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Indigenous Peoples Day at Rotary Park


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Online A plethora of students, daycares, and community members tour Rotary Park and engage in various cultural activities during the Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. Photo/Izaiah Reyes

Marius Auer REPORTER@MERRITTHERALD.COM Community members crowded Rotary Park for the first time in three years to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, marking a return to ‘normal’ for yet another beloved Merritt event. Warm weather and blue skies greeted participants for a day of culture and fun. Hosted by Citxw Nlaka’pamux Assembly (CNA), an Indigenous community organization made up of eight local First Nations, in collaboration with

other community organizations, the event drew an estimated 700 attendees throughout the day of activities. Organizers say response from Merrittonians was overwhelmingly positive, with those of all ages and backgrounds gathering to join in on the celebration. “There were so many in attendance, and looking around there were just a lot of smiles. I hope everybody enjoyed the day as much as I did,” said Virginia Aspinall, programs coordinator with CNA. “Everybody was just really happy to get together. This was our first celebration for Indigenous Peoples Day since 2019. It was really nice to get out and celebrate together.” Those attending the event were treated to not only gorgeous weather, but a wide variety of events and activities. Traditional hand drummers, powwow dancers, and elders sharing their stories and experiences engaged and entertained crowds. Attendees walked between a variety of ‘stations’ such as medicine kit and harvest bag making, face painting, and a selfie booth. Aspinall said the event was a great success for both CNA and other organizations who participated, adding that this year saw great engagement and information from vendors and local organizations. “We had some beautiful dancers, we had many stations with crafts set up, and

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Fire protection in Lower Nicola suspended


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The TNRD has determined the Lower Nicola Indian Band (LNIB) Fire Department does not have the capacity to respond outside their community. Marius Auer/Herald

Marius Auer REPORTER@MERRITTHERALD.COM The Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) announced on June 23 that, effective immediately, they have suspended fire protection services in the Lower Nicola area until further notice. The announcement comes via a press release, which states that exterior structural fire protection services for the properties impacted were provided, up until this point, through a contract with the Lower Nicola Indian Band (LNIB). The TNRD has determined that at this time, the contract is not feasible for the department or the regional district. “Fire protection services for impacted properties has been previously provided through a contract with the Lower Nicola Indian Band (LNIB),” said Jamie Vieira, deputy general manager of operations. “At this time, it has been determined that the LNIB Fire Department does not have the capacity to respond to fire calls outside of their own community.” The impacted service areas are properties in TNRD Electoral Areas ‘M’ (Beautiful

Nicola Valley – North) and ‘N’ (Beautiful Nicola Valley – South) which include parts of: Lower Nicola Miller Estates Canford Petit Creek Road Cummings Road Jack Swartz Forest Service Road The TNRD says it is assessing options to resume fire protection services in compliance with Province of BC guidelines, and regrets the need to suspend these services. The regional district has provided notice by mail to all affected properties, and adds that property owners should receive these notices in the coming days. Those with an emergency should continue to dial 9-1-1, with BC Ambulance and RCMP continuing to respond to emergencies in affected areas. BC Wildfire will also continue to respond to wildfires in the area. To report a wildfire, call 1-800-663-5555, or *5555from a cell phone. Those with questions should contact the TNRD at 250-377-8673, or fireprotectionservices@tnrd.ca.

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Grazing for the Greater Good

From the Herald archives: June, 1984

Cattle graze around communities in BC to reduce wildfire risk

Arial shot of cattle performing targeted grazing. Photo/Columbia Basin Trust

Lynsay Beavers Contributed Nowhere in Canada have wildfires been – or have the potential to continue to be – quite as catastrophic in both human and economic toll as the interior of British Columbia. Mike Pritchard has seen the evolution of the Okanagan landscape and its wildfires first-hand. Growing up he spent his days on horseback on mountainous rangeland around Kelowna, where his ranching family had tenure to graze their cattle. Today some of Kelowna’s highest-end housing developments are nestled on the same slopes. During a 30-year career with BC Wildfire Services, Mike led fuel management initiatives and fought fires throughout the Okanagan, while maintaining a small ranch on the side. Presently, in what he calls ‘retirement’, Mike works as a Project Coordinator for the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association (BCCA), marrying his experience by reducing wildfire risk with a littleknown tool – cattle. “Ranchers and those with wildfire experience have known for years that grazed areas can slow

