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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    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.
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    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.

2008.07.30 Farra Ryan

Written by David Green.

In response to last week’s editorial regarding the fire siren: I agree it is loud, especially when you have two small children trying to sleep through the blast. But being a 13-year member of the Morenci Fire Department and a five-year employee of Morenci Area EMS, I would like to say, “Hats off to the men and women who respond when that particular noise is annoying someone that isn’t actually in need of it at the time.”

I worry about the responding individuals and their families every time the siren blows, not to mention the person or people needing them. I am grateful that our city has such a dedicated group of fire and EMS personnel. I am even more grateful for the pager going off at 2 a.m. as I am for the siren alerting the rest of Morenci that someone needs help and there are people ready to respond.

One more note, when we have more than one ambulance call at a time, or one right after another, there is no one at the ambulance station to shut off the siren. And on the first call that goes out, the last thing on our minds is who has to shut their door to stop the blast from interrupting their day, because it is just the beginning of ours.

– Farra Ryan, firefighter, EMT specialist

Locust Street, Morenci

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