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Awards recipients, presenters and spectators applaud during the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology year-end awards for 2012-13 on Saturday. About $45,000 in scholarships, community-sponsored awards and in-house NVIT awards were given to NVIT students at the Merritt campus. Donors were also presented with blankets during the ceremony. Awards for students at both NVIT campuses — in Merritt and in Burnaby — totalled $60,000. Michael Potestio/Herald

School district enrolment above projections By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

School District 58 has exceeded its enrolment projections for the current school year. At the first school board meeting of the year on Sept. 18, superintendent Bob Peacock said the district has 1,142 students at the elementary level — 43 students above its projection of 1,099. At the high school level,

SD58 projected 809 students, which it surpassed by eight students. Enrolment in distance education programs, for students who take courses by correspondence or outside of a traditional classroom setting, sits at 100 students — well above the projected 65. However, in the alternate program, the district’s enrolment fell from a projected 82 students this year to 62. “We tend to pick up more


students from now until the end of September, mainly because those students take a while to get back to school,” Peacock told the school board. Peacock told the Herald Merritt Secondary School has about 635 of Merritt’s 1,584 students. In Princeton, the district met its projection of 437 students, Peacock said. Peacock said the higher number of enrolled students won’t translate into more

Learning improvement funds The school board also heard the process for distributing the district’s $311,007 in learning improvement funds, which is annual fund-

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ing from the Ministry of Education. School principals submit spending proposals to the superintendent who drafts a spending plan, consults with local unions, and then presents the plan to the school board. Peacock said $39,936 is expected to go to certified educational assistants (CEAs) and the remaining $271,071 will be allocated to schools. Peacock said tentatively $162,560 will be added for

extra teaching staff, $19,500 will be added to fund teacher release time and $73,620 will be used for extra classroom support such as CEAs for kindergarten and Grade 1 classes. The remaining funds will be retained for next semester, Peacock said. “In the second semester, we’ll look at the configurations that have taken place to see where support is needed for the remaining dollars,” Peacock told the Herald.


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May campaign expenses filed statement shows he didn’t claim any travelling expenses as a candidate because much of his travelling couldn’t be separated from business and work. Riding winner and current Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart of the BC Liberals filed for $87,324.82. Tegart’s campaign period spending totalled $36,127.77, and spending in the 60-day preelection period came

The four candidates in May’s election for Fraser-Nicola MLA have filed their expense reports with the chief electoral officer. Election expenses ranged from just under $2,000 to over $80,000. Green Party candidate John Kidder filed for $1,785 and acted as his own financial agent. Conservative Party candidate Michael Beauclair filed for $2,303.79. Beauclair’s

in at just over $18,000. About $27,000 was transferred back to the BC Liberals. NDP candidate Harry Lali filed for $70,652, with the majority ($57,457) spent during the campaign period. Lali was one of 10 candidates to file the report late, past the 90-day period outlined in the Election Act. His report includes the $500 late filing REACH FOR THE SKY Employees from Alpha Welding and Copper Valley Mechanical used a giant crane to place the new heating and cooling unit on the roof of the Merritt Civic Centre on Thursday.

penalty for filing by the Sept. 11 late filing deadline. Nine others, including three other NDP candidates, three independents, and one candidate each for the Green, Conservative, and Liberal Parties filed late.

All nine reports have since been filed. Each candidate’s expense report from the May election is available online at contributions. The reports also include information on contributions each candidate received.



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I will focus on creating a long-term wellness plan for our community and Elders. We should focus on personal wellness, community safety, adequate housing and providing essential medical services. The Band must teach the Nle’kepemx language to our children and families through immersion programs. It’s important that we encourage Band Members to complete grade 12, their postsecondary education, or encourage them to enter training for different trades.

