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January 26th - Tyner is last seen near Nicola Ranch

January 28th – Tyner is reported missing

January 28th – February 4th – Week-long search for Tyner turns up nothing

February 13th – Tyner’s family make an emotional plea for information

February 28th – RCMP request dash cam footage

March 19th – RCMP Major Crimes Unit rule the disappearance suspicious

April 10th – RCMP return for another search of the area

Q101 reached out to the RCMP Investigators on the Tyner case for an update. Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, provided the following statement;

The Tyner investigation remains active and ongoing and a priority for the Southeast District Major Crime Unit. There are no new updates to provide at this time.

As the investigation is ongoing the RCMP are still asking for people to come forward with any information they may have. They’re asked to call Crime Stoppers or the RCMP.

 

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airport

Two weeks ago, George Miller an aviation consultant made a brief presentation to City Council regarding the Merritt Airport. The key take away from his first presentation was that he believes the airport, as it currently sits, would not pass an inspection.

Miller returned this week to address Council at a special committee of the whole to further explain his vision for the airport.

“Thank you for inviting me back, it’s certainly a strong indication to me that this Council is embarking on process to turn its community public airport around from one that has been neglected to one that could be a BC Interior jewel,” said Miller. “It has the right ingredients to take advantage of. It has the runway length, excellent road access and proximity to the city, attraction to area tourism and a need for commercial air access. It has an inherent regional draw for aviation business.”

Airports can fall into two major categories, certified and registered, with certified being the higher level.

“The equivalent level of safety that would be required by a certified airport can be quite easily provided at much less cost and much less manpower,” said Miller. “Therefore, I recommend to Mayor and Council not to seek certification of its airport, now. But remain a registered airport and commit to develop its physical layout, improve its operational services, meet the basic Transport Canada safety and security requirements, and grow its economic value to the community.”

Councillor Adam Etchart questioned if the airport remains an aerodrome, could passengers still travel in.

“Absolutely, you’ll find a number of registered airports have passenger service coming in all the time,” answered Miller. “For this airport if it meets the basic safety requirements that the Minister requires for a registered airport and he considers that the measures that have been taken are appropriate for him approving passenger service, there would be no problem.”

The question of financials was also raised by Councillor Tony Luck.

Miller believes the airport could be into the black in a matter of years if the City moves forward with updating it.

“This airport has been around for a long time, but it certainly doesn’t operate in the black. It needs to operate in the black and that’s a goal. There’s a lot to do at this airport, which is going to cost money, you would have to depend on a lot of community grants,” said Miller. “There is no way in which you could get things going unless the City, the owner, is prepared to put some money into this.”

“We know that we have a jewel in the rough there, but there has been lots of concerns expressed over the years with how it has been run, managed or not managed. I’m just delighted to see that it’s time that we start making process in an organized fashion,” said Councillor Kurt Christopherson.

Council passed a motion by unanimous vote which read; The committee of the whole direct staff to bring back a report regarding options to amend the OCP to allow a taxi way on the west side of the airport runway and that the report consider the adequacy of the 2003 airport development plan given public concern that an update to that plan is not required.

 

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Flood 2 13th

Despite the City of Merritt currently experiencing drought conditions, nobody has forgotten the devastating floods of years past.

CAO Scott Hildebrand recently updated Council and the public on how the City’s flood mitigation efforts are progressing.

“Flooding has been an important part of this community over the years and it’s something that will be a priority going forward. To start that process it requires a bunch of pre-work,” said Hildebrand. “We’re working with an environmental consultant right now to work on some of this pre-work before making some of those changes.”

Hildebrand continued to speak to the four key areas the City is looking into.

“They include Lions Park, Rotary Park specifically the pedestrian bridge, the Golf Course which includes Eldorado Trailer Park, and Middle Borough Bridge where we’re looking at a stabilization review as well as there have been some issues with debris getting trapped underneath,” said Hildebrand. “Looking at these four parts of the river and making sure that from an environmental standpoint we’re in good shape before we go and make some of these changes and make sure we’re preparing for flooding in the future.”

“I want to stress that some of the changes we’re looking at are not impeding or changing the course of the river but simply reinforcing the banks and making sure we’re doing our best to protect some of the properties in and around the river,” added Hildebrand.

Mayor Linda Brown asked about ‘rip rap’, a flood mitigation measure revolving around erosion control.

“It is part of the work, we have to get through the environmental clearance first. But that is certainly part of the work to stabilize the bank and ensure we’re protecting it moving forward,” concluded Hildebrand.

 

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ENVIRONMENTCANADA

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:

  • Nicola

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing heavy rain and large hail. Strong wind gusts are also possible.

Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

 

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Ashcroft ER 

Ashcroft and area residents are advised that due to temporary limited staffing availability, the emergency department (ED) at the Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Care Centre will be closed from midnight on Friday, July 12 until Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m.

This is the seventh weekend closure at the ER in 2019 and first since May 28th.

Interior Health regrets this closure and reminds residents to take note of the following if they require care while the emergency department is closed:

  • In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • Visit the emergency department at one of the following facilities:
    • Royal Inland Hospital – 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops
    • Lillooet Hospital – 951 Murray Street, Lillooet
    • Nicola Valley Hospital - 3451 Voght Street, Merritt
    • Call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (24-hour service) if you are unsure of your need to seek emergency care.

Ashcroft Emergency services normally operate on weekends only, open from Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday at 8 a.m.

 

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