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Grand Chief of the Nicola Valley receiving his appointment to the Order of British Columbia.
 
Former Chief of the Shackan Indian Band Percy Joe is one of 14 people in the province to receive the honor in Victoria today.
 
He says the honour is one he shares with the entire Nicola Valley.
 
"I will be receiving the honour on behalf of other people in our area that are very well deserving for the amount of work they've done over the years."
 
Before retiring this year, Joe served as Chief of the Shackan Indian Band for 47-years and is credited as one of the founders of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.
 
Having served, Joe was also the past President of the First Nations Veterans of Canada.
 
To view his induction, CLICK HERE.
 
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City of Merritt meeting with ICBC to discuss issues with winter highway maintenance.

Mayor Neil Menard says the goal was to improve safety when they met with officials from the Crown corporation last week at the UBCM convention.

"They are aware of our concerns over the last couple years. They don’t disagree they don't need to take a look at driver training for mountainous passes. Also, that they must take a look at how they can ensure trucks have proper tires and chains. And, we also talked about increased policing from both RCMP, and CVSE."

New winter highway safety measures go into effect Oct 1st in BC.

They include stricter commercial vehicle chain-up requirements and fines, enhances road maintenance monitoring, and the extending of winter tire and chain regulations on select highways, including the Coquihalla.

Menard says the same concerns expressed to ICBC were also echoed to the Minister of Transportation and Premier last week in Whistler.

 

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District of Logan Lake Mayor to serve another four-years in office.
 
Robin Smith has served as Mayor since taking over for Marlon Dosch in 2014.
 
She has been acclaimed in the two municipal elections since.
 
"I love the community. I've been here for thirty-seven years. I have three kids, and a business that I run. So, I'm well, well, well invested in the community. And, it makes me happy to know the community is happy with the work I'm doing."
 
With twelve candidates running for six spots, Smith says there could be a completely new Council come November.
 
"I'm hoping all the candidates are running because they want to be apart of the good things they see going on in the community."
 
The 2018 Municipal Election is scheduled for Oct 20th.
 
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City of Merritt to dismantle former recycling depot.
 
Contamination issues, and the TNRD's new partnership with the Recycle BC program forced the city to close the recycling depot on Main St as of Sept 1st.
 
Now, in its current state, CAO Shawn Boven says the site presents a safety risk.
 
"It's a mound that will have to be removed at some point, no matter what happens to the site. There is a sharp drop-off. So, whether it is developed as a dog park, an extension of the public works yard, or back to a ball diamond, the mound will have to get dealt with regardless."
 
The cost to restore the property to its original state is roughly $45,000.
 
Plans for the site will be determined by the incoming Mayor and Council.
 
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Nicola Valley Institute of Technology cutting the ribbon on brand new $10-million Centre of Excellence in Sustainability.

President Ken Tourand says a ceremony to officially mark the opening of the 20,000sqft expansion takes place this morning at 11:30am.

"It's tremendous addition to our campus. We're still kind of working out the last details of getting the entire building operational, in terms of the gymnasium and fitness centre. But, we have classes happening in there now, and this will really be the official opening."

The Centre of Excellence in Sustainability features also features a clean energy lab powered by geo-thermal energy, a greenhouse and a culinary arts kitchen.

It's the largest capital investment at the Merritt NVIT campus, since it was built in 2002.

 

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