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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 Merritt was talking about the struggling forestry industry, the future of the airport and the state of the theatre project.

Aspen Planers Slowing Their Flow of Incoming Lumber

July 1st is always a banner day in Canada, but in BC its also the day stumpage rates were raised on the Province’s forestry industry.

The stumpage rates being increased just adds to the long list of issues currently plaguing the forestry industry.

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Decision Time Looming on the Merritt Airport

On Saturday hundreds of Merrittonians gathered at the Merritt Airport to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first plane to land in Merritt. The celebratory event had vintage cars, RC cars, helicopter rides and of course planes, but it also served as a way to put the airport into the minds of residents.

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Nicola Valley Theatre Project Progressing

The Nicola Valley Theatre Society has long been planning to build in downtown Merritt. The plot of land is picked, and recently the design was completed. Q101 spoke with Rich Hodson from the Society about what exactly the next steps are.

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This week I’m double-dipping on favourite articles, both of which simply highlight the amazing people that teach and help Merritt’s students.

Local School Bus Driver Named BC Driver of the Year

The awards keep coming in for School District 58 Nicola-Similkameen.

On Wednesday the district received word that Robert French was named a finalist for the Outstanding New Teacher Award.

Today, Tom Douglas will be recognized as the top school bus driver in BC.

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aspen planers

July 1st is always a banner day in Canada, but in BC its also the day stumpage rates were raised on the Province’s forestry industry.

The stumpage rates being increased just adds to the long list of issues currently plaguing the forestry industry.

On June 3rd Aspen Planers here in Merritt curtailed their operations from two shifts down to one citing the lack of access to logs, increased log costs and the weakening lumber markets.

Now as of July 1st Aspen Planers has drastically cut back how many logs their accepting over their scales.

While there were reports that Aspen had completely closed their scales, VP Bruce Rose confirmed to Q101 that isn’t true. While they have cut back significantly, their scales are still open with reduced hours.

“We are taking in just a very low volume of logs at the current time. The July 1st increase in stumpage rates has essentially curtailed our inbound amount of logs,” said Rose.

“The driving force is the lack of availability of economic logs. If we can’t get the logs at an economic level, we essentially don’t need them and we don’t want them,” added Rose.

Rose mentioned that with the amount of lumber that they have stockpiled in the yard they can continue to operate at their current rate for several months.

 

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SCHOOLBUS STOP

The awards keep coming in for School District 58 Nicola-Similkameen.

On Wednesday the district received word that Robert French was named a finalist for the Outstanding New Teacher Award.

Today, Tom Douglas will be recognized as the top school bus driver in BC.

“They’re making a difference for students and that is at the core of the work that they do and making a difference in their community as well. So, we are very proud of them,” said Superintendent Stephen McNiven.

The official award is the “Driver of the Year Award’ from the Association of School Transportation Services of BC.

Douglas who has been a bus driver with the district since 1989, was not nominated by the district itself but actually the schools in the area.

This was the first year that SD 58 put forth a nominee for the award.

 

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Back in May the RCMP in Merritt presented their first quarter report and one thing was made immediately apparent.

The biggest problem facing the Merritt Detachment is a shortage in manpower.

Staff Sargent Lorne Wood discussed the shortages the detachment faced during the beginning of 2019.

“For a lengthy period of time in this first quarter we had nine members in total doing the work of 15 members that are staffed at the detachment,” said Wood.

“We have managed to send some limited numbers of our members on some training for standard field sobriety and impaired driver training, search warrants and carbine operation,” said Staff Sergeant Wood. “Much of the other training previously scheduled has been cancelled due to manpower shortages at the detachment.”

Recently the RCMP announced that members from Logan Lake and Merritt we’re going to be working together to patrol both areas this summer, but that is a temporary solution.

Acting Staff Sergeant Brock Hedrick believes the staffing level at the detachment is starting to head back in the right direction.

“We certainly are not the only detachment that is facing this right now. That being said I think we’re turning a corner upcoming here in the Fall, I hope. We have another recruit coming here in a couple weeks,” said Hedrick.

The RCMP are expected to release their quarterly report in the next few weeks which will highlight the exact needs of the detachment.

 

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kamloops courts

Back in December, Justice Joel Groves ruled in favour of granting public access to Minnie and Stoney Lakes.

The ruling meant the Douglas Lake Cattle Company had to take down gates blocking access to both lakes.

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club was suing the Douglas Lake Cattle Company, alleging the company blocked off public access to Minnie and Stoney lake.

The Douglas Lake Cattle Company were claiming the lakes to be theirs, arguing they were man-made over many years.

Today, in a Kamloops court room, a ruling is expected with regards to who pays the legal fees involved in the case.

Also a determination of how the access to the lakes will work is expected to come down.

While this case speaks specifically to two lakes in the Nicola Valley, it could possibly set a precedent for future cases with approximately 1,000 public lakes in BC still being blocked by private land.

 

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