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Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s Summer Activities Set to Open with Mountain Biking, Disc Golf and Scenic Rides

It’s the middle of July in Northern California, meaning ski resorts throughout the area will transform their usual snowy slopes…

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Talking NorCal

A Frantic Fourth of July Weekend in Northern California | Talking NorCal

Subscribe to the Talking NorCal Podcast On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the busy…

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News

Property Owners Close Hatchet Creek Falls to the Public

One of the most popular and recognizable swimming holes in Northern California has been closed by the property owners following…

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Video

VIDEO: Brash Bear Attempts to Climb Through House Window in Eastern Sierra

View this post on Instagram We got a visit from one of our neighbors, apparently he is not fond of…

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News

One Dead After Small Plane Crash Near South Lake Tahoe

A small plane crashed near South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday afternoon resulting in one death and another person being airlifted…

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Sacramento

Insane Drone Footage Shows Fireworks Exploding All Over Sacramento

With many of the Fourth of July fireworks shows cancelled due to the Covid-19 quarantine, there was a huge uptick…

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News

Boy Survives 30 Hours in Northern California Wilderness After Father Shot

Downieville, California. Photo by Ken Lund A tragic incident occurred near Downieville on July 3rd, leaving a father shot dead…

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Bay Area

Mama Duck Follows Animal Control Officer Carrying Ducklings for a Quarter Mile to be Reunited in Newark Lake

An animal control officer was called to a home in Newark, California this week after reports of a mama duck…

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Outdoors

Pro Skier Comes Close to Death From a Flying SUP Board Near Lake Tahoe

View this post on Instagram ATTN: If someone lost a SUP on the west shore of Lake Tahoe yesterday around…

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Outdoors

Explore the Magical Water of Lake Tahoe in a Clear Kayak

Photo by Clearly Tahoe The water of Lake Tahoe is world famous for its clarity. Ever since humans began settling…

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Outdoors

Skier’s Summer Delight: A Backpacking Adventure to Find the Sierra’s Fountain of Youth

Skiers and snowboarders hit a bit of a stage of depression in the late weeks of June. Although some ski…

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News

Group Announces $14 Million Deal to Preserve Nearly 3,000 Acres of Tahoe Wilderness

A coalition of land trusts, funded mostly by tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, have announced a $14 million deal to…

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Bay Area

Mountain Lion that Wreaked Havoc in San Francisco Found Dead Along Highway 101

It was a tumultuous few weeks for a young mountain lion that found itself in the throngs of the San…

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News

Accomplished Runner Summits and Descends Mount Shasta in Just 5 Hours

Photo by Lubo Minar Max King is no stranger to pushing himself to the limits. He has won many running competitions…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Bear Seen Breaking into Six Cars in One Neighborhood

The bears in the area surrounding Lake Tahoe are known to be brash, hungry and adept at breaking into cars…

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Stories

The Man Who Wrote ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ is a Northern California Native

Melvin Lee Greenwood is a world-famous country music artist who has released more than 20 albums and charted more than…

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News

Fishing is Free in California on the Fourth of July

The first of two 2020 Free Fishing Days in California occurs Saturday, July 4 and what better way to celebrate…

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Talking NorCal

Fire Season Meets Covid-19. Plus Ooowee Adventures w/Marcus Duvoisin | Talking NorCal

Subscribe to the Talking NorCal Podcast On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the beginning of fire…

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News

“Some People Spent the Night in Their Cars.” The Line for Boaters at Lake Tahoe is Excruciatingly Long.

