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The Coquihalla Highway north of Merritt at the Helmer Road Exit is now completely open to regular traffic.

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Phase two of the Coquihalla Hiighway between Merritt and Kamloops is closed northbound with 30 minute delays due to two semis stuck on the hill. Updates to follow.

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The Merritt Centennials have a rare Friday night off in the BC Hockey League as they prepare to host Penticton tomorrow.

The Cents are five points behind fifth-place Westside in the Interior Conference after the Warriors dumped P-G 6-3 last night.

Merritt is five points ahead of the seventh-place Spruce Kings, who host Trail tonight.

Elsewhere, Westside visits Quesnel.

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Following the plunge of a vehicle from the top of the Norgaard viewpoint late last month, the viewpoint will remain closed to all potential users.

Owner of Norgaard Readymix, and the property in question, Henry Norgaard says the closure is to any and all people, unless permission is granted.

A road to the the popular spot was opened a number of years ago by Norgaard as a contribution to the citizens of Merritt, enabling the view to be shared with everyone.

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The renewal period was completed earlier this week for people camping or attending the Merritt Mountain Music Festival in 2009.

Claude Lelievre, head of Active Mountain Entertainment says the response has been great.

Lelievre says he has no plans to change anything from the format of the last festival in 2009.

Tickets for the Merritt Mountain Music Festival, set for July 7-10 in 2011, go on sale Monday.

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