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The Merritt Centennials have had such a significant response for their Spring Camp this weekend, that they've announced a second evaluation camp for June 24-to-26 in Abbotsford.

The Cents are expecting up to 70 hopefuls to attend camp starting Friday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

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The Fraser Basin Council hosts a free public forum this week to enhance public education about water resources in the Nicola watershed.

Mike Simpson, Senior Regional Manager of the Fraser Basin Council, says there'll be a workshops this week at the Merritt Civic Centre.

Simpson says water is an increasingly scarce resource in the Nicola Watershed, with many competing demands for communities, industrial use, fisheries and ecosystems.

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While Stockwell Day has decided not to seek another term as M-P in Okanagan-Coquihalla, his executive assistant Doug Sharpe's future is not exactly known.

Sharpe says that's entirely the decision of the Conservative candidate should he be elected May 2.

In the meantime, Sharpe is continuing to work with the new candidate Dan Albas, at least until the election.

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While the Chamber of Commerce A-G-M is set for tonight at Iron Mountain Music, they are already looking ahead to Mountainfest.

Chamber Executive Director Karen Irving is already booking spots for the street mall in July.

The street mall will be in conjunction with the Merritt Mountain Music Festival July 7-10.

Meanwhile, a new executive will be elected this evening at the A-G-M.

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The new Chief and Council for the Upper Nicola Band was decided on the weekend.

Former Band Chief Dan Manuel is back in again as Chief, replacing out-going Chief Tim Manuel.

Also in the running for Chief in Saturday's election were Frederick Holmes and Harvey McLeod.

The new Council consists of Wallace Michel, George Saddleman, Cindy Lindley, Brian Holmes and Dennis MacDonald.

The election had been postponed a week in respect to the recent passing of one of the band's elders.

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