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While the candidates for leader continue to add up, Fraser-Nicola NDP MLA Harry Lali, who has his hat in the leadership ring, stresses a need to look ahead.

Lali says he's laid down a clear vision.

Lali says the NDP stands for the people of the province and it's high time the NDP started representing them, as well.

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The headline artist booked for this summer's return of Mountainfest to Merritt isn't coming after all.

Claude Lelievre, president of Active Mountain Entertainment, says he learned last Monday that due to scheduling changes, Reba McEntire won't make a scheduled July 9 appearance.

Lelievre says he has some verbal commitments from other top stars and expects to make an announcement shortly.

The Festival was scrapped last year after seventeen years and is rescheduled for July 7-10 this year.

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Students perhaps hoping the snow would mean a day off school can forget that.

Jim Garfield of School District 58 in Merritt says everything is okay.

The school bus routes are a priority for snow crews to keep clear in the event of heavy snowfalls, so no problems are anticipated.

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The heavy snow predicted yesterday has hit the region and drivers are being cautioned to prepare for winter driving when venturing out onto the highway.

Bob Gilowski of VSA Highway Maintenance says crews are out, but driving conditions in some areas could still be treacherous.

Truckers heading onto the Coquihalla are advised that chains are mandatory.

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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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