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You Could Purchase this Tahoe Winter Resort for Just $6 Million

If you have $6 million lying around, a great way to spend it might be to purchase a Tahoe ski…

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Tony Hawk Foundation Awards $10K for New Humboldt Skatepark

The Tony Hawk Foundation has chosen McKinleyville in Humboldt County as the next place it wants to see a brand-new…

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Bay Area

NorCal Brewery Faces Backlash Following Release of “F— PG&E” Beer

Photo: Shady Oak / Facebook A Santa Rosa brewery owner wanted to make a public statement on the recent dark…

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Outdoors

Watch a Feisty Steelhead Jump HIGH Out of the Water on the Klamath River

The fishing guides over at Wild Waters Fly Fishing have been getting their fair share of big steelhead on the…

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Shasta Cascade

Onlookers Marvel at Storm Trooper on Shasta Lake

Yes, you read that headline right. We have a storm trooper sighting on Shasta Lake that would make any Star…

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News

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Opening for Winter Season this Week

Squaw Valley Resort. Photo: Rennett Stowe Winter is officially upon us in Northern California as Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is preparing…

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Outdoors

Snowboarding at Squaw Valley During its Snowiest Month EVER

On February 1st, 2019 it began snowing heavily at Squaw Valley Resort near Lake Tahoe. The snow continued to slam…

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News

45-Miles of New Trails Coming to the Mount Shasta Area

The Shasta McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, in partnership with the Mt. Shasta Trail Association (MTSA), has…

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Destinations

The 10 Best Bike Rides in Tahoe

Photo: Bike Tahoe There are a lot of opportunities for a great bike ride in Northern California, but the best…

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News

Save the Redwoods League Acquires Humboldt Land to Transfer to Redwoods National Park

Photo: Save the Redwoods League Press release from Save the Redwoods League: Continuing its century-long mission to protect and restore…

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News

Winter is Coming: Here are the Opening Dates for All NorCal Ski Resorts

Snowmaking at Squaw Valley Resort. Photo: Squaw Valley The winter is approaching in the mountains of Northern California, and ski…

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Shasta Cascade

Help the Haven Humane Society Raise Money to Keep Animals Warm After Surgery

The Haven Humane Society has been caring for lost, homeless or abused pets in the Redding area since 1952. The…

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Butte

Sierra Nevada’s Resilience IPA and Relief Fund have Raised $8.4 Million for Camp Fire Victims

During the fires of 2018, a new trend emerged in Northern California when local breweries used craft beer to raise…

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Destinations

Find America’s Oldest Juniper Tree in the Northern California Mountains

Photo: Save the Redwoods League Sitting about 160-miles southeast of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada mountains is a tree so…

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News

Mammoth Mountain Opens for the Winter Season

Following just a 103-day closure for the summer, Mammoth Mountain has reopened for the winter season and hopes to see…

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Bay Area

Point Reyes Lighthouse Reopens Following 13-Month, $5.7 Million Renovation

Flickr/m01229 The Point Reyes Lighthouse has reopened to the public following an extensive renovation, giving visitors a refreshed look at…

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Sports

These Fishermen Traverse Class V Rapids to Catch BIG Trout on the American River

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

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Wildlife

Watch a Bald Eagle Swoop in to Catch its Dinner on NorCal Lake

This incredible video of a bald eagle swooping in to catch its dinner on a lake in Butte County was…

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Destinations

An Underground Adventure in Lassen’s Subway Cave

Sitting in the Lassen National Forest is the Subway Cave, a beautiful cave formed thousands of years ago by flowing…

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Destinations

Celebrate Veteran’s Day at Living Memorial Sculpture Garden Near Mount Shasta

Photo: Discover Siskiyou Every year, Veteran’s Day sits as a reminder to all Americans about the sacrifice made by the…