or turn a fire,” said Pritchard, “but we needed to be able to prove this.” An initiative led by the BCCA set out to put science to these claims. The association brought together municipalities, researchers and ranchers to collaborate on a series of targeted grazing pilot projects in areas at high-risk for wildfires like Kelowna, Cranbrook and Summerland. Fuel management, then and now Over the past 20 years, the primary fuel management strategy in BC has been the thinning of dense conifer stands. According to Pritchard, “thinning conifers without follow up maintenance of grass essentially just traded one fuel type for another.” Other fuel management strategies like controlled burns don’t work well close to urban settings. The practice is logistically difficult to carry out and there is always the inherent risk of unintended fire spread. Targeted grazing – or turning out cattle for two to three weeks in an area needing fuel management -works where other common techniques do not. Grazed grass is far less likely to burn. “Think of your lawn,” explains Pritchard, “if you don’t mow it, the grass will grow, dry out and go to seed. Mowing it encourages regrowth and keeps it in a vegetative state.” Intense, short-term grazing mimics the natural disturbance of traditional grazers with which the land evolved. Targeted grazing will not prevent a forest fire; it reduces the risk of a fire starting. If one does start, the grazed fuel break provides the opportunity for firefighters to bring the fire under control before it becomes a dangerous crown fire where the entire length of the tree burns. Fire fuels community spirit in ranchers Ranchers Keith and Marnie Manders were impacted by fire two years in a row. “My wife woke up at four o’clock in the morning and saw flames coming down the mountain. You can imagine how we felt,” divulged Keith. That night, the Manders experienced the dangerous combination of fire and the diurnal effect firsthand. They were lucky the structures on their property were spared thanks to Keith’s recent decision to graze right up to the edges of their property as that distressing fire season wore on. The Manders’ cattle made it to safety, but the family lost a significant amount of their spring grazing rangeland to fire. When Keith learned about the targeted grazing pilot projects, he was


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all hands – and hooves – on deck, offering his grazing leases and cattle near Summerland and Peachland. “It feels so good to be involved in something positive for the community and show that we can play a role in keeping its members safe,” stated Keith. Managing cattle so close to an urban area meant an extra workload for Keith. His personal cellphone number was displayed on signage around the community so people could call if they had questions or concerns about the cattle. The pilot projects saw cattle grazing right up to backyard fences of homes, the periphery of golf courses and borders around vineyards, all to reduce fire risk. “People noticed the buffers grazing created,” stated Keith, “once you show people, they’re fully on board; it was the consultation process and creating awareness and buy-in ahead of grazing that was a challenge.” The ‘when’ not ‘if ’ of fire in BC Over the past 10 years, BC has experienced several record-breaking fire seasons. Together, fires in 2017 and 2018 released three times more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than from all the province’s fossil fuel burning sources combined. As the occurrence and magnitude of wildfires have grown, the human and economic tolls have followed. The price of fires is one largely borne by urban centres and their residents. While the government of BC continues to invest huge sums of money into wildfire mitigation, it’s clear that a diverse array of strategies is needed, and that targeted grazing should be included among them. There is tremendous potential to replicate this mitigation strategy in other parts of the province. Around the 120 km length of Lake Okanagan alone, there are wildland areas in dire need of fine fuel management and brimming with urban interface areas. With fencing, access to water and a champion to lead local initiatives, cattle can graze nearly anywhere there’s grass. Similar targeted grazing initiatives in Montana have even received investment from insurance companies, which have an inherent interest in reducing fire damage to homes. To move targeted grazing from a pilot project to routine practice in BC, more of such support is needed. Targeted grazing is a strategy that makes sense. It protects forest infrastructure and ecology; it supports local food production; it also contributes to the protection of life and communities.

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TRUCK ROUTE REJECTED City Council rejected Arrow Transportation Systems’ request to use Priest Avenue , instead of Houston Street as a trucking route from the Weyerhaeuser Mill to Kamloops. Ron Johnson from Arrow, said that there’s high probability of accidents in making a right hand turn from Nicola Avenue’ onto Voght Street. Council felt that approving the change would only move the problem.

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Thank You!

On behalf of the Board of Education of School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen), we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the many partners, organizations and individuals who helped our students, families, staff, and District during the extremely challenging events of the 2021/2022 school year. Throughout it all we persevered, provided education and support, and continued to offer a safe and welcoming place for kids during a time of great difficulty for so many. That could not have happened without the help and generosity of our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and communities. For that we owe so many of you a true debt of gratitude. You have made all the difference in the world to kids and families.


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Hall of Honour features new Nicola Valley display

The new display at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour will be up all summer, and offers a view of Merritt’s creative and artistic history. Marius Auer/Herald

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the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour on Quilchena Avenue, with two

members residing in town. The new History of Music display not only highlights the instruments that were used to create the music, but the locations, people, and stories behind it. “We want to bring an attachment again to the hall. We don’t have any inductees that are from here, but a lot of them have connections to Merritt through family.” While the driving force behind the new display is the promotion and awareness of

community organizations coming together to support each other, as well as art and his-

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1912 is CSCMH Director Susan Roline’s favourite piece. “Because I’m partial to fiddles, I like the fiddle piece. I know the Hogg family very well. When I was growing up we were neighbours to one of the Hogg families,” said Roline. Roline says it’s these community connections that make the Hall of Honour and its displays so interesting and attractive to locals and visitors alike, with hall inductees such as Dick Damron and Lucille Star even having family