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Locals urged to learn about grasslands By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

The Nicola Watershed Community Round Table is urging Nicola Valley residents to venture to the Laurie Guichon Memorial Grasslands Interpretive Site so they can better understand and appreciate their surroundings. “The grasslands site has been our project right from the start,” said Jill Sanford, one of the non-profit organization’s directors. “It was opened in memory of Laurie Guichon, a local rancher who was very involved and was the original chairman of the round table. The Guichon family, they’re very involved with holistic ranch management, they’re very involved with care for the environment.” The purpose of the memorial site “is to educate residents of the watershed and visitors about the significance of the interior grasslands,” according to the organization’s website. “We want people to learn about the grasslands, and that’s what this is all about. [The signs] show the importance of the grasslands to the ecosystem and how it is an integral part of the economic fabric of the Nicola watershed,” she said. Sanford said the

group wants to encourage locals to visit the site to learn about and appreciate the grasslands they live in and around. “There’s about 300 people who visit there [each year], and nearly everybody who signs the visitor log is from out of country (Europe, the U.S.) or the Lower Mainland,” Sanford said, noting it’s possible locals visit but don’t sign the guest book. “Very few people from Merritt sign it. I don’t know if they don’t go there, but very few Nicola Valley people sign it.” The site opened in 2001 and is maintained by volunteers. “We have volunteers who go there and make sure there’s paper in the outhouses and that they’re clean and that the garbage is picked up and that kind of thing. We weed — constantly,” Sanford said. The group recently put new gravel on the path from Lundbom Lake Road up to the interpretive site, thanks in part to the subcontractors working in the area, who donated some gravel and did the work to lay it on the path. “We’ve got new pathways now and the weeding’s been done, and we just thought it was about time we remind the citizens of Merritt that it’s there,”

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The Laurie Guichon Grasslands Memorial Site overlooks the grasslands about 11 kilometres south of Merritt. Emily Wessel/Herald

she said. Laurie Guichon was a fourth-generation rancher in the Nicola Valley of the historic Gerard Guichon Ranch and husband of Lt.Gov. Judy Guichon. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1999. The round table derives its name from hosting community forums on issues impacting the Nicola watershed, a 720,000hectare area that runs east from Spences Bridge to Pennask Lake and south from Logan Lake and Stump Lake to Brookmere. The area includes the Nicola and Coldwater Rivers, and Nicola, Pennask, Douglas and Stump

The Nicola Watershed Community Round Table is urging Merrittonians and residents of the Nicola Valley to visit the site to sign the guest book. Emily Wessel/Herald

Lakes. “The general idea of the round table was set up so people in the Nicola Valley could get

educated, listen to different points of view and make informed decisions,” Sanford said.

The site is located off of Lundbom Lake Road, about 11 kilometres southeast of Merritt on Highway 5A/97C.

Name of driver killed in Hwy 5 rollover released The B.C. Coroners Service have released the name of the driver killed in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 5 just south of the Inks Lake turnoff last week. Dustin Raymond Desco-

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teau, 29, of Chemainus, B.C. was found dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the collision. Evidence from the crash scene on Sept. 25 suggests Chemainus’ Ford F350

pickup truck drifted onto the left shoulder, overcorrected and skidded across two lanes, investigating officers from Central Interior Traffic Services and the Kamloops RCMP detachment stated in

a press release. The truck is then suspected to have jumped the barrier and rolled down a steep embankment several times. Descoteau was not wearing a seat belt and was

ejected from the vehicle. Alcohol and speed are considered to be factors in the collision. RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating.

School board meetings open to public The first of the rotating school board meetings was held last Wednesday night at the Bench Elementary School with approximately 20 spectators in attendance. Allan Gilmour, Board chairman, welcomed the spectators, saying that it was too bad there were not more parents available at the meeting to see how the school runs and interior works of the school system. He said he was pleased to see those parents who were out and he hoped the attendance at meetings would continue. Gilmour explained that the parents can help solve some of the problems and in turn will become more involved in the system.

