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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.

Mr. Isobar looks at June weather 2011.07.07

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Only 0.65 of an inch of rain for the entire month of June?

“It’s not without precedence,” said National Weather Service climate observer in Morenci, George Isobar, “but it’s been a long time.”

The last ultra-dry June came in 1988 when only 0.55 of an inch fell. It finally broke loose in July and nearly every month for the remainder of the year was above normal in precipitation.

According to the data at Toledo Express Airport, 1952 was the driest since records have been kept, with only 0.12 falling.

“There is a big difference between this year and 1988,” Isobar said. “We’ve had a lot more rain leading up to the dry spell this time around.”

In 1988, only 11 inches of rain fell in the month leading up to June. That was below average. In 2011, we had twice that much—a whopping 22.45 inches prior to June.

“We’ll just have to see if Mother Nature responds like in 1988,” Isobar said. “That year we had five inches in both July and August and a total of 24 inches for the final six months of the year.”

The first week of July didn’t offer much, he said, at least not here. More than two inches fell Saturday night in some locations south of Detroit. And in Lenawee and Fulton? Not much of anything.

“At this point the forecast doesn’t look too promising for the next few days,” Isobar said. “If the rain finally kicks in, there will be some catching up to do.”

Isobar said there were nine days with precipitation last month, but only one of those rains produced a significant amount.

“We even had three thunderstorms,” he said, “but two of them were pretty much dry. It was an odd month.”

The mean temperature finished 2.0 degrees above normal in Toledo, despite seven days with a high in the 70s and one day with a high of only 69. Many of the other days produced some heat.

“We had five days in the 90s and three others in the high 80s,” Isobar said. “The high for the month came on the eighth at 97°.”

June’s low of 49 was recorded on the morning of the 15th.

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