As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, people are flocking to the great outdoor destinations of Northern California to celebrate…

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Stories

How E.T. the Extra Terrestrial Paved the Way for Blockbuster Movies Filmed in Northern California

When Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film E.T. the Extra Terrestrial hit theaters in 1982, it broke every record for box office…

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News

Fuelwood Permits Now Available in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

As the impacts from COVID-19 continue to be felt across the country, the US Forest Service is committed to providing…

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News

Lake Tahoe Boaters Can Expect Delays this Week with Limited Capacity Inspections

As demand soars for watercraft inspections at Lake Tahoe, agencies preventing the introduction of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the…

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Lassen

Lassen Pack Female Captured and Recollared, Confirming Five Pups in Pack

The alpha female of the famed Lassen Pack, California’s only known wolfpack, was captured and equipped with a new tracking…

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Cannabis

VIDEO: Smokejumpers Land in a Large Cannabis Grow in Trinity County While Fighting the Flat Fire

As the Flat Fire began to grow quickly in Trinity County this week, the U.S. Forest Service deployed a long…

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Butte

More Evacuation Warnings Issued in Butte County for “Avacado Fire,” Which Now Sits at 75 Acres

Photo: CalFire Yesterday, the area of Bangor in Butte County received an evacuation warning from the Sunrise Fire, which was…

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Butte

UPDATE: Evacuation Warning Lifted in Butte County with Sunrise Fire Reaching 75 Percent Containment

Photo: CalFire Following a long and strenuous from firefighters in Butte County, the Evacaution Warning has been lifted in the…

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Talking NorCal

NorCal Feature Film Series – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial | Talking NorCal

Subscribe to the Talking NorCal Podcast On this NorCal Feature Film episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob break down…

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Cannabis

Numerous Environmental Crimes Discovered at Illegal Cannabis Grow in Tehama County

On May 21, wildlife officers at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) served a search warrant in Tehama…

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Butte

Evacuation Warning Issued in Butte County Due to Sunrise Fire

An Evacuation Warning has been issued in areas of Butte County near Bangor as the Sunrise Fire remains difficult to…

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News

High Winds Brings Ocean-Like Waves to Lake Tahoe

It was a bustling day at Lake Tahoe yesterday, with high winds coming off the mountains and creating a dangerous…

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Lassen

River Otter Severely Injures Visitor to Lassen’s Manzanita Lake

Following an incident where a visitor to Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Manzanita Lake was “severely injured” by a river otter,…

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News

Castle Crags Becomes One of the Last California State Parks to Reopen

Photo by Brandon DesJarlais  While California State Parks throughout Northern California have been reopening to the public for the past month,…

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News

Scuba Diver Finds $17,000 Ring in the Sacramento River

When Bill Fitty dropped his late brother’s ring worth $17,000 into the Sacramento River, he reached out to the one…

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Talking NorCal

Addressing NorCal’s Controversial Names, Covid Closures and Visiting Bidwell Park | Talking NorCal

Subscribe to the Talking NorCal Podcast On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the controversy surrounding names…

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News

Campgrounds Reopen in 11 State Parks in the North Coast Redwoods

More places to camp have reopened in Northern California with the announcement that all campsites in the North Coast Redwoods…

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Outdoors

VIDEO: Yosemite Concessions Boss Out After Hitting Golf Ball into Protected Meadow

The boss of concessions at Yosemite National Park is now out of a job after video of him driving a…

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News

Fort Bragg Residents Voice Their Opinion on the Town’s Potential Name Change at City Council Meeting

The small town of Fort Bragg along the Northern California coast made headlines last week when it announced it would…

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News

Thunderstorm Brings Massive Balls of Hail to Kirkwood, California

While most of Northern California sat through incessant heat reaching triple digits on Tuesday, Kirkwood, California near Lake Tahoe received…

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Outdoors

This Northern California River Inspired the Creedence Clearwater Revival Song ‘Green River’

Creedence Clearwater Revival In August of 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released its third album “Green River,” which consisted of two…

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Uncategorized

Yosemite Closes Campgrounds Amid Covid-19 Spike

Yosemite National Park has only been open for two weeks following a three-month Covid-19 closure, and now officials are once…

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News

Fisherman Nears California Record with MONSTER Mackinaw on Donner Lake

Donner Lake, sitting just east of Truckee, California, would not be described as a fisherman’s paradise. Not only is catching…

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Outdoors

The Sunflower Fields of Northern California are in a Breathtaking Bloom Right Now

It’s summer in Northern California, bringing triple-digit heat, sunny days and the longing for the perfect swimming hole (we have…

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Destinations

The Zodiac Signs as Northern California Destinations

Just like human beings around the world, the destinations of Northern California have distinct characteristics that can bring out thoughts…

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History

Why Are There Old Train Tracks Going Into Lake Tahoe?