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tory in the community. The new display boasts a small but carefully curated collection of local artifacts all related to music produced, written, and enjoyed in the Nicola Valley throughout history. This is a joint collaborative effort between the Canadian Society of Country Music and Heritage (CSCMH) and the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives (NVMA). A fiddle belonging to a local miner killed in the Diamondvale Mine explosion of


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‘A Brief History of Music in the Nicola Valley’ From Page 9 finding the museum. I don’t think enough people are aware.” Recent changes at the CSCMH saw the Hall of Fame replace its name with the Hall of Honour title, losing the

official designation to a new site in Calgary, Alberta. Roline said the transition was only a slight inconvenience, and the organization is looking forward to an exciting future of music based programming and community initia-

tives. “We’re trying to do live music events quarterly. We’ve been holding the songwriter sessions, and I guess a lot of people don’t understand what that is exactly, a lot of them thought it was just for song-

writers.” “It’s an audience listening to how and why a song came about by the person who wrote it. After two hours, it’s an open jamming session,” clarified Roline. The Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour

is located at 2025B Quilchena Avenue, and can be reached at 250-378-9569. The Nicola Valley Museum and Archives is located at 1675 Tutill Court, and can be reached at 250378-4145.


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Mayor Brown runs for re-election

Linda Brown is currently holding her first term as Mayor and has previously held a seat on council in 2014. Photo/Herald File Photo

Izaiah Reyes NEWSROOM@MERRITTHERALD.COM Linda Brown, the current mayor for the City of Merritt, has announced that she will once again be running for this position in the upcoming municipal elections later in October. “I’m announcing because it was announced that I’m not running,” Brown explained. “I’m hoping to leave campaigning until the start of the campaigning period.” A recent story on Brown’s husband, Ken Gillis has mistakenly mentioned that she does not intend to run for mayor. In order to correct this error, Brown has prematurely thrown her hat in the ring. “At this point all I can do is talk to people and tell them who I am and what I’m about.” “I will meet people at anytime, if someone wants to talk to me, I will be available for them but I will not be purposely going out for any public forums or debates until the campaign season.”

Currently serving her first term as mayor, Brown has also served a term as a council member in Merritt. “I want to continue woking on bringing the city back to a place of recovery,” said Brown. “I’m not finished with working towards that goal.” Brown began her mayoral term back in 2018. Through her four years as leader, she was thrust into one of the most turbulent times that Merritt has ever faced. “We’ve had COVID, we’ve had fires, heat domes, droughts, and atmospheric rivers,” she explained. Brown told the Herald that she is currently working on different projects, including housing, infrastructure repairs, and the city’s diking plan which will determine the city’s floodplain. “From there, people can basically draw a line whether or not you can build back there. If we have homes that are devastated in that area then we have to find another spot for them,” said Brown. “That whole river bank area needs to be looked at and changed and I really want to be a part of that.” Brown said that she is busy working on recovery all summer. She hopes that when that work is done, that she could take a look at the city’s economic development and tourism. “I want to develop this place, I want an industrial park where we can provide jobs,” she said. “I want to leave in good times, when things are better for the city.” Brown is one of two candidates to formally announce their candidacy for mayor. Earlier today, Councilor Tony Luck has announced that he will also be running for this seat. Elections are set to take place on October 15, 2022.

Luck throws hat in mayoral race

Tony Luck, incumbent Merritt city councillor and local realtor, has announced his intent to run for mayor during the October 2022 civic elections. Photo/Herald File Photo


Merrittonians will now have two names listed on their ballot as options

for the position of mayor this fall, with Councillor Tony Luck declaring he will run for the top spot at city hall during the October 15 elections. Luck will challenge incumbent Mayor Linda Brown and any other candidates that may put their name on the ballot in the roughly three and a half months leading up to the election. Brown announced her intention to run for re-election 24 hours prior. “After lots of contemplation, talking to quite a few people in town, and having phone calls and people asking me, I have made the tough decision to seek the seat of Mayor for the City of Merritt this election in October,” said Luck. In his conversations with locals, his

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MSS grads visit elementary schools

Merritt Secondary School’s class of 2022 walked through the halls of all six elementary schools in the area, where many graduates started their educational journeys. Photo/SD58

Marius Auer REPORTER@MERRITTHERALD.COM The Merritt Secondary School (MSS) class of 2022 took a trip down memory lane as part of their graduation processions last week, touring six elementary schools in the area. The MSS tradition is an initiative to not only celebrate the current graduating class, but motivate future graduates. Dressed in their caps and gowns, this year’s graduating class from MSS boarded a school bus to tour the elementary schools where

many graduates spent the first seven years of their educational careers. Students and staff at the elementary schools lined the hallways, cheering on graduates as they paraded through. “All the grads went to all the schools. The schools got all their kids out in the hallway with signs, posters, and drummers. Any kids who attended that particular school, we had a photo with that group and their princi-


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pal, and then we hopped on the bus and continued on to the next school,” said Gian Cavaliere, vice principal and athletics director for MSS. Cavaliere said the reception from both the elementary school students and staff was overwhelmingly positive, on track with previous years that the ‘grad walk’ has been put on. Although temporarily halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, graduates were excited to hit the road once again.

