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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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News

Famed ‘Kings Beach Bear’ Shot And Killed In Campground Confrontation

In wildlife work, happy endings, feel-good stories and grand conclusions can be elusive. The story of the bear that went…

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Tahoe

“Big Challenges Ahead”: Sierra-at-Tahoe Opening for the Winter Season Remains in Question

Photo: Sierra-at-Tahoe After the Caldor Fire moved through Sierra-at-Tahoe, the ski resort’s management was elated that firefighters were able to…

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News

Popular Northern California Safari Park Loses Accreditation Over Treatment of Animals

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has stripped the accreditation of Santa Rosa’s Safari West over concerns of the…

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Weather

Rejoice! Up to a Foot of Snow, Rain Showers Forecast Throughout Northern California.

Celebrating the snow in Tahoe. Photo by Emily Hoehenrieder. Following a horrendous water year and a historic drought throughout Northern California,…

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Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Has Officially Dropped Below its Natural Rim

This is what Lake Tahoe looks like full. See the IG post below to see what it looks like now.…

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Shasta Cascade

Spectacular Alien Sunrise Lenticular Cloud Appears Over Mount Shasta

This morning saw another beautiful lenticular cloud over Mount Shasta. This one, with the sunrise beaming under the cloud like…

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Photography

Submit Your Photos for the Fall for Siskiyou 2021 Photo Contest!

There’s no better time to visit California’s Far North than the fall. That’s why our friends over at Discover Siskyou…

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News

Photos Show the Windy Fire Devastation in the Giant Sequoia National Monument

The lightning-caused Windy Fire, now 97,554 acres, damaged or destroyed many treasured features in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant…

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Stories

Could Mount Shasta Bring America’s Next Great Volcanic Eruption?

The recent volcanic history of Mount Shasta eludes us. For a long time, the last eruption was believed to be…

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Stories

Why Does Whiskeytown Lake Stay Full of Water Year-Round?

With Northern California’s lakes and rivers experiencing drastically low water levels from the historic drought, there’s one lake you can…

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Sports

VIDEO: Insane Kayakers Fly Off the Giant Waterfalls of the American River’s Royal Gorge

On the North Fork American River sits a stretch of water so remote and dangerous, it’s rarely visited by anyone.…

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North Coast

Arcata Becomes the Third City in California to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

The Arcata City Council unanimously passed a resolution this week that decriminalizes the use of psychedelic plants and fungi in…

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Wildlife

Feather River Hatchery Seeks To Increase Chinook Salmon Production to Offset Drought Impacts

Alan Sheckter Photography The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have…

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Sports

Fish On! California to Issue 365-Day Fishing Licenses

Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan Under a new law authored by Assemblyman Jim Wood – Santa Rosa, California will issue 365-day…

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Weather

First Snow of the Season Brings Glorious White Mountaintops to Tahoe

Webcam at Palisades Tahoe After a long and grueling drought throughout Northern California, Mother Nature finally brought us a glimpse…

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Tahoe

Taylor Creek’s Annual Kokanee Salmon Run Halted by Drought

Photo: Jonathan Cook-Fisher One of the most delightful fall activities in the Tahoe region is watching the Kokanee salmon return…

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News

Surfer Attacked by Shark Along the Sonoma Coast

A surfer was airlifted to the hospital at Salmon Creek Beach along the Sonoma Coast Sunday morning after being bitten…

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Tahoe

Sierra-at-Tahoe: There is More Damage to the Resort Than Was Initially Thought

After the Caldor Fire moved through Sierra-at-Tahoe near Tahoe, the ski resort’s management was elated that firefighters were able to…

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Lassen

Lassen Volcanic National Park Will Partially Reopen Following 2-Month Dixie Fire Closure

Portions of Lassen Volcanic National Park that are unaffected by the Dixie Fire will reopen on Monday, October 4.    Lassen…

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Shasta Cascade

Popular Mount Shasta Lakes Added to the Castle Crags Wilderness

Photo by Y S The National Forest Service announced that it has acquired a popular hiking destination in the Mount Shasta…

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News

It’s Official: Patrick’s Point State Park Will Change its Name to Honor Yurok Tribe

