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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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.

Morenci city council 2012.12.05

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci city council will apply for state funds to cover most of the maintenance costs associated with the Main Street bridge over Bean Creek.

The bridge provides the only link to city’s east and west side without a detour north or south of town.

Council voted to hire Frank Brechting of  Brechting Bridge and Engineering to apply for the grant at an expected of $700. Brechting is the inspector who examines the city’s bridges.

The maintenance project—sand blasting and painting—is expected to cost around $100,000. The metal beams under the bridge are included in the project, said city supervisor Barney Vanderpool, and all the paint that’s chipped off must be collected for disposal.

The grant through the Michigan Department of Transportation would cover 95 percent of the cost.

Vanderpool had no recollection of the bridge being painted in the 31 years he’s worked with the city.

ODOR—City hall employees are still puzzled over an odd odor that’s permeated the building off and on for several months.

The sewer lines and furnace have been checked, but the source remains a mystery.

Council voted to spends funds on the problem if necessary.

BACKHOE—The city will seek help with replacement of its backhoe through the Clean Diesel program. Twenty-five percent of the $90,000 unit would be paid through the grant.

PLANNERS—Two residents have joined the Morenci Planning Commission: Lowell Oberhaus and Brad Frederick.

MEETING—The city council next meet on Dec. 10 for its only meeting of the month.

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