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As temperatures plunge again in the Nicola Valley, Shelter From The Storm reopens tonight.

Coordinator Jody Loewen says temperatures will drop well below the required minus 8 degree mark, meaning the shelter is open tonight, tomorrow night, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday night at 8 o'clock each evening.

People in need of shelter are welcome at the Crossroads Community Church at 2990 Voght Street, across from Central Park.

To enter, people must go around to the back of the Church to the big white door.

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Power is a resource that is expected to get more attention in the City of Merritt in the new year.

Harvie Campbell, the Chair of the Clean Energy Association of B-C, and, the Executive Vice-President of Pristine Power Inc. says he's working with Tolko Industries to establish a power facility.

Campbell stated that with the proper support from the community he expects the facility will be up and running by 2013 and in the field by as early as next summer.

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Two teams moving in different directions clash tonight at the Cominco Arena in Trail as the Merritt Centennials visit the Smoke Eaters.

The Cents have six wins in their last ten games and are riding a three game winning streak while Trail, which has just three wins in its last ten, is on a three game losing skid, including a 7-1 pasting by Westside on Tuesday.

Lino Chimienti starts in goal for Merritt.

13 points separates the sixth-place Cents and fifth-place Smokies in the Interior Conference standings, but Merritt has three games in hand.

The pre-game show on Q101 tonight starts at 7 o'clock, with the opening faceoff at 7:30.

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Homeowners in the Nicola Valley will be receiving their assessment notices early in the new year.

While figures won't be released until next week, indications are that there'll be anywhere from a zero to five per cent increase in the Merritt area, with the value of some properties dipping slightly and others increasing slightly.

The notices will be mailed to property owners tomorrow for distribution next week.

Each year the BC Assessment Authority, which is part of the Provincial Government, determines the market value of all real properties, business and residential, in British Columbia.

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As temperatures are starting to drop again after a few days of milder weather, the highways are going to be subject to changing conditions.

Bob Gilowski of VSA Highway Maintenance says the message to people traveling the Coquihalla need to drive to the conditions and slow down.

There is snow on the higher elevations of the route and temperatures are going to remain well below freezing over the next several days ahead.

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