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Fish and Wildlife Officials Offer $2,500 Reward for Information in Humboldt Elk Poaching Case

Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife In December 2018, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife pleaded with the…

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Events

5 Awesome Memorial Day Weekend Events in Siskiyou County

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, which means it’s time to gather with friends and family and enjoy a nice…

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Events

Catch Trophy-Sized Trout at the Lake Siskiyou Kids Fishing Day on May 25

In December, the Mount Shasta Rotary constructed pens in Lake Siskiyou to house and grow “trophy-sized” rainbow trout to release…

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Outdoors

The Newest Member of Squaw’s Avalanche Dog Team is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

Many resorts in Northern California have a team of ski patrol dogs who are highly trained to find and rescue…

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News

NorCal Reservoirs Approach Capacity with More Rain and Snow in the Forecast

Shasta Lake At the beginning of May, Northern California reservoirs were already sitting at historic levels. Then came the unexpected…

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News

Record Breaking 33-Pound Catfish Caught on Clear Lake

On May 9th, Frank Gentle went to Clear Lake looking to catch some fish in the lake known for its…

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Events

Spend Memorial Day Weekend at the McCloud Mushroom & Music Festival

Held every Memorial Day weekend at the base of Mt. Shasta in the historic lumber town of McCloud, the McCloud…

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Outdoors

Watch: Pro Athletes Visit Mt. Shasta and Redding for a Biking Adventure

Northern California is a biking utopia. From road biking to mountain biking to even snow biking, there’s an adventure for…

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North Coast

Come Face-to-Face with a Giant Whale with this NorCal Kayak Tour

View this post on Instagram WHALE WATCH: A tour group of kayakers were taken aback when they suddenly encountered a…

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News

Snowy Conditions Bring Chain Controls to the Tahoe Area

With the rare May storm that is currently hitting Northern California with unseasonable snow in the mountains, winter driving conditions…

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Destinations

The Stunning Drive Through Northern California’s Avenue of the Giants

Sitting in in the middle of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile two…

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News

Winter Weather Advisory: Another Foot of Snow Forecast for NorCal Mountains

Following a series of storms that brought historic rain to the Northern California valley and nearly two feet of snow…

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News

It’s Officially Sacramento’s Wettest May on Record

Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker These storms that have been slamming Northern California the past week have brought heavy precipitation, with inches of…

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Outdoors

Kayaker Performs Death-Defying Drop Off Middle McCloud Falls

During the winter or springtime at McCloud Falls, the flows become heavy enough for death defying kayak stunts. Although the…

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Events

Rainy Weather Postpones the Shasta Bike Tour

The rare rainy weather in May is causing issues for what’s otherwise sunny weather during the Shasta Bike Month. Unfortunately,…

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News

Maybruary?! Another Storm with Heavy Rain and Snow Moving into NorCal Today

After the historic winter of 2019 that singlehandedly brought Northern California out of a 7-year drought, some were hoping for…

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Outdoors

Watch: Bear Scampers Along Squaw Valley Run During May Storm

For the past month, bears have been awakening from their winter hibernation to return in droves to the Tahoe area…

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News

Whiskeytown’s Brandy Creek Reopening on May 31

Following a 10-month closure at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area due to the Carr Fire, park officials have announced the imminent…

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News

Squaw Valley Surpasses 700 Inches of Snowfall on the Season

Photo: Squaw Valley Resort The historic winter of 2019 is lasting well into May, with a new snowstorm this week…

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News

Missing Camper Found Dead in Sacramento River South of Lake Siskiyou

A camper who was visiting from Asheville, North Carolina was found dead in the Sacramento River this week after he…

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Shasta Cascade

Veteran Northern California Forest Service K9 Celebrates Retirement

K9 Jasper and Patrol Captain Harris. Photo: US Forest Service The Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Law Enforcement and Investigations is celebrating…

