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RCMP officers in Merritt are investigating a man’s death after being called to a residence yesterday afternoon.

On May 9, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Merritt RCMP officers were called to a residence in the 2200-block of Blair Street for a report of a sudden death.

The identity of the deceased will not be confirmed pending an investigative need to do so.

A 55-year-old man was arrested at the scene and remains in police custody.

Staff Sergeant Lorne Wood, Merritt RCMP Detachment Commander states, Investigators from the Southeast District Major Crime Unit have been called to assist us. Currently we are in the process of speaking to witnesses and gathering evidence. We are asking anyone who may have information about this incident and have not already spoken to police, to call the Southeast District Major Crime tip-line at 1-877-987-8477.

Q101 spoke with Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, District Advisory NCO (Media Relations), and she did confirm that the suspect and deceased were known to each other and that the deceased was 43 years old.

“The incident is believed to be targeted and isolated, we don’t believe the general public is at risk at all,” said Sgt. Shoihet.

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BC ABU

(Six local paramedics honoured on Thursday)

Every weekend Q101 will revisit the most talked about stories of the week in Merritt and bring them to you all in one place. As well as my personal favourite story of the week.

This week the city was buzzing about the fate of the gravel pit delegation, a group of local heroes being honoured, and the grand opening of Merritt’s first brew pub.

Council Makes Final Decision on Gravel Pit Delegation

Three weeks ago, Merritt City Council approved a motion to send a delegation to the Ministry of Mines in opposition to the proposed gravel pit just outside of city limits.

Two weeks ago, Merritt City Council and Mayor Linda Brown apologized for jumping the gun on the decision and invited Nicola Valley Aggregates to present their side of the story.

Last night the saga came to an end with a reconsideration motion on the table.

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BC Ambulance Honour 6 Local Heroes

Back in February of 2018 a deadly crash along the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt required 80 paramedics to respond. Of those 80, six where based locally out of the Merritt detachment.

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Empty Keg Officially Open Their Doors

There was no ribbon cutting, no cake, no grand ceremony what so ever. Instead Kyle Hall, co-owner of Empty Keg, simply opened the doors at 1pm yesterday and ushered in a new era in Merritt.

Empty Keg fills a vacancy in the market as it becomes Merritt’s first craft brew house.

Full story

My personal favourite story of the week was;

Postcards From Juno Beach

To mark this important milestone in Canadian history and honour the fallen, the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s only Second World War museum located on Juno Beach itself, is sending personalized postcards to the current residents of hundreds of homes across Canada linked to the soldiers who died.

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SD58 BLUE

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education were created to recognize the enormous contributions of B.C.'s exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff that are vital to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the province. The Premier’s Awards provide students, parents, teachers and other members of the community with an opportunity to celebrate those who make a real difference in B.C. schools.

The Awards are presented annually to exceptional education professionals in British Columbia's school system working within either the public, independent or First Nations school systems.

Winners receive a $3,000 personal bursary for professional learning, and a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning.

Here in School District 58 Nicola-Similkameen five teachers have been nominated for the awards.

SD-58 Superintendent Steve McNiven spoke to each of the nominees.

  • Robert French

“Helping with our youngsters in coding and work around robotics.”

  • Aaron Cleaveley

“Elementary school teacher at Nicola Canford and does wonderful work there. He’s been showcased around learning commons work as well as environmental work.”

  • Yvonne Joe

“First Nations support teacher and language teacher. New to teaching that this year but inspiring us to learn the language.”

  • Kelly Tjorhom

“You’ve seen her come forward out of Diamond Vale Elementary school with her innovative classroom furniture and classroom spaces.”

  • Dave Anderson

“Just an extremely solid science teacher at Merritt Secondary School and is also helping us in the area of well-being and wellness.”

 

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Stacey Krajci

This year’s Merritt Country Run will be adding a new feature to the event designed for those who are looking to get healthy or stay active.

The 9th annual run scheduled for Sunday June 9th, will present a Health and Wellness Expo at the Merritt Civic Centre on Saturday June 8th.

Race coordinator Stacey Krajci said the committee opted to bring the Expo back, hoping to get both race participants and the public involved.

“This is going to be a great event,” said Krajci. “There are a lot of businesses out there that reflect health and wellness and we want to give them a stage to show their services.”

Krajci noted that they are still looking for exhibitors for the Expo.

“We have between 10 to 15 exhibitors right now but are always looking for more,” she added. “As long as it encompasses the health and wellness sector, we will glad to have that business join us.”

Those participating in the 9th annual Merritt Country Run will also be able to pick up their race packets at the Health and Wellness Expo.

Krajci added that anyone who has a business that deals the health or wellness or if anyone would like to volunteer for the Merritt Country Run can contact her at www.merrittcountryrun.ca

 

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June 6th, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day when 14,000 Canadian soldiers stormed Juno Beach on France’s northern coast. Part of the largest seaborne invasion in history that included 142,000 British and American allies, D-Day marked the beginning of Europe’s liberation from Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War.

Tragically, more than 900 Canadians from communities across Canada died during the first five days of the Battle of Normandy — between June 6 and June 10, 1944.

To mark this important milestone in Canadian history and honour the fallen, the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s only Second World War museum located on Juno Beach itself, is sending personalized postcards to the current residents of hundreds of homes across Canada linked to the soldiers who died. The postcards include the name, rank, and age of the soldier linked to each address.

Q101 would love the opportunity to feature the stories of any WWII heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we all could live free. If you receive one of these postcards, please reach out to Q101 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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