Category: Fauna

Health and wellness show


Wheel of knowledge
File Photo KDG

There is a health and wellness show at the Merritt Civic center on February 3rd 2018.

The booths include Planet Fitness, 3 Bar Farms, Dr. SK Saint and more, there is a 3 hr Cause for the Fitness Challenge  with a 1:30 PM  start 15 years old an over 30 dollars. Some proceeds to Body Love Scholarship. Register at the Civic Center 250-315-1050 .

Free admission to the public, the show runs from 9 am to 12 pm. Merritt Civic Center, 195

On this Day: January 30th 1969

The Beatles last public performance.


TGIF- intersection accident



Yesterday a  fully loaded logging truck clipped a 2500 series GM Pick up in the intersection of Nicola and Voght in Merritt. Both drivers left the vehicles to inquire as to the well being  of the other. Thankfully no seemed hurt.

Thank your lucky stars for your good condition and health you never no when it might change.

Drive safe keep accounts with people short…

On this Day: January 26th 1911 The Curtis seaplane flies for the first time.



TGIF-Fishing Derby


The local rod and gun bunch are having a fish derby at Mamette lake 50 31′ 50  North,120 37 30′ West, in the Highland valley on January 14th. Entry is 15 dollars.

Local sport shop owner,and former CO Ed Hendrix says he is confident in the ice, but stops short of recommending that cars be brought on.

Sun set is 16:27 on the 14th. Moon light is at 3 percent.

The local club has a ongoing theme of keeping lakes public. They would welcome support.

Club president is BJ Moore, VP Paul Komonoski, and Treasurer M. Heppner  Club

On this Day: January 5th 1959

Nancy Delehunt  Canadian Curler is born.

Salmonids in the Nicola watershed

Jessica Urquhart will be presenting on the health of Salmon in the Nicola Watershed at the January 17th meeting of the Nicola Naturalists.
The presentation is at 7PM NVIT lecture theater, at the top of the hill Belshaw avenue in Merritt.

Jessica Urquhart is a Fisheries Technologist with the Nicola Watershed Stewardship and Fisheries Authority (NWSFA), the “fisheries department” of the Nicola Tribal Association. Working with its member communities, as well as private property owners, the NWSFA undertakes an annual program of stock assessment and fish habitat restoration projects in the Nicola Watershed. NWSFA staff interact with other First Nations and DFO to advocate for the protection and restoration of the Nicola Watershed’s fisheries resources. With information provided by the entire NWSFA fisheries team, Jessica will discuss how the team plays an important role in the management of the salmonids of the Nicola Watershed.

Free parking at the school, no drinks or food in the lecture all, the group says that all are welcome, membership or donation requested.

Editors note: this meeting is on a Wednesday against the usual Thursday monthly meeting.

On this Day: January 4rth 1999

Jesse Ventura a professional wrestler becomes governor of Minnesota.

TGIF- 132.9 a liter


Broken sign, no contract…. File Photo KDG



The gasoline prices going into the American Thanksgiving weekend are  from $1.29.9- $1.32.9 a liter. Long weekends should not effect prices as oil is done by futures contacts. However as a trigger to action we in Canada could reduce our driving by regulating speed, tuning up autos, pooling, planning trips to advantage, not driving unnecessarily.

 Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) works with provinces and territories, other government departments, and Canadian and international groups to explore how to meet our energy needs and adapt to changes in distribution methods while considering the environmental impact of doing so.

Canadian crude oil and petroleum product inventories have been relatively stable for the last five years. Inventory levels for some products, such as gasoline and furnace oil, fluctuate significantly over the year. Demand for these products is very seasonal and at its peak can exceed the production capacity of refineries. Therefore, refiners need to anticipate the peak consumption periods by building inventories in advance. Gasoline inventories increase during the first quarter of the year and are used during the summer months to supplement refinery production. Furnace oil stocks grow during the fall and are drawn during the coldest months of winter when demand is at its highest level. Source Canadian Government.

Sixty percent of Americans are traveling this weekend, slow down and save a little gas in your travels, better your chances to arrive alive and save some grief. Delay a pipeline a minute without costly retail gas prices encouraging it.

