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Wildlife

It’s Illegal to Feed Deer in California. The Penalty? Up to 6 Months in Jail.

Photo by Chloe Leis Late spring and early summer is the peak time for California’s deer herds to give birth to…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to Summer Activities in Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding Instagram/@kriswith_a_k_ Did you know that the second sunniest city in America sits right here…

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History

9 Fascinating Historical Gems to Visit in Siskiyou County

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Photo by Richard Lee When gold was discovered in the American River in the 1800’s,…

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Talking NorCal

The Top 10 Legends of Northern California | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob go through the 10 greatest legends of Northern California…

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Wildlife

YIKES! Rattlesnake Seen Swimming in Whiskeytown Lake

With the coming of summer in Northern California, snakes of many species are through hunkering down, making human encounters with…

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Outdoors

Will Hatchet Creek Falls Ever Reopen to the Public?

Following a string of car break-ins, excessive litter and an apparent arson incident in the summer of 2020, the property…

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Shasta Cascade

Wedding Proposal Caught on Camera on the Summit of Mount Shasta

It’s always fun to see a proposal in one of the iconic outdoor destinations in Northern California. We’ve seen plenty…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to More Than 40 Public Beaches on Lake Tahoe

Photo by Meritt Thomas With the start of the summer season, the Tahoe Fund and eight agencies that manage Lake Tahoe’s…

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News

30,000 Milkweeds Planted Along NorCal Rivers to Save Critically-Low Monarch Butterfly Population

Photo by Patrick Mayor The population of Western monarch butterflies is in a serious decline in California, mostly attributed to the…

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Wildlife

‘How Does Anyone Expect These Fish to Survive?’ Viral Video Shows Terrible Fish Stocking at Twin Lakes

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife spends millions of dollars every year on raising juvenile fish and stocking local…

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Photography

See the Best Photos of the Super Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse Over Northern California

Joel Tonyan/Flickr It was the celestial event of the year when a beautiful supermoon and lunar eclipse filled the sky…

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Wildlife

Hot Creek Fish Hatchery Halts Planting Following Disease Outbreak

IG/disnerd_runner The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has suspended all fish planting from the Hot Creek Trout Hatchery…

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Events

Mark Your Calendars: The Date for the Next Legendary Boonville Beer Festival is Set

When Kevin McGee, owner of the Anderson Valley Brewing Co., was on the Talking NorCal podcast in June of 2020,…

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Events

Art of Survival Century Bike Event to Highlight the Beauty, History of Far NorCal & Southern Oregon

Sitting in the upper corner of Northern California and stretching into the southernmost region of Oregon is a tight-nit community,…

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Talking NorCal

Historic Fossil Discovery, Trinity Owl Battle & Best Places to Fish in NorCal w/Chip O’Brien | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob go through the news of the week including the…

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Wildlife

OPINION: Battle Over Shasta-Trinity Spotted Owl is a MAJOR Example Why Northern California Suffers from Catastrophic Wildfires

Photo: Bureau of Land Management The U.S. Forest Service has been attempting to thin a 13,162-acre patch of forest in…

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Outdoors

Reopening of Armstrong Redwoods Further Delayed Following Wildfire Damage

In August 2020, the LNU Lightning Complex Fire spread through the region near Guerneville, California, burning much of the wilderness…

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News

Lower Bucks Lake is Refilled and Stocked with Trophy Fish Following Year-Long Dam Repair

Following a year-long project in which PG&E drained Lower Bucks Lake in order to perform repairs to its concrete dam,…

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Sports

This CHUNKY 46-Pound Striper Shows Bass Fishing is Heating Up on the Sacramento River

The bass fishing on the Sacramento River is starting to heat up with multiple guide services reporting big striped bass…

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News

It’s Official: Crystal Geyser Won’t Be Bottling and Selling Mt. Shasta’s Crystal-Clear Water

In 2013, Crystal Geyser purchased a 145,000-square-foot facility just outside Mount Shasta with the hopes of bottling and selling the…

