Every weekend Q101 will revisit the most talked about stories of the week in Merritt and bring them to you all in one place. As well as my personal favourite story of the week.
This week Merritt was buzzing about an all-out gas war, an RCMP arrest and a possible plastics ban.
Gas War Takes Over Merritt
It seems like everybody in town was at the gas station yesterday, and for good reason, we had a good old-fashioned gas war on our hands.
Yesterday morning we reported that Merritt had the lowest gasoline prices in the province at 109.9, little did we know that was just the beginning. Throughout the day a number of stations engaged in a war, slowly lowering their prices just below the other.
RCMP Arrest a Pair of Men Transporting Stolen Property
On Friday afternoon, Merritt RCMP members attended a robbery near Stump Lake. The total dollar range of the stolen property was approximately $100,000.
Some of the stolen items included a Polaris UTV, a Jeep, a Sea-doo, as well as quite a few household items and hand tools.
Amazingly later that night, local traffic services were performing a road check and stopped a vehicle with U-Haul.
Mayor Brown Hopes to Start the Conversation around a Plastics Ban
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to ban single use plastics across Canada by as early as 2021.
Trudeau did not have a full-fledged plan to announce at the time, it was simply a statement of intent.
Here in Merritt, Mayor Linda Brown spoke about a possible City initiative.
This week my favourite story was about the grand opening of the ER at the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre.
Rainbow Crosswalks the Final Touch on ER Renovation
The B-C government decided to add a little more colour to its renovation of the Nicola Valley Hospital's emergency department by adding two new rainbow crosswalks.
The crosswalks, which symbolize the L-G-B-T-Q-2 community, were the final touches on the hospital's 6.5-million-dollar upgrade to the emergency department.
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