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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 April weather 5.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

April is the cruelest month, T.S. Elliot wrote.

While Elliot talked about lilacs bred out of dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain, etc., Morenci climate Observer George Isobar talks about other forms of cruelty.

“In April we often get some warm, spring-like weather that’s followed by freezing weather again,” he said.

This year was no exception. The temperature reached 68° on April 3, but two days later it was snowing.

“We got off pretty lightly in the snow department,” Isobar said. “We had about an inch on the ground for a day and it was gone the next day.”

But that wasn’t quite the end of wintry weather. April’s cruelty again.

There were more days in the 50s and 60s before something else cold fell from the skies April 13.

“I never saw any snowflakes,” Isobar said, “but there was more than rain. Rain doesn’t bounce off the windowsill like that.”

It happened again later in the month. This time the temperature reached as high as 71° before more ice balls were observed about a week later on April 21.

But that was the end of winter. After that the temperature rose into the 80s for five consecutive days, bringing the monthly high of 85° April 26.

Four days later it was back in the 50s.

The low for the month was recorded April 12 with a reading of 25°. That was one of four days with a morning reading in the 20s.

In the end, the average for the month was 1.4° above normal due to the unusually warm days in the 80s.

“We had all those temperature fluctuations, but the bigger story is probably in the precipitation department,” Isobar said.

The first of three one-inch-plus storms came in the first week of the month, resulting in a total of 4.79.

“We’ve had a lot of wetter Aprils, but that’s still about an inch more than average,” Isobar said. “That’s three months in a row wetter than average.”

It was nothing like March when the total was about three inches above average, but it continues to build up, he said.

MAY—“We’re sure to have more of the 80° readings, but it’s not uncommon to get into the 90° range,” Isobar said.

“I predict a few more days of memory mixed with desire, then we’ll be complaining about the heat.”

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