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The 42nd Moccasin Hockey tournament gets underway this evening at 5 o'clock at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

Game One features the Upper Nicola Mustangs against the Sto-Lo Nation.

At 6:30, the Lower Nicola Outlaws meet Westbank.

The Quilchena Braves are the third local team taking part, their first game is tomorrow at 7:30 a-m against the winner of the Lower Nicola-Westbank game.

A total of 11 teams have signed up, and they're playing for nearly 10-thousand-dollars in prize money.

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The Merritt Centennials visit the Vernon Vipers tonight in the B-C Hockey League.

The Cents lead the season series 2-1-0-and-1, but lost 6-0 in their last visit to Wesbild Centre.

The two teams meet for the final time this season on Tuesday in Merritt.

Our Q101 broadcast is on the air tonight at 6:30 with the opening faceoff at 7 o'clock.

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Mountainfest wont have to apply to the Thompson Nicola Regional District for an annual special events permit.

Promoter Claude Lelievre persuaded directors to approve a permanent exemption since concerns about policing costs, crowd noise, and environmental damage have already been addressed.

Lelievre rejects the notion that the event puts a strain on policing costs.

Sun Peaks Director Al Raine opposed the motion, saying large events like Mountainfest always require outside public resourses that need to be called upon like police, fire and other emergency responders.

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Assessment hearings for anyone concerned about the assessed value of their properties, who met the deadline to submit their concerns, will be held in Merritt later this month.

Deputy Assessor Graham Held of the B-C Assessment Authority says provisions have been made for anyone who won't be available to attend the hearings.

Held says people must bear in mind that January 31 was the deadline to request a hearing.

The hearing in Merritt is set for February 24 at the Civic Centre.

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The Nicola Valley and District Bank is looking for bodies as they gear up for their A-G-M next Thursday.

Food Bank Manager Karen Flick doesn't expect the board to make too many changes at the meeting, such as in hours of operation.

Flick says people willing to come on board aren't expected to give more than about ten hours a month of their time.

The meeting is next Thursday, February 17th at the Food Bank, getting underway at 12:30 pm.

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