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Events

Palisades Tahoe Announces Jam-Packed Holiday Celebration

Photo: Palisades Tahoe Holiday decorations and a fresh blanket of snow have made The Village at Palisades Tahoe a winter…

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Talking NorCal

Historic Snowfall, NorCal Christmas Wishes & the Story of Tahoe Blue Vodka w/Matt Levitt | Talking NorCal

On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob break down the numbers from the most recent storm and outline…

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North Coast

See the Damage Done by the Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake in Humboldt County

At 12:10 pm on Monday, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit off the Humboldt coast, causing a large shake felt throughout…

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Weather

It’s a Christmas Miracle! Another 10 Feet of Snow Forecast for NorCal Mountains this Week.

Following just a 3-day break from the rain and snow that has dominated weather patterns in Northern California in December,…

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Stories

NorCal Nerds: What Did Northern California Look Like Millions of Years Ago?

One of Active NorCal’s priorities is inspiring people to get out there and get active, to get off the couch…

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Stories

How to Shop Local this Holiday Season in Siskiyou County

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Five Marys Farms The Holiday season has arrived in Northern California and we couldn’t…

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Sports

Giant Rainbow Trout Caught on the Feather River was Likely the Largest Ever Caught in California

The likely largest rainbow trout caught in California was released instead of officially weighed. Photo: Josh Giordano A monster rainbow…

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Weather

Interstate 5 Closed Near Shasta Lake Due to Heavy Snowfall

Just as meteorologists predicted, temperatures dropped and rain turned to snow at low elevations in Northern California on Wednesday, forcing…

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Weather

We’re Not Finished Yet! Up to 4 More Feet of Snow Forecast for NorCal Mountains Through Thursday

It’s been one heck of a snowy week in the Northern California mountains, with the highest-elevation areas receiving more than…

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Tahoe

CHP: Snow Storm is ‘Creating Havoc’ on Major Tahoe Roadways

The massive snow storm peaked overnight in the Sierra, bringing multiple feet of snow to the Tahoe basin and creating…

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Sacramento

Sacramento Has Already Surpassed the Precipitation of Last Year’s Entire Water Year

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker The last water year was extremely dry in Sacramento with a record 212-day dry streak lasting…

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News

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Announces Opening Day with a Bunch of New Snowfall

As the snow began to fall heavily on the Mt. Shasta Ski Park this week, it became obvious that opening…

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Sports

Fisherman Lands Nearly 4-Foot Striped Bass on the Sacramento River

Striped bass fishing is a popular activity on the Sacramento River, with fishing enthusiasts showing off a lot of big…

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Shasta Cascade

Mt. Shasta Ski Park is Getting POUNDED by Snowfall

It’s Monday morning in Northern California and the cold, wet storm is dumping snow the mountains. Many Tahoe ski resorts…

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Weather

‘Very Dangerous Avalanche Conditions’ Reported in the Sierra

With multiple feet of new snow falling on the Sierra over the past two days, the Sierra Avalanche Center has…

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Weather

Blizzard Conditions Bring Chains Controls, Dangerous Driving Conditions to NorCal Mountains

The big storm that will hopefully jumpstart winter has arrived in Northern California. The snow is beginning to fall heavily…

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News

New Details Emerge in Case Against Father and Son Accused of Starting Caldor Fire

David Scott Smith and Travis Shane Smith A father and son were arrested this week on suspicion of starting the…

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Weather

Buckle Up! Incoming Storm Could Bring 100+ Inches of Snow to Northern California Mountains

Photo by Visit Mammoth Winter is on its way to Northern California in the form of a massive storm that…

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News

California State Parks Grants $8.5 Million to City of Redding for Brand-New Park

The City of Redding announced today that it has received a California State Parks Grant in the amount of $8.5…

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News

The Giant Forest Set to Reopen Following 3-Month Wildfire Closure

The Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park reopens on select days beginning Saturday, December 11, as weather and other conditions…

