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AND ANOTHER THING... The Lower Nicola Community Hall was packed with costumed party-goers on Saturday for its annual Halloween dance. The dance was one of two that night, while the Civic Centre hosted its family-friendly haunted house and monster mash on Friday. For more photos of the Halloween fun, see page 8. Emily Wessel/Herald

Chief, council officially take office By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

The new chief and council for the Lower Nicola Indian Band officially kicked off its three-year term with an oath of office and swearing in ceremony on Oct. 23. The seven councillors and chief vowed to act in the best interest of their community, not abuse drugs and alcohol, and to follow LNIB law in their oath in front of about 200 band members who attended the ceremony

at the band school. “It is a promise that each of them makes to us and to all of you to do certain things,” electoral officer Raymond Phillips told the crowd. Phillips read out each paragraph of the oath, which the chief and council repeated back. “We will not allow our business or personal affairs to influence our decisionmaking and we will always consider the best interest of the community when mak-


ing a decision,” the council swore. LNIB elder Doreen Sterling commended council members for offering their time and energy to work for the community. “When we are looking at the chief and council, we’re looking at people who we’re expecting to not only listen to what the people are saying but to hear with the core of your being. Listen from the inside out to what the people are saying, to what they’re asking,” Sterling

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said. “Those decisions that you make are not only for the people who you see here today, which includes children. Those decisions impact the children of the children that are here: our future.” She also gave them some advice in starting their threeyear term. “Be honest about what it is that you know and be honest about what you don’t know,” she said later in her speech. The members signed two



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original documents with elder witnesses and guest witnesses Merritt Mayor Susan Roline, RCMP Staff Sgt. Sheila White, and aboriginal principal for school district 58 Shelley Oppenheim-Lacerte, who each gave a short speech. “I know we’ve got many things that we can accomplish together that will benefit our entire valley,” Roline said. The members of the 2010-13 council were also recognized by Chief Aaron

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Sam and presented with gifts. “I think it’s important that we acknowledge our former leaders and the hard work they’ve done for this community,” Sam said. Students at the LNIB school opened the ceremony with a drum song and the swearing-in closed with a chief and council honour song performed by a drum group led by Len Bearshirt. The ceremony was immediately followed by a community dinner.


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Local kids Xplore sports with program By Michael Potestio

Two groups of youths from the Merritt area got to learn about and sample bowling and curling last Friday. PacificSport Interior BC, in conjunction with the City of Merritt, held one of its XploreSportZ camps for Merritt youth aged seven to 12. PacificSport Interior BC also held one of the camps with Scw’exmx Community Health Services for youth from the aboriginal communities of Coldwater, Shackan and Nooaitch. PacificSport Interior BC sport development co-ordinator Josee Warren told the Herald the purpose of the XporeSportZ camps is to introduce kids to a wide variety of sports in the hopes they find one they like and join a local organization pertaining to that sport. Coaches were on hand to give lessons to the youth. The group with Scw’exmx Community Health Services consisted of 15 youths ages eight to 14. The group consisting of Merritt youth had 14 partici-



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camps,” Hewson said. “Kids are supposed to be active 60 minutes a day, so that’s what we’re trying to promote,” Hewson said. Camp member Justice Aspinall told the Herald she enjoyed curling. “It’s cool, a little hard though,” she said. Curling Club mem-


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GOOD MORNING! TAKING OATH The 2013-16 Lower Nicola Indian Band chief and council read their oath of office at the LNIB school during their swearing-in ceremony last Wednesday. Emily Wessel/Herald

Event to connect homeless with services By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

The ASK Wellness Society is seeking volunteers for its homelessness connect event on Thursday. The event replaces the homelessness count that the society has organized for the past three years. “This year, we don’t really want to necessarily focus on how many people rather than supporting the


‘You’re not just a stat to us. You’re important to us. We want to make sure you’re being taken care of.’

