Category: Crime and punishment

Walk facing the oncoming traffic!


So they build great sidewalks for the use of many people to walk to destinations. We know of people that lost legs to walking with the oncoming traffic coming in the lane right at their back. Never mind death wish crazed drivers there are heart attacks, mechanical failures, weather bursts any number of reasons to be one lane away from traffic when walking close to the curb or even on the sidewalk.

Walking in a group maybe talking about the game all the more reason to see the oncoming traffic in the closest lane.

Simple but people are not thinking of being hurt they are relaxed and mostly in attentive. The consequences are terrible to lose a leg or your life causes  distress to everyone involved.

Stay safe, pay attention, keep alert. Walk with the oncoming traffic in full view!


On this Day: May 1st 1869

The follies open in Paris France.



There can be up to 3 Fridays the 13th in a calendar year, 2018 has two one in April (today) and one in July.


Moon has sharp lower crescent, File Photo KDG ,March 13th 2013

Friday the 13th is selected once a year as Accident Awareness Day in Finland.

Some studies show that about 20 million North Americans have mild fear enough to change behavior over moon and Friday the thirteenth events.


On this Day: April 13th  1742

Handles Messiah makes its world  debut in Dublin Ireland.

TGIF-Wood ticks



Animals can host ticks in the early spring
File Photo KDG

There have been some reports of wood ticks on workers around tall dead grass in Merritt.
Early spring can be a time for ticks. The nuisance creature usually gets on people from tall dead grass as it is walked by and contracted.
The first Tic was reported here in Merritt BC on March 6th, their presence is usually noted when the temperature is 4c and above. They are active today. According to a vets office they can be around for some time.
There many remedies in edible and powder forms. One local Vets office have removed 2 ticks so far this season.

On this Day: April 6th 1909

Robert Peary expedition reach’s the north pole.


March for MM

Gary Taylor Handlen December 1 2014 Charged for murder of a local child in 1978. Handlen processed early December 2014 at the end of an election cycle that saw a new mayor elected. Pressure on officials is apparent.

The March for awareness seems to have been coordinated with the provincial budget. In the group is former Merritt Mayor Clara Norgaard , and her Daughter City Councilor Diana Norgaard. Me

On this Day: February 22 1959

Lee Petty wins the Daytona 500 for the first time.

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- 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.

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.

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

Schools back

File Photo KDG

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.


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.


US Flag day


 american motor cyvle driver, US army captain

File Photo KDG


The United States adopted its flag on June 14th 1777. It has gained associated credibility in  number of conflicts and lost some of it in others.  The equality of people was supported in the US revolution, being self evident. Further no taxation without representation and other ideals it has stood for have made for a bloody and conflict ridden path for “old glory” to follow in the pursuit of freedom.

The US is also one of the most incarcerating countries in the world and is less forgiving to those that mix up liberty with licence.

Editors note: US incarceration rate is 716 persons per 100 thousand, they hold 22 percent of the world prisoners, and spent approaching 80 billion in 2007. The US is less then 5 percent of the worlds population. 2007 US Justice

2017: 660 odd to 100,000

On this Day: June 14th 1946

Donald Trump born, Jamaica Medical Center NY.

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