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Outdoors

California Untamed: Watch a NorCal Man Run 330-Miles from Arcata to Mount Shasta

Ryan Spitz is no ordinary man. Spitz decided he wanted to create a race from two iconic Northern California locations…

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Tahoe

Mr. T-Shirt the 400-Pound Bear Rescued from a Dumpster in King’s Beach

Mr. T-Shirt has become a bit of a celebrity in the Tahoe town of King’s Beach. Known for the white…

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Destinations

The Best View of Lake Tahoe? The Breathtaking Hike to Monkey Rock

View this post on Instagram Tahoe’s Monkey Rock enjoying the spring weather. 📷: @bueller.bueller . . . . . .…

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News

Justin Bieber Visits Tahoe’s Newly Opened East Shore Trail

Tahoe’s “magical” East Shore Trail opened to much fanfare in June and now it’s getting a high-profile visit from one…

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News

Study: Combating Rising Sea Levels in Humboldt will Cost $2.5 Billion by 2040

Humboldt Bay The wildfires in Northern California provide an in-your-face reminder of the trials and tribulations brought on by earth’s…

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Destinations

Falling for Redding: Your Ultimate Guide to Autumn Activities in Shasta County

Brought to you by Visit Redding Photo: Visit Redding It’s autumn in Northern California, with the foliage that grew all…

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Butte

Fire in Paradise: Full Review of Netflix’s Camp Fire Documentary

On November 8, 2018, Northern California was changed forever. At 6:15 am that day, a fire broke out in rural…

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Outdoors

Shocking Video Shows Bear Devouring Live Deer in Yosemite

A video was shared to social media this week showing some of the most shocking wildlife footage in Northern California…

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Destinations

Take a Walk Through History in this Ghost Town just Outside Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding Shasta State Historic Park. Photo: Visit Redding In the mid-1800’s, the town of Shasta…

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Stories

Viral Photo of Firefighters Sleeping on the Grass Near Kincade Fire Shows Their Plight

Firefighters battling the devastating wildfires of Northern California don’t have it easy. Not only do they risk life and limb…

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Stories

These Pets were Lost in the Kincade Fire and Need Your Help Finding Their Owners

As we’ve learned over the past three years dealing with massive wildfires in Northern California, it’s quite common for pets…

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History

City of Eureka Transfers Indian Island Back to Wiyot Tribe in Historic Ceremony

Facebook/ Wiyot Tribe In December of 2018, the Eureka City Council unanimously voted to return Tuluwat, or Indian Island, back…

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News

Amid Massive Power Shutdowns, PG&E Admits it May Have Caused the Kincade Fire

Flickr/SunnyvaleRocks Just 23 minutes after the Kincade Fire began in Sonoma County, PG&E cut power to the area, along with…

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News

Two Earthquakes Hit Near Kincade Fire, Which Grew to 66,000 Acres Overnight

If the devastating Kincade Fire wasn’t enough to leave firefighters and Sonoma County residents with sleepless nights, two earthquakes recorded…

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News

Kincade Fire Balloons to 55,000 Acres, Containment Decreases to 5 Percent

Satellite image of the Kincade Fire The situation of the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County somehow got much worse today,…

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Howling Winds Reach 103 MPH in Northern California Overnight

Mount Tamalpais. Flickr/Michael Pujals When you woke up in Northern California on Sunday Morning, you likely noticed winds howling outside…

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News

Wind-Fueled Kincade Fire Devastates Sonoma, 180,000 Residents Under Mandatory Evacuation

The fast-moving Kincade Fire grew rapidly Saturday night as vicious winds whipped the flames into a frenzy and grew the…

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News

More PG&E Power Shutdowns are Expected this Weekend

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It was a relatively short power shutdown this week for 179,000 PG&E customers as the power company…

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News

Humpback Whale Tangled in Fishing Net Washes Ashore on Humboldt Beach

Humboldt residents were surprised when they came across a humpback whale washed ashore on Wednesday. The whale was tangled in…