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News

Save the Redwood League Secures Opportunity to Purchase 3,181-Acre Lost Coast Redwoods

The Lost Coast Redwoods property near Rockport, California.Photo by Max Whittaker, courtesy of Save the Redwoods League Save the Redwoods…

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News

Father and Son Arrested for Starting Massive Caldor Fire

A father and son have been arrested on suspicion of starting the Caldor Fire which burned more than 220,00 acres,…

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Talking NorCal

Controversial Cannabis Tax, Scary Bear Attack & Cleaning Up Lake Tahoe w/Colin West | Talking NorCal

On this episode of Talking Zach and Bob break down the news of the week including California DWR announcing their…

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Tahoe

Brand-New Documentary Tells the Story of the Deadly 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche

On March 31, 1982, a large avalanche hit Alpine Meadows, burying the main lodge and parking lot in 20 feet…

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News

Investigators Reveal What May Have Happened to Family in Mysterious California Hiking Death

The mysterious death of a young family and their dog during a hike in the Sierra National Forest in August…

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Weather

The First Glimpse of Snow and Rain Returns to NorCal with A LOT More on the Way

Photo by Don Graham Following a historic late-October storm that filled the Northern California mountains with snow and brought large…

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News

Water Officials Outline Plan to Mitigate Drought Impact in California Reservoirs in 2022

Folsom Lake. Photo by Alan Grinberg Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its initial State Water Project (SWP)…

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News

Nearly 20 Percent of the World’s Giant Sequoias Have Burned in Recent California Fires

Lightning-caused wildfires have brought devastation the world’s giant sequoias over the past two fire seasons in California, reaching losses of…

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Wildlife

Suicidal Gobbler? Turkey Flies into a Ukiah Power Line on Thanksgiving Causing Power Outages

As if turkeys didn’t have enough to stress about on Thanksgiving, this year a wild gobbler caused a power outage…

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News

CHP PerformsThanksgiving Day Helicopter Rescue in Castle Crags

The California Highway Patrol performed a helicopter rescue mission on Thanksgiving day after a hiker became stuck on a steep…

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Talking NorCal

Leave a Message for the Talking NorCal Podcast

We would love to include our audience in the dialogue of the Talking NorCal podcast! Do you have a question…

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Wildlife

For the 2nd Year in a Row, Skiing Legend Finds Bear Living Under His Tahoe Hot Tub

As the temperatures continue to drop around the Tahoe Basin, bears are in search for extra calories and warm places…

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Talking NorCal

Giant Sequoias Decimated, NorCal Breweries Win BIG and Photographing the Lassen Pack w/Randy Robbins | Talking NorCal

On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob break down the news of the week including 20 percent of…

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Sports

10 Magical Outdoor Winter Ice Skating Rinks in Northern California

It’s winter in Northern California which means we get to see our beautiful mountains covered in snow and ice skate…

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Shasta Cascade

Ice Skate Under the Shadow of Mount Shasta at the Siskiyou Ice Rink

Whether it’s a sunny day under the shadow of Mt. Shasta or a cold night under bright, illuminating stars, the…

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Wildlife

Trailblazing Gray Wolf Found Dead in California

On November 10, OR93 was found dead near Interstate 5 near the town of Lebec, California. Following a full investigation…

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Outdoors

CDFW Releases 2 Million Juvenile Chinook Salmon Threatened by Drought on the Klamath River

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has begun releasing juvenile fall-run Chinook salmon into the Klamath River now…

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Wildlife

Bears Seeking Food For Winter: Keep Tahoe Bears Wild!

