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Tims in tents

The local coffee watering hole Tim Hortons has two large tents in its parking lot. The Barista at the Starbucks across the highway says that they are to be there for 6 weeks while Tims undergoes a renovation. The drive through is going to be open for the renovation however tents are there to accommodate sit down patrons.
Weather or not this is a global warming support remains to be seen, the schedule puts it into the second week of November and a time that we here at 2000 feet above sea level get our first snow.


Today in history: September 30th 1955

Movie star James Dean dies in a road accident at the age of 24.


TGIF-Green energy project

A crane drives piles at the 200 million dollar cogen facility in Merritt BC Photo KDG

A crane drives piles at the 200 million dollar cogen facility in Merritt BC
Photo KDG

last week a crane drove a dozen pilings into the ground at the site of the green energy project ( licensed and sanctioned by BC Hydro Power and Authority) The site is at the Tolko sawmill operations and will supply electric power to the mill and to a substation in the Highland valley, which has the massive Teck operation mine as its main consumer of power. There is also a two pole line going from here to the substation near Logan Lake BC with a 130 KV line that replaces a 61 KV line coming from the Merritt substation at this time. The Merritt substation is also having a rebuild.
A young worker at the site told us he was grateful to know that he had two years work from the project at least.
Today in history: September 24th 1948
The Honda motors company is founded.


demolition of the 2000 block Quilchena avenue building: underway Photo KDG

Demolition of the 2000 block Quilchena avenue building: underway
Poto KDG

The Excavator came back, tarps and traffic cones with warning tapes for asbestos in place demolition of the old pool hall started at 2PM the 23rd of September/14.
Today in history: September 25th 1912
The Columbia Graduate school of journalism is founded.

School days

Graduation parade, school district 58  file photo KDG

Graduation parade, school district 58
file photo KDG

The school system seems back to normal today with young people walking to the local high school and noon hour parading for lunch across Coutlee Avenue and on.
School district 58 includes Merritt, Lower Nicola, the Nicola Valley, and Princeton a small community an hour to the west of Merritt. Richie Gage a trustee says that there are over 3000 students in the system here.

Today in history: September 26th 1969
Abby Road the last Beatles album is released.


Corn grown in the Nicola Valley Photo KDG

Corn grown in the Nicola Valley
Photo KDG

The Nicola Valley has a marginal climate for growing anything other than grass and alfalfa, however the new owners of the river ranch ( the ranch on the Nicola River in the center of town) have a field of cow corn
The ranch is being leased by its local owners to diary interests from the lower mainland and have a number of feedlots. The feedlots confine and feed dairy cows for their first two years and then are taken to the coast for milk production.

Today in history, September 23,1999

The National , Aeronautics  and Space Administration says that it lost communication with its Martian climate orbiter.


Watch for deer

Deer crossing roads other then freeway watch for deer! File photo: KDG

Deer crossing roads other then freeway watch for deer!
File photo: KDG

A man on a Harley Davidson motorcycle at Starbuck’s 10:30 am on Thursday said that the rain was not a bother to him as he was well protected with a wind screen and leathers. when asked if he had to watch for spray from passing vehicles he said “he had to watch for everything and he had two deer jump out on the road as he left the Preditor ridge area in Vernon in the morning.
The man came from he washroom at Starbucks, happy to have had the warmth of the electric hand dryer, and continued on his way with coffee in hand.

Today in history: September 19th 2010

The leaking well from the drilling rig Deep Water Horizon is finally sealed.


Nicola Naturalists

The local naturalists are starting their fall/winter program on Thursday the 18th, they will have their member photo night and annual meeting at 7 PM in room 0001.
President Alan Burger, a PHD and artic explorer is the president at this time, and will present a brief AGM. The group has monthly meetings with guest speakers open to the public with a request for membership or donation.

Today in history: September 18th 1906

A typoon kills ten thousand people in Hong Kong.

Run for research…

The Terry Fox run was held on Sunday, Rich Hodgson from the local Rotary club was at a way point to make sure that participants had what they needed. We counted 61 walk, run, jog, push persons at the way station. The oldest in his eighties the youngest in baby carriages.

Terrance Stanley “Terry” Fox CC OD (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$600 million has been raised in his name.[1]

Fox was a distance runner and basketball player for his Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, high school and Simon Fraser University. His right leg was amputated in 1977 after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, though he continued to run using an artificial leg. He also played wheelchair basketball in Vancouver, winning three national championships.

In 1980, he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. He hoped to raise one dollar for each of Canada’s 24 million people. He began with little fanfare from St. John’s, Newfoundland in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. Fox had become a national star by the time he reached Ontario; he made numerous public appearances with businessmen, athletes, and politicians in his efforts to raise money. He was forced to end his run outside of Thunder Bay when the cancer spread to his lungs. His hopes of overcoming the disease and completing his marathon ended when he died nine months later.