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PG&E Moving Forward with Power Shutdowns to 179,000 Customers in Northern California

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PG&E has confirmed the latest round of power shutdowns for Northern California will indeed take place, with…

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Outdoors

Watch: Bear Goes for a Morning Swim in Lake Tahoe

Bear sightings are common throughout the Tahoe area, but it’s usually rare to see them going for a morning swim.…

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Outdoors

Mount Shasta Put On a Breathtaking Lenticular Cloud Show this Weekend

Mount Shasta is known to marvel onlookers with a lenticular cloud show every now and again, and anyone lucky enough…

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Destinations

Hiking into an Ancient Lava Tube at Mount Shasta’s Pluto’s Cave

Just on the north side of Mount Shasta sits Pluto’s Cave, an ancient lava tube that zig-zags in and out…

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News

More PG&E Power Shutdowns? Elevated Fire Weather Forecast this Week

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We’ve reached fall in Northern California, and although it’s a wonderful time to enjoy the foliage in…

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Outdoors

This 40 Pound Salmon Caught on the Sacramento River Looks Like a Dinosaur

The salmon runs are going nuts in Northern California right now, and there’s no better place to land a king…

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News

Northstar Announces it Will Charge for Parking this Winter

Photo: Reno Tahoe Northstar California Resort recently announced it will be charging for parking at the ski resort beginning this…

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Outdoors

Experience the Beautiful Fall Salmon Run on the Klamath River

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou It’s fall in Northern California, which means the salmon who were once hatched in…

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Outdoors

Kid Catches MASSIVE King Salmon Almost the Size of Himself on Sacramento River

All the experts predicted that this year’s salmon run would be memorable, but this is getting ridiculous. The size and…

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Events

The Sundial Bridge Will Light Up Bright Pink Tonight to Celebrate Think Pink

Photo: NorCal Think Pink On Friday, October 18 at 5 pm, the Sundial Bridge over the Sacramento River in Redding…

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News

Netflix Drops Trailer for its Camp Fire Documentary and it Looks INCREDIBLE

We’re nearing the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire, a wildfire that blazed through the town of Paradise to become…

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History

This Popular Northern California Destination was Once the Scene of a Bloody Battle in 1855

We know Castle Crags as the beautiful Northern California wilderness area settled just between Shasta Lake and Mount Shasta, with stunning rock formations and bountiful…

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Outdoors

Tahoe’s Taylor Creek is Full of Big Kokanee Salmon and the Bears are Loving It

Flickr/Rose Davies The salmon run has returned to the Tahoe area and Taylor Creek is currently up to its gills…

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News

Napa Man Breaks California Record with 2,175-Pound Pumpkin

At the Half Moon Bay World Championship Weigh-Off, big pumpkins are a familiar sight. But when Napa pumpkin grower Leonardo…

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News

PG&E Responds to ‘Fraudulent’ Power Shutdown Letter Circulating on Social Media

PG&E has responded to a letter circulating throughout social media groups this week, claiming it to be fraudulent. The letter…

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Bay Area

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded in East Bay Area Monday Night

Residents surrounding the Bay Area were surprised by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake around 10:30 pm Monday, sending shockwaves throughout many…

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Bay Area

Fishing Boat Rescues Man Floating in the San Francisco Bay

For the fellas over at Golden State Sportfishing, they are typically looking at the water of the San Francisco Bay…

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Outdoors

Watch: Skier Lands Insane Backflip Over 150-Foot Road Gap in Sierra Nevada Mountains

It was a historic winter in Tahoe and for the extreme athletes known to push the limits in the area,…

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Shasta Cascade

An Inside Look Behind the Train Track Scene in Stand By Me

Stand By Me is a cult classic movie from 1986 about four curious boys wandering into the wilderness in search…

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Destinations

Hiking to Bumpass Hell in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the best kept secrets in Northern California, as its a hotbed of volcanic…

