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The Merritt Centennials stretch of five games in eight days continues tonight in Vernon.

The Cents have taken five of six points from the Vipers this season and tonight's game is the first between the teams since November 5th.

Merritt won't decide who gets the start in goal until after this morning's skate at Memorial Arena.

Lino Chimienti made 33 saves in Saturday's 6-3 win against Westside, but Tyler Steel is 2-and-0 against the Vipers this season.

Our Q101 broadcast from Vernon tonight starts at 6:30.

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A missing snowmobiler from Abbotsford is no worse for wear and lucky to be alive after spending Sunday night lost in the Coquihalla Lakes area between Hope and Merritt.

Corporal Le-Anne Dunlop of the Upper Fraser Valley RCMP says the unidentified 28-year old was totally unprepared for the outing.

The man, reported missing by two companions at about 7:30 Sunday night, was located by Search and Rescue and brought to safety shortly after 9 o'clock yesterday morning.

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NDP leadership candidate Harry Lali is ignoring a comment from the party's soon-to-be former leader.

The Fraser-Nicola NDP MLA is refusing to criticize Carole James after she applauded the arrival of some, quote, "serious candidates in the leadership race", in the form of veteran MLA's John Horgan and Mike Farnworth...

James did not endorse any candidates, but her remarks made it clear she did not consider Harry Lali, pot advocate Dana Larsen, nor dissident Nicholas Symons serious candidates.

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Potential ice jams and flooding has prompted a warning as levels on both the Coldwater and the Nicola rivers have risen quickly since yesterday.

City officials warn there could be localized flooding or impacts from ice and debris affecting about 120 homes on the Coldwater.

People living along the Coldwater River or traveling through the area are on alert as the current ice jam and high river levels are expected to last until at least midnight tonight or longer.

Merritt's Emergency Operations Centre, now at Level One activation, is monitoring the situation.

Meanwhile, people are advised to keep children and pets a safe distance from river banks and keep off the ice, which is NOT safe.

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While the call went out last week for nominations in this year's Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce Gala Business Awards, the call is now going out for people to get on board buying their tickets for the event, which is going to see a bit of a twist in presentation this year according to Chamber President Etelka Gillespie with dinner and a dance.

The Gala kicks off at 6 pm on Saturday, February 12.

People are encouraged to reserve their tickets early at the Chamber Office on Voght Street.

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