people,” ASK Wellness outreach worker Stacy Wormell said. “We were so focused on the count that we didn’t really get to support them properly. This


year, it’s more about connecting with the people, making sure they’re aware of our services, that they’re warm, if they want to be housed, if they need

warm food, if they need warm clothing.” Wormell said volunteers will talk to the city’s homeless people and can invite them in for a hot lunch at the Fireside Centre on Granite Avenue. She said as winter approaches, the number of homeless people might be decreasing, but the need for services is constant. “We do have a rather large transient population moving

throughout the community and it’s all pretty seasonal. Right now, our transient population is a little bit lower because the weather is a little bit cooler,” she said. Wormell said connecting with people who are seeking services can also identify areas where more service is needed in the community. “You’re not just a stat to us. You’re important to us. We

want to make sure you’re being taken care of, and more importantly, we want to make sure you feel like you’ve been taken care of,” Wormell said. The annual cold weather shelter opens Friday for the season and remains open until the end of March. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Wormell at 315-0098 or visit the ASK Wellness Society at 2151 Granite Ave.

CFDC aims to boost business in the valley By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

A number of Merritt businesses were given a leg up this past year though loans from Community Futures. The non-profit group held its annual general meeting on Wednesday and stated 87 jobs in Merritt were either created or maintained as a result of the eight loans it disbursed this past year. The stats cover between April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 during which time Community Futures distributed $283,650 to eight businesses. At the meeting, Community Futures chair Jean Perog said the organization’s current net assets are $1,897,785, of which about $1.6 million is required to be

used for lending purposes. Perog said one of their loans enabled applicant Pauline Warren to start the Merritt Return-It Depot, which reopened last October. “It’s a worthy example of how Community Futures works for the betterment of the business sector and the residents,” Perog said. Warren told the Herald Community Futures was basically the only option for her and her husband’s business because they were considered a high-risk loan. She said she was considered high risk because she was buying the Encorp contract to open the recycling depot. “Banks don’t look at that as collateral. You’re not buying something that they can see like a building or a house

or anything like that,” Warren said. She said she received a loan of $300,000 between Community Futures Nicola Valley, the Community Futures that serves her former town of Houston, B.C., and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Warren said she received $75,000 from both branches of Community Futures and $150,000 from the BDC. Warren said Community Futures not only helped with the loan but provided knowledge and guidance to help her get the business started. “[They are] very, very good people to work with,” Warren said. Perog said it’s been a “back-to-basics year” since the local Community Futures

lost the Work BC contract to Community Futures Thompson Country. “We’ve been able to concentrate on back-to-basics and getting more involved in more community development projects,” Perog said. In its past fiscal year, Community Futures had a loss of $35,403 in operating funds. In investment funds, it had a loss of $207,814. In economic development, it had a profit of $80,864 and a loss of $12,486 in employment services, Perog said. Manuel Olguin, loan officer for Community Futures, told the Herald of the eight loans they disbursed, four were “micro-loans” – which range between $500 to $10,000. Footprints Harvest, Planet Hair, a local saw and blade sharpening company

and a local workshop all received micro-loans from Community Futures this past fiscal year. The Merritt Recycling Depot, two heavy-duty construction companies and a community event were funded larger loans ranging from $10,000 to $150,000. Due to their privacy agreements, Community Futures was unable to disclose some of the specific details concerning the loans and jobs mentioned at the AGM. Community Futures is funded its operating and lending dollars from the federal government program Western Diversification. The non-profit group’s function is to provide support, such as loans, to small businesses in its local areas.

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REMEMBER WHEN? From the Herald archives: October 1975 Detox center to be established in Merritt Funding for a detoxification center in Merritt has been approved by the Treasury Board of the B.C. government. This center is one of many which are being established across the province by the Drug and Alcohol Commission. The proposed six-bed center will be managed by a local board made up of citizens from the area including representatives from the RCMP and the Department of Human Resources. The center is expected to begin operations in November. Backup medical services will be provided by the Nicola Valley Hospital and a staff of four detoxification workers as well as an administrator will be trained by the Drug and Alcohol Commission.

