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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 looks at October weather 2012.11.14

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A month of pleasant weather ended on the chilly side last week as October gave way to November. Despite one last blast of warm weather, the month ended below average in temperature and also below average in rainfall.

“The National Weather Service office in Toledo listed the monthly temperature at 0.7° below average,” said Morenci climate observer George Isobar. There were some warm extremes and some chilly extremes, but overall it was just a pretty nice month.”

The high of 79° was recorded Oct. 24 during a four-day stretch with temperatures in the 70s. 

“It stayed mild overnight, also, and gave daily averages of 15, 19 and 17 degrees above normal,” Isobar said. “It was nearly 60° two mornings in a row when I went out to collect data. That’s really unusual for Oct. 23 and 24.”

The coldest weather came much earlier in the month. The mercury dropped to 28° on the morning of Oct. 8 during a string of nine days that were all below average.

“There were a dozen morning lows in the 20s and 30s,” Isobar said. “On the other hand, there was a total of seven days in the 70s.”

Precipitation finished about a third of an inch below normal and was spread out among a lot of smaller storms.

“The biggest rain was only 64 hundredths of an inch,” Isobar said, “and that fell during one of the three thunderstorms last month.”

Isobar didn’t report any snowfall, but there was some sleet on the final day of the month.

NOVEMBER—”We’re still waiting for the first snowfall,” Isobar said. “Well, some people aren’t waiting, they’re dreading it.

“We’ve averaged a couple inches of snow in November over the last three decades, with a high of 6.6 inches.”

But on the other hand, he said, it ground often stays green.

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