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  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
  • Front.lift
    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2007.06.06 Q: Question A: Answer

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Q: Do you have some time to talk about your predicament?

A: My predicament? I have a little time, but not much. I’m a little busy right now.

Q: That’s what I’m talking about. You have no reporter now. How are you going to cover Morenci and Fayette all by yourself?

A: I would like to say that it’s impossible except that I’ve done it before for a few months. It takes a little discipline.

Q: Is that a polite way of saying that you will be working every day?

A: That’s not exactly new. There’s something to do most every day. Now there will be a little more to do every day.

Q: You say that you’ve done it alone before, but wasn’t that before you had a website?

A: Aren’t you perceptive. Yes, I have more to do than before. Fortunately, I generally enjoy what I’m doing. Otherwise this would be one big pain and I would probably be looking for a new job.

Now there’s an idea. My last child has graduated from high school. Maybe I should move to a more productive region of the country and get a 7 to 3 factory job. With health insurance.

Q: OK, OK, I didn’t mean to get you going in that direction. But aren’t you going to hire a new reporter?

A: I won’t be immediately looking for a replacement. Sometimes after a reporter leaves I go on reporter vacation and just do it myself for a while. Of course it’s more work to go out and cover the meeting, but it’s less work afterwards in the editing stage.

Q: What’s the job market like these days for a young writer?

A: Hold on a second. Let me check the Michigan Press Association’s résumé bank.

Most unusual. I’m not sure what to make of that. There are only nine listed and usually there are at least a couple of dozen. And the résumés aren’t what I would call typical. One is from a high school graduate. Several are from colleges without a journalism program. One comes through as complete gibberish. (<html xmlns:v="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml"xmlns:o= "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" xmlns:w="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office: word"xmlns:dt="uuid: C2F41010-65B3-11d1-A29F-00AA00 C14882" xmlns "http://www.w3.org TR/REC-html40">)

So either it’s very easy to find a job and all the promising candidates are gone or else very few are even out there looking. So maybe I couldn’t find a reporter if I wanted one.

Q: But aren’t you the publisher who made an infamous remark at a conference once about hiring English grads instead of journalism grads?

A: Yes, I am the one. There are always English graduates, because what are they going to do otherwise besides go back to school? Jeff Pickell, an English major, enjoyed his two years here at a low-paying, dead-end job and now he’s going back to school.

Q: At least high school sports have ended. That must take a lot of time.

A: It takes a whole lot of time, but it also fills some pages in the paper. Soon I will be looking for ways to fill in for what sports once covered. Don’t make me start worrying.

Q: Low-paying, dead-end job. You don’t make it sound very attractive.

A: In some ways it isn’t, in some ways it is. Anyway, we’re like the city, the school and so many other businesses. We need to cut back. We can’t really afford a full-time reporter.

The best solution would be a local part-time person with writing skills. I don’t know if that person exists.

 Q: You’re forgetting that other option you told me about recently. Outsourcing to India.

A: That seems like a really crazy proposition. A website called Pasadena Now has hired two reporters in India to, among other things, watch the video of the city council meeting and write news stories about it. The publisher says it makes good business sense.

I just checked the website. Sure enough, there’s a city council report written by Nisha Ramakrishnan.

I’ll have to keep that option in mind. There’s probably someone in India who would love to write about Fayette’s sewer system.

Q: Not in your wildest dreams would you go through with that.

A: Dreams. Now there’s a topic I have some time to talk about. I’ve been having some very interesting dreams lately. Some rather odd stuff going on, like how I keep seeing the same house in Morenci that doesn’t actually exist.

Q: Sorry, I gotta go.

     – June 6. 2007

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