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Mutual Funds SMILE FOR THE CAMERA Proceeds from the 2013 Tim Hortons smile cookie campaign totalled $3,420 for the Nicola Valley and District Food Bank. (From left) Tim Hortons owner Eric Weiser, food bank volunteer Sheila Kirk, food bank manager Marlene Fenton, and Tim Hortons employees Jocelyn Mathias and Colby Weiser. Michael Potestio/Herald

MP weighs in on throne speech By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

The Oct. 16 speech from the throne marked the opening of a new session of Parliament. Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas said the speech outlined the general commitments the Conservative government is making to Canadians, which he looks forward to seeing translated into legislation.

Albas said he thinks environmental commitments mentioned in the speech, such as stepping up liability standards for pipelines and tanker safety, and fiscal commitments, most notably the pledge to balance the budget by 2015, will receive local support. He said having polluters pay for their own environmental damage rather than have taxpayers foot the bill for

cleanup is one of the measures receiving support. As a member of the justice committee, Albas said one area the government is working on that wasn’t as prominent as consumer protections in the speech was a commitment to protecting victims of crime. Albas said he’s heard from people in Merritt and in the area advocating for stronger sen-

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Federal gov’t breaks through on European trade agreement From Page 4 Several of the speech’s talking points highlighted consumer choice and protection, including a promise to unbundle cable channels, reduce roaming charges, and to legalize bringing beer and spirits between provinces. “Definitely, I’ve been hearing from consumers [that] having more choice in cable, seeing some reduced roaming fees, and reducing some hidden charges will be treated as good news by a lot of people,” Albas said. “Those are areas I know the government intends to go forward with.” Albas said breaking down inter-provincial barriers around booze and beer increases choice for consumers and could positively impact some of his riding’s small businesses. “In OkanaganCoquihalla, we have a reasonably vibrant craft brewing industry. Craft breweries have grown about 50 per cent in the last five years, so a further amendment to the importation of intoxicating liquors will certainly be positive and welcome in British Columbia,” he said. Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan called the recent amendment to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act that allows people to bring wine between provinces “very successful.” “We’re expanding that to include beer and spirits and I think it just makes sense that we have free trade within our own country with something as basic as a product that we manufacture in virtually every province,” Duncan said.

“Our inter-provincial trade barriers are not to be underestimated. They’re quite harmful, especially to our wine and spirits industries.” The Conservative government’s muchpublicized focus on international trade also got its time in the speech, with Governor General David Johnston mentioning Canada was close to finalizing a free trade deal with the European Union. Two days after the throne speech, that agreement-in-principle was finalized. “Specifically, for British Columbia, some of the measures we’re talking about are promoting our natural resources abroad, whether it’s stuff from the farm gate or fish or forest products,” Duncan said. “This will have a very positive impact on Canadians in the medium and long term.” Albas said the political agreement on the key elements of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) marks a huge opportunity for British Columbian manufacturers and especially cattle ranchers for the beef trade. The agreement removes approximately 99 per cent of tariffs on trades between Canada and the 28 countries of the European Union. “That, effectively, will open up for our cattle ranchers a whole new market to be able to sell B.C. beef. I think that’s a tremendous market. It’s the largest open trading block in the world for 500 million consumers. That, I think, is going to be very healthy and very welcomed by local residents,” Albas said.

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HERALD OPINION Even bubble wrap can’t prevent the Thwack! of childhood By Christopher Foulds


His name was Steve and he lived exactly two blocks from me. On that fateful day, Steve was on the tire swing, commanding the rest of us Grade 4 kids to swing him harder and higher and faster and thwack! That’s when Steve, gripping the chains and leaning back as far as possible to maximize speed, was introduced to the wooden pole holding up his mode of transport. Thwack! was the sound of Steve’s skull speeding into the wooden pole. The sickening Thwack! was followed by the almost gushy sound of Steve’s body crumpling down, across the rubber tire as it swung deliriously and onto the trampled earth. He was out cold for a while and we nine-year-olds had no idea what to do. We stared and looked at each other and stared some more. There was some blood among his matted dirty-blond hair. Finally, Steve arose awkwardly, looking groggy as hell as he started telling his mom that, yes, he will mow the lawn as soon as he finishes breakfast. He stood, walked in circles and reiterated his pledge to mow the lawn. That was our introduction to concussions.

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that weighed 30-plus pounds. After the boys were gone, the women assembled in the lobby at 7 a.m. to wait for the van driver to pick us up, all dolled up for the ceremony that would begin at 8 a.m. However, eight o’clock came and went, and we were still in the lobby. Our hotelier and her 15-year-old daughter, who also didn’t speak a word of English, could see we were getting increasingly agitated. So, we got to work, trying to mime our concern that we were going to miss the wedding and that our driver had forgotten to come back and pick us up. That failed spectacularly. By about 8:30 a.m., panic set in

that we were going to miss our good friend’s nuptials and the entire reason we went overseas to begin with. We got on the hotel lobby computer and picked an online translator to type back and forth with the hotelier’s daughter. After many miscommunications — some hilarious and many frustrating — we narrowed down our concerns to a few key words so the translator, if it so chose, could convey the essence of our message. Many, many missed messages later, we eventually figured out, with the girl’s help, the guys were already at the bride’s house and that the driver was definitely not coming back for us. In pairs, we

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hopped on the back of her motorbike and she personally drove us to the house. The drive was awkward in a dress, to say the least, especially when we were crossing a very rough dirt field. At about 9 a.m., we were reunited with the rest of our travel group. We missed the procession and the ceremony, but the rest of the day went a little more smoothly. It wasn’t long until my friends were joking about the time we almost missed our friend’s wedding. We could make the four connecting flights in foreign airports and do the 40 hours of travel time, but we couldn’t get to the house — just a 20 minute walk from the hotel — on time. As we all hurried about our morning,

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somewhere, something got missed. It was nobody’s fault, it was just an unfortunate series of miscommunications. It can happen anywhere to anyone, and there is no point in trying to assign blame, dwelling on what could’ve been done differently, or taking a miscommunication personally. In this case, it was a set of circumstances that culminated in a mix-up, and it’s a fact of life. And guess what? We missed the vows, but there’s a lot worse that can happen. We still got to spend the rest of the day with our friends to celebrate their wedding, and they are still happily married. The world kept turning, we all kept breathing, and life went on.

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YOUR OPINION Rezoning raises questions for city Dear Editor,

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I have a hard time understanding why anyone in their right mind would even consider allowing Peter’s Bros. to build an asphalt plant in our city. Our city is polluted enough already with sawdust and wood chips all over our roads and sidewalks and dust that blows around and gets into our houses. Don’t we care about our kids, who are breathing this pollution on a daily basis? I wonder how many people in this city have developed asthma as the result of this air pollution, and now we want to compound the problem by allowing an asphalt plant to be built. Why would our mayor and council consider allowing this to happen? Is it because it will create three or four jobs? Is it because the city will collect more property taxes? Why doesn’t Peter’s Bros. expand their existing plant? Let them stay where they are. Our citizens better be aware that once this plant is built, we are stuck with it. We will be stuck with the stench and filth from this plant for the next 50 years. Maybe by then, Merritt will be a ghost town. I don’t think that our mayor and council are practicing due diligence. Take a trip to Kelowna and/or Penticton and stand downwind of these plants for two or three hours when they are running full bore. Knock on some doors of homes near these plants and ask the residents what they think of living close to these plants. Wouldn’t that be the smart thing to do before allowing this to go ahead? I think I have a pretty good understanding of why this company doesn’t want to stay out at Mamit Lake Road. It’s all about the almighty dollar. If they are doing a job in this city, they have to pay a driver to drive out to their Mamit Lake plant and then back to Merritt. They also have to pay fuel costs for those 20 or so minutes.