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The City of Merritt and the Community Policing Office gave back to the people who give back to the community with a volunteer appreciation tea on Wednesday at the Merritt Civic Centre. About 60 people gathered for the fifth annual appreciation tea. Community Policing Co-ordinator Const. Tracy Dunsmore was the emcee for the event. Volunteers were given certificates of appreciation and shown a slide-

show of themselves in action. The children’s choir was invited to entertain the crowd and local artist Meriel Barber did some drumming for the crowd as well. Merritt Mayor Susan Roline told the crowd the city is thankful to its volunteers for all the work they do in the community. “I don’t believe our community would be the same without the volunteer effort that goes into it,� Roline said. RCMP Sgt. Norm Flemming made a speech on behalf of the

RCMP to thank those who volunteer as auxiliary constables, Citizens on Patrol and members of the Speed Watch program. Flemming thanked the volunteers on behalf of the entire RCMP – not limited to Merritt. “There is not much that we can accomplish without the great work of the volunteers that we have within our organization,� Flemming said. RCMP Auxiliary Co-ordinator Const. Brock Hedrick presented auxiliary Const. Harbinder Hara with a certificate of apprecia-

tion as well as a commemorative pin for 15 years of service as an auxiliary officer in Merritt. “The auxiliary constables really are the ultimate volunteer. They’re out there doing the same job as a regular member, but they’re not being paid,� Hedrick said. Roline told the Herald volunteers save the city a lot of money in the long run. “It helps having all those volunteers work for us,� Roline said. She said gratitude is also due to other volunteers in Merritt as well.

“It’s not just the city committees and the Community Policing Office volunteers, it’s also the broader community too,� Roline said. “Without those people volunteering and giving freely of their time, our community would not be the same. It would be totally different.� Coun. Dave Baker said the evening is a way to say thank you. “It’s just a small way for us to say thank you for all the volunteers and all the volunteer hours that go in every year,� Baker said.

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As many of you know, on October 5th I’ll be passing the torch on to the next Chief and Council. The best candidate for Chief is Teri Clayton. I know each of you want a chief and Council that will make decisions that will beneÀt you, your family and your future. Teri has the background in Economic Development and knows Band administration and Ànance. Teri is capable of leading our community on to a path of harmony. We need a leader that will get the job done in all departments and ventures that will beneÀt all members, on and off reserve. Teri Clayton as Chief of Lower Nicola Indian Band is ready to serve you now. Kukscemx Victor York



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By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

The Merritt Transit System has two new buses in its fleet. The new buses, which have new colouring in green and blue stripes, have about the same lifespan of five years. The buses still have 20 seats — the same as the old ones — and can accommodate three wheelchairs at a time. However, they include lowering ramps at the front door of the bus instead of the lift on the back for transit riders in wheelchairs or with mobility issues. “The difference is they’re front-loaders. [Drivers] don’t have to get out and drop the lift on the back,” transit manager Jan Oswald said. “Wheelchair passengers can actually

said one of the factors is the area Merritt transit serves is not as large as other centres. “We didn’t put as many miles on them like some places do. That’s why our buses were in better shape,” she said. Still, Oswald said she started to see evidence that the old buses were nearing the end of their five-year lifespan. “In the last six months, we’ve had a lot of problems — mechanical problems,” she said. “Stuff was falling apart and starting to get costly.” Funding for the area’s transit service is shared between the ThompsonNicola Regional District, City of Merritt, BC Transit and Lower Nicola Indian Band. Transit serves Merritt and Lower Nicola and has operated in the area for six years.

wheel themselves on from the front. That is good because it’s going to be a little faster in the winter. And there’s no steps, so even senior citizens with a walker can just walk themselves on. They don’t have to step up.” The buses hit the road for the first time last Tuesday. The two replacement buses were delayed by about a year because Merritt’s old buses were in such good shape, according to Oswald. “They were supposed to be here a year ago. Everybody is ecstatic because everybody’s been anticipating them,” she said. Oswald said BC Transit bumped replacing Merritt’s buses for about a year because they were in better shape than buses in other communities. She

SIGNS THAT YOUR NEIGHBOUR MAY BE E GROWING DRUGS • Windows are completely blacked out in areas of the house: es • No-ones living in the residence or have odd times of coming and going. • May have potting plants, fertilizer bags or waterr lines around the property. ng sounds • Odd power lines running to the house or humming of generators. • Extra security on house and yard. • An odd odour coming from the home If you think your neighbour may be growing drugs contact the local police or call crimestoppers to make an anonymous tip which could result in payment if an arrest or warrant is obtained.

