Category: Sports and Leisure


2017 Pacific Forest Rally Merritt BC

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Rally cars on display before the run. file photo KDG

Canadain Rally Championship presented by Subaru Canada, In Merritt BC, CA

The 2017 edition of the Pacific Forest Rally is on this weekend in Merritt, at this writing rally cars are in town and getting reafy for the weekends event.

The cars are in Spirit Square, Quilchena avenue Friday for viewing before the official starting at 4:30 PM.

At the beginning of August, we sent a notice to all CARS license holders that we were considering re-scheduling the rally 2 weeks later, because of the ongoing wildfire situation in BC’s forests, and committed to making the final decision by Labour Day. While it is still possible that the fire danger will abate before the originally scheduled date, we have decided to make the call now, in order to give participants, volunteers and fans as much time as possible to re-arrange their plans. So, PFR will now take place on October 13-14, with recce October 12-13. Official regs with the new date and schedule will be coming soon. Thanks for everyone’s patience, and let’s have a fun event and not burn down the forest in the process!
 Source PFR

On this Day: October 12th 1971

A 2500 year anniversary of the Persian empire is held to October 16th.

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TGIF- game

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Horns from the deer population are filtering through the town with hunting season on. The season was not delayed by the state of emergency from fires this fall but ATV’s were not allowed off road, so the game did not get a break from the fire season.

This guys handle was BC hunter and was a member of the black powder club. Actual hunting with a black powder firearm may or may not be regulation. You check!!!!

On this Day: October 7th 2008

An  asteroid strike is detected before entering the earths atmosphere for the first time.

Archery

Merritt BC incorporation
File :Photo KDG

Tuesdays is archery night in the Nicola Valley. the local club Nicola Archers have a goal:

We are all things archery in the Nicola Valley. A place to meet like minded people, share info on upcoming events & learn about Archery while having fun. Archers
 BJ Moore the contact for the club has advertised Tuesdays as a get together evening this summer.  More info is available at  http:// www.nvfishandgameclub.ca

On this Day: August 17th 1907
Pike place market opens in Seattle Washington

TGIF-River drift wood

Music fest back
Photo KDG

Jerry a retired artisan and Cat operator has another reason to be at the river he collects drift wood to make art. The favorite is roots from cottonwood it “has interesting rocks and debris that adds to the interpretation of the form” says Jerry. A lampshade is overdone to Jerry but he enjoys the outings on the river,  Val his beau says Jerry is a dare devil, however he is experienced in the use of the river and is responsible in all ways.

The music festival is on this weekend and river use is not an exclusive right to anyone. Enjoy your neighbour as well as the experience.

Have a great weekend KDG

On this Day: August 4th 1790

The revenue cutter service ( pre-runner to the US Coast Guard) is established.

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broken sign no contract….
Photo KDG

The gasoline price is at $1.10.9 cents a liter today a day before the long week end starts. The price represents a stable driving season and a management attitude by consumers. The absence of the McMurray fire this year may have  something to do with it and the Shell Station off Belshaw Avenue has not gone without supply as yet this season as was the case last season. At this writing a fuel truck is delivering there for the weekend.

The drought sign has gone up from normal meaning conditions are dryer act accordingly.

Gas buddy says that all  Merritt gas stations are on price. The average price is $1.22.3 and the lowest is 94.9 in BC. Trending up…

 

On this Day: August 3rd 1859
The American Dental association is founded.

 

Consolidated art

Photo show Courthouse Gallery

The Art walk and the Courthouse gallery in Merritt will have a consolidated showing of the art from the walk locations in the Old Court House Gallery in Merritt.
The wind up for the walk is on the 3rd and the combined showing will begin and run Thursday through Saturday afternoons until the end of August.
The presentation of the door prize will be at the artists reception on the 3rd.The reception will include live music and light refreshments 4:oo to 8:30 PM.

On this Day: August 1 2008

The Beijing Tianjin intercity railway goes into operation.

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 Guide.org

 

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.

TGIF$1.14.9 a liter

A fuel truck delivers gasoline to a service station
File Photo KDG

Gasoline is down another cent a liter here this week.  A good test weekend is coming this Sunday will be getting to near 40 degrees followed by 30 degree weather for the week ahead. Summer driving is apon us however grade schools last day of instruction is June 29th and June 30th an administration day.  Summer driving may increase after as a result. All 5 service stations in Merritt are the same price at this writing.

 

 

 

On this Day: June 23rd 1946

The Vancouver Island earthquake shakes the west coast of Canada.

 

 

 

 

Golf-Fourteen holes

Markey93
keeps his eye on the ball
at the Nicola Valley Golf and Golf and Country Club in Merritt
File Photo KDG

Water on the local links have deterred golfers this spring. Some came out when 4 holes of 9 were available now 7 of 9 are available because of water and fairway damage.

About 700 feet of rock rip rap were placed on the Nicola River bank on the north side of the links as well as some turf replacement in a coincidence that BC Hydro had buried electric cable and services last winter .

The seniors tournament for this Friday has been rescheduled for September 15th, the 75 dollar entry fee ( includes a prime rib ) stays the same. Carts an additional 15 dollars.

A 600 membership fee for new members is still being offered. The people on the links today were enjoying the course even though some of the esthetics were less then perfect. All trees remain standing and in glorious bloom.

On this Day: June 13th 1898

The Yukon territory of Canada is formed with Dawson as its Capital.

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