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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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.

Water, EMS rates rising 2013.05.08

Written by David Green.

Water rates and the EMS ambulance assessment are both expected to increase for Morenci residents starting in July.

Water costs have remained steady since 2005, said Morenci mayor Keith Pennington, and reserves in the fund have shrunk.

The new proposal is to increase the rate from $1.76 per thousand gallons to $2.40. The increase will not affect a resident’s entire sewer and water bill, Pennington pointed out, but only the portion of the bill for water usage. Looking at his own bill, he anticipates an increase of about $10 each quarter.

The city is looking at maintenance needs at the water tower between Chestnut and East Coomer streets with an estimated cost of $115,000.

In addition, the fire department has requested a loop to be formed on the west end of the city for better fire protection.

Some water lines are targeted for replacement which is holding up repaving efforts, such as on Locust Street.

Water funds were used during the parking lot project when new lines were laid before paving.

If rates are increased now, Pennington said, some of those projects could get underway soon.

EMS—The proposed city budget shows a 10 percent increase in the assessment for the Morenci Area EMS. 

Revenue continues to decrease from insurance reimbursement, Pennington said, and federal rates are being pushed down.

The ordinance that established the EMS service allows city council to increase rates by a maximum of 10 percent annually.

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