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Ticket sales for the Rockin' River Music Fest outpacing 2017.

While his partnership with Live Nation prevents him from giving an exact number, organizer Kenny Hess says they are on pace to sell more tickets in 2018, than ever before.

"Way, way, way better than last year. Like, its not even in the same league. We're very excited. the response to the lineup has been unbelievable. We have not had any negative responses. I mean zero, none."

Hess believes there is potential to sell 60,000 tickets over the four days.

"We thought we could get there last year, but with all the smoke in the valley from the wildfires it scared a few people off. This year, we remain hopeful we can sell somewhere in the neighbourhood of 15,000 tickets per day."

Early bird ticket sales ended last week.

Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Dallas Smith, and Joe Nichols are scheduled to headline the BC Day long weekend festival.


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School District 58 losing a senior staff member.

After nearly seven years in the district, secretary-treasurer Kevin Black has resigned.

He has accepted an offer to be the new assistant secretary-treasurer of School District 91 - Nechacko Lakes, a decision, he indicates was based around family.

"My wife is from Vanderhoof, which is where will be moving. Her three sisters are there, and mom and dad, and they have a family farm. So, its a move based around family, and not a career decision. It's definitely going to be different, and I'm certainly going to miss it here."

Black will work the month of June for School District 91, then return to help guide School District 58 through the yearly audit process in July.


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Bears waking up in the Nicola Valley.

With the first bear sighting reported last week, local Conservation officer Paul Pike says it's time once again to take all the appropriate precautions.

"As the weather starts to change, and gets a bit warmer, its likely people will start to see the odd bear. Especially, when out in the bush.

A bear had to be euthanized in the Merritt area last year, after Pike confirms it attacked a jogger near the Norgaard lookout.

Since 2015, City of Merritt residents have been restricted from putting their trash on the curb before the morning of pickup, and businesses have been forced to keep the lids on their bins closed, to prevent bears from entering city limits.


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BC Assessment waiting to see the impact new mortgage rules will have on the red-hot Merritt real estate market.

Deputy Assessor for BC Housing Graham Held believes there is a chance the new rules will lead to fewer sales in 2018, after a record number of transactions last year.

"We won’t know that until we can see the year over year stats for the first quarter, so January, February and March. We'll be able to compare it to last year, and see if there has been a change in volume, prices, and a number of other factors."

As of Jan 1st, those applying for a mortgage in Canada are required to prove they could still afford their mortgage payments if interest rates were raised two percentage points.

The procedure called a stress test.


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School District 58's Active After School program sticking around a while longer.
Superintendent Stephen McNiven confirming the district has received two grants recently, totalling $60,000, that should allow them to continue running the program through the 2019/20 school year, and supplement the cost for additional lower income families to participate.
"One of our priorities is to address any barriers in place for students, either financially or transportation wise. So, we are still focused on that, asking our principals to recommend any students that could benefit from this opportunity. And, to have that inclusionary component for other students with these additional dollars is fantastic."
Students in Kindergarten to Grade 7 are eligible to participate in the Active After School program.
School District 58 took over the program from the City of Merritt this past fall, and McNiven says the hope is to expand to Princeton starting in the fall. 
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