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Free recycling offered

EcycleNW accepts televisions of all sizes, monitors, computers and laptop computers at no charge under the Ecycle Washington producer responsibility program.

All other electronics recycling services are available for a fee, including printers, audio and video. Other specialty recycling services also are offered.

Residential and small business pickup is available for a fee.

Drop-off hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

The center at 272693 Highway 101, Sequim, is closed on holidays.

The facility also is accessible from Old Blyn Highway.

Call 681-8645.



Board members needed

Applications will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, from citizens interested in serving on a Clallam County advisory board.

Positions are available with the Animal Issues Advisory Committee; Boundary Review Board; Clallam Bay-Sekiu Sewer Community Advisory Board; Crescent Community Advisory Council; Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee; Department of Health and Human Services; Fair Advisory Board;

Heritage Advisory Board; Homelessness Task Force; Park and Recreation Advisory Board; Permit Advisory Board and Public Health Advisory Committee.

Interested volunteers are invited to contact the Clallam County commissioners' office at 417-2233, visit the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, or obtain an application online at www.clallam.net.



Avalanche awareness clinic set

Olympic National Park, Olympic Mountain Rescue and the North by Northwest surf and snowboard shop co-sponsor a free avalanche awareness workshop 6-8 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Raymond Carver at the Port Angeles library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Niko Weis, a British Columbia-based avalanche professional, leads the workshop, which focuses on how to prepare for traveling in avalanche terrain, including proper equipment and the skills needed for self-rescue.

More information is available at 360-565-3130, 360-830-4662 or 452-5144.



Volunteers needed for local boards

Clallam County is looking for a few good men and women to volunteer on advisory and community boards and committees.

There are 21 openings in several different fields of interest including animal issues, boundary review, developmental disabilities, the county fair, parks and recreation, homelessness and public health.

Interested citizens are invited to contact the Clallam County commissioners' office at 417-2233. Applications can be found in the office, at 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, or online at www.clallam.net.

All applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16.



Snow relief may be available

The state of Washington wants to know if the snow affected your business.

In order for Gov. Chris Gregoire to request an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, she needs input from affected businesses in each county throughout the state.

Without question, there are very few businesses in Washington that have not suffered revenue loss due to recent, and in some instances, ongoing snow conditions during the holidays.

Most small businesses do not carry business continuity insurance. That leaves only the disaster loan program.

For more information or a copy of the loan worksheet, which only helps Gregoire see there is a certified loss, contact John Vollmer at 253-512-7076 or J.Vollmer@emd.wa.gov.



Snow-stranded workers

can get unemployment

Workers who lost pay because their employer closed due to the December snowstorms may qualify for unemployment benefits, according to officials at the Washington State Employment Security Department.

However, unless the business was closed for more than a week, these employees would not receive an unemployment check since benefits are not paid for the first week that a person becomes unemployed.

Employees who lost pay because they could not get to work while their employer remained open are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

To apply for benefits for past weeks, workers must apply by phone at 800-318-6022 and request that their application be backdated. The online application system at www.esd.wa.gov, cannot handle backdated claims



Farmers could profit

from climate change solutions

Washington's farmers could play a positive and potentially profitable role in combating climate change, according to a report by a panel of agricultural producers, economists and scientists.

The Agriculture Sector Carbon Market Workgroup determined that Washington agricultural producers could sequester or capture as much as 7 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The report suggests that Washington's farmers and ranchers could profit from selling carbon credits under a free-market system to reduce the emissions that cause climate change.

The workgroup also provided guidance on how to improve the accuracy of estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from farming, as well as the amount of gases captured in agricultural sequestration projects. A reliable baseline of carbon emissions by the state's farmers, including data that reflects the diversity of crops in Washington, has yet to be established.

The workgroup forwarded its findings and recommendations to Gov. Chris Gregoire's Climate Action Team, which is led by Washington Department of Ecology Director Jay Manning and Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development Director Juli Wilkerson. The panel's report was funded by the 2008 Washington State Legislature.

The full report of the Agriculture Sector Carbon Market Workgroup is available at www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/2008FAdocs/Ag_Offset_Recc_Pkg_FINAL.pdf.





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