Merritt, they’ve gone to Merritt Secondary School, and the kids see it as a motivational piece. Some are kind of young, but it’s fun to cheer and know that it’s going to be their time eventually.” The MSS Class of 2022 graduated on June 16 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, with the official last day of school for the district taking place on June 29.

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This year has been anything but ‘normal’ for MSS graduates, completing their final year in the public school system during fires, flooding, and a global pandemic. Cavaliere said he is beyond proud of the accomplishments and resiliency of the class of 2022, and the school as a whole. “We’ve been doing this for a few years now, and it’s really great to see. The kids get to see the graduates, and the students graduating get to see their old teachers. It’s an emotional time, so it’s always been positive.” Ending their tour at Merritt Secondary School with a warm reception from their fellow pupils, teachers, and faculty, this year’s graduating class is sure to feel celebrated for their achievements, academic and beyond. “I think a lot of kids see the graduates as role models. They may not know them, but they’re from


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Tony Luck runs for city mayor From Page 12 family, and other community stakeholders, Luck says his unique and experienced perspective in multiple government positions enables him to better understand the needs of the community and its members. The first-term Merritt city councillor, who previously served as a city councillor in Mission, also works as a realtor and with multiple non-profit organizations in town. He says the issue of communication, or the lack thereof, has been consistently raised in his conversations. “I think there is a lot of angst in the community. One of the key pieces that we miss is the communication piece,” added Luck. “I’m going to come to the table with a much different leadership style, really working on the team process and getting more people involved.” Luck says that collaboration and cooperation are key when it comes to moving forward as a whole, both from the devastating year of fires and flooding behind us, and for growing the small community. Having experience with regional districts such as the Fraser Valley Regional District, as well as municipalities and higher levels of government, Luck says he is the man for the job and is prepared to work hard. “We have a lot of work to do in the next couple of years, working with the senior levels of government, and I think it’s going to be really important to have all of council roll up their sleeves and dig in hard. Whoever is running, I hope you’re ready to work hard in the coming four years.” Since the flooding and fires of 2021, Luck says the City and its staff have

been hard at work on recovery efforts, and says he would oversee efforts to increase resiliency in the community if elected Mayor. He notes that while there have been issues, he feels some criticism directed at City staff and elected officials has been unfair and unfortunate. Luck says he will also focus on making life more affordable for Merrittonians, taking on the issues of inflation and its effects on the cost of living in Merritt. Luck believes that this high cost hinders Merritt’s ‘small town appeal.’ “One of the challenges we have moving forward and trying to keep the small town appeal is that today it’s very expensive. If we have a kilometer of road to fix in Merritt, that cost is pretty much the same as in the Lower Mainland, if not more in Merritt. In Merritt, 7000 people pay for that, compared to 2,000,000 in the Lower Mainland.” Moving forward, Luck will continue to engage his constituents and fulfill his duties as a councillor. The campaign period for the 2022 elections doesn’t officially start until September, and Luck says there is lots of work still to be done in the meantime. “Despite some of the issues around the council table, this council has gotten a lot of things done. If I look back over my record in the past four years, I’ve brought a lot of the initiatives and things like that to the table. I’ll continue to do that, and I have the experience to be able to do that.” The 2022 civic election is scheduled to take place on October 15, 2022. For more information, please call the City of Merritt at 250-378-4224, or visit www.merritt.ca/election22.

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The Merritt Girl Guides recently attended their summer camp at Adams Lake to wrap up their year. They are looking forward to another year of supporting the community. Photo/Merritt Girl Guides

Marius Auer REPORTER@MERRITTHERALD.COM The Merritt Girl Guides may be wrapping up their year of planned activities before summer break starts, but their presence in the community will remain as the group continues to grow in size while planning for the fall. The Merritt Girl Guides are a part of the Girl Guides of Canada, a service organization for girls ages five to 17 that promotes personal growth and learning, as well as leadership and community service. The Guides have operated in Merritt for decades, with the most recent revival of the group seeing continued growth in membership. “We started with 16 at the beginning of the year and we ended with 20,” said Susan Doncaster, a local organizer for the Girl Guides. “Our numbers keep on growing every year. Three years ago we were only at eight girls.” This group of 20 guides embarks on multiple service projects throughout their year, which mostly lines up with the school year besides a few summer activities. Their recent projects taught them about community organizations, cleaning up the community, and spending time with other generations. “We’ve done a lot of volunteer work with seniors, trying to brighten everyone’s spirits over the past couple of years. We do charity walks and we also pick up garbage on our free time, and just help out wherever we can.” On top of this work, the Merritt Girl Guides often volunteer at other community events, as well as working with the Merritt Centennials to sell their iconic girl scout cookies. Their plans for next year will be decided over the summer and at the beginning of fall 2022, with the Guides first earning a well deserved break.