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News

NWS Issues ‘Winter Storm Watch’ with Over 2 Feet of Snow Forecast for NorCal

It’s not over yet, folks. In fact, this weird winter weather in May is just getting started. A rare May…

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NorCal Storm Update: Heavy Rain, Sierra Snow and Chain Controls

A rare mid-May storm slammed Northern California on Wednesday, bringing with it some winter conditions during a time of year…

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News

“Significant Weather Advisory” Issued in Shasta County

The rare mid-May storm that is currently slamming Northern California has peaked in Shasta County, with the National Weather Service…

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News

“Jump Start” Winter-Run Chinook Salmon Return to Coleman Fish Hatchery

Photo: Jacie Knight/USFWS Wildlife and water management officials are heralding the early returns of a special group of winter-run Chinook…

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News

California Attorney General Sues Feds Over Shasta Dam

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to halt the federal government’s ongoing project to raise the Shasta…

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News

Shasta County Currently Ranks 3rd in National Bike Challenge

Photo: Shasta Bike Challenge The National Bike Challenge is hosted every May and is a friendly competition between counties in…

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News

Whiskeytown NRA Offering Ranger-Led Kayak Tours Memorial Day Weekend

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is beginning to resume normal operations following the Carr Fire and that is evident with their…

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News

New King of Tahoe? Mark Zuckerberg Quietly Purchases $59 Million Properties in Tahoe

Carousel Estate. Photo: sunnysidelakefront.com If you drive through any areas surrounding Lake Tahoe, you may come across numerous bumper stickers…

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Lassen

Lassen Park Officials Measure 28-Foot Snow Walls During Road Clearing Efforts

The road clearing in Lassen Volcanic National Park continues as officials are beginning to realize just how big the snow…

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News

Winter in May? Storm to Bring a Foot of Snow to the NorCal Mountains this Week

Just when you thought it was over, the winter of 2019 is coming back with a vengeance. A big storm…

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News

Jet Skier’s Body Found in Folsom Lake Nearly a Month After He Went Missing

Alexander Ham On April 14th, 29-year-old Alexander Ham of Vineyard went missing while jet skiing on Lake Folsom. Nearly a…

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Butte

Monster 30-Pound Striped Bass Caught on the Feather River

A fishing guide service that specializes in Northern California waterways has left its mark on the Feather River with a…

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Butte

Endangered Frogs are Delaying Camp Fire Cleanup Efforts in Paradise

On November 8, 2018 the deadliest and most destructive fire in California’s history blazed through the town of Paradise, leaving…

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News

New California Bill Would Allow Drivers to Eat Roadkill

Flickr/Don DeBold If you’re driving down a California highway and accidentally hit an animal, it’s currently illegal to remove that…

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Destinations

NorCal Mountain Biking Trail Rated One of the Most Popular in the U.S.

Photo: Yuba Expeditions Singletracks, a popular mountain biking website, recently named the most popular mountain biking trails in the U.S.…

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News

Speed Demon: Skier Surpasses 100 MPH at Sugar Bowl Resort

Think you’ve gone fast on the slopes? Well let’s put your speed to the test against a retired World Cup…

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News

NorCal Couple Ordered to Pay $600K After Uprooting 180-Year-Old Tree

Photo: Sonoma Land Trust Stewardship When Peter and Toni Thompson bought their Sonoma County land in 2014, they were made…

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News

Kayaker Dies Following Fall from Cliff Along Sacramento River

Sacramento River near Box Canyon A Mount Shasta man was exiting an upper section of the Sacramento River just east…

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News

Walk on the Wild Side Animal Show Returns to Turtle Bay Exploration Park

See a porcupine up close and personal or marvel as an owl flies inches from your head at Turtle Bay…

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Destinations

We Stayed in a Railroad Caboose in Northern California

We were in Dunsmuir, California and decided to stay at the Railroad Park Resort nestled right under the majestic Castle…