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Tahoe

Bear Cub Performs Ninja-Style Escape After Breaking Into Tahoe Home

A family of bears broke into a Tahoe home recently and had to make a great escape after volunteers with…

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News

5,000 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Reintroduced into their Native Lake Tahoe

Photo: Parker Ulry Nearly a hundred years ago, Lake Tahoe was full of Lahontan cutthroat trout, the only native fish…

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News

Photos Show Why the PG&E Power Shutdowns in NorCal were a Necessary Evil

Last week’s PG&E power shutdowns sparked outrage in Northern California as nearly 800,000 residents lost power for up to three…

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Stories

Scientists Explains How Climate Change is a Driving Force in Northern California Wildfires

View of the Camp Fire from a satellite. Photo: Stuart Rankin There’s no doubt that many contributing factors went into…

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News

Yosemite National Park Remains Open Despite Nearby Briceburg Fire

The Briceburg Fire, which has reached 4,905 acres and is currently at 30 percent containment, has not closed down nearby…

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News

NorCal Residents See Power Again Following Days-Long PG&E Power Shutdown

Following two days without power for nearly 800,000 Northern California residents, PG&E is beginning the long and tenuous process of…

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Outdoors

Boys Spend School Night Landing 20-Pound Chinook Salmon on the Sacramento River

School night’s are typically made for after-school activities and homework, but if you’re lucky, you might just get a nice…

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Destinations

Falling for Siskiyou County: The Ultimate Autumn Bucket List for California’s True North

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Flickr/D.O’Brien The season’s changing in Northern California. The days are getting shorter, the leaves…

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Events

Win Two Tickets to The Mountain Talks in McCloud, California

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Stories

The Internet Hilariously Reacts to the #PGEPowerShutdown

With businesses closed, schools out and a general sense of angst in Northern California due to the recent PG&E power…

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Uncategorized

NorCal’s Red Flag Fire Warning Extended as Hundreds of Thousands Remain in the Dark

Flickr/SunnyvaleRocks With the persistent winds slamming Northern California this week, the National Weather Service has extended the Red Flag Warning…

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News

This Interactive Map is the Best Way to Find Out What Areas are Affected by the PG&E Shutoff

The sweeping power shutoffs have begun to take hold in Northern California, with PG&E turning off power to some half…

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Stories

The Land Without Power: Welcome to the New Normal in Northern California

Photo: Flickr/Santa Rosa Fires It’s all anybody in Northern California can talk about. Due to extremely windy conditions, PG&E began…

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News

Evacuations Ordered as Briceburg Fire Grows Near Yosemite National Park

Photo of the Briceburg Fire from the Mt. Buillon firecam Around 2:30 pm on Sunday, the Briceburg Fire began in…

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Experts: Windy Week Could be NorCal’s Biggest Wildfire Threat this Year

The National Weather Service has forecasted winds of up to 50 mph this week, causing experts and PG&E to prepare…

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News

Extreme Fire Conditions Could See PG&E Power Shutoffs to 600,000 NorCal Residents

PG&E’s equipment has been at the center of many Northern California fires, forcing the company to perform power shutoffs during…

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Destinations

Hike Underneath a Waterfall at Dunsmuir’s Hedge Creek Falls

Similar to hideout entrances seen in Batman movies and the Legend of Zorro, Hedge Creek Falls cascades in front of…

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Destinations

9 Fishing Spots that Prove Redding is California’s Fishing Mecca

Brought to you by Visit Redding Hat Creek There are plenty of spots to catch big fish throughout Northern California.…

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News

Survey Team Concludes it was a Tornado that Touched Down in Davis

On Saturday, September 28th, a Northern California community was taken by storm by the emergence of a “tornado” near Davis.…

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Lassen

Lassen National Park Highway Closed Due to Snowy Conditions

Lassen Volcanic National Park received a rare snowstorm this past weekend, resulting in multiple inches of snow accumulation throughout the…

