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Months of number crunching should come to an end soon.

Merritt City Councillor Mike Goetz says council should all but put the 2011 budget to bed later on today.

The Council will have a quick review of the budget and it should go to the public in early April.

The budget, expected to be in about the ten million dollar range should toe the line, keeping any tax hikes to a minimum.

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The Chairman of the board for Crime Stoppers in Merritt is hoping to see the executive grow during their annual general meeting this week.

Graham Whitecross says it's an important part of the fight against crime in the City as they look for tips in solving crime.

People interested in joining the fight against crime are urged to attend Wednesday's meeting at the Community Policing Office on Wednesday afternoon at 1pm.

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The cutbacks at the Nicola Valley & District Food Bank are not as severe as they could have been, given  increased need and funding concerns.

Food Bank Manager Karen Flick says the schedule of hours will not be altered at the present time.

Flick says she is waiting to hear what the reinstatement of funds for community groups announced by Premier Christy Clark last week will mean to the local Food Bank.

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The T-R-U WolfPack men's hockey team, which features six former Merritt Centennials including coach Lorne Cumming, came up short in the BC Intercollegiate League title game, losing 5-2 to S-F-U last night.

The S-F-U clan was backstopped by 26 saves from former Cents affilate goaltender Justin Mulholland.

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While the Conservatives have Dan Albas and the N-D-P have confirmed David Finnis as their candidates in the May 2 election in Okanagan-Coquihalla, the Liberals are doing that today.

They will have a moving polling station for Liberal Party Members tonight, starting at 7pm in Merritt and ending in West Kelowna.

Three candidates - Ashcroft's John Kidder and West Kelowna residents, Gordon Weive and Shan Lavell were all given the green light to run two weeks ago.

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