Emergency crews searching the Highway 5 corridor for a missing private plane.
Two people were aboard the Van's R-V-6 two-seater aircraft when it disappeared Friday while en route from Edmonton to Chilliwack.
Lieutenant Tony Wright with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre says seven aircraft from the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association and three more from the Royal Canadian Air Force have been involved in the search effort, which includes the Merritt area..
"The search is ongoing. We continue to search the Highway 5 corridor between Chilliwack and Valmont."
Wright says rain and low cloud coverage has made the search challenging.
'Hidden' homeless population difficult to track within the City of Merritt.
Keri Cooke of Ask Wellness says a point-in-time count conducted back in April failed to accurately show those living couch to couch in the city.
During the day organizers were unable to identify anyone that was homeless but managing to avoid living on the street.
She believes it was because many are afraid to draw attention to the people they were staying with.
"Out of the eleven people counted, all were identified as 'absolute homeless'. However, in the days following the count, we did notice a huge increase of people coming into our office indicating they actually don’t pay rent, or have anywhere to live, just going from couch to couch. So, it was frustrating from the standpoint we know the numbers are extensively higher."
Cooke says the hope is the province will adjust the now yearly April Homeless Count to be conducted over an entire month, like in previous years.
Licensing fee for potential cannabis dispensaries remains up in the air in the City of Merritt.
The bylaw surrounding the sale of recreational marijuana has been amended but director of Corporate Services Sean Smith says the business license fee has not been set.
The fee is designed to be revenue-neutral, and while cities like Kamloops and Vancouver have set the price at $5,000 and $30,000 respectively, he says the city is still weighing all options.
"We're not just going to follow what everyone else is doing, because they are doing it. I want what the rational and reasoning is behind them before making any recommendations to council. So, right now we are still in a holding pattern."
Smith says its unlikely the city has the business license fee is set by Oct 17th, when recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada.