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Earthquake shakes Merritt By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

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A 2.6 magnitude earthquake shook Merritt Friday night at about 9:26 p.m. and residents around the city and the Nicola Valley could feel it. The Geological Survey of Canada confirmed the earthquake was located about 20 kilometres north of Merritt. There were no reports of damage, nor would any be expected from an earthquake below a magnitude of 5. Garry Rogers, an earthquake scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Victoria, said the small quake is the result of seismic activity under North America. He said the continent is drifting gradually

westward, rubbing up against the Pacific plate, creating an east-west squeezing effect, which occurs throughout North America. “It’s more accelerated in British Columbia, this east-west squeezing, that built up the mountains way, way in the past,” Rogers said. “But that east-west squeezing or ‘stress,’ if you like, is still in the crust today, and is the cause of earthquakes that we see in southern British Columbia.” He said there was nothing unusual about the earthquake and it was a typical one southern British Columbia experiences every year. He said small earthquakes like this one are typically only felt locally and occur in the Merritt area about once every five to seven years.

Merritt resident Jody John was outside her apartment smoking a cigarette when she felt the quake. Her initial reaction was to think the source of the shaking was her washing machine. When the earthquake hit, so too did the claims on social media of what the cause of the shaking could be. Various social media users said they heard a boom or some sort of explosion, including an unconfirmed report of a car exploding downtown. City of Merritt Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson told the Herald the department received no reports of an explosion Friday night. The closest call to an explosion they responded to was a report of people at

the Central Elementary School field lighting off fireworks. Tomkinson said there was no chance that was the cause of the shaking people felt and heard that night. Rogers said the closer a person is to the earthquake’s location, the more violent the shaking feels. Rogers said though there have never been any damaging earthquakes in the B.C. Interior, this province is still earthquake country. “We’ve never had a damaging earthquake (at least in historic time) in that region, but where there are little earthquakes, there can always be big ones, so it’s a reminder to everybody that British Columbia as a whole is earthquake This map from the Geological Survey of Canada shows the location of the earthquake as indicated by the star. Submitted country,” Rogers said.

Union files grievance over drug search at job site By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

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Two separate instances of drugs on job sites hit area employers recently and in one case led to the filing of a formal grievance. On August 13 and 14, employees of contracted companies JV Drivers Installations Inc. and Fluor — who are working on the Highland Valley Copper mine expansion project — were surprised to find security handling drug detection dogs on the job site. They

searched the employees, their belongings and the construction site. JV Drivers said it took action upon receiving information regarding possible banned substances on the work site, JV Driver communications manager Boyd Mitchell told the Herald via email. “In light of this information, we were legally and morally obligated to act to ensure the continued safety of the workplace. All searches were conducted in the least obtrusive manner

possible,” Mitchell wrote in the email. The Thursday, Aug. 15 edition of Kamloops This Week reported that cocaine and marijuana were found in the search and some employees were sent home. Mitchell confirmed drugs were discovered but did not disclose which substances they were. “Through these searches, some banned substances were uncovered and disposed of by the RCMP. There have been no repercussions to our employees as a result,”

Mitchell said. Jim Oostenbrink, head of the Construction Allied Workers Union for B.C., which represents JV Drivers’ employees, said the union has filed a formal grievance with the company. He said the union was not made aware the search was taking place and is calling it illegal. Despite seeing media reports in which the company said they discovered drugs on the site, Oostenbrink said JV Drivers has not told him directly.

“We are proceeding with the grievance on the basis of an illegal search,” Oostenbrink said. He said the union is expecting a response from the company some time this week. Richard Boyce, a representative of the United Steelworkers Union 7619, which represents Highland Valley Copper employees of Teck, told the Herald he viewed the searches as a “witch hunt” and excessive. Boyce said Highland Valley Copper has a zero-

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tolerance policy on substance abuse taking place on their property, which the union and the company support, as well as a focus on getting workers help if they have substance abuse problems. “We also encourage people — if they think an individual is not fit for work and they show up there in the morning — to go to their supervisor and say something, or go to the individual first and say something,” Boyce said, noting “you don’t need a drug dog to do that.”

