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TGIF- Community art show , in progress

The annual community art show is on this weekend, Friday and Saturday 10 to 4 , at the Old Court House Gallery, 1840 Nicola Avenue.


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On this Day, April 17th 1937:

Daffy Ducks first appearance in a film.

New Tesla S

Al from Williams Lake BC bought a new Tesla S and was taking it home on Wednesday, he stopped here in Merritt for a charge with his wife of 55 years. ” I think that I could be the most northerly Tesla owner in BC” he said as he reminisced  about a career as an electrician at the Gibraltar Mine outside Williams lake.  It lead right to an interest in owning an electric car, he said. I worked on diesel electic haul trucks at the mine.

A new tesla S going to a home in Williams Lake BCPhoto KDG

A new Tesla S going to a home in Williams Lake BC Photo KDG

On this Day: April 16th 73
Masada falls to the Romans after a siege.

Fish and game bunch archery day

May 30th and 31 will see the local game club host an archery weekend.
The shoot is billed as a 3D event and is at the club 7.2 kilometers up Aberdeen Road in Lower Nicola BC ( off highway 8 ).The Club rate is 75 dollars for a family, 35 a person, 20 dollars for a youth There is no Saturday dinner, however camping included.
On this day: April 15th 1892
The General Electric Company is formed.

Wild flowers of BC: Nicola Naturalists

The Nicola Naturalist Society is having Bill Merilees on Thursday the 16thy of April.Bill will present on Wildflowers.

Few people are as well qualified to talk about BC’s wildflowers as Bill Merilees. Along with the legendary C. P. Lyons he is the co-author of the popular plant guide: Trees, Shrubs and Flowers to Know in Washington and British Columbia (Lone Pine Press). Bill is a retired professional biologist with a long history of nature writing, hands-on interpretation and nature photography. A great speaker and just in time for the spring flowers.

The program is at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology starting at 7PM, free parking and no food or drinks in the theater. Membership or donation is requested, all welcome.

On this day: April 14th 1935

Black Sunday storm worst storm of the US Dust Bowl.

TGIF- May 1st lawn bowling.

The local lawn bowling association will be open for the season May 1st.Joe Geil from the group says the 7 o’clock evening activity is on Sundays , Tuesdays and Thursdays,at the grounds on Merritt ave behind the Desert Inn. The first three times are free two and a half dollars a time after that.
The facility also has overhead lights and a lounging area.

On this day: April 10th 1970
Paul Macartney leaves the Beetles.

Community art show

Good luck to all the artisans of Merritt.

The annual community art show is on again this year with an artists reception on April 10th,5-7 pm at he Old Court House Gallery here in Merritt.

The exhibition will run from April 10th to May 2, 2015. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 10AM-4PM

On this Day: April 9th 1967 The first Boeing 737-100 goes into service.

Truth is stanger then fiction

Most of as quite comfortable when attending the big screen and watching a story sometimes based on truth but usually enhanced with some fiction. However it is difficult to accept the bare un bridled truth especially when you are directly involved. The path to delusion is often lined with waypoints marked with unattractive truth. Since few of use get the opportunity to write our own scripts for our life a taste fro the truth and an ability to apply it in context with out damage is a good life-skill. Who wants to have to live the consequence of someone else’s delusion.

Below is a standard that journalists use in publication:

1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.

2. Its first loyalty is to citizens

While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. This commitment to citizens first is the basis of a news organization’s credibility, the implied covenant that tells the audience the coverage is not slanted for friends or advertisers. Commitment to citizens also means journalism should present a representative picture of all constituent groups in society. Ignoring certain citizens has the effect of disenfranchising them. The theory underlying the modern news industry has been the belief that credibility builds a broad and loyal audience, and that economic success follows in turn. In that regard, the business people in a news organization also must nurture–not exploit–their allegiance to the audience ahead of other considerations.

3. Its essence is a discipline of verification

Journalists rely on a professional discipline for verifying information. When the concept of objectivity originally evolved, it did not imply that journalists are free of bias. It called, rather, for a consistent method of testing information–a transparent approach to evidence–precisely so that personal and cultural biases would not undermine the accuracy of their work. The method is objective, not the journalist. Seeking out multiple witnesses, disclosing as much as possible about sources, or asking various sides for comment, all signal such standards. This discipline of verification is what separates journalism from other modes of communication, such as propaganda, fiction or entertainment. But the need for professional method is not always fully recognized or refined. While journalism has developed various techniques for determining facts, for instance, it has done less to develop a system for testing the reliability of journalistic interpretation.

4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover

Independence is an underlying requirement of journalism, a cornerstone of its reliability. Independence of spirit and mind, rather than neutrality, is the principle journalists must keep in focus. While editorialists and commentators are not neutral, the source of their credibility is still their accuracy, intellectual fairness and ability to inform–not their devotion to a certain group or outcome. In our independence, however, we must avoid any tendency to stray into arrogance, elitism, isolation or nihilism.

5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power

Journalism has an unusual capacity to serve as watchdog over those whose power and position most affect citizens. The Founders recognized this to be a rampart against despotism when they ensured an independent press; courts have affirmed it; citizens rely on it. As journalists, we have an obligation to protect this watchdog freedom by not demeaning it in frivolous use or exploiting it for commercial gain.

6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise

The news media are the common carriers of public discussion, and this responsibility forms a basis for our special privileges. This discussion serves society best when it is informed by facts rather than prejudice and supposition. It also should strive to fairly represent the varied viewpoints and interests in society, and to place them in context rather than highlight only the conflicting fringes of debate. Accuracy and truthfulness require that as framers of the public discussion we not neglect the points of common ground where problem solving occurs.

