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The 80-hectare controlled burn in the Coutlee Plateau area south of Merritt went without a hitch yesterday.

Forestry Protection Officer Kim Janowsky from Nicola Base says crews managed to get a good portion of the pine beetle infested area burned.

Janowsky says the burn won't continue over the weekend, but people will remain on the scene to make sure there are no flare ups or problems.

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The deadline is tomorrow for the community to support Angels Animal Rescue with a vote in the Pepsi $100,000 dollar challenge.

People can vote as often as they like until the end of the day tomorrow.

Angel's has big plans for the money if they top the polls.

First will be $50,000 dollars for an indoor housing and rehabilitation centre, next will be $25,000 dollars for a spay and neuter program, another $5,000 dollars will be spent for spay and neuter education and then $20,000 dollars will be ear marked for veterinary expenses.

April 30th, tomorrow is the deadline for the votes to be in.

Vote online via the Angel's website, which is

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As the take over of Craigmont Mines is expected to become official May 1, it's cited as good news by long standing Fraser-Nicola N-D-P M-L-A Harry Lali.

Lali says with Huldra Silver taking over, it keeps valuable jobs in the Nicola Valley.

Huldra Silver will begin processing ore from it's mine in the Tulameen.

Meanwhile, Craigmont will continue to work the concentrate on the site at least until next year.

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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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