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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.

Artic front

SNOW ON ROOF

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.

Schools back

Regrets
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.

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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.

 

TGIF- Happy New year

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On this Day: December 30th 2009:

A pipeline ruptures in China dumping 150 thousand liters of Diesel into the Yellow River.

Stability

 

Even a small fence make a boundry against guessing File photo KDG

Even a small fence make a boundary against guessing
File photo KDG

Stable people are at a premium and to grow stability a virtue. Changeable is not always the same as adjusted, and adjusted not the same as successful but knowing your limitations  will help you to rely on the stable.

The two dimensions or axes, extraversion-introversion and emotional stability-instability, define four quadrants. These are made up of:

  • Stable extroverts (sanguine qualities such as outgoing, talkative, responsive, easygoing, lively, carefree, leadership)
  • Unstable extroverts (choleric qualities such as touchy, restless, excitable, changeable, impulsive, irresponsible)
  • Stable introverts (phlegmatic qualities such as calm, even-tempered, reliable, controlled, peaceful, thoughtful, careful, passive)
  • Unstable introverts (melancholic qualities such as quiet, reserved, pessimistic, sober, rigid, anxious, moody. Source Wikipedia/Eysenck personality….

If  you are quiet or loud, life’s for you or against you stability will be the better choice.

On this day: September 29th 1977

Wade Brookbank Canadian ice hockey player born.

Team work

Power pole replaced on Merritt Ave Photo KDG Last week saw a marked power pole replaced Photo KDG

Power pole replaced on Merritt Ave
Photo KDG
Last week saw a marked power pole replaced
Photo KDG

The core sampling by rebel contracting saw a pole replaced on Merritt Avenue at the parking lot of the Lawn Bowling club. the pole had once been braced by a steel beam and recent core sampling saw it condemned.

On this Day: August 24th 1936

The Antarctic Australian treaty is created.

 

 

Where would ranch's be without horses File photo KDG

Where would ranch’s be without horses
File photo KDG

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Corn grown in the Nicola Valley Photo KDG

A little home on the range went to feedlots….

The Nicola Valley Ranch Rodeo, the other rodeo is being advertised for the 27th of August at the Rodeo grounds south of Merritt.  Merritt has had a labour day weekend rodeo for 58 years including the one coming up on the 3rd and 4th of September.

Merritt area has had many small rodeos  at ranch’s and reserves over time. there was once a suicide run on a very step hill at the Upper Nicola Bands Douglas Lake reserve. It was discontinued because  of injury and the possibility of cruelty to horses.

The rodeo bunch are civilized here now however an event can still become tragic if not properly managed. Merritt has produced clowns to manage bulls in riding events.

People like Bob Barker from the price is right have been instrumental in making change to attitudes that may effect stock and the way people perceive responsibility to them. Hollywood has also softened toward the use of livestock in movies. We invite the public to take an interest in the Nicola Valleys animals husbandry and attitudes that actions generate.

Local horses up for weather File Photo KDG

Local horses up for weather
File Photo KDG

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ranch rodeo is advertised as free admission and an 8:30 AM start on the 27th. The pro rodeo on the long weekend is a prize granting event; info is available at: http://nicolavalleyprorodeo.com/

On this Day: August 11th 1968

The final steam powered train operates on British rail.

 


The old substation off Voght is demonstrably going away with equipment on site removing the obsolete decades old transformers and structures. The new one was opened last fall and can be remotely operated from the Fraser Valley with a dish aimed at the towers on Iron Mountain.
The project occurred in the same time frame as the third 500 KV line to the Lower Mainland from the Revel stoke dam area.
The Merritt substation project includes an upgrade of a 61 KV line to the highland Valley and its biggest consumer the giant Teck, Highland Valley copper mine. The upgrade is to a 138 KV line coming from the Merritt Green Energy Project a 40 KV wood over steam electric generator that will burn green wood waste from three local mills. Sources say that the contractor is hoping to turn the keys over to the operator next year possibly March. The Merritt Green Energy Project is licensed by BC Hydro and uses public transmission lines.
The project created a lot of jobs including many members of the local First nations bands. It also generated ongoing relationships with band governments.
The lines for the green energy project are a this moment in progress to the Green Energy project including a crossing by the Osprey nest on Highway 8 coming into Merritt from the west. The ospreys returned to a cleaned off nesting platform this spring but rebuilt it in the shadow of ropes and new poles going up around them.

On this Day: May 24th 1626

Peter Minuit buys Manhattan for tools Wampum and other wares.

Kinder Morgan

Pig catcher for pipeline, File photo KDG

Pig catcher for pipeline, File photo KDG


The Kinder Morgan environmental response team is drilling this week in Nicwala park behind the local lawn bowling facility off Merritt avenue.
Different organizations are involved including Regulators from the regulator, provincial environmental responders and contracts that do the ” integrity work” on the pipeline that runs to Alberta through here to Burnaby.
Today they have a boom and collector spread out on the Nicola River in an exercise they have people stationed on the river with poles to catch anyone that may fall into the fast moving water.
A contractor from Hope that is responsible for the integrity of part of the line says ” every thing is GPS now we know where the welds are within 3 meters with our technology including the smart pig inline sensor”
Jason a person in charge of the response vans pointed out materials for sopping up oil as well as generators and small tools.

On this day: May19th 1921
The US sets quotas on immigration.

TGIF-snag abatement

Trees can be a lethal hazard in falls. File Photo KDG

Trees can be a lethal hazard in falls.
File Photo KDG

There are 20 young people at the Forest Service Training center at Saunders Field here in Merritt. One trainee says that they are doing tree intervention.
Trees along roads are sometimes dead falls and can be a real hazard to people and vehicles. An innocuous looking snag on a high road bank can quickly become a deadly spear coming in an open window of a moving Vehicle.
Cut block also expose untested timber to wind and the possibility of a falling tree. Look up and live.
A member of the group says ” we are identifying the problem trees at this point”.

On this day: April 8th 1952

United States President Harry S. Truman calls for the seizure of all US owned steel mills to stop a national steel strike.

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