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\ 35 Per Copy Board Makes It Official: 1 Administrator Will Replace 2 by Steve Backstrom of the Hells Canyon Journal At a special school board meeting held Monday, De- cember 16, the Pine Eagle School Board took formal ac- tion to replace departing su- perintendent Steve Peterson and elementary school prin- cipal B.J. Pell with a single administrator. After .taking public input and reviewing possible com- bined administrative struc- tures, the board voted unani- m )usly to take Peterson's rec- ommendation and consoli- date the positions held by himself and Pell into a single superintendent/principal po- sition. That decision having been made, the district is now ready to advertise for appli- cants. Under the administra- tive search timeline, applica- tions will be taken until Feb- ruary 24, 1997. The board will screen those applications and set up interviews with the candidates in which it is most interested. Hark, The Cherubs! t Photo by David Baker KINDERGARTNERS AND FIRST GRADERS from Halfway Elementary School went singing and riding last Friday morning in Halfway during a heavy snowfall. David Mader provided the wagon and Belgian team. by Steve Backstrom of the Hells Canyon Journal Prospective local bidders on state contracts now need travel no further than Half- way City Hall to get project plans and specifications on which to base their bids. In- formation on this new pro- gram was shared by Patti Coffee at the Halfway City Council's December meeting. The state has made this material available through the Internet, and it can be accessed on one of the city's computers. Contractors, who are on the state's list of prospective bidders, receive a post card informing them of new projects with a reference number for each contract to be let. By looking up the ref- erence number in the vendor information system, informa- tion about the project can be downloaded to a remote com- puter and printed out. The city will charge a $2 fee to use the system, and 25 cents per page to print out specifications, but to encour- age local bidders to become familiar with the system, the city is offering to let people come in and look at what's available for free. Patti Cof- fee is the city's contact person for those who are interested in this new service. Council member Herman Thompson, who sometimes Is Available bids on state projects, said, "If I send for a bid packet through the mail, it would cost me $15. Getting the in- formation through Patti should cut the cost in h lf." The council also received updated information on the doings of the Pine Valley Community Council from Tony Sowers. The council is actively negotiating with Pine Valley native Travis Young, who has been working as a planner and consultant and would like 'to move back to the valley. A formal proposal from Young is expected at the community council's January meeting. Sowers also reported on the Pine Eagle United Youth from Halfway Fund, which now has five- member board of directors. Board members include Julie Zaccone, David Light, Bill Shields, Pat Sowers and Dave Schmitt. The youth fund is "close to being ready to go out for funding," said Sowers. One other area of commu- nity council-related news Sowers reported concerned the Pine Valley Weed Coali- tion. Sowers described the coalition as "active and wor- ried." The coalition had fa- vored a plan to ask Baker County voters for a larger weed levy, so there would be more resources available for the battle against noxious weeds. However, after Ballot Measure 47 passed in the City Hall November general election, it seems less likely that such a levy would be approved. With the cap on taxation now in place, ifa higher weed levy were approved, some other taxing districts in Baker County would have to take a cut in tax revenue. Of the fight to control nox- ious weeds, Sowers said, "It's a key to maintaining the economy of Baker County. If the weeds take over, we won't have cattle; we won't have anything." In other business, the city council: passed an amendment to Halfway's animal control or- dinance; Continued on page 2