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Merritt RCMP report that one person was killed over the weekend following a single-vehicle collision on Coalmont Rd. near Aspen Grove.

Officials say that despite the efforts of good samaritans at the scene who performed CPR, the 51-year-old male driver from Langley was pronounced dead at the scene.

The RCMP reported that conditions in the area were ideal at the time of the incident and alcohol and speed have not yet been ruled out as contributing factors.

The Merritt RCMP and the BC Corners Service are continuing their respective investigations.


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A pair of former Merritt Centennial bench bosses have been named Head Coach and Assistant Coach respectively ahead of this year’s World Junior A Challenge.

Joe Martin who was with the Cents from 2015 up until the end of last season will serve as Head Coach for Team Canada West. Martin left the Centennials this offseason to join the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Coach Martin has been with Team Canada West for three consecutive tournaments, serving as an assistant the past two years. Martin won a gold medal in 2017 and bronze in 2018.

Joining Coach Martin behind the Canada West bench will be current Cowichan Valley Capitals Head Coach Mike Vandekamp. Vandekamp was with the Centennials back in the ’98 season as an assistant before moving up to head coach in ’99 and staying in Merritt until 2001.

This will Coach Vandekamp’s first taste of the Junior A Challenge.

Both in 2017, and 2018 a single Merritt Centennial player has been selected to the Canada West roster. In 2017 Rylan Van Unen won gold, and in 2018 Matthieu Gosselin won a bronze. With Coach Martin’s familiarity with the Cents roster, Merritt could vey well be sending another player to this year’s tournament.

The Junior A Challenge will kick off for Team Canada West on December 7th with a primetime matchup versus the United States.   


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Merritt’s very own Roger Sloan has found his swing of late, finishing tied for 15th last weekend and after a strong start to the John Deere Classic, he’ll have a great chance to match or top that finish.

Ideal scoring conditions resulted in quite a few players going low on Friday, with the second-round leader Jhonattan Vegas carding the low round of the day, a -9 (62), -13 on the tournament.

Sloan followed close behind with a -6 (65), moving himself to -9 on the weekend, good enough for a tie for 9th heading into the 3rd round. The Merrittonian began his round with a bogie on his second hole, the 11th (he started on the back nine), before rattling off seven birdies the rest of the way starting with a stretch five birdies in six holes around the turn.

Statistically speaking Sloan’s best round is the third round with a scoring average of 70.00, however a round of 70 tomorrow would more than likely see the Merrittonian fall out of contention.

FedEx Cup points are at a premium for Sloan with the cup beginning at the Northern Trust on August 8-11th. The top 125 players in the standings will receive a berth in the tournament with only the top 70 in the standings surviving to play the next weekend at the BMW Championship.

Currently Sloan is 108 in the FedEx Cup standings and a top ten finish this weekend could move him into the top 100.


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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 local lake dispute, drought conditions in Merritt, and the struggling forestry industry.

Local Lake Dispute Far from Over

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.

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Level Three Drought Conditions in Merritt

After consecutive years of flooding, mother nature has flipped the script and the Province is in the grips of drought.

The Merritt area is currently in level three drought conditions, meaning; Potentially serious ecosystem or socioeconomic impacts are possible.

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Wilkinson Discusses the Struggling BC Forestry Industry

In the last two years there has been approximately 6,600 job losses across BC in the forestry industry.

In 2019 alone there has been 96 weeks of operational downtime announced, various curtailments, and six permanent mill closures.

Locally, Aspen Planers was forced to reduce from two shifts down to one at the beginning of June and at this point are barely accepting fibre over their scales due to the economics surrounding the cost of logs.

This week, Andrew Wilkinson, Leader of the BC Liberals and the Official Opposition was in Merritt speaking with the industry and he stopped by Q101 to discuss the issues forestry is facing.

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My favourite story of the week was about the progress being made on the Murray Church.

Murray Church Rebuild Effort Progressing

Efforts to rebuild the 143-year-old Murray United Church which was destroyed by fire back in January are slowly but surely progressing.

While fundraising remains the key focus of the group heading up the rebuild effort, Jack Polmans mentioned that an architect had been brought into the fold.

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A 40-year-old Merritt resident has been charged with animal cruelty in connection with the death of  a cat.

Acting Staff Sgt. Brock Hedrick issued a statement on Friday saying that Merritt RCMP were called to a residence on Spring St. following a complaint that a kitten had been killed on July 7.

According to Hedrick, the man was released on the promise to appear in Merritt Provincial Court on Sept. 3rd.  Hedrick said that RCMP are recommending Criminal Code charges of animal cruelty to the B.C. Prosecution Service.

More to come 


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