If you’ve ever explored the breathtaking beaches of Lake Tahoe, you may have noticed a rare sight of railroad tracks…

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Outdoors

VIDEO: Cliff Jumper Performs a 75-Foot Quadruple Front Flip at Middle McCloud Falls

View this post on Instagram Another QUAD FLIP is in the books✊🏼 My friends definitely push me to be the…

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News

Restoration of More Than 70,000 Acres Begins Across Northern California Redwood Forests

Redwood National and State Parks is home to 45 percent of the world’s remaining protected old-growth redwoods. Surrounding these ancient…

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News

Tahoe High Schoolers Experience Perfect Social Distancing Graduation at 8,800 Feet Elevation

When the Covid-19 outbreak seemingly put the entire world on pause, school officials were faced with many obstacles in terms…

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News

Squaw Valley Resort Considering Name Change to Address Native American Slur

One of the most popular ski resorts in Northern California is joining the movement to address its controversial name amidst…

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Hikes

See Northern California Through the Eyes of a Pacific Crest Trail Hiker

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is a dream for many outdoor enthusiasts. The legendary trail spans for 2,650 miles from…

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News

Excessive Heat Watch: Heatwave Expected to Bring 110-Degree Temperatures to NorCal

Photo by Francois Olwage Following the weekend of the summer solstice, the first official day of summer, Northern California is going…

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Bay Area

A ‘Possible Record’ Number of Blue Whales Spotted Off the Northern California Coast

It was a normal foggy morning for the five biologists stationed on the Farallon Islands last Saturday, until they looked…

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North Coast

A Stunning Tribute to the Ancient Redwoods of Northern California

The ancient redwoods of Northern California have an aesthetic unlike anywhere in the world. The tallest and oldest trees on…

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Lassen

Lassen Completes Reopening Plan, Making the Entire Park Open to the Public

Lassen Volcanic National Park has enacted its final phase of reopening with the increased access of more facilities in the…

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Bay Area

Mountain Lion Captured Outside San Francisco’s Oracle Park

Earlier this week, a video surfaced on the internet of a mountain lion walking through San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood,…

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Outdoors

Visiting a Nearly-Empty Yosemite on the First Day it Reopened After Covid Quarantine

Yosemite National Park reopened to the public last week following more than two months closed due to the Covid-19 quarantine.…

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Talking NorCal

Should We Change NorCal Names? Plus ‘Rebuilding Paradise’ Review | Talking NorCal

Subscribe to the Talking NorCal Podcast On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob begin by discussing the controversy…

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Bay Area

Caught on Camera: Mountain Lion Takes a Stroll on the Streets of San Francisco

During the Covid-19 quarantine, packs of coyotes have been seen in volume for the first time in years on the…

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News

Windy, Dry Conditions Bring Red Flag Fire Warning to Northern California

While there have been small grass fires throughout Northern California in recent weeks, the fire conditions this week symbolize the…

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News

Whiskeytown’s Brandy Creek Beach Closed Due to Suspected Algae Bloom

Photo: Whiskeytown NRA Just weeks after Brandy Creek Beach in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area was reopened following the Covid-19…

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News

Proposed 6-Month Closure Could Destroy Recreational Fishing on Putah Creek

Putah Creek sits as one of the most popular fishing destinations in Northern California, but a proposed annual closure of…

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News

Search for Missing Kayaker on Trinidad Harbor Ends Tragically

The search for a missing kayaker in Trinidad Harbor ended tragically today as officials were able to recover the body…

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News

This Northern California Town was Named After a Confederate General. Now it’s Discussing a Name Change.