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DANCING QUEEN Kaitlin Mathis (far left), guest dance teacher at the first Merritt Dance Society Dance Camp, watches her student Hailee Harkies (right) practice highland dancing. The dance camp ran from Aug. 19 to 23 for kids ages five to eight and nine to 16. Dance Camp organizer Lizette Nel said between Monday and Friday, 26 students got to learn jazz, aerobics, Irish, hiphop and ballet dancing.

Rodeo, fly-in on long weekend The Merritt Flying Club is holding another fly-in pancake breakfast this Sunday. The group welcomes anyone interested to check out visiting airplanes from all over B.C. at the Merritt airport. It is one of only a few occasions that the public is allowed on the tarmac. The event takes place from 8 to 11 a.m.

The annual Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo and Fall Fair take place this weekend at the rodeo grounds in Collettville. Rodeo action starts on Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. The Nicola Valley Fall Fair features thousands of displays adjacent to the rodeo grounds, from flowers to livestock to art.

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Mill, mine officials say sites have anti-drug culture From Page 1 Boyce said Highland Valley Copper conducts pre-employment drug screening prior to being hired by the mine, but no random drug tests take place on the property. Boyce said no one at Highland Valley Copper, including management, was made aware the drug detection dogs were being brought in to conduct searches. Senior Community Affairs Officer for Highland Valley Copper Jacqui Schneider said the contractor hired the security firm as part of their routine safety program. At Aspen Planers, six employees of a contracted company working at the mill were found sharing a joint while on a coffee break outside on the job site early last week. Aspen Planers general manager David Gray said an Aspen

Planers supervisor found them smoking the marijuana cigarette. Gray said they have never come across an incident of this nature before. “This is a first time for us and we hope it’s the last time,” Gray said. Gray chose not to identify which contractor the workers belonged to. The employees were asked to go home and their employer will be dealing with any disciplinary action, Gray said. “What our business is, is that if you’re on our site you’re on our site in a safe manner. As to the actual outcome of these things, that’s up to the contractor and between the contractor and his employees,” Gray said. Gray said Aspen Planers will need to be more vigilant in the future in ensuring workers who are brought onto the work site understand the Aspen Planers

culture where everyone takes care of him or her self. “It’s a good culture from that standpoint and this kind of thing just re-affirms it for everybody, but are we going to have sniffer dogs on the site? No,” Gray said, noting they are now more sensitive to and aware of the subject of drugs on the work site. As for Aspen Planers’ drug policy, Gray said the company has its own internal policies which it doesn’t discuss in public. Gray chose not to say if Aspen Planers employees are ever required to undergo random drug tests. “That’s between us and our employees,” Gray said. Gray said this incident is an issue of safety. “Safety is the foundation of everything we do. I think if this is an opportunity to re-affirm that, that’s a good thing,” Gray said.

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Final words from local’s Denmark exchange

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I was born in Denmark. When I was a little girl, I would read many stories about the princess and prince in a castle. Though I dreamed that I was the princess, I did not believe in such things as a royal family or a castle. To me, a dream was all it was. As I grew older, that dream never left my mind. Just a few years ago, I realized that England had a queen and that she even lived in a castle! When I applied for the Rotary Exchange Program, I looked carefully at my choice of 25 countries. I must admit, Denmark was not the first country to come to mind. As I researched it more, I began to love Denmark, even before I left my home country. My expectations? Castles, the royal family, rich history, welcoming people, and a different culture. Denmark lived up to all of those expectations and more. I have faced challenges that I never thought I could actually overcome. A lot of things have surprised me along this road, but I was never disappointed, and never once regretted my choice of country. I was surprised by how much I missed the little things from my home country: that old man walking his dog every morning past my house, the big

