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A 30-year old Kelowna man is dead following a head on collision between a tractor trailer unit and a Honda Civic on Highway 97-C near Merritt last night.

Police say the man was a passenger in the car which crossed the centre line and collided with the truck.

The 25-year old female driver of the car, also from Kelowna, is in hospital in Kamloops with non life threatening injuries.

The male driver of the truck was not injured in the crash.

No names have been released, pending notification of next of kin.

Police say driver inattention, alcohol and non seatbelt usage by the deceased passenger are all contributing factors in the crash and probable charges are pending.

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The Merritt Centennials season came to an end with a 6-5 loss to Salmon Arm in Game Four of their Interior Conference Quarterfinal series. The Cents battled back from a 5-2 deficit in the second period, but lost the game on a goal by Silverbacks forward Paul DeJersey four minutes into the third period.

Centennials coach and G-M Luke Pierce says goaltenders Lino Chimienti and Tyler Steel weren't bad, but didn't steal a game either.

Cents captain Steve Tresierra says they played well enough to win the series.

It's the second straight season Merritt's been swept in the first round.

Three other teams moved onto the second round with series sweeps last night. Penticton dispatched Quesnel with a 6-3 win, Langley moves on with a 6-5 overtime win against Alberni Valley and Surrey eliminated Coquitlam with a 3-1 victory.

Elsewhere, Trail and Westside are tied 2-2 after the Warriors won Game Four 5-4 in overtime. Victoria has a 3-1 lead over Nanaimo after a 3-0 shutout last night.

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Although it's been slower in the construction industry over the winter months, there has been some activity.

Frank Rizzardo of Nicola Lakeshore Estates says another large home has been approved for construction starting this month.

Rizzardo says there are already six houses under construction at Nicola Lakeshore Estates, with local contractors working throughout the winter.

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Even though the Liberals have chosen a new leader, there's no push in Fraser-Nicola to field a candidate for an upcoming election.

Riding Associaition President Norm Brigden says an election is not top priority in the mind of newly elected leader Christy Clark.

Brigden says the party will be ready when the call for an election is made.

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Merritt's Emergency Program Coordinator is warning people to stay off the ice on Merritt's two rivers.

Tom Lacey says neither the Nicola nor the Coldwater are safe to walk on.

Lacey advises parents to talk to children about the dangers and says people should always remain a safe distance from the river banks.

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