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Over one-hundred area residents took full advantage of the TNRD’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Round-up in Merritt on Saturday.

The annual event enabled residents to drop-off household waste that displayed the poisonous, ignitable, corrosive or toxic symbols.

Graham Castleman, a TNRD Environmental Technician explained why it is important to dispose of this material safely at disposal sites.

“When you put these substances into the environment, first of all it affects the soil and then the groundwater,” Castleman said. “Then it effects stream run-off and then it will get into the food chain so it’s a vicious circle.”

Items considered household hazardous waste include gasoline, used oil, paint and paint thinner, pesticides and more. He noted that hazardous waste roundups such as the one held on Saturday also make people aware of the dangers of these items to the environment.

Castleman also announced the TNRD is introducing a new program when area residents can drop off freon filled appliances to the Lower Nicola Eco-Depot free of charge. These items such as refrigerators and air-conditioners once carried a $15 disposal fee.

For more information on this program visit their website at

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Last week, a delegation from the City went to the Ministry of Mines in Kamloops to share their concerns about the proposed gravel pit along highway 8, west of Merritt.

The following is a section of the letter than accompanied the delegation;

Of primary concern to our City is the question of how large this open pit mine could be. The applicant indicated to Council that they anticipate removing between 20,000 and 40,000 tonnes of gravel per year initially, as the intent is only to serve the local market. This is a number that we understand and can live with.

The letter continued to say;

Council’s level of concern with this project goes up dramatically as the size of the operation trends towards the 200,000 annual tonnes extracted mark… On this basis, Council requests that if approved, the maximum annual tonnage extracted to be reduced to 80,000 tonnes per year or less, requiring the applicant to re-apply if it desires to exceed this figure.

CAO Scott Hildebrand spoke to how he felt the meeting went.

“We just reviewed the information with him. The Mayor made sure we gave them our perspective and the feedback that Council gave that night. It was just a discussion on some of the feedback that he’s been getting from the community,” said Hildebrand. “He heard us, and he will take the information and make his decision.”

For the full letter that was sent to the ministry head over to:

Then click on ‘May 14, 2019 Regular Council Meeting’ and scroll down to the bottom of the agenda document (pages 91-92).


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A possible downtown development will be before City Council tomorrow. The proposal is for a 22-unit residential development at 1801 Coldwater Avenue, at the corner of Coldwater and Chapman.

“There are some variances involved and it isn’t an extremely large lot, but it would be high density for that lot,” said Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith.

Plans submitted to the meeting agenda show the proposed project being a four-story structure with an elevator. It also specifies being a two-bedroom and multi-family rental development.

“We’re once again excited to see some development interest, particularly on the residential side. We’ve been seeing lots of commercial interest so that needs to be balanced by more residential opportunities,” said Smith.

Smith also spoke to hearing from the community about liking to see more residential developments in the downtown core. He added that those comments are especially coming from seniors.  

The development will require a public meeting if Council choses to move the zoning amendment past first and second readings on Tuesday.


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Missing and Murdered

Over the weekend members of the public joined together in a solemn ceremony. Starting on Friday and running overnight into Saturday the Conayt Friendship Society hosted a ceremony to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Diana Norgaard spoke to why they wanted to host the ceremony a few weeks ago.

“We want to provide a ceremony to say to the community that this is not okay and that we remember those women and we remember those girls because they were important to us and we want it to be a solemn ceremony,” said Norgaard.

“An important thing in indigenous ceremonies is that we have a sacred fire. A sacred fire that allows our energy to go to the creator and the universe and so the creator and the universe can hear what it is that we are asking for our women, our girls and our families our brothers and sisters who live in this valley so they can live violence free,” said Norgaard.

The ceremony was not only for those of Merritt and the Nicola Valley but for missing and murdered Indigenous women across the Country.


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Monte Park

(Photo - BC Wildfire Service Twitter)

On Sunday, BC Wildfire Service Personal responded to a fire burning near Buse Creek, north of Merritt and east of Kamloops. The fire which was originally estimated at 2.0 hectares was quickly classified as out of control.

As of 4:00pm on Sunday the Wildfire Service was reporting it at 6.0 hectares and it was burning about 25 km east of downtown Kamloops. Yesterday it is was also being reported that tankers and helicopters were on scene assisting the ground crew.

This morning the BC Wildfire Service is reporting that the blaze has grown to 19.0 hectares.

The fire is suspected to have been human caused.

There is also a small spot fire burning west of Merritt near Gordon Creek. The blaze is only 0.01 hectares but is considered active this morning. The fire is also suspected to be human caused.


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