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Funding announced for trades programming at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.
 
President Ken Tourand says the $160,000 received from the province will be used to buy new and replace aging trades and technology equipment.
 
"With updated equipment in facilities like our newly opened Centre of Excellence in Sustainability, learners in NVIT's on-campus and community-based trades and technology programs will be trained on modern equipment, resulting in a sense of confidence in their skills and the training they receive at NVIT. They will have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to be leaders in the workforce once they graduate."
 
The funding announcement comes during Apprenticeship Recognition Week in British Columbia.
 
The new equipment is expected to be in place by April.
 
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A petition with nearly 500 signatures will be presented to the City of Merritt's new Mayor and Council.
 
Nell Veale is one of several residents behind the petition calling for improvements.
 
It points to issues last winter in the downtown core, where numerous people, including seniors suffered serious falls.
 
"It would accumulate and didn't get picked up and then form ice. Then, it would become mounds and people would have to park their cars against it and have to walk over it to get on the sidewalk."
 
Veale says they are not necessarily looking to increase the budget for snow removal, but instead would rather see service delivered more efficiently, and on a well-advertised schedule.
 
The petition will be presented and discussed at the next regular meeting of Council, Nov 13th.
 
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Work vehicle extensively vandalized in Merritt.
 
Merritt RCMP S/Sgt Lorne Wood says the incident involving a vehicle on Douglas St occurred overnight.
 
A tire was slashed, paint and feces were dumped on the hood and windshield, and derogatory comments were written on the vehicle.
 
"There was potentially a person of interest we will be having a chat with. But, at the same time given all that went on it is pretty disturbing."
 
Wood says police are hoping to access surveillance cameras in the area to help identify potential suspects.
 
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
 
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Merritt RCMP making a significant drug bust.

S/Sgt Lorne Wood says an investigation was launched last week regarding alleged drug dealing activities at a residence on Merritt Ave, and yesterday a search warrant was secured.

Large quantities of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, and several weapons was seized by police during a search of the home.

Two men; one from Merritt and the other originally from Vancouver Island were arrested.

"There is always an ebb and flow when you make a seizure like that, and it changes things a bit in whatever town you are in. So, we'll wait and see what happens here in Merritt. But, for a town this size it is a fairly significant seizure."'

In all, more than 10 ounces of cocaine, five ounces of heroin, 66 grams of methamphetamine and six pounds of marijuana was seized by officers.

Wood also lists a loaded 22 caliber handgun that had been previously reported as stolen from the Lower Mainland among the weapons confiscated.

Drug and firearms charges are pending against both males.

 

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RCMP not pursuing charges against a driver that struck a cyclist in Merritt.
 
Merritt RCMP Cst Tracy Dunsmore says there are still too many questions about how the cyclist entered the intersection, before they were hit by a truck turning right on to Voght St on Oct 19th.
 
"My question is, did he come out of the 7-11 where the vehicles exit as a bike is supposed to do under the Motor Vehicle Act? Or, did he cut through the parking lot and come across the sidewalk and then the pedestrian crosswalk which cyclists are not supposed to do?"
 
Whether the cyclist illegally entered the intersection or not, Dunsmore says the driver of the truck is still at fault for not yielding and will be penalized by ICBC.
 
The cyclist struck was taken to hospital for treatment of the injuries suffered to their shoulders and back, but is expected to make a full recovery.
 
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