On this Day: November 24th 1973

An oil supply crisis sees a speed limit put on the German Autobahn , it lasts 4 months.

Asbestos Consultation under way


The BC Government of  is leading a working group about the threat of asbestos in the work place; “the number one killer of workers in BC”.
The group is seeking input formal, informal input of any kind on the safe use, handling, removal, abatement and disposal.
Public input can be given through the next few weeks at the BC Ministry of Labour, contact John Blakely.



Black Beard the pirate ( Edward Teach) is killed by the Royal Navy.

The Artic


Alan burger and a speaker discuss a presentation, File Photo KDG

Local naturalist and president of the Nicola Naturist’s will present on the artic at the next meeting on November 16th at the local community college top of the hill Belshaw avenue in Merritt.


Nicola Naturalist Society president Alan Burger regularly works as a naturalist/lecturer on a small ecotourist ship in the Arctic and Antarctic. In this presentation he shares his experiences and photos of wildlife and the environment in the High Arctic north of Norway (Svalbard Archipelago) & East Greenland. This area supports high densities of Polar Bears, and thriving populations of Walrus, Muskox, Reindeer, Arctic Fox and more. Plus dramatic glaciers & tundra flora.


Free parking at the college, no food of drink in the theater, start time 7PM.
On this Day: November 8th 1889
Montana becomes a US state.

Artic front


When it comes it can be something to manage File photo KDG

 Artic Front:

British Columbia is getting an artic front with snow and double digit minus over night lows. This sudden onset old man winter has caught a few without snow tires in the interior, and the forecast is up to 50 centimeters in some pasts of the interior.

Situations can go bad fast in weather be prepared and think thing through. Video cams at the Drive BC site over conditions seen in real time.

Today in history, November 2nd 1936

The Canadian Broadcasting Company is formed.

Win a bus pass


City buses


The City of Merritt is having A draw for a free bus pass, you need to qualify by identify four places were photos of route items are. The photos are on the poster you can enter by giving your answer to a driver or go to the society office 2185 Voght street (under city hall.) The prize will be awarded on November 15th at the service’s. anniversary.
The City runs two buses through the city and out to Lower Nicola.


On this Day: October 24th 1901

First successful trip over the Niagara falls in a barrel.

TGIF- $3000.00 for information leading…


Campaign office that Dean Morrison worked at in 2013:file photo



The crime stoppers organization has handbills out concerning the missing person  Dean Morrison. The local Merritt resident and father of three was 44 years old when last seen on October 22nd 2013.

Dean was working at the Stump lake ranch after spending time as a volunteer in the campaign of a long time established politician.

Crime stoppers have a confidential system for people to report information they have about possible crimes.

Most programs also accept anonymous tips online using our secure and encrypted web-tip form. Select your community tab below.
Web tip or telephone tip, you will never be identified.
We don’t use call display.
We don’t want your name, phone number or email address … we only want your information.
You will never have to testify in court.
You could receive a cash reward of up to $2000 upon an arrest and charge.

Editors Note: Since Crime Stoppers  is as its name suggests a prosecution tool, and a vigorous  defence may compel all witness involvement then it follows that any action should be soberly considered. The best reward to contemplate would be compassion for the family. PP

TGIF- game


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.



Black Bear off Voght Thursday October 31 2013

Bears are about the town again with the returning salmon in the water  they can be a nuisance, especially if you have fruit trees or garbage. The saying a friendly bear is a dead bear still resonates.


A MacDonald’s worker said that her partner had success by simply raising his arms well above his head and walking and talking in a normal voice. The bear had an exit and was habitual to humans so it left.

There is a corridor that comes from Swakum mountain with two wildlife crossings over and under the freeway south into town along the Nicola river leading to a lot of bear sign on the river at the end of Garcia street and behind the Century 21 building on Voght street.

A 2 or 3 year ( 200 lbs) old black bear was seen going through the behind the curling rink OOA September 17th at 10 pm. always give a bear a way to escape. KDG

On this Day: September 29th 522 BC

Darius  1 kills a usurper Gumata to secure his grip on being King of Persia.see more

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