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The race for votes is on as non profit organizations across Canada vie for the 100-thousand dollar Pepsi Challenge prize by the June 30 deadline.

The lone competitor in the running from Merritt,  Angels Animal Rescue, is permitted to help people to vote online.

Angels co-founder Judanna Caros says they are number one in the running and have been since Thursday night.

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Some areas on the outskirts of Merritt are going to benefit from 2.34-million dollars from the Provincial Government for expanded internet service to businesses & residents.

Over 60 areas in rural B-C, under the Connecting Citizens Grant Program will receive funding.

Nearby areas to receive funding for improved service by March 31 of next year are Glimpse Lake, Lac le Jeune, Stump Lake, Nicola Lake and surrounding areas.

Nearby projects in the Fraser Canyon will include Boston Bar, Lytton & Spences Bridge.

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The co-gen operation long considered for the Tolko property in Merritt is by no means being shelved.

Western BioEnergy is proposing to develop a 33 megawatt wood-fueled electricity generation facility on the site on Merritt's southside.

The project will deliver electricity to the BC Hydro grid.

A community update/information session is this Thursday between six and nine o'clock at the Civic Centre, with a formal presentation at 7 pm.

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Merritt Youth Soccer Association Scores for June 18:

Grade 2/3   

Force            2        Fury            3

Comets            6        Spiders        4

Blues            1        Lynx            4

Whitecaps        3        Avalanche        9

Grade 4/5       

Timbers        2        Impact            2

Rapids            0        Dynamo        3

Earthquakes        2        Fire            7

Grade 6/7       

Strikers        4        Stars            1   

United            1        Revolution        0

Grade 8+       

Sounders        2        Galaxy           1

Whitecaps        3        Holland        2

Sounders        0        Holland        2   

Whitecaps        2        Galaxy            0

This Saturday, June 25th, is the final weekend of action for this season.

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Merritt's Jim Murdoch defended his title and won overall low gross with a 20-under-par 70 on Friday at the Black's Pharmacy Senior Men's Open at the Merritt Golf and Country Club.

Brad Carr of Merritt came in second with an even-par 72.

More than 60 golfers from around Southern BC took part in the annual tournament.


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