Jason Cook appointed to Morenci city council 10.15.08

Written by David Green.

Morenci has a new city council member to replace Dick Hewitt who attended his last meeting Monday.

Hewitt resigned his seat since he will be out of town for much of the winter.

Council voted to appoint Jason Cook to a one-year term that will expire with the general election in November 2009.

Cook was nominated and chosen by a 5-2 vote, with Leasa Slocum and Keith Pennington voting against his nomination.

Former mayor Russ Sutherland and former council member Jason Bryant also submitted letters of interest in serving.

POLICE—Police chief Larry Weeks received 28 applications to fill two part-time positions.

“The job market blesses us with a great pool of candidates,” he said, noting that half of the applicants had earned bachelor’s degrees.

Morenci native Ryan Hillard and Somerset resident Bradley Elston were hired to help the department expand coverage time. Weeks said he’s been short on officers for several weeks.

SIDEWALKS—When sidewalk repair and replacement gets underway in the next fiscal year, July 1, Gorham Street will be the focus of work.

PRISONERS—Council approved a work agreement with the Department of Corrections for prison labor. Rates were lowered to half the cost of a year ago.

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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
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    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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    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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    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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