He was the youngest person ever named a Companion of the Order of Canada. He won the 1980 Lou Marsh Award as the nation’s top sportsman and was named Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year in both 1980 and 1981. Considered a national hero, he has had many buildings, roads and parks named in his honour across the country. source Wikipedia /b-quote

Today in history: September 17th 1908

The Wright flyer aircraft crashes killing the first air traveler Lt.Thomas Selfridge

Spawning salmon

Salmon, Photo: KDG

Salmon, Photo: KDG

Returning salmon, look for spawning opportunity, Photo KDG

Returning salmon, look for spawning opportunity, Photo KDG

Returning salmon, look for spawning opportunity, Photo KDG[/caption]Salmon are seen in the Coldwater River, some dead after spawning some still looking for the right bit of gravel bed that was the water temperature from the time  the fish were fry here. Water temperature is all important for the navigation of returning salmon.

Black bears are also being seen near the water of the two rivers that meet in our Nicola Avenue, with piles of scat about town it makes for a caution that needs to be respected.

Today in history: September 16th 1987

The Montreal accord is signed for the protection of the ozone layer:

TGIF- Asbestos

There is a big loader behind the building in Merritt that burned on July 30th, it is set to demolish the remains of the building, it has been there for nearly 3 days and is waiting on something. The front of the building has big xs on the windows and a sign saying Asbestos removal is going on.

There is no traffic control about the building.

Asbestos (pronounced /æsˈbɛstəs/ or /æzˈbɛstəs/) is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals[1] which all have in common their eponymous asbestiform habit: long (roughly 1:20 aspect ratio), thin fibrous crystals.

Asbestos mining began more than 4,000 years ago, but did not start large-scale until the end of the 19th century when manufacturers and builders used asbestos because of its desirable physical properties:[1] sound absorption, average tensile strength, its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, and affordability. It was used in such applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibers are often mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats.

The prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis).[2][3] The trade and use of asbestos have been restricted or banned in many jurisdictions.
Source Wikipedia

The building was owned by an Oliver Kelly, Oliver was a real-estate sales person with Decade Real Estate, before it became Royal Lepage here. It was once an antique store as well as a pool hall and other things.
Today in History: September 12th 1959

The first showing the first scheduled color program, the TV series Bonanza.

Bears about!

bears leaving fish in park

A fish dropped by bears when feeding. file photo KDG

A lady reported that bears have been about and one took a piece out of her iron gate. Helen a resident of the north end of Garcia street says that a big black bear is about and a mother with two cubs.

Its been said that when bears are feeding on meat they are more dangerous to people then when eating berries and grubs, regardless care should be taken  the regional district has a bear aware program.

Bears On The Prowl Before Hibernation

Thompson-Nicola Regional District

For Immediate Release (November 19/12): The Bear Aware program and the Thompson-

Nicola Regional District would like to remind everyone to ensure their community stays free of

bear attractants this month as bears make final preparations for hibernation. Bears aim to gain

two to five pounds per day during this period, so they are on the lookout for any easy meals.

Surveys conducted in the last two weeks revealed that

garbage bins, barbecues, and yard waste are the top three bear

attractants in many neighbourhoods. Compost, bird seed, and

outdoor fridges make up the rest of the items noted in the surveys.

Bears have recently been sighted throughout the TNRD

and reports indicate that garbage left outside was the attractant

in most cases. Help your neighbourhood be Bear Aware this

year and next by following these simple steps:

• Store garbage inside or in a bear-proof container until disposal. Do not put garbage

outside the night before pick-up.

• Do not place bird feeders outside until Dec. 1.

• Keep barbecues clean and free of residual food and grease.

• Feed pets inside and store pet food indoors.

• Mix compost regularly or treat with lime to reduce odour.

• Pick any remaining fruit and share with friends if you have too much to handle.

The Bear Aware program would also like to extend a warm welcome to two new

enthusiastic volunteers in Clearwater.

To view bear sightings in your area, check out the new Bear Aware interactive online map

at that locates bears and identifies attractants. For more on bears sightings,

go to

The Bear Aware program is sponsored by the TNRD and the Ministry of Environment.

Please report sightings or conflicts with bears to the Conservation Officer Service’s RAPP hotline

at 1.877.952.7277.

Bears and humans cannot coexist at some point there will be an action taken.

Today in history September 11 1941:

Ground is broken for the Pentagon</code>

Find Harry Potter

The Nicola Valley Museum has a find Harry Potter activity, there are no prizes but for the sheer fun of doing it there is 3 inch Harry Potter figurine hidden at the museum.
The Nicola Valley Museum and Archives are tucked just behind Coopers in the Railyard mall in Merritt, of the corner of Coutlee avenue and Garcia street downtown. There is also access off Coldwater Avenue 2100 block. The museum has many local displays of the industries and people of the Valley including mines and mills, native contact, hospital, and military relics.

Today in history: September 10th 1922:

Sunday, 10th Sept. 1922 : The Treasury in Washington has released new figures the per capita circulation of money is now $39.93 per person down from $42.99 one year ago. .
The total money in circulation is $4,393,506,927 and the total number of people in the US is 110,017,000
The total US dollars believed to be in circulation today is $700 billion



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