Category: Government Works


Embers away

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The sun west of Merritt, Red from smoke, of the 2017 fire season in the Sothern interior of BC File Photo KDG

The provincial government is doing an intake for their 2018 Wildfire protection initiative. Embers can find fuel in places around and on buildings, making your property fire safe is a goal of the BC government.

Applications for fuel management prescriptions supported by a current and approved Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and for operational treatment projects supported by a current and approved prescription, will be considered for funding.

Program materials and intake information for the February intake will be available at the Union of BC Municipalities website at the end of December 2017.

Future intakes to SWPI will be subject to the outcomes of the provincial wildfire reviews. source UBCM

On this Day: December 13th 2007

The Treaty of Lisbon is signed.

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Gas tax report…

 

 

The provincial government has received its federal gas tax report for monies spent…

Since 2005, the Federal Gas Tax Fund has provided $1.4 billion to 3,729 infrastructure and capacity building projects in B.C. communities. UBCM’s report on expenditures for the 2016 program year is now available. Along with aggregate comparisons of 2014-2016 reporting data, the report provides a complete list of the 896 projects under way during reporting period. Source UBCM

We are still inextricably tied to the production, distribution and consumption of Fossil fuels.

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File Photo KDG

 

On this Day: November 29th 1929

Admiral Byrd starts his first south pole quest.

Giant book sale started

 

The local library has begun their book sale at the 1691 Garcia Street location. Coupons were available for one free item a day on the counters before the sale, and may still be found in the program guide or published in the local weekly paper The Merritt Herald. 

Some great hard cover books are available for 2 dollars  and there is a room full of paperbacks for a dollar a piece.

The book sale goes to Saturday December 9th with new items being unboxed daily.

On this Day: November 28th 1919
Lady Astor Elected to British Parliament.

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.

Gas prices climbing

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broken sign no contract….
Photo KDG


 The price of gas is having a roller coaster ride in this morning with some at a dollar thirty two and some at $1.38.9. Prices had been at $1.38.9 last week then were put down to $1.25.9.
There is a petition against more taxes on gasoline on the gas buddy site. The context is the new provincial government of John Horgan has a razor thin coalition majority in the parliament and relies on the Green party to govern. The executive took tolls of some bridges in the lower mainland and is due for a budget. However the petition is for the Capital Region in Victoria for transit funding.

At this writing the difference between the downtown Petrocan and the on Dewolf road leaving town on highway 5 is 5 cents a liter. The Chevron on Dewolf is 2 cent s more then Petrocan at $1.32.9.

On this Day: November 7th 1921

Perfect fool premiers in New York.

 

Works like a Dam

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Smart meter installed in trailer court

The provincial hydro utility is giving a challenge to conserve power. To take part join the power smart team, save 10percent on hydro over a year and you are eligible for a 50 dollar prize.

 

Looking to save money on your electricity bills? Become a member of Team Power Smart and challenge yourself to reduce your home’s electricity use by 10% in the next year. If you’re successful, you can earn a $50 reward.

Along the way, we’ll provide helpful advice, tips and success stories from other team members to keep you motivated.

You’ll also have the opportunity to enter exclusive contests for a great chance to win prizes like an LED lighting package, programmable thermostat, and gift cards.

The not for profit utility is always having conservation initiatives.  And is required not to retain earning but deliver the efficiencies back to the rate payers by lower rates.

You will need an online account to participate.

On this Day: November 1st 1918

Western Ukraine becomes a separate country.

 

 

50 years young

Library self checker
File photo KDG

The regional district is recognizing 50 years of being this next month. The 3rd level of government is a number of communities, Kamloops being the largest. In the event of failure of local government the regional district becomes the authority. ( thankfully the state of emergency, forest fires, )ended this week.
The district will be having a meet and greet ant the library in Merritt on Oct 6th, a Friday, drop in between 2:30 and 4:30 PM. A photo contest and triva contest is available through the website. contest 

On this Day: September 21st 1938

Up to 700 people perish in the great hurricane of New York.

 

Rip rap

Rip Rap installed at Central park
Photo KDG

About a hundred feet of Rip rap installed at Central park on Tuesday. High water this spring saw some challenges  to banks.

On this Day: August 2nd 1870
The worlds first underground railway opens in London, the 410 meter Tower Subway.

Construction

Construction started
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Construction has started on the multi million dollar addition to the local NVIT campus.
NVIT a public college, top of the hill on Belshaw avenue in Merritt completing is circle of buildings… in its original plan.

On this day: June 29th 2007
Apple introduces its first mobile phone.

Peace and prosperity,

Long time legion member in the spirit
File Photo KDG

The dividend of civilization is civility, something that if guarded can dominate in away different from the total domination of armies and cultures. A culture of peace is a desirable thing to those that know its value. It still has to come from the individual integrity of citizens and virtue truly is its own reward. In the week coming up to Canada’s 150th look inside and see if you have inner peace. A peace based on” to your own self be true”, and mitigated by “treat your neighbour as you would your self.” Let fashion have its temporary place not dependant on your happiness and show your true strength first to your self then to others. It will be a good day to let thing’s go that are troubling and not worth the energy of regret.

You will be standing on guard for all of us thee…

Editors Note: There is no utopia, sometimes the first loss is the best loss, you be the judge.

On this Day: June 28th 1838

The crowning of British sovereign, Queen Victoria.

 

 

Art walk July 4-31 2017

Art displayed at the Baillie house
File Photo. KDG

Local Art
The local Chamber is having its annual Art Walk again this summer. Starting on July fourth and running the length of July, local artists are having their art in local business places.

A limited number of  bracelets will be available on the 4rth for 5 dollars at the Chamber office on Voght street. A bead will be at participating business’s, complete the bracelet and you can enter a draw.

Local Gale Simpsons art is available for viewing at the Merritt Desert  Lobby Inn at this writing.

On this Day: June 27th 1750
General Wolfe begins his assault on French Canada.

Fort McMurray Fallout

A Bus used by firefighters from New Mexico, in a local motel lot.
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The City and rescue bunch are having a Wild fire Community Readiness Day on Saturday May 6th. The training will include a 3 hour controlled burn at the park of Central Park off Vought street, next to the RCMP station. Fire Smart Canada

Controlled burning of grass was an annual thing here decades ago before being stopped due to concerns over air quality. The Canadian Pacific railway would burn the right of ways along the tracks and  put nitrogen into the back into the soil. As well as reduce the chance of damage do to uncontrolled fire.

The major news groups are reporting that California is employing goats at this time to accomplish some of the same results.

The City of Merritt anticipates conducting additional burns within the municipality in the coming months, targeting priority areas identified in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).  An information bulletin will be distributed in advance of these burns. Fire Chief

 

An emphasis on some sort of fire awareness the pointer reading low risk today.
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On this Day: May 2nd 1918

General Motors buys Chevrolet.

Old fire truck on display, 100 years old the city has displays of what hey have July 2011
File Photo KDG

 

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