By Peninsula Daily News staff and Associated Press
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■ Forks Chamber of Commerce — Luncheon meetings are Wednesdays at noon at JT's Sweet Stuffs, 80 N. Forks Ave.
This week's feature speaker will be Chris Cook, author of Twilight Territory: A Fan's Guide to Forks & LaPush and former editor of the Forks Forum weekly newspaper.
Lunch costs $8; a bowl of soup, $4.75; and a cup of soup, $4. The entree is spaghetti.
■ North Hood Canal Chamber of Commerce — Representing the “Emerald Towns” of the Hood Canal, Quilcene and Brinnon, the chamber meets monthly on the third Monday of the month.
The group will meet this Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Brinnon Community Center, 306144 U.S. Highway 101, Brinnon, to hear retired NASA scientist Robert Bindschadler, now of Quilcene.
Bindschadler, former chief scientist of NASA's Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and a 30-year Antarctic field researcher, will discuss his career experiences.
■ Port Angeles Business Association — Breakfast meetings are Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Joshua's Restaurant, 113 DelGuzzi Drive, Port Angeles.
The featured speaker for this Tuesday's meeting will be Susan K. Trettevik, Olympic region manager for the state Department of Resources, on “DNR's Role in Clallam County.”
There is a $3 minimum charge by Joshua's for those who do not order breakfast.
PA Realtors honored at at banquet
PORT ANGELES — Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty co-owner Jerry Nichols and his wife, Anna, received the Community Service Award, and Coldwell Banker real estate agent Vivian Landvik received the Lifetime Achievement Award recently at the Port Angeles Association of Realtors awards banquet.
“It is such an honor and privilege to work amongst such remarkable people,” said Coldwell Bank Uptown Realty co-owner Jim Walhsten said.
For more information, phone or email the Nichols at 360-417-2803 or Jerry.Nichols@ColdwellBanker.com.
Landvik can be reached at 306-417-2795 or email@example.com.
New location open
PORT ANGELES — Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy is now open at their new location at 1108 E. First St.
Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
For more information, phone 360-452-6216 or www.therapeuticassociates.com/olympicpeninsula.
Congressman will speak at yearly EDC meal
PORT ANGELES — U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer will deliver the keynote speech at the Clallam County Economic Development Council annual recognition dinner and officer installation Friday, Jan. 31.
The event will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St. Cost is $37.50.
The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host bar.
Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Kilmer will speak at 7 p.m.
The 2014 EDC board officers and new directors will be installed at 7:15 p.m., followed by remarks from departing President Charlie Brandt, a speech from incoming President Brian Kuh, and a presentation of the Olympic Leader award for 2013.
The award recognizes a business or business leader who has had a significant impact on the economic growth and stability of Clallam County.
Reservations and payments should be made no later than Monday, Jan. 27.
To make reservations, phone the EDC at 360-457-7793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checks should be made out to Clallam EDC and mailed to P.O. Box 1085, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Credit card payments can be made at clallamedc.brownpapertickets.com.
Coho taking a break
PORT ANGELES — The ferry MV Coho will take its annual break for maintenance work from Monday through Feb. 5.
The Black Ball Ferry Line vessel runs between Victoria and Port Angeles.
The Coho's final sailings prior to the break was Sunday at 8:20 a.m. from Port Angeles and at 10:30 a.m. from Victoria.
Service will resume Feb. 6 when the ferry departs Port Angeles for Victoria at 8:20 a.m.
More schedule information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/pdn-coho.
PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend-based author/journalist Bill Mann is now writing humor columns for USA Today.
Previously, Mann covered Canada for Dow Jones' MarketWatch.com and wrote a humor column for that online publication for years.
One of Mann's recent USA Today pieces was titled “Five New Year's Resolutions You Probably Won't Keep.”
“I'd prefer to write humor more than anything,” said Mann, who's also been a columnist at major dailies in San Francisco; Oakland, Calif.; Montreal; and Honolulu.
“The chance to write for such a large reading audience is a welcome opportunity. In this job, I'd better be funny, though.”
PORT ANGELES — A first-time homebuyers class will be held at Clallam Transit, 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.
Information from the state Housing Finance Commission on downpayment assistance and the homebuying process will be covered.
Attendees will earn a certificate to make them eligible through the commission for down-payment assistance.
Topics will include steps in the homebuying process, owning vs. renting, how much of a home a buyer can afford, strategies for making the best purchase and why to use a real estate professional.
The class is free but those interested must make a reservation with Sandra Fangen of Crystal Properties at 360-457-2838.
Realtors going Ape
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Association of Realtors are “going ape” once again, offering “Gorilla Grams” that will be delivered to addressees in the Port Angeles area.
For $20 the public can buy a visit from the Realtors gift bearing gorilla on Valentine's Day.
Gorilla Grams are a way to surprise a loved one, recognize a great client and go all out for that special someone.
Proceeds from the Gorilla Grams will be donated to Port Angeles cancer-fighting organizations Operation Uplift and Pink Up Port Angeles.
To setup a Valentine's Day Gorilla Gram delivery, phone Magan Waldron at 360-457-4451.
New coffee house
PORT ANGELES — Easy Street Coffee & Tea House, owned and operated by Mac Smith and Rainbow Zhou-Smith, has opened at 128. W. First St.
The business serves espresso, coffee and tea, sourced from organic providers as well as soups, grilled sandwiches and Ivar's Clam Chowder.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, plus 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Gase earns Agent of the Month award
PORT ANGELES — Dan Gase of Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty has earned the firm's Agent of the Month Spot for December.
