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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.

Morenci takes advantage of 'clean diesel' initiative 2012.09.12

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Some areas of Michigan have a problem with dirty air and efforts are underway to make it cleaner. In rural areas such as Morenci, the air is clean and people want to keep it that way.

The City of Morenci is doing its part by joining in the state’s Clean Diesel Grant Program. Morenci now has a new dump truck—bought at half price through the grant—that’s burning cleaner and more efficiently than the nearly 30-year-old model it replaced.

City supervisor Barney Vanderpool said when he first became aware of the grant opportunity, he thought about using it to replace the Department of Public Works backhoe. He and deputy clerk Leasa Slocum attended a workshop in Lansing to learn details about the program and he decided to apply for funding to replace the older dump truck, also.

“We didn’t get it for the backhoe since the truck was older,” Vanderpool said.

The new diesel replaces a 1984 Ford truck that was still functioning, but not as efficiently and cleanly as the 2013 International.

“That’s what the grant was for,” Vanderpool said, “to get those old ones off the road.”

They’re not just off the road—they’re gone, never to return. The grant requires total decommissioning of old units.

“We drained fluids, drilled holes in the block and cut the frame in two,” Vanderpool said. 

After that it was sold for scrap.

Vanderpool said the unit came in $17,000 below budget, with a total price of $130,200. The City matched the 50 percent grant.

Vanderpool obtained price quotes for the chassis, box and snow plow, then Slocum handled the remainder of the project by filling out forms, communicating with officials from the Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Diesel Grant Program, and using the EPA’s “quantifier program” to determine the expected reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxide (leading to high ozone levels), particulate matter, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

Slocum will also track fuel consumed by the new truck. Using that data with the reductions in emissions, the overall effectiveness of the project will be determined.

A system will be set up to track emissions from all city-owned vehicles to help with decisions for additional clean diesel projects. The City does have some other older equipment that might qualify for the program, Vanderpool said, and he expects to take another look at Clean Diesel Grant opportunities in a couple of years.

Changes in diesel

The words “clean” and “diesel” were never paired in years past, but changes in fuel and in engine technology have changed that.

Since 2006, refineries have produced ultra-low-sulfur-diesel (ULSD) that cut sulfur dioxide levels dramatically. In addition, the fuel doesn’t clog up emissions control devices and allows additional cleaning. Several emission scrubbing processes are part of Morenci’s new truck.

Health concerns from diesel emissions can be a problem particularly for children, outdoor workers, the elderly and those with respiratory disease.

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