The Merritt Girl Guides is also sending a few of its members to summer camps this year, thanks to support from the community and parents involved in the group. Their fundraising efforts are continuous, with proceeds directly funding programs in the community. Doncaster said that the social and emotional benefits of joining were incredible to witness. “They made connections with each other this year. With COVID, lots of us forgot how to connect and be with each other. The friendships that they grew this year were amazing. You could see them shine and shake off some of that shyness.” Despite the years of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, fires, and flooding, the Merritt Girl Guides have stayed resilient and continued to serve the community and support each other, as well as other nonprofit organizations and learning committees in Merritt. “We’re going to be doing a couple of service projects that the girls get to pick in the fall. We try to do projects with some of the other committees, like the Literacy Week last January we did with Literacy Merritt.” Doncaster added that the response from Merrittonians has been overwhelmingly positive, with support coming from all directions during the Guides’ time spent learning, volunteering, and leading in the community. “Everyone is there with open arms. Everybody wants to help out and work with us, so it’s a really nice response. We want to thank the community for everyone who has helped us, the list is so long it’s hard to name them all.” For more information, or to get involved with the Merritt Girl Guides, call Chelsea Werrun at 250-936-9015, or email 378csparks@gmail.com.

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Select who your top choices are in at least 25% of the total categories. Contest closes Wednesday, August 24 at noon. One entry per household per week. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY Teacher/Educator (High School) ___________________ Veterinarian (name of vet) ________________________ Volunteer ______________________________________ Club/Sports Organization ________________________ Non Profit Organization __________________________ Best Local Event ________________________________ FOOD AND BEVERAGE Breakfast ______________________________________ Burger _________________________________________ Chinese Food ___________________________________ Steak _________________________________________ Pizza __________________________________________ Soup __________________________________________ Wings _________________________________________ Dessert________________________________________ Sushi__________________________________________ Sandwich ______________________________________ TOP BUSINESSES Business Of The Year ____________________________ Business Overall (Under 10 Employees) ____________ _______________________________________________ Business Overall (Over 10 Employees) _____________ New Business - 2 year’s or less in business _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ Business Owner ________________________________

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The 2022 Merritt Crown mountain bike race Merritt locals, Jessie and Sean Strang, win the team event at the 2022 Merritt Crown. Photo/ Merritt Crown

Izaiah Reyes NEWSROOM@MERRITTHERALD.COM June 18 was a treat for cyclists from BC and Alberta as the annual Merritt Crown took place. The event, once again, shows that Merritt is not trailing when it comes to trails. 130 cyclists were present on Saturday, June 18 for the Merritt Crown. The race is aptly titled for its challenging terrain. “We want people to know what they’re getting into,” said Darch Oborne, cofounder of Merritt Crown. “120 kilometres is no cakewalk for any rider. Anybody that can finish the Merritt

Crown within 12 hours, at 3000 metres of elevation, and potentially muddy or rainy conditions, deserves a gold star because it’s a grueling course.” Fortunately, it was all sunshine for the 2022 race as, Albertan, Brian Cooke nabbed the first place. The Canmore native was able to win the Crown for a second time, finishing the race in just under seven hours. Second place finisher, Brendan Taylor, was not far behind, only missing the mark by 17 minutes. The race is in its fifth year, and originated from a two man ride consisting of Oborne’s son, James, and Lennard Pretorious. “It started as a celebration in year one of the Canadian sesquicentennial in 2017,” Oborne recalled. “I put together this trail and two fellows raced on it the first year and then we decided to make it into a race to promote tourism and the Merritt economy.” Oborne was very pleased with this year’s turn out and boasted about Merritt’s trails. “I ride all over Western North America, and our trails are good,” he exclaimed. “They stand up to most communi-

ties, not so much from the perspective of machine built trails like the ones in Whistler, but from a scenery, and weather point of view.” While the event saw dozens of out-oftown folk compete, there were also local talent that were on display. Jordan Pher, finished third place at the event’s 60 km race called the Tiara, while Sean and Jessie Strang finished first at the team event. After the race, event volunteers were treated to an appreciation dinner, courtesy of Mr. Mike’s. Oborne says these volunteers are crucial to the success of the Crown. “They’re very essential,” he exclaimed. “In the past, we have donated the funds that we’ve raised be cause there isn’t anybody being paid, We’ve donated it to the maintenance and development of Merritt Trails.” Usually donating for trail maintenance, the Crown this year will donate to another cause. All proceeds from the race will go towards flood relief to be donated to the Merritt Rotary Club. “We want to help out in the little way that we can,” said Oborne. “Every little

bit helps, and we feel that it’s appropriate for this year’s race.” Along with volunteers, Oborne is very thankful for all the sponsors who contributed to this year’s race. “The city helped us, the Nicola Valley Tourism helped us, all kinds of people stepped in and said ‘hey what a good idea! Let’s promote Merritt,” he explained. “That’s the whole essence of it; promote good health, mountain biking, and Merritt in particular.” Merritt Mountain Bike Association President, Kal Tire, Credit Union, and Hack Electric hosted aid stations for the riders. Merritt Save-On Foods contributed snacks while Breathe Bikes gave out some gear for the riders. Best Western provided accommodations for the winners. With this year’s race being a success, Oborne is hoping to make next year an even better outing. “We’re looking for a bonafide society to come in and take over because the race is now at a point where, it needs some guidance from an actual registered society.” The 2023 Merritt Crown is set to take place on the third weekend of June next year.