7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant

Journalism is storytelling with a purpose. It should do more than gather an audience or catalogue the important. For its own survival, it must balance what readers know they want with what they cannot anticipate but need. In short, it must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant. The effectiveness of a piece of journalism is measured both by how much a work engages its audience and enlightens it. This means journalists must continually ask what information has most value to citizens and in what form. While journalism should reach beyond such topics as government and public safety, a journalism overwhelmed by trivia and false significance ultimately engenders a trivial society.

8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional

Keeping news in proportion and not leaving important things out are also cornerstones of truthfulness. Journalism is a form of cartography: it creates a map for citizens to navigate society. Inflating events for sensation, neglecting others, stereotyping or being disproportionately negative all make a less reliable map. The map also should include news of all our communities, not just those with attractive demographics. This is best achieved by newsrooms with a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. The map is only an analogy; proportion and comprehensiveness are subjective, yet their elusiveness does not lessen their significance.

9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience

Every journalist must have a personal sense of ethics and responsibility–a moral compass. Each of us must be willing, if fairness and accuracy require, to voice differences with our colleagues, whether in the newsroom or the executive suite. News organizations do well to nurture this independence by encouraging individuals to speak their minds. This stimulates the intellectual diversity necessary to understand and accurately cover an increasingly diverse society. It is this diversity of minds and voices, not just numbers, that matters. source :

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On this day: April 8th 1908

Harvard University votes to have Harvard Business School:


Eclectic population

1917 diploma from NVGH , Nurse training Photo KDG

1917 diploma from NVGH , Nurse training
Photo KDG

The calendar has brought to light a number of items from history in the Nicola Valley, 100 year anniversaries of the drill hall, and the center piece of the the town ” the Coldwater Hotel” indicate a great effort by a small population. The approximate 700 people of Merritt at the twentieth century produced a lot of “golden age ” construction on the coin of three coal mines but may have often suffered from a sense of abandonment from time to time with  the draw of events like World War 1 .

An accounting of 2000 men working on the Kettle Valley Rail Way, resulting after construction in a local Doctor  becoming an engineer,brakeman and passenger may be a personality quirk of those that wanted a future here or real abandonment. One of the signatures of the local doctors on the nurses qualification went on to be the local MLA after antics like ” riding a boxcar” down from the Kettle Valley as a mode of transportation.

At this writing a electric co gen plant is under construction on in the area of the ruins of ” Merritt Light and Power” a progressive project of the people of the era at the turn of the twentieth century as well. That activity certainly suffered from abandonment more then once in its completion. According to John Chase, a local official  the present plant is a huge partnership with two other similar projects in BC, (one at Fort Saint John). They are too big to suffer abandonment.

Editors Note: The recent 500 KV lower mainland transmission project and its completion as well as Teck corporations mine expansion projects in the billions give a sense of security . However kudos to those who have found the joy of risk in a reasonable way that have resulted in expression and spiritual joy. For those that found themselves in frontier with or without abandonment or even risked modern travel or invention, the trying of something new, good on you and we hope some of it spills over on us.

On this Day: April 7th 1890

The completion of the Lake Biwa Canal:

Happy easter

A local church  file Photo KDG

A local church
file Photo KDG

On this day: new era
Jesus Christ incarnate son of God pays the penalty for all mankind’s sin by being put to death as an innocent. The right standing with God becomes available 3 days later at his resurrection for all that believe on his substitutional suffering by grace.


 Leaf has direct connection to 500 volt quick charger in Merritt. Photo KDG

Leaf has direct connection to 500 volt quick charger in Merritt.
Photo KDG

The charging station at the arena parking lot off Voght Street in Merritt saw some use on the weekend. A Nissan leaf from Kamloops ued the quick charger for about 20 minutes and produced an 85 percent charge. A further 18 minutes would have produced a full charge however” It may be hard on the battery” was the concern that made the driver continue to the 70 amp charger that Sun country installed at the local truck stop and bus station near the junction of highway 5A to Kamloops. The charge will be slower but we have confidence in the topping up and want to see the charger on the outskirts of town. There six chargers in the City and they are on sites available by smart phone. The 500 volt quick charger ( 20 minutes 85 percent ) was placed by BC Hydro. The charge was without fee on Sunday. On this Day: April 2nd 2011 India wins the world cricket cup.  

April 1,2015 discovery


Richard Nixon found in historical record. Photo Merritt Toastmasters

Richard Nixon found in historical record.
Photo submitted

Richard Nixon is found in this picture of Merritt Toastmasters, Merritt British Columbia. Published author and WW 2 Canadian air force veteran (deceased) is seen with Nixon subtlety upbraiding Nixon about him spoiling the Christmas in Vietnam. You must be careful of your choice in direction.

Nixon is said to have hidden out here making a modest existence panning for gold (only in standard time) and moonlight plumbing.


On this Day: April 1st 1911
The City of Merritt British Columbia is incorporated


Mayor Niel Menard and some councilors were mustering at City hall on Monday with high vis vests and pickup sticks. Going on an outing for spring clean up is popular with local politicians.

Merritt British Columbia is in a hub of 7 major highway systems into the South Central Interior of BC. Many roads and ditches make for a trap for debris over winter.

On this Day: March 31st  1994

The finding of a complete skull of a hominid,Australopithecus afarnensis that lived more then 2 billion years ago is reported  by a scientific journal.


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