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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 looks back at August 09.10.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The dry days of summer officially came to an end Aug. 17. About an inch of rain fell that day in the Morenci area and an inch and a half was measured about a week later.

“Our dry spell started June 21 and kept up for almost two months,” said George Isobar, climate observer in Morenci for the National Weather Service. “We had less than two inches of precipitation for those two months.”

At least that’s how it was in most of the area. Isobar heard reports of heavy downpours to the north and to the south and even one to the east.

For the most part though, there wasn’t much rain falling in this area until mid-August.

“It changed pretty quickly starting Aug. 17,” he said. “We had enough rain in the final two weeks of the month to end up with an average rainfall.”

On the average, about 3.9 inches falls during August and the past month’s total came in at 3.93.

The spring started off with about four inches above normal in March and April, and rainfall stayed in the normal range for May and June, but then the spigot was turned off.

The rainy streak that started in mid-August dried up in early September, but about three-fourths of an inch fell Monday and Tuesday of this week, Isobar said.

“Now is the time for it to settle down with the corn and bean harvest coming up,” he said. “This isn’t the time to make up for a dry summer.”

The last 10 days of August mostly stayed in the 60 and 70° range, Isobar said, but the average for the month ended up just over average.

“It seems like it was a cool month, but it’s easy to forget about the first two and a half weeks,” he said. “We had two days where the maximum reached 95°, plus another at 90° and two at 89°.”

There were four thunderstorms recorded, but no severe weather reported in the area. The maximum wind gust for the month at the Toledo National Weather Service office was only 37 miles an hour.

September

Another day or two in the 90s wouldn’t be unusual for September, Isobar said, but there’s also a chance of the first frost.

“Looking back in the records, we almost always had our first frost in September back in the 1970s and early 80s, but it’s a lot more spotty now,” he said. “Still, some mornings in the upper 30s aren’t unexpected at all.”

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