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With close to 80 young people registered this year, the "Smart Step Group" is an active part of the community.

Constable Tracy Dunsmore of the Merritt R-C-M-P says the group started by ex-Merritt Centennial Nick Kang has recruited youngsters from both Coquihalla Middle School and Merritt Secondary School.

Dunsmore says the group meets twice a week and invites guest speakers to talk about such things as drug abuse and other peer pressures over the summer.

She says their big week for projects will be the week of August 8-12 culminating with International Youth Day on the 12th.

Anyone interested in joining with the group is welcome to join them at the teen centre across from the Elks Hall on Coldwater Avenue between 2pm and midnight Monday to Saturday.

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Southbound traffic on Highway 1 is being redirected through Merritt to the Coquihalla Highway via Highway 8 this morning.

A Highways spokesperson says a semi tractor trailer unit has rolled six killometres north of Lytton, taking down power lines and blocking the highway until about 12 noon today.

The extent of injuries in the crash have not been disclosed at this time.

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Another former Merritt Centennials player is trying his hand at hockey in Europe.

25-year-old defenceman Alan Mazur inked a one-year deal with the Dundee Stars of the British Elite League.

Mazur had 32 points in 65 games with Bloomington of the Central Hockey League last season.

He played with the Cents during the 2005-06 season before embarking on a four year college career at R-I-T.

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A Merritt man has been denied bail after a provincial court judge said he may not show up for his trial.

Lance Thatcher was charged with assault after being stopped for traffic infractions.

Thatcher pleaded guilty in March 2010 to several offences and was sentenced to two years' probation but was arrested last week in Merritt for breaching a court order.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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A respected forestry expert from the Nicola Valley will be remembered this afternoon in Merritt.

Local forester Len Marsh, a long-time friend and co-worker, says a celebration of life for Tom Lacey is at 1:30 this afternoon.

Lacey, who would have turned 66 on July 25, retired from forestry a few years ago and became the City of Merritt Emergency Program Coordinator.

Since then he has been recognized for his work with interface and fuels management around both Logan Lake and Merritt.

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