Gase received the award for producing the highest amount of business transactions in one month's time.
For more information, phone Gase at 360-417-2804 or email Dan@DanGase.com.
FORKS — Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, operated by Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts at Kalaloch, Inc., has achieved ISO 14001 registration this month.
ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized set of standards for environmental management.
These standards are designed to help organizations comply with related laws, regulations and requirements, minimize how their operations affect the environment and look for ways to improve their operations from an environmental perspective.
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Kalaloch Lodge uses GreenPath, an environmental management system used to conserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“ISO 14001 is a continuous improvement process,” said Alec Bartolai, environmental manager at Kalaloch Lodge.
“It not only lends credibility to our Environmental Management System but ensures our long-term responsibility to minimizing the environmental impact of our operations.
“Registration legitimizes our stewardship commitments and demonstrates the priority we place on environmental improvement. It makes sustainability an integral part of our day-to-day operations and forces us to always consider and look for ways to shrink our environmental footprint.”
The grocery chain Albertsons plans to close several stores in the Northwest, but the local store is not on the list.
Seven of 111 shops will be shuttered in Washington and Oregon.
Albertsons spokesman Dennis McCoy said the Boise, Idaho-based company is continuously evaluating its stores, pulling the plug on locations that are less profitable.
The Port Angeles location will not be affected, McCoy said Wednesday.
McCoy said some of the employees who worked at the affected stores may be able to transfer to a different location.
WASHINGTON — Kids gleefully snapped up virtual pet food, gems or other items while playing games on their mobile devices, while the bills from Apple Inc. mounted, often without parents' knowledge. Now, the tech giant has agreed to refund the money.
Following tens of thousands of consumer complaints, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that Apple will pay at least $32.5 million to settle a federal case involving those in-app purchases.
Apple also must change its billing practices to make it more obvious that an actual purchase is taking place during the course of the game or app.
Just how could a kid buy these things without mom or dad's knowledge and run up bills into the hundreds of dollars or more?
A game-player wants to advance to a new level or buy coins, a chest of gems or treats for a virtual pet.
It takes a click, and then the app asks for a password. The child turns to a parent, who punches it in.
But, according to the FTC complaint, Apple did not always make it clear that they were buying something.
Parents also were not told that entering the password started a 15-minute clock during which kids could make unlimited purchases without any further action by an adult, the agency said.
A single purchase generally can range from 99 cents to $99, the commission said.
WASHINGTON — The $1.1 trillion budget plan to fund the government contains a provision that will cheer people who like their weekend mail delivery.
The measure said six-day delivery would continue, meaning the U.S. Postal Service won't be able to cut Saturday mail.
The provision also said rural mail delivery would continue at current levels.
The Postal Service, an independent agency, has been pressing Congress to end Saturday delivery amid steep financial losses.
It lost $5 billion in the past fiscal year, down from $15.9 billion in 2012.
OLYMPIA — Legislation moving through the state House and Senate would require training in the state's public record law for newly elected or appointed officials.
The officials could be trained online. The attorney general's office already has the information on its website.
Backers told a Senate committee hearing Thursday that requiring training would curtail violations and costly lawsuits.
Lawmakers also are discussing an update to the open-meetings law that would require governing bodies to post agendas online at least 24 hours in advance.
Ports to share
SEATTLE — The ports of Seattle and Tacoma plan to share information about operations, facilities and rates to help Puget Sound compete in a shifting global maritime industry.
The ports said Friday they were filing an agreement with the Federal Maritime Commission to respond to what they call “unprecedented industry pressures.”
The ports say they face increased competition from other North America ports as shipping lines invest in larger vessels and consolidate terminals.
The idea of merging the ports of Seattle and Tacoma is not part of the discussion.
SEATTLE — Boeing is touting “green diesel,” a form of diesel fuel made from waste vegetable oils and animal fats, as a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that could reduce the aviation industry's carbon emissions.
The jet maker said about 800 million gallons is produced annually today at refineries in Louisiana, the Netherlands, Finland and Singapore for use largely as truck fuel.
Boeing projects expansion that could supply as much as 1 percent of global commercial jet fuel demand, about 600 million gallons annually.
The wholesale cost – about $3 a gallon with U.S. government incentives – is competitive with petroleum jet fuel.
Boeing is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and other stakeholders to gain approval for aircraft to fly on green diesel.
DALLAS — The security breach that hit Target Corp. during the holiday season appears to have been part of a broader and highly sophisticated scam that potentially affected a large number of retailers, according to a report published by a global cyber intelligence firm that works with the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security.
The report, made public Thursday by iSight Partners of Dallas, offers more insight into the breach at Target.
That attack affected 40 million credit and debit card accounts and led to the theft of personal information, including email addresses and names, of as many as 70 million customers.
The report said that a malicious program vacuuming personal data from terminals at store check-out stations was “almost certainly derived” from BlackPOS, a crude but effective piece of software that contained malware scripts with Russian origins.
The report noted that because this kind of software can “cover its own tracks,” it's not possible to determine the scale, scope and reach of the breach without detailed forensic analysis.
Last week, Neiman Marcus said thieves stole some of its customers' payment information and made unauthorized charges over the holidays. The company said it was working with the Secret Service on the breach.
NEW YORK — United Airlines plans to furlough 688 flight attendants after it didn't get enough of them to take a voluntary buyout.
The furloughs will begin in April, United said.