came back to BC High School Rodeo with an unstifled sense of determination wanting to show that he is one of the best. “It makes me feel alive, like I’m bulletproof,” said Sterling Jr., speaking on riding the bull which he describes as “conquering a 1700 pound beast.” The BC High School Rodeo Association’s provincial tournament was the perfect backdrop for his journey, going up against eight other highly skilled contestants, but it was he who would go home with the title. The Provincials took place in Quesnel, B.C. from June 10 - 12. Sterling Jr. edged out the competition and was able to take home the first place buckle, cash prize, and a scholarship from the association. The win qualified Sterling Jr. for the

Canadian Finals taking place on August in Swift Current, Sask. “I feel really good and I’m looking to make a comeback this year,” he said. The young bull rider’s passion for the sport runs deep as he has been in it since he was enrolled in Little Britches Rodeo at 10 years old. “He loves doing this sport,” said his mother, Tasha Sterling. “We didn’t push him into it. We asked him if he wanted to try and he said ‘sure’. It is also worth noting that bull riding runs in Sterling Jr.’s family. His father, David Sr. rode for the Bull Riders Only Inc. in the States and the Canadian Professional Bull Riding (PBR).

Local wins first place in provincial bull riding Bull riding is an extremely dangerous sport and unfortunately, Merritt local, David Sterling Jr. had to find this out the hard way. “Last year I had a bull lacerating my liver and that put me in the hospital for a couple of days.” This, however did not convince the young rider to call it quits. Rather, it only added fuel to the fire as he wanted to prove now, more than ever, that he belongs in the sport. “Rodeo is all I can think about, I always imagine where I want to go with this sport.” And prove he did. The 16-year-old

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SPORTS From Page 18 “I couldn’t be any more prouder than a sunrise,” Sterling Sr. described his reaction to his son’s big win. “His smile is the biggest thing I see when he rides and it says

everything.” Aside from Sterling Jr. other Merrittonians were able to take home gold at Quesnel. Vanessa Michel - 1st place in goat tying

Ayla Goss - 1st place in pole bending Wyatt Smith - buckle award for season leader in bull riding “I want to get to the National Finals at the end of my high school career,” said Sterling Jr.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work but I’m excited about the process.” Sterling Jr. is now getting ready for the Canadian Finals in Swift Current Saskatchewan, taking place from August 4 - 6.

gathering to mark the organization’s first full-scale rodeo since years of pandemic restrictions, fires, and flooding. The rodeo, taking place on the June 4 and 5 weekend at the Nicola Valley Rodeo Grounds, was the first Little Britches event in years mostly untouched by pandemic restrictions and the imminent threat of evacuation alerts and orders. Over 120 entries to a variety of roping, tying, and barrel racing events kept organizers and contestants alike busy over the weekend. “It was one of the biggest Merritt Little Britches Rodeos we’ve ever held,” said Tanya Starrs, volunteer with the Merritt Little Britches Rodeo Association. “It was really good to have a full house and a full grounds, because over the last year or two we’ve been either dealing with fires, or COVID, or flooding. So there was a limited number of people on the ground, we could only have our contestants but not anybody to come and

watch.” The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in BC has allowed for the return of full bleachers and visible smiling faces throughout the grounds on Lindley Creek Road, where rodeo contestants aged up to 15 compete in a variety of skill and timing based events. It was an exciting weekend for the Starrs family in particular, with daughter and local high-school student Kelsey Starrs securing multiple podium wins to ultimately end up as the weekend’s breakaway roping champion, despite a busy rodeo experience filled with last-minute changes and riding a horse borrowed from a friend. “Her own barrel racing horse wasn’t available for her to run, so she had to just go ahead and borrow a friend of ours’s horse, and just kind of get on and ride. It didn’t go exactly to plan, but it was still a great experience,” added Starrs. Moving forward, rodeo goers and

Merritt Little Britches members will fine tune their skills and participate in rodeos both in the Nicola Valley and beyond. The Merritt Little Britches Association is affiliated with the BC Little Britches Association, and members participate in locally organized events. “Kids are practicing with their horses now throughout the week, and we have local rodeo practices sometimes where we get all the kids together and practice.” Starrs added that the return of the Little Britches Rodeo marked the start of a return to ‘normal,’ and said she was happy to see younger contestants make up nearly a third of total entries to this year’s event. “What I think was really amazing was that we had a lot of local Merritt kids enter. I don’t know if we’ve had this many entries in a long time. There were a lot of younger kids in the junior division that entered. It was nice to see that generation coming up to support the sport of rodeo.”

