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The City of Merritt is honouring it's volunteers again this year.

City Councillor Shelly Sanders says they'll be honoured later this week during a Tea at the Civic Centre and each volunteer is urged to call City Hall if they didn't receive their invitation in the mail.

It's a good idea to make that call no later than today or tomorrow at 250-378-4224.

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As Victim Services Week gets underway in the Nicola Valley, the local Victim Services is getting a hats off from the Merritt R-C-M-P.

Constable Tracy Dunsmore says they are a tremendous asset to the police.

Dunsmore says Victim Services also helps with follow up in the courts, updating the victims on what's going on and go to court in support of the victims, again freeing up time for the police officers.

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The Merritt Barbarians are 0-and-2 on the B-C Interior Third Division Rugby League season after a 27-11 loss to West Kelowna yesterday.

Taylor Lamb had Merritt's lone try while Tom Harrington had the Barbarians' two penalty goals.

Merritt's next game is this Saturday against Salmon Arm.

Game time is 1 o'clock at Voght Park.

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The B-C Cattlemen's Association is lobbying the candidates in the May 2 Federal Election under the "Agri-recovery Program" after another drought year last year.

Association President Judy Guichon says ranchers have had some tough years and drought has been a big issue.

Guichon says the Cattlemen are looking for up to 50-dollars a head on B-C's more than 200-thousand cattle.

She'd like to see the province provide 40-per cent and the Federal Government provide the other 60-per cent.

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The City of Merritt's 11.2-million dollar budget moves a step closer to being finalized tomorrow night.

City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says tomorrow's regular meeting of Council will be preceded by budget business.

The regular meeting will start off with a couple items under unfinished business before moving on to bylaws and new business.

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