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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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