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Excessive speed led to a sizable seizure of drugs and the arrest of two Saskatchewan men on Sunday near Merritt.

Police stopped a Lincoln Continental with the two men and two dogs, said to be drug courier dogs, on the Coquihalla Highway.

A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up large quantities of a variety of drugs, including three pounds of marijuana, two pounds of psilocybin, or magic mushrooms, a half pound of cocaine in brick form, several baggies of oxycontin, crystal methamphetamine, and 15-hundred dollars cash in small bills.

Both males, a 21-year-old and a 19-year-old, from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, face numerous drug trafficking related charges and will appear in Merritt Provincial court in June.

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An accident involving two semis south of Merritt closed the Coquihalla Highway to northbound traffic in the early hours this morning.

The route was totally closed from shortly after midnight till close to four o'clock, when it was reopened to single lane traffic.

Icy conditions made the route treacherous. Fortunately no injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

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2011 Mountainfest Main Stage Line-Up


7:00 - Mike Gouchie

8:00 - Marion Weston

9:00 - Crystal Shawanda

10:30 - Joe Nichols


7:00 - Bobbi Smith

8:00 - Aaron Pritchett

9:15 - Dierks Bentley

10:30 - Vince Gill


6:30 - Damian Marshall

7:30 - Emily Taylor Adams

9:15 - TBA

10:00 - Montgomery Gentry


2:00 - Jetty Road

3:15 - Cathy Ann McClinton

4:30 - Crystal Gayle

5:15 - Ray Price

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There's a definite sound of determination as Angel's Animal Rescue is in the second round for a 100-thousand dollar grant from Pepsi.

Judanna Caros of Angel's says it's within reach.

Caros says thousands of groups applied for the grant but only 300 were accepted.

She says whether they win or not, the indoor facilities and rehabilitation centre will proceed, but winning would speed up the process.

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With just 119 days to go, the line up for Mountainfest is coming together well.

Claude Lelievre, President of Active Mountain Entertainment says the Thursday line up with Joe Nichols has been bolstered by the addition of the popular Crystal Shawanda and new comers Mike Gouchie and Marion Weston.

Joining Aaron Pritchett and Vince Gill, already on the bill for Friday night, is Dierks Bentley for an encore performance.  And, long sought-after Montgomery Gentry is booked for the Saturday night.

Damian Marshall and Emily Taylor Adams will open for Montgomery Gentry, leaving just one more slot to be filled for the 9:15 show, which should be announced later this week or early next week.

Lelievre says Sunday will wrap up the four day festival with a number of great entertainers, including legends Ray Price and Crystal Gayle.  The 18th Merritt Mountain Music Festival is set for July 7-10.

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