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Merritt is one of 34 BC Communities that will benefit from Provincial Government funding to provide a total of more than 1400 shelter beds province-wide during extreme cold winter weather.

While some beds are available in some communities now, the 20 beds provided in Merritt don't become available until December 1.

It's reported the beds are available when temperatures dip below minus 10.

The shelter in Merritt is at 2990 Voght Street, at the Crossroads Community Church.

More information on the Extreme Weather Response Program and emergency shelters is at: www.bchousing.org/programs/ESP

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Former Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati won't be competing with Stockwell Day's jet ski after all.

The Liberal candidate for the BC riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla has withdrawn from politics citing personal and family reasons.

But the gold medal winner says he's still a steadfast supporter of the federal Liberals.

(Kelowna Daily Courier)

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As the snow continues to fall in the south central interior and the temperatures drop, travellers are advised to dress for survival.

Jim Steel of Environment Canada says with winter travel it's always a good idea to be prepared.

Since the snow hit the Interior this week, there have been numerous accidents and frequent road closures.

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Merritt is now less than six months away from celebrating it's 100th birthday and plans are moving ahead for one of the City's biggest celebrations in a long time!

Merritt Mayor Susan Roline says April 1st is the anniversary of the City's first ever council meeting, 100 years ago.

Mayor Roline says Merritt went through a period of about 20 years when the City was in receivership, which held progress back for awhile.

Roline says with closures of Craigmont Mines and Weyerhauser over the years, Merritt has proven its ability to survive.

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People planning to put together a shoebox for Christmas giving to people in South and Central America have only until Sunday to tie things up.

Coordinator of the Campaign, Sue Peachy, says people on a tight schedule are welcome to leave the task to the staff at either one of Merritt's Dollar Stores today or tomorrow.

The main collection place is the Evangelical Free Church, where there'll be a bit of a get together on Sunday to wrap up the Campaign, sponsored again this year by Samaritan's Purse.

Call Sue Peachy at 250-378-2717 for more information.

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