The California State Park and Recreation Commission voted for a name change of Patrick’s Point State Park to Sue-meg State…

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Wildlife

Bear Finds Lost GoPro in the Sierra Backcountry and Hilariously Records Himself Playing with It

The bears of Tahoe have learned how to brilliantly get their hands on human food, and it typically comes with…

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Butte

Winter Ice Rink Coming to Chico Called ‘Slap in the Face’ to Paradise

Ice Rink in Paradise, California For the first time ever, a winter ice skating rink is coming to downtown Chico.…

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Stories

Famed Camp Fire Muralist Brings His Hauntingly Beautiful Art to Greenville

When the Camp Fire burned through the town of Paradise in 2018, muralist Shane Grammer decided to bring his art…

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Stories

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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Uncategorized

Trap-Tag-Haze: How Wildlife Officials are Managing Human-Bear Conflicts in the Tahoe Basin

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting “Trap-Tag-Haze” operations on the South Lake and West Shore areas of…

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Sports

Fly Fisherman Lands Absolute MONSTER Striped Bass in Northern California

It’s not everyday you see fly fishermen attempting to catch striped bass in Northern California. But recently one fisherman was…

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Photography

Cast Your Vote for the 2021 CalTrout Photo Contest

TITLE: “Truckee River Train” by Dominic Bruno CalTrout is once again hosting its annual photo contest, featuring fish, anglers or others…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

No Reservations: Yosemite to End Pass Requirements Ahead of Fall Season

Yosemite National Park is known to be one of the most visited parks in the United States, with averages hovering…

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History

On This Day in History: President John F. Kennedy Dedicates the Whiskeytown Dam

On November 22, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated as his motorcade drove through Dallas, Texas. Less than two…

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Photography

See a Fall-Color Explosion in Chico, California

Chico, California is known to many as “The City of Trees.” As the legend goes, John Bidwell used to walk…

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Stories

Has Infighting Between CalFire and the Forest Service Slowed Firefighting Efforts in Northern California?

The brave firefighters battling the dangerous and fast-moving fires in Northern California put their lives on the line to protect…

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Talking NorCal

Palisades Tahoe, Shasta’s Sunken Ship, and a Forest Management/Climate Change Discussion with Joanna Nelson | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal Podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including S*** Valley…

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Shasta Cascade

Woody’s Brewing Co. to Release New Craft Beer with Proceeds Going to Whiskeytown Trail Restoration

It’s our favorite thing in the world – craft beer and fundraising! Woody’s Brewing Co. is releasing a brand-new craft…

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Sports

Fisherman Lands MASSIVE 43-Pound Chinook Salmon on the Sacramento River

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

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News

Fawn Fire Becomes the Highest Priority Fire in the Country

Photo: CalFire The Fawn Fire continues to burn in the neighborhoods of north Redding, with new mandatory evacuations announced for…

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News

5 Truckee Breweries Team with Achieve Tahoe to Raise Money for Adaptive Recreation Programs

From October 1st through 31st, Achieve Tahoe will host their 32nd Annual Foam Fest Fundraiser in partnership with five Truckee breweries:…

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Uncategorized

Fawn Fire Destroys Dozens of Homes in Redding with 4,000 Residents Under Mandatory Evacuation

The Fawn Fire continued to burn through north Redding on Thursday night, destroying dozens of homes and forcing the evacuation…

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Cannabis

With the South Fork Eel River Drying Up, Illegal Marijuana Grows Continue to Steal Water

Press Release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: On Sept. 20, 2021, wildlife officers with the California Department…

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Bay Area

Mount Diablo State Park Turns 100-Years-Old

Press release from California State Parks: This year Mount Diablo State Park turns 100. To mark the occasion, California State…

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News

Mandatory Evacuations Announced for Fawn Fire Near Shasta Lake

Following a night of containment efforts on the Fawn Fire near Shasta Lake, the Shasta County Sheriff has announced mandatory…

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Cannabis

California State Fair Announces First-Ever Cannabis Competition

The CA State Fair today announced the addition of the first-ever, state-sanctioned cannabis competition and awards. The CA State Fair…

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Bay Area

Dogs Aren’t Allowed on Most Point Reyes Beaches. Here’s Why.

