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Bands dispute right to land near Info Booth By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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Efforts to come to a land agreement between the City of Merritt and the Lower Nicola Indian Band were quashed April 4 after the First Nations group announced its intent to develop property along the Coquihalla Highway alone. But according to Harold Aljam, chief of the Coldwater Indian Band, several First Nations bands have already been planning the development near the Merritt Information Booth with the City for four years. “We are pursuing the development in a partnership with other bands,” he said, noting the “five Nicola bands and Cook’s Ferry” are included in the project. “I guess what we’re trying to do is get some government approval before the next [provincial] election,” he said. “There’s a meeting coming up with the government to discuss the project.” That meeting was tentatively scheduled for this week, and he said plans can move forward once the provincial government is on board. He said he isn’t aware that the LNIB has put in a land claim to the area.

Both parties claim title to the subject land. “If anybody is going to develop this land, it’s going to be the LNIB,” said Arnie Narcisse, executive director of the band. “We may welcome jointventure partners in the future.” The area, which has previously been called the Gateway project, is rumoured by stakeholders to include a casino and other businesses keyed to tourism. Any solid plans haven’t been released and a timetable is pending. But Aljam said a casino is unlikely, and the area will more likely include a hotel and vehicle service stops. According to Matt Noble, chief administrative officer for Merritt, the municipality isn’t interested in developing the land and only wants to provide water and sewer services in exchange for tax revenue. “The fact of the matter is, yes, the City has been approached to provide services to that property, which would be developed by another group of First Nations,” he said. “The dispute is between First Nations, not us. “One band probably won’t carry

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Poodle barely survives pit bull attack By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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HE’S A WINNER! Taylors Deal, with jockey Mario Gutierrez on board, comes home first in the $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby in Phoenix, Arizona on February 25. The threeyear-old gelding was born and raised at Can-A-Mex Farms, located 25 km west of Merritt. The win by Taylors Deal was the first ever by a B.C.-bred race horse in an official Kentucky Derby prep race. Coadyphotography/Phoenix, AZ

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In the 20 years that Joel and Karen Mena have run Can-A-Mex Farms, located 25 km west of Merritt by Spius Creek, there have been countless highlights and memorable occasions for the couple to look back on. After all, when your business is breeding and raising horses for the racing industry, it sort of comes with the territory. For the Menas, however, nothing can quite top what happened earlier this year, on February 25 in Phoenix, Arizona. That’s when ‘one of their own’ – Taylors Deal – became the first B.C.-bred race horse in history to win an official Kentucky Derby prep

race. With jockey Mario Gutierrez in the saddle, the three-year-old gelding came from fifth place on the back stretch to power home and win the $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby by 2¼ lengths. Taylors Deal covered the 11/16-mile distance in 1:43.82 on a fast track. “It was very, very special,” said Karen Mena in a phone interview recently. “You could call it icing on the cake, a reward for many, many years of hard work.” Taylors Deal’s success in the Turf Paradise Derby was the latest accomplishment in a very promising, early racing career for the young horse from the Nicola Valley. All told, he has competed five times since October, 2011 and picked up three wins, a second

and a fourth. Immediately prior to the Derby, Taylors Deal was a winner of the 6½-furlong Lost in the Fog Juvenile Stakes at Turf Paradise on December 26. The gelding’s total earnings to date are $79,828. The offspring of Second in Command (sire) and Fleet Amyanne (dam), Taylors Deal was born in May of 2009. The official breeders are listed as Can-A-Mex Farms and Clive and Linda Lytle of Vancouver who together own the mare Fleet Amyanne. You could say the gelding comes by his talent honestly, as his lineage includes the great Canadian and American racehorse legends Northern Dancer and Secretariat. Taylors Deal spent the first year of his existence at

Can-A-Mex Farms before being taken to the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s September sale at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. There, he was purchased by Glen Todd and the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, one of the largest thoroughbred race horse ownership groups in the Pacific Northwest. As a yearling, Taylors Deal went to farms in Aldergrove and in Washington State to be ‘broke’ and started under saddle, prior to making his racing debut as a two-yearold in October of last year at Hastings Park race track in Vancouver. His first competitive start was an auspicious one as he won the six-furlong event. At the conclusion of

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CITY OF MERRITT CELEBRATING LOCAL HISTORY Mayor Susan Roline and her husband Sam donned historical outfits for the Merritt 100th Anniversary wrap-up party that took place at the Civic Centre on March 31. They weren’t the only people dressing up in clothes from bygone eras, and the 100th Anniversary Committee gave prizes to those with the best costumes. The evening included a dinner catered by The Grand Pub and Grill, as well as entertainment including comedy, poetry and music. Jade Swartzberg/Herald

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LNIB’s hands bound by court order From Page 1 all the weight about what happens on the land. Some of that land is Merritt land and we’ll have a say.” The City received a document from the LNIB last week expressing the band’s right to the property. The LNIB has battled in courts over its land title, Narcisse said. “We were bound by a court order for much of last year.” The Coldwater Band approached the City during the time that the order instructed the LNIB to “stay away from big-ticket items.” Narcisse said the court order continues to perplex him. He admitted, though, that the band has had recent issues with meeting quorum during chief and council meetings, which contributed to the court decision. “[The court order] said that

unless we are able to operate on a consensus basis, we were to basically stay away from those discussions,” he said. “In our absence, other bands and the City of Merritt made overtures to the province in regard to the development of an MOU [memorandum of understanding] that would allow them to gain access to that land.” The LNIB chief and council in 2004 made clear its intent to make a land claim. Since that time, the band hasn’t continued its efforts, but the current chief and council has said it intends to meet to continue the claim. “That is adjoining land and, under the policy, we are supposed to have right of first refusal to any Crown land sales or anything of that sort,” Narcisse said. “I think people are assuming they can

pursue these kind of initiatives in our absence and we’re telling them that they can’t. “Once the dust settles, we fully intend to develop there.” He said the court order could be removed with proper council proceedings. “We have all eight councillors meeting every Tuesday night again,” he said. “That wasn’t happening during the time of the court order.” He said court actions that have been filed over the past several years will be reviewed on May 17, and that is a time when he expects serious decisions to be made. A timeline on the project is contingent on government participation, Aljam added. The Merritt Information Booth is the second busiest in the province, outside of Vancouver International Airport.

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Bylaw officer investigates dog attack From Page 1 poodle from the animal’s mouth, but were unable. It wasn’t until one of the men’s golden retriever arrived on the scene that the pit bull dropped the poodle, which was bleeding from its neck. But, as Honeywell explained, her veterinarian was out of town helping ranchers with calving near Mamette Lake. She drove to him and arrived at about 9 p.m., about two hours after her dog was attacked. “The poor little guy was just pouring blood,” she said. “His neck is probably three-quarters of the way ripped around.” The pit bull barely missed the poodle’s jugular, but Bailey will survive, Honeywell said. Her pet is stitched up and “full of drain tubes.” Honeywell called

City of Merritt Bylaw Services Officer Bob Davis, who said he is investigating. “This could be the same pit bull that attacked last year in September,” he said. Davis said he can’t be sure that it is the same dog, whose owner told Davis and the RCMP last year that he got rid of the animal. “There are a lot of pit bulls that match the description and a lot of them are really nice,” he said. “I’m leery about assuming this is the same dog until I do some more investigation.” Honeywell said she is upset with “irresponsible dog owners,” and the dog looked “malnourished.” “This dog is still running around somewhere,” she said. “Everyone in Collettville and everywhere has seen

it lots. “I would like to see that dog found. He’s got to be put down.” She said she’s concerned that the animal could seriously hurt or kill a young child. Honeywell said the dog has harassed multiple people throughout Merritt. A Facebook post that was placed on the ‘Merritt Buy and Swap’ garnered 93 responses by noon on Tuesday. Responders were torn between Merritt residents who were harassed by the “beast” and those who pet the “friendly” dog. They were also divided about whether the animal should be euthanized or rehabilitated. Two pit bulls in Kamloops ordered euthanized after attacking a man on April 1, as their owner dug through

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HERALD OPINION Feds must spend money wisely The Conservative government’s reputation for sound economic management is taking a big hit with revelations from the auditor-general about the process used to obtain F-35 fighter jets. The new jets were known to cost about $25 billion. Yet the government and Conservative candidates consistently said the cost would be $14.7 billion. This was based on figures from the defence department, which had far too much sway in selecting the jets. It is obvious they were the department’s preference. That’s where the Conservatives fell down. Whether it’s because the party has a stronger interest in defence issues than its Liberal predecessor, or because the ministers involved were relatively new to office (many of the decisions go back to 2006), not enough tough questions were asked. Costs kept rising, and it is quite likely that the Conservative caucus had no knowledge of how quickly costs were jumping. It appears from Auditor-General Michael Ferguson’s report that at least some members of cabinet did know, and they should have blown the whistle when it became clear that costs were going up astronomically. To the government’s credit, it has now frozen spending on the fighter jet replacement program and has promised to be more accountable about decisions on the jets. Members of cabinet who make decisions about government spending need to treat every decision as if it was their own money. Taxpayers are paying plenty of their hard-earned income to the federal government, and their money should not be wasted because one department hijacks the process. The Conservatives won a majority government last spring, largely on the basis that they would be the best stewards of tax money. Many Canadians still feel they are the party best positioned to do so. The party needs to prove to them, and to other more skeptical citizens, that it can take care when spending tax dollars. Just because government is big is no reason it can’t spend wisely. Black Press

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JADE SWARTZBERG Merritt HERALD Let’s set aside Merritt’s cat wars this week; today my problem is with the dogs. In general, I’m not bothered by these often friendly animals that have collectively earned the title of “man’s best friend” but

when I see dogs roaming the streets without a leash, even if their owners are nearby, I get nervous. The City of Merritt requires owners to keep their pets on a leash, except in the specified off-leash dog park in Collettville. While I know that the bylaw officer has been working to enforce this rule, I see plenty of leash-less pets around the town. On Monday for instance, I was running at the Voght Park track and a gentleman was playing with his dog on the grass nearby. I realize this was a

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relatively harmless activity, but as a runner I couldn’t be positive that the animal wouldn’t start chasing me and bite me, even if only playfully. In fact, most of my scary encounters with dogs happen while I am running — I guess this activity catches their attention. On another occasion I was running past the Old Barley Market Beer and Wine store on Quilchena, when a dog that had been sitting outside the store ran towards me growling. He chased me across the street and as I frantically looked for a store to duck into for

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safety, his owner came out and called the dog away, though he said nothing to me. It’s not just the offleash dogs that worry me though. There are plenty of dogs around Merritt who sit at the edge of their driveways restrained by a chain. These pets often lunge at me barking as I run by. Perhaps these dogs are meant to be guard dogs and that’s OK, but keep them closer to the house — it’s not necessary to give everyone that passes by a heart attack. So far, I’ve been safe after my animal encoun-

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ters, even if my heart does skip a few beats, but it doesn’t mean the danger should be ignored. After all, there are at least three local dogs that have been injured by pit bull attacks in the last year. The most recent attack occurred on Saturday and left a poor poodle with neck wounds (see page 1). Pet owners simply need to behave more responsibly. If you’re taking your dog for a walk, don’t forget the leash, and if you like to keep your dog chained up in the front yard, take care that he doesn’t him terrorize those who pass by.

