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It's no secret that Harry Lali opposes the H-S-T, and, he'll host a town hall meeting tonight to answer questions on the controversial tax.

Lali, the N-D-P M-L-A in Fraser Nicola, says even lowering the H-S-T from 12 to 10 percent is going to be costly for B-C.

Tonight's Town Hall meeting in Merritt is going to be the first of a number to be held in the riding over the next two weeks.  It's between 6 and 8 o'clock in Room One at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

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Merritt's Communities in Bloom appear to be leading by example after this past weekend.

City Councillor Shelley Sanders says a half dozen committee members were out pulling their weight on Saturday.

Sanders says the response to their actions was very positive.

Communities In Bloom meets again next Monday, to prepare for the July 18 visit to Merritt by the National Communities in Bloom officials.

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Merritt Minor Hockey elects a new executive for the 2011-12 season tonight at its Annual General Meeting.

Acting President Dave Zakall won't allow his name to stand, meaning the position is open.

Tonight's meeting is at 7 o'clock at the Civic Centre.

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The Canadian Tour's inaugural Western Championship has come to a conclusion and Merritt, BC's Roger Sloan is the last man standing. In typical western style, golf's version of a shootout developed over the last four days and Sloan's final round 66 was enough to clinch victory for a tournament total of 23-under-par.

Sloan, who commuted from his parent's house in Merritt just 90 kilometers down the Coquihalla, was able to secure victory largely based on his mistake free weekend. Sloan's only bogey for the tournament came on the par 4 9th hole where an errant tee shot was the young pro's lone blemish for the week.

"I was extremely proud of myself for being able to win this tournament," said Sloan whose father Curtis was caddying for him this week. "Having my Dad on the bag and my friends and family watching was a big bonus for me and I can say it helped me win," added Sloan who went 63 straight holes with out a bogey.

Sloan's fine play that included 20 birdies in 63 holes etches his name on the Western Championship Trophy, which will be remembered for low scores on the 7,000 yard Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout. Sloan who coincidently was one of the poster boys for the Western Championship had been anticipating this moment for some time.

"I had this event circled on my calendar as soon I as heard it was coming to Rivershore," said Sloan who has played Rivershore Golf Links a number of times prior to this week. "I really like this golf course and I think my play this week explains why," added Sloan who now heads to regional qualifying tomorrow at Point Grey in Vancouver.

(Courtesy of Canadian Professional Golf Tour)

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Round three is in the books at the inaugural Western Championship in Kamloops, BC and a local product is leading the way after 54 holes. Roger Sloan of nearby Merritt, BC shot 7-under-par 65 today to take a one shot lead over Alex Coe of La Quinta, CA at Rivershore Golf Links. Sloan was able to maneuver around the 7,000 yard Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout unscathed carding 7 birdies and no bogeys.

"It was a good day, I got off to a good start and it was exactly what I wanted," said the 24 year old second year pro. "I made some putts today which helped my round and it was the difference from yesterday's round," added Sloan who shot 2-under-par 70 on Friday.

With Merritt being 90 kilometers down the road, coupled with the fact that all of the Kamloops players missed the cut, the pressure from the locals is squarely on Sloan. Sloan, however, has remained calm, cool and collected during his voyage around Rivershore.

"I kind of had a feeling something like this was going to happen but I have to approach it like any other tournament," admitted Sloan. "It's great to have the support especially when I'm trying to win a golf tournament and I am going to use it to my advantage," added Sloan who is commuting from his parent's house to the golf course.

This isn't the first time Sloan has been in contention to win his first Canadian Tour event. Earlier this year the young British Columbian lost in a playoff to Jose Rodriguez at the Mexican PGA Championship. Sloan will be looking to avenge that loss tomorrow but will need another solid round on the scoreable Rivershore.

Lurking right behind Sloan is 2008 Jane Rogers Championship winner Alex Coe of La Quinta, California. Coe shot his third consecutive round in the 60's with a 7-under-par round of 65 to match Sloan.


The only blemish on Coe's scorecard came on the par 3 11th hole where he made bogey for the second straight day.

"I just haven't been committed on that hole but I will rectify that tomorrow," said the 28-year-old. "Other than 11 I have been playing solid this week and if I'm going to win tomorrow I need to keep doing what I'm doing," added Coe, who finished tied for 17th last week at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open.

Second round leader Travis Woolf of Fort Worth, Texas struggled today shooting a 1-over-par round of 73. Woolf's card consisted of three birdies and four bogeys and the young professional now sits in a tie for 9th spot with 10 other players. His playing partner Stuart Anderson had the same fate as Woolf carding an even par round of 72. Anderson is among the group of 10 players that sit at 13-under-par, four shots off the lead.

Nick Taylor, the standout amateur from Abbotsford, BC remains in the hunt at the Western Championship after carding his third straight round in the 60's. The sophomore professional managed a round of 4-under-par 68 to go along with his matching 67's from rounds one and two. Taylor's only blemish of the tournament came today on the 11th hole where he carded his first bogey in 46 holes at Rivershore.

First round leader Ramon Bescansa is still in the hunt at 15-under-par after a 2-under-par round of 70 today. The Spaniard sits in a tie for third spot with Josh Habig who is 14-under-par over his last two rounds.


(Courtesy of Canadian Professional Golf Tour)

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