The stunning beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore make for a great place to enjoy the Northern California coast. It…

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Tahoe

Sierra-at-Tahoe Fire Assessment Finds Chair Lift Damage

On the night of August 29, the Caldor Fire picked up steam in the Sierra Nevada and moved into beloved…

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Tahoe

Highway 50 to Reopen Over the Sierra Following Month-Long Caldor Fire Closure

Following a month of closures on Highway 50 between Sacramento and Tahoe, the popular stretch of roadway is set to…

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North Coast

Brand-New Elevated Boardwalk Opens at Grove of Titans in Jedediah Smith Redwoods

Redwood National and State Parks completed the first mile of the Mill Creek Trail, including an elevated walkway into the…

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Shasta Cascade

How to Hike Like a Local in California’s Far North

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Photo by Stephen Leonardi  If you ask any local in Siskiyou County, there’s no better…

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News

Temporary Access Granted to Homeowners in the Caldor Fire Burn Zone Along Highway 50

Press Release from the U.S. Forest Service: Residents and property owners can access their properties inside the closed area between…

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North Coast

State of California Acquiring 27,000-Acre Outdoor Utopia Along the Great Redwood Trail

The Lone Pine Ranch, a 27,000-acre property straddling Trinity and Mendocino counties, is a vast property of redwood forests, grassy…

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History

Mysterious Sunken Boat Revealed on the Low Shore of Shasta Lake

There have been plenty of historic structures revealed on Northern California reservoirs as water continues to shrink down to historically…

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News

South Fork Eel River Goes Dry for the First Time Ever

Press release from the Eel River Recovery Project: The current record two-year drought is causing record low Eel River flows,…

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Talking NorCal

Creating Cannabis Experiences with Amy O’Connor of Humboldt Social. Plus, NorCal Has a New Wolf Pack | Talking NorCal

On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including Northern California’s newest wolf…

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Sports

GIANT 40-Pound Chinook Salmon Caught on the Sacramento River

Ryan Tripp is at it again! Some local guides have referred to him as the “Michael Jordan of Fishing” in…

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Weather

First Snow of the Season on Mt. Shasta Brings Hope that Wildfire Season is Nearing its End

A weekend storm brought rain and snow to Northern California, with the North Coast experiencing its typical rainy day and…

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Butte

Salmon-Viewing Kayak Tours on the Feather River Have SOLD OUT

UPDATE: All tours have been sold out! Photo: Explore Butte County With the Chinook salmon once again returning to the…

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Destinations

The World’s Largest Corn Maze is Reopening this Month 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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News

Jet Ski Criminals: Men Arrested on Lake Berryessa with 3 Ounces of Heroin and a Loaded AR-15 Rifle

The Napa County Sheriff’s Office experienced a unique arrest on Wednesday, with two men brought in for warrants and possession…

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News

The 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Will Come From Northern California

Each year, the National Forest Service chooses a national forest to cut and transport a tree to the U.S. Capitol…

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News

Most National Forests Have Reopened in Northern California. Here’s Where You Can and Can’t Go.

For more than two weeks, national forests throughout California were closed due to fire concerns. Today, most of those forests…

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Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe Welcomes Residents Home and Eager to Host Visitors

With more than 22,000 residents returning home, businesses opening their doors to employees and customers, and schools in session starting…

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Tahoe

Sierra-at-Tahoe Details Damage Done by Caldor Fire

On the night of August 29, the Caldor Fire picked up steam in the Sierra Nevada and moved into beloved…

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Tahoe

Palisades Prognostications: Why Squaw Valley Got it Right with its New Name and Logo

We’ve deliberated for more than a decade about whether Squaw Valley should change its name. Today, the right decision was…

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News

Much of the Lava Beds National Monument Remains Closed Due to Encroaching Antelope Fire

Another outdoor destination in Northern California has closed with the Antelope Fire escaping containment lines and moving into the western…

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News

Squaw Valley Announces Brand-New Name

After much conversation and deliberation, Squaw Valley has announced its new name will be… Palisades Tahoe! That’s right, one of…

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News

Northern California’s Famed Alien Telescopes Threatened by Dixie Fire

The Allen Telescope Array, an ensemble of 42 antennas used in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), is once again…

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