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The benefits of the new western bio energy project in Merritt mean green in more than one sense of the word.

Fred Scott, the company's Director of Business Development, says it's the 140-million dollar project will add to the City's tax base.

Scott says they've been working on the bio-energy program for about five years and at the beginning the project was estimated at about 110-million dollars but with increases in things like labour and material, that figure has jumped by about 30-million dollars.

Once construction commences, it'll be about 24-months to completion.

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It's become a summer long tradition in the City of Merritt, but it's coming to the end of another run this weekend.

Organizer and local performer Dawn Chypya is one of the artists to bring Music in the Park's successful run to a close this Sunday afternoon.

Chypya says the numbers climbed over the season, with a peak week during Mountainfest when over 100 people turned out.

This Sunday, Gary Cooper and his son Jason, along with Anita Boran and a number of other guests, including Dawn Chypya will be on hand at Rotary Park between 3 and 5 pm.

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Roger Sloan of Merritt struggled early, but found his game on the back nine to fire a 4-under-66 in the opening round of the Seaforth Country Classic in Ontario.

Sloan was 2-over on the front and then fired a 6-under-28 on the back.

He sits in a nine-way tie for 14th, three shots off the pace.

(With files from CHNL)

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The Vice President of the Nicola Stockbreeders Association says the Canadian cattle industry has two things going for it this year.

John Anderson says the re-opening of the Vietnamese market after an 8 year closure because of Mad Cow disease along with a shortage of beef brought on by the severe drought in Texas can only help Canadian producers.

Anderson adds that these circumstances increase demand for Canadian beef, which in turn allows ranchers to get a fair price for their product.

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R-C-M-P in Merritt are seeking the public's assistance after a 16-year old boy on a bicycle was struck down by a hit and run driver early yesterday morning.

Police say the boy is in Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops with serious leg injuries.

They're asking anyone with information about the driver of a white pick up truck that fled the scene at Douglas Street and Clapperton Avenue at about 4:20 am Thursday to call police or Crime Stoppers as soon as possible.

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