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DROPPING QUARTERS FOR DRY GRAD Dana Egan donates $500 on behalf of the Grand Pub and Grill to Merritt Secondary School grad students Nicola Bonneteau and Braden Chenier. The money, which came from the Grand’s monthly quarter drop, will go towards fundraising efforts for the MSS Dry Grad. Egan said each month customers will help raise money for a new cause. Next month’s collection will benefit the hospital staff room furniture fund. Anyone with furniture to donate can contact Egan at the Grand. Jade Swartzberg/ Herald

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DAN ALBAS View from the HILL It was a little over 50 years ago when President John F. Kennedy famously said “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country” in his now well-known inaugural speech. I am also reminded of what occurred this week some 95 years ago in history at the battle of Vimy Ridge in France. Thousands of young Canadian soldiers joined in battle and many did not return. Long before the

famous words of President Kennedy, Canadians from all across this great nation had answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our Country. These soldiers did not fight for entitlements or handouts as these programs did not exist at the time. Canadian veterans fought for freedom. Freedom against tyranny, freedom against oppression and freedom from those who wish to do us harm. These are many of the same ideals that brave Canadian men and women in the armed forces fight for to this day. As Canadians we take great pride in our past and it is important to recognize the sacrifices made by those who help to keep our country and our way of life safe. The impor-

tance of the events that occurred at Vimy Ridge must never be forgotten. I was very moved to learn that close to 5,000 youth attended the commemorative ceremonies in Vimy, France. It heartens me when I attend a Remembrance Day ceremony or speak to a classroom in a local school and see how many students recognize the tremendous sacrifices that were made to keep Canada free and strong. I am also impressed that many of our youth understand that they share in the responsibility of building a better Canada, whether it is in volunteering for their local church or charity, or building their skills through extracurricular activities or work experience. On another note, last week Canada

had some good news as Statistics Canada announced that over 82,000 new jobs were created in March, as unemployment dropped to 7.2 per cent and that 70,000 of these jobs created in March were also full-time positions. Both Budget 2011 and Budget 2012 have included many measures that support our local economies and promote job creation. Over the next few weeks I will have an opportunity to visit with several local employers. I find it very important to visit small business operations first hand to find out how government policy can better serve employers and not stand in the way of progress. Although there is great improvement being made in many sectors, there are still areas where govern-

ment can do more from a regulatory standpoint to increase investment and job growth. Much as I have discovered with my work on Bill C311 to end wine prohibition in Canada, often a key challenge is explaining how government laws, in this case an 83-year-old prohibition era law, is standing in the way of investment and growth in the Canadian wine industry. For those of you who have followed the progress of my Private Members Bill C-311, last week another important hurdle was cleared as the Bill was unanimously passed at committee stage review and will now be headed back to the House of Commons for third reading consideration in late May. It was particularly rewarding to hear from different wine producers

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all across Canada who came out in strong support of the Bill. There is particular excitement from the Nova Scotia wine region which is today roughly where B.C. was twenty years ago and as a result Nova Scotia wine makers are very excited about the growth potential of the industry. Opening up the Canadian marketplace is a very important consideration to a Province with less than a million residents. As the House is not sitting next week, I will be in the riding meeting with constituents. If you would like to arrange a meeting, or share your concerns with me by phone, please contact me at 1 (800) 665-8711. Dan Albas is the Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla and can be reached at dan. albas@parl.gc.ca.

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Baby finally registered with Vital Statistics After being born at home, Lukas Jackson is now a Canadian citizen By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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After nearly two months trying to get the attention of the Vital Statistics Agency, a Merritt mother’s newborn baby is finally registered. On Jan. 31, Jessica Wotten gave birth to her new son, Lukas, and received notice of her baby’s registration on Friday, March 23. “There was no doctor or midwife person at the birth, so I couldn’t technically prove to them that he was born in B.C.,” she said, noting her husband and mother helped her deliver the baby in her Lower Nicola home. “The baby obviously came out of someone. They didn’t believe me and I don’t know what the problem was.” But after calling Vital Statistics, she was told she needed receipts for formula and diapers. “I don’t use formula, so I don’t have those.” Wotten said she then needed proof of address, letters and declarations signed in front of a

lawyer. The witnesses needed to be unrelated to Wotten and they had to have seen her when she was pregnant. “I went through all the hoops that they wanted but they still weren’t issuing a birth certificate,” she said. “This went on for a couple weeks. They kept wanting more information.” It wasn’t until she went to Fraser-Nicola MLA Harry Lali that Wotten was able to register Lukas. “She came to our office and said that she’s tried basically everything to try to get baby Lukas registered and Vital Statistics wanted to make sure the baby was born in B.C.,” Lali said. “In cases like this, it can require a confirmation, some advocacy work from an MLA or member of parliament or mayor, to help these kind of issues to be resolved. “[Vital Statistics] knows that, as MLAs, we aren’t going to be making anything up.” After taking a photo in the same spot where the baby was born, Wotten was able to prove

(From left to right:) Leila Jackson, Jessica Wotten, Lukas Jackson and Tim Jackson are all registered to the Vital Statistics Agency after Lukas was recently added to the list. Phillip Woolgar/Herald

to Vital Statistics that the baby was hers, she said. The original photo taken at the time of birth revealed Lukas’ long umbilical cord. Wotten said she chose to have her baby at home after a “bad experience” at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops where the hospital was “dirty,” and other patients’ dirty laundry was in the room. “They were really pushy and wanted to push medication,” she said. “They weren’t going with my birth plan at all. Nobody took care of me after I had her.”

Though she struggled to register Lukas, Wotten has successfully given birth at home. “It was way better than at the hospital,” she said. “It’s so much better when you get to do what you want and push when you want to push.” Vital Statistics didn’t return Merritt Herald phone calls by press time.

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‘Oh Wells’ to take the stage at Brambles By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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‘The Oh Wells’ have Merritt marked down as the next stop on their “Make Up, Sweat and Tears Canadian Tour.” They are expected tonight (Thursday) at Brambles Bakery and Cafe. “We bought this 15-person van, packed up our stuff and drove to Montreal,” said lead vocalist Sarah Jickling from a gas station in Calgary. “We raised money for the tour and told people that if they donated certain amounts, we’d do things like write a song about them.” The band was on its way to a performance in Banff during an interview on Monday. They had already been to various cities throughout the nation, including Prince George, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Regina, Moose Jaw, Lethbridge and Toronto.

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The band slept in the van for most of the way, despite snow and freezing temperatures. Shaw TV Merritt’s Paul McLellan is good friends with Jickling and said she should try to land a show at Brambles at the tail-end of their sixweek tour. “He told me he helped my friends with the band ‘Behind Sapphire’ book a show there and they had a very good time,” she said. She said the bakery is a good fit because she makes a lot of cupcakes and usually sells them at her show. However, she isn’t sure if there will be cupcakes available at

Brambles tonight. The band started during winter when Jickling and her friend, Molly Griffin, decided to record on Garage Band and post the songs to their own MySpace page. The pair went from being a “couple of shy nerdy girls who didn’t speak,” to having people stop them in the halls at school. “Probably the last thing people expected of us was to start a band.” That was 2007 and since then the group is CITR Shindig winners, EMP Soundoff finalists and in the Peak Performance Project Top 20.

But Griffin wasn’t around for much of the accolades, as she became engaged to the guitarist at the time. “Being in a band is a big commitment, especially when you start getting successful,” Jickling said of her former band mate. “You have to make commitments and have to tour.” Jickling is the only remaining member from the band’s early years and since Griffin’s departure, she is the only front person in her band. That has changed her approach and she now has a new slew of influences. “Now I have to dance around and sing at the

top of my lungs and catch people’s eye. People like Blondie or Gwen Stefani, New Opera and I really like Beyonce...” Jickling said about her influences. “They are strong women who I really look up to.” Brambles is located at 2151 Quilchena Ave. The show is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Peekeekoot to perform at the Merritt Civic Centre By Jade Swartzberg THE HERALD

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Canada’s country music capital is in for a treat when First Nations country musician Ed Peekeekoot takes the stage at the Merritt Civic Centre this Friday. Finger-style guitar picking, old country-style singing, and story telling will be among the entertainment Friday’s audience can expect from Peekeekoot who admits he “grew up on cowboys” with a rodeo fair ground next door to his childhood home in Saskatchewan. The show, which will start at 7:30 and feature this Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, will be the finale to the 2011-2012 concert series sponsored by the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council. “My show consists of a mixture of different influences that shaped my career and I put them together in a little two-hour show,” said Peekeekoot. “I also play the fiddle, tell some stories in between songs and play the Native American flute, sometimes known as the ‘love flute.’” During a phone interview with the Herald, Peekeekoot revealed that his performance even includes a trick. “I play a banjo and a guitar at the same time,” he said. “The song is called ‘The Dueling Banjos.’”

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This will not be the first time that Peekeekoot performs in Merritt. In his early career, he remembers playing the pubs and bars around town. “Back in those days, in the 60s, 70s and 80s, the live music was flourishing in bars and pubs,” he recalled. “That’s where up and coming musicians cut their teeth — it’s called paying your dues. “Those were the good old days, but I enjoy concerts where people pay to come and see you and people want to hear more of your songs and arrangements.” Peekeekoot says his own songs are primarily influenced by his childhood on the prairie of Saskatchewan. In fact, because of his childhood, music has always been a part of his life. “When my grandfather was a young guy, he brought a guitar back to the reserve and started fooling around with it, and he bought a fiddle along the way as well,” said

Peekeekoot. “My great grandfather didn’t really like him bringing a white man’s instrument home, but you know how teenagers are — he became a great fiddle player and played at dances.” Peekeekoot says his uncles developed a knack for music, playing guitars, fiddles and banjos. His mother also learned to play and taught him basic chords when he was small. “My mom played dances and sometimes she used to take me along,” he recalls. “She’d put me behind the stage and I’d fall asleep listening to the old time music. “That was a good memory for me.” Besides having a country feel, much of Peekeekoot’s music is inspired by Cree culture and his CD “In the Key of Cree” was nominated for the 2008 Aboriginal People’s Choice Award. These influences are also reflected in his art, which includes carvings, paintings and illustrations featured in collections around the world. For now, Peekeekoot is promising Merrittonians a good show. “The folks there will enjoy themselves,” he said. “People who love guitar picking, I’ll be doing that. People who love the fiddle, I’ll be doing that. People who love the native spiritual side, I’ll be doing that. I’ll even do a little bit of yodelling as well.”

