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N-D-P leadership candidate Harry Lali says membership sign-up problems in both parties re-enforces his call for Elections B-C to conduct leadership campaigns.

Lali says the Liberals seem to have more problems then the N-D-P at the moment, but the public deserves an impartial referee, regardless of which party is holding a leadership campaign.

Lali says none of the other candidates in either party are willing to allow Elections B-C to take over their leadership campaigns because they're afraid of offending ethnic communities which have been targeted for bulk sign-ups.

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The City of Merritt Cultural Mapping draft report is ready and will be presented at a public meeting this evening in Merritt.

Sally Elford, Assistant Planner for the Arlington Group which was hired to put the Cultural Mapping project in place, says a cultural inventory of all the all the arts, culture, and, heritage resources in the City of Merritt has been done.

The presentation gets underway at 6:30 this evening at the Merritt Civic Centre.

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The Coquihalla Highway was closed again yesterday for a few hours after a semi flipped over during the noon hour and a number of other vehicles lost control in extremely slippery conditions yesterday.

Even a police cruiser heading to the original accident ended up in the ditch and needed a tow, leaving the cruiser and the officer no worse for wear.

There were a couple minor injuries as a result of the rash of accidents.

The accidents were in the area of Larson Hill and the old Toll Booth south of Merritt.

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The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has compiled results of a survey sent out to property owners in Aspen Grove, Douglas Lake, Quilchena, Harmon Estates Road and Nicola Ranch contributing to television rebroadcasting services.

Results indicate 66 of the 173 properties in the service area responded.

11% are in favour of continuing the service, 76% are in favour of discontinuing the service which has provided funding for rebroadcasting in the Hamilton Mountain area since 1990, enabling residents to watch CFJC TV and Global TV without paying to use satellite or internet service.

The Hamilton Mountain Television Society approached the T-N-R-D asking that the service be discontinued due to low usage.

The T-N-R-D is now in the process of examining the options regarding the future of the service.

Meanwhile, residents of Spences Bridge have a public meeting tomorrow night at 7 o'clock at the old school to discuss results of a similar survey.

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The Chairman of the Board of Trustees in School District 58, Nicola-Similkameen, is critical of the way the Fraser Institute grades students with their annual report card released yesterday.

Gordon Comeau says the motivation of the Fraser Institute is something more than for just educational purposes.

He says they look at things more on the economic side and don't take into account socio-economic status and what may affect a particular school.

Comeau says the District puts more credence in their own testing processes and their teachers and staff.

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