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In December, a presentation was made to the TNRD Board of Directors seeking support in banning commercial truck traffic from highway 5a, between Merritt and Kamloops.

“Highway 5A is ill-equipped to handle today’s transport vehicles. The roadbed itself was never designed for the weight of today’s big rigs, the annual maintenance costs are extremely high,” said Bob Price at the December meeting.

On Thursday, the Board voted in favour of deferring the motion to allow for further presentations regarding the proposal.

“I would hope that you take the opportunity to be apprised of all the facts before we jump into a decision on this. I think it's absolutely imperative that we should hear them, then decide whether or not to send a letter of support,” said Board Chair Ken Gillis.  

Mayor Linda Brown, who sits on the TNRD board as a director, spoke against the idea of banning truckers from the highway.

“I want to start by saying that I agree with the issues of highway safety, but I completely disagree with the solution,” said Brown. “Let's look at some of the issues, but let's look at all of the issues and the solution in my mind needs to be something other than banning the big trucks.”

 The proposal will be taken up again in March following presentations from CVSE and other stakeholders.


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Todd Stone

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KAMLOOPS — Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone sent a shockwave through his B.C. Liberal party Thursday (Jan. 14), bowing out of consideration for the party’s leadership.

Stone was a major contender in the 2017-18 leadership race to succeed Christy Clark, and was projected to be a front-runner in the contest to replace Andrew Wilkinson.

In a Facebook post, Stone says time spent with his family over the holidays convinced him of the importance of spending as much time at home as possible.

“While skiing with all three of my daughters over the recent holidays, I was struck by the reality that within the next few years, two of them may be off at university and that this period of our lives with all of us together at home is nearer the end than the beginning,” Stone wrote. “I realized at that moment – in my heart – that the right decision for me and my family is to not enter this leadership race.”

Stone thanks those who encouraged him to run for the leadership, including “friends, caucus colleagues, party members, and British Columbians”.

The interim leader of the party is Shirley Bond. Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar is serving as the party’s house leader.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are reporting 536 new cases, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 59,608 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 4,624 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 362 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Currently, 7,303 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 52,605 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Since we last reported, we have had 102 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 253 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 115 in the Interior Health region, 45 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

"To date, 69,746 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.

"There have been seven new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,038 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest COVID-19 figures in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 536

Total Cases – 59,608 (59,072)

Active Cases – 4,624 (4,810)

Patients in Hospital – 362 (360)

Patients in ICU – 72 (76)

New Deaths – 7

Totals Deaths – 1,038 (1,031)

Vaccines Administrated – 69,746 (63,430)

Health region breakdown of new cases

Vancouver Coastal – +102

Fraser – +253

Island – +21

Interior – +115

Northern – +45

Outside Canada – +0

More to come.

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Interior Savings

For the eighth year running, Interior Savings is again offering awards of $1000 to 1,000 students through its Million Dollar Bursary Program. Yet, so far, they have only received about 500 applications.

Merritt students have received $83,000 over the past seven years of the program.

With many feeling the financial pinch due to the pandemic, the Credit Union is determined to make one final push to reach local students in need of help with tuition.

Applying for the program is easy. There are no lengthy essays, references, or high academic grades needed. To qualify, applicants simply need to be 17 to 24 years old, use their Interior Savings account regularly, and provide proof of enrollment and tuition payment to a designated post-secondary institution.

While you need to be a member of the Credit Union to qualify, it’s not too late to join.

“There’s still time for students to become an Interior Savings member to qualify for a bursary and to take advantage of the benefits membership offers, including one-on-one financial coaching, a share of our profits and a free account for youth,” said Interior Savings CEO, Kathy Conway.


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roger sloan

Merritt’s own Roger Sloan is back on Tour this weekend at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

It will be Sloan’s first appearance in 2021 and first tournament in over a month following a missed cut in early December.

Prior to the missed cut, Sloan was playing some of his best golf making three straight weekend cuts and finishing in the top-32 at each event.

So far this season, Sloan has made four of six cuts and earned $156,339.

The 33-year-old Merrittonian is currently 107th in the FedEx Cup standings. Any golfer in the top 125 at the end of the year secures a tour card for the following season.

Sloan tees off this morning at 10:50 am.


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