In response to the Doug Beech letter that was printed in the Merritt Herald on Oct. 24. If the information supplied by Mr. Beech is correct, it appears that most citizens of Merritt are being screwed. Once again, city council placed an increase of the tax base (so they can increase their power and spending limits) ahead of the health and well-being of the citizens of Merritt. Doug Beech suggests the city cannot prevent the asphalt plant from moving onto industrial area M2 property but he also states that council only changed that property to M2 a “few” months ago. That means council also has the power to correct their mistake and revoke that zoning change. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to rezone any property upwind of Merritt to parkland? I find it unconscionable that the Merritt Air Quality Committee (at their meeting on Feb. 6, 2013) was discussing the health problems caused by having an asphalt plant in the industrial area and then, months later, city council rezoned the property M2 to facilitate the asphalt plant. Merritt already has the worst air quality of any community in B.C. but city council chose to callously disregard the health hazards posed by having an asphalt plant upwind of Merritt. Perhaps most of

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council live in areas unaffected by the industrial park pollution. Has anyone noticed that the first people to be affected by any asphalt plant pollution will be the children at Merritt Central Elementary? Those young children, being directly downwind and closest to the proposed plant location, would be the most susceptible to any contaminants. Are the few tax dollars the city would realize worth the risk to their health and the health and well-being of the rest of the Merritt population? If city council really wanted to improve Merritt for all of its citizens, it would be doing everything in its power to create an industrial area downwind of the city (i.e. next to the airport) where air polluting operations would not threaten the health of Merritt’s citizens. For more information, enter “BC Provincial Air Quality Merritt” into Google to read the full PDF report on Merritt’s pollution problem. You can also enter “February 6 2013 Minutes Air Quality Committee City of Merritt” into Google to see why this committee is so ineffectual.

topic. Such an article can research impact on air and water quality and the effects noise, made by such a plant, may have on the community. Many want to know the facts of such a plant coming to Merritt and maybe also, other people’s opinions, from areas that already have such businesses. If this is not possible, I would

suggest that Peter’s Bros. hosts an open discussion or that the City of Merritt has an open forum for those with questions. The rumours that are floating around town have to be stopped and this may be the best way to end them. Let’s deal with facts, not fiction. Doug Beech Merritt

Bumps, scrapes and bruises rites of passage From Page 6 Steve was tended to by teachers, taken to the hospital and was back in class a few days later, seemingly no worse for wear. In the meantime, the tire swing didn’t sit idly by. It remained among the more popular playground attractions, carrying many a child exhorting his classmates to swing him harder and higher and faster. There may have even been a few more Thwacks! as well, though what is certain is an accidental concussion from horseplay did not compel the powers-that-be to ban the swinging-tire ride. I like to think it was a 1970s line of thinking that

accepted that kids and concussions and sprains and broken bones and skinned knees were matches made in nature. Not so in Nashua, Conn., or Port Washington, N.Y., or Zeeland, Mich., or Toronto or any of the myriad other cities and towns across the globe that have seen school officials slowly but surely ban sport after sport and game after game, all in the name of protecting kids from themselves. It seems as though a week cannot pass by without more news of this school or that school banning this activity or that sport. It seems that if a kid is looked at the wrong way during an activity, that activity will become the lat-


‘It’s all well and good to wish for your child to glide through those early years with nary a scratch — but it’s wishful thinking.’ — KTW EDITOR CHRISTOPHER FOULDS

est dodo bird of kids’ sports. Administrators at Weber Middle School in Port Washington, a town in Long Island in New York, have banned tag, baseballs, footballs, soccer balls and lacrosse balls (presumably,

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Dear Editor, I would like to make a suggestion. We have had several weeks of some Merritt residents having concerns about the possibility of an asphalt coming to the city. Many of the Herald’s readers do not know what is going on or what information is true. I think this is an opportune time for the Herald to take the lead and do a “fact-finding news article” on this

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the kids can play baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse if they employ the Marcel Marceau method of competition). If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, cartwheels have also been banned as a recess activity — unless those cartwheels are supervised. Up in Nashua, N.H., the principal at Charlotte Avenue elementary has banned tag because the venerable game can involve aggressive pushing. Not surprisingly, more than one parent has complained about these bans. It’s been said our kids live in a bubble-wrap world, one in which they are sent outside wearing armour fit for a knight, one in which they mark “play-dates” in

their calendar, rather than run down the street and knock on a buddy’s door. It’s all well and good to wish for your child to glide through those early years with nary a scratch — but it’s wishful thinking. Childhood equals all sorts of pain and to break a bone or bust a nose and take a puck to the teeth are rites of passages that can never be erased — even if the next school bans walking due to a chance of tripping. Let’s recycle that bubble wrap and let our kids breathe — yes, even if there is a chance they get the hiccups. Christopher Foulds is editor of Kamloops This Week.

