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Embers away


The sun west of Merritt, Red from smoke, of the 2017 fire season in the Sothern interior of BC File Photo KDG

The provincial government is doing an intake for their 2018 Wildfire protection initiative. Embers can find fuel in places around and on buildings, making your property fire safe is a goal of the BC government.

Applications for fuel management prescriptions supported by a current and approved Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and for operational treatment projects supported by a current and approved prescription, will be considered for funding.

Program materials and intake information for the February intake will be available at the Union of BC Municipalities website at the end of December 2017.

Future intakes to SWPI will be subject to the outcomes of the provincial wildfire reviews. source UBCM

On this Day: December 13th 2007

The Treaty of Lisbon is signed.


Christmas bird count


Mallards on Nicola File Photo KDG


The local Merritt Naturalists are having their annual bird count and identification of species this coming Saturday.

Data collected is shared for such things as global warming and conservation.

Merritt Christmas Bird Count – Saturday December 16th, 2017. If you are interested in participating send an e-mail to          For information on our 2016 count click here: 2016 Merritt CBC

On this Day: December 12th 2000

The Bush Gore decision is handed down.


TGIF-Saturday final book sale day, access to books..


Bright Red Book exchange 33 locations around Merritt File Photo KDG


The public library in Merritt is ending its Gigantic Book Sale at the Library on Saturday the ninth of January at 5 PM closing. Books are being offered in bags for  dollars as a special. The bags and some boxes have been marked by category ie: romance.

There are also 33 locations for book exchange around Merritt run by Literacy Merritt. Locations are available at the downtown Community Policing Station.
On this Day: December 8th 2010

A solar sail spacecraft from japan passes the planet Venus.

Equal Opportunity

The Trans Mountain Pipeline people have a equal opportunity policy to hiring:

Worley Parsons Cord (WPC) is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contractor for the Edmonton Terminal and 12 pump stations included in the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Their work includes addition of four new storage tanks at Edmonton Terminal, 11 new pump stations along the route in British Columbia and Alberta and one new pipeline on the existing pipeline.

What’s your process for hiring the construction crews and related workers who will be building the Trans Mountain Expansion Project?

WorleyParsonsCord is an equal opportunity employer. Our process includes a very strong local and Aboriginal hiring focus for multiple reasons, including commercial returns to the communities engaged in the project, reduced travel risks by using workers and subcontractors living close to our construction sites, and creating a sense of pride among the respective work forces which results in improved quality. We have dedicated human resource staff that research local and Aboriginal labour sources and identify skilled workers who can bring value to our project delivery source: Trans Mountain.

The expansion of the existing line to Burnaby was approved by the NEB, the detailed route is under review( Chapter Four) by the NEB at this time. detailed route.

On this Day: December 7th 1972

The Blue Marble photo is taken.

White Ribbon Day

White ribbon day is by an act of the Canadian parliament in 1991 to remember to be against violence against women.

The act was a private members bill brought by member Dawn Black for her New Westminster- Burnaby.
The day encourages the wearing of white or purple ribbons and allows for the flying of the national flag at half post.

Although the day is to single out women it should include children and males as well.

On this Day: December 6th 1989

The School of polytech massacre in the Canadian province of Quebec sees  Marc Lapine go on a shooting rampage, killing fourteen women and injuring ten more.

Artisan show


Artist and fans enjoy a show.

Local Artisans at the Gallery File photo KDG
The Old Court House Gallery in Merritt has an artisan showing to December 13th 2017 at its 1840 Nicola avenue location.

Members of the NVAC, Artists and Crafters in the valley, will be displaying their wares for the whole month of December and part of January.

Look for soaps and creams, honey, weavings, jewelry, stained glass, decorated gourds, upcycled clothes,art cards, and more…


The hours of the gallery are noon to six Thursdays through Saturdays.
On this Day: December 5th 63 BC

Cicero gives his last of the Catiline Orations.

TGIF-Last super moon of the year Sunday…


Moon rising
File photo KDG

December 3rd, Sunday ,will see the years last full moon, and it’s last super moon as well. A super moon is a full moon when the moon is closer to the earth then normal. The event will be followed by two more in January on the 2nd and 31st. This makes a blue super moon on the 31st of January 2018. ( a good omen to some) science to others. There is more .:The last moon in January will be a full Lunar eclipse. You better plan  a good new year party to be prepared for any thing…

On the Day: December 1st 1924

The Boston Bruins becomes the first American city to play in the NHL.

