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The Merritt Centennials have lost two straight after a 2-1 setback in overtime last night at home against Salmon Arm.

Brett Knowles scored the winner 33 seconds in the extra frame.

Steve Tresierra had the Cents' lone goal while Lino Chimienti made 31 saves in the loss.

Merritt's next action is Saturday against Westside at Memorial Arena.

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The BC High School Rodeo Finals won't be in Merritt this June after the Association decided to move the event to Williams Lake.

The main reason for the move is location as the BCHSRA decided that Williams Lake is more central for both North and South members.

Quesnel is the dividing line between the North and South regions. T

he event runs this June 10th-to-12th.

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The the number of assessed properties in the City of Merritt is evidence that there's been a slow, but steady growth within City limits.

Graham Held, Deputy Assessor with the BC Assessment Authority says the number of properties in Merritt hasn't grown a lot since 2005.

Held says because of it, there aren't the wild swings that are often seen in the Lower Mainland region.

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By now residents in the City of Merritt should have received their BC Assessment notices in the mail and they're advised not to ignore them.

City of Merritt Financial Services Manager Marlie Worrin says people wanting to file an appeal should do so.

The deadline to contact the BC Assessment Authority with concerns is January 31.

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Angel's Animal Rescue is one of a number of groups across Canada vying for grant money for specific animal related projects over the next few weeks.

They have applied for a grant to build an indoor shelter and rehabilitation facility.

The applications are based on a voting process and the society is asking for people in the Nicola Valley to vote quickly and often.

People may vote everyday until February 28.

The voting is being done online through Angel's website, www.angelsanimalrescue.ca.

Angel's Animal Rescue has been a haven for many animals needing shelter for various reasons.

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