The beautiful town of Fort Bragg along the Northern California coast is a great place to enjoy the Pacific Ocean…

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Outdoors

NorCal Whitewater Rafting Company Creates Hilarious ‘The Office’ Spoof to Announce Reopening

As if they don’t have enough fun on the water, a Northern California whitewater rafting company announced their plan to…

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Butte

Chico’s Sycamore Pool Opens for the Summer

Instagram/@flyinghorsedesigncom Another summer staple is reopening in Northern California as Chico’s Sycamore Pool is now officially open to the public…

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News

This Interactive Map will Show You All the Open Campsites in Northern California

As outdoor destinations begin to reopen throughout Northern California following the Covid-19 quarantine, it’s been really difficult getting information on…

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Outdoors

Odyssey 700: Watch Bikers Ride 700 Miles Through NorCal in Epic ‘Bikepacking’ Adventure

Ladies and Gentlemen, Ryan Spitz is at it again. First, he ran 330-miles from Arcata to Mount Shasta to create…

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Butte

Ron Howard’s Highly-Anticipated Camp Fire Documentary to Premiere Online this Weekend

The long-anticipated documentary from Ron Howard on the Camp Fire can finally seen by Northern California locals this week as…

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News

Campfires Now Prohibited in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is enacting fire restrictions until further notice to protect the health and safety of employees and…

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News

Record 19-Pound Brown Trout Caught on Silver Lake

Fisherman Blaine Wilson grabbed the catch of a lifetime this week as he landed a 19-pound, 3-ounce brown trout on…

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News

Lake Tahoe’s Famed Water Clarity Decreased by 8 Feet in 2019

If you walked up to the water of Lake Tahoe in 1968, you’d be able to see 108 feet down…

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Talking NorCal

Full Interview w/Kevin McGee of Anderson Valley Brewing Co. | Talking NorCal

The Talking NorCal crew sat down with Kevin McGee, the brand-new owner of Anderson Valley Brewing Co., to talk about…

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Destinations

Whiskeytown NRA Announces Phased Campground Reopenings

A long list of campground reopenings have been announced this week, including more than 1,6000 camping areas in California State…

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Destinations

What Campgrounds are Open in the Lake Tahoe Area?

Fallen Leaf Lake. Photo by Denys Nevozhai Although the exciting announcement that more than 1,600 campsites would reopen throughout California State…

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Destinations

More Than 1,600 Campgrounds Set to Open in California State Parks

Half Moon Bay State Beach. Photo by Zahid Lilani. California State Parks is preparing for another massive wave of reopenings…

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North Coast

VIDEO: Pod of Killer Whales Approaches Fishing Boat Off the Humboldt Coast

It’s typical to see plenty of marine wildlife off the Humboldt coast like sea lions, urchin and gray whales. But…

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News

Momentum Builds to Change the Name of Popular Folsom Park

Flickr/Vince As protests fill the streets across America due to the killing of George Floyd, many have called for the…

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Destinations

Outdoor Enthusiasts Flock to Online Lottery System as Yosemite Announces More Reopenings

Photo by Pablo Fierro Outdoor enthusiasts hoping to spend some summer days in Yosemite became the guinea pigs for the…

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Cannabis

High Times Purchasing Two Northern California Marijuana Dispensaries

Instagram/synergy.redding The magazine that’s been promoting marijuana and counter culture for decades is now dipping its toes in the Northern…

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Outdoors

Fishermen Show Off Bright ‘Lightning Trout’ Caught in NorCal Reservoirs

We’ve all become pretty familiar with the different variations of trout caught in Northern California – rainbow, brown, brook, etc.…

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News

Lake Shasta Caverns Preparing to Reopen this Week

Another major Northern California reopening will occur on Shasta Lake this week, as Lake Shasta Caverns has announced it will…

