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WEATHER ALERT SNOW Coquiha

YRB is expecting a weather system to come in late Saturday night, February 22, 2020 and into Sunday morning before breaking up into the afternoon. The system will be spread Service Area wide with the highest amounts of precipitation focussed around the Coquihalla Summit (South) and Pennask Summit (East). Snow will be heaviest around 5am-11am tomorrow morning.

  • Highway 5 South from Merritt to the Snow Shed Hill – Anticipated accumulations of 2-5cm tonight. Additional 10-20cm tomorrow.
  • Highway 97C – Okanagan Connector – Anticipated accumulations of 1-3cm tonight and 6-12cm tomorrow.
  • Highway 5 North from Merritt to Lac Le Jeune – Anticipated accumulations of 2cm tonight and 3-8cm tomorrow morning.

Precipitation will be widespread throughout the Service Area but the heaviest will be in the Southern and Eastern Portions. Plow trucks will be out removing snow and restoring traction as well as putting out chemicals to help prevent icy conditions. When flashing lights are on, our trucks are in “Winter Work Mode” and require extra room to perform their necessary duties. Remember to never pass a plow truck on the right and road conditions in front of the plow truck will be worse than behind it.

 

 

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Earlier in February, Merritt City Council appointed six members to the new Airport Advisory Committee, along with Councillor Kurt Christopherson.

This week the committee met for the first time and elected Christopherson Committee Chair.

The members are;
1. Kurt Christopherson (Chair)
2. Rae Robinson
3. Ron Klaus
4. Geoff Scholtens
5. Gelina Gillas
6. Doug Hamerton
7. Ian Gordon

In total 16 applicants applied to sit on the committee. Director of Communications for the City, Will George, mentioned that those who were not appointed to the committee may still attend the meetings and listen in.
All recommendations made by the committee will need Council approval prior to implementation.

 

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Every weekend Q101 will revisit the most talked-about stories of the week in Merritt and bring them to you all in one place. As well as my favourite story of the week.

This week Merritt was buzzing a new program at NVIT, a pilot program at SD58, and the fire hall expansion.

My favourite article of the week was about the Law Enforcement Hockey Tourney.

NVIT Introducing New Program

NVIT is partnering with Fanshawe College to introduce the new Renewable Energies Technology Diploma Program.

Full Story

SD 58 Running Pilot Project to Help Track Students on Buses

The new technology will allow the district to precisely track, in real-time, students entering and leaving the school buses and the location of the buses.

Full Story

Fire Hall Expansion Beginning to Move Forward

The overall expansion is budgeted at approximately $2.1 million, and Chief is hoping to break ground on the project later this year.

Full Story

Law Enforcement Charity Hockey Tourney Begins Today

Last year the event raised around $23,000 and this year’s goal is to top the $25,000 mark. All the money raised is donated to the BC Children’s Hospital.

Full Story

 

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LAW ENFORCEMENT HOCKEY CHAL

This afternoon the puck will be dropped for the start of the 2020 Law Enforcement Charity Hockey Tournament.

The three-day event will run all-weekend with games taking place at the NVMA and the Shulus Arena.

This year 14 teams from around the Interior will be descending on the City looking to set a new donation record. Last year the event raised around $23,000 and this year’s goal is to top the $25,000 mark. All the money raised is donated to the BC Children’s Hospital.

Along with the hockey on the ice, spectators will have a long list of raffle and silent auction items to bid on.

The first game of the tourney begins today (Friday) at 2:00 pm at the NVMA.

 

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Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, has announced the sixth case of COVID-19 in the province.

"Today, we are announcing a new case of COVID-19 in British Columbia. A woman in her 30s is presumed positive based on local testing, and samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg, Man., for final confirmation. She resides in the Fraser Health region and recently returned from Iran.

"The risk of this virus spreading within British Columbia remains low at this time. We are closely monitoring the situation in Canada and abroad. We will notify the public if the measures in B.C. change.
Dr. Henry also spoke to the unusual nature of the case coming from Iran and not China.

“The travel to Iran is something new, Iran has recently started reporting cases. We are working with our national and international colleagues to better understand where the risks and where she may have been exposed to the virus before here return to Canada.”

This morning Iran reported two deaths linked to coronavirus.

 

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