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Tickets are expected to go on sale today for the Walk of Stars Gala fund raiser set for the end of May.

Walk of Stars President Ron Sanders says the annual event is shaping up well to include Canadian Idol top-ten finalist Tara Oram along with Patricia Conroy and a number of other top Canadian stars, plus other fun events for the weekend like a celebrity golf tournament and special industry night at Iron Mountain Music.

Tickets are $100 and are available at Home Hardware Building Centre, the Merritt News, and at Sanders and Company.

The Gala itself is at the Civic Centre on May 28.

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It's a sign spring is near as the Ministry of Transportation has announced the start of some seasonal load restrictions are now in effect in portions of Southern B-C.

In an information bulletin this morning, the Ministry advises drivers of commercial vehicles that load restrictions are now in place on various provincial routes in Southern British Columbia.

Highways are said to be particularly vulnerable to damage when they begin to thaw, and load restrictions are put in place to reduce that damage.

Drivers of long-haul transports, logging trucks and trucks that carry heavy equipment are required to
reduce loads they would normally carry on a route.

They can also choose alternate roads with no load restrictions, where available.

Drivers should look for white signs posted on the routes advising of seasonal load limits for the area.

Drivers who do not obey seasonal load restrictions are subject to a $365 fine.

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Icy conditions on th Coquihalla Highway have been blamed for at least two accidents south of Merritt in the last hour.

Two cars rolled in two separate accidents in the vicinity of the Coldwater Exit and Larson Hill.

One injury has been reported, but the extent is not known.

A word to the wise... slow down when heading onto the highway this morning.

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As Spring Break for students in School District 58 begins after classes today, the District is waiting to see how things play out under new Premier Christy Clark and newly appointed Education Minister George Abbot.

Board Chair Gordon Comeau says he feels positive about the direction they'll take.

Meanwhile, the students do have the next week away from the books as Spring Break is set to begin.

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Even though there hasn't been a Federal Election call yet, the newly acclaimed N-D-P candidate in Okanagan-Coquihalla is getting into the election swing.

David Finnis from Summerland says employment and forestry are two key issues that need to be hit head on.

Finnis will be officially acclaimed at the Nominating Convention on Saturday, March 26 in Penticton.

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