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 $ Briefly . . . Continued from D1 Norlund will talk about the $71 million cogeneration plant planned for the Port Angeles paper mill. The project includes a new state-of-the-art steam boiler and a turbine generator, which Norlund says will reduce overall air pollution and produce Norlund 20 megawatts of energy from forestry biomass — residue from local timber operations — that would be sold to power companies. Seven environmental groups are protesting the plant, and a hearing on an appeal of Port Angeles’ environmental study that allows its construction is set for 8 a.m. Nov. 24 at City Hall.. Tuesday’s PABA meeting, open to the public, begins at Joshua’s Restaurant, 113 DelGuzzi Drive, at 7:30 a.m. There is a $2.16 minimum charge by Joshua’s for those who do not order breakfast.

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Peninsula Daily News First Fed seminars PORT ANGELES — This month’s First Federal Business Education Seminar focuses on overcoming negativity and snapping out of business lethargy. Bruce Hall, a personal development and small business coach, will talk about “how successful companies establish renewal and growth in challenging economic times.” He will discuss how they eliminate fear, abolish self-destructive tendencies, measure what matters most — “and turn knowledge into achievement with easy-to-understand language and user-friendly concepts.” Open to business owners and employees — and members of the general public — the 90-minute seminar is free. It begins with a light meal and beverage. The seminar will be held at these First Federal branches (phone to reserve a seat): ■ 6 p.m. Tuesday — Sequim Village Marketplace branch, 1201 W. Washington St; 360-6837935. ■ 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 — Port Townsend Castle Hill branch, 1321 Sims Way; 360-385-1416. ■ 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 — Port Angeles downtown branch, 141 W. First St.; 360-452-6620

Knitting classes SEQUIM — A Dropped Stitch, a yarn shop at 170 W. Bell St., will host knitting instructor Bobbie Daniles for two classes Wednesday and Thursday. Daniles will teach Reversible Knitting and Top Down Construction. For more information or to register, phone the shop at 360-683-1410.

Joins Creative PORT TOWNSEND — John W. Christian has joined the staff of Creative Systems Inc. as manager of business and marketing. Christian’s career started at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy performing classwork on

facilitysized mainframes. Since then, he has accumulated experience in marine and Christian computer technology. He has sailed various types and sizes of vessels as a mate, naval officer and pilot. He was a ship stability officer on some of them, including semisubmersibles. Christian spent seven years in Navy Intelligence during which he became familiar with all types of vessels and their capabilities. He has also brings training skills, with more than 10 years instructing in the Navy and five years as a university faculty member. Port Townsend-based Creative Systems develops computer software for ship and floating structure stability. For more information, phone the company at 360385-6212.

Free haircuts SEQUIM — Every Thursday in November, Priddy Fabulous Salon, 370 River Road, will offer a free haircut for all customers who bring in a donation for the Sequim Food Bank. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, phone the salon at 360683-2055.

Grand opening set SEQUIM — Peaceful Kneads will celebrate the grand opening of its new location with an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Peaceful Kneads is located at 22 Mill Road, just east of Sunny Farms and next door to Paisley Boutique. Refreshments will be served, and there will be door prizes for attendees. Visitors will be entered to win a free 90-minute hot-stone massage with aromatherapy. Other businesses participating in the open house

FORKS — This End Up @ Laundry 101, 781 S. Forks Ave., will honor Veterans Day by giving away red, white and blue custom-embroidered hats and visors to current U.S. service members and veterans from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Donations will also be accepted for Forks resident Pat Doyle’s “In Our Thoughts and Prayers” list of West End residents in the military serving abroad. This End Up is a fullservice embroidery, imprinting and sign business that can customize T-shirts, hats, hoodies and more. For more information, phone 360-374-2540.

El Cottage moves PORT TOWNSEND — Liz Mays has relocated her taco business El Cottage to the Jackpot Food Mart parking lot, 2342 W. Sims Way, across from Les Schwab Tire. El Cottage offers a full menu assortment of burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and hard and soft tacos as well as daily specials. The taco stand is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For weddings SEQUIM — Wedding officiant Andrea Clancy is now offering her services on the North Olympic Peninsula. She offers both performed and written wedding ceremonies that can be traditional or nontraditional. Clancy also performs weddings in her home garden. Discounts are available for military members and seniors. For more information, phone Clancy at 707-2770480.

Certificate earned SEQUIM — Joella Cary of McComb Gardens is now a Certified Professional Horticulturist. She earned the designation from the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association. Cary Cary passed a written exam and proved that she has spent 2,000 hours with a licensed nursery or landscape contractor approved by the association. For more information, phone her at 360-681-2827.

Hobby shop PORT ANGELES — Greg Scherer and Anthony Richards of Pacific Rim Hobby recently attended the 26th annual International iHobby Expo in Chicago. The expo included more than 250 vendors in about 600 booths, displaying products ranging from remote control vehicles to scale-model locomotives.