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Events

It’s Time to Get Muddy! The Shasta Mud Run Returns to NorCal

It’s that time of year again! The time when you get into your best physical shape and head down to…

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News

Watch: Boat Engulfed in Flames Floats Down the Sacramento River

Around 4 pm on Monday, a boat was seen engulfed in flames on the Sacramento River not far from the…

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Outdoors

5 Epic White Water Rafting Trips in Northern California

Once, in the dawn of pre-history, a ravenous saber toothed tiger stalked a little family of cavemen, mom, dad and…

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Destinations

Hiking the Seven Summits of Siskiyou County

Siskiyou County has proven to be one of the most beautiful outdoor destinations in the United States. With the mighty…

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News

Threatened California Frogs Making a Comeback in Yosemite After a 50-Year Absence

Red-Legged Frog Release. Federally threatened California red-legged frogs are showing signs of a return to Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park after…

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News

Mt. Shasta Rotary Prepares to Release Trophy-Sized Trout into Lake Siskiyou

In December, the Mount Shasta Rotary constructed pens in Lake Siskiyou to house and grow “trophy-sized” rainbow trout to release…

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News

NIFC Predicts Another BIG Fire Season in Northern California

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) has released its Fire Potential Outlook for the 2019 fire season and it outlines…

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News

Folsom Man Breaks World Record Slacklining 1,919 Feet Across American River

View this post on Instagram Looking up as I walked this line and seeing thousands of people there cheering me…

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News

American River Rafter Found Dead Following Boat Flip on the North Fork

Photo: Cal Fire NEU CalFire was alerted to an incident at the Mineral Bar Campground in Colfax on the North…

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Lassen

New Book Highlights the Compelling Geologic Story of Lassen

Named for Kendall Vanhook Bumpass, a Lassen Country settler and prospector from the mid-1800s, Bumpass Hell encompasses 16 acres and…

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Lassen

Fisherman Cited for 10 Times the Legal Limit of Trout in Plumas County

On Sunday, April 28, a concerned angler called in a tip to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife after…

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Events

The World’s Most Exciting Pond Skimming Competition Returns to NorCal this Weekend

The premiere spring skiing event in Northern California is taking place this weekend on Saturday, May 4th at Squaw Valley…

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News

Butterfly House Set to Reopen at Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Summer takes flight with Wings of Summer: Butterflies!, one of Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s most beloved and popular exhibits, on…

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Wildlife

Meet Bubba – A Ginormous Bear Living in this Northern California Neighborhood

There’s a neighborhood in Truckee, California that has an unusual neighbor. They call him Bubba – and he’s a ginormous…

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Sports

Gold Fever: Catching Big Fish on the Remote American River Middle Fork

“To find the goods, you have to be willing to go to places where no one else is willing to…

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News

Off-Leash Dog Kills Endangered Seal at Point Reyes National Seashore

Guadalupe fur seal. Photo/The Marine Mammal Center Point Reyes National Seashore is known to be the home of a diverse…

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Butte

Hiker Airlifted After Falling Over Phantom Falls

Photo: Flickr/Lisa Ouellette A 34-year-old woman was visiting the Table Mountain Ecological Reserve on Monday when she fell “20 to…

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Destinations

17 Breathtaking Waterfalls Just Outside of Redding, California

Photo by Matthias Rossini It’s springtime in California, which means it’s waterfall chasing season for any outdoor adventurer. Finding great…

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Butte

Jumping Chinook Salmon Seen in Chico’s Lower Bidwell Park

It’s that time of year when spring-run Chinook salmon are returning to the places they hatched to spawn in Northern…

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North Coast

You Can Help Solve a Centuries-Old Mystery on the Northern California Coast

The nature of Northern California is full of so much beauty, and possibly just as much mystery. There is still…

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Outdoors

Yosemite Conservancy Offers Outdoor Adventures To Inspire

Photo: National Park Service In a move to connect visitors to Yosemite National Park while also raising money to protect…

