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Lassen

Lassen Locals Plead with Public Not to Visit Right Now

As the Dixie Fire continues to grow larger and force evacuations throughout Plumas, Butte and Lassen counties, some locals near…

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News

Champion Ultramarathon Runner Found Dead in Yosemite National Park

The search for a lost ultramarathon runner in Yosemite National Park ended tragically on Tuesday, when search and rescue officials…

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Bay Area

Body Identified as Missing Hiker at Point Reyes National Seashore

Photo by Sammie Chaffin Point Reyes National Seashore confirms that the body found Monday, July 19 was that of Mitra Rasti,…

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News

Dixie Fire Exhibits Extreme Behavior with Lightning Shooting Out of its 40,000-Foot Pyrocumulus Cloud

The Dixie Fire took a turn for the worse on Monday afternoon, with dry conditions fanning the flames and creating…

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Video

Video Shows Car Flying 50 Feet Into the Air on Highway 99 Near Yuba City

An insane car crash was recently caught on camera on Highway 99 near Yuba City showing a car flying 50…

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News

Body of Lost Hiker Recovered in Point Reyes National Seashore

Below is a press release from Point Reyes National Seashore: Point Reyes National Seashore received a report of an overdue…

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News

Report: Butte County’s Dixie Fire May Have Been Sparked by PG&E Equipment

The Dixie Fire quickly grew to 30,000 acres over the weekend near the burn scar of the Camp Fire in…

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History

Remembering the Deadly 1996 Rockfall that Sent 90,000 Tons of Rock into Yosemite Valley

July 19, 2021 marked the 25th anniversary of the 1996 Happy Isles rockfall in Yosemite National Park. The deadly incident…

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Tahoe

S**** Valley Alpine Meadows to Host Washoe Cultural Tours

SVAM is excited to announce a new on-mountain summer experience: the Washoe Cultural Tour, beginning Monday, July 12. Not only is…

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Destinations

This NorCal Campground is the Best in the State, According to Outside Magazine

We all know there are some pretty amazing campgrounds in Northern California. Whether you’re camping in one of the National…

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Wildlife

The Tragic Story of a Bear Cub Hit by a Car in Yosemite

There are speed limits in National Parks and they aren’t just so you won’t miss those stunning views. Bears are…

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Cannabis

Wildlife Officials Raid NorCal Cannabis Farms with Environmental Violations

Photo: CDFW On July 9, 2021, wildlife officers with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) served three search…

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Talking NorCal

Tahoe Bear Shooting, NorCal Wildfires & Life as a Wild Food Chef w/Hank Shaw | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the already unprecedented wildfire season in Northern California…

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News

Wildlife Officials Relocate Over a Million Hatchery Salmon Due to Klamath River Drought Conditions

Juvenile Chinook salmon are herded by CDFW staff in a raceway at the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery, Siskiyou County, Calif.,…

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Stories

Inside Union Pacific’s Harrowing Attempt to Save the Dry Canyon Bridge During the Lava Fire

The Lava Fire damaged the Union Pacific Dry Creek Bridge. UP is working on repairs and estimate the bridge to…

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Cannabis

Take a Tour Through the Cannabis Farms of Northern California’s Emerald Triangle

Photo: The Mendocino Experience You’ve undoubtedly heard of the world-class wine tours held in Napa Valley, highlighting the famed vineyards…

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News

Crashed Helicopter Removed from Lake Shastina

A helicopter was dipping into Lake Shastina in order to obtain water to fight the Lava fire when it crashed…

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North Coast

Short Film Documents Off-The-Grid Oasis in the Northern California Redwoods

In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife Vanna Rae bought 400 acres of redwood forested land in Mendocino County and…

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Weather

VIDEO: Hiker Captures the Moment a Lightning Strike Starts a Wildfire in the Sierra

A hiker witnessed a rare scene when a bolt of lightning hit the Sierra, causing an immediate wildfire. He even…

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Tahoe

Bear Beach? Sightings on the Rise at Crowded Lake Tahoe Destination

Pope Beach is a popular place for locals and tourists to take in the summer sun in South Lake Tahoe.…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Fast-Moving River Fire Grows Dangerously Close to Yosemite National Park

Photo by Amy Purcell A fast-moving wildfire broke out on Sunday afternoon and following a night of wind-fueled growth, the…

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News

Doyle, California Ravaged by Beckwourth Complex Fire

Doyle, California is a small, peaceful town in Plumas County that straddles the border of Nevada. The population of under…

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Wildlife

An Ode to Squirrels: The Badass Rodents Living in Your Backyard

Photo by Simone Mascellari 🇮🇹 When a buddy asked if I had seen any of the “Squirrel vs. Rattlesnake” videos on…

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News

Beckwourth Complex Fire Explodes to 83,926 Acres in the Plumas National Forest

Amid a historic heatwave and worsening wildfire conditions, the Beckwourth Complex Fire exploded to 83,926 acres by Sunday morning, with…

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Wildlife

How’d That Get There?! Dead Coyote Found Dangling from Tree in Mammoth

There are a lot of things in nature that can be very hard to explain. Finding a a dead coyote…

