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The T-N-R-D is supporting a proposal by Telus to install six cell towers to bring service to residents on the Coldwater River, Spences Bridge, Blue River, Wire Cache, Vavenby and Long Island Lake.

The Board also offered support in Telus' bid to waive the need for public consultation on these proposed towers as it applies to Industry Canada's requirements.

None of the proposed towers are within a designated radius to homes which would require public consultation as laid out by Industry Canada.

The T-N-R-D also approved the purchase of four pre engineered metal buildings.

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Busier than average traffic can be expected this morning on the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Hope and on Highway 8 between Merritt and Spences Bridge.

The two routes are serving as detours for travelers on Highway 1 as the Trans-Canada is closed in both directions four kilometers west of Boston Bar due to a collision. The estimated time of opening is 10 o'clock this morning.



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A loaded lumber truck went up in flames on the Okanagan Connector last night, three kilometers west of Aspen Grove.

There's word of caution for travellers that during recovery operations this morning there's a lane closure in effect.

The slow lane is closed and an 80-kilometre per hour speed kimit reduction has been posted in the fast lane.

There were no injuries as a result of the blaze.

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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the south and central interior that includes a warning for travelers on the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Hope.

A heavy snowfall is predicted for both the Coquihalla and the Kootenay highway passes as an onshore flow of moist unstable air will bring heavy snow at times today and tonight, with between 20 and 30 centimetres of snow expected.

Truckers are advised to observe the chain up signs and all drivers are advised to have good winter tires, and check Drive B-C online for weather updates.

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The Nicola Valley is well represented with inductees into the B-C Cowboy Hall of Fame this weekend.

Jesus Garcia, a pioneer rancher from the Nicola Valley, will be inducted in the pioneer category.

And, Butch Sahara of the Lazy L Ranch in Merritt is being honoured with the Working Cowboy award.

The presentations will be made during The BC Cowboy Heritage Society sponsored event in Kamloops.

Details are online at

It was also announced this week that a Merritt club owner will be recognized by the B-C Association of Country Music Awards in April.

Melvina While of Cactus Annie's at the Merritt Desert Inn will be inducted into the BCCMA Hall of Fame on April 23.

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