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Events

New Paddle Event on Upper Sacramento River Attracts Diverse Group of Paddlers

Photo: Jason Montelongo The California River Quest today announced that it has registered more than 70 paddlers from six U.S.…

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News

Over 750 pounds of trash picked up at Keep Tahoe Blue Earth Day Cleanup

Photo: League to Save Lake Tahoe Warmer spring weather can expose trash left behind after winter snow melts, and leave…

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News

4,645 Pounds of Trash Removed from Illegal Marijuana Sites in Klamath National Forest

Photo by the Integral Ecology Research Center When recreational marijuana was legalized in California in 2018, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott…

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Lassen

Lassen Park Road Opened to Devastated Area, Crews Reach Sulphur Works

Road crew begins removing snow from the park highway outside the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center When the springtime hits Lassen Volcanic…

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Outdoors

Fighting Avalanches With World War II Cannons on Mammoth Mountain

With the massive amount of snowfall on Mammoth Mountain, including its snowiest February in 30 years this winter, ski patrol…

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News

Contractor Chosen for Removal of Four Klamath River Dams

Photo: California Trout In January, a lawsuit was won by a group of Native American and conservation groups looking to…

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News

Federal Government Considers NorCal’s Summer-Run Steelhead for Endangered Species List

Photo by NOAA In November 2018, the Friends of the Eel River petitioned to list Northern California’s summer-run steelhead on…

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Destinations

A Day at The Eighth Wonder of the World – Burney Falls

Brought to you by Visit Redding We drove an hour northeast of Redding, California to see what President Theodore Roosevelt…

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Destinations

The 12 Most Instagrammable Destinations in Northern California

There are just so many beautiful destinations in Northern California that everyone should see once in their lifetime, and what…

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Outdoors

Watch a Giant Bobcat Just Strolling Down a Tahoe Road

With the snow melting in the Tahoe region, wild animal sightings (mostly bears) are on the rise. One of the…

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News

Humboldt Photographer Wins EcoWatch’s Photo Contest with “The Mighty Redwoods”

The Mighty Redwoods by David Ruddock For EcoWatch’s Earth Day Photo Contest, a Humboldt photographer submitted his photo The Mighty…

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North Coast

Sonoma Sheriff Finds $15K Prosthetic Leg and Returns it to Extreme Athlete Who Lost It

Photo: Sonoma County Sheriff It was an interesting sight when someone found a high-end prosthetic leg in the Cloverdale lumber…

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News

Investigators Reveal New Details in Teen’s Fatal Fall in Yosemite

Yosemite’s Nevada Fall The culture of capturing “epic” photos at outdoors destinations is becoming a deadly problem, with new evidence…

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News

Record Heat Wave Pounds Northern California

After enjoying a cold, wet winter, Northern California temperatures are beginning to transform into typical summer temperatures, with record heat…

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News

Free Admission to Turtle Bay Exploration Park on Saturday, April 27th for Kool April Nites

Turtle Bay Exploration Park will offer free admission to Kool April Nites attendees on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10…

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News

Forest Service Announces Opening Dates for Tahoe Recreation Areas

The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will soon begin the process of opening recreational facilities in the…

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Destinations

A Weekend in Redding, California – The Gateway to Northern California’s Outdoor Mecca

The Sundial Bridge, Burney Falls, Shasta Dam and Lassen Peak are all located within a short drive from Redding, California…

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Sacramento

Caught on Camera: Cat Takes on Coyote on Northern California Porch

When a coyote approached a porch in North Highlands last week, it probably didn’t expect to encounter a ferocious protector.…

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Outdoors

It’s Official: Squaw Valley Received the Most Snowfall in the United States this Winter

Photo: Squaw Valley/Ben Birk Northern California saw a historic winter of 2018/19, with snowfall hitting every region in bulk and…