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Outdoors

Look Up at the Night Sky this Weekend to Enjoy the Full Strawberry Moon

Photo by Melanie Magdalena  It’s the perfect time of year to grab a glimpse of the full moon in the great…

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Outdoors

VIDEO: Cliff Jumper Comes Close to Death on 100-Foot Lake Tahoe Ropeswing

We’ve heavily highlighted the 100-foot ropeswing over Lake Tahoe, which has been billed the “highest rope swing ever made.” The…

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News

Shasta Lake’s Brock Fire Now at 15 Acres and 20 Percent Containment

The smoke of the Brock Fire hovering over Shasta Lake. Photo by USFS. A series of thunderstorms ignited four small…

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Destinations

Yosemite National Park Reopens to Limited Visitors

It’s been over two months since Yosemite National Park closed its gates to the public due to concerns over the…

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Bay Area

1906 Film of San Francisco Upgraded to 4K is Absolutely Stunning

It was on April 14, 1906 when Harry Miles, a motion-picture pioneer in California, took to a cable car and…

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Talking NorCal

Talking Local Craft Beer w/Anderson Valley Brewing’s Kevin McGee | Talking NorCal

Subscribe to the Talking NorCal Podcast On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss their new video podcast…

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News

Thunderstorm Ignites Brock Fire Near Shasta Lake

Thunderstorms moving across the Shasta-Trinity National Forest over the past weekend ignited several small wildfires. Three of these were discovered…

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News

California Moving Closer to Creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation

Photo by Jordan Pulmano The state of California is known to many around the world for its beaches, mountains and outdoor…

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News

Family of Coyotes Settles in Sacramento’s Busy Midtown Neighborhood

Although San Francisco has received much of the attention regarding its increased coyote activity during the Covid-19 quarantine, Sacramento has…

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Shasta Cascade

We Challenged a Seasoned Fishing Guide to Catch a Fish Under Burney Falls

You see a lot of people attempting to fish at the Eighth Wonder of the World, but never with much…

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Talking NorCal

Full Interview w/Matt Herron – Truckee Fly Fishing | Talking NorCal

Zach sits down with Matt Heron to talk about life as a fishing guide, his private water school in Tahoe, the…

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Lassen

Camping Now Restricted to Only Developed Sites Around Lake Almanor

Lake Almanor The Lassen National Forest announced camping restrictions around Lake Almanor in order to protect natural resources in the…

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Destinations

State Officials Quietly Reopen 145 Parking Lots to California State Parks

State officials quietly reopened the parking lots to 145 California State Parks this week following a more than 2-month closure…

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Destinations

Yosemite National Park Announces Plan to Reopen this Week

Photo by Ron Atory It’s been over two months since Yosemite National Park closed its gates to the public due to…

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News

Despite Maxed-Out Levels of E. Coli in American River, Officials Refuse to Close Beaches

Through Memorial Day weekend in Northern California, the American River was packed with people in the Sacramento area looking to…

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News

Spawning of Winter-Run Chinook Salmon Begins at the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery

It’s that time of year again, when the workers of Northern California’s hatcheries prepare for the winter-run Chinook salmon to…

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Talking NorCal

Protests Hit NorCal. Plus Truckee Fishing w/Matt Heron | Talking NorCal Podcast

Subscribe to the Talking NorCal Podcast On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the damage…

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Bay Area

Point Reyes National Seashore Reopens Roads to Visitors

Photo by Lex Zhao Another major outdoor destination has reopened in Northern California with Pointe Reyes National Seashore’s announcement that all…

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News

Thunderstorms Bring Rain, Lightning and Quarter-Sized Hail to NorCal

It was just a couple days ago that the sun was beating down on Northern California residents with triple digit…

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News

Strong Thunderstorm Approaches Lake Tahoe

Photo by Jordan Davis The National Weather Service has announced a strong thunderstorm is approaching Lake Tahoe with 50-mph winds and…

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