we partner with I·SPARC to acknowledge Indigenous youth who have stood out for their leadership, exceptional athleticism and exemplary commitment to their sport, community, and culture. Congratulations, you are an inspiration to us all.” Sam, an endurance runner, has been blowing past both his fundraising goals on foot for years now, raising over $150,000 for the Nicola Valley & District Food Bank and Nicola Family Therapy for food security and mental health initiatives. Sam says he draws strength from his culture and connection to the land, and is intent on helping more. Manuel, a sprinter and snowboarder, has been kept busy with multiple sports, school, and the cultural activities he participates in. A member of the Sun Peaks First Nations Snowboard team, he can be seen out on the slopes as often as he can be seen on the track. Manuel is continuing on with his active lifestyle, and is also being mentored by traditional leaders in his community. Michel, a high school rodeo competitor, was the Valedictorian of Merritt Secondary School’s class of 2022. Currently residing in Cache Creek, she and her mother have driven to Merritt daily for school and work since Michel’s grade 8 year. She smudges each morning before competing, following in her grandparents footsteps and honouring her cul-

ture. Moving forward, she plans to attend the University of Calgary for her Bachelor of Science. “It’s truly inspiring to witness and learn all that you have achieved as athletes, students and representatives of your communities and nations. We are so proud of you for achieving your successes. Being involved in sports will bring you friends, travel, healthy lifestyles, resiliency, and allow you to set and achieve goals.” said David Lafontaine, I·SPARC Interior Regional Action Team member and Metis. In collaboration with I·SPARC, a provincial organization aiming to improve the health outcomes of Indigenous peoples, the Province of BC hosts the Premier’s Awards program to further reconciliation and recognize the achievements and leadership of Indigenous leaders in communities across BC. “Sport is a powerful medicine that truly changed my life. It has the power to uplift individuals and inspire communities. These young athletes are the best of the best and a shining example of reconciliation in action,” said Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, Melanie Mark. “I am proud to be Nisga’a, Gitsxan, Cree and Ojibway and the Minister responsible for Sport. I am so thrilled to congratulate each of the 29 Indigenous athletes for being so amazing.”

Little Britches Rodeo’s return to Merritt grounds

Little Britches Rodeo participant Kelsey Starrs poses with her championship buckle and bag, having won top spot for breakaway roping at this weekend’s event. Photo/Tanya Starrs

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Merritonians win ‘Indigenous Youth Excellence’ sports award

Three local Indigenous athletes have won a prestigious award from the Premier of British Columbia, being recognized for their commitment to sports and their community. Photo/ ISPARC

Marius Auer REPORTER@MERRITTHERALD.COM Three young local Indigenous athletes have won the 2021 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport, being hailed for their commitment to sport, active living, education, and culture. Darius Sam of Lower Nicola, a member of the Neskonlith Band, and Keanu Manuel of Merritt and the Upper Nicola Band are two of the regional recipients of the award for BC’s Interior. Vanessa Michel, who resides in Cache Creek but is a member of Upper Nicola Band, also received the award. Age 21, 14, and 17

respectively, they are three of only 29 total recipients of the awards. Administered by the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) and presented by the Premier of BC, nominations were open last year for Indigenous youth athletes 25 and under who compete in performance sport, and display a commitment to healthy and active living, culture, and education. “These regional awards celebrate Indigenous youth excellence in sport, an important part of our government’s commitment to reconciliation,” said Premier John Horgan. “Each year, it is with great pride that



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Merritt Secondary School’s ‘Queerzine’

The MSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club is creating a magazine, entitled Queerzine, highlighting the works of LGBTQ2S+ students. Photo/MSS

Marius Auer REPORTER@MERRITTHERALD.COM Students of Merritt Secondary School (MSS) are showing their creative side this Pride Month, celebrating the occasion and their students in the LGBTQ2S+ community by producing a magazine compiled of their art.

The magazine, entitled Queerzine, is an initiative of the school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club, which was recently revived by MSS English teacher Marika Cram and students at the school. The

club meets weekly, and provides a safe environment for students that identify as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community. The magazine hopes to offer the student and community populations at large a new perspective. “It’s partially a celebration of their developing

identities as they have the queer adolescent experience in Merritt,” said Cram. “It’s about sharing their perspectives and building a community here. They’re trying to express themselves freely. The kids have put together a bunch of art, poetry, stories, and all sorts of stuff, so

we built this magazine together.” Queerzine is a work in progress, with Cram and her volunteer student editors compiling a multitude of art forms from the MSS student base throughout June, celebrated internationally as Pride Month. The magazine will be released before the end of the school year, and will be available digitally. Cram says that the response has been wider in scope than the GSA club had originally anticipated, with students outside the club’s membership submitting their works and perspectives on being a queer member of the student base. “The response has been huge actually. There were lots of kids who weren’t even in the club but sent me their stuff as well. Every day I get more emails and I add more pages and more things to it.” After its inception at the beginning of this school year, Cram says the GSA club seems to be encouraging students to share their personal experiences as members of the queer community, and

their own stories and experiences compiled. “It’s nice to see themselves reflected in something that they created themselves,” added Cram. “If it goes well, I would do it again next year and have

it be a yearly pride celebration at the end of the year for the gay students to share all the artwork and stuff they’ve done.” For more information or any questions, please email mssqueerzine@gmail.com.