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adjustment for me to make. The students call the teachers by their first names, and both teachers and students can swear in class and come and go as they please. When the teacher has something better to do, is sick, or there are less than half of the students in the class, the class is excused. Every day in a Danish gymnasium is a fashion contest. Who can wear the most seethrough tops with the skinniest black jeans and the highest heels. Oh, and don’t forget the fur coat and top bun! This competition can be hard for an exchange student on a budget, but us girls make do with what we have. Danes are all about being proper and fashionable. They eat everything with a knife and fork — even burgers and pizza. Some of the adjustments were hard to make in Denmark because I just didn’t

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know how to do some things. The mother cleaning up after me, using a four-hole punch instead of a three-hole punch, and not calling the police when I saw newborns outside alone in their buggies were just some of the adjustments and differences that I had to adapt to. The drinking in Denmark was the most shocking for me. In many parts of Canada, the drinking age is 19 and in Denmark … well, it seems that the right age is whenever you can hold a cup by yourself. OK, maybe that is a little dramatic but as long as your parents say it’s OK, you can have alcohol with your meal. It is legal to buy alcohol at the age of 16. Beer in Denmark is cheaper than water and soda. Wine and beer is sold everywhere: schools, movie theatres, and every store that sells beverages. Traditions in Denmark like gækkebrev,

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not physically, but emotionally. Now that I am home and trying to readjust with family, friends, and the culture of my home country, I have faced more culture shock in the two months since my return than I did in my whole year in Denmark. With my family and friends by my side, I am able to open my eyes to my life here, and start dreaming again. Being a Rotary exchange student has been amazing and it is because of Rotary that I have had so many opportunities during my year abroad. It has changed me forever, and the saying could not be any more true: It is not a year of your life, but your life in a year. I would like to thank the Merritt Herald for printing my articles and allowing me to share this adventure with all of my readers. Tusind tak A thousand thanks Emily Maloney

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Christmas presents every Sunday of December, and baking lagkager on birthdays are just a couple from the long list of experiences and ideas that I have to bring home with me. I know that exchange students can have many mood swings because of all of the culture shock or differences they face, but this didn’t really happen to me. As I said, I was shocked many times, but not really in any emotional way. At times, I was quiet and withdrawn, especially after my first day of school when I had heard so much Danish that I thought I was going to explode! Adapting to being around a big city was fun, and definitely a new learning experience. The more I explored, adapted and immersed myself into the culture, the more I found out more about myself. I feel as though I was born in Denmark,

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Community band seeks members By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

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The Nicola Valley Community Band is looking for more players as it warms up for a new season. Second alto saxophone player Carmen Fairley said the band is seeking members who have experience playing in high school or other concert bands, but players considering joining shouldn’t feel intimidated. The band is com-

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‘Some of our members didn’t play for a long time after high school before they found us.’

prised of musicians of all skill levels from around the Nicola Valley. “We’re human. Some of our members didn’t play for a long time after high school before they found us,” she said. Fair-

— ALTO SAX PLAYER CARMEN FAIRLEY

ley said there were 27 years between when she played sax in high school at MSS and when she began to play with the community band on its second ever practice. “We’ve been alive

and well in Merritt for over 16 years,” she said. “We’ve worked on quite a diverse repertoire, from serious classical stuff to really fun stuff, pop tunes, the Beatles, elevator music that we like. We’ve performed countless times around the Nicola Valley and on rare occasions we’ve travelled out of town. We’ve been to Kelowna, Langley, and most recently, to Government House in Victoria.” Fairley said band members find their abil-

ity quickly once they plug into a band, and they also find a sense of camaraderie amongst other players. “It’s a nice byproduct of the experience of playing together as a group,” she said. “We’re fun and we really enjoy what we’re doing.” The band rehearses on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Merritt Secondary School, with its next season kicking off on Sept. 10. For more information, contact James at 378-9894.