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HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY Top left: Kids of all ages donned costumes to join in the Halloween Spooktacular and monster mash at the Civic Centre on Friday evening. Top right: Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre employee Roxanne Mikita tends to her “cauldron� at the pool’s hot tub during the Halloween Howl on Friday afternoon. Right: The haunted house at the Civic Centre brought plenty of laughs to attendees of all ages. Below: Party-goers donned all kinds of costumes at the Lower Nicola Community Hall Halloween dance on Saturday night, including the event’s colourful DJ (far left). Left: Even Vancouver band the Boom Booms dressed up for their show on Saturday at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Emily Wessel/Herald

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Young Nicola Valley cowboys and cowgirls did extraordinarily well at the year-end B.C. Little Britches awards banquet, held at the O’Keefe Ranch outside Vernon on Saturday, Oct. 19. Leading the parade to the podium was 10-year-old Tryton Bose, winner of the junior boys all-around title. In just his second full season of competition in Little Britches rodeo, Bose placed first overall in both the stake race and steer riding events and finished second in the

dummy roping and goat tail tying to take the all-around crown with 325.5 points. This was Bose’s final year in the junior boys competition. He will move up to the senior ranks next spring. Nine-year-old local cowboy Wyatt Smith looks set to take over Bose’s mantle next year in the junior boys division as the up-and-comer from Quilchena had three top-10 finishes this season. He placed second in steer riding, fifth in dummy roping and seventh in the stake race. In the junior girls age group, Douglas Lake’s Ayla Goss served notice that she will be

a force-to-be-reckoned-with in the years to come. In her first full year of competition, the petite seven-year-old placed fifth in pole bending, sixth in barrel racing and eighth in dummy roping. Also putting in an impressive showing this year in Little Britches rodeo was Goss’s big brother, Armoni McRae. The multi-sport athlete displayed tremendous consistency in racking up five top-10 finishes — good enough for the runner-up position in the allaround competition. McRae took top honours in the senior boys stake race, placed second in calf tying,

third in breakaway roping and steer riding, and fifth in chute dogging. His 310.5 points-total was just two points behind all-around champion Tristan Blackman from Barriere. Jared Rose, 11, from Quilchena picked up a pair of top-10 finishes in the senior boys division, placing sixth in breakaway roping and ninth in the stake race. Little Britches rodeo is for youngsters 15 years and under. Competitions are held throughout the B.C. Interior. It is a family-oriented sport that stresses responsibility and respect through friendly competition and sportsmanship.

RODEO STAR (Left) Ten-year-old Tryton Bose competes in the stake race at the Nicola Valley Little Bitches rodeo in Merritt in June. (Right) Bose prepares to toss his loop in the dummy roping event in June. After seven weekends of competition around the province, Bose emerged as the junior boys all-around champion in Little Britches rodeo with a total of 325.5 points. Ian Webster/Herald

B.C. LITTLE BRITCHES 2013 FINAL RESULTS Local Top 10 Finishers Junior Boys Stake Race Dummy Roping Goat Tail Tying Steer Riding All-Around

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READY TO RIP Eleven-year-old cowboy Armoni McRae steadies his horse in preparation for the breakaway roping event at the Merritt Little Britches rodeo in June. McRae achieved top-10 results in all five of his events this season. His 310.5 points-total put him in second place in the senior boys all-around competition, just two points behind Barriere’s Tristan Blackman. McRae is spending the off-season playing rep hockey for the Ramada Inn peewees. Ian Webster/Herald

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

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