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Another reported tire slashing in Merritt.
 
Merritt RCMP Cst Tracy Dunsmore says a car parked on Quilchena Ave last Thursday had its tire slashed during daytime hours.
 
The tire slashing is the sixth reported in Merritt in recent weeks.
 
"The other ones were all reported around the same time, and same area. This was a couple weeks later, and was in a different area, and the only one reported at the time."
 
Dunsmore says police continue to search for suspects.
 
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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.

 

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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.

 
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Merritt Fire Rescue Department looking to fill ranks, again.
 
Despite adding a number of paid on-call firefighters this Fall, Chief David Tomkinson says the fire department is facing another looming shortage this Spring.
 
"Those recruitments earlier this year were to replace people that had left the department to work elsewhere, or other reasons. We anticipate we will be in the same position in the Spring. So, we hope to add five or six positions. And, we'd like to get them filled as soon as possible, so we are hoping people that are interested apply soon."
 
Application forms for those interested in signing up can be downloaded at www.firerescue.merritt.ca, or picked up at the fire hall.
 
The department currently has 40 paid-on-call firefighters.
 
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Theme of Bass Coast Festival 10 announced.
 
Co-founder Liz Thomson confirms 'Prism' will serve as the theme of next summer's festival in Merritt.
 
"The festival acts like a prism. Where everybody comes into the festival, and as they pass though it, they are able to see and accept everyone for their true colours. It's one of the main messages we are really trying get out there, and  it should last for not only the festival, but also after the festival, as people head back to their different communities."
 
Bass Coast Festival 10 is scheduled for July 6th to 9th, 2018.
 
As many as 4,500 people are expected to attend next summer's electronic music and arts festival, which is being held in Merritt for the 6th straight year.
 
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