Category: Sports and Leisure


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.

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.


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.

Merritt Centennial’s 2018/19,season


Cooking hamburgers for hockey File photo KDG



Centennials season tickets for the next local BCHL hockey season are on sale now. The local Merritt hockey team had a camp for players on the weekend and are offering early bird season ticket prices until April 30th.
The Merritt hockey team was formed in 1973 and is the oldest franchise in the league.  website

On this Day: April 12th 1934

A wind gust of 231 miles an hour is recorded at the summit of mount Washington, New Hampshire.

TGIF- Happy national puppy day…

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Happy national puppy day ! March 23rd 2018…
Consider adopting one that is a little older!

Since its unlawful to discriminate by age, sex, or pound origin here are some dogs of all ages for your enjoyment.


On this Day: March 23rd 1963

Gemini  3 put two men in Space for the first time.

Welcome Washington state junior hockey players to Merritt. The team is here for two games of BCHL playoff hockey. The guests from Wenatchee have a two game lead in the best of 7 playoff over the local Merritt Centennials.
Game starts at 7PM at the Memorial Arena tonight. there is a  game four on Wednesday here and game 5 in Merritt as well, if required on Friday.

1100 fans are expected to be out for the game tonight,15 percent of the population of Merritt BC


Cooking hamburgers, Merritt BCJHL
for hockey
File photo KDG

On this Day March 6th 1834
York becomes the incorporated city of Toronto.

The Glass Castle,2017 Nicola Valley Film Society.

The Glass Castle: March 12th will see the last of the seasons films presented by the Nicola Valley Film Society. Glass Castle will show at 7 PM in the lecture theater, season ticket holders come early to make seating sure.
The Nicola Valley Film society a not for profit, registered society is concluding its 10th year of showing TIFF films in Merritt BC. Cathy Star president.

Free Parking, 5 dollar admission with a 2 dollar membership. No food or drink in the lecture theater.

On this Day: February 27th 425

The University of Constantinople is founded.

TGIF-seed swap


Tulips breaking soil in Merritt, next to a warm house in a sheltered area.February 17th /15 file Photo KDG

The local garden society in Merritt is having its AGM meeting of the season on March 21 2018, it includes a seed swap.The meeting will be at the Local public library 6PM.


On this Day: February 16th 1937

Nylon is patented.

TGIF- Good luck to the Olympics

2018 Winter Olympics February 9th to 25th , Pyeongchang South Korea.

Good luck to all those in South Korea as they start the 2018 Winter Games. Lets hope that politics will take the time off and that healthy young people, who are our future will enjoy a time of free and fair completion and up hold the personal value of sportsmanship.

On this Day: February 9th 1922

Brazil becomes the first member of the Berne copyright treaty.


National pride

TGIF-Happy Julian Calendar new year!


File Photo KDG

Sunday the 14th of January will be the New Year  for those that remain on the Julian Calendar.

For all those that watched the skies for Millennia ,  to give us many calendars in a progression of knowledge, Thank you.

The Julian calendar has been replaced as the civil calendar by the Gregorian calendar in almost all countries which formerly used it, although it continued to be the civil calendar of some countries into the 20th century.[4] Egypt converted on 20 December 1874/1 January 1875. Turkey switched (for fiscal purposes) on 16 February/1 March 1917. Russia changed on 1/14 February 1918.[5] Greece made the change for civil purposes on 16 February/1 March 1923, but the national day (25 March), which was a religious holiday, was to remain on the old calendar. source Wikipedia

For us at PR that’s it for Happy holidays this year! Have a wonderful day.

To those that the Merritt rod and gun club derby at Mamette Lake on Sunday HNW to you we understand that the final weigh in for prizes is 2:30 PM and it matters little what the calendar you make your resolution for the biggest fish under.

On this Day: January 12th 2005

Deep impact launches from Cape Canaveral.

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