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With wind, snow and warm temperatures in the forecast, the avalanche danger in the area is set to increase.

James Floyer of the Canadian Avalanche Centre says a line of storms is set to hit areas of the Interior.

He says the avalanche danger is at moderate now but anticipates it will jump in the next few days.

Floyer predicts the worst storms will begin to arrive in the area today, bringing 15 to 20-centimeters of snow to the higher elevations.

(With files from CHNL)

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The latest mountain snowpack readings add up to a generally good news story.

B-C River Forecasting Centre Hydrologist Scott Jackson says the North and South Thompson and most other areas are 88-95% of normal with 80% of the winter's precipitation now accounted for.

Jackson says even though areas like the Nicola and Okanagan need more snowpack to replenish low water tables, they should be okay.

While snowpack levels look good, Jackson adds any flood threat will be determined by temperatures and spring precipitation levels.

(With files from CHNL)

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The Great Canadian Bike Rally has announced its first headliner as part of the fundraising weekend in Merritt from July 14 - 17.

Canadian rock legends Trooper will perform on the Friday of the Rally in downtown Merritt. Other acts on Friday include Tribal Funk, Karen Fowlie and Brickhouse.

Thursday entertainment includes Cousin Harley and Gary Comeau and the Voodoo All-Stars. Saturday features The Younguns and John Lee Sanders.

Tickets are available at and more entertainment is expected to be announced in the next week.

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The Future looks good for Community Futures Nicola Valley, for at least the year ahead.

C-F C-E-O and General Manager Patrick Flanagan says the Federal Government again approved the core funding through Western Economic Diversification to the tune of 280-thousand dollars.

Flanagan says the City extended it's contract with Community Futures in December for another six months after expiration of the previous five year agreement.

He says while the City is in budget deliberations, Community Futures has made application for that agreement to continue on.

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More due recognition goes to Angel's Animal Rescue tonight in Merritt.

Angel's co-founder Judanna Caros says it's quite an honour and she's hoping people will accept an invitation to be on hand for the event known as "Celebrating Women", starting at 6 pm at the Merritt Civic Centre.

The award and event are sponsored by the group "Women In Action".

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