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While July has shaped up to be incredibly busy in the Nicola Valley with major events such as Mountainfest, which kicks off this week... and the Great Canadian Bike Rally next week, it doesn't stop at the end of July.

City Councillor Mike Goetz says aside from the week long Centennial celebrations during the last week of the month, there's more to look forward to as the Vancouver Soaring Club comes to town in the first two weeks of August.

And, then of course, there's the pro rodeo and Fall Fair on the Labour Day weekend to cap off a busy summer.

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Fraser-Nicola N-D-P M-L-A is going to bat for interior ranchers who say the Government is reneging on a promise of funding for weed management control.

Harry Lali met with members of the ranching community yesterday, who say they are being slighted by the B-C Government.

Lali says the cut back in promised funds will not only hurt the cattle industry but small business and tourism in B-C's Interior.

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B-C's Finance Minister made a swing through the Nicola Valley yesterday to further explain the H-S-T to ranchers and the general public.

Kevin Falcon says it's fair to say now that the public is probably evenly divided at this point.

Falcon addressed ranchers during a stop at the Chutter Ranch yesterday, before addressing a Chamber of Commerce fund raiser dinner at the Grand Pub and Grill last night.

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Local bargaining is one key concern for the Nicola Valley Teachers Union.

Past President Rick Ferguson says the union has been unable to attain any significant negotiations with local trustees.

The Nicola Valley Teachers Union joined 90-per cent of more than 28-thousand teachers province wide who have voted overwhelmingly for strike action by September.

If a settlement is not reached by then the teachers will be on a "teach only" campaign, with no administrative duties carried out.

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The focus is going to be on human caused fires as thousands of campers head to their favourite camp grounds for the Canada Day weekend.

Kamloops Fire Centre Fire Information Officer Travis Abbey says forest fires are typically 50% human caused and 50% lightning caused.

Abbey says despite the mediocre weather in recent weeks, the forecast is calling for warm dry weather over the entire weekend ahead.

He's urging people to use extreme caution with fire.

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