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The Merritt Community Cinema steering committee is working on it's business plan to establish a four plex theatre in Merritt.

Kurt Christopherson says all the information found so far is going into the plan.

Christopherson says once they have the business plan developed, and it's on it's way now, then they will go to the public regarding financial support.

The group is hoping to meet with City Council again.

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It's too early to determine whether taxpayers will be saddled with another tax hike in the new year or whether there will be a reduction in taxes.

Merritt Financial Services Manager Marlie Worrin says the City objective is to make sure the current assets are maintained properly.

Worrin says ultimately it will come down to what Council's priorities are.

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A well-deserved day off is in the cards for the Merritt Centennials today as they returned late last night from five days away from home.

The Cents went 1-and-3 on their Island road trip after a 3-2 loss yesterday in Alberni Valley.

Steve Tresierra and Billy Marshall scored for Merritt while Lino Chimienti made 33 saves in the loss.

The Centennials next game is also on the road, Wednesday in Penticton.

Elsewhere yesterday in the BC Hockey League, the Vees clubbed P-G 10-1 and Vernon edged Surrey 2-1.

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A Merritt man accused of shooting two protected bighorn sheep without a license in 2007 has had his charges stayed because of lengthy trial delays.

Provincial Court Judge Elizabeth Bayliff says they're serious matters involving the preservation of treasured species of wildlife and there's a significant societal interest in seeing Jamie Antoine Vogt brought to trial on the charges.

In her written ruling, Bayliff said Vogt, of the Coldwater Band, went hunting in October 2007 near Williams Lake and is alleged to have shot a deer and two California bighorn sheep.

Vogt had no hunting licence and would not have been able to obtain species tags for the sheep as the hunting of this species has been almost entirely prohibited in that area for over 10 years.

Before asking to have the charges stayed due to the delay, Vogt intended to argue, in part, that hunting the animals was "within his rights as an aboriginal".

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Merritt is one of 34 BC Communities that will benefit from Provincial Government funding to provide a total of more than 1400 shelter beds province-wide during extreme cold winter weather.

While some beds are available in some communities now, the 20 beds provided in Merritt don't become available until December 1.

It's reported the beds are available when temperatures dip below minus 10.

The shelter in Merritt is at 2990 Voght Street, at the Crossroads Community Church.

More information on the Extreme Weather Response Program and emergency shelters is at:

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