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Work is moving along well as Merritt prepares to host the Southern Interior Local Government Association A-G-M and Convention in May.

City Councillor Mike Goetz says one of the main speakers for the three day event has been confirmed in  two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Sami-Jo Small.

Small is also a co-founder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

One other keynote speaker booked for the Friday is Chief Clarence Louis from Osoyoos.

About 200 S-I-L-G-A delegates will be meeting at the Merritt Civic Centre May 4, 5 and 6.

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The President of the Okanagan Coquihalla N-D-P Riding Association admits being shocked by the announcement that Stockwell Day does not intend to seek re election.

Jeanette Wood says the riding's long time M-P offered no prior indication he was quitting politics.

The Riding Association has already approved three term Summerland Councillor David Finnis to contest the nomination with a new N-D-P candidate to be selected March 26th.

(With files from CHNL)

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The Liberal Riding Association of Okanagan-Coquihalla wants to give its candidates more time to meet with constituents.

Association spokesperson, Monica Sahlmark says the vote, which was originally scheduled for today has been pushed back two weeks to March 28th.

Sahlmark says the delay is because all three candidates - Ashcroft's John Kidder and West Kelowna residents, Gordon Weive and Shan Lavell, were all given the green light.

Sahlmark says the party will have a moving polling station the night of the vote, starting at 7pm in Merritt and ending in West Kelowna.

(With files from Corus Radio Network)

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The swearing in of Christy Clark today as B-C's new premier could put Merritt's wood stove exchange program even further out of the picture for next year.

Program Coordinator Tim Larson says funding is the issue.

Meanwhile, there's about ten openings left for people to take advantage of rebates and specials under the program, but that all ends on March 31st.

Tim Larson will help people with the process now, call him at 250-378-8216 or City Hall at 250-378-4224 A-S-A-P.

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Another snowfall warning on the Coquihalla Highway has snow removal crews out in force again this morning.

Bob Gilowski of V-S-A Highway Maintenance says when the chain up sign is on truckers must pay heed.

In the meantime, caution is advised when heading onto the Coquihalla Highway or the Okanagan Connector today as there are still winter driving conditions in effect.

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