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The Panj Piare chant holy hymns before the start of the annual Sikh celebration honoring Guru Arjan Dev Ji at the Dasmesh Darbar Sikh Temple, in South Salem June 16.

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MADRAS — Some of the next generation of firefighting air tankers will be based at an airport in Central Oregon, along with a collection of vintage planes. The Bend Bulletin reports that Erickson Aero Tanker of Hillsboro now has two of its MD-87 jets based at the Madras Municipal Airport and will be adding three more by the end of the summer. The company bought seven planes from a Spanish airline, and will be converting them to drop fire retardant on wildfires.

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