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Night time temperatures are dropping again in the next few days, meaning the doors will be open at Merritt's Shelter From The Storm.

Coordinator of the extreme weather shelter, Jody Loewen, says the shelter opened again last night, and with minus ten the expected low tonight, will open again tonight.

The shelter has been open since December 1 every Monday night and on evenings when the temperature drops to minus eight degrees or colder.

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There's a couple finales for the Nicola Valley Transit Society this weekend.

Society Manager Jan Oswald says the final Christmas light-up tour leaves the Chamber of Commerce Office this evening at 5:45.

The tour ticket is free with a donation to the food bank.  Call ahead though, to arrange for a seat at 250-378-4080.

And tomorrow is the final Saturday service before Christmas for the buses.

Oswald says regular Saturday service would be well accepted in Merritt.

She says she's crossing her fingers and hoping BC Transit grants requests from the City for a full time Saturday bus service in the new year.

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A fund raiser in support of pets in need is set for this weekend in Merritt.

Judanna Caros of Angel's Animal Rescue says Santa Claus is available for photo ops this Saturday.

Photos are $8.00 each with all proceeds to help out the animals.

The event is from 11 am until 3 pm Saturday at a storefront next to the Canada Cafe on Quilchena Avenue.

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Call it a crime of the season, but after the first snowfall, snowmobiles become a prime target for thieves.

Constable Tracy Dunsmore of the Merritt RCMP cautions owners to beware and keep their snowmobiles and trailer secure at all times.

Constable Dunsmore says the police see a rise in the number of snowmobile thefts every year about this time with a number of thefts already reported around the province.

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Snow removal is not their only job on the Coquihalla Highway.

Bob Gilowski of VSA Highway Maintenance says crews are well trained to assist motorists in the event of an emergency, but says people should still prepare for the unexpected.

Gilowski says crews are on the highway 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

He says if they see anyone needing assistance, they will definitely stop to minimize anyone having to stay longer on the road than they should.

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