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Known as one of the main economic drivers in the Nicola Valley, the future of Community Futures looks intact for at least another six months once their current contract with the City expires December 31.

Patrick Lindsay, General Manager and CEO for CF in Merritt, says the board met on the matter on Monday and decided that the extension of its contract with the City by six month isn't ideal, but is better than nothing.

The City has been paying $120,000 annually toward operation of Community Futures.

CF has spent between $45,000 and $50,000 a year and has asked the City to carry the full total of up to $170,000 a year.

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The Merritt Centennials open the December portion of their schedule tonight at home against the Victoria Grizzlies.

Merritt went 0-2 against Victoria last season and hasn't beat the Grizzlies since December 10th, 2006, but the Cents are 2-0 so far on their four-game homestand after wins over Prince George and Trail on the weekend.

It's unknown if former Centennial Dustin Johnson will suit up for the Grizzlies as he didn't play in last night's 5-4 win over Westside for undisclosed reasons.

Newly acquired Blaine Bokenfohr isn't expected to play for the Cents after being picked up from Dawson Creek of the NAHL yesterday.

Tonight's game is a 7 o'clock faceoff, our broadcast on Q101 starts at 6:30.

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As many people prepare to bring the traditional fresh Christmas tree into the home for the holiday season, there's a word of caution from the Merritt Fire Department.

Training and Fire Prevention Officer Sky McKeown says for starters make sure the tree is fresh.

McKeown also says to remove the tree as soon as possible after the holidays.

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It doesn't appear there were any injuries but it will likely add to concerns by Quilchena residents about the number of transport trucks using Highway 5A between Merritt and Kamloops.

Emergency crews were called to a single vehicle roll over accident just north of the Quilchena Store near the Douglas Lake turn off at about 4:30 this morning.

The road is not closed as a result of the accident and police are investigating.

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The Merritt Centennials added a veteran presence to their line-up this morning by acquiring 20-year-old forward Blaine Bokenfohr from Dawson Creek of the North American Hockey League for future considerations.

Cents coach and GM Luke Pierce says Bokenfohr solidifies his forward group.

Meanwhile, Bokenfohr describes himself as a versatile player.

Bokenfor, who had four points in 17 games with Dawson Creek this season, is not expected to play tomorrow night against Victoria, but should be in the Centennials line-up Friday against Penticton.

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