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The Fraser-Nicola N-D-P M-L-A says his mood after yesterday's federal election is bitter sweet.

Harry Lali says it was definitely a breakthrough for the National N-D-P but bitter in the sense that the Conservatives formed a majority government.

Lali says he feels the next four years are going to be tough.

He likened the Federal Conservatives to the B-C Liberals under Gordon Campbell, calling them both dictatorial governments.

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Four people are in R-C-M-P custody in Merritt after allegedly forcing their way into a home on the Douglas Lake Reserve and assaulted the male and female occupants.

Police received the call late Sunday night and made the arrest a short time later in a nearby residence.

All the parties are known to each other.

The male occupant was beaten unconscious and taken to the Nicola Valley Health Centre for his injuries.

The female occupant received a number of blows to the head causing minor injuries.

The four suspects, three men and a woman, were arrested and taken into custody.

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The first of the Big Bike rides for Heart and Stroke in the Thompson-Cariboo region is being held today in Merritt with a goal of raising eight-thousand dollars of a 210-thousand dollar objective in the region.

Speaking for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Teresa Moore says there's room for more riders right up to the first ride at 5:30.

The Big Bike weighs over a ton and seats 30 riders, so there's lots of room for anyone who wants to take part right up till this evening.

The only prerequesite is to meet the minimum donation level of 50-dollars.

Province wide the ride expects to raise over a million dollars for heart research.

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Dan Albas has successfully replaced Stockwell Day as the Conservative MP in Okanagan-Coquihalla, but says he has no intention of gunning for the Treasury Board and Asia-Pacific Gateway portfolios left open by Day's departure.

Albas says he will champion the issues of job creation and health care when he gets to Ottawa as well as continuing to grow the youth vote.

Now retired MP Stockwell Day won the last election with 28,765 votes for 58.1 percent. Albas received 53.59 percent of the vote, with 28,525 ballots in his favour.

The strongest gain came from the New Democrats as candidate David Finnis got 24.15 percent with 12,853 votes.

Liberal candidate John Kidder received 5,815 votes for 10.92 percent.

Dan Bouchard of the Green Party finished with 4,997 votes for 9.39 percent.

Independent Sean Upshaw came in with 1.62 percent on 860 votes.

And independent candidate Dietrich Wittel received 179 votes for 0.33 percent.

(With files from CHNL)


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It's looking good for Angel's Animal Rescue of Merritt in the $100,000 Pepsi Challenge, but it's not over yet.

Angel's Animal Rescue co-founder Judanna Caros says she thought the final round of voting was to end on Saturday..

Caros urges people continue to vote and vote often until June 30.

Angel's Animal Rescue is hoping to win the Pepsi Challenge top prize of $100,000 in order to complete a major expansion at the Animal Rescue Centre.

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