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The plans are well underway for the first Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce Street Mall in two years.

Chamber Manager Karen Irving says it coincides with the first Mountainfest since 2009.

Irving says the fees for non members is $300 plus H-S-T for a 12x20 foot stall and Chamber members only pay $200 plus H-S-T for the same sized stall.

Call the Chamber Office at 250-378-5634 for more information and to reserve a space.

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Whether the team moves to Chilliwack or not, the Quesnel Millionaires won't play in the Cariboo next season.

The B-C-H-L confirms that the Mills debt is such that no local group has stepped forward to buy the team.

The Mills have lost 300-thousand-dollars over the last two seasons and negotiations are ongoing with a group from Chilliwack, but nothing has been presented to the League yet.

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Aside from Wednesday's controlled burn in the Coutlee Plateau region on Merritt's southside, forestry crews have already been busy with fire activity in the area.

Kamloops Fire Centre Information Officer Travis Abbey says the wildfire season is underway.

Abbey stressed that people to be careful with their burning between now and May 15, when the official open burning ban goes into affect in the region.

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The popular Campsite "C" will re-open with the return of the Merritt Mountain Music Festival this July.

President of Active Mountain Entertainment, Claude Lelievre says an area at the north end of Section Ten, previously known as "Camp C" will be available with free of charge camping during Mountainfest.

Camp C, known as a party area, closed after the 2008 Festival in an effort to make the event more family oriented.

The Festival lost money in 2009 and organizers cancelled the following year's event.

Mountainfest is back on track after a year off and runs from July 7-10.

Details are available online at

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As Prime Minister Stephen Harper puts together his new Cabinet and plans to open Parliament by month's end, there's a belief by some that Canada is looking at the possibility of a "united left".

Fraser-Nicola N-D-P M-L-A Harry Lali feels it may end up that way.

Stephen Harper is expected to recall Parliament in a matter of weeks to put his majority government to work.

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