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Destinations

To Glamp or Not to Glamp? Luxury Airstream Campsite Opens in Yosemite

Camping is great but if you prefer the comfort of glamping, you can stay in an iconic silver bullet Airstream…

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News

Watch How West Sacramento is Using Goats for Fire Suppression Along the Sacramento River

Photo: City of West Sacramento The hottest new trend in Northern California fire suppression has been hiring goats to clear…

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News

“Fish in the Classroom” Program Releases Steelhead into the Sacramento River

Teaching kids about the importance of the ecosystems in Northern California waterways has become an important initiative, with one school…

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Events

Ride for a Cause at the Shasta Bike Tour, Benefiting One Safe Place

By Kathleen Kelley, Event Manager at One SAFE Place Having grown up in Shasta County with a love of the…

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Events

The Legendary Boonville Beer Festival is Returning to Northern California

Boonville, California is know by outsiders for two things: 1. They have their own language 2. They host the biggest beer…

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News

A Heat Wave is Heading Towards Northern California

Sunset over the Sacramento River After a long, cold and wet winter, spring has finally arrived in Northern California, bringing…

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Sports

Watch Professional Wakeboarders Shred the Waters of Northern California

NorCal is a great destination for wakeboarders. Whether it be on one of the many lakes or at one of…

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News

Folsom Lake Drowning Victim Identified as Search Discontinues

Photo: El Dorado County Sheriff Around 6:30 pm on Sunday, a 29-year-old jet skier potentially fell off his jet ski…

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News

Most Tahoe Ski Resorts are Closing this Weekend

Photo: Homewood Ski Resort As Easter weekend approaches and the warm temperatures move into Northern California, most Tahoe ski resorts…

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Bay Area

Dead Whales are Washing Up on NorCal Shores at an Alarming Rate

Photo: Clara Field / The Marine Mammal Center On Monday, April 15th, commercial crabbing season in California came to a…

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Eating NorCal

Fall River Brewing Releases Limited Craft Beer to Raise Funds for Local Salmon Conservation

Photo: Fall River Brewing Co. Craft beer and local fundraising. Is there anything better? Fall River Brewing Co. announced the…

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Butte

Where the Wildflowers Are: See NorCal’s Super Bloom at Table Mountain

Flickr/Sathish J Spring has arrived and that means wildflowers have begun to embellish many of our favorite trails. Strolling through…

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Outdoors

Caught on Camera: Wild Animals are Returning to Whiskeytown Following Carr Fire

The Carr Fire had many ill effects on the human community of Shasta County, burning over 1,600 structures, claiming seven…

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Events

Eureka’s Salt and Fog Fish Festival Returns to the Redwood Coast

Photo courtesy of Visit Eureka The residents and merchants of Eureka, on California’s north coast, are celebrating the mighty Pacific…

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Outdoors

Shocking Video Shows Bear Cub Cuddling Up to Snowboarder at Northstar in Tahoe

The above video posted to YouTube of a bear cub approaching a snowboarder at Northstar in Tahoe went viral, and…

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Shasta Cascade

The Shasta Bike Challenge Kicks Off with the Spring Spin in Redding’s Caldwell Park

The Shasta Bike Challenge is kicking off Friday, April 19th with the Spring Spin event at Redding’s Caldwell Junior Bike…

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Outdoors

Merry Fishmas! The 7 Best Places in NorCal to Fish on Opening Day

Saturday, April 27th is truly a magnificent holiday. It’s the time of year when you get together with your friends…

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News

Kids Ski for Free at Mt. Shasta Ski Park on Easter Sunday

Via Instagram/@mtshastaskipark It’s nearing the end of an epic winter season on Mt. Shasta Ski Park and now the mountain’s…

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North Coast

Vintage Photos of Lumberjacks and the Giant Northern California Redwoods they Felled

Northern California is known for being the home of some of the oldest and largest trees in the world. The…

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