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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.

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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