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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.

George Isobar discusses October weather 11.05.08

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

It’s been a while since we’ve had a below-average month in the temperature department, says Morenci climate observer George Isobar, but that’s what we got last month.

For the first time since May, the average monthly temperature came in below what’s expected for this time of year, he said. February and March were much colder than average, but every other month has been a little warmer.

“It wasn’t much colder—just nine-tenths of a degree—but that final week of the month settled it,” Isobar said.

Prior to that, things were headed into the positive side after the two days in the 80s and another one at 79 in the middle of the month.

Along with that cold spell at the end came the first frozen precipitation of the season.

“I heard there were snowflakes before daylight, but I wasn’t up to see any,” Isobar said. “But I definitely saw the ice pellets that fell on the afternoon of Oct. 27. There was enough to turn the ground white in a few areas.”

That was the end of the frozen stuff, but not the frozen weather. The low temperature of 23° was recorded in the morning Oct. 30—the seventh low reading in the 20s for the month.

Precipitation came in about an inch and a half below normal at 1.53 inches. The most in a 24-hour period was .66 of an inch on Oct. 24.

“It was actually the driest October we’ve had since 1982,” Isobar said. “There have been others pretty close to that level, but it stands as the second driest since records were maintained in 1976.”

That evens things out a little from September, Isobar said, when 4.64 inches fell—a good inch above average.

To finish off the statistics from October, Isobar said the average wind speed, as measured at the Toledo National Weather Service office, was 6.3 miles an hour. The highest gust came in at 63 miles an hour back on Oct. 10.

“Sixty-three?” Isobar asks. “That should be a memorable day, but I don’t recall it. Must have been a local Toledo occurrence.”

November

“On toward winter we go,” Isobar said. “We’ve had our mornings in the 20s already, so what’s next?”

Looking through the records, it appears as though the first morning in the teens is coming up soon, Isobar said. The odds are better than 50 percent.

“In fact, there have been a pair of single-digit days over the last couple of decades,” he said.

Or maybe we’ll get lucky like in 2002 when the November low never sunk below 47°.

“Oh, wait, that’s no good. We were at 33° Sunday morning.”

And don’t forget the snow. Something measurable has come our way in every November but six of the last 33.

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