The Communities in Bloom judges are in Merritt today for their first tour in a couple years.
City Councillor Shelley Sanders says because it's not a judging year, there's been no pressure on the city to get ready.
Councillor Sanders says it will give the city a much better feel of how to proceed next year, when they once again go the competitive route.
Merritt's Roger Sloan punched his ticket for the RBC Canadian Open after tying for 22nd at the Canadian Pro Golf Tour's Players Cup.
Sloan's payday of 23-hundred-dollars gives him 42-thousand-one-hundred-dollars this season, good enough for fourth on Canadian Tour's money list.
The top five players received exemptions into the Canadian Open this week at Shaughnessy.
Merritt bull rider Ty Pozzobon was bucked off for the third straight day at the Calgary Stampede.
He falls to eighth in the Pool B standings heading into today's Wild Card Saturday.
The top two bull riders in today's bull riding event advance to Showdown Sunday tomorrow.
It's a one shot go for broke performance.
Pozzobon is competing for the first time at the Stampede Rodeo.
The unseasonably wet weather this Spring and Summer has extended the mosquito spray program in Merritt from the usual three applications in a season.
Damian Regan of D & G Regan and Associations says a record sixth application program is now just wrapping up in Merritt.
Regan says despite the high water they are getting excellent control of the larvae in the different swamps.
It's another sign that Merritt is on the tourism map as the Corporate Officer with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (T-O-T-A) was in Merritt for meetings at the Country Music Hall of Fame yesterday.
Monica Rasmusens says T-O-T-A would like to help promote things in Merritt, like the Hall of Fame.
T-O-T-A supports an area from Osoyoos to Princeton and as far up as Sun Peaks, Valemont and Christina Lake, with 63 communities in the region.