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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Isobar's weather review: May 06.09.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

May was a month of extremes in the weather department, both for temperature and precipitation.

“We’ve had hotter and we’ve had colder weather in Mays of the past,” said National Weather Service climate observer in Morenci, George Isobar, “but this past one brought quite range.”

The high temperature for the month was recorded May 30 at 90°. After a week of temperatures in the upper 80s, the mercury finally climbed to the 90° mark.

That week, along with above-average temperatures the first week of the month, pushed the mean temperature for May up to 3.4° above the long-term average.

“We also had a string of extra chilly days earlier in the month and that’s when we got our monthly low of 30°,” Isobar said.

There were two other readings in the low 30s that month.

The other extreme came in the precipitation department with a total of 6.85 inches of rain—about 2.5 inches above normal.

“That follows an extra wet April with 4.63 inches,” Isobar said. “We’ve already had more than two inches in the first week of May and there’s a prediction for another inch or two overnight.”

There’s one more extreme for May, Isobar said—nine days with thunderstorms—but there’s another one missing.

“I doubt that anyone is complaining, but we continue a long run missing the severe weather,” he said. “Last weekend was the closest it’s come in quite a while with a tornado touch down in Fulton County, but we were missed again.”

JUNE—What’s there to expect other than more rain?

“We could be up near the month’s average before it’s half over,” Isobar said, but added that it could all come to an abrupt end.

“We’ve had wet seasons where it seems like the spigot was suddenly turned off,” he said. “We go from too much to not enough in a pretty quick fashion.”

June nearly always brings days in the 90° range—sometimes as many as a dozen.

“It seems that it should become another good summer for mosquitoes,” Isobar said. “Flooded areas, lots of heat. It’s one of our leading crops.”

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