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Don't be surprised if it's a later night than usual for tonight's game between the Merritt Centennials and Vernon at Memorial Arena.

Four of the five games in the season series have gone to overtime, with the Cents winning three of them, including a 3-2 decision last Friday in the Okanagan.

Merritt coach and G-M Luke Pierce says they match-up well with the Vipers.

Lino Chimienti is scheduled to get the start in goal for the Centennnials.

Our Q101 broadcast starts tonight at 6:30 with the pre-game show.

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After some line up changes, including the loss of Reba McEntire and Craig Morgan, the Merritt Mountain Music Festival is coming together.

Promoter Claude Lelievre confirms Joe Nichols will be the Thursday headliner for the four day event.

Leievre is hoping to finalize a deal this week to book Alan Jackson as the headliner on the Saturday night.

The eighteenth Mountainfest is  set for July 7-10 this year, after taking last year off.

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A prominent family from the Nicola Valley ranching community will be honored as four more inductees will be added to the list of the Cowboy Hall of Fame during a ceremony to take place at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

Jesus Garcia - Ranching Pioneer born in Mexico in 1832 came to B-C in 1858 with his small family and settled in the “Forks”, now known as Merritt.

They settled on land pre-empted in 1871. He married Marie, a native woman born in Spuzzum, some fourteen years later.

The Garcias purchased stock and raised good animals, especially horses. The Ranching Pioneer category is where Jesus Garcia will be inducted, along with the Cunningham Family from near 70 Mile House.

For information on the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, go to the BC Cowboy Heritage Society web site at

The Garcias and the others will be inducted at the Calvary Community Church on Rogers Way March 11.

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While the Cultural Mapping Program presentation last week was a positive presentation, there still seems to be some people not sure about Merritt's designation as the Country Music Capital of Canada.

Sally Elford, Assistant Planner with the Arlington Group says there's there's still some doubters.

Elford says the plan does focus on all the other elements that there are in Merritt as well.  She says the program is essentially complete.

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While the position of sonographer has been posted in efforts to find a qualified person to operate the portable ultra-sound machine at the Nicola Valley Health Care Centre, it's still only one piece of the plan to restore health care in Merritt to a higher level.

Mayor Susan Roline says there are still concerns of other services leaving.

Roline says she's even looking at forming a health care committee to take input from the community to put forward to I-H-A.

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