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People throughout Merritt are looking to join the cyberspacefueled attack on Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa. Merritt Secondary School Grade 12 student Nicole Bonneteau said locals will gather on April 20 to post signs throughout town to increase the visibility of one of the world’s most wanted war criminals As of press time, over 310 people were expected to attend the event. “On the day of the event, we will all be going around town at 7 or 8 [p.m.] and we’re putting up posters of Kony 2012 and banners,” Bonneteau said. “It started out with just me and friends from school and then I guess people have been inviting their other friends and then there are people from out of town that are coming in.” After going viral on YouTube, Kony 2012 has been viewed more than 86 million times and at times was the No. 1 trending topic worldwide on Twitter. “Pretty much the whole event is putting up posters and building awareness,” Bonneteau added. “Then we’ll just see what happens from there.” A Merritt meeting place is tentatively scheduled at Spirit Square. Kony was driven out of Uganda in 2005 and he is now a fugitive war criminal with an estimated 200 to 300troop army. Ugandan forces suspect him to be roaming Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan, but attempts to apprehend him have failed. He is accused of leading the LRA against the Ugandan government for over 20 years. He recruits young boys to become

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DAVID L. BROWN Managing YOUR MONEY Reverse mortgage, home equity line or downsizing? Home is where the heart is and a lot of your money, too. The kids are gone, retirement is on the horizon, or for a number of other personal reasons, you may be at a point in your life where you’re looking to unlock the equity you’ve built in your home over the years.

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in your home but the full amount of the reverse mortgage comes due when you sell your home or move out. Home equity line of credit (HELOC) This is a relatively new cash management option that allows you to combine your mortgage, loans, line of credit, and chequing and savings accounts into a single line of credit based on the equity in your home. With an HELOC, you can access up to 80 per cent of the value of your home (reverse mortgages are capped at 50 per cent) and take any amount of money (up to your approved limit) on your own schedule. Many financial institutions offer

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Merritt residents to dump hazardous waste, garbage for free By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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Nicola Valley residents will be able dispose of their household hazardous waste at the Merritt Civic Centre, as well as take various dump items to the Lower Nicola Landfill for free on Saturday. Residents can bring up to $20 worth of waste for free to the dump. Tipping fees will apply to any waste that exceeds that amount. Regular tipping fees apply to all business and municipal waste. The Lower Nicola Landfill is located on Highway 8 approximately 10 kilometres from Merritt. A hazardous waste

roundup is also slated to arrive in Merritt in the Civic Centre Parking Lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the same day. “Now is the time to check under your sink, in your basement or closet or shed, and round up all the household hazardous materials you’re no longer using,” said Jaime Vieira, TNRD environmental services technologist. “These are items that are toxic, corrosive, reactive or ignitable.” Hazardous materials could include adhesives, aerosols, antifreeze, batteries, corrosive/toxic liquids, gasoline, kerosene, mercury and mercury containing items such as old thermostats. Others include paint, paint

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Angela Texmo Sales Rep

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250-378-1996

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RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOTS

• • • •

One bdrm in strata building. Rent $550-600 Under new management Shopping & bus close by

M 3613

• • • •

$68,000

Nice & open design-2 bed, 2 bath 24x10 covered deck Detached 16x12 wkshp w/ power Bay windows/skylite & more….

M 3536

$69,000

• • • •

1 yr pad rent included 2 bdrm, 1 bath, nice, open design 5 appliances included New fence around lge yd & storage shed

M 3658

$74,000

• • • •

2 bdrms in strata bldg Central location Laminate flring New roof this year

M 3486

• • • •

$76,900

Under new management 1 bdrm apartment Stratified building Centrally located

M 3525

• • • •

$76,900

Brand new double wide Already set up in the ever improving Tree’s Mobile Park Quick possession

$89,900

M 3704

• • • •

Good condition 2 bdrm Sandpiper 5 appliances included Extra cabinets in laundry room Priced to sell-call today

M 3706

$113,500

• • • •

2 bdrm in Strata unit in Sandpiper Easy walk to downtown core Bus service only moments away Laundry rm & air conditioning

M 3684

$114,000

• • • •

Commercial lot-C3 zoning Good investment property Tenant pays $700/month + utilities Lane access & close to downtown

M 3703

$114,000

• Ground level condo w/ newer paint & carpets • In ste laundry, new dryer • Open flr plan for living rm & kitchen • Affordable first time or retirement living

$117,000

M 3702

NEW PRICE

• • • •

Excellent condition 2 bdrm Sandpiper Ground floor, 6 hi-end appliances Laminate flooring, updated light fixtures Fans in both bdrms, air conditioned

M 3677

• • • •

$118,000

1231 sqft, 3 bdrm, 2 bath home Easy walk to downtown core N/G hookup for BBQ, newer deck 5 appliances, room for RV’s

M 3722

$183,000

• • • •

3 bdrms & full bath on upper flr Lvg rm, kitch & laundry on main Laminate flring & paint in last 4 yrs Vinyl windows & recent roofing

M 3720

• • • •

$119,000

Quality 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath townhouse Heat pump, a/c, high efficient appliances Gas fireplace & many extras Low maintenance property

M 3685

$219,500

• Totally renovated 2 bdrm house on large lot • New gyproc & paint, kitchen & bath • New flooring & fixtures • Stainless steel app & much more….

M 3714

• • • •

$127,500

Great starter home in nice area 3 bdrms, 2 baths located on a quiet street Close to schools & park Many upgrades

M 3721

$225,000

• • • •

Nicely updated 3 bdrm, 3 level townhouse A bathromm on each 3 levels Nice, fully fenced backyard Great 1st time homebuyers & investors

M 3652

• • • •

$138,000

Good size family home on large lot 2 bdrm ste at ground level & 3 up Dbl carport & tons of space Walking distance to schools & corner store

M 3713

$235,000

• • • •

Corner lot on a quiet street 2 bdrm home w/ some newer flooring Nice, big lvg rm & new bathroom Lots of rm to build a shop

M 3675

• • • •

$139,900

3 bdrm home on 1.8 acres Newer addition in back is nicely finished Windows upgraded to vinyl dbl glazed Quiet rural setting w/ lots of room

M 3632

$241,000

• • • •

2 bedroom Rancher on a quiet street Electrical upgrade last 5 yrs New vinyl windows & siding New flring, new kitch cabinets, reno’ed bathrm

$144,900

M 3718

• • • •

Bench location 4 bedroom, 2 bath family home Close to schools & parks Priced to sell!!

$244,900

M 3689

• Urban living at its finest! • 1 bdrm apt features a modern open concept design • Perfect for entertaining • Granite counter tops, laminate & tile in kitch & bath

• • • •

M 3699

M 3708

• • • •

$149,000

3 bdrm family home Security system, 80% efficient furnace A/C, new windows, except bathroom Beautiful l/scaping, treed & fenced

M 3687

$249,000

3 bedroom rancher Vinyl windows & siding 9 year old furnace Fenced front & back

• • • •

$159,900

• Bench location-3 bdrm, 2 bath family home • Central air, built-in vac, new furnace 2010 • 12x24 detached wired 220 shop • Nice fenced backyard for privacy

M 3693

TOWNHOUSE

$249,900

2 bdrm apt has a modern open floor plan Granite counter tops, SS appliances Has b/i wall a/c & in-unit laundry Urban living at its finest!!

M 3700

• • • •

$169,000

Very well kept, one owner home 3 good sized bdrm up New flring, counter tops & fixtures Fully fenced backyard, close to schools

M 3690

$254,900

• • • •

Covered parking Galley kitch w/ appl & skylite Patio doors from 2nd bdrm or den Nicola River in the back

$165,000

M 3365

• • • •

$259,900

1 SOLD - 1 LEFT

4 bedroom home in a quiet location Crown molding, skylights, Granite counters, well designed kitchen Tile & laminate & carpet

M 3709

$260,000

• • • •

3 bdrm country charmer on 1.15 ac Lots or original h/wood Dining room has gas f/place Vinyl windows throughout

M 3710

$264,000

• • • •

Nice family home on a good street 3 bdrms up, good size lvgrm & dinrm Kitchen has newer cabinets Possible in-law suite

M 3716

$265,000

• • • •

4 bedroom, 2 level home New 2-stage HE furnace in 2008 Quiet street, fully fenced yards Single car garage & Detached shop

M 3639

$268,900

• • • •

Very nice 4 bdrm 2.5 bath fam home Close to downtown & schools Central air, security system Garden shed & gazebo

M 3293

$269,000

• • • •

Beautiful open floor plan Double sided fireplace High ceilings Deluxe master bedroom

M 3657

• • • •

$269,900

Some recent upgrades New ceramic tile flring & windows 3 bdrms up & 2 down Fenced backyd & close to schools

M 3717

$289,900

• • • •

Beautiful open floor plan Double sided fireplace High ceilings Deluxe master bedroom

M 3579

• • • •

$299,900

Very private, 4 poss 5 bdrm family home New appliances, central ai & vac 24x40 wired & heated shop Double lot & RV parking

M 3673

$308,000

D SOL • • • •

Bench home at end of CDS 4 bdrm, 2 baths, fully finished Large deck, A/C, UG sprinklers Parklike backyard across from crown land

M 3608

$329,000

• 1 ac property w/ easy access to nature trails • 1600 sqft on main floor, nice, open flr plan • Master bdrm has walk-in closet & enste • Only 16 min from town

M 3719

$335,000

• Newly built 1700+sqft Rancher in quiet CDS • Close to downtown, walking trails & schools • Open design-3 lg bdrms, 2 baths & a den • Fully fenced, l/scaped w/ 600sqft garage

M 3695

$349,000

• • • •

1600 sq ft 3 bdrm rancher on full basement Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac Walking distance to all amenities Lots of parking, low maintenance yard

M 3671

$349,000

Three bedrooms & a den Open concept design Beautiful views Home warranty

M 3665

• • • •

$399,900

One of a kind in Merritt!! Close to 4000sqft on 2 flrs Giant brick fireplace in bsmt Sauna w/ dual shower, dbl garage

• • • •

M 3668

M 3678

M 3638

$410,000

• Executive 5 bdrm, 4 bath family home • Amazing chef’s kitchen w/ granite countertops • Low maintenance landscaping-lane access • Inground pool & private backyard

• Spacious 6000+sqft completed living space • 6 bdrms, 5.5 baths-luxurious master bdrm • Dream kitchen, lge games rm, bar rm w/ bar • Large 3 bay garage-RV parking

• • • •

M 3701

M 3440

M 3651

$439,000

$459,900

M 3636

$329,000

Commercial lot zoned C-3. Off the main exit from Vancouver & Kelowna. All services already in place at property edge. Outstanding exposure. M 3712 $89,900

$359,000

Beautiful rancher w/ full bsmt 2 bdrm ste has own laundry Appliances included Located on a nice & quiet st

$360,000

• Relax in the pool • 3 lge bdrms, 2 baths, vaulted ceilings • Lots of renos, over 14,00sqft lot U/g sprinklers • Lge sundeck w/ great views of valley & city

• • • •

M 3529

M 3664

$362,000

Do you want comfort?? Open floor plan, crown mouldings Quality appliances & light fixtures Cherry h/wood flring w/ Travertine tiles

$379,000

• • • •

9.88 acres in Petit Creek 3 bedroom home with solarium Drilled well produces 157gpm Fenced & cross-fenced-3 bay shop

M 3578

$398,000

$5000 appliance bonus!!

