Category: Arts and Culture


run for sports access

Run and walk for minor sports access file Photo KDG

The annual run to raise money for kids programs is on Saturday September 29th this year.

The run offers:

  • Certified Routes
  • Open to individuals
  • Walk or Run
  • Teams

Early bird registration ends July 31st and the event is BC Athletics sanctioned. FMI 250-315-9331.  run

Twice around the track at Merritt’s Voght  park, 10K or half marathon. All age’s welcome.  The event this year is the organizations 8th annual.

On this Day: July 11th 1576

Martin Frobisher sights the worlds largest island, Greenland.


TGIF- dogs life…

The annual Merritt Dog show took place this week finishing up on the Sunday the first. Wind has a factor in the enjoyment, its not normally a factor for the show here.

On this Day: July 6th 1990

Electronic Frontier Foundation is formed.

TGIF- Canada Long Weekend…

Norgaard flag

The flag the flies atop the hill entering Merritt from the west hyway 8, it is kept by the ready mix company that owns the land and gravel pit. File Photo KDG

Its not always a long weekend but this year it is, Canada’s 151st is yours to enjoy.
On this Day: June 29th 1915

The North Saskatchewan river floods causing Edmonton’s worst  flood in their history.

Starbucks reno done thirteenth of July…

Starbucks via brand

One of the Starbucks branding  of coffee products. file photo KDG

The renovation that is touted to include more washrooms  at the Merritt BC Starbucks is now said to be the 13th of July up from the 1st.

The Starbucks is now serving from a trailer at it same location, off  highway 5 and Voght street.
On this Day: June 26th 1483

Richard the third is made King of England.

Choice in EV vehicles



Nissan Leaf, gets Dc quick charge in Merritt Sunday July 13th/14 Photo KDG

There are at least a dozen and a half electric vehicles out there adding to consumers choice for enjoyment of the tremendous liberty of a personal motor car. Ranges vary and mixes of full EV to charging engines give a wide preference field for any one that can afford to get into an electric vehicle.

There are also 1000 public chargers and a number of quick chargers ( DC 30 minute ). There are enough quick chargers to go from Vancouver through Golden to Canmore Alberta and have use of them in nine communities. Range and planning around chargers still remain a challenge amongst users.

BC Hydro info page: Range

EVs remain a novelty at this time quick chargers may have line up challenges because of increased interest.

On this Day; June 12th 1939

Three strip technicolor is used for the first time. The film is used in Paramount pictures Dr. Cyclops.

Secret door group showing….


Brambles Bakery, Merritt BC, CA.

File Photo KDG

On until June 30th the Brambles Bakery hosts  Ron Robbie. The show is titled Imagined Landscapes and they say:

This collection of carefully selected pieces by artist and teacher, BYRON ROBBIE carries us to beautiful internal places. Cerebral yet organic, Byron combines nature with symbols into paintings that encourage contemplation.

Brambles Bakery is at 2151 Quilchena Avenue Merritt BC.

On this Day: June 7th 1800

David Thompson finds the mouth of the Saskatchewan river.

Gas prices $1.29.9 per liter…


broken sign no contract…. Photo KDG

Seven gas stations in the are selling regular gasoline at $1.29.9 per liter 4 cents per liter over the low price in the province, In Grand Forks. One station Extra Foods is retailing regular gasoline at $1.31.9 per lite. Extra foods is in the mall area of the down off Spring Bank road, off Voght on the way to highway 5 to Kamloops.

Gas buddy is predicting lower prices coming. However lets hope for a moderate hurricane season in the gulf of Mexico.

On this Day: June 5th 1882

Storm and floods strike Bombay India leaving 100,000, dead.

TGIF- Heart and Stroke

The big bike was in Merritt this week raising awareness to the Heart health.


Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, Big Bike drive. File Photo KDG


On this Day: June 1st 1988

The intermediate range nuclear weapons limitation treaty  signed in
1987 comes into effect.

Art retreat

Hiro Yashida art - Copy


The local arts council is sponsoring a retreat to the local  Corbett lake.

Get your paint box ready for these dates:

Wed. June 13,  Tues. July 10, 

Tues. Aug 7, Tues. Aug 14,

Tues. Sept 11, Tues. Sept 18, Tues. Sept 25,

Tues. Oct 9,  and Tues. Oct. 16 with on-site Art Show.

The Nicola Valley Community Arts Council is a non profit that promotes the arts in the community they are part of the BC arts council organization with local autonomy.

More info on AC programs

On this Day: May 22 1964

The Great Society project is launched in the United States.


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

Today the Province restricted open fires size under 1200 meters in altitude. This is a normal restriction.

Effective at noon on May 15, 2018, the size of open fires will be restricted at elevations below 1,200 metres throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.

Anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 burns in those areas must extinguish their fires by the deadline. This prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 15, 2018, or until further notice.

Their are  no camp fire  or forest use restrictions in effect at this writing. A camp fire or cooking fire is 1/2 by 1/2 meter in size. There are no restrictions on stoves or a like.

Enjoy the coming long weekend:  Specifics are available at, fire area the area includes ,Kamloops, Penticton, Merritt, Lillooet, and Vernon.

On this Day: May 15th 1928

Plane Crazy opens  starring Mickey Mouse.


Alan Burger and a speaker discuss a presentation, Nicola Naturalists, Merritt BC ,Ca File Photo KDG



The Nicola Naturalists will have their May meeting on Thursday May 17th at the local campus of NVIT. The presentation starts at 7PM, free parking, no food or drink in the lecture theater. All welcome, donation or membership requested.
Philip Gyug will speak on range management in the Merritt area.

We all love our grasslands but few of us know how they are managed and monitored. Philip Gyug is a graduate from UBC Okanagan with a degree in Earth and Environmental Science. In Merritt he works as a Range Agrologist for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. He works with range licence holders to promote sound management practices, monitor range health, and provide science-based decisions to achieve good range management plans.

Merritt is a great open range area with traditional cooperative use of land in a tenured system of licencing and ownership working to give maximum benefit to all stake holders that comply with published protocols.

On this Day: May 9th 1992

A coal mine gas explosion kills 26 workers in Nova Scotia Canada.

100_7399 ice

ice conditions can change quickly File photo: KDG

May 7th and 9th will see a the CRTC for the emergency alert system for smart phones. These apps have been available since April 6th 2018.

This is in concert to the National Emergency Preparedness Week May 7th to 12th.

As of April 6, 2018, Canadians with most LTE devices will get those same warnings on their smartphones, in a form similar to text messages. Wireless public alerts have been tested by emergency agencies, and are mandatory across the country.

You may want to pay attention and consider with care, they have said that they have remedied false alerts such as a recent missile alert in Hawaii.

Alerts will sound, unless your device is muted or turned off, for events like natural disasters, extreme weather and terrorist attacks. The shrill, siren-like alarm tone is the same one that currently accompanies emergency broadcasts on radio and television.

CRTC test

Tests run on different days for different provinces.

Alert ready

On this Day: May 2nd 1991
Born South Korean singer actor Jeong Jinwoon. ( 2AM )

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