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HERALD OPINION Not exactly a banner day for debate By Dale Bass


A friend whose opinions I respect was pretty enraged this week — and rightly so. Her anger came from the kerfuffle that made its way to this week’s meeting of city council, the debate over a banner that flew over Tranquille Road and Victoria Street. The message on the banner is pretty simple: One Life Can Make a Difference — Protect Human Life Week. It’s a sentiment with which we can all agree in its global application but, because the banners come from a pro-life organization, that simple definition of human life takes on enormous political meaning. My friend was angry because she’s one of those women who is strong enough in her own attitudes that a large piece of plastic hanging above traffic isn’t going to make much of a difference to her belief system. The issue came forward after a letter from Allysa Gredling who, in her letter to council, raised many valid issues that society needs to look at and consider. She writes about what she calls the war on women being waged by the Republican party in the U.S. — a viewpoint with which I agree — and about those ridiculous backbenchers in our own federal government who continue to try to push women back into the 1920s with their attempt to put restrictions on a woman’s right to an abortion. Unfortunately, the letter to council is filled with footnotes, something I want to applaud, but find not only unnecessary, but which implies to me a belief Gredling thinks our councillors have been living in a cave and are unaware of the world in which they live.

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My oh my, how time does fly by Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS Today marks my oneyear anniversary with Merritt. A year ago today, I took up residence in my new home, or the Little City, as I affectionately refer to it, and started working as a reporter at the Merritt Herald. And what a year it has

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been. I moved halfway across the country to a place I hadn’t been before. I started my career and even advanced it. I made friends and critics in the process. I’ve been lots of places I’d never heard of before, and a few that I had. I’ve found new favourite places and people and pastimes. I’ve seen Merritt from a dozen different viewpoints and I still love looking out of every window and seeing the beauty of the mountains. Since I moved here, I haven’t had frostbite. I did get a few stone chips on my windshield

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from travelling on the Connector and the Coq, though. Growing up, I always fancied myself a city person, partially because of my penchant for indie rock concerts, trying new holein-the-wall ethnic restaurants, and fighting to stay awake through midnight movies. While I sometimes miss those things, I have found new ways to do them. Being relatively close to a major centre, I’m able to catch bands I like on tour that I probably wouldn’t have been able to catch even in my hometown. I do miss going dancing to my favourite Winnipeg bands on a weekly basis,

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but my wallet definitely appreciates the break. As far as the missing going out to eat at a new restaurant every other week, I love cooking, so experimenting with new recipes has been a great way to keep exciting my palate while again, giving my wallet a bit of a break. Not all my dishes are winners, but hey, at least I don’t have to deal with the noise, elbow-to-elbow seating, or awkward small talk with the server about some food item I’ve never heard of and would probably brutally and idiotically mispronounce while ordering. Double bonus: cooking in my kitchen/living room combo keeps the place nice

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and toasty in when it’s cold out. I don’t miss going to the movies, but if this rumoured four-plex happens, I’ll definitely check it out. I do miss the things I can’t replace, which aren’t really “things” at all: my friends and family. But FaceTime, texting, and even airplanes keep us well connected. Plus, I’ve met some great people here who have definitely helped make my transition to Merritt an enjoyable one. Dozens of papers, all kinds of stories, and lots of wacky and wonderful experiences later, one year is done and it’s onto the next.

