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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.

March weather 04.07.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

It was a record-setting month, says Morenci climate observer George Isobar, but he probably won’t find anyone to complain about it.

In the 36 years of Morenci weather records, there’s always been at least a trace of snow falling in March. Always, until last month.

“We started the month with four inches on the ground and there was still a trace through March 9,” Isobar said. “But that was all February snow. I never witnessed so much as a flake falling in March.”

Two years ago, 19.6 inches of snow fell in March, Isobar said, and 13.2 the year before that in 2007. Last year there was just a trace, but then you have to go back to 1991 to find snow that light.

Even though March was an extra warmth month, there were still plenty of opportunities for snow as far as the temperature was concerned.

Morning temperatures fell below freezing at last half of the days last month, with temperatures in the 20s coming as late as March 30. The low for the month was recorded March 26 at 19°.

On the upper end, the warmest day of the month came on the final day with 80°.

“We just didn’t have any extra cold days in March,” Isobar said. “The daily average from Toledo shows March 26 at 9° below average and that was the coldest.”

There were eight days with averages in the double-digit range for warmer than average.

“We haven’t had many 80° days in March over recent decades,” Isobar said.

In addition to the lack of snow, there was a shortage of precipitation of any kind. Rainfall totaled 2.60 inches which is about two tenths below average for the month.

APRIL—April is the month when Isobar talks about whether or not it will snow; not March. Nearly every year there’s at least a trace of snow in April.

“I really don’t think that’s going to be the case this year,” he said. “I don’t pretend to be a forecaster, I’m just making a guess.”

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