Category: Fauna


TGIF- 132.9 a liter

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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

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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.

TGIF-Wildlife

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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

Grasslands of Merritt BC Canada

Hay bale: File Photo KDG

Merritt BC has a huge impact on the province because of grasslands. It is the biggest part of the Southern Interior Uplands region (185 thousand hectors  of grasslands in The British Columbia Grasslands Conservation Councils operations.

The Southern Thompson Upland is the rolling plateau area south of the Thompson River and bounded by the Fraser River valley in the west, the Okanagan valley in the east and the Similkameen River valley in the south. Almost 75% of the grasslands occur in the Interior Douglas-fir zone and 20% in the Bunchgrass zone. Over 85% of all the grasslands are found in the Nicola Valley with smaller areas around Princeton, at Tunkwa Lake and in the Mamit valley. Variations in the grassland species throughout the plateau reflect influences from the surrounding large valleys.

Douglas lake cattle company is a major operation with cattle  in the grasslands and is positioned n the watershed above Merritt. The Douglas through Nicola lakes by the Nicola river drains a major highland plateau. The area also supplys a history back to european contact and province building under BCs first British Governor  James Douglas.

The largest area of grasslands is located in the Nicola Basin area east of Merritt and extending north towards Kamloops. This area matches the extent of the Glacial Lake Merritt that drained north towards the Thompson River. A smaller area of grasslands around Princeton covers another former glacial lake that occupied the Similkameen valley. source GCCofBC

The local Nicola Naturalists  have had a serious concern for the grasslands of the Valley. since 2010 they have had fall and winter meeting, spring outings, Christmas bird counts, Frog surveys and many other activities in respect to the land and creatures. They usually meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting in September.  Alan Burger contact UVic.

On  this  Day: September 19th 1970

The first Glastonbury festival is held.

 

 

Schools back

Regrets
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Schools Back!

Schools back today watch for speed zones, a moment of inattention can be a lifetime of regret.

On this Day September 5th  1836

Sam Houston becomes the first elected President of Texas.

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broken sign no contract….
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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.

 

Construction supervision…????

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A four point male mule deer sits on a construction site on Sunday seemingly habituated. according to Paul a rod and gun club member th velvet will be gone in a month and breeding will begin. A counter person in a sports store says that they will freeze and rely on no movement to hide them. Perhaps he thinks we looks like a pile of lumber.

In addition to movements related to available shelter and food, the breeding cycle is important in understanding deer behavior. The “rut” or mating season usually begins in the fall as does go into estrus for a period of a few days and males become more aggressive, competing for mates. Does may mate with more than one buck and go back into estrus within a month if they did not become pregnant. The gestation period is about 190–200 days, with fawns born in the spring, staying with their mothers during the summer and being weaned in the fall after about 60–75 days. Mule deer females usually give birth to two fawns, although if it is their first time having a fawn, they often have just one.[ Source Wikipedia

On this Day: July 25th  1837

the first commercial telegraph signal is demonstrated.

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