Gas complaints go to Competition Bureau By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

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Locals are taking their concern about the price of gas in Merritt to the Competition Bureau. Members of the group Merrittonians Against Gas Price Fixing and a constituent on behalf of member of Parliament Dan Albas have submitted their complaints and are leaving it up to the bureau to decide if it will investigate. All investigations by the Competition Bureau are conducted privately. If it sees fit, the bureau files an application with the independent Competition Tribunal. The tribunal is a specialized court that deals with complex issues involving

business and industry including mergers, misleading advertising and restrictive trade practices. Albas said a Chevron representative told him four basic inputs factor into the price of gas at the pump: taxes, crude prices, refinery costs and local competition. Albas said the refinery’s energy security supply and local competition are the things that most concern him on the issue. From a provincial perspective, he said companies have to source their fuel from out-of-province refineries when there isn’t a stable supply of oil going to the Burnaby refinery, which could be impacting the price at the pump. He said getting a stable supply to the

province’s refinery is a broad and complex issue he’s looking at. Albas said his other main concern is making sure people aren’t being unfairly charged. Members of the group Merrittonians Against Gas Price Fixing held protests over the winter calling for companies to align Merritt’s prices with Kamloops’, but Albas said that may not be achievable, given the

Kamloops’ market is “extremely competitive” and that the price at the pump comes from the company’s head office, not the local station operator. Other local gas stations appear to also have their prices set by their corporations’ head offices. “It’s tough to have quick, on-the-ground competition if you have to go to head office,” Albas said.

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Campfire ban lifted The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch lifted the campfire ban in the Kamloops Fire Centre as of noon yesterday. A Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations press release says the ban was rescinded because of recent widespread precipitation, which has lowered the risk of wildfires. Campfires not exceeding a half-metre wide by a half-metre high are now permitted. A shovel or at least eight litres of water must be on site to properly extinguish the fire. Ashes must be cool to the touch before the fire site is left unattended. Open fires over a half-metre wide by a halfmetre high remain prohibited, including those with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks, sky lanterns and burning barrels. Anyone caught in contravention of the ban risks a $345 fine and jail time if the fire should lead to a wildfire.

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HERALD OPINION It’s time Red Chamber cleaned up By Dale Bass

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There’s a line on the website of the Honourable Pamela Wallin, O.C., S.O.M., in the lengthy biography of the esteemed senator. It says Wallin was a journalist involved in “morning news and current-affairs programs, nightly national radio show As It Happens and the weekly news program Sunday Morning. Involved covering federal politics, election and leadership campaigns and international breaking news.” One might assume from that the woman — who also notes Prime Minister Harper asked that he be “named one of five eminent persons on the special independent panel on Canada’s future role in Afghanistan in 2007-2008” — might have asked some pointed questions of politicians. The website notes the “wideranging career of the journalist, diplomat, entrepreneur and now a Senator has spanned more than 30 years, several continents, but with a focus always on politics and foreign policy.” Which leaves me wondering how Pamela Wallin the reporter might now be covering Pamela Wallin the senator this week. Would she ask how the senator can justify making more than 100 changes to her electronic calendar before providing it to the auditors looking into Senate expenses? Would she ask the senator how she could possibly explain the travel expenses for June 4, 2009, to speak at the Institute of Corporate Directors fellowship awards — given the reality the senator wasn’t there that year? The speaker was actually former politician Brian Tobin. Wallin spoke to the awards dinner the year before.

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Watch your speed on the long weekend

Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS As we head into another long weekend and the last one of the summer, you can bet the highways will be bustling. Of course, it’s been said before and it’ll be said again, but watching your speeds is paramount to your safety and the safety of travellers around you. A first-person video of a single vehicle crash released by Fraser Valley RCMP illustrates the dangers of excessive speeding. On June 30, a beautiful and clear day, a motorcyclist took to a completely empty and perfectly driv-

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able stretch of Highway 7. The man took about 20 seconds to rocket from zero to over 140 kilometres per hour. In perfect driving conditions and a virtually empty road, the video shows a young black bear darting across the road and, focusing more on catching his speed in the video than on an unexpected road block, the driver doesn’t have time to avoid the bear. He is ejected from the motorcycle and the video ends with shaky footage taken from his perspective as he tumbles across the highway. The bear walked away from the accident, and the person sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. It’s a scary reminder that even on empty highways, excessive speed can be dangerous because you never know what could happen. When someone flies by me going 140 on

