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Search and Rescue officials are getting ready to embark on what will be a terrible task off the Coquihalla Highway in the area of the former toll booth south of Merritt.

The body of a 43 year old snowmobiler from Maple Ridge is to be recovered after a deadly avalanche yesterday.

They were an experienced group, who did everything right according to R-C-M-P Corporal Dan Moskaluk.

As well according to Corporal Moskaluk among those who tried in vain to save the man was the victims' father and other extended family members.

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While there's continued calls for a regular Saturday bus service in and around the City of Merritt, the Manager of the Nicola Valley Transit Society says there's an explanation for the hold up in getting there.

Jan Oswald says it appears BC Transit wants to wait until a Coldwater service is agreed upon.

Oswald says a Saturday service is needed and the service extension leading up to Christmas was very successful.

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It's not the usual request for help from the Nicola Valley and District Food Bank this holiday season.

Food Bank Manager Karen Flick says she's looking for part-time help in a front-end desk position.

Flick says anyone feeling they can fit the bill can leave a message on the food bank answering machine with a call to 250-378-2282.

The Food Bank is closed for the Christmas break until Tuesday, January 4 but Flick says she'll be checking the answering machine in the meantime.

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Although Merritt City Hall isn't open until next Tuesday due to the holiday break, Friday is the deadline for most license and permit renewals.

Bylaw Enforcement Officer Marguerite Kempin says whether it's a dog licence or a business licence, penalties will be waved if the payments are dropped in the City Hall mail slot by this Friday.

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After a slow start to the wood stove rebate program this year in Merritt, the rewards appear well worth any delays.

Program coordinator Tim Larsen says the dealers have stepped up to the plate in a bigger role this year.

The program was in jeopardy of being cancelled this year but funding was made available and it is underway until March on a first come first served basis.

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