• • • •

• 3 bdrm custom Rancher on .27 flat acres • Open flr plan, Mill Creek cabinets, ceramic flring • U/g sprinklers, fully fenced backyard, heated garage • Gazebo w/ 6 person hot tub & RV parking

INDUSTRIAL

• River & mtn views from your back deck • Vaulted ceilings in the open design lvgrm, kitch & dinrm • Main w/birch flrs, kitch w.birch cab & granite countertops • Bsmt has recrm, wkshop, 1 bdrm legal ste w/ laundry

Executive 3 bdrm rancher Riverfront, .55 acres Completely landscaped, flat property Hardwood thruout, incredibly private

$485,000

• • • • •

Over 3000 sqft 4+ bdrm home on 9.91 ac. 18’ ceiling - magnificent views Hickory cabinets, maple floors, Walk-out daylight basement Central air, u\g sprinklers & more

M 3688

$499,900

• • • •

Wonderful executive home on the Bench Totally finished 4 level split Gourmet kitchen, 5 bdrms, 3 baths Fantastic views from deck

M 3612

$529,000

• • • •

Exquisite 3 bdrm Rancher Detached shop on .5 acre Hdwd flrs & custom window coverings Easy access & very private

M 3497

Great flat lot in popular subdivision. Close to elementary schools. Minutes from walking trails & downtown shopping. Services are at lot line and priced to sell. M 3674 $65,000 Fully serviced R-2 lot, close to schools & d/t. Bring your bldg ideas. Trades considered. M 3274 $72,900

Beautiful river view lot close to downtown. Nice, quiet neighborhood. The uncompromised view never to change. M 3707 $89,000 2 lots on Eagle Crescent w/ no building restrictions. Plans available w/ the builder. Close to all amenities. M 3679-3680 $95,000

RANCHER • • • •

New lots in quiet cul-de-sac & crescent setting. Fully services including curbs & storm drain all prepaid by the developer. M 3692 $57,000

Good sized lot, ok for double wide. City services @ prop line. Mountain view in a quiet area. M 3534 $79,000

Well cared for family home 5 bdrm, 3 bath Large 65x120 lot Located in good area

M 3691

Cheapest lot listed for sale in all of Merritt! Upper Bench neighbourhood - Grandview Heights. Underground services to lot line. Bargain price and NO HST!! M 3616 $55,000

$540,000

• Privacy on 39+ acres in Sunshine Valley • 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath log home w/ vaulted ceilings • 272 sqft guest cottage w/ bathroom • 6 fruit trees, underground sprinklers

M 3625

$650,000

Block bldg on Nicola Ave. 2500 sqft adjacent lot is included. Retail exposure. M 3649 $289,000

Desired Bench location. Owner pd GDT & WR charge. Phase 2 w/ gorgeous views. All u/g services. M 3570 $99,000 Extra lge double lot. 2 city water & sewage hookups. Private setting, flat site. Easy access w/ paved roads. M 3495 $100,000 Nicola Lakeshore Estates. 1.1 ac 15 min from Merritt. Enjoy the outdoors and build your dream home. M 3572 $195,000

Retail on Quilchena totals 3966sqft. 2nd floor has 6 residential apartments. Gross income is close to $55,000/annum. New boiler, roof, overall well maintained M 3698 $395,000

24 acres in beautiful Sunshine Valley. Treed lot, very private, easy access. Many potential building sites. Hydro & phone lines to property line. M 3603 $227,000

Amazing opportunity in downtown Merritt. 12,000sqft commercial building for purchase or lease @&6/sqft. Over 10,500sqft of retail space. Bonus lot at 2152 Nicola Avenue. M 3697 $850,000

Waterfront lot on Nicola Lake. 3km to Quilchena Hotel. Close to Merritt & Kamloops. Private access to lake. M 3478 $349,000


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250-378-1996

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RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOTS

• • • •

One bdrm in strata building. Rent $550-600 Under new management Shopping & bus close by

M 3613

• • • •

$68,000

Nice & open design-2 bed, 2 bath 24x10 covered deck Detached 16x12 wkshp w/ power Bay windows/skylite & more….

M 3536

$69,000

• • • •

1 yr pad rent included 2 bdrm, 1 bath, nice, open design 5 appliances included New fence around lge yd & storage shed

M 3658

$74,000

• • • •

2 bdrms in strata bldg Central location Laminate flring New roof this year

M 3486

• • • •

$76,900

Under new management 1 bdrm apartment Stratified building Centrally located

M 3525

• • • •

$76,900

Brand new double wide Already set up in the ever improving Tree’s Mobile Park Quick possession

$89,900

M 3704

• • • •

Good condition 2 bdrm Sandpiper 5 appliances included Extra cabinets in laundry room Priced to sell-call today

M 3706

$113,500

• • • •

2 bdrm in Strata unit in Sandpiper Easy walk to downtown core Bus service only moments away Laundry rm & air conditioning

M 3684

$114,000

• • • •

Commercial lot-C3 zoning Good investment property Tenant pays $700/month + utilities Lane access & close to downtown

M 3703

$114,000

• Ground level condo w/ newer paint & carpets • In ste laundry, new dryer • Open flr plan for living rm & kitchen • Affordable first time or retirement living

$117,000

M 3702

NEW PRICE

• • • •

Excellent condition 2 bdrm Sandpiper Ground floor, 6 hi-end appliances Laminate flooring, updated light fixtures Fans in both bdrms, air conditioned

M 3677

• • • •

$118,000

1231 sqft, 3 bdrm, 2 bath home Easy walk to downtown core N/G hookup for BBQ, newer deck 5 appliances, room for RV’s

M 3722

$183,000

• • • •

3 bdrms & full bath on upper flr Lvg rm, kitch & laundry on main Laminate flring & paint in last 4 yrs Vinyl windows & recent roofing

M 3720

• • • •

$119,000

Quality 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath townhouse Heat pump, a/c, high efficient appliances Gas fireplace & many extras Low maintenance property

M 3685

$219,500

• Totally renovated 2 bdrm house on large lot • New gyproc & paint, kitchen & bath • New flooring & fixtures • Stainless steel app & much more….

M 3714

• • • •

$127,500

Great starter home in nice area 3 bdrms, 2 baths located on a quiet street Close to schools & park Many upgrades

M 3721

$225,000

• • • •

Nicely updated 3 bdrm, 3 level townhouse A bathromm on each 3 levels Nice, fully fenced backyard Great 1st time homebuyers & investors

M 3652

• • • •

$138,000

Good size family home on large lot 2 bdrm ste at ground level & 3 up Dbl carport & tons of space Walking distance to schools & corner store

M 3713

$235,000

• • • •

Corner lot on a quiet street 2 bdrm home w/ some newer flooring Nice, big lvg rm & new bathroom Lots of rm to build a shop

M 3675

• • • •

$139,900

3 bdrm home on 1.8 acres Newer addition in back is nicely finished Windows upgraded to vinyl dbl glazed Quiet rural setting w/ lots of room

M 3632

$241,000

• • • •

2 bedroom Rancher on a quiet street Electrical upgrade last 5 yrs New vinyl windows & siding New flring, new kitch cabinets, reno’ed bathrm

$144,900

M 3718

• • • •

Bench location 4 bedroom, 2 bath family home Close to schools & parks Priced to sell!!

$244,900

M 3689

• Urban living at its finest! • 1 bdrm apt features a modern open concept design • Perfect for entertaining • Granite counter tops, laminate & tile in kitch & bath

• • • •

M 3699

M 3708

• • • •

$149,000

3 bdrm family home Security system, 80% efficient furnace A/C, new windows, except bathroom Beautiful l/scaping, treed & fenced

M 3687

$249,000

3 bedroom rancher Vinyl windows & siding 9 year old furnace Fenced front & back

• • • •

$159,900

• Bench location-3 bdrm, 2 bath family home • Central air, built-in vac, new furnace 2010 • 12x24 detached wired 220 shop • Nice fenced backyard for privacy

M 3693

TOWNHOUSE

$249,900

2 bdrm apt has a modern open floor plan Granite counter tops, SS appliances Has b/i wall a/c & in-unit laundry Urban living at its finest!!

M 3700

• • • •

$169,000

Very well kept, one owner home 3 good sized bdrm up New flring, counter tops & fixtures Fully fenced backyard, close to schools

M 3690

$254,900

• • • •

Covered parking Galley kitch w/ appl & skylite Patio doors from 2nd bdrm or den Nicola River in the back

$165,000

M 3365

• • • •

$259,900

1 SOLD - 1 LEFT

4 bedroom home in a quiet location Crown molding, skylights, Granite counters, well designed kitchen Tile & laminate & carpet

M 3709

$260,000

• • • •

3 bdrm country charmer on 1.15 ac Lots or original h/wood Dining room has gas f/place Vinyl windows throughout

M 3710

$264,000

• • • •

Nice family home on a good street 3 bdrms up, good size lvgrm & dinrm Kitchen has newer cabinets Possible in-law suite

M 3716

$265,000

• • • •

4 bedroom, 2 level home New 2-stage HE furnace in 2008 Quiet street, fully fenced yards Single car garage & Detached shop

M 3639

$268,900

• • • •

Very nice 4 bdrm 2.5 bath fam home Close to downtown & schools Central air, security system Garden shed & gazebo

M 3293

$269,000

• • • •

Beautiful open floor plan Double sided fireplace High ceilings Deluxe master bedroom

M 3657

• • • •

$269,900

Some recent upgrades New ceramic tile flring & windows 3 bdrms up & 2 down Fenced backyd & close to schools

M 3717

$289,900

• • • •

Beautiful open floor plan Double sided fireplace High ceilings Deluxe master bedroom

M 3579

• • • •

$299,900

Very private, 4 poss 5 bdrm family home New appliances, central ai & vac 24x40 wired & heated shop Double lot & RV parking

M 3673

$308,000

D SOL • • • •

Bench home at end of CDS 4 bdrm, 2 baths, fully finished Large deck, A/C, UG sprinklers Parklike backyard across from crown land

M 3608

$329,000

• 1 ac property w/ easy access to nature trails • 1600 sqft on main floor, nice, open flr plan • Master bdrm has walk-in closet & enste • Only 16 min from town

M 3719

$335,000

• Newly built 1700+sqft Rancher in quiet CDS • Close to downtown, walking trails & schools • Open design-3 lg bdrms, 2 baths & a den • Fully fenced, l/scaped w/ 600sqft garage

M 3695

$349,000

• • • •

1600 sq ft 3 bdrm rancher on full basement Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac Walking distance to all amenities Lots of parking, low maintenance yard