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the Coquihalla, I can’t help but think of how many more dangers there are on any busy roadway. There’s a ratio between stopping distance and speed that shouldn’t be forgotten when you get behind the wheel. The Ministry of Justice states a pedestrian hit at 30 kilometres per hour has a 90 per cent chance of surviving. Bump that speed up to 50 kilometres per hour and the pedestrian hit now has an 80 per cent chance of being killed. If your safety as a driver and that of your passengers and people in other vehicles isn’t a good enough reason to watch your speed, then maybe a hit to the wallet will deter you from driving dangerously. The Ministry of Justice estimates about 10,000 tickets are issued annually by police for excessive speeding. “Excessive speeding” is defined in the province’s Motor Vehicle Act as any

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speed greater than 40 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit. Getting caught driving 40 to 60 kilometres over the limit will net you a $368 fine and three penalty points on your licence. Going 60 kilometres an hour (or more) over the limit will cost you $483 and three penalty points. But it’s not just fines that will cost you. Vehicles caught speeding excessively are impounded immediately. One Delta man learned this the hard way. On his way from Penticton to Chilliwack, he was caught going 141 in an 80 zone. Once pulled over, he was slapped with a $360 fine and the vehicle was towed away, to be impounded for a week. That left him, his wife and two kids stranded on the side of Highway 3. The man told one newspaper he and his family waited two hours for a tow truck

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to show up and assist them. Immediate impoundment has its own associated costs: storage and towing costs for seven days (for a first offence) can be upwards of $200. For the second offence, towing and storage for 30 days can run as much as $700. For subsequent offences, 60-day impoundment plus towing can cost over $1,000. In total, this man ended up with about $2,000 in fines, fees and insurance premiums. If someone else is driving your car, outline clear expectations. The Motor Vehicle Act puts the onus on the vehicle owner, not just the operator at the time. The owner pays towing and storage costs. Whether you’re looking at it from a safety perspective or a financial one, the risks of excessive speeding seem like a high price for the low reward of maybe getting somewhere slightly faster.

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BEACH BUILDING (Far right) Oliver Freitag, his daughter Maren (centre) and son Martin (left) build a large sandcastle complete with a moat on the beach at Monck Park on Saturday. Freitag and his children come from Germany and are visiting relatives in Canada. It’s the kids’ first trip to the the Great White North. The brother and sister said they like the beach and Canadian pancakes, which are different than the ones back home.

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Thank God I didn’t see the letter that blasted the new owners of the Coldwater. I know they are good people. As a person who bought a business, I know you have to deal with the good and bad. You don’t have the cash to improve right away as you just bought the place. So, the new owners cleaned up the place as they saw fit — it was theirs to do as they wished. They are great people and shame on you to say otherwise. They are fixing rooms as they can afford it. Maybe the person complaining should have bought the place and then he would have a right to talk about it. The new owners are fixing the place as they can afford it (they are not the government so they can’t raise taxes). How dare this complainer say to tear down a landmark. Bend your head in shame. It is part of this town’s heritage. Be glad that the couple who bought it care about the hotel and its past — obviously you don’t or you would have bought it instead of complaining. Shannon Hall Merritt

Would she ask the senator how she could possibly explain attending the University of Guelph convocation as Senate business? Would she ask the senator about charging $1,535.35 for another June 2009 trip she made for a dinner and press conference that her electronic calendar indicates she had turned down

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Much to do about Senate Dear Editor, Is Stephen Harper heading for the closet — again? This time, it’s the Senate, and, not knowing what to do about it, what better action to take than to prorogue Parliament? To be fair, this time it is a lot more complicated. In Bev Oda’s case, he was dealing with only one person and a single issue that ended with the Conservative government losing a vote of confi-

dence, and being found in contempt of Parliament. This time, at least four senators are involved, and while he was procrastinating, the matter slipped out of his hands and is now with the RCMP. Having admitted to having ‘perused’ Senator Wallin’s spending and expressed an element of comfort with her claims, the optics are not good. The larger issue is the future of the Senate. In its present form,

the Senate can only stall legislation, and only for six months. To be truly effective, our Senate needs the same legislative authority as the U.S. Senate, which can propose, amend and defeat legislation, and by being able to do so, provides much-needed balance to the House of Representatives, which is the equivalent to our House of Commons. The tricky part for Harper is how to handle the process of determining whether we keep the