Bus service increase…


Merritt BC city bus fleet. File photo KDG

There is a coming a local transit service increase. Sunday service and a 10:15 PM end service trip to Lower Nicola is part of an increase. As well Trying a curb side service and two buses running at the same time ” requiring an increase of a driver.”

Merritt British Columbia Canada, a semi rural city in BC’s South Central Interior is celebrating 10 years of transit.  Former councillor Alastair Murdock  initiating chair.


Former City council member and transit principal Alastair Murdoch cuts anniversary cake . File Photo KDG

Alastair Murdock at an earlier anniversary of the local transit he was able to establish after moving to Merritt from Victoria. Alastair had joined the community of Merritt after purchasing the Accounting firm Best, Reimer, Mclean he also taught Ti chi at the Merritt  Seniors center. and used the bus service as well. Murdock did not use a private motor vehicle in his normal routine.

The Merritt transit service is 10 years old and is having a contest to celebrate, enter by December 15th.

Sunday bus service begins on January 2nd 2018. source

On this Day: November 30th 1966

Barbados gains independence from Great Britain.

Gas tax report…



The provincial government has received its federal gas tax report for monies spent…

Since 2005, the Federal Gas Tax Fund has provided $1.4 billion to 3,729 infrastructure and capacity building projects in B.C. communities. UBCM’s report on expenditures for the 2016 program year is now available. Along with aggregate comparisons of 2014-2016 reporting data, the report provides a complete list of the 896 projects under way during reporting period. Source UBCM

We are still inextricably tied to the production, distribution and consumption of Fossil fuels.


File Photo KDG


On this Day: November 29th 1929

Admiral Byrd starts his first south pole quest.

Giant book sale started


The local library has begun their book sale at the 1691 Garcia Street location. Coupons were available for one free item a day on the counters before the sale, and may still be found in the program guide or published in the local weekly paper The Merritt Herald. 

Some great hard cover books are available for 2 dollars  and there is a room full of paperbacks for a dollar a piece.

The book sale goes to Saturday December 9th with new items being unboxed daily.

On this Day: November 28th 1919
Lady Astor Elected to British Parliament.

TGIF- 132.9 a liter


Broken sign, no contract…. File Photo KDG



The gasoline prices going into the American Thanksgiving weekend are  from $1.29.9- $1.32.9 a liter. Long weekends should not effect prices as oil is done by futures contacts. However as a trigger to action we in Canada could reduce our driving by regulating speed, tuning up autos, pooling, planning trips to advantage, not driving unnecessarily.

 Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) works with provinces and territories, other government departments, and Canadian and international groups to explore how to meet our energy needs and adapt to changes in distribution methods while considering the environmental impact of doing so.

Canadian crude oil and petroleum product inventories have been relatively stable for the last five years. Inventory levels for some products, such as gasoline and furnace oil, fluctuate significantly over the year. Demand for these products is very seasonal and at its peak can exceed the production capacity of refineries. Therefore, refiners need to anticipate the peak consumption periods by building inventories in advance. Gasoline inventories increase during the first quarter of the year and are used during the summer months to supplement refinery production. Furnace oil stocks grow during the fall and are drawn during the coldest months of winter when demand is at its highest level. Source Canadian Government.

Sixty percent of Americans are traveling this weekend, slow down and save a little gas in your travels, better your chances to arrive alive and save some grief. Delay a pipeline a minute without costly retail gas prices encouraging it.

On this Day: November 24th 1973

An oil supply crisis sees a speed limit put on the German Autobahn , it lasts 4 months.


Happy Holidays
Photo KDG

The local MLA is hosting hot chocolate after the Christmas Parade on Friday evening. All welcome….

Al and Dense horn are hosting a jam at the CCHoF Saturday, the 25th. The retired couple are fresh from their killing off of Alexander the Great after ten years of fall historical presentations at the Merritt Library. Start time 7 PM,asking for donations.

Their evening is titled Blue Bird Café. The hall of fame is at 2025 Quilchena avenue in Merritt, BC, Ca.

On this Day; November 23rd 1936

Life Magazine is reborn as a photo magazine.

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