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YOUR OPINION October is Small Business Month Dear Editor, Small businesses are the heart and soul of communities. They support families and keep local economies strong. The owners are parents, coaches and volunteers who make a difference every day. October is Small Business Month — our chance to recognize the tremendous contributions that small businesses make. Across B.C., 98 per cent of businesses are small businesses and more than a million British Columbians work for them. It takes courage, energy and dedication to run a small business. I know the challenges from running my own business for 21 years and from my time with the BC Chamber of Commerce and the North Vancouver Chamber. That’s why, as Minister of State, I am working hard to make B.C. the most small-business friendly jurisdiction in Canada. It’s why we’re continuing to cut red tape and boost the small business share of government contracts by 20 per cent. It’s also why government has already cut the small business corporate income tax rate by 44 per cent, and is committed to cutting it a further 40 per cent. This month, join me in thanking small businesses in your community. They are more than just business owners. In fact, you can nominate your favourite for a Small Business BC Award between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 at Together, we can make sure the small-business heart of our communities beats a little stronger.

Trapping no more humane than nature Dear Editor,

I have real concerns about the statements made by the Outdoorsman in your Sept. 19 issue. Firstly, the question was about trapping, not the validity of petition signatures. Also, every signature is valid because those are people concerned about animal welfare, regardless of where they live. Secondly, his accusation of the fabrication and gross exaggeration of animal activist groups are a cop out. If there is even one picture of a fox who died of thirst, that is one too many. One story of an animal that choked to death is one too many. Thirdly, any problems we are having with wildlife control are our own fault! We killed the wolves and cougars. And lastly, calling trapping more “humane” than anything Mother Nature doles out is flat out ridiculous. I don’t remember the video clip of the wolf holding on to the raccoon until it died of thirst. I can’t remember the fox holding on to the squirrel until it chewed its own leg off. They just kill stuff. Then eat it. How is trapping better? More humane in what way?

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The simple reality is this — the pro-life movement has as much right to express itself as does the women’schoice side. Our city administration refers to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in deciding what banners it can and cannot approve. The second clause in that document, one that sets out the groundwork legally that helps define Canadians, is pretty clear:

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: (a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association. In my view, the pro-life movement has as much legal right to its views, which I believe to be wrong, as I do to hold my beliefs.

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It is mind-boggling trying to determine what shred of logic lies behind Coun. Nelly Dever’s assertion the banner goes against the rights of women. It does nothing to infringe on my rights or those of my friend; it’s offensive to me, but lots of things I see I find offensive. It may conflict with Dever’s beliefs, but it does not have much more impact than that. I find it more of an issue that Dever chose such an

over-the-top nonsensical argument to defend her viewpoint. Women like her, who appear to be intolerant of anything with which they don’t agree, are more offensive to me because they feel a need to impose their own viewpoints on everyone else. I have pro-life friends. We agree to disagree, but they respect my right to hold my viewpoints and I respect theirs. Coun. Pat Wallace perhaps spoke the clearest

when she said she wasn’t interested in wasting any more time debating the issue. She gets it. People have the right to their own viewpoints and the right to disagree with other’s viewpoints. The charter protects those rights. When we start demanding people be muzzled, what does that make us? Dale Bass is a reporter with Kamloops This Week.

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THOUGHTFUL TRANSACTION Grace Bergmann (right) and her helpers make a sale at her garage sale for Operation Christmas Child on Saturday. The 12-year-old will use the $777 she raised through the garage sale, bake sale and hot chocolate stand in front of her family’s home to purchase items to fill shoeboxes that will be sent to children overseas. Michael Potestio/Herald

Drivers net $30,000 in fines in slow down, move over campaign RCMP in the Merritt area conducted an enforcement campaign of the Slow Down, Move Over legislation last month, resulting in close to 200 violations for various charges. An additional 1,090 violators were not stopped due to police officers being tied up with other violators, the RCMP said in a press release. Police laid 102 charges for failure to slow down for official vehicles and 53 charges for failure to move over. The

penalty for those charges is a $173 fine. Five charges were laid for excessive speed of 41 km/h or more over the posted speed limit (a $368 fine) and another three drivers were charged for speeding between 21 and 40 km/h over the posted speed limit (a $196 fine). There were 14 charges for speeding 20 km/h over the speed limit (a $138 fine), one charged with having no driver’s licence (a $598 fine) and one drug seizure.

