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Merritt Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Forestry Consultant Tom Lacey and the District of Logan LakeĀ  were each recognized by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson yesterday at a special ceremony at Nicola Base east of Merritt.

Minister Thomson says Lacey has been a leader in the community and a leader in interface management across the Province and internationally.

Thomson recognized the District of Logan Lake for fully implementing it's community wildfire protection plan.

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An extremely busy month of July is only two weeks away and is shaping up to be a memorable one in the Nicola Valley.

Along with Mountainfest and Homecoming Week is the first Great Canadian Bike Rally and organizer Mike Fairfield says there are a lot of benefits for people on bikes who register.

Fairfield says Nicola Valley residents who are not participating in the other events are still welcome to be a part of it all.

He says everything other than the concerts downtown between June 14 and 17 is FREE as are the games at the Rodeo grounds.

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After issuing a request for proposals for construction of benches downtown for the implementation of a Community Enhancement-Memorial Recognition Policy program, a choice has been made.

City Councillor Mike Goetz says five proposals were received, ranging in price from $399 to $2352, with council voting to buy the more expensive ones.

Goetz says with the type of material needed, the price barely covers the costs, so nobody will get rich building them.

People interested in a memorial plaque and a bench should contact Merritt City Hall.

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Merritt's Mayor endorses City Council's decision to defeat an anti noise bylaw designed to control noisy A-T-V's in and around the City.

Susan Roline says Council wants the noise controlled, but such a bylaw is nearly unenforceable.

Roline says the City has received a commitment from the A-T-V users that they'll work to educate and enforce themselves.

And, she adds that they've proven themselves so far.

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The handful of CUPW workers at the Merritt Post Office are on the outside today, after being locked out by Canada Post.

Local Shop Steward Lana McKnight says support from the public has been good.

Doors to the Merritt Post Office are open to allow the public access to the mail already sorted, but no other services are being offered during the lock out.

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