Senate, change the role of the Senate, or eliminate it. Will he acknowledge that we are still a colony and exercise his colonial powers to implement his decision or will he insist that we are a democracy and let the people decide, by means of a binding national referendum? Trying to unload it onto the courts is completely irrational, and just another cop-out. Andy Thomsen Summerland, B.C.

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and which, the audit report said, “her flight scheduled would not have allowed her to attend.” And would she then follow up by asking the senator, even if the expense was legitimate, how attending a function hosted by four Conservative riding associations was Senate business when it is clear to anyone who doesn’t have oh-my-gosh-look-at-

me-I’m-important stars in their eyes that it was truly a partisan event? Maybe we can forgive Wallin for the $121,348 in travel expenses she has been told to repay (she’s already cut a cheque for $38,000 of that amount). After all, the young girl born in a Saskatchewan town that only two years ago reported a population of 1,306

people must have felt like quite the grownup when the prime minister smiled down on her on Jan. 2, 2009, and asked her and fellow journalist Mike Duffy if they were interested in becoming senators. I can just imagine her excitement. Heck, that kind of spotlight is enough to make a girl forget her humble roots — or her hometown. There are so many

opportunities in the audit report for a real reporter to ask some strong questions — and many are and will. There’s her claim for travel to speak at a public event in Saskatoon, even though organizers of the event note in their own records she was already in town and they just adjusted the date and time to fit her schedule. I could go on, but it’s probably best if

you download the report yourself and read it. It’s fascinating reading and proof the prime minister, who portrays himself as an economist, who said he had no trouble with Wallin’s expenses — although that was before the audit report was released — needs to clean that Red House now. Dale Bass is a reporter with Kamloops This Week.

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS POLICE REPORT

Intoxicated couple causing disturbance leads police briefs On Aug. 16 at approximately 12 a.m., Merritt RCMP observed a blue pickup truck heading south on Blair Street failing to stop at a stop sign. The vehicle came to a stop on Nicola Avenue, blocking the lane the police officer was travelling in and forcing him to stop. Police stopped the vehicle and found the driver, a 42-year-old man from Quesnel, to have been drinking and his ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired. Shortly after being stopped, the driver started to yell and curse at police, waving his arms with fists clenched in an aggressive manner, and continued with this behaviour despite opportunities to calm down. He was arrested for causing a disturbance and was lodged in jail until he was sober and able to care for himself. During these interactions, the man’s wife (who was a passenger in the vehicle) was found to be intoxicated. She was crying and demanded that police not impound the vehicle. She grabbed the keys and refused to give them to police. After some conversation, she turned the keys over. She continued to cry and scream at police and then jumped in the rear seat of the police vehicle. She was arrested for causing a disturbance and held in custody until she sobered up and was able to care for herself. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days and the man’s driving privileges were suspended for 90 days. There were no criminal charges processed for either person. Man kicks in door, strikes woman On Aug. 16 at approximately 8 a.m., Merritt RCMP received a call to respond to a report of a break and enter and assault in the 4100 block of Belshaw Street. Investigation revealed that a local 30-year-old man forcibly entered the residence by kicking the front door open. The man was confronted by the female homeowner and as he

was leaving he struck the woman. The two had previously been in a relationship which had

ended. Further investigation revealed the man had been previously released from custody

tact with her. The man was arrested for break and enter, assault and breaching conditions. He

for a separate assault on the same woman and was on an undertaking not to have any con-

was remanded in custody. His name is not being released to protect the identity of the victim.

