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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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.

2012.03.21 Gary McMurtrie: Pleased with council's efforts to improve rental property

Written by David Green.

I have been reading with great interest the steps that the Morenci city council has been taking in regards to improving rental/land contract properties in the city, and thank you for the coverage.

I will follow both the Council’s and Observer’s lead, and not mention any names, but we all have one of “those houses,” owned by “that person” on our street. A Morenci homeowner can count himself fortunate if there’s only one on their street.

I have owned my home for approximately seven years and have watched with both humor and dismay at the revolving tenants in the large ramshackle house across the street. I’ve lost count of the number of people that have moved in and out—some quite quickly—over the course of those seven years. Some have been quiet, decent, and respectful of the neighbors around them, and some have not.

While it is unfair to judge these temporary neighbors based on their financial position, it is NOT unfair to judge the actual owner of the decaying house across the street. Not only do I commend the City Council for finally taking action to bring this individual into compliance with housing codes, I would ask the City Council to sue this individual for the cost of demolition of any structures that fail to comply, or are not brought up to code after found non-compliant.

Gary McMurtrie

Pearl Street, Morenci

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