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December is Counter Attack Season for the RCMP in Merritt.  Constable Tracy Dunsmore of the Merritt RCMP says extra road checks are going to be up in the area through the Christmas and New Years period.

Dunsmore says under the criminal code the allowable blood alcohol limit allowable is still .08 and with roadside screening devices it's always been .05 for a 24-hour suspension.

Dunsmore says .08 is still the legal limit for driving.

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The allowable annual cut for the Merritt Timber Supply Area has been reduced by 400,000 cubic metres to to 2.4 million.  BC's Chief Forester, Jim Snetsinger, says this still includes a substantial uplift in the Merritt TSA.

Snetsinger says the District and the Region are working on how the 400,000 cubic metres will be done.

Snetsinger adds the recent colder winter and pine beetle infested tree removal conducted by Tom Lacey are just two reasons for this year's assessment.

Snetsinger says the pine beetle has reached it's peak in BC.  He says it'll continue to kill pine trees, but not at the rate it has.  He says the future for BC's forest industry in the Merritt TSA is bright.

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The Merritt Centennials are in Westside tonight to take on the Warriors, who have points in four straight games after a 4-2 win over Quesnel on Tuesday.

The Cents have lost their last two outings after a three game winning streak.

Merritt coach and GM Luke Pierce says the Warriors are a tough opponent...

Westside is one of the hottest teams in the B-C-H-L, with just one regulation loss in their last ten games.

The Cents are 4-and-6 in their last ten.

We'll have the broadcast from West Kelowna at 6:30.

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The roads and sidewalks around our City of Merritt are sometimes a bit tricky due to snow and ice and the City is advising people to keep things clear.

Bylaw Enforcement Officer Marguerite Kempin says snow removal within 24-hours is well documented in the City but de-icing is another concern people have to take seriously on sidewalks and drive-ways on and around their properties.

Kempin says if the snow or ice hasn't been properly cleared, it could pose a serious liability issue.

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Heavy snow and slippery conditions has created problems for drvers on the Coquihalla Highway system this week.

Yesterday afternoon, a blinding snowstorm south of Merritt on the Coquihalla slowed and even stopped traffic in some areas as a number of the big rigs had problems, especially in the area of Larson Hill.

Truckers are reminded that chains are needed in the higher passes and all drivers are again urged to drive to winter conditions and this morning, black ice.

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