 15-year-old girl.

Constable Tracy Dunsmore says Tianna Lacavera has brown hair and eyes, is about 5-foot-7, weighs about 146 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a brown hoodie, jeans, brown runners and a brown and pink plaid backpack.

Dunsmore adds that foul play isn't suspected, but there's concern because Lacavera hasn't been seen since she was in Merritt with her mother on Friday.

She apparently asked to go to the bank and never returned, although she was spotted in town after her disappearance.

Lacavera is know to hitchhike, but hasn't been seen by any of her friends.

Anyone who's seen the missing girl is asked to call RCMP right away.

(With files from CHNL)

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The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a Flood Warning for the Nicola River near Merritt.

River levels have been rising over Saturday with warm weather and snow melt at mid to upper elevations.

Water levels have been elevated at the Water Survey of Canada gauge on the Nicola River near Merritt, and have been rising since Saturday in response to warmer weather. Current water levels are at 1.64m, and rising at 1cm/hour. Current discharge is at 90 m3/s and is just above a 1 in 2 year flow.

Flooding of low‐lying areas may be present, or may occur. Current flow on the Coldwater River is below a 1 in 2 year level.

Environment Canada forecasts warm temperatures through Sunday, followed by precipitation into late Sunday and into Monday. River levels are expected to rise through Sunday and into the early week.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will provide an update as warranted.

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Grade 2/3

All games canceled because of rain

Grade 4/5

Fire 7 Timbers 0

Impact 4 Rapids 1

Earthquakes 2 Dynamo 2

Grade 6/7

Stars 2 Revolution 0

United 2 Strikers 1

Grade 8+

Holland 2 Galaxy 2

Whitecaps Sounders (Game postponed until Monday)

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Country music singer-songwriter Paul Brandt says he still hasn't been paid after appearing at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival in July 2009.

In documents filed in BC Supreme Court, Tundra Touring Ltd. says Brandt had a contract to be paid $52,500, including the GST, for the appearance.

It claims he's received just a little more than $4000.

Brandt is suing to get the rest.
(With files from Corus Radio Network)
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