A Lake Tahoe Basin black bear forages for natural food in the forest. Photo courtesy of the USDA Forest Service. Fall…

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Bay Area

WATCH: Passing Jogger Saves 4 Pets from a Burning Home in Scotts Valley

Here’s your daily dose of people doing good things in the world, with this brave and selfless act coming out…

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Outdoors

Longtime Klamath NF Official Wins Outstanding River Manager Award

Photo: U.S. Forest Service The USDA Forest Service has awarded this year’s national Outstanding River Manager Award to Dave Payne,…

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Shasta Cascade

This NorCal Town Transforms into a Victorian Christmas Wonderland in December

McCloud, California The holiday season has arrived, meaning people are donning their homes with Christmas lights, decorating their trees with…

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News

Forest Service Hosting Two Virtual Job Fairs for the Mendocino National Forest

The USDA Forest Service is hosting two virtual job fairs to recruit wildland firefighters for the Mendocino National Forest’s On-Call…

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Talking NorCal

You Can Now Ask a Question for the Talking NorCal Podcast!

We would love to include our audience in the dialogue of the Talking NorCal podcast! Do you have a question…

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News

Sudwerk Brewing Co. Wins Brewer of the Year at Great American Beer Festival

Sudwerk Brewing Co. dominated the most prestigious craft beer competition in the United States with two gold medals and being…

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Weather

La Nina is Here to Stay. Here’s What That Means for Winter in Northern California.

Giant walls of snow in the Sierra. In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s recent winter outlook report, La Nina…

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News

Fall River Brewing Co. Wins Coveted Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival

Patrons at the Fall River taphouse in Redding. Photo: Fall River Brewing Co. Fall River Brewing Company has put Northern…

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Events

Redding Garden of Lights Set to Return to Turtle Bay with its ‘One Million Light Experience’

A new holiday tradition is returning to Northern California in the form of a million lights. The Redding Garden of…

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Hikes

10 Quintessential Hikes in Siskiyou County

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou California’s Siskiyou County is the perfect place to visit for every type of outdoor…

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North Coast

MONSTER 30-Pound Ling Cod Caught Off the Humboldt Coast

Toad. Football. Lunker. There are a lot of fun words for fishermen to use to describe a big fish. For…

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Bay Area

Chinook Salmon are Attempting to Spawn in a Graffiti-Filled Channel in the Bay Area

Photo: Friends of San Lorenzo Creek The human impact on the Chinook salmon runs of Northern California are on full…

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Tahoe

Storms Provide Lifeline for Struggling Kokanee Salmon on Lake Tahoe

The drought had an enormous impact on wildlife throughout Northern California this year, with depleting water resources and raging wildfires…

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News

NorCal Photographer Captures Rare Photos of the Lassen Pack

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Randy Robbins (@randy_robbins_of_susanville) Randy Robbins has achieved a goal that has…

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Cannabis

California’s First State-Sanctioned Cannabis Competition is Now Open

Photo by Esteban Lopez California’s first-ever cannabis competition is now open to legal growers, paving the way for cannabis to become…

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News

Historic Covered Bridge Reopens Over the Yuba River for the First Time in 10 Years

Following a 10-year restoration project, the historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge at the South Yuba State Park has reopened to pedestrians,…

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Talking NorCal

The Quintessential Tahoe Film? Reviewing the Star-Studded Smokin’ Aces | Talking NorCal

On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob review the quintessential Tahoe film – Smokin’ Aces – starring Ryan…

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Photography

Photographers Capture Spectacular ‘Snowliage’ in Yosemite National Park

The seasons are changing in Northern California, with autumn colors seeing snowfall in the most beautiful way imagninable. The best…

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Hikes

Whiskeytown NRA Offering 7 Free Ranger-Led Hikes in November

Photo by Wayne Hsieh Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is offering seven free ranger-led hikes in November 2021, with the first…

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Video

WATCH: Northern California’s Top Cliff Jumpers Go Full Send at Emerald Pools

We have been following daredevil Nick Coulter and his cliff-jumping crew for years now. We had him on the Talking…

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News

Northern California Recreational Crab Fishing in Flux to Protect Whales and Sea Turtles

The recreational take of Dungeness crab using crab traps in Fishing Zones 3 and 4, (from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line…

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Stories

A Guide to Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree in the Northern California Wilderness

