Merritt

Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt has been cancelled for 2023, citing economic struggles. (Rockin’ River Music Fest- Facebook)

Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt cancelled due to financial struggles

Announcement follows Vancouver Folk Fest, Squamish Constellation Festival cancellations

 

A semi-trailer runs into difficulties on Highway 5A between Merritt and Kamloops in January 2023. (Photo credit: Facebook)

New technology will monitor commercial traffic on Highway 5A

Residents have raised safety concerns about truck traffic along the route from Merritt to Kamloops

 

A semi truck with the slogan ‘your food matters’ smoulders on the side of the Coquihalla (Submitted)

Fiery incident on the Coquihalla closes northbound lane between Merritt, Kamloops

A semi truck ignited on Highway 5 at approximately 1p.m. on Jan. 10

 

Karanjot Singh Sodhi has been identified as one of four people killed in a Christmas Eve bus crash on the Connector. (Photo/GoFundMe)

Fundraiser started for family of a man who died in B.C. Christmas Eve bus crash

Four people died in the crash along the Okanagan Connector

Karanjot Singh Sodhi has been identified as one of four people killed in a Christmas Eve bus crash on the Connector. (Photo/GoFundMe)
The Coquihalla Highway at the summit as of 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 23. The highway is now open as of 10 a.m. following car crashes and ice scrapping. (DriveBC)
The Coquihalla Highway at the summit as of 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 23. The highway is now open as of 10 a.m. following car crashes and ice scrapping. (DriveBC)
The Coquihalla Highway is open in both directions on Thursday morning, Dec. 22, after being closed for more than 14 hours. (DriveBC)

Coquihalla Highway reopens after 14 hours of weather-induced mayhem

It’s expected to be sunny and cloudy with a high of -21C on the highway, with snow on the way

The Coquihalla Highway is open in both directions on Thursday morning, Dec. 22, after being closed for more than 14 hours. (DriveBC)
The crash southbound at the Othello Road exit on the Coquihalla Highway is now open. (Kevin Hale/Facebook)

UPDATE: Coquihalla open southbound following multiple crashes

Snowfall warnings and travel advisories are in effect for Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector

The crash southbound at the Othello Road exit on the Coquihalla Highway is now open. (Kevin Hale/Facebook)
A similar-looking Jeep Cherokee is being sought by Merritt RCMP after shots were fired from it on Dec. 19. (Lower Mainland District RCMP/Submitted)

Shots fired between Merritt police and suspicious vehicle

Unknown if there are any injuries

A similar-looking Jeep Cherokee is being sought by Merritt RCMP after shots were fired from it on Dec. 19. (Lower Mainland District RCMP/Submitted)
Two kids were briefly stolen in Merritt Dec. 9, after they were left in the backseat of a running car. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jens Meyer, file

Kids briefly stolen along with running car from B.C. elementary school

Children had been in backseat when car thief took off

Two kids were briefly stolen in Merritt Dec. 9, after they were left in the backseat of a running car. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jens Meyer, file
The Coquihalla Highway at 9:09 a.m. on Tuesday morning (Nov. 29). The Coq and the Okanagan Connector are expecting 20-35 centimetres of snow over the next 24 hours. (DriveBC)

STORM WATCH: 20-35 cm of snow expected on major B.C. Interior highways

Eastern Fraser Valley municipalities also affected

The Coquihalla Highway at 9:09 a.m. on Tuesday morning (Nov. 29). The Coq and the Okanagan Connector are expecting 20-35 centimetres of snow over the next 24 hours. (DriveBC)
Ronald Karlson was arrested on the morning of Nov. 23. (Merritt RCMP)

Long list of past offences for man arrested in standoff in Merritt

Ronald Karlson had been banned from city limits

Ronald Karlson was arrested on the morning of Nov. 23. (Merritt RCMP)
The fire was reported just before 6 p.m. Nov. 23. (Contributed)
The fire was reported just before 6 p.m. Nov. 23. (Contributed)
The black Dodge Ram truck the three suspects used was stolen from Coquitlam with a license plate from Langley. (Merritt RCMP/Submitted)

3 people arrested following pickup chase on Coquihalla

It is unknown if the suspects are related to recent criminal events in Merritt, Lower Mainland

The black Dodge Ram truck the three suspects used was stolen from Coquitlam with a license plate from Langley. (Merritt RCMP/Submitted)
RCMP staging behind equipment on the Coquihalla, Nov. 23. (Contributed)
RCMP staging behind equipment on the Coquihalla, Nov. 23. (Contributed)
Ronald Karlson was arrested early Tuesday morning, Nov. 23. 
(Photo/Merritt RCMP)

Fifth standoff in eight days in Merritt leads to prolific offender’s arrest

Ronald Karlson was arrested early Tuesday morning (Nov. 23) after a lengthy standoff

Ronald Karlson was arrested early Tuesday morning, Nov. 23. 
(Photo/Merritt RCMP)
Police presence downtown Merritt on Nov. 21 (Kathy Cameron/Facebook)

Merritt Christmas tree light-up cancelled due to safety concerns

The decision comes after several shootings and search warrant executions throughout the past week

Police presence downtown Merritt on Nov. 21 (Kathy Cameron/Facebook)
Police were staged at a home in the 2600 block of Granite Avenue in Merritt on the evening of Nov. 20. (Contributed)

Another police standoff as havoc continues in Merritt

Police presence continues downtown in latest search warrant

Police were staged at a home in the 2600 block of Granite Avenue in Merritt on the evening of Nov. 20. (Contributed)
The Merritt RCMP arrested three men for kidnapping after they tried to flee the scene. (Anastasia Cash)

3 arrested, charged following multiple shots fired and alleged kidnapping in Merritt

The three men were arrested as they tried to flee the scene

The Merritt RCMP arrested three men for kidnapping after they tried to flee the scene. (Anastasia Cash)
RCMP on scene at a backyard in Merritt. (Anastasia Cash)

Armed RCMP surrounded a home in Merritt following multiple shots fired

The 1700 block of Nicola Avenue was shut down by Merritt RCMP on Nov. 18

RCMP on scene at a backyard in Merritt. (Anastasia Cash)
A burnt-out truck was found near the Highway 5A ramp off of Highway 5 in Merritt after an early-morning shooting on Nov. 18. (RCMP/Submitted)

UPDATE: Heavy police presence in Merritt after shots fired

Shooting is thought to be related to spree on Nov. 15

A burnt-out truck was found near the Highway 5A ramp off of Highway 5 in Merritt after an early-morning shooting on Nov. 18. (RCMP/Submitted)