Morenci council positions up for vote 3.25.09

Written by David Green.

For anyone thinking of serving in city government, 2009 is a good year to give it a try. This year’s election will feature three options.

First, the mayor’s seat expires this year. Doug Erskin’s two-year term is up in November. Erskin was elected in November 2007 after defeating long-time mayor Russ Sutherland.

The regular four-year terms expire for three council members. Keith Pennington was appointed to council in 1997 and has been elected to office since then. Tracy Schell was elected to a full four-year term in 2005. Greg Braun was appointed to council in February 2008 to fill vacancy.

Jason Cook was appointed to council in October 2008 to fill a vacancy. He will seek election to complete that office—a commitment of two years.

Candidates must be registered voters of the City of Morenci for at least one year prior to the election. Nominating petitions must be signed by at least 25 qualified electors, with a filing deadline on May 12.

If a large number of candidates file for office, the field will be narrowed at the Aug. 4 primary election. The annual general election is scheduled Nov. 3.

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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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