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The province is looking into how the Guichon Creek watershed can be better managed.
 
Ministry of Transportation regional manager Trent Folk confirms a study of the Guichon Creek watershed has been commissioned and will be conducted over the coming months.
 
After two straight years of flooding, it's hoped the study will help the province, TNRD and Lower Nicola Indian Band better understand the characteristics of the Lower Nicola waterway, right from the Mammette Lake Dam down to the 10-mile bridge on Hwy 8.
 
"It will look at land-use and historic flows. And, the pieces that will come from that will focus on design flows and volumes and will give us a better overall understanding of the watershed. Over the past couple years there has been a lot of sediment that has been transported downstream due to the high flows and it has presented challenges to the highway infrastructure. Hopefully, it gives us a better understanding of what we can expect to see in the future."
 
Folk says the study is expected to be completed before the Spring.
 
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New Board Chair for the Thompson-Nicola Regional District elected.

Ken Gillis was the only director nominated and was named board chair at yesterday's inaugural meeting.

He has been the Area L director since 2011.

Gillis says "the never-ending threat of bio-solids" will be the first big issue the board has to tackle.

"It may be inevitable that land-application goes ahead. In that case, I would be hoping to see is very, very strict regulation on how, and where it is supplied."

Area O director Bill Kershaw was named the board's vice-chair, and like Gillis he was the only person nominated for that role.

 

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Steelhead are thriving again in the Coquihalla River.
 
Steelhead Society of BC President Brian Braidwood confirms the project to repair the river following a 2014 rockslide near the Othello Tunnels has allowed migrating steelhead to make it down the river again.
 
Of the 250 they were tracking during this fall's run, more than 200 made it through.
 
"There was some tagging down and some snorkel surveys. We did count tagged fish, but of course we missed some, but to have that many make it through was definitely encouraging."
 
The project last year to clear the Coquihalla River was funded by the Habitat Trust Conservation Foundation, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the Steelhead Society of BC, and the province.
 
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A new mobile app will help the District of Logan Lake provide residents with real time information on various emergencies.
 
Emergency Coordinator Dan Leigton in Logan Lake says the app will report incidents like road closures, road construction, and wildfires.
 
"In most emergencies, communication is a big problem. The faster you can get information to people, the easier it is for them to evacuate people or tell them what they need to do."
 
The $39,000 in funding being used to create the app was provided through the Smart Communities Pilot Program.
 
Leighton is hoping to have it up and running by the spring.
 
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Postal workers hitting the picket lines in Merritt.

Local 758 CUP-W President Patricia Nauss says there will be no mail delivery today as postal workers in the region are taking their turn at rotating job action.

Nauss says there is no end in sight to the dispute with Canada Post although both sides are spending the next four days in mediated talks.

"They are coming to the table with the same things and are not willing to negotiate. We decided against working overtime last week and will continue the strikes until Canada Post gets serious about negotiating."

Nauss also says job action is taking place today in Kamloops, Penticton, Vernon, Quesnel, and Williams Lake.

Rotating strikes began across the country back on Oct 22nd.

 

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