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Lassen

Lassen Park is Looking Like a Winter Paradise Right Now

As the clouds clear on the rare September snowstorm that swept through Northern California this week, the mountains are already…

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Outdoors

Winter in September? Mt. Shasta Ski Park Got Slammed with Snowfall this Weekend

Sitting at just 6,880 feet elevation, the Mt. Shasta Ski Park sometimes has trouble receiving the same amount of snowfall…

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News

UPDATE: Chain Controls Dropped Over I-80 Near Tahoe

All chain controls have been dropped over Donner Summit on I-80. There are currently no restrictions going over the pass…

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Lassen

Snowstorm Blankets Northern California Mountains with More on the Way

As the summer season winds down in Northern California, it seems like we may just skip the fall season entirely.…

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News

Whiskeytown Closes Brandy Creek Beach Amidst Potential Debris Flow

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area announced a closure at Brandy Creek Beach due to the potential threat of debris flow during…

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News

Like a Scene Out of Twister: Terrifying Tornado Touches Down in Davis

Just past 6 pm on Saturday, Northern California residents were surprised when the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning…

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Lassen

What Month is It?! Snow Forecast for Northern California Mountains this Weekend

Although summer just officially ended on September 23rd, it’s beginning to feel like winter in Northern California. We’ve already seen…

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News

Skydiver Killed at Embattled Lodi Parachute Center After Landing on Nearby Highway

A 28-year-old woman skydiving from the Lodi Parachute Center was killed on Thursday after landing on a nearby highway and…

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Outdoors

Get Hyped! Ski Season in Northern California is Just 50 Days Away

Welp, that was quick… It hasn’t even been three months since Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows closed for the ski season…

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Butte

The Oroville Salmon Festival Returns for its 25th Year this Weekend

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Oroville Salmon Festival, the annual event that celebrates the return of salmon to…

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News

Over 80 Miles of Fire Hose was Used to Extinguish the Walker Fire

The Walker Fire in the Plumas National Forest became the largest wildfire in California during this year’s fire season, as…

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News

‘No Swim Advisory’ Lifted on the Yuba River as the Water Returns to Normal Color

The “No Swim Advisory” that had been issued on the South Yuba River just below Englebright Lake in Nevada County…

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News

Red Flag Fire Warning Issued for Much of Northern California this Week

Forecasts of heavy wind and low humidity have created a situation conducive to wildfire activity this week, forcing officials from…

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News

PG&E May Shut Down Power to 67,000 Customers in NorCal this Week Due to Fire Concerns

Map of households who could be affected by power shut down With a Fire Weather Watch issued by the National…

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News

MASSIVE 31-Pound King Salmon Caught on the Sacramento River

The king salmon season is red hot on the Sacramento River right now, with multiple fishing guides recording large returns.…

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News

Dangerous Levels of E. Coli Turn Yuba River Yellow

Odd-colored water in Englebright Lake. Photo: NEVADA COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT A “No Swim Advisory” has been issued on the South…

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News

It’s Mid-September and People Are Already Snowboarding on Mt. Shasta

Earlier in the week we reported that Mount Shasta was forecast to see up to two feet of snow this…

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Butte

Join Hundreds of Volunteers to Clean Up Chico’s Bidwell Park on Saturday, September 21st

Photo: Butte Environmental Council The Butte Environmental Council is hosting its 32nd Annual Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup on…

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Destinations

Outside Magazine Lists the Best Hikes in Northern California National Parks

A list of the best hikes in every National Park in America was recently compiled by Outside Magazine, including the…

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Events

It’s Time to Get Muddy! Nash Ranch Mud Mash Returns to Redding this Weekend

Photo: Nash Ranch Mud Mash Another Fall season in Northern California means it’s the perfect time to get muddy! And…

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News

Mountain Lion Breaks into NorCal House, Locks Self in Bathroom

A family in Sonora was terrified when they recently received a late-night intruder into their home – one of the…

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