Merritt detachment: (250) 378-4262 Crimestoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS

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It’s the kind of problem every bench boss would love to have. As the Merritt Centennials training camp enters its second week, coaches Luke Pierce and Joe Martin are having some difficulty making all the necessary cuts in order to get the team roster down to 22 by the beginning of the BCHL regular season on Sept. 6. The bottom line is there’s just too much talent in camp and not enough places to go around. “They’re making it really hard,” Pierce said following his team’s 5-2 road victory over the Spruce Kings in Prince George on Sunday. “A lot of the young guys have played exceptional, and they’re making a case for themselves. And our veterans have looked good.” The convincing win against the Sprucies followed an equally impressive 2-1 defeat of the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Thursday — in a game that saw the Cents dress a total of 10 players with no previous junior hockey

experience. “We were extremely young against Salmon Arm,” said Pierce. “Jack [Burguart in net] played outstanding in the first period and kept us in the game.” After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the ’Backs tallied first, early in the second; however, a gritty bit of work down low by second-year Centennial Diego Cuglietta resulted in Merritt getting the equalizer a short time later. “[Diego] made a real nice play to get the puck in deep, and we built a goal from that,” said Pierce. “From that point on, I feel like we carried the play for the rest of the game.” It was Cents’ rookie Gavin Gould who set up the eventual game winner in the third, taking the puck to the middle of the ice before feeding Sebastien Paré at the left side of the Salmon Arm net. The 20-year-old BCHL veteran made no mistake in putting the puck home. The Silverbacks outshot the Centennials 36-26 on the night, but both Burguart and Devin Kero were excellent in the Merritt net.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE Merritt Centennials rookie netminder Devin Kero makes a nice toe save off the stick of Salmon Arm’s Jordan Levesque in the Cents’ 2-1 win over the Silverbacks last Thursday night. Coming to Kero’s assistance are Centennials Dane Birks (7) and Malik Kaila (26). Ian Webster/Herald

The game in Prince George was considerably more physical, with a lot more after-the-whistle shennagins and two spirited scraps. The Sprucies got on the board early, scoring just 1:49 into the game on an ice-level, screened shot from the point by Luke Formica that Cents netminder Russell Sanderson never even saw. The Cents shed their bus legs early, however, and replied with three

unanswered goals in the next two minutes and eight seconds. Rookies Spencer Bender and Daniel Nachbaur, along with returnee Jeff Wight tallied in short order to put Merritt up 3-1 by the first intermission. The Centennials continued to dominate in the middle frame, with newcomer Adam Tracey increasing his team’s lead to three goals. Assists went to fellow rookies Rhett Willcox

and Dylan Bowen. The somewhat fractious second period featured a stand-up bout between Merritt’s John Saunders and PG’s Kody Disher. “It was great presence and timing on John’s part,” said Pierce. “Guys were running around and taking liberties. He decided to settle things down a bit.” Jake Lebrun, probably the Spruce Kings’ best player on Sunday, closed the gap on the

scoreboard with a goal early in the third period, but Wight’s second of the evening restored the Cents’ three-goal lead, which they effectively nursed home until the final buzzer. The much-older Lebrun also got into a tussle with Cents’ rookie Malik Kaila. The young Merritt blueliner more than held his own. Merritt outshot Prince George 42-18 in a game where Pierce would have preferred

his netminders — Sanderson and Burguart — to be busier. “Yeah, I’d like to have seen them get a ton of work, and see who steps up to stop more pucks,” the coach said. “A game like tonight’s just makes our decisions a bit tougher.” The Centennials were back on the ice Monday for the start of a solid week of practices prior to their final two exhibition games — against the Trail Smoke Eaters on Friday and the Spruce Kings on Saturday. Pierce expected to release a couple of more players on Monday, but was unsure if he could get down to the desired 24 by the beginning of the weekend. “The guys are definitely making it difficult,” the coach said. “We’ll just have to see how things play out this week. We’re going to have to remain flexible.” Both pre-season matchups are at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, with the puck drop each night at 7:30 p.m. Admission to each home exhibition game is just $5. Season ticket holders get in free.

