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Whistler’s fourth traffic light on Highway 99 should be operational by the end of the month. B.C. Hydro has completed its work on the light at Blueberry Drive and Highway 99, but BC Tel needs another week or two to move its lines. The installation of the light standards will take another week or so. John Nelson, director of public works for the municipality, told council Monday a new system co-ordinating all the traffic lights on Highway 99 will be installed with the Blueberry light, which should help maintain a steady flow of traffic between the village and Whistler Creek. Whistler will look at extending the life of its landfill site another couple of years as a cost saving measure. The District of Squamish has already decided to try and keep its landfill open another couple of years to defer the high cost of hauling solid waste to Washington, as prescribed in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District’s solid waste management plan. Both Whistler and Squamish recently completed landfill closure plans. Whistler’s plan recommended closure of the landfill begin this year and be completed by 1999 at a cost of $2 million. Whistler generates about $250,000 annually by operating the landfill. If the landfill can kept operational for another few years it will allow the municipality time to build up a reserve of funds for closure of the landfill and hauling solid waste to Washington. A computer open house at Whistler's secondary school, Jan. 14, is your chance to get 'netted, sign up for basic computer courses, or simply quiz local techno-suppliers for tips. Instructors of one and three-night computer courses offered through RMOW Parks and Recreation will be at the open house to explain what their class is about. The classes run from January through March. The open house runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and is free. The Whistler Public Library and the People’s Law School are hosting a free legal seminar on starting a small business. The seminar, which takes place Jan. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m., will present the pros and cons of various business structures, guidelines for obtaining capital, aspects of purchasing an existing business and other topics. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Call 932-5564 or drop by the library.

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