After months of hype, NW braces for solar eclipse

FILE--This Aug. 17, 2017, file aerial photo provided by the Oregon State Police shows a 15-mile traffic jam on Highway 26 heading in to Prineville, Ore. After months of hype, officials in Oregon and Idaho are making last-minute preparations as hundreds of thousands of tourists pour in for this Monday's total solar eclipse. (Oregon State Police via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After months of hype, it’s almost here.

Evacuation orders affect hundreds in Calif., Ore.

A bomber drops a load of fire retardant below the Lolo Peak fire creeping down the face of the ridge toward the Bitterroot Valley, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 in Missoula, Mont. The Lolo Peak Fire in western Montana blew up overnight leading law enforcement officers to order the evacuation of up to 400 more homes west of the town of Lolo. (Kurt Wilson/The Missoulian via AP)

SISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that’s a prime location for viewing the eclipse.

Mount Hood climber died after delays slowed rescue

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 19-20 - FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2009, file photo, a cloud forms over Mount Hood as seen from Government Camp, Ore. An estimated 10,000 people try to climb Mount Hood every year, a number that reflects its proximity to Portland and accessibility from a parking lot next to picturesque Timberline Lodge. Some of the people who make the attempt have little climbing experience, possessing not even the most basic mountaineering equipment. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — John Thorton Jenkins plummeted out of control.

Wash. man’s invention to protect high-energy dogs

Labrador retriever Cruiser model the pink and black version of Mark Meyocks' vest in Selah, Wash., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Orvis will sell his vest in its catalogue and online in time for the fall hunting season. (Shawn Gust/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)

SELAH, Wash. (AP) — Cruiser the Labrador retriever is one hard-charging canine. He loves running fast and crashing into scrub to bring game back for his favorite person, Mark Meyocks.

Colorado man’s ‘spaceship’ set for solar eclipse

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 19-20 - In this Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo Agnes Busch, 90, the former owner of the 1976 GMC recreational vehicle that was converted into the Mobile Earth & Space Observatory, watches as people tour the mobile observatory outside the MESO office in Colorado Springs, Colo. A team from the Pikes Peak Observatory that will drive it to Nebraska to participate in the Citizen CATE project that will document the solar eclipse on Monday. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — “Star Wars” arrived in theaters to inspire a budding scientist.

Nevada plans to use untried execution drugs

Nevada death row inmate Scott Raymond Dozier confers with Lori Teicher, a federal public defender involved in his case, during a Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 appearance in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. A date for Dozier's execution was pushed back one month, to mid-November, while defense attorneys challenge the state's lethal injection protocol. Dozier, who maintains that he wants to die, would become the first person executed in Nevada since 2006. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prison officials in Nevada drew immediate criticism Friday for proposing an untried three-drug combination for the scheduled Nov. 14 lethal injection of a twice-convicted murderer who says he wants his execution sentence carried out.

Utah teacher wants wedding gifts sent to homeless

In this Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 photo, shows items Rickee Stewart, has gathered for the school's homeless students, in West Jordan, Utah. Stewart, a teacher who is getting married next month, is so concerned over the students' plight she registered for items they need instead of wedding gifts. (The Deseret News via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah high school teacher is getting married next month. But instead of registering for a blender or stemware, she’s asking for shoes and backpacks to give homeless children at her school.

Trump to address Reno American Legion convention

President Donald Trump steps out of Air Force One during his arrival at Morristown Municipal Airport, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 in Morristown, N.J. Trump returning to his golf resort in nearby Bedminister, N.J., after having a meeting with his national security team at Camp David, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s trip out West next week will include a speech to the American Legion convention in northern Nevada where the mayor of Reno is urging him to speak out against hate-driven violence and deliver a message of unity in the wake of last weekend’s bloodshed in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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