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Sports

Meet Tahoe’s Youngest Pro Snowboarder – 5-Year-Old Leland the Falcon

Instagram/@lelandthefalcon When Chuck Vogt, founder of Tahoe Longboards, took 2-year-old Leland to the slopes with a tiny snowboard for the…

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News

California to Close Commercial Crab Fishery Early to Avoid Whale Entanglements

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham ordered the state’s commercial Dungeness crab fishery to close at noon on June…

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Destinations

4 NorCal Destinations Featured on List of ‘Best Places to Visit in the USA’

For everyone that lives in Northern California, we’re well aware that our destinations rival some of the best in the…

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Wildlife

The Redding Eagles Live Nest Webcam is MUST SEE TV!

It was a monumental event for eagles enthusiasts in March when the eagles in Redding’s Turtle Bay nest hatched three…

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Events

Summer Concert Series Returns to South Lake Tahoe with Star-Studded Lineup

With Covid restrictions easing throughout the United States, Harrah’s and Harveys in South Lake Tahoe is bringing back their much…

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History

Wildfire Unearths Hidden Bunker in the Big Basin Redwoods

Photo: Julie Horner/SLVPost When the devastating CZU Fire blazed through the Big Basin Redwoods, it destroyed much of the state…

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News

Scuba Divers Begin Largest Clean Up in Lake Tahoe’s History by Hauling Out 200-Pounds of Trash

Photo: Clean Up the Lake With growing tourism interest and outdoor recreation on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe, trash…

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Cannabis

Siskiyou County Sheriff Asks Residents to Stop Aiding Illegal Cannabis Grows

Photo by Matteo Paganelli The Siskiyou County Sheriff is attempting to squeeze out the illegal marijuana grows in the area and…

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Shasta Cascade

Ranger Led Kayak and Paddleboard Programs are Returning to Whiskeytown Lake

Photo: Whiskeytown NRA Following an absent year due to the Covid pandemic, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has announced it will…

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Weather

1,894 Lightning Strikes Recorded in Northern California on Saturday

Photo by Felix Mittermeier A series of thunderstorms blanketed Northern California over the weekend, peaking on Saturday with a recorded 1,894…

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Wildlife

Full-Grown ‘Vampire Fish’ Spotted in the American River

Photo of a lamprey fish on the Feather River. Photo taken by the California Department of Water Resources in 2017.…

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Lassen

Lassen Park Highway to Open a Month Earlier than Usual

Photo by Deanna Lewis With dwindling snowpack melting at a rapid rate throughout the Sierra Nevada, the summer months are quickly…

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Weather

Over 100 Lightning Strikes Cause 10 Wildfires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Photo: U.S. Forest Service Lightning strikes were prevalent throughout Northern California over the weekend, causing numerous small wildfires from Mount…

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News

Two Dead at Popular God’s Bath Swimming Hole in Tuolumne County

Photo: Bob Perry As the hot temperatures move into Northern California for the summer, many beat the heat at the…

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Hikes

Yosemite Prepares to Install Half Dome Cables to Reopen Summit Hike

Photo by Frank Kehren Yosemite National Park has announced they plan to install the cables on Half Dome to allow…

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Tahoe

‘Let’s Go Do Drugs!’ Viral TikTok Shows the Weird Confluence of Outdoor Adventurers and Party Animals in Tahoe

@pvblicenemy1 Oooof the end statement is a vibe 😂 ##fyp ##hike ##toxic ♬ original sound – JBae Lake Tahoe is…

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Destinations

10 Activities for the Whole Family in Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding Photo: Turtle Bay Exploration Park The summer has arrived in Northern California, meaning it’s…

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Eating

Best Burger in Chico? A Mouth-Watering Visit to Nobby’s

There’s plenty of debate over who serves the best burger in Chico, California. For our money, it’s got to be…

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Video

A Jumping-Good Time at Redding’s Rare Air Trampoline Park

We took our cameras out to Rare Air Trampoline Park in Redding to have some fun. Watch as we play dodgeball, dunk…

