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It isn't going to stop with the recent news that the 140-million dollar green energy plant has been approved for Merritt.

Mayor Susan Roline says there's more than one project that could be coming to town, including the establishment of a bus manufacturing plant.

Roline says there's a number of levels of government involved in the red tape on the project, which was initiated a number years ago, but put on hold because of the slow economy at the time.

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With the drought level sign that was installed on Grasslands Hill on Voght Street last week comes the expectation that people in the Nicola Valley with work to conserve more water.

Elizabeth Solomon-de-Friedberg of the Nicola Watershed Community Round Table says with each level of the rating people are expected to step up the water conservation level.

Despite the slogan "a lake a day as long as you stay", the Round Table wants to get the point across that contrary to the belief there's lots of water, that the area does experience droughts from time to time, and people should be aware that they should practice wise water use at all times.

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The City's top law makers are back down to business this evening.

City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says Council's next regular meeting kicks off with a number delegations, before looking at other business of the day.

The DeWolf Way Enhancement Loan Authorization Bylaw is expected to gain approval tonight.

It will then go to Victoria on September 9 for official approval after a one month quashing period.

Work is still expected to begin on the project before the snow flies.

Tonight's council meeting gets underway at 7 o'clock in Council Chambers at City Hall.

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The campfire ban in the Merritt and Lillooet fire zones has been in effect for just over two weeks but violations continue to skyrocket.

Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek of the Kamloops Fire Centre says the message is not getting across.

Skrepnek says it's pretty concerning.

He says the violators caught are facing fines of 145-dollars each and a serious fire as a result of a violator could mean a 10-thousand dollar fine.

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Former Merritt Centennials forward Cameron Campbell has been hired as colour commentator on the Chilliwack Chiefs broadcast this season.

Campbell, who played in Merritt from 1992-94, is currently the Head Instructor at the Goal Line Hockey Training Centre in Chilliwack.

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