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Merritt residents have only until tomorrow to take advantage of a special offer for this year's Merritt Mountain Music Festival.

Claude Lelievre, the head of Active Mountain Entertainment, says local residents can take in any one of the four days of the event at discounted prices of up to 30 percent off.

After a one year hiatus last year, the number one Country Festival in Canada returns to Merritt July 7 to 10, and features such headliners as Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Montgomery Gentry, Crystal Gayle and Ray Price.

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A provincial review panel is set to meet today to review whether Allan Schoenborn, the mentally ill man who killed his three children and then hid for days in the woods near Merritt should be allowed escorted leaves from a psychiatric hospital.

Schoenborn is currently at a hospital in Port Coquitlam, but the hospital director has now learned that Schoenborn's former wife, Darcie Clarke, also lives in the same community.

The B-C Review Board's decision to allow Schoenborn escorted trips three years after he killed his children in their Merritt home has sparked public anger and prompted the province's attorney general to raise his own concerns.

A rally to support Clarke was held at Port Coquitlam's city hall yesterday.

(The Canadian Press)

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A good cross section of about 90 people from the Merritt area were on hand at a Chamber of Commerce sponsored All Candidates Forum in Merritt last night.

All five of the candidates in the upcoming Federal Election took their campaign platforms to the podium and answered questions from the floor.

A number of the candidates will remain in the Merritt and Logan Lake areas of the Okanagan-Coquihalla riding today doing door knocking and mainstreeting for the May 2 Federal Election.

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Community outrage over a B-C Review Board decision to allow Allan Schoenborn the opportunity to apply for escorted day passes in the community helped prompt a protest rally at Coquitlam City Hall yesterday.

The rally heard from a number of speakers, including Stacie Gall, cousin of Darcie Clarke, whose three children were killed by Schoenborn in Merritt three years ago.

Today the B-C Review Board will take a second look at its decision to allow Schoenborn day passes.

(With files from Corus Radio Network)

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Interface clean up projects are continuing on the perimeter of the City of Merritt this Spring.

Merritt's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Tom Lacey says it's time to take it to the next stage and conduct further burns.

Lacey says weather permitting, the controlled burn, in conjunction with the Coldwater Fire Department and the Ministry of Forests, will be conducted next week.

The exact day of the burn won't be determined until early in the week, with notice given immediately on Q101.


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