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Sacramento

Man Steals a Sailboat on the Sacramento River, Immediately Gets it Lodged Under the Tower Bridge

A man is facing criminal charges after stealing a sailboat near West Sacramento on the Sacramento River on Monday night.…

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News

California Snowpack Falls to an Abysmal 8 Percent of Historical Average

Photo of Lake Oroville during the drought of 2014. Photo: California Department of Water Resources The drought continues to get…

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Stories

This Northern California Town is the Closest to ‘Shangri-La’ According to the Author Who Coined the Term

Photo: California Outdoor Propoerties Shangri-la is a fictional place featured in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon written by British author…

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Wildlife

Yet Another Oregon Wolf Settles in Northern California

A gray wolf is caught on camera in Northern California Wolf activity in Northern California is reaching unprecedented levels as…

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Cannabis

Environmental Crimes Discovered at Illegal Cannabis Grows in Tehama and Shasta Counties

In April, wildlife officers at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) conducted two investigations related to environmental crimes…

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Destinations

21 Reasons Why Siskiyou County is the Best Destination for Outdoor Adventurers in 2021

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Photo by Stephen Leonardi For nearly the entirety of 2020, many people were stuck inside…

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Tahoe

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake Near Truckee Marks the Tenth in Tahoe Over 2 Weeks

At approximately 9:35 pm on Thursday, a 4.7 magnitude earthquake shook the mountains of the Sierra Nevada just north of…

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Talking NorCal

Redwood Sky Walk, Drought Factors & 5-Year-Old Pro Snowboarder Leland the Falcon | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob talk about their recent foodie experiences in the Sacramento…

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News

Burney Falls Sees Massive Influx of Visitors, Spiking Traffic and Litter Issues in the Area

Burney Falls is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Northern California. The 129-foot waterfall, once dubbed the Eighth…

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News

Flock of Critically Endangered Condors ‘Absolutely Trash’ California House

Twitter/@SeanaLyn Following near extinction, different programs have successfully brought critically endangered condors back to California. There are only 160 condors…

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News

California Wildfires are Already Outpacing Last Year’s Historic Fire Season

Photo: Pacific Southwest Forest Service, USDA It’s only May 5th and we may already be on the verge of another historic…

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Sacramento

Don’t Doom the Bloom: How to Responsibly See the Rare Wildflower Super Bloom at Folsom Lake

With Folsom Lake sitting at a paltry 36 percent of storage, a wildflower super bloom has taken over where there…

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Bay Area

Popular Point Reyes Beach Closes For Four Months

Photo by Karam Alani One of the most popular summer destinations in the Point Reyes National Seashore has closed for the…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove Reopens Following Nearly 5-Month Closure Due to Storm Damage

Photo by KC Welch One of the premiere destinations to see the majestic trees of California has reopened to the public…

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Stories

Meet the Women Who Kayaked 450-Miles from Mount Shasta to San Francisco Bay

Instagram/@sacsource2sea The Sacramento River is a vital waterway in Northern California. Bursting out of the rocks below Mount Shasta and…

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Stories

The Rich History of Star Wars in Northern California

It was in the 1950’s, just east of the Bay Area in Modesto, California, where a young man named George…

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Bay Area

New Fire Burning Through the Big Basin Redwoods Could Have Been Started from Last Year’s Embers

In August 2020, a the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burned through the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, destroying much of…

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Destinations

10 Essential Spring Activities in Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding It’s springtime in Northern California, with the water melting off the mountains and flowing…

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Sacramento

I Tried the Top Rated Chicken Sandwich in Sacramento. Here’s How it Stacks Up.

A quick google search of the best chicken sandwich in Sacramento will quickly lead you to World Famous Hotboys in…

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News

Tahoe is Asking Visitors to Take a Pledge to Preserve its Outdoor Destinations

Photo by Jeremy Banks The rise in outdoor related tourism in Northern California has been staggering. With little opportunities for indoor…

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North Coast

The Highly-Anticipated Redwood Sky Walk is All Set to Open in Eureka

Photo: Sequoia Park Zoo The countdown has begun for the opening of the Redwood Sky Walk at the Sequoia Park…

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News

How Bad is the Drought in NorCal? DWR Just Cancelled Their Snow Survey Because There Isn’t Any.

