New councilors: welcome to the table 2011.11.16

Written by David Green.

There are years when too few candidates are present on the ballot, when an appointment needs to be made right after an election. That wasn’t the case in Morenci and Fayette this year.

Morenci voters didn’t face any contested elections this fall, but four candidates willing to fill four empty positions kept things running smoothly without a vacancy. The three new council members, plus one who was appointed last month, joined three incumbents and the returning mayor to discuss some issues Monday night and to cast a few votes.

Fayette voters did have some choices to make and one new council member will find his seat at the table in January. Three Fayette board of education members were also willing to continue serving.

It’s good to see an interest in public service and it’s good to hear people describe their reason for running in just that way—an interest in serving, to pay back to their community.

Axe-grinders may present a more challenging entrance onto a public board, but even they must submit to the will of the majority if they’re unable to convince others of their views.

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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    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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