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The NDP MLA for the Fraser Nicola has gone from "talking to his family" to now "seriously considering a run" for his party's leadership.

Lali says both his family and his constituency are supportive.

Lali says there are still a couple of pieces to the puzzle to complete before he makes a formal announcement.

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Some of the Christmas mailing deadlines have now passed, but there's still time to get some of the Christmas mail out.

Karen Knapp, lead hand with Canada Post in Merritt says people have missed missed the deadline to most of Europe, the Carribean and Australia, but there's still a couple days to get mail to the U-S.

Letters to Santa are being accepted, Postage FREE until Christmas.

The address for Santa mail is simply: Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, HOH OHO.

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There'll be just two more meetings of Merritt City Council in 2010.

The City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says the second to last meeting of the year, tomorrow night, begins with a presentation from Kurt Christopherson from the Merritt Theatre building steering committee.

Following the two presentations council will review the City Centre Improvement Plan update.

There's a recommendation that council receive the updated plan and defer the item to budget deliberations.

After tomorrow's meeting, the final meeting of the year is set for the following Tuesday, December 21.

Both meetings in the City Hall Council Chambers getting underway at 7 o'clock.

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Merrittonian Payton Schaefer had four assists as the Kamloops Storm edged North Okanagan 6-5 in KIJHL action yesterday. Schaefer has 20 points in 31 games with the Storm this season.

Elsewhere, Merritt's Briar McNaney has been added to Fernie's roster as an affiliate player. McNaney, who has 10 points in 29 games this season, was released by Creston Valley.

And Merrittonian Jordan Suzuki has been traded in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League from Campbell River to Kerry Park. Suzuki is third among all VIJHL defencemen in scoring with 28 points in 26 games.

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The Merritt Centennials return to practice today after a well-earned day off yesterday.

The Cents swept a home-and-home series with Westside on Friday and Saturday to move eight points back of the fifth-place Warriors in the Interior Conference.

The Centennials host Trail this Saturday.

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