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The Lower Nicola Indian Band held its election yesterday. The community members were voting for who will represent them for the next three years.

Stuart Jackson was elected Chief of Lower Nicola and collected 147 votes in a tight race. Leona Antoine finished in second with 129 and Robert Sterling Jr. in a close third with 121.

Former Chief Aaron Sumexheltza didn’t run for Chief this election, citing wanting to spend more time with his family. He had been Chief for six years.

Sumexheltza did run for a seat on Council and was elected with six other community members.

  • Lucinda Seward, 221
  • Bill Bose, 198
  • Spence Coutlee, 182
  • Robin Humphrey, 181
  • Connie Joe, 175
  • Aaron Sumexheltza, 169
  • William Sandy, 160

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Missing

The RCMP are thanking the public for their assistance. Lucas has been found save and sound.

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Merritt RCMP is looking for assistance locating Lucas Kasza.

Lucas is described as;

-10 years old
-Brown eyes
-Shoulder Length Brown Hair

He was last seen leaving Bench Elementary School at 2:30 this afternoon, wearing black sweatpants and a fluorescent orange puffy jacket.

If you locate him, please contact the Merritt RCMP immediately.

 

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Recycling

As a result of a media report, several residents have contacted the TNRD for reassurance on the processing of recycling in the region. The TNRD partners with Recycle BC to deliver the residential recycling program at TNRD landfills, transfer stations, and Eco-Depot locations.

A statement issued by Recycle BC reassures the public about continuing to make use of the Recycle BC programs, which include the TNRD programs. 

That statement can be read here; https://recyclebc.ca/response-marketplace/

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Post Office

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 the removal of parking spots at the post office, City Hall not expecting forestry relief funding, and excavation to begin at 4010 Walters.

Concern Over Traffic Pattern Changes on Voght

A few weeks back City Hall announced some traffic pattern changes along Voght Street. The one grabbing most of the attention is the removal of parking spaces in front of the Post Office in favour of a longer run-up to the intersection, in the hopes of improving traffic flow.

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City Not Expecting Tolko Closure to Factor into NDP Forestry Relief

Following a meeting with Parliamentary Secretary of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Ravi Kahlon and Ministry staff, it appears the picture has become somewhat clearer.

“Still in the dark, and you have to remember we don’t qualify as-is for any of the transitional funding because we are not a closed facility at this point and it’s not retroactive to Tolko,” said Mayor Linda Brown.

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Excavation Expected to Begin at 4010 Walters

In July, Merritt City Council adopted a pair of amendments to the Official City Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw clearing the path for the Walters Street development to proceed.

The four-story 75-unit residential building had been a hotly debated topic over the summer in the Merritt area, culminating with a lengthy public hearing in June.

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Rather predictably my favourite story this week was sitting down with Merritt Centennials defenseman Olson Werenka.

Five Good Minutes with Olson Werenka

Olson fully admitted to being a bit of a ‘hothead’ in seasons past, getting into fights and receiving a couple of suspensions, a reputation he’s hoping to shed in Merritt.

“Looking to get a scholarship, I don’t think it’s (fighting) as much of a part of the game anymore, but you have to protect your teammates,” said Olson. “I think the officials do know who I am. So, it’s tough to get the reputation out, obviously last year a couple of fights, a couple of suspensions. Trying to get myself back in the good books with them again.”

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NICOLA BANDS


It will be a historic day, in the not too distant future, when the five local First Nation Bands, the City of Merritt and the TNRD come together to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

“Coming out of our community meeting with the First Nations, we have an MOU that everyone has agreed to in principle,” said CAO Scott Hildebrand. “So, it’s a high-level contract about how we’re going to work together and work collaboratively and try to do as much as we can for the better of the Nicola Valley and the region.”

Hildebrand mentioned that when he brought up the MOU with Ministers and the Premier last week, that they were extremely excited to see the area working together.

“We are looking to do a signing ceremony in the first week of November. With hopefully the Premier or Cabinet or anybody that can be here,” added Hildebrand. “This is really going to set the foundation going forward.”

A firm date has not yet been set.

 

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