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Preparations have been well thought out for a major controlled burn south of Merritt this week, although an exact day for the burn has yet to be announced.

Fire Information Officer Travis Abbey of the Kamloops Fire Centre, says the fire won't produce any dangers to the surrounding area.

Abbey says it'll be low intensity and well controlled with a number of bodies with pumps and hoses and all the needed equipment.

Officials are watching the weather, before deciding exactly which day the burn will be conducted.

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It's good news for Merritt's neighbors in Princeton as the Copper Mountain Mining project appears ready to go, ahead of schedule.

Princeton Mayor Randy McLean says there are currently 110 employees at the mine, and that number will climb to 270 when the mine is in full operation.

The mine was closed in 1995 and when back in operation it's expected to produce 100-million pounds of copper annually.

(With files from CHNL)

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As City Council prepares to put into bylaw the City's five year financial plan tonight, the Financial Services Manager says a lot of time and thought went into it.

Marlie Worrin says after the budget was prepared, time was spent with each department head determining their wants and needs.

Worrin says those sessions were followed by about another 30-hours meeting with council, going through the entire budget.

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Merritt City Council will be looking at two notices of motion put forward by Councilor Alastair Murdoch to speed up a couple of processes.

City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says one pertains to grants in aid and the other to reviewing the budget by the first Tuesday in January each year.

As well, Council will be looking at a number of bylaws, including the City of Merritt five year financial bylaw for Council's consideration and adoption.

The meeting is underway at 7 o'clock in City Hall Council Council Chambers.

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An agreement with Huldra Silver for take over of the Craigmont Mines site is expected to be official at the end of this week.

One of the four current owners of the mine just west of Merritt, Dick Herman, says Craigmont Mines will continue to operate for a while longer on the site after the take over...

Huldra Silver will bring silver ore from a deposit they have in the Tulameen area and process it on the Craigmont Mine site, using existing tailing dams for disposal of their tailings, processing the ore there, using existing permits in place.

The Huldra operations are expected to employ about 40 people.

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