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The Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Neepawa Natives have extended the contract of former Merritt Centennials coach Bryant Perrier through the 2012-13 season.

Perrier, who coached the Cents for two seasons in the mid-1990's, is in his second season as coach and GM of the Natives.

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There's a seasonal word of caution from the Mounties not to broadcast what you're giving or receiving for Christmas this year.

Constable Tracy Dunsmore of the Merritt Detachment of the RCMP says keep the evidence away from potential thieves.

Constable Dunsmore says if you do receive large ticket items, make note of the serial numbers, write them down and take photographs of the items as well.

Dunsmore adds that people leaving home for the holidays should make sure that somebody is looking after their home.

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A 51-year old Vernon woman has died after an accident on Highway 97 C near Aspen Grove East of Merritt early Friday afternoon.

Shelly May Unrau died later in Royal Inland Hospital after being extricated from the vehicle by crews from the Merritt Fire Department and transported by amulance to hospital in Merritt before being transfered to Kamloops.

Corporal Mike Pears of Central Interior Traffic Services in Merritt says Unrau's vehicle, heading west, crashed into a no-post after losing control on an icy passing lane near the 5A exit.

Pears says a Nissan Maxima driven by Unrau overtook a van and veered out of control.

He says the slow lane was bare, but the fast lane contained snow, ice and gravel.

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There's been a change at the helm of the BC Liberal Riding Association in Fraser-Nicola.

Norm Brigden has accepted the position of President, after Ella Brown stood down on Saturday due to personal reasons.

If proposed changes to electing a leader move forward, then Brigden says every riding in the province will have equal representation in the vote for the leader of the party.

Brigden says every member should make a point of hearing every member seeking the leadership position.

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Liberal Leadership Candidate Christy Clark is doubting Fraser-Nicola NDP MLA Harry Lali's chances of winning that party's leadership if he decides to run.

Clark says the NDP's leadership process is against Lali.

Clark was speaking last night in Merritt, the home of Harry Lali.

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