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Fishing by the osprey

Fishing at the train bridge

For kids 5 -15 with parental supervision the Freash water fishing society has lessons on sundays at the park on Nicola lake.

Everything is supplied.

Meet at Nicola Lake  Sundays, Monk Provincial park through August 20tt ,Saturdays.  Kentucky Allainee Park is on Sundays to the 19th of August.

The Fresh Waters Fisheries Society, has Fish stocking programs, fish and has revenue from licences.

The provincial park system is a wonder of the world in BC, an expense that no one complains about. There are many parks to chose from and we are proud of them all.

On this Day: July 21st 1970
The Asswan High Dam is completed in Egypt.


coastal rain and gulls

The forecast for todays rain is up to 1 millimeter from trace. Last night there was heavy black cloud and it spit a few drops of rain about 8 PM.
There is also a 40 percent chance on next Tuesday. But it remains a little amount, none of the cloud bursts we are used to after a hot spell. However there has been no thunder or lightning at this writing 1:50 PM.
Yesterday the provincial government extended the state of emergency for two weeks. at this writing there is no smoke in the Nicola Valley.

From time to time we get coastal weather here it brings gulls from the ocean as these ones above that were in Voght park after a weather wet front passed through from the coast.

On this Day: July 20th 2015
The US and Cuba resume diplomatic relations without reservation.

Fire Smart Canada

two lines one at fire

Don Parno of Fire Smart Canada is having aa seminar on August first. The Seminar is on ways to lower your homes chance of ignition by wild fire.
The seminar is hosted by the TNRN and is at the Library 1691 Garcia st in Merritt.
IT is sponsored by the City of Merritt and FireSmart Canada. The time is 5-8 PM.
There is a sign up sheet at the library.

On this Day: July 19th 1976
Sagarmatha National park in Nepal is opened.

Smoke in the skies

The sun west of Merritt, Red from smoke..
Photo KDG

Smoke was back to the Nicola Valley on the weekend however overnight lows were 9 degrees C, with 1 degree dew point. Rain is expected here on Thursday.

On this Day: July 18th 1992

The first photograph is published on the World Wide Web.

TGIF-Coffee House

Merritt BC incorporation
File :Photo KDG

The local country jammers are having a Coffee House at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in Merritt Saturday.
Featuring Robert Bertrand a retired music ion from Nova Scotia, and local strummers Denise and Al. The invite is by donation.
The Canadian Country Music hall of Fame is located at 2025 Quilchena Avenue in Merritt the Jam is from & to 10 PM.
The Hall is located in the historic building of Merritt Pioneers GB Armstrong who operated a Department store there in the early 20th century and is still owned by a descendent George Armstrong of Nicola Lake.
On this Day: July 14th 1960

Jane Goodall begins her study of chimps at the Gombe Stream  reserve..


Rockin on the River

Music fest back
Photo KDG

The next big music event here is The annual rocking on the River festival coming the weekend of August 3rd to 6th. The annual country music get down will see Aaron Pritchard and Crystal Shawanda iand others in the line up.

On this Day: July 13th 100 BC
Julius Caesar born…



Bass Coast


Moon over Bass Coast festival in Merritt
Photo KDG

Some sources say the festival on the weekend was successful. The event ended yesterday late afternoon and was the 9th annual.

A worker said that the full moon was so bright that he did not need his flashlight.

On this Day : July 11 th 1893

The first cultured pearl is obtained by one of Japan’s eventual top 10 inventors, Mikimoto  Kokichi.

TGIF- Cool off at a close beach


Have a great weekend save power by gong to the beach

The beaches in British Columbia are guaranteed to satisfy every type of beach lover. Kayaking, surfing and sailing are all popular on the shores of the Salish Sea. These activities are all accessible to residents of BC’s largest city, Vancouver. BC hosts many breathtaking ocean beaches on its mainland as well as its islands (Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Haida Gwaii). From long sandy beaches to aquamarine waters, some areas of this province can make you feel like you are on holiday in the tropics.

There are many warm freshwater lakes in inland BC. These lakes feature stunning scenery and are perfect for recreational water use. Both sandy and rocky beaches can be found. You’ll find breathtaking views of BC’s mountainous regions, including the Canadian Rockies and Coast Mountains.

Water temperatures can be cool in the ocean and the province’s northern lakes. Nevertheless, hot temperatures in July and August mean that being by the water offers some much needed refreshment. Many of the province’s beaches also offer pristine natural areas and sparkling clean water, the pinnacle of a perfect beach experience.

Some of BC’s best known lakes include:
Okanagan Lake: known for its warm waters and sunny days.
Joffre Lakes: glacier lakes famous for their turquoise waters which are surrounded by beautiful glacial-capped mountains.
Sasamat lake: a beautiful, white sandy beach and one of the warmest lakes you’ll find in the province. Source Swim


Editors Note: An air quality alert was issued for the Nicola Valley July 8th 9:26 AM

On this Day: July 7th 1916

The New Zealand  Labour Party is formed in Wellington NZ.




What’s in a dog ?

The Dog Show happened in Merritt they had seven class’s the Karelian Bear Dog won best working dog.( used by the US Ranger service for dealing with bears) source.


Canine Review

File photo KDG, Van absent this year!




On this Day: June 6th 1933

The first  Drive Inn Theater opens in the US.

Bass Coast


Merritt Music Festival VIP press

The press box at the entrance to the music festival grounds now used by many organizers in Merritt ,File Photo KDG


There were a couple of young men picking up tables from the arena downtown on Tuesday. They are setting up for the July 7th Bass  Coast concert here in Merritt.
The electronic music festival is for  millennials according to the two . They then qualified that there is a mix of ages and people who attend.
This is the 9th annual for the concert held on the music festival site south of Merritt.

The artists include: 1800 Haightstreet, Electric Café, and Abstrakt  Sonance and others.
On this Day: July 5th 1954
The BBC broadcasts its first TV program.

$1.12.9 a liter

60,000 liters gasoline delivery ….file Photo KDG

The price of regular gasoline is at $1.12 a liter, and has been that price even this last weekend. This represents a 3 cent drop in recent weeks. It is in the context of the Canadian dollar showing strength. 
Grade school is out now and this could put demand on gas prices so we should plan to keep it under control once again with conservation. 
All five outlets in Merritt are the same price, indicating good supply at this time.
Good luck and thanks for your sensitivity to fuel usage. Please enjoy the summer driving season and maintain a responsible attitude to fuel usage. 
Current trends are prices rising, the lowest price being 93.9 cents, the highest a dollar twenty one .one


On this Day: July 4rth 1634

The city of Trois Rivieres is founded in New France.à


 hat price

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Otter Nicola River Merritt
File photo KDG

One third of the life of the Canadian nation is a lot of water under the bridge. At 69 a Peter Mansbridge is a wealth of experience in apparent good health.

The iconic CBC anchor is retiring from the Canadian Broadcast Corporation on July 1st (last show June 30th 2017). He will host the broadcast from parliament hill on Saturday however.

Have a great weekend and Canada Day  Peter. We hope that the pressure is off and the  day resonates is for you .

On this Day: June 30th 1960

Belgian Congo gets its independence .

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