The enforcement campaign was conducted along the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Kamloops, Highway 97C between Merritt and Kelowna and Highway 5 North between Kamloops and Heffley Creek. The officers were from the Central Interior Integrated Road Safety Unit, the Central Interior Traffic Services of Merritt, Kamloops, Clearwater and Ashcroft as well as the Commercial Vehicle

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Police say drivers can expect further enforcement of the legislation because of the poor numbers from this campaign.

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As Chief, I will strive that we work together as a team so our Band becomes healthy in mind and spirit, both economically and socially. As a team, we will Ànd solutions to overcome our problems, be they little or big, within or outside the community. HEALTH: • Preventative healthcare must be taught and encouraged. • Recreational activities to be covered. • To set aside additional funds to cover health costs that are no longer covered. OTHER PROJECTS: • If we can sustain a strong economy through the larger initiatives we’ll be able to fund the services that members are requesting. We must become self-sufÀcient and not depend on AANDC. They are slowly taking away funds and services from all the Bands across Canada. • To see where the opportunities are in working with larger corporations and organizations that will beneÀt the Band members in the long term.

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Pacific Forest Rally back in the Nicola Valley Points leader Patrick ‘Rocket’ Richard from Squamish looking to add to his lead By Ian Webster THE HERALD

The Canadian Rally Championship makes its annual pit stop in Merritt this weekend for the 2013 Pacific Forest Rally (PFR). Car and driver teams from across North America will converge on the Nicola Valley to compete in eight challenging stages on the backroads surrounding the city. The 11th annual Pacific Forest Rally officially begins on Thursday evening with a display of the rally cars at the corner of Merritt Ave. and Voght St. in the parking lot adjacent to the Merritt curling rink and the Baillie House. There will be a second display of the cars along Granite Avenue on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by a ceremonial start at 5:30 p.m. lead-

LEADER OF THE PACK Fourtime Canadian National Rally Champion Patrick ‘Rocket’ Richard from Squamish holds an 11-point lead over 2012 Pacific Forest Rally winner Antoine L’Estage from Quebec going into this weekend’s PFR in Merritt. Photo courtesy of Rocket Rally Racing BATTLE OF THE BRANDS Sabaru and Mitsubishi are once again battling it out for the manufacturer’s title in the Canadian Rally Championship. (Above) Series leader Patrick Richard in his Subaru WRX Sti. Photo courtesy of Rocket Rally Racing

ing into the first two stages of actual racing. The rally resumes on Saturday morning with teams departing from and returning to the service paddock at the Wagon West Travel Plaza up by Wal-Mart throughout the day.

There will be plenty of opportunities for the public to catch the rally teams in action, both in town and out on the area’s mountain roads. Some of the best vantage points are detailed on the maps below. A special Rally for

the Prize draw is being held, with a VIP package that includes a ride in a fast rally car. Listen to Q101 radio for details and daily opportunities to enter the contest. Free, comprehensive spectator guides can be picked up at the

Merritt Chamber of Commerce, the Merritt Herald and several other locations in and around town. Look for more information and coverage of the 2013 Pacific Forest Rally in Thursday’s Merritt Herald.

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12 • TUESDAY, October 1, 2013




Saturday, October 5th, 2013 At the Lower Nicola Band Hall at Shulus Polls will be open from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM THE CANDIDATES ARE: FOR CHIEF:




Electors residing off the LNIB reserve will be sent a mail-in voting package. Electors residing on a LNIB reserve who wish to vote by mail may do so by contacting the Electoral OfÀcer and requesting a mail-in voting package. Raymond D. Phillips, Box 369, Lytton, BC VOK lZ0 Ph (250) 455-2471 Fax: (250) 455-0040 Email:

Merritt Herald - October 1, 2013  

Merritt Herald - October 1, 2013

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