M 3671

$349,000

Three bedrooms & a den Open concept design Beautiful views Home warranty

M 3665

• • • •

$399,900

One of a kind in Merritt!! Close to 4000sqft on 2 flrs Giant brick fireplace in bsmt Sauna w/ dual shower, dbl garage

• • • •

M 3668

M 3678

M 3638

$410,000

• Executive 5 bdrm, 4 bath family home • Amazing chef’s kitchen w/ granite countertops • Low maintenance landscaping-lane access • Inground pool & private backyard

• Spacious 6000+sqft completed living space • 6 bdrms, 5.5 baths-luxurious master bdrm • Dream kitchen, lge games rm, bar rm w/ bar • Large 3 bay garage-RV parking

• • • •

M 3701

M 3440

M 3651

$439,000

$459,900

M 3636

$329,000

Commercial lot zoned C-3. Off the main exit from Vancouver & Kelowna. All services already in place at property edge. Outstanding exposure. M 3712 $89,900

$359,000

Beautiful rancher w/ full bsmt 2 bdrm ste has own laundry Appliances included Located on a nice & quiet st

$360,000

• Relax in the pool • 3 lge bdrms, 2 baths, vaulted ceilings • Lots of renos, over 14,00sqft lot U/g sprinklers • Lge sundeck w/ great views of valley & city

• • • •

M 3529

M 3664

$362,000

Do you want comfort?? Open floor plan, crown mouldings Quality appliances & light fixtures Cherry h/wood flring w/ Travertine tiles

$379,000

• • • •

9.88 acres in Petit Creek 3 bedroom home with solarium Drilled well produces 157gpm Fenced & cross-fenced-3 bay shop

M 3578

$398,000

$5000 appliance bonus!!

• • • •

• 3 bdrm custom Rancher on .27 flat acres • Open flr plan, Mill Creek cabinets, ceramic flring • U/g sprinklers, fully fenced backyard, heated garage • Gazebo w/ 6 person hot tub & RV parking

INDUSTRIAL

• River & mtn views from your back deck • Vaulted ceilings in the open design lvgrm, kitch & dinrm • Main w/birch flrs, kitch w.birch cab & granite countertops • Bsmt has recrm, wkshop, 1 bdrm legal ste w/ laundry

Executive 3 bdrm rancher Riverfront, .55 acres Completely landscaped, flat property Hardwood thruout, incredibly private

$485,000

• • • • •

Over 3000 sqft 4+ bdrm home on 9.91 ac. 18’ ceiling - magnificent views Hickory cabinets, maple floors, Walk-out daylight basement Central air, u\g sprinklers & more

M 3688

$499,900

• • • •

Wonderful executive home on the Bench Totally finished 4 level split Gourmet kitchen, 5 bdrms, 3 baths Fantastic views from deck

M 3612

$529,000

• • • •

Exquisite 3 bdrm Rancher Detached shop on .5 acre Hdwd flrs & custom window coverings Easy access & very private

M 3497

Great flat lot in popular subdivision. Close to elementary schools. Minutes from walking trails & downtown shopping. Services are at lot line and priced to sell. M 3674 $65,000 Fully serviced R-2 lot, close to schools & d/t. Bring your bldg ideas. Trades considered. M 3274 $72,900

Beautiful river view lot close to downtown. Nice, quiet neighborhood. The uncompromised view never to change. M 3707 $89,000 2 lots on Eagle Crescent w/ no building restrictions. Plans available w/ the builder. Close to all amenities. M 3679-3680 $95,000

RANCHER • • • •

New lots in quiet cul-de-sac & crescent setting. Fully services including curbs & storm drain all prepaid by the developer. M 3692 $57,000

Good sized lot, ok for double wide. City services @ prop line. Mountain view in a quiet area. M 3534 $79,000

Well cared for family home 5 bdrm, 3 bath Large 65x120 lot Located in good area

M 3691

Cheapest lot listed for sale in all of Merritt! Upper Bench neighbourhood - Grandview Heights. Underground services to lot line. Bargain price and NO HST!! M 3616 $55,000

$540,000

• Privacy on 39+ acres in Sunshine Valley • 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath log home w/ vaulted ceilings • 272 sqft guest cottage w/ bathroom • 6 fruit trees, underground sprinklers

M 3625

$650,000

Block bldg on Nicola Ave. 2500 sqft adjacent lot is included. Retail exposure. M 3649 $289,000

Desired Bench location. Owner pd GDT & WR charge. Phase 2 w/ gorgeous views. All u/g services. M 3570 $99,000 Extra lge double lot. 2 city water & sewage hookups. Private setting, flat site. Easy access w/ paved roads. M 3495 $100,000 Nicola Lakeshore Estates. 1.1 ac 15 min from Merritt. Enjoy the outdoors and build your dream home. M 3572 $195,000

Retail on Quilchena totals 3966sqft. 2nd floor has 6 residential apartments. Gross income is close to $55,000/annum. New boiler, roof, overall well maintained M 3698 $395,000

24 acres in beautiful Sunshine Valley. Treed lot, very private, easy access. Many potential building sites. Hydro & phone lines to property line. M 3603 $227,000

Amazing opportunity in downtown Merritt. 12,000sqft commercial building for purchase or lease @&6/sqft. Over 10,500sqft of retail space. Bonus lot at 2152 Nicola Avenue. M 3697 $850,000

Waterfront lot on Nicola Lake. 3km to Quilchena Hotel. Close to Merritt & Kamloops. Private access to lake. M 3478 $349,000


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THE LOWER NICOLA INDIAN BAND, SCHOOL INVITES ALL CHILDREN (First Nations/Non First Nations) To Register for Kindergarten to Grade 7 CURRICULUM:

• BC Curriculum • Nle?kepmx • Cultural Studies • Field Trips • Learning Assistance Program (One to One Support) • Extra Curricular Activities & Sports being offered

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• 3 & 4 year old Program (K4 must be 4 years old by Dec. 31, 2012) • Parent & Tot Drop In • Home Visiting Program • Services to 0 to 6 year olds: Priority will be given to LNIB Band Members for all Head Start Programs • Transportation provided for all Head Start Services.

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Friends & Neighbours The effects of Resurrection weekend NARAYAN MITRA You Gotta Have FAITH Now that another Easter or Resurrection is over, what’s next? How did the ‘celebration’ of last weekend effect our lives or going to, this weekend and beyond? I thank God for the resurrection of Jesus from the grave and what it means to us. The Bible tells us clearly that one day all shall be resurrected (1 Cor. 15:22). It is my prayer that we grab hold of the power of Resurrection that’s available to us every day of our lives in a personal and special way. Psalm 16, the “mystery psalm,” gives one of the fullest explanations in this regard. David wrote therein, “you will not leave my soul in the grave, nor will you allow your Holy One to see corruption.” But King David’s body did decay. What did he mean by those words? There’s something puzzling about it when we read it in the context of the life of David. In Acts, chapter two, the mystery is unfolded. On the day of Pentecost when the Church was born, Peter quoted Psalm 16 and revealed its mystery in verses 25 to 28. He spoke to the crowd in Jerusalem about the death and resurrection of Jesus which must have happened just a few weeks earlier. The subsequent verses 29 to 32 clear up the mystery. Psalm 16 is speaking not of the death and potential resurrection of David but of the Messiah, the Son of David, Jesus. The power of Resurrection is the central message of the psalm. Paul knew well about this power (Phil. 3:10). He goes on to say, “For our citizenship is in heaven...” (vs. 20,21). Over and over again, the Bible speaks of this power in it

various aspects. I. Our hope in the power of resurrection is based on the Lord alone. Only Almighty God can raise our body from the dead. He is the only One who can make it happen. Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life, and if we believe in Him, we will live forever even though we die. He has the power to resurrect us from the dead. It’s fascinating that David would say that the goodness of his life is nothing apart from the Lord. When we put our trust in the living Lord, it is not based on our goodness or performance. The Bible teaches that all our righteousness is like dirty rags in God’s sight. We might think that we have done some good things in life - may be we have - but it is not our goodness that saves us. It’s the goodness of the Lord. “O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in Him” (Ps. 34:8). But David also expresses his delight in those who are believers, the saints, “the excellent ones.” When someone knows the Lord, he takes delight in others who do likewise. I have come to find that Christian friends are dearer and more loved to me than even my extended family members who do not know the Lord. Blessed is the person whose family know and love the Lord. But many believers have relatives who do not put their trust in the Lord. We can identify with David’s special delight in other believers. I am always concerned when I run into a Christian who doesn’t like another believer. I then begin to wonder if he has thought about the problem of seeing the other person in heaven. May we better get used to liking each other down here if we are going to spend an eternity together! II. The power of resurrection brings stability to our lives (Ps. 16:8). I have never seen a day in which people need stability like they

do now. More people are going for psychiatric help and counsel than ever before. More people are depressed, defeated, discouraged than ever before. Last year, more people were addicted to alcohol and drugs than in history. In spite of all the blessings, people are disturbed, unhappy, and there’s much violence and hostility in our homes and communities. Peace has not come to human hearts. We are restless and we are after something, and we don’t even know what it is. Sometimes we think we know and strive after it, only to discover when we arrive that there is nothing there. The power of resurrection of Jesus Christ brings stability into our lives that the world knows nothing of. There are two things upon which this stability is based: (a) God’s constant presence. David said, “I have set the Lord always before me.” Some of us might be trying to run away from God or to hide from Him. Maybe we are hoping He does not exist. But according to the Bible, He is as close as our right hand (Deut. 31:6). We cannot run away from God. There’s nowhere we can hide (cf. Psalm 139). When we can’t cope with life anymore and all hell is breaking out around us, the Word of God says, “The Lord

is always at our right hand.” He would never leave us. He is not a dead Christ. He is alive and His presence is real. (b) His mighty power. Stability is based not only on His constant presence, but upon His power to sustain us when we can’t take another step. God will never allow us to slip even though we find our life tottering (Ps. 66:8,9). I love to visit mortuaries, they fascinate me. The furniture is always dignified and somber. The colours used in decor are muted. Dealing constantly with death also produces a certain seriousness in the morticians, and well it should. I have often thought that it would be great to have some triumphant music at a funeral, especially if the deceased was a believer. In contrast to a gloomy scene comes David’s wonderful promise: “You will not leave my soul in the grave.” But very often the funeral home scenario tells us that the dead person is still in the body. If Jesus Christ was not raised from the dead, I have no desire to keep attending church or to continue preaching. We might as well “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” Paul said that if Jesus did not rise from the dead, we are yet in our sins. Our faith is worthless and the preachings a waste of time. Narayan Mitra is pastor of the Merritt Baptist Church.

