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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.

Morenci city council 4.16

Written by David Green.

Morenci mayor Doug Erskin is following up on a suggestion he made to city council before he even decided to seek office.

He told city council members Monday that he wants a committee formed to discuss property maintenance issues. This should lead to a variety of opinions and ideas, he said, rather than forcing all code decisions on a single person.

Erskin wants to see representatives from the community as well as city council and planning commission members.

The International Property Maintenance Code is a very extensive document, Erskin said, that can address many issues around town.

Erskin said that good property maintenance goes beyond simply having an attractive neighborhood. It gives the majority of residents the satisfaction of living in a community with upkeep standards they’ve come to expect, and, in turn, it improves the business community.

RISKS—A risk management audit by the city’s new insurance carrier produced a list of issues for department heads to address. Some items were simply reminders rather than pointing out deficiencies, said city clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder.

For example, the library was advised to develop a “hold harmless” policy for use of the annex building by outside groups; council was advised to plan for frequent and regular inspections of sidewalks and playground equipment....

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