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Cheryl Gail Gillett July 6, 1944 – June 25, 2022 It is with deepest sorrow and broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Cheryl Gillett (Champ), who left us at the age of 77 while temporarily residing at the Ponderosa Pines in Kamloops. Cheryl is survived by her sons, Dave (Doris) and Gary, and her granddaughter, Christina, all of whom she loved with all of her heart. She is also survived by her sisters, Pat (Maurice), Susan (Doug), Janice (Ted) and brothers, Larry (Pat), Allan (Wendy), Randall (Jean) and many nieces and nephews. Cheryl was predeceased by her husband Wayne, mother Jean McLeod, father Doug Champ, brother Mike Champ and sister Donna Worrall. Cheryl was born in Vancouver and relocated, first to Nanaimo and then to Chilliwack in the late 1950s. From there, she made her final home in Merritt in 1981. While there, she contributed greatly to the community and established many great friendships. Next to family, was her love of cooking. She loved making meals for family and friends alike. She was well known for her many hours of volunteering with Victim Services, Citizens on Patrol, and Merritt Booster Club, to name a few. She was best known for her role as Life Skills Coordinator at the Ska-lu-la Workshop; a position she was very passionate about! Her commitment to working with the disabled went far beyond “a position”. She was one of few respite options for families in the community where she would take them into her own home for short periods of time. As a result of her many contributions, she was awarded the prestigious honor of “Woman of the Year”. We are so proud of Mom to know that the resounding word people used to describe her was “KIND”. We would like to extend our gratitude for the kindness and care of Dr McLeod, Kidney Clinic in Kamloops Hospital and all the other care providers. She will be greatly missed by many! At her request, there will be no service but the family would like to hold a Celebration of Life at a later date. Please check website at www. merrittfuneralchapel.com for further information and to leave your condolences online. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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HOT LUNCH PROGRAM COORDINATOR School District No. 58 is accepting applications for Hot Lunch Program Coordinator at Merritt Bench Elementary School beginning September 2022. (Specific start date to be determined upon hire). 24 hours per week/ 1 hour for preparation on Monday—5.5 hours Tuesday--Friday. Must have completed the Food Safe course. Previous experience dealing with students and running a kitchen would be an asset. If interested, please send your resume along with three references to Jody McGifford at jmcgifford@365.sd58.bc.ca or on-line at www.sd58. bc.ca, click on Jobs, Support Positions, and Current Job Opportunities (Job Code 3272011).


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(Logan Lake) $349,900

1844/1852 GRANITE AVENUE $554,500



Would you like to purchase an affordable investment property with excellent long term tenants who have great references? On a quarter acre of land with mountain views in sunny Logan Lake? This is for you! 168345




This 14.15 Acres consists of a 3 bed, 2 bath beautiful country home that sits west facing with stunning views. The home is bright & open with a real warm feel with hardwood floors. 2 guest cabins, a barn on a concrete foundation with a wash bay & loft area. 167946



This manufactured home with a modern design is perfect for the busy family. New kitchen which features generous cupboard space plenty of counter tops. Enjoy those quiet evenings in the beautiful private backyard that backs onto green space. 168359





ROOM FOR HORSES on this 5.63 acre property. Lovely 2007 3 bed 3 bath home with detached garage, river view and much more! Check out you tube video! 165779

This end unit, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2 level townhouse offers open plan and large southern exposed yard to enjoy those summer nights. Great location in complex! 167350

Side by Side Duplex. Fabulous investment opportunity with great returns from income streams or live in one side and rent the other! Each side 854 sq ft. 2 X 2 bedroom units, 4 piece bath, larger living room, kitchen & laundry room 168028



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Beautiful location offering a low mainte-nance yard. This home has an open con-cept floor plan with 10ft ceilings that combines the great room, dining, kitch-en featuring a large island with quartz counters, soft close cabinetry with an elevator lift for ease of lift for heavy kitchen items. 167146

A nice 2 storey 4 bedroom family home in a nice area with a large backyard that has lane access to accommodate a possible granny or coach house in the future. The one vehicle garage is large enough to acommodate a full sized truck. 167344

Kevin Dunn or Crystal Chandler.

Rental Applications are available at our office AND on our website www.merrittrealestateservices.com in the “Property Management” tab.

Phone: 250-378-1996 or Email: proplepage@gmail.com