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Merritt's Communities In Bloom Program is continuing to grow as Spring progresses.

City Councillor Shelley Sanders says the group continues to expand but more new members are essential...

Sanders points out that there's a new time for the Communities in Bloom group.

They still meet in the Community Room in City Hall, but their meeting times have moved from late afternoon to 7 o'clock in the evening.

Again, the next meeting is at 7 pm this Monday, May 2.

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The head of the Merritt R-C-M-P is on the move.

Staff Sergeant Scott Tod has accepted a new post as commander for the Wetaskiwin, Alberta detachment.

Staff Tod's last working day at the Merritt Detachment was yesterday.

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The new critic for Community Services in N-D-P leader Adrian Dix's new Shadow Cabinet will be touring the province to hear concerns of rural B-C.

Fraser-Nicola N-D-P M-L-A Harry Lali says under the Liberals 78 sawmills and pulp mills have been closed putting 45-thousand people out of work.

Lali says another hot issue is whether there is viable health care in those communities.

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A fire along the dike area of Claybanks behind Central School was knocked down last night before too much damage was caused.

Merritt Fire Department crews responded to the call just before 11 o'clock last night, getting control of the fire quickly.

The R-C-M-P were called to the scene to investigate.  No further details have been obtained.

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A controlled burn south of Merritt is still in the plans... possibly by as soon as today.

Protection Officer Kim Janowsky from Nicola Base says the inclement weather has delayed the burn for the past few days, it should be known by about 9 o'clock this morning if the burn will start today.

He says all the regulations have to be covered off as far as such things as smoke control, with positive venting conditions to take the smoke away from the valley.

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