It’s that time of year again. With the holiday season upon us in Northern California, it’s time to knock the…

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Wildlife

Nimbus Fish Hatchery to Increase Chinook Salmon Production by 500,000 Fish on the American River

A new mural adorns the fish feed bins at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Sacramento County. CDFW photo by George Gilmore.…

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Stories

20 Horror Movies That Take Place in Northern California

Laurie Strode had a Northern California family reunion with her psychopathic brother Michael Myers in Halloween H2O Northern California is…

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Talking NorCal

Historic Atmospheric River, Active NorCal Milestones and ‘Van Life’ Stories with Adam Marland | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the historic late-October storm that slammed Northern California…

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News

Body Found in Del Norte Believed to be Woman from Viral Missing Person’s Case

The recent discovery of a body in Del Norte County, along with a dead dog, is believed to be that…

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Weather

Satellite Images Show Astounding Snowpack Growth Throughout Northern California

In just one week, the mountains of Northern California went from historic drought to impressive snowpack, mostly due to the…

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Outdoors

Iconic Sonoma Redwoods Reopening Following 15-Month Wildfire Closure

Photo: Expedia The iconic redwoods of Sonoma will once again be open to visitors following over a year closure after…

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Sports

Mammoth Mountain Opening THIS WEEK Following Massive Snowstorm

Photo: Mammoth Mountain In the late summer, Mammoth Mountain set an aggressive opening date of November 13, hoping that early…

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Waterfalls

Rare Autumn ‘Firefall’ Comes Alive in Yosemite National Park

A view of the winter Firefall. Photo by Katie Rodriguez  Every year in early February, visitors flock to Yosemite National Park…

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Sports

Palisades Tahoe Opening Nearly a Month Early Following Historic October Snowfall

Photo: Palisades Tahoe Following a massive early-season storm that delivered 10.5 inches of precipitation in just 24 hours—and dropped three…

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News

Northern California Water Levels are Rising at an Astounding Rate

Lake Oroville. Photo by ray_explores A historic storm slammed Northern California this week and boy did we need it. With…

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Tahoe

OctoBURIED! See the Best Photos from the Rare Fall Storm in Tahoe

Tahoe is officially OctoBURIED! The rare October storm brought multiple feet of snow to Tahoe, turning the mountains into a…

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History

Historic California Ghost Town Transforms into a Winter Wonderland

The popular Bodie State Historic Park is a fun destination in the Eastern Sierra to learn about the history of…

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News

The Dixie Fire is Now Fully Contained

During the historic fire season of 2021 in Northern California, the Dixie Fire was the biggest and most destructive blaze.…

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Weather

Popular Highways into Tahoe Closed in Both Directions Due to Blizzard Conditions

The rare October storm that is causing flooding and breaking multiple rain records throughout Northern California has also brought snow…

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Weather

The 141-Year-Old All-Time Rain Record was Just Shattered in Sacramento

Photo: Robert Couse-Baker The atmospheric river that has drenched Northern California over the past two days is becoming historic. The…

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Video

Drone Footage Shows Massive Landslide that Closed Highway 70

Video of landslide as well as other rock slides, debris flows and mudslides along Hwy 70 in Plumas County. #debrisflows…

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News

Rare Storm Hits Northern California as a Category AR5 – The Strongest Type of Atmospheric River

A potentially historic storm has landed in Northern California – one that could singlehandedly end fire season and bring significant…

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Wildlife

Another Bacterial Outbreak Wreaks Havoc at the Hot Creek Trout Hatchery

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has detected a bacterial outbreak at its Hot Creek Trout Hatchery in…

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News

Officials Reveal Cause of Death for Family who Mysteriously Died Hiking in the Sierra

Investigators and the public were shocked by the death of an entire family during a hike in the Sierra National…

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Talking NorCal

Storms End Drought, Famous Bear Killed, and the Road to the Olympics with Robby Burns | Talking NorCal

On a brand-new episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the sudden change in weather and potential end of…

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Weather

Incoming Storms Could Bring Nearly 6 Feet of Snow to the Tahoe Mountains

Photo: CalTrans For the past 8 months, we have been dealing with one of the worst droughts over the past…

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Weather

Storm Approaching Northern California has Been Classified as a ‘Bomb Cyclone.’ Here’s What That Means.

