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Merritt residents can take advantage of today and tomorrow to get a start on greening up their lawns before watering restrictions go into affect.

City Councillor Shelley Sanders is asking residents to take note of the watering schedule to be imposed.

The complete watering schedule is available online at

The regulations take affect this Sunday, May 1.

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A fire 15 kilometres south of Merritt is catching the eye of motorists on the Coquihalla Highway today as crews burn about 80-hectares of pine beetle infested forest.
Ministry of Forests Fire Protection Officer Kim Janowsky of Nicola Base says there's nothing to be concerned about.
Janowsky says the fire will last through today and possibly tomorrow.
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Five people are in police custody in Merritt after a high speed crash on a main downtown street.
Corporal Kelly Bartsch of the Merritt RCMP says it appears the vehicle was stolen and speed was a factor.
Bartsch says none of the five occupants suffered serious injuries. A variety of charges are pending, including auto theft.
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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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