The snow in the Sierra is almost gone and it’s only May. The water year in Northern California has been…

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Talking NorCal

400-Mile Kayak Journey w/Sac Source to Sea. Plus: Bob’s NorCal Rain Dance Songs | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach talks about his trip north where he hiked up Castle Crags,…

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Photography

Celestial Bliss: The Best Photos of the Super Pink Moon in Northern California

It was a beautiful scene in above Northern California this week, as the biggest and brightest super moon of 2021…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

This Mammoth Backcountry Cornice is the Things Nightmares Are Made Of

When snow falls on the mountains of Northern California, skiers and snowboarders delight in the backcountry adventures offered to them.…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to Enjoying Whiskeytown National Recreation Area this Summer

Brought to you by Visit Redding You’d be hard pressed to find a more pristine area in Northern California than…

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Stories

Guardians of the River: How the Yurok Tribe is Fighting to Save their Sacred Klamath

“Being a Yurok person, the river is our lifeblood. It’s just as important as the air we breathe.” The project…

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News

A Wildflower Super Bloom Has Taken Over at the Dreadfully Low Folsom Lake

If there’s one place you can point to as current evidence of California’s impending drought, it’s Folsom Lake. Currently sitting…

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Hikes

Siskiyou Adventures: Hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail from Castle Crags to the Oregon Border

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Stepping from civilization onto the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in Northern California is a…

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Bay Area

Fifth Dead Whale Washes Ashore in Less than a Month Near San Francisco Bay

Photo: San Francisco Whale Tours Springtime along the Northern California coast is famous for its whale migrations, where gray whales…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite Officials Searching for Lost Hiker Who Could Be Suicidal

Hiker Ralph Elliott went missing in Yosemite on April 22 The search is on for a hiker who went missing…

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Outdoors

WATCH: Professional Cliff Jumper Performs Insane Flip Off Potem Falls

Northern California local Robert Wall has been lighting the internet on fire in recent years with his cliff jumping exploits…

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Weather

Late-Season Storm Bringing Snow, Rain and Thunderstorms to Northern California

Photo: CHP – South Lake Tahoe Following the third driest precipitation year in California’s recorded history, late season storms are…

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Bay Area

Officials Plan to Drop 2,900 Pounds of Poison on the Farallon Islands. Here’s Why.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife just approved a plan to drop 2,900 pounds of poison-laced bait on the wildlife-rich Farallon…

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News

5 Earthquakes in 21 Minutes Shake Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe visitors and locals awoke to a rumbling under Lake Tahoe this morning, with a series of 5 earthquakes…

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Destinations

10 Actually Cool Things to Do in Redding, California Right Now

Following a year where many people were stuck inside, the travel bug has gripped California. Many people are looking for…

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Talking NorCal

Cannabis, Bigfoot & Murder in NorCal: Diving Deep on Hulu’s ‘Sasquatch’ | Talking NorCal

Did Bigfoot murder three pot farmers in Northern California’s Emerald Triangle in 1993? That’s the topic of Hulu’s brand-new true…

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Sports

14-Year-Old Fisherman Wins $10,000 Striped Bass Derby on the Sacramento River

When the Nor-Cal Guides and Sportmens Association decided to host a striped bass derby on the Sacramento River in Colusa,…

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Tahoe

WATCH: Drunk Hotel Guest Nearly Bumps Into Bear in South Lake Tahoe

There you have it folks – this is what you get when you mix casinos and 24-hour bars with the…

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Sacramento

This Sacramento Trail Was Just Named One of the Best in America

When you think of trails in Northern California, you probably think of places like Tahoe, Mount Shasta, Yosemite and the…

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News

Another Skydiver Killed at the Embattled Lodi Skydiving Center

Yelp/Kahanalei M. Yet another death has occurred at the controversial Lodi Skydiving Center, which has now experienced its ninth death…

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Outdoors

The Trout Fishing Season Opener is April 24th. Here are 7 Places to Celebrate in the Shasta Cascade.

