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The BC Cattlemen Association has prepared applications for drought relief to be presented to both Provincial and Federal Governments.

Association president Judy Guichon says the application is for the entire province, not just badly affected regions.

Guichon says if it doesn't turn around, the industry will pass the tipping poing, and, the cattle industry will no longer be viable in BC.

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The TNRD's Environmental Health Services Technologist says the war on illegal dumping is continuing in the Nicola Valley.

Martin Dickson encourages people to report illegal dumping to local conservation officers, as well as the TNRD.

Martin adds that he's working to educate people on what's acceptable at landfills and transfer stations, and what can actually be disposed either for free or inexpensively.

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It's an interesting match-up tonight at the Cominco Arena in Trail.

The Merritt Centennials take on the Smoke Eaters after outshooting them 51-15 in a 3-2 loss eight days ago.

Tyler Steel gets the start in goal after coming on in relief for Lino Chimienti in that game last Thursday.

The Vernon product has been solid in the Cents crease lately, with a goals-against-average of 1.92 and a .929 save percentage in his last five appearances.

Dustin Lebrun and Jakob Reichert are still out of the line-up for Merritt, as the team goes with the same group that posted a 5-4 win over Quesnel on Saturday.

Tonight's faceoff is 7:30 -- we have the game on Q101 -- our pre-game show is at 7 o'clock.

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A comment by Ida Makaro, past president of Gold Country Tourism, that she feels Merritt City Council doesn't understand what Gold Country is trying to do has some members of Council bristling.

Councillor Mike Goetz says Gold Country is trying to get Merritt to buy into a new specified area taxation.

Councillor Goetz says what Gold Country isn't aware of is that Council has made it quite clear they are not going to put it in as a line item to raise raise taxes to cover the shortfall of a Federal grant that they've lost.

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Budget talks underway now in the City of Merritt have taken on a change of format.

Financial Services Manager Marlie Worrin says she and City CAO Matt Noble are working a revised method which involves each department head dealing with them before going to Council.

Worrin says the new method of preparing the budget is designed to cut back on the amount of time that Council has to spend on it.

It's estimated that Council had about fifty hours of meetings under the previous format.

Council must have the financial plan adopted in enough time to set the tax rates and adopt the tax rate bylaw by the May 15 deadline.

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