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Page 12 Hells Canyon Journal September 5, 1990 Continued from page 1 for bids. At issue is language in the call for bids, sent out in mid- July, requiring "sealed bids [to] contain a bid bend or cashier's check for 10 percent of the bid." Mid-Columbia included an irrevocable letter of credit with their bid, in place of the bend, a substitution which Keown said was approved by the school district's attorney. Bake " City resident Dale Hoopes, who appeared repre- senting Wasatch Transporta- tion of Salt City, claimed his firm was given quite dif- ferent information. "Our bending agent and attorney were in contact with your at- torney," Hoops told the beard. "We were told it was point- less to bid without a bid bend," he said. Hoopes said he wasn't "accusing anyone of giving misinformation," but that nevertheless, misinformation had prevented Wasatch from bidding. He went on to say that Wasatch received the com- plete package of bid specifica- tions only eight days before the deadline for bids, and securing a surety bend typi- cally requires at least 30 days. When informed of Wasatch Transportation's complaints about being given misinfor- marion during the bidding Further Research process, attorney Dave Sil- for local bus drivers, on the Greenhouse Effect ven (who did not attend the Local bed and breakfast Scientists at a recent meet- information from deep-sea meeting) said, "that's corn- owner MaryellenOlson ques- ing of the American Geophysi- sediments. pletely wrong." Citing his tioned the time allowed for cat Union in Baltimore, Mary- While the ice bubbles rec- privileged attorney/client bidders to compile their bids. land, considered what role ord atmospheric changes in relationship with the district, "It is important to the corn- rising carbon dioxide levels carbon dioxide, the sediment he refused further comment, munity to keep our dollars in and this greenhouse gas contains information about Another frustrated pro- the district and in Baker playedduringpreviousshifts sea level variations caused spective bidder, school bus County as much as in climate, namely the last by the advance and retreat of driver Dick Towell of Pine possible.., the most impor- several ice age& : continental ice sheets. Valley, also commented on the tant thing is the safety and Todd Sowers, son of Tony Sowers suggested that the short time frame for bonding, morale of the bus drivers," Sowers, Halfway, and his co- ice bubbles themselves con- "If I'd known a standbyletter she continued, saying that at workers at the University of lain information about the of credit was acceptable in present drivers fear for the Rhode Island proposed a way growth of the ice sheets. place of a bend, I'd have had loss of their jobs, especially if to measure changes in car- Oceanographers, according to my bid in on time and at a they risked speaking up at bon dioxide levels in Earth's Science News writer Richard lower price," he told the board, the meeting, prehistoric atmosphere.. Monasterksy, traditionally Detailsofthebiddingproc- Saying she felt that dis- Ancient air, locked in ice study ice sheet history by ess were not the only aspects trict patrons would better bubbles that formed as far measuring the ratio ofdiffer- ofbus contracting questioned appreciate bus contracting back as 160,000 years ago was ent oxygen isotopes in sea at the meeting. Local tax after Mid-Columbia had been collected by Soviet research- sediments, which reflects the consultant Bob Forte ques- operating the district's buses ers at their Vostok, Antarc- isotopic composition of an- tioned the total price of the forawhile, chairperson Dixie tica, base. French research- cient sea water. Sowers and package. "It's just too expen- Butler explained the board's ers analyzed the air bubbles his co-workers think the iso- sive. This contract costs about reasons for goingto contract- and discovered that atmos- topic ratio of air trapped in $36,000 more than the dis- ing. 'Tee are in the business pheric levels of carbon diox- ice can serve as a proxy for trict has ever spent to trans- of education," she said. " ide dropped dramatically the ratio in the ancient sea port kids," he said, adding ' Running a bus service is a during ice ages and rose again water. Since carbon dioxide that contracting would only headache; ask any adminis- during warmer periods. But helps heat the atmosphere, a make sense to the taxpayers trator. We didn't go to con- they could not tell whether rise in its concentration would if it were cost effective,tracting to save-any money, the carben dioxide fluctua- have spurred the melting. "I don't think anyone is We did it to free up our ad- tions were cause or effect of Theysuggestthegaschanges against contracting as such," ministrators to do what we climate change, pa.rtly be- amplify slight variations in said City of Halfway mainte- are paying them to do - edu- cause they could not directly Earth's orbit, which serve as nance man Bob Schudel, who cate our children." compare ice bubble data with pacemaker for glacial cycles. went on to mention various Patty Towell commented aspects of the district's con- that saving administrative tract situation which he said headaches is a questionable were causes for concern, in- use of taxpayer dollars. cluding apparent irregulari- After two hours of public ties in the bidding process, input on bus contracting, and lost pensions, retirement, chairperson Dixie Butler in- insurance and fringe benefits formed the audience that their questions and concerns not- withstanding, Mid-Colum- Zucchini bia's bid was accepted at the August 14 beard meeting and a contract between Mid-Co- lumbia and the Pine-Eagle School District is currently in effect. 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