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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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