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MERRITT COWBOY WINS TWICE IN CHILLIWACK

Nicola Valley youth continue to reap the benefits of the XploreSportZ camps being run regularly by the Merritt branch of PacificSport Interior BC. Last week’s five-day camp for children eight to 14 years of age featured activities such as badminton, taekwondo, ultimate frisbee, croquet, bocci, tennis, golf, archery and firefighter training. (Left) Megan Dunsmore releases the ball during a lawn bowling session at the Merritt Lawn Bowling Club, located in N’Kwala Park behind the Desert Inn. For more information on upcoming XploreSportZ camps and other PacificSport activities and events, contact Josée Warren at 315-1075.

Veteran Nicola Valley cowboy Mike Gill (left) won both the bull riding and steer wrestling events at the BCRA Chilliwack Rodeo on the Aug. 9-11 weekend. Gill rode his bull to a score of 84, and took down his steer in 4.7 seconds to take home over $1,500 in winnings. Merritt’s Grant Fosbery placed second in the steer wrestling (7.2 seconds), while Derek Mobbs finished fourth in tie down roping (14.2 seconds). Fallon Fosbery (3.7 seconds) and Amy Pozzobon (4.6 seconds) finished fourth and fifth in breakaway roping, while Logan Lake’s Monica Oram placed second in ladies’ barrels (18.056 seconds). Photo submitted

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Avail. Sept. 1, 2 bdrm mobile home, w/ small add-on. Washer/Dryer, fridge/stove, & util. included. Fenced yard, close to schools & town. $975/mth. Ph: 250-378-0887.

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Appliances 3 Kenmore Appliances: Stove, Microwave & Dishwasher. Take all for $500. Good Shape. We just upgraded! Call 250-378-7483 or ban.dana@shaw.ca

Garage Sales 5th Annual Enderby Antiques & Collectables Sale Enderby Seniors Centre 1101 Hwy 97A 40 plus tables of collectables Fri Aug 30, 11-7, Sat Aug 31 9-6, & Sun Sept 1, 9:30-4 Admission $1.00

Spius Creek comfortable 2 bdrm w/addition, wood heat, F/S, W/D hookup. Quiet rural setting. No vicious dogs, no druggies. Ref. req’d. $800/mth utilities not incl. Contact: johnsrentals@hotmail.ca

Room & Board Room for rent available Sept. 1st in beautiful home. Must be working and clean. 500 for furnish bedroom upstairs, or 700 for basement, includes all utilities, no pets, no drugs. Call Tracey 250-378-8852 Close to down town Merritt

Misc. for Sale KILL BED Bugs and their eggs! Buy a Harris bed bug kit, complete room treatment solution. Odorless, non-staining. Not in stores, available online: www.homedepot.com STEEL BUILDING sizzling summer savings event! 20x22 $4,188. 25x24 $4,598. 30x36 $6,876. 32x44 $8,700. 40x52 $12,990. 47x70 $17,100. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! 1-800-457-2206. www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

Misc. Wanted

Suites, Lower 2 bdrm basement suite. All util incl.Washer & dryer, f/s, free sat. Close to town. $700/mon. Avail immed. 250-315-8446

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Auto Financing

Genuine Coin Collector Buyer Collections, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins etc 778-281-0030

Real Estate Mobile Homes & Parks FACTORY DIRECT Wholesale CSA certified modular homes, manufactured/mobile homes and park model homes. We ship throughout Western Canada. Visit us online at www.hbmodular.com or 1-877-976-3737.

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent

KENGARD MANOR Spacious 1 & 3 bedroom apartments.

F/S, heat and hot water included. Ask about move-in incentives For appointment call

Ph: 250-378-9880

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DreamTeam Auto Financing “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

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Recreational/Sale 1997 Nash 16’ Tandem Trailer, Gd Cond. 12’ awn’g, o/s storage bx, all wkg amenities. $7500. Tel: 250-378-4572. DUE TO HEALTH MUST SELL 2011 23’9” Wildwood travel trailer, incl. 2500V inverter, 4000V gas generator. Can be viewed at 2548 Corkle St. Lower Nicola 250-378-9157 or 250-378-4009

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Merritt Herald, August 27, 2013