Attendees were treated to live demonstrations of products and displays. Retailers like Pacific Rim Hobby stocked up on the newest releases or learned about upcoming releases. Scherer and Richards also attended a dinner at the headquarters of Kato USA Inc., where President Hiroshi Kato unveiled a new scale-model railroad locomotive. New products featured at the expo can be found on display at Pacific Rim Hobby, 138 W. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles. For more information, phone 360-457-0794 or e-mail prhobby@olypen. com.

State 1,200 to be hired FEDERAL WAY — A national call center plans to hire more than 1,200 workers over the next several weeks for jobs in Lacey and Federal Way. The majority of the jobs will pay $10 an hour with more for supervisors and technicians. The call centers are operated by Affiliated Computer Services, a division of Xerox. How to apply: n Online: www.acs-inc. com/careeropportunities. aspx. n By phone: Federal Way — 253-835-5550; Tumwater — 360-7860373, ext. 2609 n In person: 3600 S. 344th Way, #210, Federal Way or 7219 Cleanwater Lane, Building 15, Tumwater.

the economy Saturday, rejecting concerns that it will spur runaway inflation. Critics, including some Fed officials, fear that all the money being injected into the economy could ignite inflation or speculative bubbles in the prices of bonds or commodities. Speaking to a conference on the Georgia coast, Bernanke said the new program, announced Wednesday, won’t push inflation to “super ordinary” levels. The Fed will buy $600 billion worth of government bonds in a bid to make loans cheaper and get Americans to spend more. Doing so would help the economy and prompt companies to boost hiring. The economy hasn’t been growing fast enough to reduce unemployment, which has been stuck at a high of 9.6 percent for three straight months. The Fed worries that high unemployment, lackluster wage gains and stillweak home values will weigh on consumer spending, a major drive of overall economic activity.

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WASHINGTON — The jobs crisis eased just a bit last month as the American economy added 151,000 jobs, its best showing since April — yet still not enough to make a significant dent in unemployment. In fact, the pace of job creation is still only about half of what it would take to have a noticeable effect on the jobless rate. So the big question Microsoft shares remains: What will it take for businesses to hire that SEATTLE — Microsoft vigorously again, and when Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer will that be? has sold about $1.3 billion The unemployment rate worth of his company held steady for the third shares recently, the first straight month at 9.6 pertime he’s done so in seven cent in October, the governyears. ment said Friday. Ballmer confirmed the With Congress facing stock sales Friday and said gridlock, some economists they were made to diversay it will be at least a sify his investments and year before companies gain aid his year-end tax planenough confidence to start ning. adding 300,000 new jobs a He said he plans to sell month, which is what it as many as 75 million would take to reduce the shares by year’s end. Securities and Exchange unemployment rate by a full percentage point over a Commission filings by Ballmer this week show he year. sold about 50 million shares. Nonferrous metals Ballmer still holds NEW YORK — Spot nonferrous about 350 million shares, metal prices Friday. Aluminum - $1.1070 per lb., worth some $9 billion at Microsoft’s current price of London Metal Exch. Copper - $3.8649 Cathode full around $26. plate, LME. Ballmer issued a stateCopper - $3.9440 N.Y. Merc ment “to avoid any confuspot Fri. sion,” saying he was excited Lead - $2499.00 metric ton, about Microsoft’s new prod- London Metal Exch. Zinc - $1.1258 per lb., London ucts and is fully committed Metal Exch. to the company. Gold - $1395.50 Handy & HarHe said he has no plans man (only daily quote). to retire anytime soon. Gold - $1397.30 troy oz., NY

Nation New Fed plan JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke defended the Fed’s new $600 billion program to aid

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PORT ANGELES — Here is this week’s schedule for the 1:05 p.m. to 2 p.m. local talk show segment on KONP radio at 1450 AM, 102.1 FM and on www.konp. com on the Internet outside the Port Angeles area. Station general manager Todd Ortloff hosts the Monday through Thursday segments, and Karen Hanan hosts “Art Beat” on Fridays. This week’s scheduled lineup: ■  Monday — Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict with Dr. Ron Bergman, discussing prescription drugs and a proposed private-business marijuana dispensary in Port Angeles. ■  Tuesday — Dr. Rebecca Corley and Olympic Medical Center’s new pulDeol monologist, Dr. Raj Deol, discussing lung cancer awareness and The Great American Smoke Out. In a separate segment, Stephen Rosales and Mary Budke, discussing the Boys & Girls Club annual auction. ■  Wednesday — Jody Moss, executive director of the United Way of Clallam County, giving an update on this fall’s campaign drive. In a separate segment, Mike Howe, Clallam County Public District spokesman, discussing conservation in the winter months. ■  Thursday — Moss of the United Way (above) giving the results of the group’s “Listening to Community Voices” study. ■  Friday: Members of the Port Angeles Community Players discussing “Meet Me in St. Louis,” which will open Nov. 19. In a separate segment, Dewey Ehling, talking about the Peninsula Singers Concert featuring the music of Dave Brubeck, scheduled for Nov. 20-21. In the final segment, freelance writer, dancer and Peninsula Daily News columnist Mary Lou Sanelli, “From a Writer’s Point of View.”

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