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Merritt's Emergency Program Coordinator is warning people to stay off the ice on Merritt's two rivers.

Tom Lacey says neither the Nicola nor the Coldwater are safe to walk on.

Lacey advises parents to talk to children about the dangers and says people should always remain a safe distance from the river banks.

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Sunshine in the forecast will give a bit of a break for travelers on the Coquihalla Highway today but the reprieve could be short lived with more snow in the forecast for tonight.

Bob Gilowski of V-S-A Highway Maintenance says regardless of the weather, crews are on the highway 24-7.

However, Gilowski says when the snow hits between Merritt and Hope, particularly on Snowshed Hill, there can be delays.

That said, Gilowski appeals to the truckers to pay heed to the chain up signs.

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Paul DeJersey scored at 8:59 of the first overtime period as the Salmon Arm Silverbacks beat the Merritt Centennials 4-3 in Game Three of their B-C-H-L Interior Conference Quarterfinal series last night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

Brett Knowles paced the Silverbacks with a goal and three assists while Devin Gannon had two goals and an assist.

Evan Stack led the Centennials with three assists. His linemates Jeff Jones and Regan Soquila had a goal and an assist each in the loss.

Kris Moore kicked out 35 shots for Salmon Arm. Tyler Steel gets dinged with the loss after making 28 saves for Merritt. Lino Chimienti started the game, but was pulled 28 seconds into the second period after allowing Gannon's second of the game on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Centennials host tonight's must-win Game Four. Puck drop at Memorial Arena is 7 o'clock and our Q101 broadcast is on the air at 6:30. Reserved seating tickets are available starting at 1:30 this afternoon at the Memorial Arena Box Office.

Elsewhere in the B-C-H-L, Penticton is up 3-0 on Quesnel after a 4-3 overtime win and Trail beat Westside 5-4 in overtime to take a 2-1 series lead. All series play Game Four tonight.

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Merritt City Council heard wish lists from department heads on Tuesday last week and went into day long deliberations on this year's budget on Saturday.

City Counillor Mike Goetz says a lot was accomplished.

Councillor Goetz says Council will continue meetings through the weeks ahead.

The next session is tomorrow night at City Hall.

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There was a good representation from the Fraser-Nicola Riding on hand for the Liberal Leadership election that elected Christy Clark as premier designate Saturday in Vancouver.

Norm Brigden, President of the Fraser-Nicola Liberal Riding Association says the voter turn out wasn't as good as it was throughout the province.

Brigden adds that overall, throughout the province there was a 65-percent voter turnout, which the party considers very good.

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