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Snowmobilers using the trails groomed by the Merritt Snowmobile Club will be hit with a fee starting today. 

Club Director Tracy Senio expects there'll be some growing pains as the 20-dollar fee is implemented starting today.

Affected are the Thynne Mountain, and, Prospect Creek snowmobile trails which include the Honeymoon, Stoyoma and Hooshum snowmobile areas.. 

For more information contact Tracy Senio at 250-315-1082, or, go online. 

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Early bird ticket sales for the second annual Great Canadian Bike Rally in Merritt have been moving well since going on sale in November. 

Spokesman Mike Fairfield says the special will continue till the end of May, with some slight changes from last year.

Fairfield says a number of entertainers are booked for next year's event, including the ever popular Jerry Doucette. 

He says more top name acts will be announced shortly for the July 12-15 event in Merritt.

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The Country Christmas weekend in late November started what is hoped will be a brisk sales year for Merritt's merchants. 

City Councillor Mike Goetz says it's been good so far, and, now Christmas is only ten days away.

Councillor Goetz is echoing the sentiments of other Councillors, and, the Chamber of Commerce, that people will hopefully do their shopping at home this year.

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The doors are being opened to the general public today for the newly establised Community Response Emergency Winter Shelter. 

One of the key organizers of the Shelter, Kelly Donaldson, is laying out the welcome matt.

The open house is from noon to four today at the shelter, located at 2099 Coutlee Avenue in the former Spirit of the Youth Building.

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The driver of a semi that left the Coquihalla Highway north of Merritt this morning has been charged. 

Constable Brock Hedrick of the Merritt R-C-M-P says the incident occurred just north of the Clapperton Break Check.

Constable Hedrick says the driver of the first vehicle, that caused the incident, has been charged with drive without due care and attention under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Constable Hedrick says people have to drive to the conditions.

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