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New facts following a meeting with director of Protective Services Randy Shaw on Tuesday has the City of Merritt re-thinking it's stand against a Provincial proposal to have both Fire and Ambulance personal respond to emergency calls in the City.

Mayor Susan Roline says the program won't be as costly as first thought.

Initial calculations indicated the costs would jump from just under 700-thousand dollars a year to close to a million dollars. Once the numbers are worked out it will go before council at a future meeting.

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The Wood Stove program is continuing in the Nicola Valley with substantial rebates going to people who chose to upgrade their old units to certified new ones.

And Program Coordinator Tim Larson says there's an interesting presentation for people interested in learning more, next Thursday at 7 pm in Merritt.

Ralph Adams, air quality meteorologist, is coming in from the Environment Canada office in Kamloops.

The presentation is at the Merritt Civic Centre.

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Some announcements on major projects expected with the new year are a little slower to materialize than expected.

However, Mayor Susand Roline says they're still on the way.

Mayor Roline says other announcements regarding a bus manufacturing plant, a home building business to export to Korea and a major Telus project are definitely still on the table.

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A unique classroom known as the "House of Honour" is a step closer for students in School District 58.

District Superintendent Bob Peacock has received the blue prints for the project near Merritt Secondary School.

Peacock says it'll be an additional classroom, but will be round and based on a sheeskin with a fire pit in the middle and will honour the original teaching of First Nations people.

It's designed to be a spot where drumming, traditional dancing, and the languange program among other courses can be offered.

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A conservationist well known to anglers in the Nicola Valley will be honored posthumously in the Canadian Angler's Hall of Fame this year.

Bill Otway, who was involved in a number of projects in the Merritt area over the years, passed away October 17 of last year.

He will be honoured at an induction ceremony to be held on February 18 at the Toronto Boat Show.

Otway was considered one of the biggest, if not the biggest, fighters for anglers and hunters rights and a conservationist for over 50 years.

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