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As B-C's teachers and the Government remain far apart on bargaining issues, the local union isn't expecting an awful lot from the premier or the education minister as it stands.

Rick Ferguson, past president of the Nicola Valley Teachers Union says Premier Christy Clark should put her words into action.

Ferguson feels Education Minister George Abbott's hands are tied.

B-C teachers voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action last week, and will teach, but not get involved in administration when classes resume in September.

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Unless you met the City of Merritt tax deadline yesterday you now face a ten percent penalty.

City Financial Services Manager Marlie Worrin says some people have had a hard time understanding where Merritt sits as far as average taxes in B-C.

Worrin says Merritt is right in the middle of the pack when it comes to like sized communities.

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Merritt drivers are among the worst when it comes to getting busted for drunk driving.

A Freedom of Information request found of the 7,006 license holders, 117 were busted between April 25, 2010 and April 24, 2011.

RCMP Constable Tracy Dunsmore says officers make DUI busts a priority and it's been easier with the tougher legislation.

The report found that 16.7 drivers per 1000 were busted in the time frame.

Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, the Chilcotin area and Northeastern BC were the four areas above Merritt.

(With files from CHNL)

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The crowds are expected to begin arriving in Merritt for Mountainfest over the next couple of days.

Corporal Kelly Bartsch of the Merritt R-C-M-P says police are ready.

Bartsch says R-C-M-P Traffic Services from Kamloops will be in the area to help patrol the extra traffic both in town and on the highway during the Mountainfest which runs through the weekend, starting Thursday.

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Merritt's Ty Pozzobon had another strong weekend on the pro bull riding circuit as he took first place in Williams Lake on Thursday and fourth place at rodeos Friday in Molalla, Oregon and Saturday in Cody, Wyoming.

Pozzobon is one of 24 bull riders taking part in next week's Calgary Stampede.

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