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While the Ontario Government continues it's fight with Ticketmaster, the promoter of the Merritt Mountainfest has dropped them.

Claude Lelievre says he's found a better way of passing savings on to festival goers -- by selling tickets directly through the Mountainfest website.

Lelievre says it's just one of the things being done to attract festival goers to the Merritt Mountain Music Festival, back after cancelling this year's show due to financial difficulties.

Tickets go on sale November 15 for the festival, set for July 7-10, 2011.

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The Merritt Centennials are getting ready for tomorrow's game against Powell River to wrap up a four game homestand.

According to Cents coach and G-M Luke Pierce, they'll be without forwards Evan Stack and Steve Wall.

Stack suffered his injury in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against Coquitlam while Wall was injured during off-ice training on Tuesday.

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Charges are pending against a 33-year old San Diego, California man after a stabbing in the Grandview Heights neighbourhood of Merritt this morning.

RCMP Constable Tracy Dunsmore says the man was arrested without incident at the scene shortly before 9 o'clock this morning.

Dunsmore says the victim, who was stabbed in the neck, is the man's sister and she is recovering at the Nicola Valley Health Care Centre.

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As Waste Reduction Week moves along in the Thompson Nicola Regional District, spokesman Martin Dickson is hoping to have another clean up in the Nicola Valley.

Dickson says a Clean Up work bee last year in the Midday Valley Road area was a great success.

Waste Reduction Week is annual event held across the country.  Local participation has been encouraged by the TNRD.

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A Merritt director with the BC Lung Association supports a decision by the Ontario Government to shoot down a recommendation to let landlords ban smoking in rental apartments.

Richie Gage says to impose such a ban would be hard to do.

However, Gage says it's a little different when it comes to smoking on apartment balconies.

Opposition politicians in Ontario argue that a ban on smoking in apartments would force people with mental health issues who are also addicted to tobacco out of their homes.

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