Saturday, April 24th is truly a magnificent holiday. It’s the time of year when you get together with your friends…

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News

April’s Super Pink Moon Will Be the Biggest and Brightest of 2021

Photo by Ahsan Avi April’s full moon will rise on the night of Monday, April 26th as the biggest and brightest…

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Talking NorCal

Lost Sierra Trail, Scary 2021 Fire Season and Outdoor Stories with Derek Wichmann | Talking NorCal

In this week’s episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including the…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Mammoth Mountain’s Mascot is Insanely Good at Skiing

The spring season has arrived in the Eastern Sierra, with skiers flocking from all over the west coast to enjoy…

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News

New Partnership Makes Booking Campsites at California State Parks a Whole Lot Easier

Photo by Awar Meman Let’s be honest – the reservation system at California State Parks isn’t the most user friendly experience.…

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Talking NorCal

Full Interview with Griff the Viral Dancing Park Ranger | Talking NorCal

We sat down with John ‘Griff’ Griffith to discuss his viral dancing videos, his show ‘Wild Jobs’ on Animal Planet…

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Shasta Cascade

A Guide to Exploring the World-Famous Rivers of the Shasta Cascade

Brought to you by Visit Redding With Redding, California situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, the flanking hills push…

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Stories

The Naked Truth: Stories of Skinny-Dippers and Fly Fishing in Northern California

I have nothing against naked people, and particularly respect their ability to garner interest at the beginning of a story.…

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News

Yosemite National Park to Begin Late-Summer Campground Reservations This Week

Yosemite National Park will be allowing reservations for campgrounds from August 15 to September 15 on their website beginning this…

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Wildlife

You Can Help Name Redding’s Three New Eaglets

It was exciting news when the eagle cam on the Sacramento River in Redding recorded the hatching of three new…

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News

Squaw-Alpine to Begin Construction on New Gondola, Creating North America’s Third Largest Ski Resort

Alterra Mountain Company, owner of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in the Lake Tahoe region, announced it will begin construction…

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Talking NorCal

Discussing the Humboldt Redwoods with ‘Griff’ the Viral Dancing Park Ranger | Talking NorCal

In this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including the GoFundMe…

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Waterfalls

10 Waterfall Adventures Near Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding It’s waterfall season in Northern California and Redding, California is the best destination for…

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News

California Sees Third Driest Water Year in Recorded History

Lake Oroville. Photo: California Department of Water Resources If you thought this year was dry in California, you’re right on…

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Outdoors

Brand New 300-Mile Lost Sierra Trail Will Connect 15 Communities from Tahoe to Lassen

Mountain bikers enjoying the world class trail system in the Lost Sierra. Photo: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship The Sierra Nevada mountain…

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Tahoe

VIDEO: Bear Falls Through Thin Ice on Frozen Tahoe Pond

The Tahoe region is known for its many bear sightings. From bears breaking into homes, to bears breaking into cars…

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Lassen

Man with ‘Mafia Style’ Accent Goes on a Hilarious Botany Tour of Lassen Volcanic National Park

If you’re interested in botany in Lassen Volcanic National Park, the above video has plenty of great information for you.…

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Sports

Closing Dates for All Ski Resorts in Northern California

Mammoth Mountain terrain park. Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan. The ski season is coming to an end in Northern California. With…

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Wildlife

National Park Service Reveals 152 Tule Elk Died in Point Reyes in 2020

Photo by Hari Nandakumar Following the controversial decision to kill Tule Elk in Point Reyes National Seashore in favor of cattle ranchers,…

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Butte

Hiker Dies Following 100-Foot Fall at Oroville’s Table Mountain

Hollow Falls. Brooke Stanley/AllTrails A hiker fell 100-feet to their death near Hollow Falls at Oroville’s Table Mountain on Saturday.…

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