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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 reviews March weather 4.08.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

If the entire month of March passes by with nary a flake of snow, then April must pay the price.

That’s apparently how it went this year. With just a small amount of snow falling one day last month, March ended up with only a trace of the white stuff, matched only by 1991.

“That was so odd to have a nearly snowless March,” said Morenci area climate observer George Isobar. “We had 13 inches two years ago and the average from the last three decades is about 5.5 inches. We’ve had some rather significant snowfalls in March over the years.”

If it hadn’t been for the light snow that fell March 29, there wouldn’t have been anything at all.

The snow might have been absent, but that’s not the case for rainfall. At 6.10 inches, last March was by far the wettest since the current records were started in 1975. The March average is about 2.8 inches.

“We had nearly a month’s worth of rainfall during two different storms last month,” Isobar said.

That situation led to a lot of flooding in the area.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Bean Creek that far into Wakefield Park,” Isobar said. “The same thing at Riverside. It was really extensive.”

The flood gave the creek a good cleaning, Isobar said.

“I think there’s only one log across the river from Main Street north past the cemetery now,” he said. “Things always get rearranged in a heavy flood.”

Temperature

What a variable month for temperature, Isobar noted. From a low of 4° recorded March 3, the extreme on the other end came in at 70° on the 17th.

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