The Merritt RCMP have confirmed to Q101 that no new information can be shared regarding the disappearance of Lalie Honeywell and that the investigation continues.
On May 12, 2020, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Merritt RCMP received a report of a missing Merritt woman. Lalie Honeywell was last seen on May 11, 2020, at the Double D Inn located in the 1500-block of Nicola Avenue in Merritt at approximately 6:00 p.m.
Items believed to belong to Honeywell were located near Nicola Avenue in the vicinity of the Nicola River Bridge. The location of the belongings prompted a search of the Nicola River by Nicola Valley Search and Rescue (SAR), who were supported from the air by Kelowna RCMP Air Services.
Throughout the past four months, RCMP has scoured the area with multiple ground and air searches as well as asking for the public’s assistance with dashcam footage.
Lalie Honeywell is described as an Indigenous woman, 44-years-old, 5 ft 3 in tall, weighs approximately 150 lbs, with short brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing jeans, a purple shirt, and a pair of DC brand shoes.
If you have any information in relation to the current whereabouts of Lalie Honeywell please call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.
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(FARMERS MARKET GOES BIG: Hundreds of visitors flocked to downtown Merritt to partake in the expanded Farmers Market. Photo courtesy: Roger White.)
There were plenty of smiles to go around this weekend as the Nicola Valley Farmers Market presented its weekly summertime market in a new expanded location on Quilchena Ave.
Since re-opening in July due to Covid-19, the Farmers Market has been located across from Baillie House on Vogt St.
However, due to the increased number of vendors and to celebrate with those exhibitors who would traditionally be at the Lower Nicola Garlic Festival which was postponed this year due to the pandemic; the association opted to changed venues with the co-operation of the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce and the City of Merritt.
"It's been a great event," said Ryan Wuthe of the Merritt Chamber of Commerce. "The feedback we have received from everyone who has walked the market has been amazing."
Wuthe added that due to the pandemic, the Nicola Valley area was ready for an event such as an expanded farmers market. He also gave huge accolades to the Farmers Market Association for the safety measures taken to protect both vendors and customers alike.
"The Farmers Market Association has done a great job with the layout this weekend to allow for proper social distancing, making sure everyone travels in the same direction," he said. "Plus this foresight allowed customers to support local businesses downtown."
Local area farmer Lucas Handley said that he was elated with the turn out of eager customers looking to purchase their wares. The owner of 3 Bar Farms in Merritt added that it has been a trying year for farmers all over the province with Covid-19.
"It's been a tough year. At the height of the pandemic, there was a shortage of seeds to plant so that set us back several weeks," Handley added. "The other issue we had this year was getting the word out that we (3 Bar Farms) were still open for business."
The Farmers Market also expanded it's market hours until 4 p.m. during the event.
( SMOKE FROM U.S. FIRES: A grey haze situated over the Nicola Valley Sunday after smoke from the fires that have charred millions of acres of land in the western states moves into our region. Photo courtesy Angela Duhy)
As emergency crews continue to battle the massive wildfires in the U.S., the effects of the devastation continue to be felt in the Nicola Valley with thick grey smoke surrounding the region today.
The wildfires, which have destroyed millions of acres of land in California, Oregon, and Washington State has also been reportedly blamed for at least 30 dead since the carnage began in August.
Residents in the Nicola Valley are being warned about the dangers of the wildfire smoke, which could irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases such as asthma or emphysema. Environment Canada warns that while everyone is at risk over the next 24 to 72 hrs, seniors and children will be more susceptible to breathing issues over the next few days.
"My mom is having trouble breathing when she goes outside," said Kimberley Fabian of Merritt. "It is so bad in fact that we had to set up two air purifiers for her in the house."
Fabian added that even though the family has the windows are doors closed, her mother still uses her inhalers more than usual.
On Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a Special Air Quality Statement for the Nicola Valley area warning of the impending smoke from the western U.S. wildfires.
Sixteen-year-old Laura Belliveau, who has asthma said that the air quality will be keeping her inside for the next few days.
"This smoke is so overpowering that even the fabric face masks I have for COVID-19, really don't hold up against the smoke," she stated.
The Interior Health Region (IH) is recommending that if the smoke is making them residents sick, should consider leaving the area until the air is clear again.
"People should stay indoors as much as possible, and close windows if they can and limit or eliminate outdoor exercise". said of IH. "If you are experiencing symptoms and are concerned, contact your health care provider or walk-in clinic. If your symptoms are severe, seek emergency medical attention immediately."
The wildfire smoke couldn't come at a worse time for the parents of children in School District 58 who are already concerned about the safety of their youngsters who headed back to class for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic began in March.
As a result, Susan Duncan with Interior Health reported that medical health officers supported by environmental health officers are advising both parents and schools to:
Q101 News will continue to monitor the air quality situation and provide updates as they become available.
After a brief COVID-19 hiatus, the ‘Week That Was’ returns highlighting some of the most interesting news stories of the week.
COVID-19 related stories will be mostly excluded from these articles (for the latest COVID-19 stats click here).
This week Merritt was talking about students returning to classrooms, a new Indigenous justice centre, a virtual Terry Fox run, and former Chief Sumexheltza entering provincial politics.
For some students, six months have passed since they last received in-class instruction. For others, a brief return in June is all they’ve had since spring break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A partnership between the Province and the BC First Nations Justice Council (BCFNJC) is creating Indigenous justice centres throughout B.C., improving access to supports and helping individuals more easily navigate the justice system.
Like many events this year, the Terry Fox Run has been forced to adapt and overcome, and with the end of the COVID-19 pandemic not in our sights, organizers have made to call to go virtual.
With the next provincial election, at the most, a year away, or possibly sooner should Premier John Horgan trigger one, the BC NDP have acclaimed their candidate for the riding of Fraser-Nicola, Aaron Sumexheltza.
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
"Today, we are announcing 132 new cases, for a total of 6,962 cases in British Columbia.
"There are 1,461 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,198 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 5,273 people who tested positive have recovered.
"Currently, 49 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 10 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,419 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 3,600 in the Fraser Health region, 190 in the Island Health region, 465 in the Interior Health region, 204 in the Northern Health region and 84 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
"There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 213 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facility. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.
"There have been no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events.