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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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Unofficial election results show two appointed incumbents defeated challengers to keep their seats on the school board Tuesday, and they are joined by four other new faces on the D21 board.

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Photographs from a performance of Disney's Mulan Jr. at The Dalles Middle School.

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The Dalles Middle School performs Disney's Mulan Jr.

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The Dalles Middle School performs Disney's Mulan Jr.

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An unoccupied trailer was destroyed by fire at the Lone Pine In Lieu Site Friday night. The owner was fishing at the time and had her 3-year-old son with her, a relative said.

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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 Dalles City Council on Monday unanimously approved a permit system for RV parking on city streets, and modified current on-street parking restrictions for RVs and oversized vehicles to allow for vehicles in violation to be impounded and towed 24 hours after the posting of the first $20 citation.

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Aaron Carter first came to The Dalles years ago on a visiting high school football team. Now he’s moving his family here for his new post as managing partner at the new Columbia Gorge Toyota and Columbia Gorge Honda dealerships, formerly Griffith Motors.

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The new owners of the Recreation Building downtown received a $200,000 state grant to help restore the façade of the building. Todd Carpenter and his wife Carla McQuade applied for the grant through The Dalles Main Street for funding provided by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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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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Child Care Partners, with the support of the Wasco County Early Childhood Committee, offer this year’s Wasco County Children’s Fair on Saturday, May 18, at The Dalles City Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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Teri Hownslow has been busy the past few months. Not only has she pulled together all the paperwork and training she needed to license her new daycare facility—she has named it Adventure Academy LLC—she has been remodeling her historic home to accommodate the children she hopes to care for.

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“Every school bus in America is a Triple-X theater because of mobile devices.” That jolting thought was offered at a talk May 7 by author Kristen Jenson, a nationally known expert on talking to kids about the dangers of pornography.

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Shoppers will see major changes at The Dalles Fred Meyer in the next six months as the company reconfigures the store to maximize grocery space to meet demand. The remodel also creates dozens of new jobs in our area, which is already experiencing a tight labor market, with the unemployment rate for Wasco County hovering around 4 percent according to the state employment department.

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Three of the four Snake River dams, and McNary Dam on the Columbia River, have fish transport facilities.  At these four dams, juvenile fish that go through the bypass systems can be routed either directly back into the river below the dam, or to holding and loading facilities for loading into barges or trucks for transport.

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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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The City of The Dalles will test the city hall emergency siren at noon on Thursday, May 16, according to Patrick Ashmore, chief of police.

In a real emergency, the siren would sound several times and you should tune to a local radio station for instructions.

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Over the years I often have had people ask me what it is I actually do, and what Columbia River Inter-Tribal Police Department (CRITPD) is. Not just friends, family or members of the public but other police agencies as well.

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A ring-billed gull investigates the flotsam along the bank of the Columbia River at Celilo park. A colony of the gulls nests just upstream at the east end of Miller Island.

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David Griffith still has plenty on his plate, with posts on several community boards and a sideline in auctioneering, but he has retired from the auto dealership business.

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Hood River County, which is in the midst of its own budget crisis, has proposed increasing the subsidy it pays to fund the regional jail, even though it would mean staff reductions at the county.

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About 60 teachers and supporters marched through downtown Wednesday after school as part of a statewide action in support of increased school funding. They back proposed state legislation that would help reduce class size and restore cut programs like career classes, music, and PE. It would …

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Help save historic drugstore

Join in a community project to help save the Waldron Brothers Drugstore, the oldest commercial building in The Dalles, 1 to 3 p.m. May 18 at the Last Stop Saloon, 209 Second St., in The Dalles.

A presentation on the history of the building and a market study will be followed by a community discussion to identify potential uses for the building.

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First Book is a nationwide non-profit organization with a simple mission: To provide new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy—access to books. First Book/Wasco County will be giving out book grants in the fall to literacy programs who ser…

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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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There aren’t many Republicans in the Oregon Senate, but on Tuesday, there weren’t any at all.

The minority caucus was spread around the state, some in Salem and others in their hometowns, in an act of solidarity to deny the chamber a quorum to delay the passage of a bill to raise $1 billion in new taxes for public education. The bill was the lone item being voted on.

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The Sherman girls tennis team placed second as a team and had Savannah Moe take first place and the doubles team of Gabriela Rubio and CJ Johnson pick up second place at the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 4 Sub-District Tennis Tournament at Tri-Cities Court Club in Kennewick, Wash. and qualifi…

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Jason Bustos, pictured right, owner of the McDonald’s franchises in The Dalles, was thanked recently by the Oregon National Guard unit in The Dalles for donating breakfast and dinner to 70 local guardsmen in March at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Pictured with Bustos is Capt. Chris Perro…

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The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation are now custodians of 1,200 acres of critical habitat along the Middle Fork John Day River, thanks to a recent land transaction with The Nature Conservancy.

Ownership of the property, called the Dunstan Homestead Preserve, transferred to the Tribes in April. It is located northeast of John Day.

The land’s critical fish and wildlife habitat will remain under perpetual protection and stewardship as a result of the partnerships between The Nature Conservancy, the Tribes and the Bonneville Power Administration.

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In simpler times if you wanted to learn about a particular subject, you bought a book. To learn how to operate a new gadget you read the instruction manual. Today you can still find a book on the War of 1812, but for that new high-tech gadget, you either won’t find a manual or the instructio…

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If  Swing is your Thing then you may want to check out Monday Nights at the Moth Lounge. Ronnie Ontiveros leads a rotating cast of musicians through the early jazz and blues catalog from 6-8 p.m. Onstage left to right: Rodger Gadway, Dennis Williams, Rod Kriebel, Genavie Thomas, Ronnie Ontiv…

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Help save the Waldron Brothers Drugstore

Join in a community project to help save the Waldron Brothers Drugstore, the oldest commercial building in The Dalles, 1 to 3 p.m. May 18 at the Last Stop Saloon in The Dalles.

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In a recent drug bust at 512 Liberty St. in The Dalles, police seized 1.8 pounds of methamphetamine and 5.3 ounces of heroin. Three people were arrested in connection with the bust.

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State officials last Tuesday gave the go-ahead on a contract to replace one boat ramp at Pine Hollow Reservoir and repair another, bringing a years-long effort to fruition.

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Cascade Singers’ spring concert has been rescheduled from early June to June 15 and 16.

evin Howard Dale, 30, who has coached several sports at The Dalles High School and previously at Horizon Christian School in Hood River, was arrested Friday afternoon by The Dalles Police Department on three charges of third-degree sex abuse, one charge of private indecency and one charge of second-degree criminal trespass.

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Ray Kelso surveyed his small motel room, where a few clothes were piled in a corner and medical supplies and food were sitting on the nightstand, and said it looked messy. In his 19 years of being homeless in The Dalles, he said he liked to keep his campsites neat and tidy. Kelso agreed to talk to the Chronicle about his life on the streets, and his hope—with the help of Mephibosheth Outreach, a local homeless ministry that has paid for his motel room for the last few weeks—to never return to it.

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The 32nd annual Community Clean-Up is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and will be held at its former location at Sixth and Webber streets because the county property on 10th Street is not available this year, according to Cindy Keever, who coordinates the event for the Public Works Department of The Dalles.

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