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This week's Fraser Basin Council hosted forum in Merritt to enhance public education about water resources in the Nicola Watershed stems from some confusion during the 2009 drought year in the Nicola Valley.

Elizabeth Solomon deFriedberg of the Water Shed Committee says the round table was asked to assist in diseminating information with a new brochure as well as to assist with the forum.

The forum wraps up at the Civic Centre this morning, with Solomon deFriedberg speaking at 8:45.

Information on the brochure is available online at

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No new board members were nominated from the floor during Tuesday's A-G-M of the Merritt And District Chamber of Commerce, but there will be a new face on the executive.

Chamber Executive Director Karen Irving says the one nomination was put forth by Chamber President Etelka Gillespie for Shelly Neville.

The first board meeting is on Monday, April 18, when the executive positions will be determined.

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The Merritt Crime Stoppers is hoping to bolster numbers today at their A-G-M.

Local Secretary Gail McKee says the board now sits at seven members, and they are always looking for more help.

Today's meeting is at one o'clock at the Community Policing Office.

People interested in helping fight crime in Merritt are welcome to be there.

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The budget is ready to unveil for the taxpayers of Merritt.

Merritt Mayor Susan Roline says next Wednesday residents will have their chance to express their views on the ten-million dollar plus budget.

Mayor Roline says she's happy to see Council was able to keep the tax increase to just three per cent, the number targeted this year.

Next Wednesday's public unveiling at the Merritt Civic Centre at 7 o'clock.

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The Green Party is expected to be on the campaign trail in Okanagan-Coquihalla before long.

Dan Bouchard says he plans to have a much better presence in Merritt this time...

Bouchard, who entered the race in 2008, is running for his second time in the riding.

His company is involved in both the domestic and export markets for lumber and related products, serving customers in the U-S, Mexico, China and Europe.

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