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Former City Councillor Norm Brigden denied rumours last week that he was running again for a position on Council in upcoming Fall Election, but says he may have other aspirations.

Brigden says he would consider once again seeking the Liberal Party nod to run in the next provincial election.

Brigden sought the Liberal nod in the last provincial election and was defeated by Ella Brown for the Liberal candidacy.

She was topped by incumbant N-D-P M-L-A Harry Lali in the 2009 election.

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As the summer tourist season approaches, the R-C-M-P are carefully monitoring drivers along the Coquihalla Highway.

Constable Trevor Skappak of the Merritt R-C-M-P says the police will be clamping down on various offenders.

Skappak says police will be watching for other infractions, such as texting while behind the wheel, following too close, not wearing a seat belt and of course, drinking and driving.

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At least one resident along the Nicola River, downstream from Merritt experienced some seepage on the weekend, as the river continues to run high.

Craig Beeson, the hydrologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations advises residents along the river to continue monitoring basements for the next few days at least.

The Nicola River continues to run high as officials allow high volumes of water to escape Nicola Lake through the Nicola Dam.

There are no further concerns of flooding on the river at the present time.

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Mosquitos have again attacked the Nicola Valley, and, they have brought reinforcements.

The T-N-R-D's Environmental Health Services Operations Supervisor Dennis LeBrie says the attack will last most of this month.

The City of Merritt mosquito spray program has been underway for more than a week and will continue with larva-side spraying in and around the breeding grounds along the Nicola River.

(With files from CHNL)

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To Shania Twain fans who have waited patiently for new music: your day is coming.

The Timmins, Ont., country superstar has announced she will release a new single, ''Today is Your Day,'' on June 12.

The song will first debut on Twain's reality TV show, ''Why Not? With Shania Twain,'' and will then be available for purchase on iTunes at 8 p.m. PT.

It's the first song Twain has written solo in six years.

The song's release coincides with the U.S. finale of Twain's show, which features footage of her marriage to Swiss businessman Frederic Thiebaud.

The episode won't air in Canada until June 17 on the Oprah Winfrey Network, but a spokesperson for iTunes confirmed that Canadians would have access to the new song at the same time as customers in the U.S.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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