Local eyes B.C. ambassador spot By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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Eighteen-year-old Shayla Muir-Holder is competing this year to represent B.C. as the province’s ambassador. For two years, from 200910, she wore the sash as Merritt’s ambassador — but a lack of funding shut the local program down. “This year, I’m going for the B.C. Ambassador,” she said. “In order to run for that one, you must have held a title in a town.” Muir-Holder attended several meetings on her way to becoming an ambassador. She also went through a Toastmasters public speaking course. “You go through and learn the history of your town,” she said. “At the end, you do a knowledge exam and then you go out in your community and do volunteer work.” She sold 50/50 tickets at Merritt Centennials games and volunteered at Nicola Meadows, a seniors’ home, where she danced for the residents. Muir-Holder said she continues to participate as an ambassador because it “helps with self esteem, a lot. It teaches you things about yourself that you didn’t really know.” The change that Muirholder said she’s seen in herself from the time she started the program to now has been

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“amazing.” “It’s just shown me so much and there is so much for me that I never really thought.” But the program goes further than personal development, she noted. “It also looks really good on a resume. It shows that you have dedication and it teaches you time-management skills. The bursaries and scholarships are also amazing.” Muir-Holder graduated last year from Merritt Secondary School and is planning to attend Okanagan College Penticton Campus in September to study for a twoyear business administration diploma. She then hopes to move on to hotel management and ownership studies in Vancouver, which is an option with the ambassador scholarship program. A pageant is scheduled to be held in Merritt on Aug. 13, 14 and 15. Muir-Holder said she expects to find out if she is the B.C. Ambassador on Aug. 15. She is competing against 14 other people.

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DR. COLIN GAGE Spinal COLUMN As with most homeowners, the spring and summer weather signifies that it is time for yard work. This may include weeding, planting flowers, or getting the garden started. In our office, this also signifies something. It is the onset of influx of people who have worked too long and hard in their

yard, resulting in a sore back. This week, we will discuss how to shovel and use a wheelbarrow properly. One gardening activity that often results in back pain is shoveling. This activity requires repetitive bending and twisting of the back, while lifting a shovel full of material. The lower back is generally a strong and stable part of the body. However, when used improperly, it will not perform well. When shoveling, both feet should be planted firmly and the pelvis should be facing wherever the shovel is digging. When a person digs at an angle

or at the side of their body, this puts the back in a vulnerable twisted position. This is especially true when a person is digging in front of themselves and then twists to throw the dirt to a different spot. Doing this for a long period of time is really a bad idea! If a person has to move dirt from one spot to another, they should dig in front of his or her feet and pelvis to face the spot where the dirt is to be deposited. This prevents the back from twisting at all and keeps in a safe position. In addition to not twisting the back, keeping it straight is just as important. Imagine

sitting up straight in a flat back chair. This is the same position that the back should be in when doing any lifting or bending. Just remember to keep a small shallow concave curve in the low back. When this curve reverses or becomes convex, the back is in a vulnerable position. When using a wheelbarrow, the same rules apply. The back should remain straight when lifting and pushing a wheelbarrow and be sure not to twist the back. Do not fill the wheelbarrow completely full, as it will be “tipsy”. If the wheelbarrow is in the process of tipping and

a person tries hard to prevent it, this is a prime situation for a back injury to occur. Keep these tips in mind when doing your spring and summer yard tasks. As much as I like correcting my patient’s low back injuries, I still feel that preventing an injury from happening in the first place is much better than trying to treat it after the fact. Nicola Valley Chiropractic 2076A Granite Ave. P.O. Box 909 Merritt, BC Ph: (250) 378-5456 Fax: (250) 378-8259 Email: info@merrittchiro. com Website: www.merrittchiro. com

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Canadian woman reveals how to take on menopause Many females experience hot flashes, night flashes and disrupted sleep (NC)—Confident in her walk and full of life in her talk, one would never guess that 64-year-old Catherine from Canada would let menopause affect her life. But at one point, it had. It’s no secret that some women experience hot flashes, night sweats and disrupted sleep when going through menopause. It is however, less common for other symptoms of this normal biological transition, such as vaginal atrophy, to be discussed. Catherine is one of many Canadian women who have experienced vaginal atrophy (VA), a chronic condition, where the vaginal walls become thin, fragile and inflamed due to a reduction of estrogen. According to Catherine, the condition can take a toll on quality of life – she knows this firsthand. “In the beginning of my menopause

‘As women, we need to speak up when things are not right with our bodies.’ — CATHERINE FROM CANADA cycle, I knew I felt different. It wasn’t just the symptoms I had heard other women talk about,” Catherine said. “For me, it was vaginal dryness, irritation, a feeling that I had a bladder infection because I sometimes felt an urgency to run to the bathroom and at times intercourse was painful. “All in all, every aspect of my life was uncomfortable.” Symptoms of vaginal atrophy could include burning, itching, dryness, irritation and painful intercourse. These are the symptoms likely to be kept under the covers and not discussed. Catherine waited almost a year before speaking to her doctor about her symptoms.

Research shows women may not feel comfortable initiating discussions on sensitive issues that surround menopause, such as vaginal atrophy, and do not realize there are treatment options that may help to improve their symptoms and quality of life. In fact, according to the international VIVA (Vaginal Health: Insights, Views & Attitudes) survey, nearly half of the women

who experienced symptoms and sought help from a healthcare professional waited six months or longer. Family physicians, nurses and pharmacists play a key role in providing healthcare to women experiencing menopause. Catherine admits she could have seen her doctor sooner. “As women we need to speak up when things are not right with our bodies,” Catherine said. “I hope other women are not suffering in silence with these symptoms preventing them from enjoying life. We all want to be as healthy as we can, and it starts

with your doctor providing information to help you effectively address all menopause symptoms, including vaginal atrophy.” Today, whether she is working, travelling or simply reading a book, Catherine doesn’t even notice the problem that was below the belt and hopes to encourage other women to talk to their doctor about effective treatment options. “My life has been revitalized. We need to educate ourselves, and share our stories because there is nothing to be embarrassed about. We need to take vaginal atrophy out of the closet.”

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A little bit of this and that in Logan Lake BARRIE OGDEN BARRIE’S BANTER Those of you who know me, know I love to share good news stories. And, Logan Lake is a community which truly sparkles because of the generosity of its residents who give of their time, their skills and who

donate food and clothing to those in need. A perfect example of this happened recently when Jaci Sarver, a social worker with the ASK Wellness Centre in Merritt who lives in our community, sent out a notice on the Logan Laker Facebook page. Her message was the Community Response Emergency Winter Shelter, which caters to the homeless and provides a place to sleep and two meals a day during the cold of winter, would be closing its doors on

Logan Lake Community

Free eight-week Mother Goose program begins Parent/Child Mother Goose Program is a free eight-week program featuring songs, stories and rhymes primarily for parents and children 0 – 3 years but 3-5 year olds are also welcome. Thursdays from 6 – 7 p.m. April 12 was the first program but it’s not too late to join and the program will happen weekly until May 31.

Saturday, March 31. And, that folks, was no early April Fool’s joke. Jaci, in her message, asked if people could donate spare blankets and/or soup so ASK might be able to continue to provide some warmth and minimal meals. Well, for those of you who might go to church, you’ll be familiar with one of my absolute favorite Bible passages which can be found in both Matthew 7:7 and Luke 11:9 which says, “Ask and it shall be given unto you; seek and ye shall find.”

Well, Jaci asked and, in the finding and receiving, has been totally amazed by and thankful for the generosity of Logan Lakers saying, “I am overwhelmed by the kind and compassionate response to my request and ASK has received everything I asked for.” The everything included blankets, clothing, winter coats, and bags of groceries and for all this, Jaci added, “Merritt’s ASK Wellness Centre is sincerely grateful for all the gifts which

were donated and we are thankful to be able to give out the coats, blankets and food to those in need.” Yet another quote from the Book of Matthew is required to close this story, “The King said,”Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me.” And, I’m very sure God won’t mind if, those of you who gave to the least of these in Merritt, reward yourselves with a humble pat on the back.

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I know that most homeowners, myself included, can beneÀt from tips on organization-and learning how to do it the green way is even better! I hope you Ànd these tips as useful as I did. Whether it’s that junk drawer in the kitchen or a basement full of stuff we’ve been collecting for years, we all have a space in our homes that could use a declutter. Here are a few great tips to clear out that messy space, and be environmentally-friendly at the same time! Be sure you dispose of harmful products and chemical properly. Whether it is leftover paint or dead batteries, making sure that they don’t end up in our landÀlls can make a huge difference. Taking them all in one trip to a disposal facility will also make the job easier. Donate unwanted clothes and household items. This is a great way to reduce the number of items we add to our landÀlls, and is also an excellent way to contribute to a local charity. Have a garage sale or sell items online. This is another great way to Ànd a new home for your unwanted items, and will make you “greener” in more ways than one! Fix broken items. Rather than replacing broken items such as tools or appliances by purchasing new ones, consider Àxing them instead. Find a new purpose for items. Whether it is craft supplies for the kids, or getting creative yourself, there are lots of ways you can Ànd a use for most of your forgotten but once loved items. Use green cleaning products. Once you have all the clutter out of the way, be sure that you use environmentallyfriendly cleaning products. Also be sure to store your newly organized items in recycled storage containers.

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summer. A corner pantry cupboard provides all the storage space needed for groceries. A spacious mud room off the kitchen also enjoys access to the outdoors, making this the ideal entry to use after working in the garden. A three-piece bathroom is situated opposite the staircase to the loft area. A sliding pocket door to the master bedroom makes this bathroom a semi-ensuite. The second bedroom is also conveniently located beside the bathroom. The master suite has a vaulted ceiling, two clothes closets and a large picture window topped by a decorative arch. This window is trimmed with shutters on the outside and overlooks a built-in planter. The airy loft is open to the floor below and also has a side window, ensuring lots of natural light. This home has 1,633 square feet of finished living space and meas-

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SPORTS SHORTS Mixed Volleyfest this weekend The Merritt Volleyball Association’s 20th annual mixed Volleyfest is set to go this weekend with 33 teams and over 200 players signed up. Participants in Volleyfest are coming from throughout the Interior and Lower Mainland regions of the province. Recreational and competitive games begin bright and early Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at three venues: Merritt Secondary School, Coquihalla Middle School and Collettville Elementary School. Action continues on Sunday at MSS and CMS with all championship games slated for 2 p.m. MVA spokesperson Dave Finch states that this year’s Volleyfest theme is ‘Superheroes and Villains’. “It should be a good time, both on the courts and away from the courts, “ Finch says. “We’d just like to thank all our loyal supporters and the local business community for making this event possible every year.”

Pozzobon 7th in Kansas City Merritt cowboy Ty Pozzobon moved up one spot to 12th place overall in the Professional Bull Rider’s Built Ford Tough Series rankings thanks to a seventh-place finish in Kansas City on March 31. The 20-year-old Pozzobon picked up 330.5 points and $2,850 for his efforts. This past weekend, Pozzobon was second in the average at a PBR Touring Pro event in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, winning $4,641. Pozzobon was scheduled to compete in a pair of PRCA events this week in Pocotello, Idaho and Logandale, Nevada. Results from these rodeos were not available by press time. This coming weekend, Pozzobon returns to the BFTS circuit with a competition in Indianapolis, Indiania.

