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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 talks about the weather 1.14.09

Written by David Green.

Three inches Friday. Three inches Friday night. Three inches Saturday.

The nine-inch blanket of snow in the region marks the deepest snow here since February 2007 when 10 inches covered the ground.

“This was really quite a nice storm,” said Morenci area climate observer George Isobar. “It was light, fluffy stuff that was easy to shovel, there wasn’t excessive drifting from wind and the temperature didn’t plummet into the single digits.”

Isobar said that “everybody” knew about Morenci’s snowfall because it was mentioned in an Associated Press story. The story was reprinted in papers across the country.

“I even saw a link to it on the website of a British paper,” Isobar said. “Of course it wasn’t quite right.

Isobar said he received a call from the National Weather Service office near Detroit about noon Saturday. He hadn’t measured the snow, but he could see there was about two inches of new snowfall.

“I told them I reported six inches that morning and we had a couple more, so that was it. The AP story said ‘The National Weather Service reported 8 inches of snow at Blissfield and Morenci in Michigan, and more than 6 inches of snow fell on Detroit.’”

Isobar mentioned February 2007 earlier. He said what lies ahead for this week looks a little like the cold spell two years ago.

“From what I’ve read, this one won’t be quite as bad,” he said. “In 2007, we had six sub-zero mornings in a row, then a couple more later in the month.”

Isobar said he’s tiring of the weather people talking over and over about the terrible cold weather coming.

“We’re supposed to have single-digit low temperatures through Saturday and two or three below-zero nights, but we’ve certainly had worse.”

In January 1994, there were 11 below-zero mornings and a low for the month of -25°. Other January lows include -12° in 1999, -11° in 1997, -13° in 1987, -16° in 1985 and -23° in 1984.

“We had 11 below-zero readings in 1984, eight in 1982 with a low of -16, and 10 of them in 1981.”

On the other end of the spectrum, the temperature never even dropped into the teens in January 2006.

“It’s going to be very cold this week,” Isobar said, “and the wind chill is going to make it very bitter, but I wish they would lay off with the end-of-the-world predictions.”

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