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News

Video Shows Boulders Laying Across Highway 395 Following Sierra Earthquake

A 5.9 earthquake slammed the Sierra Nevada on Thursday afternoon, with many Northern California communities feeling the shaking from Tahoe…

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Cannabis

Northern California Town to Host its First All Cannabis Farmer’s Market

Photo by Add Weed On Saturday, July 10, Laytonville will host its first ever Cannabis Farmer’s Market, giving local growers the…

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Photography

Photos: Helicopter Fighting the Lava Fire Crashes into Lake Shastina

A helicopter was dipping into Lake Shastina in order to obtain water to fight the Lava fire when it crashed…

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News

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks the Sierra Nevada

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Sierra Nevada at 3:49 pm on Thursday, sending shockwaves throughout Northern California. The floor…

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Wildlife

Chico Woman Killed by 400-Pound Grizzly Bear During Montana Camping Attack

On the morning of Tuesday July 6, a 400-pound grizzly bear pulled a Chico woman out of her tent in…

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Destinations

9 Can’t-Miss Summer Adventures in Lake Tahoe

Photo by Clayton Cardinalli It’s summertime in Northern California, meaning the pristine outdoor destinations of the region are primed for an…

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Events

A Definitive Guide to Music Festivals in Northern California in 2021

Following a tumultuous year that left us quarantining in our homes due to Covid, California has finally reopened and we…

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Uncategorized

Take the Active NorCal Membership Survey for a Chance to Win $200

Here at Active NorCal, we are always looking for new ways to connect with our followers. That’s why we are…

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Talking NorCal

The Great Outdoors – NorCal’s Quintessential Family Summer Film | Talking NorCal

In this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob review The Great Outdoors, the 1988 family summer film featuring Dan…

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Uncategorized

14 Lightning-Caused Wildfires Burning in Yosemite

From June 28 through July 2, a thunderstorm brought lightning strikes to Yosemite National Park, igniting 14 fires in the…

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News

Health Advisory for Swimmers Lifted at Whiskeytown’s Whiskey Creek

The health advisory issued at Whiskeytown Lake’s Whiskey Creek swimming area has been lifted. The two-day advisory was caused by…

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Sports

Chinook Salmon Fishing Season Opens on Portions of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers

Fishing regulations for the spring Chinook fishery in the Klamath River Basin remain in effect following the June meeting of…

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Shasta Cascade

Wildfires Rage On as Fourth of July Weekend Approaches in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

With the impending Fourth of July weekend expected to bring heavy traffic to the outdoor destinations of Northern California, wildfire…

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Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Tourist Shoots Charging Bear in Vacation Rental

Photo by Marion hobbs A man visiting the Lake Tahoe area returned to his vacation rental after dining out to…

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Sports

MONSTER King Salmon Caught Along the NorCal Coast

Photo: Salt Lady Sportfishing Salmon fishing season has started in Northern California and the first signs are being seen along…

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Outdoors

High Levels of E. Coli Found at Popular Swimming Area on Whiskeytown Lake

Photo by Chandler Hecht To protect public health, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area monitors water quality regularly from May to September. Recent…

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News

Shasta Lake’s Salt Fire Grows to 2,800 Acres, Forcing Evacuations and Closing I-5 in Both Directions

Another wildfire has broken out in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, this time near Lakehead along Shasta Lake. The fire began…

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Video

Fly Fishing Northern California’s Legendary Hat Creek

Brought to you by Visit Redding Hat Creek is an iconic fishing stream near Redding that stands as the most…

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News

Forest Service Issues Closures on Mount Shasta Due to Lava Fire

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a list of closures on Mount Shasta due to the growing Lava Fire in…

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News

Siskiyou Wildfires: 10,000 Residents Evacuated as Lava and Tenant Fires Rage On

The two Siskiyou County fires continue to grow fast and put residents on edge as they burn heavily on Tuesday…

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Hikes

7 Iconic Hikes to Put on Your Bucket List Near Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding Photo by Sanath Kumar The many outdoor attractions surrounding Redding, California can give you plenty…

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Sports

Watch Joe Rogan Hunt and Eat Wild Turkeys in the Napa Valley

Hunting wild turkeys in Northern California is a time-honored tradition. The largest game bird in North America can be seen…

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News

Lava Fire Balloons to an Astounding 13,330 Acres Near Mount Shasta, Structures Burned

The Lava Fire continues to burn at an astounding rate in Siskiyou County and erratic winds and dry fuels pushed…

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News

Tenant Fire: New Fire Near Lava Fire Quickly Grows to 200 Acres in Siskiyou County

Siskiyou County is currently under a barrage of wildfire threats, with the growing Lava Fire now being joined by the…

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News

Lava Fire Update: Evacuation Orders Issued in Weed, California

Evacuation orders in Siskiyou County The Lava Fire continues to grow north of Mount Shasta in Siskiyou County, putting residents…

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North Coast

‘Mafia-Style’ Botanist Returns to NorCal to Hilariously Explore the Humboldt Redwoods

