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By day, Ray Bustos is a network engineer for Google. By night, as in all night—his record is 40 hours straight—he is a champion barbecuer.

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Wind surfers catch the spring wind at Rowena. Contributed photo/Carl R. Gentry

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Mushu the dragon (Kate Ferguson) meets Mulan (Santara Grillone) as she runs away to war during The Dalles Middle School's production of Disney's Mulan Jr. Friday night, May 17. Performances continue Saturday, May 18, at 2 and 6 p.m.

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Just in time to mark the 39th anniversary Saturday, May 18, of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the Chronicle received a big manila envelope from a Washington man. Inside was a poem Guillermo Castaneda wrote about that sunny Sunday morning in 1980, about experiencing the “total eclipse” of ash-induced darkness that sent him and his family scurrying inside in fear.

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The Wasco and Sherman Soil and Water Conservation Districts USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service received the District Partnership Award, and Chase Schultz from the Wheeler Soil and Water Conservation District received the District Employee Partnership Award, at the 2019 CONNECT conference hosted by the Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network in Sunriver in April.

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“What do I do? “How can I help?” These tough questions arise when community members encounter a person who appears to be experiencing a serious mental health crisis. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) is spreading the word about services that can help in these situations, including Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), an evidence-based program through the National Council for Behavioral Health.

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The Mt. Hood National Forest has closed a portion of the 16 Road, sometimes referred to as “Red Hill Road,” on the Hood River Ranger District. The road will be closed for the remainder of May and most of June due to timber harvest operations taking place in the area., according to the forest service.

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Migratory birds will take center stage at The Dalles Dam visitor center Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 26th Annual Migratory Bird Day with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

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To guess this week’s photo, above, email Mark Gibson at MGibson@thedalleschronicle.com or call 541-296-2141, ext. 107, and leave a message. Be sure to spell your name.

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A team of students from the Gorge will be competing in Project Invent on May 18. The team has constructed a gaming controller specialized for Jose Garcia, above, who lives with Cerebral Palsy and as a result has limited motor function and control.

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A team of students from the Gorge will be competing in Project Invent on May 18. Pictured are, left to right, advisor William Ayer, students Jacob Field, Jose Garcia, Cesar Robles, Claire Powell and Nathan Fuentes, and advisor Jack Perrin. The team is fundraising to attend Stanford Universit…

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The dog Vizsla Juno sits among blooming wildflowers near Starlight Drive West in The Dalles. A mix of lupine and balsamroot can be found blooming throughout the region—popular viewing areas include Dalles Mountain Ranch northeast of Dallesport (accessed from Highway 14) and Historic Highway …

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This year’s Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery in the Columbia and Snake rivers opened Wednesday, May 1, and runs through Sept. 30, according to a news release from the Bonneville Power Administration, which funds the program.

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To guess this week’s photo, above, email Mark Gibson at MGibson@thedalleschronicle.com or call 541-296-2141, ext. 107, and leave a message. Be sure to spell your name.

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Trained as a mariner and former chief mate for the American Empress tour boat, which frequently docks in The Dalles, Scott Stephenson is now executive director at The Dalles Art Center. Stephenson replaced former director Carmen Toll.

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With the theme of "Follow the Cherry Brick Road," the 40th annual Northwest Cherry Festival parade rolled through town this weekend. (Photo gallery)

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The 40th Annual Cherry Festival in The Dalles is  Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, with a morning parade, carnival rides, marketplace, home and garden show, an entertainment stage and more.

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Two Easter traditions in The Dalles brought community members together this weekend. (Photos)

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Native American dancers lead a friendship dance in the South Wasco High School gym during the Redsides Pow Wow 2019 Thursday, April 18.

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The Fort Dalles Floozies and Friends celebrated the birthday of their oldest member, Eva Pheles, 99, Monday, April 16, at Columbia Basin Care in The Dalles. Standing behind her are, left to right, Dennis Davis (brothel inspector), Mary Davis (Madame Mary), Sharon Hull and Corliss Marsh (Chin…

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Bre Birchfield, second from left, was named Distinguished Young Woman of Wasco County April 13. She received $6,500 in scholarship funds. Riley Brewer, right, was named first alternate ($3,000) and scholastic winner ($2,500.) Also pictured is finalist Halle Haskins ($2,000), left, Jenna Mill…

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Even after 45 years of fly fishing, Paul Anderson will tell you he is still learning. Anderson, a well-known fly casting instructor and avid outdoorsman, is the proud owner and sole employee of Flyfishing Strategies Fly Shop, a business that has managed to thrive alongside the ever-changing cycles of salmon and steelhead that swim in the nearby Columbia River.

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Temple guards Michael Henricksen, left, and Marty Fiegenbaum rehearse for the Last Days of Jesus passion play which begins with the Last Supper Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School auditorium.

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Native wildflowers bloom early, and already in flower is the mules ear, a member of the sunflower family, and the grass widow,  one of the earliest blooms in the eastern Gorge.

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Who will be selected as Little Miss Royal Ann and Little Mr. Royal Andy for the 40th annual Northwest Cherry Festival?

That’s up to you. Voting is now underway at Rivermark Community Credit Union, 1240 W. 6th St., in Cascade Square.

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New play equipment has been installed at Gateway Presbyterian Church in The Dalles, 1111 Dry Hollow Rd., and will be available to the community daily, dawn to dusk.

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