For the first time in months, Merritt RCMP not reporting any weekend break and enters.
Since August, the Merritt area has seen a rash of break and enters, but nothing this past weekend according to Merritt RCMP Cst Tracy Dunsmore.
"We do have people out watching, including our C.O.P's (Citizens On Patrol). We update them on what is going on, and what to watch for. So, people are out watching, and we also ask people out driving to keep their eyes open for suspicious stuff, even if they aren't on patrol."
Despite having identified local suspects, Dunsmore says no arrests relating to the rash of break and enters has been made.
She continues to ask residents to be vigilant, and report anything suspicious to Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
School District 58 hoping to offer 'Take A Hike' program to at-risk students.
Superintendent Stephen McNiven believes the program that aims to help youth struggling in regular classes graduate from high school can be an asset and now that concerns over local costs have been eliminated, the district has applied to have the program run starting in the Fall of 2019.
"They are no longer requiring the $200,000 in community funding, in fact it is quite a drastic change to that. They are still looking for a small amount of funding, but we believe it is attainable to us. So, we have put our name forward to have the program start in the Fall of 2019."
The 'Take a Hike' program is based on academics, adventure based learning, therapy and community involvement.
Currently offered in Vancouver, Burnaby and Trail, the program has an 80% graduation rate.