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The Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC) has voted to support the Coldwater Indian Band with a nine-thousand dollar grant to host a Coldwater River Watershed Workshop.

The funding will assist the Band in hosting a watershed workshop with experts in water hydrology, human health, traditional knowledge holders from local First Nations, along with local and provincial government officials.

The final outcome of the workshop will be a guidebook focussed on a common understanding of the linkage between impacts to watersheds and human health, and the challenges of natural resource management.

A date for the workshop is yet to be determined.

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Plans are now well underway for a second annual "Great Canadian Bike Rally" in Merritt next year.

Organizer Mike Fairfield says meetings are planned for tomorrow at 3 pm and 6 pm at the Merritt Civic Centre for businesspeople who want to give feedback on this year's Rally and would like to provide input for next year's Rally.

There's also another meeting at the Civic Centre on Saturday morning at 11 o'clock for volunteers.

Fairfield says it's all about making things better for next year's event, planned for July 12-15.

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The Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce is organizing an All Candidates Forum in advance of the November 19 Civic Election in Merritt.

Chamber Manager Heather Fader says details are still being worked out.

Fader says at this time they are trying to include all the candidates for School Board, the T-N-R-D and City Council.

It's likely the All Candidates Forum will be held in late October. The Chamber will release more information once all the details are ironed out.

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Merritt City Council is in meetings this week with B-C Cabinet Ministers at the Union of B-C Municipalities Convention in Vancouver.

Mayor Susan Roline says the meetings went well as they are looking for support for the City's application for north bench land crown land application and also in moving the Gateway 286 project forward.

Roline says she feels the ministers are listening.

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The Merritt Centennials were down 2-1 to Trail after the first period and 3-2 after the second, but Chad Brears' tying goal at 11:59 of the third knotted the game at 3 and that's how it ended.

Tyler Steel was great in goal for the Cents, kicking out 38 shots, including 11 in overtime.

Brears also had an assist and Jakob Reichert chipped in with two helpers.

Special teams didn't play a role as Merritt went 0-for-1 on the power play and the Smokies were 0-for-2.

The Centennials next game is their home opener tomorrow. It's a return match-up against Trail.

Elsewhere in the B-C Hockey League last night, Salmon Arm is winless after a 3-2 loss to Westside and Powell River is unbeaten in three after a 5-3 win over Cowichan.

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