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Fraser Nicola MLA and former NDP leadership candidate Harry Lali is throwing his support behind John Horgan.

Lali says Horgan understands rural BC and possesses the necessary passion and energy New Democrats need to win the next election.

Horgan's leadership rival Mike Farnworth is expected to announce he has four new backers of his own later today.

(With files from Corus Radio Network)

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Today is the cut off date for prospective candidates for the N-D-P in the next Federal Election who wish to let their name stand in Okanagan-Coquihalla.

Jeanette Wood, president of the Okanagan-Coquihalla Federal N-D-P Riding Association, says Ralph Poynting, a former Merritt resident who let his name stand last election has been approached, but declined due to his living outside of the riding in Calgary.

So far David Finnis, a Summerland councilor, has been the only person so far to let his name stand for the nomination meeting in Penticton March 26.

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The head of the B-C Roadbuilders endorses efforts of Bob Giloswski of V-S-A Highway Maintenance to certify snowplows as emergency vehicles.

Jack Davidson says the Roadbuilders are trying get legislation changed to include all highway vehicles.

Davidson says their lives are just as valuable as anyone else's and the situation is the same.

He says he's hoping the new Christy Clark government will move on the legislation.

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The Cantos people from Calgary were in Merritt yesterday for meetings with the Walk of Stars regarding the Hall of Honour/Hall of Fame project.

Walk of Stars President Ron Sanders says it was a good meeting.

Sanders says there's still more to be done to complete the deal with officials in Calgary, to officially complete the move of the Hall to Merritt which should be done by early Spring.

He says Cantos, a non profit organization, has a lot to offer, having raised over 95-million dollars alone to build the new National Music Centre in Calgary.

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The Merritt Centennials have extended the deadline for registration for their Spring Camp.

Cents coach and G-M Luke Pierce says they're getting a good response, but don't want to restrict any potential attendees.

Merritt's Spring Camp is April 1-3 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

The original registration deadline was yesterday.

More information is available at

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