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Kelly Fraser Vigil

On Friday evening, Merrittonians gathered in spirit square to remember the life of Kelly Fraser.

The Inuk singer-songwriter who was born in Sanikiluag, Nunavut was found dead at her home in Winnipeg on December 24.

In 2015, Fraser began studying at NVIT in the field of Indigenous Studies.

Fraser’s family released a statement shortly after her death confirming her cause of death as a suicide after dealing with PTSD in what they say was a result of racism, cyberbullying and childhood traumas.

She was 26.

 

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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 favourite story of the week.

This week Merritt was buzzing about another lotto win, an increase in assessed property values, and a tragic avalanche.

This week my favourite story was sitting down with Daniel Tkac after his appearance at the World Juniors.

Another Lotto Win for Merritt

For the third time in 12-months, Merrittonians are celebrating a lotto win.

Back in February, a Merritt couple won the big prize, a $25.9 Million jackpot. Then a few months ago Merritt was home to a $50,000 win.

Now…

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Increased Property Assessments brings Increased Attention to Property Tax Rate

Merritt City Council still has some time before they’re required to set the 2020 property tax rate. However, in speaking with Mayor Linda Brown, she indicated the discussion at the council table is set to begin soon.

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Search and Rescue Operation Concludes, One Deceased

On January 4, 2020, at 12:41 p.m., Merritt RCMP received a report of an avalanche triggered near Cabin Lake and Prospect Creek. Initial reports from the scene had indicated that one person was attempting to locate a second person trapped by the slide. Both men were snowmobiling together in the backcountry when the avalanche occurred.

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Five Good Minutes with Daniel Tkac

As of December 26, 2019, no Merritt Centennials player had ever suited up in the World Junior Championship.

On December 27, 2019, Daniel Tkac changed that.

Tkac joined Q101 to discuss the tournament and the feeling of dawning his nation's sweater on the World stage.

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WEATHER ALERT SNOW Coquiha

Yellowhead Road and Bridge is expecting a weather system to come in Friday afternoon, January 10, 2020, and continue throughout Friday evening with lighter snowfall. The system will be focussed in the Southwest portion of the Service Area and move east to Highway 97C - the Connector. Snow will begin to increase Friday midday around noon and then taper off around 4 pm.Heaviest precipitation amounts will be focussed around the Coquihalla Summit from Mine Creek to the Summit.

  • Highway 5 South from Merritt to the Snow Shed Hill – Anticipated accumulations of 15-20cm today with an additional 5-10cm tonight. 
  • Highway 97C – Okanagan Connector – Anticipated accumulations of up to 6-12cm today and 3-6cm tonight.
  • Highway 5 North from Merritt to Lac Le Jeune – Anticipated accumulations of 3-6cm today and 1-3cm tonight.

Precipitation will be heaviest in the southwest portion of the area throughout the day. Plow trucks will be out removing snow and restoring traction as well as putting out chemicals to help prevent icy conditions. When flashing lights are on, our trucks are in “Winter Work Mode” and require extra room to perform their necessary duties. Remember to never pass a plow truck on the right and road conditions in front of the plow truck will be worse than behind it.

 

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Every month the Community Policing Office focuses on one aspect of safety and security, and January is Crime Stoppers Month.

CPO Coordinator Marlene Jones stopped by Q101 to discuss the important service for both the public and the police.

“We are actively looking for tips from within our community that is going help with current investigations as well as some historic investigations. We do have some missing person files here in Merritt and I know the families would like to get some answers on those as well,” said Jones.

Jones also mentioned how the tip doesn’t even need to be RCMP specific.

“Not only does Crime Stoppers accept tips for the RCMP. But there are also things like BC Hydro, Fortis, Canadian Border Services, Ministry of Social Services, all those agencies have investigators and are active in investigations,” said Jones. “They will forward it to the respective agency.”

Crime Stoppers has been running in Merritt since 2010, and recently the group has been looking to increase their social media presence. The Nicola Valley Crime Stoppers Facebook page has been posting photos and looking for identifications.

Crime Stoppers - 1-800-222-8477

 

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The Nicola Valley Food Bank provides an essential service to many throughout the community.

After handing out hundreds of Christmas hampers over the holiday season, Derlanda Hewton looked back at the busy year for the food bank.

“We had 8,500 visits this year, from January to December 2019. It’s every visit that they come in, but there might be five people in the family,” said Derlanda.

Even after the Christmas rush, Derlanda says the food banks shelves remain stocked, thanks in part to the passport to Christmas campaign and many generous donations from the public.

One thing the food bank is always in need of is fruit and vegetables, as they’re looking to provide healthier options to the public.

Earlier this week, the food bank also received a donation from the Sikh Society. For around ten years, the society has been presenting the food bank with a donation during the holiday season. The money was raised by the congregation.

 

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