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The President of the Fraser-Nicola Riding Liberal Association is encouraging Party members to do their homework ahead of this Saturday's vote.

Norm Brigden wants the membership to know who they're voting for and why.

Brigden says the membership will be voting for their choice of candidate either online or by telephone.

The four choices are George Abbott, Christy Clark, Mike DeJong and Kevin Falcon.

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The B-C Hockey League handed out its regular season awards yesterday, with Penticton's Joey Laleggia winning Interior M-V-P and top defenceman honours.

Bryce Gervais of Salmon Arm won Interior Rookie of the Year while Silverbacks coach Tim Kehler was named Interior Coach of the Year.

Westside's Grayson Downing won Interior Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player.

Merritt forward Regan Sequila received some consideration for the Rookie of the Year award.

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The Merritt Centennials will be without defenceman J-P Witkop for the first two games of their first round playoff series against Salmon Arm as the 20-year-old was suspended today by the B-C Hockey League for a major checking from behind penalty to Trail's Clayton McEwan during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Smoke Eaters.

Witkop will be eligible to return for Game Three of the series against the Silverbacks next Monday in Merritt.

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The City Council is back to business tonight, with their next regular meeting. 

City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says Council will look at two bylaws on the agenda, the first one being an amendment to the Cemetery Bylaw and the second being the Elections and Voting Procedure and Automated Voting Machines Authorization Bylaw.

The meeting kicks off at 7 o'clock at City Hall Council Chambers.

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Budget deliberations kicked off with department heads putting forward their wish lists for City Council last night.

Merritt Mayor Susan Roline says Council will now move into further planning and deliberations.

Roline adds that last year money was set aside for infrastructure studies paving, water repairs and sewers for last year.

Roline says planning is being done to avoid excess spending by having to redo jobs that might be done and then torn up for water mains or whatever reason.

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