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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.
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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.

Fayette's wind turbine producing power 2011.04.27

Written by David Green.

turbine.aprilBy DAVID GREEN

After an initial delay and some early problems, Fayette’s school wind turbine is spinning away and turning out the kilowatts.

Although it’s impossible at this time to determine how much the school district is saving in utility costs, superintendent of schools Russell Griggs does receive a running total of electricity generated.

On the evening of April 18, the new turbine had generated 56,046 kilowatts, but a windy week since then has increased the total substantially.

In one four-day period in mid-April, 9,204 kW were produced, including a single-day high of 3,178.

“A few days with 28 mph winds makes a big difference,” Griggs said.

Too much wind, however, shuts the unit down.

Gusty, shifting winds are interpreted by the computer controlling the unit as a turbulent imbalance, Griggs explained. When that happens, a text message is sent to a school maintenance staff member.

After making a visual check of the turbine, the unit is restarted if no problems are detected.

Electrical generation begins with a wind of 8 mph, although the blades will slowly spin at slower wind speeds.

Griggs said an unexpected benefit of the system was discovered once the turbine began operating. The transformer is housed in the school’s new maintenance building. Heat from the transformer is sufficient to warm the building in the winter months.

Griggs had initially planned to display turbine data on the school’s website so anyone could check out wind speed and electrical data from recent weeks, but that ended when he learned there was an annual connection fee of $1,000. Instead, only one person at a time is allowed to log in to the turbine company’s database in the Netherlands.

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