Braves 2nd at Nk’Maplqs Cup The Quilchena Braves placed second in the Masters Division of the 8th annual Nk’Maplqs Challenge Cup hockey tournament, held in Vernon last weekend. First place went to the Lake Long Horns from Williams Lake while the host Vernon T-Birds finished up third. Three other Nicola Valley teams took part in the tournament: the Merritt Mustangs and Quilchena Braves in the competitive division, and the Merritt Mudslingers in the recreational category. A total of 330 players took part in the three-day event.

Finch hoping for Summer Games Competing for the Kamloops Riptech Diving Club, eleven-year-old Parker Finch of Merritt finished first in his age group at a diving competition at the H20 pool in Kelowna on the weekend. Finch is hoping that the strong result will put him in a position to qualify for the 2012 B.C. Summer Games, scheduled for July in Surrey.

Willcox 90th-ranked by CS Merritt Centennials’ defenseman Reece Willcox is the 90th-ranked North American skater in the latest NHL Central Scouting report. Willcox, 18, is set to attend NCAA Division 1 Cornell University this September.

Youth soccer season kicks off this Saturday By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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Hundreds of feet, both large and small, and clad in cleats of all sizes, will hit the turf this Saturday for the first weekend of Merritt Youth Soccer Association action. As of Tuesday of this week, 425 youngsters, ranging in age from 3 - 18, have signed up to take part on 32 separate teams in six different divisions of play says MYSA registrar Keri Cooke. “It’s been a bit of a chaotic week as we try to sort out the numbers,” adds Cooke. “Even though we closed off registration a week ago, we’re still getting lots of inquiries.” While total registrations to date are down a bit from last season’s record-breaking number of 501, Cooke is not at all concerned. “I think that we

grew so much and so quickly that we knew at some point we’d hit our ceiling. I think the 500mark last year was that ceiling.” MYSA president Barb Coates attributes some of the slight decline in enrolment figures to the association’s move to an online registration procedure. “I think that might have thrown a few people off,” she states. “It’ll take a bit of getting used to.” Coates is very excited about the fact that, for the first time, the MYSA has registered itself as an association with BC Soccer, the provincial body that oversees the sport in the province. “We hope to tap into their expertise and resources in terms of player, coach and referee development. We want to give everyone as much support as possible,” Coates says.

The game venues this Saturday are the same as last year with the Timbits, K/1 and 2/3 divisions playing at Diamond Vale Elementary School and the 4/5, 6/7 and 8+ divisions competing at Coquihalla Middle School. Individuals still hoping to register (if space allows) should contact Keri Cooke (378-8798) or go to the MYSA website: info@merrittyouthsoccer.com

Over 400 youngsters, ages 3-18, will invade the playing fields at Diamond Vale and CMS this Saturday for the start of the Merritt Youth Soccer Association season. Ian Webster/Herald

MERRITT YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION 2012 SEASON Location

Division # of Players # of Teams Starting Time

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59

4

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Cents’ spring evaluation camp highly successful By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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“There were a lot of good players, smart players out there.” Those were the words of Merritt Centennials’ assistant coach and assistant GM Joe Martin following his team’s three-day evaluation camp at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena this past weekend. A total of 74 players took part in the spirited, high-tempo camp which featured both five-onfive and three-on-three scrimmages over the course of the three days. Camp participants came from as far away as Claremont, California and Whitehorse in the Yukon. There were six local players involved: netminder Griffin Baillie, defenseman Gabriel Musgrave, and forwards Zack Sanderson,

Daylan Robertson, Malik Miller and Riley Barnes. Breaking the camp down, Martin stated, “We were very happy with the offensive production. With losing our two top scorers from this past year (Evan Stack and Chad Brears), we know that it’s an area we have to beef up a bit. “We’re always on the lookout for players who have that unteachable skill, that natural ability to find the back of the net.” In terms of defense, Martin knows that he and head coach Luke Pierce have their work cut out for them in terms of filling a quartet of available spots for next season. “Finding four quality defensemen to play on a very good hockey team will be difficult,” said Martin. “We’re going to have to do some seri-

ous thinking in terms of filling those places. I thought that there were four or five guys at camp who could play Jr. A right now. Having that many here was a step in the right direction for us.” Between the pipes, Martin was very impressed with several of the netminders in camp. “I think there were two goalies on hand that will definitely be playing Jr. A next year, and another three young ones that have the potential to be playing at that level in a couple of years.” Martin and Pierce will get another chance to assess talent at a second Centennials’ evaluation camp, scheduled for Maple Ridge on the June 22-24 weekend. “The Lower Mainland camp last year was a good one. The likes of Tyler Martin and Brendan

COWTOWN CONNECTION Netminder Devin McDonald makes a pad stop on fellow Calgarian Todd Sykes during a scrimmage at the Cents’ evaluation camp. Ian Webster/Herald

Lamont were both there, and ended up making our team,” Martin said. “We’re hoping to have an even better camp this year.” Martin expects only about 40 players to be invited to the Cents’main camp from August 26-28. “It’ll be a very competitive camp, not a lot of bodies” he said. “It’ll be a mix of returnees, some veteran Jr. B play-

ers obviously hungry to take the next step, some elite rookies, and a few prospects for the future as well.” Prior to main camp, Martin and Pierce will be running a high-end conditioning camp for bantam, midget and Junior A and B players from August 17-19, followed by a six-day hockey camp for youth players from August 20-25.


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Taylors Deal back at Hastings Park From Page 3 Mena said that the Derby win in February was definitely the young horse’s most significant accomplishment to date. “He did what he was asked to do [by jockey Gutierrez] convincingly. He beat some nice horses down there. He seems to be getting better with each start. By that I mean he seems to be maturing – handling the distance, and handling what is asked of him by the rider with more and more confidence.” Taylors Deal is back at Hastings Park right now, preparing for the upcoming racing season which starts Saturday, April 14. Other than that, Mena is not privy to too many more details regarding the gelding’s racing future. That is exclusively the

domain of his present owners. “I wouldn’t want to speculate on how many times he will race in the coming months, or even if he will stay at Hastings the entire season. As his breeders, all we can do is be his biggest cheerleaders up here.” Mena did add, however, “There’s always the hope that he would be a contender for the Canadian Derby in August, or the B.C. Derby in September – both very prestigious races to win.” A couple of years ago, a horse that boarded at Can-AMex, named Tommy Danzinger, won the Canadian Derby. In the meantime, the Menas will continue to go about their business, grateful that they had an important role to play in the development of another outstanding

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horse racing prospect, from B.C no less. “We just want to acknowledge and recognize our co-breeders, Clive and Linda Lytle, as well as the owners of Taylors Deal, NATHC, for their tremendous support of the horse racing industry here in B.C.,” said Karen. “We’ve been lucky that they’ve come by and shopped in our store,” she added with a laugh.

Taylors Deal, at three weeks old in May of 2009, has ‘a conversation’ with Karen Mena while his mother, Fleet Amyanne, grazes in the background. “He was very lively, cheeky and precocious as a youngster,” states Mena, “ with a very inquisitive personality.” Photo submitted

Note: Jockey Mario Gutierrez, who rode Taylors Deal in three of his five races to date and was a winner twice, has all but secured a place in this year’s Kentucky Derby (Saturday, May 5) on board I’ll Have Another. Gutierrez guided the three-year-old gelding to a first place finish at the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday.

A PROUD YEARLING Joel Mena shows Taylors Deal at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s September sale at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, B.C. in 2010. Taylors Deal was purchased at the sale by Glen Todd and the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company. Photo submitted

Can-A-Mex: a dream come true SCENIC SPLENDOUR Can-A-Mex Farms, located 25 km west of Merritt off Hwy 8 near Spius Creek, is a beautiful 80-acre equine facility built specifically to service the thoroughbred racing industry. Photo submitted

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In 1992, when Joel and Karen Mena, along with Karen’s brother Doug Murray, left the hustle and bustle of BC’s Lower Mainland for the relative peace and quiet of the Nicola Valley, it was with the hope that the Menas

could continue to play a role in the horse racing industry that they loved and had spent a lifetime working in. Joel was a very successful jockey for 25 years in his homeland of Mexico (hence the name Can-A-Mex), as well as in the United States (California and Washington) and in British Columbia.

During his racing career, Joel rode along side many of the great riders in history, including Willy Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay Jr. and Chris McCarron. Karen began her career with thoroughbred racing back in 1978 as an exercise rider before eventually working for the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse

Society for five years. She holds certificates in Equine Kinesiology and Nutritional Therapy for Equines, and continues to work closely with equine health specialists to formulate overall health programs for horses. “We thought that maybe we could buy a ranch and try our hand at running a

farm,” explains Karen. “Hopefully we would get some horses, and maybe some people would board with us. At the time, we didn’t know if it would all happen, but Joel and I have a very strong connection to the horse racing industry, so we figured if we came up here, people would use us.” The Menas and

Murray purchased an 80-acre cattle ranch out by Spius Creek and through a great deal of perseverance and with a lot of hard work transformed it into the jewel of a farm that it is today, featuring two immaculate homes, beautiful pasture fields, and a modern, bright and airy 10-stall indoor barn with adjoining paddocks. “We knew that we were going to be another one of many farms in the Interior that are doing the same thing, but we had our dream,” states Karen. “We’re pretty proud of what we’ve all done.” Over the years, the Menas have had the pleasure of watching hundreds of race horses – of all ages and pedigrees – pass through their facility, each with its own unique personal-

ity and history. “We’ve had so many highlights,” says Karen, “especially when it’s horses that you’ve foaled out and raised on site. So much time and effort goes into that. It’s a very special feeling.” The current success of Taylors Deal is unquestionably a crowning achievement for the Can-A-Mex team of Joel, Karen, Doug and Doug’s partner, Marcile Moffat. It is a fitting reward for all their time, patience and effort. “We’re not one of the bigger players in the racing industry by any means,” says Karen. “We’re just one of the little guys. But this time, the little guy gets a piece of the pie.” Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the Menas and Murray have CanA-Mex up for sale. As Karen states, they’re not getting any younger, and there is still so much else they want to do with their lives. “Joel and I have accomplished pretty much all that we set out to do here,” she adds. “That said, there’s many more opportunities out there with the racing industry, and we may choose to do some of those things in a different capacity.”


