MORNING COFFEE: Man killed in Highway 395 accident, wildfires engulf California and riots in Wisconsin

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Pend Oreille County has more than its share of mountain rangers surrounding it. (Brandon Hansen photo)

STATE NEWS

WASHINGTON SEES HISTORIC TURNOUT FOR PRIMARY
The Office of the Secretary of State certified Washington’s Aug. 4 Primary Election, in which more than 2.51 million people — or 54.44% of all registered voters in Washington — cast their ballots. The turnout rate is the highest on record for a Primary since 1964 when over 840,000 people voted, representing a 56.06% turnout. Click here for the full story. 

LARGE CROWDS GATHER AT OUTDOOR AREAS IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON
Officials say north Oregon coast crowds have been overwhelming the state park sites this summer with highway traffic jams, illegal parking and overflowing trash bins amid the coronavirus pandemic. In Washington, large crowds caused closures at Lake Cushman on the Olympic Peninsula. Click here for the full story. 


LOCAL NEWS

MAN KILLED IN HIGHWAY 395 ACCIDENT
A young man was killed in a crash on Highway 395 near Dennison Chattaroy Road early Monday morning. According to the Washington State Patrol, the victim is believed to be around the age of 18. First responders are still working to recover and identify the victim. Click here for the full story.


NATIONAL NEWS

RIOTS ERUPT IN WISCONSIN AFTER MAN SHOT APPARENTLY IN THE BACK BY POLICE
Protesters set cars on fire, smashed windows and clashed with officers in riot gear after Kenosha police shot and wounded a Black man, apparently in the back, while responding to a call about a domestic dispute. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers promptly condemned the shooting Sunday of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who was hospitalized in serious condition after he was gunned down in front of his three children as he leaned over into his SUV. Click here for the full story. 

MASSIVE WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA CAUSE EVACUATIONS
Firefighters battling three massive wildfires in Northern California got a break from the weather early Monday as humidity rose and there was no return of the onslaught of lightning strikes that ignited the infernos a week earlier. The three big fires around the Bay Area and many others burning across the state have put nearly 250,000 people under evacuation orders and warnings and authorities renewed warnings for anxious homeowners to stay away from the evacuation zones. Click here for the full story.


SCIENCE NEWS

FOLLOW THE MARS PERSEVERANCE ROVER’S TRIP TO MARS
The last time we saw NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission was on July 30, 2020, as it disappeared into the black of deep space on a trajectory for Mars. But with NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System, you can follow in real time as humanity’s most sophisticated rover—and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter traveling with it—treks millions of miles over the next six months to Jezero Crater.