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Former Merritt Centennials coach Enio Sacilatto has been added to the W-H-L's Victoria Royals staff as an assistant coach.

Sacilatto spent last season as an assistant coach with Chilliwack and joins the former Bruins franchise in Victoria for his second season with the team.

He spent time as one of three coaches during the 1983-84 season, which was the worst in Cents history.

That year Merritt had a record of 8-51-1, allowing a B-C-H-L-record 543 goals-against in the process.

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Quick action by fire crews shortly after 4 yesterday afternoon contained a fire in the Elkhart Lodge area off the Okanagan Connector east of Merritt.

Fire information officer Kayla Pepper of the Kamloops Fire Centre says the fire only grew to 1.5-hectares in size and crews attacked it with three air tankers, a RAT machine and a helicopter plus several firefighters, including two 20 person sustained action crews.

Pepper adds that the fire was completely contained by 9 o'clock last night and crews will go in again today to continue mop up.

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The Vice President of the Nicola Stockbreeders says this week's installation of the Drought Monitoring Sign on Voght Street will help raise general awareness of the need to conserve water.

John Anderson says it's more an awareness factor for the general public than the local rancher.

The sign was erected facing south, halfway up the hill on Voght Street, just north of the police station.

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One of the five people arrested in Merritt in late April after a crime spree that started in Manitoba has pleaded guilty in an Alberta Court.

18-year-old Michael Fudge was arrested after a stolen SUV crashed on Voght Street after being spotted by police, ending the crime spree.

Fudge and five other individuals — including three youths — have since been charged in connection with the violent robbery and assault of a 57-year-old widow in Irvine, Alberta on April 27.

They stole the woman's SUV and carried on to Merritt where where they were arrested April 28.

Michael Fudge could face a stiff sentence when he appears for sentencing October 18 in Medicine Hat.

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Talk about declining enrollment numbers has left some people concerned about what it could mean to jobs at schools in the province.

Bob Peacock, Superintendent of Schools in District 58 Nicola-Similkameen says it's inevitable that it will have some impact.

School goes back in September 6th, with a slight decline in numbers again this year.

People interested in registering children for class are also reminded registrations are being taken at area schools August 29th to September 2nd.

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