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Flood mitigation remains a key priority for City Council. This year, the city focused on some key strategic points along the river and planned to spend $150,000.

The funds were expected to be covered by a Provincial grant, however that money never came, which led Council this week to find a new funding source.

“We anticipated that it would happen through grants, but we were unsuccessful in that grant application,” said Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith.

“So, we’re requesting that Council direct staff to allocate that $150,000 from the gas tax,” added Smith.

Along with the projects being gas tax eligible, the City also received a one-time top-up of their gas tax funds this year from the Federal Government.

“Working with flood mitigation and making that a key priority was in many of our platforms. Since we weren’t successful in obtaining a grant, I feel that this is necessary, having to idea what the future brings,” said Coun. Adam Etchart.

“We will continue to seek more money from the government for flood mitigation for future areas to address, but these are the ones that have to been done this year,” added Mayor Linda Brown.

The key areas being addressed this year are the golf course, Lions Park and Rotary Park.


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Volleyball and soccer continue to dominate the early part of the school year’s athletic calendar.

This weekend the boys’ soccer team will be headed to Pemberton for a tournament today and tomorrow. The boys’ team is coming off a 4-1 win over Lillooet last week at MSS.

The Senior Girls’ Volleyball team will play their first weekend tourney as well, as they head north to play at TRU (Thompson Rivers University)

Good luck to the MSS Panthers competing this weekend!


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A simple case of shoplifting at a local store has led to the arrest of two suspects on outstanding warrants.

Merritt RCMP Cpl. Brock Hedrick provided Q101 with details on the case.

On September 17, a very observant store manager noted a male and female in his store that he believed might be shoplifting.

The manager alerted police who attended and within mere moments noted that the female had an outstanding warrant for Breach of Probation out of Abbotsford. The male initially gave police a false name and was arrested for Obstructing a peace officer.

The pair were taken back to the detachment where police discovered that the male had an outstanding Canada wide warrant from the Correctional Service of Canada.

A search of the pair’s vehicle turned up bear spray and some other weapons along with identity documents that did not belong to the pair.

Brody Alexander Muncey, 33, of No fixed address, is facing new charges stemming from the incident in Merritt of Wilfully obstructing a peace officer. 


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Most Wanted sept 19

( Left- McIvor, Right- Shackelly)

Merritt RCMP has released an updated Most Wanted list.

William Roy McIvor, 26. (Photo attached)

Wanted for Assault Causing Bodily Harm & Fail to comply with probation. 

Jared Nevada Shackelly, 25. (Photo attached)

Wanted for Conditional Sentence Order breach allegation.

If you know the whereabouts of the suspects, please contact the Merritt Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

The Detachment also provided an update on Ramona Michel, who was arrested after recently appearing on Merritt’s Most Wanted.

Michel recently plead guilty to charges concerning seven separate incidents that were before the courts. Michel is still incarcerated and will be released into the community in early October,” wrote Cpl. Brock Hedrick.

Hedrick outlined the charges against her.

- Occurred March 11th,2019 Trespassing at night Section 177 CCC Sentenced to Seven (7) Days jail
- Occurred July 6th,2019 Theft under $5000 Section 334 CCC Sentenced to fourteen (14) days jail
- Occurred August 4th,2019 Assault with a weapon Section 267a CCC Sentenced to fourteen (14) days
- Occurred August 25th,2019 Breach of undertaking Sentenced to twenty (20) days jail
- Occurred June 10th,2019 Theft under $5000 Section 334b CCC sentenced to three (3) days jail due to in custody time jail time would have been thirty days (30)
- Occurred August 13th,2019 Theft under $5000 section 334b sentenced to seven (7) days in jail
- Occurred July 6th,2019 Mischief under $5000 Section 430(4) CCC sentenced to Probation 12 months


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This week the BC Liberal’s Steelhead Caucus was touring the area including stops along the Fraser, Thompson and Nicola Rivers.

Following a stop along the Nicola, just west of Merritt, Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart joined Q101 to discuss the work being done.

“What we’re doing is building knowledge,” began Tegart. “Trying very hard to understand steelhead, where it fits in the hierarchy of fish, who’s responsible and what actions can be taken to bring the stock back.”

“We talked this morning with a formal provincial employee that looked after fisheries and talking about the watersheds in the Merritt area and how important they are to steelhead. Also, some of the challenges we’re seeing and what kind of action government could take to rehabilitate habitats and to build stocks,” added Tegart.

While the team was in Merritt, Tegart mentioned how it’s an issue across British Columbia.

“It’s an issue across the Province and one of the things we want to understand is what are the things that are affecting the success rate of steelhead and bringing them back into the river and the Interior,” said Tegart.

Tegart continued to say that one of the challenges with steelhead is that it’s one of the few fish that are under provincial jurisdiction.

“We’ll sit down and talk about what did we learn, what were some of the suggestions regarding solutions, and what should we be putting forward to the government. Also, what should we as the BC Liberal Party be contemplating as we look at a platform for election,” said Tegart. “Bottom line is, politics aside, our steelhead are in crisis.”

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