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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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    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's monthly report 10.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Compared to most Septembers, the month just passed was a dry one—an inch and a half below the average.

Compared to August, it was really rather wet.

“Since the last week of July, there hasn’t been much in the way of rainfall,” said George Isobar, National Weather Service climate observer in Morenci.

The August precipitation ended at only 1.04 inches, which is the driest August in this area since 1976. That was followed by just 2.16 inches in September.

“Only three inches of rain in more than two months is really unusual,” Isobar said. “I hope we don’t get a cruel joke from Mother Nature now when we don’t need rain for bringing the crops in.”

Isobar said there were four thunderstorms during September, although the word “storm” might be pushing things a little.

“The most notable weather last month was the streak of hot temperatures in the last week,” he said. “We had 89° on the 23rd, then a cooler day at 77, then back to 91 and 84.”

Records were set in several locations, including 92° in Toledo Sept. 23, topping the previous mark of 90° from 1945.

That was summer’s last push, because four days later there were two mornings with temperatures in the upper 30s, including the low for the month on the 30th at 38°.

“The average monthly temperature was 1.6° above normal,” Isobar said. “There were several days last month that were below average to help balance out the hot streak.”

The high for the month in Morenci came on the second day of September at 92°.

October

“We get at least one day in the 80s during a typical October,” Isobar said, “but we also typically have some readings in the 20s.”

There have been a few years with a morning reading in the low 20s, he added, and even a rare year like 1988 when the temperature dropped to 18° in October.

“But it’s snow that you’re really wondering about, isn’t it?” Isobar asked. “Well, that’s a rarity, but it does happen from time to time.”

Since 1976, measurable snow has fallen only three times in October, including 2.1 inches in 1980.

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