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Interior Health hopes to get the majority of the vaccinations done during two mass clinics in Merritt at the end of the month. Public Health Nurse Marg Sanders says people can also make arrangements with their pharmacies for flu shots. Sanders says during the mass clinics October 27 and November 3 at the Civic Centre, pneumococcal immunizations will be available free of charge for people over 65 who have not yet received them.
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It looks like a cold winter is on it's way to the Nicola Valley. Jim Steel of Environment Canada says there's an El Nino pattern that will have an influence on our weather over the next four months. Steel adds that it won't be quite as balmy as last winter.
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Two of three suspects in a home invasion in Merritt this morning are being treated in hospital for injuries sustained when they rammed a police vehicle while trying to escape a police pursuit on the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt. The pursuit began when the three fled the scene of a home invasion on Houston Street at about 9 o'clock this morning. The men assaulted a woman in the home, and, after a brief struggle fled when the family dog intervened. One RCMP officer involved in the collision sustained minor injuries. In all, two police vehicles and the suspects' van were damaged in the collision. The incident is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time.
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Three men are in RCMP custody after a home invasion this morning in Merritt. The men were arrested on the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt after fleeing the scene shortly aft 9 o'clock this morning. Details have not yet been released by police, but reports indicate the three armed men entered a residence on Douglas Street. Nobody was injured in the incident and police are investigating.
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The collective eyes of the country music industry are focused on the Nicola Valley again, as the Mountainfest returns next year after a year off. Ron Sanders, President of the Walk of Stars Society, was part of a local contingent at the BC Country Music Association Awards on the weekend and he says Mountainfest's return combined with the first Great Canadian Bike Rally, both next July, will keep Merritt on the map in the eyes of the country music industry. Also, Sanders isn't mentioning names but says he spoke with a number of interested entertainers being considered for the Society's major fundraising gala next Spring.
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