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On April 1, 2012 Mr. Donald Rodney (Rod) Sheets of Logan Lake, B.C. passed away peacefully at Kamloops at the age of 73 years. Survived by his loving wife Liz and son Peter (Aladina) of Trail, B.C.; two grandchildren Jordan and Andrew; his brother Allan (Lynda) of Peterborough, ON and three nephews Lee (Janet) Sheets, Todd (Maryann) Sheets and Dale Sheets, his special aunt Marion Kinnear and numerous cousins. Rod was predeceased by his son Dave Sheets in 2003, his brother Jack (Claire) and his parents Herb and Ida Sheets. Rod was born in Cornwall, Ontario. He went off to the Army as a young man and came back with lifelong friends that they visited regularly at Sapper Engineering reunions. He was studying to be a United Church Minister when he met and married Liz. They moved all over the country settling in Merritt as a Social Worker. When he burned out of Social Work he started working at Highland Valley Copper. An avid Railroad fan, he chased trains all over the area. His family was a big piece of his heart. He followed his grandkids around everywhere and bent all his friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ears about how great his kids were. He enjoyed all his chats over coffee with anyone that would listen. Everything he did was for his wife and family. He will be missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Logan Lake Christian Fellowship Church with Reverend George Feenstra ofĂ&#x20AC;ciating. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com Cremation arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, BC 250.374.1454


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As a Sales Associate you will provide our guests with the ultimate guest experience with prompt, efficient and courteous service. You will ring in sales on the cash register, forecast, order and stock merchandise and maintain a clean, guest friendly environment in the store. The Sales Associate is responsible for setting a high standard for guest service and satisfaction by making your store a model of your company’s Five Fundamentals - Quality, Assortment, Service, Value and Cleanliness. You MUST possess excellent communication and customer service skills, 1-2 years retail/food service background, high school diploma or equivalent experience will be considered. A desire to be part of a performance-driven team is also essential to your success. This is an opportunity to be a part of the world’s most recognized brands! We will provide you with incredible benefits, great training; the foundation for exceptional performance and a working environment that encourages and rewards excellence! We thank you for your interest, however only qualified applicants will be contacted and selected for an interview. Please e-mail your résumé with your salary expectations to: kamloopsrecruiting@gmail.com

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 58 (NICOLA-SIMILKAMEEN)

SUMMER STUDENT WORKER School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) requires Summer Students. The worker will provide assistance in the normal maintenance tasks involved with maintaining playgrounds, playing fields and school district sites. A valid driver’s license is required. Students must have been enrolled full-time in High School/College in 2011/2012 and must be returning full-time to College/University for the 2012/2013 sessions. Application forms are available at the School Board Office, 1550 Chapman Street, Merritt, Princeton Secondary School, 201 Old Merritt Road, Princeton, or on-line at www.sd58.bc.ca, click on Jobs/Support Positions/Job Postings, listed under Job Code # 319773, and follow the prompts. Applications, including a detailed resume with a minimum of three references, will be accepted until April 27, 2012. Please forward to: Attn: Secretary Treasurer School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) P.O. Box 4100, 1550 Chapman St. Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Fax: (250) 378-6263 Only those applicants being interviewed will be contacted. For further information, please call Jim Garfield at (250) 315-1113.

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The successful applicant will undertake duties associated with the Upper Nicola Band Housing. Duties include: • Administration and management of existing housing units and governing programs. • Administration of existing CMHC Social Housing phases, Band-owned Housing, Capital Housing, and RRAP. • Administering applications for housing and renovations. • LEM rent calculations. • Rent collections. • Arranging for home inspection and maintenance activities. • Assisting the Director of Operations in developing annual budgets, work plans and reports. QualiÀcations: • Minimum of Grade 12 or equivalent. • Experience in housing and property management. • Experience working with CMHC and INAC programs. • Demonstrated ability to deal tactfully with challenging individuals and situations. • Demonstrated ability/experience using MSWord, MSExcel and Xyntax Systems Software. • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain appropriate record keeping systems. • Drivers license and own transportation. Send current resume and cover letter to: Director of Operations, Box 3700 Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 or in person at the UNB OfÀce, by fax 250-350-3311 or email: unb@uppernicolaband.com. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Noon, Monday April 16th, 2012 Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

PART-TIME EMPLOYEE PART-TIME FOR OUR CIRCULATION MANAGER CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT (approx. 20 hours/week) (approx. 20 hours/week)

The award winning winning Merritt Merritt Herald Herald is is currently currently The award looking for an enthusiastic individual to Àhelp ll the looking for an enthusiastic individual to circulation manager position. out in our circulation department. Main duties would would be be to to make make sure sure our our Main duties newspaper arrives arrives at at every every doorstep doorstep in in the the newspaper Merritt, Lower Nicola Nicola and and Logan Logan Lake Lake areas. areas. Merritt, Lower Responsibilities Responsibilities • Communicating with with carriers carriers and and • Communicating customers. customers. • Handle all phone inquires and • Handle all phone inquires and complaints in a professional and complaints in a professional and efÀcient manner. efÀcient manner. QualiÀcations QualiÀcations • Must have strong organizational and • Must have strong organizational and communication skills communication skills • Be able to work well under pressure. • Be able to work well under pressure. • Some ofÀce/computer experience is • Some ofÀce/computer experience is also required. also required. • Must also have own form of • Must also have own form of transportation. transportation. If you are interested please drop your If you are interested please drop your resume off in person to 2090 Granite Ave., resume off in person to 2090 Granite Ave., Merritt, BC. No phone calls please. Merritt, BC. No phone calls please.

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City of Merritt - Employment Opportunity The City of Merritt is inviting applications for the position of a permanent full time Clerk Typist to be stationed at the Merritt RCMP Detachment. This union position (C.U.P.E.) will provide clerical duties at the Merritt RCMP Detachment. DUTIES TO INCLUDE: • primarily responsible for transcription of statements • relief duties for telephone and personal reception • relief duties to receive complaints/inquiries and directing same to appropriate departments • filing and general records maintenance Candidates will have graduated high school; possess good typing skills with a tested speed of at least 60 w.p.m. Applicants having computer data entry, experience in word-processing, dictaphone and related transcribing equipment, and familiarity with a number of software packages will be preferred. Candidate must have a pleasing and confident personal appearance. Pay rate for this union position (C.U.P.E.) is $23.95 (2012) for a 7 hour workday, Monday Friday. A probation period of three (3) months is required. A comprehensive benefit package covering medical/extended health, life insurance and pension is provided. Detailed applications should be submitted to the undersigned prior to 4:00 p.m. April 23, 2012. As only those short-listed candidates will be contacted, we thank you in advance for your interest in this position. Carole Fraser, Human Resources 2185 Voght Street, Box 189, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Fax: (250) 378-2600 Email: cfraser@merritt.ca We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

City of Merritt - Employment Opportunity POSITION: Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Collector/Deputy Financial Services Manager, the Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk performs a variety of specialized duties. An employee in this role prepares processes and maintains a variety of confidential hourly and salary payroll information that supports a bi-weekly payroll cycle. Accurate, timely data entry of time sheets through to ensuring that pay period end processes are carried out effectively, resulting in the production of accurate and on time pay for all employees and remittances to outside agencies are the responsibility of this position. This position completes on going and year-end reports and working papers for payroll, benefits and associated liabilities, including the preparation of T4’s. The Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk is responsible for the processing of the accounts payable for the City of Merritt, including the data entry of invoices through to completion of a cheque run. This position also prepares the daily bank deposit and other duties as required. The City of Merritt uses the MAIS (Municipal Accounting & Information System) Software package. SALARY: The 2012 pay rate as per the CUPE Collective Agreement is $27.31 per hour. HOURS OF WORK: This is a permanent full time position, working a scheduled 35 hours per week. Hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding statutory holidays and other City Hall closures). ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS • High School graduation. • Successful completion of post-secondary accounting courses. • Successful completion of Canadian Payroll Association Level 2 courses or equivalent. A combination of education and experience may be considered. • Demonstrated exceptional working knowledge of Microsoft applications (Word and Excel) and computerized accounting software, including payroll application. • Ability to work independently, under pressure, set priorities and meet deadlines. • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) as well as the ability to deal with employees, suppliers and the public in a diplomatic and courteous manner. • Demonstrated experience in delivering superior customer service and working within a team environment. EXPERIENCE: Minimum, three years recent experience in a similar position, preferably in a local government setting. Experience with the computerized processing of payroll is essential and preference will be given to those applicants with experience of processing payroll where a union collective agreement is in place. Current resumes reflecting applicants’ knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to the position and detailing education, qualifications and proof of required licenses/certificates/degrees will be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m., April 23, 2012 by: Carole Fraser, Deputy Clerk, City of Merritt PO Box 189, 2185 Voght Street, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Or by email: cfraser@merritt.ca We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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9.5 ft. camper, 4 burner stove, fridge, furnace, bathroom, good shape. 250-862-6706 FOR Sale 1986 Citation 5th Wheel 19ft, Sleeps 4 comfortably, no leaks, excellent condition. Full size bathroom, 4 burner stove/oven, and furnace. Good size fridge with lots of cupboard space. Hitch included. $2800 firm. Located in Merritt - view by appt. Call 604-764-1684

Lots

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Corbett Lake Building Sites The Corbett Lake Country Inn is being reconfigured to offer 21 purchasers the opportunity to acquire a building site or an existing rustic cabin on the picturesque and private 70-acre Corbett Lake property. Located in the Nicola Valley, this lake is privately stocked and well known for its trophy fishing. This is a share offering.

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Legal Notices

Legal Notices

SHACKAN INDIAN BAND NOTICE OF PROPOSED LOCAL REVENUE LAWS AND INVITATION TO MAKE PRESENTATIONS NOTICE IS GIVEN, pursuant to section 6 of the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act (hereafter referred to as the “FSMA”), that the Shackan First Nation (“The First Nation”) propose to enact the Shackan First Nation Property Assessment Law, 2012 and the Shackan First Nation Property Taxation Law, 2012 (hereafter referred to as the “Proposed Laws”). DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED LAWS: The Proposed Laws are a property taxation law and a property assessment law, both made under the authority of section 5(1)(a) of the FSMA. The property assessment law provides for the assessment and valuation of interests in land on the reserve lands of the First Nation, including appointing assessors, inspecting property, preparing assessment rolls, and mailing assessment notices. The property assessment law also provides a process for reconsideration of assessments and for a right of appeal to an independent assessment review board. The property taxation law establishes a taxation regime that taxes interests in land in the reserve, and includes provisions for exemptions, grants, preparing tax rolls and tax notices, the levy of penalties and interest on unpaid taxes, and the collection and enforcement of unpaid taxes. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED LAWS may be obtained from: Shawn Swakum, Shackan First Nation, at 2160 Settlers Road, Merritt, BC. COUNCIL OF THE FIRST NATION INVITES WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS regarding the proposed Laws. Written representations may be made to the Council from the date of this notice until May 15th, 2012. Persons wishing to make a written representation must deliver the document containing the representations to: Shawn Swakum, Shackan First Nation, 2160 Settlers Road, Merritt, BC V1K 1M9. Representations should be made on or before noon, **May 15** 2012 in order to ensure consideration by Council. Before making the Proposed Laws, Council will consider all written representations received in accordance with this Notice. CONTACT INFORMATION: For further information or questions regarding the Proposed Laws, this Notice, or the making of written representations to Council, please contact Shawn Swakum, Shackan First Nation Band Office by telephone at (250) 378-5410. This Notice Dated: **March 14, 2012**


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