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The Fraser Basin Council and Environment Canada officials will be in Merritt on Wednesday for a special presention on the effects of the Pine Beetle on our water supplies and the change of climate in the Nicola water shed.

Ginny Prowal, Chair of the Merritt Water Resourse Advisory Committee says there'll be a number of presentations.

It's from 6:30 until 8:30 Wednesday evening at the Civic Centre.

There'll also be day long meetings on Wednesday with the parties involved.

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The sharp pay increases Thompson Nicola Regional District directors have voted themselves has caught the attention of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

B-C Director Gregory Thomas sees the increases, as much as 70-per cent as unconscionable.

Thomas says directors ought to be debating the issue during an election campaign and have any approved increases take effect after this fall's elections.

(With files from CHNL)

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The Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce is calling for all nomination forms for the new executive to be turned in today.

Chamber Executive Director Karen Irving says the election will take place at the A-G-M set for Tuesday.

Etelka Gillespie is completing her first year as Chamber president, and, is elligible to let her name stand for a second term.

Tuesday's A-G-M is at the Capital Sound Stage at Iron Mountain Music on Granite Avenue starting at 5:30 with cocktails followed by the dinner and the A-G-M.

Tickets at 40-dollars each are on sale at the Chamber Office on Voght Street.

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Third place is the best the Merritt Midget Reps can hope for at the Provincials in Cranbrook.

Merritt lost 6-2 to Sooke in the semifinals last night and plays Whitehorse this morning at 8 in the third place game.

Head coach Joe Quewezance says they played extremely hard, battled, but ultimately just came up short.

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Yesterday's 15-million dollar boosted funding to community gaming grants announced by Premier Christy Clark will be felt in Merritt.

Karen Flick, Manager of the Nicola Valley & District Food Bank says the announced 25-per cent increase to Food Banks is a welcome relief.

Flick says they recently had to cut back on it's distribution of breads and this should help them to reinstate that service.

She says it could also assist them in brining on another program or just continue as they are with fewer worries.

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