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R-C-M-P are investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 43 year old Mission man around 2-o'clock yesterday afternoon.

It happened on Highway 1 on the Emory Creek bridge near Hope when the semi trailer he was driving lost control, crashing through a guardrail and then falling 12 metres into a creek bed.

Police say at the time of the crash, the road was covered with compact snow with some freshly fallen snow on top.

They say the speed of the truck relative to the road conditions appear to be the cause but a mechanical inspection still needs to be conducted on the vehicle.

The highway was closed for about 10 hours with traffic re-routed via the Coquihalla Highway to and from the Interior.

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The Merritt Bantam Reps are out of the playoffs in the second round after losing their best-of-three series to Revelstoke on the weekend. Revelstoke clinched it with a 6-4 yesterday in Game Three.

Meanwhile, the Merritt PeeWee Reps also lost in the second round of the playoffs after being swept in their best-of-three against Revelstoke. Merritt was outscored 9-3 in the series.

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The Merritt Centennials swing back into playoff action tonight in the B-C Hockey League.

They're back home for Game Three of their best-of-seven series against the Silverbacks.

The Cents are down 2-0 despite a great effort in a 4-3 loss Saturday in Salmon Arm.

Merritt coach and G-M Luke Pierce says they haven't given up on the series at all.

Pierce adds that a big crowd would make a big difference to his team.

Game time tonight is 7 o'clock, our Q101 broadcast starts at 6:30.

Reserved seating tickets are available starting at 1:30 this afternoon at the Memorial Arena Box Office.

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Students in District 58, Nicola-Similkameen may get one extended Spring Break next year, instead of two separate weeks over a month long period.

District Superintendent Bob Peacock says he's looking for feedback on the idea of combining the Spring and Easter breaks next year, as they'd be very close together.

Peacock wants to hear from parents as to whether they want the two weeks together or two separate weeks with nine days between.

Spring Break this year starts March 21 for a week.  Easter Break starts right after Easter Monday, April 26 to 29.

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The new General Manager and C-E-O of Community Futures Nicola Valley is quick to get into negotiations for a new agreement with the City of Merritt.

Patrick Flanagan says one of C-F's strengths is partnering and building partnerships.

Flanagan says it's an appropriate time for the two sides to sit down and hopefully get a contract lined up for another five years.

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