Sattelite view of the “bomb cyclone” that hit Northern California in November 2019 Northern California is in for a rare…

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History

Remembering the Great Flood that Put Northern California Under 30 Feet of Water

If you take a look at Northern California on a map, it will show a large valley right down the…

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Weather

Rare Atmospheric River Heading for NorCal Could Bring a Foot of Rain at its Epicenter

Following a historic drought that dropped water levels dangerously low and added to Northern California’s historic wildfires of 2021, the…

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News

Caldor Fire Reaches 100 Percent Containment

After burning for over 60 days, the Caldor Fire has reached 100 percent containment. Communities in the Plymouth and South…

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Sports

Trinity River Adult Chinook Quota Close To Being Met

Based upon California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projections of the recreational fall-run Chinook salmon catch on the Trinity…

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Stories

50 Years Later, this Bigfoot Footage Filmed in Northern California Keeps the Legend Alive

Bigfoot remains one of the most popular legends and mysteries in the United States. Thousands of sightings and the never…

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Video

Short Film Imagines the Rebuilding of Paradise, California Towards a Bright Future

Wildfires that are growing in scale and ferocity each year. 2021 has been a record year for wildfires in the…

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Weather

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Burn Scars of Northern California with Storms Approaching

In just a matter of a week, it seems like Northern California has transitioned from historic drought to extremely wet…

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Sports

Can You Hunt in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a beautiful outdoor destination outside Redding that provides visitors with year-round waterfall hikes, on-water activities…

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Video

WATCH: Lake Tahoe’s Kokanee Salmon Suffering Heavy Losses Due to Low Water Levels

One of the most delightful fall activities in the Tahoe region is watching the Kokanee salmon return to Taylor Creek…

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Sacramento

The Largest Corn Maze in the World Sits Right Here in Northern California

In Dixon, California sits a 63-acre fall utopia with a pumpkin patch, hay rides and the largest corn maze in…

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North Coast

Two Earthquakes Shake NorCal’s North Coast

Two earthquakes were felt off the coast of Northern California Monday afternoon, shaking the towns near the infamous Mendocino Triple…

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Sacramento

Rainfall Finally Ends Sacramento’s Record-Setting 212-Day Dry Streak

Photo: Sacramento State/Andrea Price We all know that Northern California has been in the midst of a historic drought, but…

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Sports

All the Opening Dates for Ski Resorts in Northern California for the 2021-22 Season

Photo by Aaron Feen Winter has officially arrived in the mountains of Northern California, and ski resorts are prepping by…

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Sports

Mt. Shasta Snowboarder Hosting Fundraiser for his Journey to the 2022 Winter Olympics

Photo via @robby.burns.snowboarding/IG Mt. Shasta local Robby Burns is ready to compete for his chance to represent the United States…

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Wildlife

VIDEO: Bear Demolishes Front Door to Break into Tahoe Cabin

If you’ve ever questioned the strength of a bear, this video will give you a glimpse into their incredible power.…

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News

Viral Search Continues for 32-Year-Old Woman Missing in Northern California

32-year-old Courtney Bryan has been missin since September 23 The search continues for 32-year-old Courtney Bryan, who went missing in…

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History

Remembering the Deadly 75-Foot Tidal Wave that Leveled Crescent City in 1964

Beginning in Northern California and running all the way up to Alaska in the Pacific Ocean sits multiple fault lines…

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History

Historic Train Tunnel Now Fully Exposed on Shasta Lake

The abysmal water levels throughout Northern California currently sit at their lowest for 2021, with incoming storms bringing the prospect…

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