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Diamond drilling is now underway on the Prospect Valley epithermal gold property west of Merritt.

Plans call for approximately 1,500 metres of drilling in 8-10 holes that will target the recently identified gold values.

The Prospect Valley mineralized structure has been extended to approximately three kilometres, with the outcropping itself traced for 135 metres across a width of up to 32 metres.

Altair Ventures Incorporated and Consolidated Spire Ventures Ltd made the announcemeent, describing it as a large mineralizing system.

It could potentially continue for at least two kilometres beyond the Northeast Extension Zone. This area will be a high priority for future exploration programs.

A map showing proposed drill targets can be found on the Company website at

The Prospect Valley Gold Project is situated within the Spences Bridge Gold Belt, about an hour west of Merritt.

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There's a reminder for people hoping to receive a Christmas Hamper for themselves or their families today.

Linda Monkman of the Food Bank's Christmas Hamper Site says any registration forms need to be in by 4 pm today to 1964 Coutlee Avenue, next to Nicolanes.

Monkman also reminds people wishing to donate to the Christmas Hampers that they have until December 10 to bring them in.

Call the Hamper headquarters for more information at 250-378-5827.

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With today "Black Friday" south of the border, there's no reason to leave home this weekend to shop if you live in Merritt.

Etelka Gillespie, President of the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce says Country Christmas offers a lot of fun and good shopping opportunities today and tonight.

Gillespie says the Crafters Mall will take place again tomorrow at the Civic Centre from 9:30am till 4:30pm.

Santa's village at the Civic Centre will be open from 10am till noon. And the model train display will be open again tomorrow at the Civic Centre.

Spirit Square will be alive tomorrow too with the sound of music and of course Q101's Five Buck Bear Fundraiser from 11am - 1pm.

And don't miss breakfast with Santa at the Civic Centre Sunday from 9am till 11am. Another highlite of the Country Christmas weekend will be the fireworks display at the Railyard Mall tonight after the parade.

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The Merritt Centennials are back in the friendly confines of the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena tonight against Prince George.

The Cents went 1-4-0-0 on their recent string of five straight road games and have dropped five of their last six overall.

Merritt is winless in two games against the Spruce Kings this season, with both losses coming on a northern road trip at the end of last month.

The Cents are one game above .500 on home ice.

PG has lost eight straight overall and been outscored 19-5 in its last two games.

Game time is 7:30 tonight, our Q101 broadcast starts at 7 o'clock.

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The annual Country Christmas Parade is set for this evening in Merritt.

Parade Coordinator Gail McKee is asking motorists to keep the parade route on Chapman Street, Charters Street, Quilchena Avenue and Coutlee Avenue clear later this afternoon, starting at 4 o'clock.

The Parade starts from the gravel parking lot at City Hall during the dinner hour.

It leaves the lot at 7 o'clock before wrapping up at the Railyard Mall.

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