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Province to partner with Okanagan Nation Alliance to monitor invasive fish threat at Nicola Lake.
 
While Yellow Perch are confirmed to have reached Douglas Lake, Thompson-Okanagan region fisheries biologist Andrew Klassen says they have not been detected yet at Nicola.
 
"We are going to d some more sampling. We are actually going to be doing some E.D.M sampling in cooperation with the Okanagan Nation Alliance. They will be doing some testing to help determine whether the Yellow Perch have breached the lake. A water sample will be taken, then just by the water sample we can get background DNA from any species living there."
 
Eight Yellow Perch were caught in Douglas Lake during recent sampling by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
 
The invasive fish are believed to have traveled down the Nicola River system, after originally being detected at Windy and Little Windy Lake west of Kelowna in 2016.
 
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Community Futures offices from all over BC coming to Merritt this summer.
 
The 2018 Community Futures annual provincial conference is set for the Civic Centre September 13-15th.
 
Community Futures Nicola Valley Economic Development coordinator Mae Ketter says a lot is planned, including a special ceremony to kick off the conference in conjunction with the Lower Nicola Indian Band.
 
"There are a number of training sessions going on. It's also the opportunity for Community for Community Futures British Columbia to hold their AGM. And we will also have a number of guest speakers on topics such as community expansion, community economic development, youth entrepreneurship and collaboration."
 
There are 34 Community Futures offices in BC.
 
Ketter says the last time Merritt hosted the event was in the 1980's.
 
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Wildfire near Merritt growing to seven hectares.

Kamloops Fire Centre information officer Marla Catherill says the blaze was detected yesterday afternoon at Pike Mountain, between Merritt and Princeton.

No structures are being threatened at this time, but it's burning Rank 3 in heavy timber, and she says Mother Nature isn't making it any easier to contain.

"It's super hot, it's extremely dry, and the humidity is down. So, those factors make prime fire conditions."

Catherill says BC Wildfire Service crews, a water bomber, helicopter and heavy equipment were on scene yesterday actioning the blaze.

The wildfire is believed to believed to be human caused.

 

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Wildfire sparking near Merritt.

Kamloops Fire Centre information officer Marla Catherill says a half hectare blaze was detected this afternoon northwest of Allison Lake.

She says it's burning Rank 3, in heavy timber, but no structures are threatened at this time.

"It's a vigorous surface fire that is exhibiting candling."

Catherill says the wildfire is believed to believed to be human caused.

BC Wildfire Service crews are on scene, and a water bomber and helicopter are assisting their efforts to contain the blaze.

 

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Cowboy severely injured in fall near Merritt.

Nicola Valley Search and Rescue Association manager Lynne Broekhuizen, says they were called to an area on the Coutlee Range southwest of Merritt Saturday morning, after a cowboy had fallen down a ravine.

Due to the severity of his injuries he had to be first airlifted from the ravine, and then loaded into a different helicopter to hospital in Kamloops.

"We had to call Penticton Search and Rescue for assistance. The have what is called the H.E.T, the helicopter external transport system. They dropped in with a long line, we helped package him, and we took him to the waiting air ambulance and he was flown to R.I.H."

Broekhuizen says the cowboy suffered multiple injuries, including a suspected broken arm, but is expected to survive.

 

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