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City of Merritt paving the way for potential craft brewery.

An application to rezone 2190 Voght St, to accommodate a craft brewery received three readings from Council at last night's regular meeting.

Councillor David Baker likes the idea of finally having a business operating along a major corridor in the city.

"This is the third time this business owner has tried to bring something into this building. It's been sitting empty for too long. It's been donated a number of times for food drives, so I think it's great somebody is going to be able to do something, instead of having an empty store."

The applicant is proposing to brew beer using local ingredients, and the brewery will feature a traditional lounge tasting area.

The rezoning application is subject to a public hearing.


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New Merritt school trustee hoping to us his expertise to advance Indigenous Education in School District 58.

NVIT Dean Jon Chenoweth was acclaimed, joining Gordon Swan and Brian Jepsen as local school trustees in the district for the next four years.

A former teacher and principal in Merritt from 1994 to 2007, he feels his experience should be beneficial to both the board and students.

"With my education and training, I am definitely suited to help the district with Indigenous education. That's what I have been involved in at the district level, at NVIT, and at the provincial level. My graduate work in education has also been around Indigenous education. So, I'm hoping to put that to good service locally."

A member of the Upper Nicola Band, Chenoweth has worked for NVIT since 2007.


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Policing costs for Rockin River Music Fest topping $30,000 in 2018.
Merritt RCMP Sgt Norm Fleming confirms the cost to police the BC Day long weekend festival in Merritt was $30,290.
It means the festival will recoup almost $45,000 of the $75,000 deposit that organizers have argued is excessive.
"I cannot create members out of thin air when I need them. I would rather have as many as the formula allows me to have, pay the money up front, and then reduce. If it turns out we need them all, and we are going steady, rock solid 24/7, then that's it. I call it a cost of doing business."
The cost to police the Rockin River Music Fest in 2017 was roughly $16,000, with a $68,000 deposit required from the festival.
Fleming says if the number of attendees stays around 15,000 per day next year, adjustments could be made to the deposit from organizers.
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Record haul from BC Thanksgiving Food Drive a huge boost for the Nicola Valley and District Food Bank.
Coordinator Elissa Baron says the nearly 4,800lbs of food collected by volunteers Saturday was much needed, as the food bank will not be able to count on the Hands of Hope Food Drive this year.
"They did 30% more than they did last year, so that is huge. It saves us from having to go out and purchase the food for ourselves. Especially that we will not be able to rely on the traditional bump we get from Hands of Hope."
Since 2012, more than 22,000lbs of food has been collected locally through the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive, which is facilitated by volunteers through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Merritt.
Baron says the Hands of Hope Food Drive, run by Royal Lepage Merritt the last five years, was instrumental in helping fill Christmas Hampers, which go out to clients before the holidays.
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Open burning ban being lifted in the Kamloops Fire Centre.
Effective at noon tomorrow, Information Officer Jodi Lucius says open burning will be again be allowed in the region.
"Fire danger ratings have dropped to low in most of the Kamloops Fire Centre, including Merritt and with the cooler temperatures, higher humidity and substantial precipitation in the forecast we have decided that the ban no longer needs to be in place."
Lucius says the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels, burn cages, binary exploding targets and tiki torches will also once again be allowed.
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