The funniest botanist around has returned to Northern California to explore the different plant life you can find in the…

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Tahoe

VIDEO: Momma Bear and Cubs Take a Dip at a Crowded Lake Tahoe Beach

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jen Watkins (@goldcountrycandles) A momma bear and her three cubs were…

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Bay Area

NPS Ordered to Federal Court to Explain Treatment of Tule Elk in Point Reyes

Photo by Y S The National Park Service has been ordered to federal court on Monday to explain their treatment of…

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News

Erratic Winds Push Lava Fire to 1,446 Acres Near Mount Shasta

Erratic winds and dry fuel conditions pushed the Lava Fire near Mount Shasta to double in size overnight, growing from…

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Butte

Growing Sky Fire Prompts Evacuation Warning in Butte County

Another lightning-caused wildfire is growing in Northern California, forcing some residents of Butte County to be on evacuation alert. The…

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News

Collins Almanor Forest Closed to Public Use Due to Wildfire Risk

Collins has closed the 94,000-acre Collins Almanor Forest to public use due to ongoing wildfire threats in Northern California. The…

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News

Dry Conditions Push Lava Fire to 700 Acres Near Mount Shasta

The Lava Fire continues to grow north of Mount Shasta as winds pushed it to approximately 710 acres on Sunday…

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News

Drone Briefly Halts Critical Firefighting Flights Over Lava Fire

Photo: U.S. Forest Service As aerial firefighters were attempting to make retardant drops on the Lava Fire near Weed, California…

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Tahoe

Celebrity Bear Known for its Tahoe Shenanigans Has Gone Missing

The “Kings Beach Bear’s” GPS tracking collar as biologists found it this spring on the forest floor. CDFW photo by Mark…

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Bay Area

Great White Shark Attack Puts Swimmer in ‘Serious Condition’ at Bay Area Beach

A 35-year-old man swimming near Grey Whale Cove State Beach was hospitalized on Saturday after a great white shark bit…

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Wildlife

Brand-New Wolf Pack Discovered in Northern California’s Plumas County

Lassen Pack The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that a new wolf pack has established itself in southern Plumas…

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Wildlife

‘Extremely Rare’ Brown Trout Found in Sacramento River Fish Trap in Redding

At the Keswick Dam on the Sacramento River in Redding, wildlife officials at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery use a…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Tourism Officials Offer Advice for Snagging Yosemite National Park Reservations

California’s tourism sector is roaring back to life, and although the state is easing restrictions, Yosemite National Park has not announced changes…

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Shasta Cascade

Here’s Everything You Can Do at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park this Summer

Mt. Shasta Ski Park opens for its summer season this week, offering visitors a variety of outdoor activities under the…

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Destinations

The Sunflower Fields of NorCal are in a Spectacular Bloom Right Now

Photo by Albert Dera It’s summer in Northern California, bringing triple-digit heat, sunny days and the longing for the perfect swimming…

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Eating

NorCal Brewery Creates Possibly the Best Craft Beer Can on the Planet

Craft breweries in Northern California have been leading the world for decades when it comes to marketing beer. Breweries like…

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Waterfalls

When Will the Trail to Brandy Creek Falls Reopen in Whiskeytown NRA?

Photo: National Park Service Following the devastating Carr Fire in Redding, California that burned 229,651 acres and destroyed 1,604 structures,…

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North Coast

VIDEO: Housecat Takes on Approaching Bobcat Outside Humboldt House

A lot of people would fear a bobcat if they saw it in the wild. But sometime housecats aren’t scared…

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Photography

Behind the Photo: Capturing Historic Structures at a Drought-Ridden Shasta Lake

With another drought causing low water levels in Northern California, we wanted to revisit a unique story of historic structures…

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Events

It’s Time to Get Muddy! Tough Mudder Returns to Northern California this Summer

With major events returning to Northern California in 2021, one is guaranteed to challenge every muscle in your body. And…

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Hikes

Hiking to the Top of Castle Crags on the Castle Dome Trail

Brought to you by Visit Redding Castle Crags seems to hide in plain sight. Though clearly visible from I-5, the…

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Wildlife

VIDEO: Bear Hilariously Climbs into Driver Seat of Tahoe UPS Truck

Bear sightings in the communities surrounding Lake Tahoe have grown at an astonishing rate in the past few years. Flocking…

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News

Transfer Approved on Klamath River Dams, Paving Way for Removal

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the transfer of the license for the Lower Klamath Hydroelectric Project from PacifiCorp to the…

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Butte

Fire in Upper Bidwell Park Grows to 600 Acres with 25 Percent Containment

Photo: Chico Fire Department A vegetation fire erupted in Chico’s Upper Bidwell Park Thursday night, growing to 600 acres by…

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Talking NorCal

California’s Open, Bizarre Lassen Legends & Experiential Education with California Adventure Academy | Talking Nor

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob celebrate the official reopening of California. Then, they discuss…

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Photography

Longest Slackline in California’s History Gloriously Photobombs Yosemite Wedding

Photo by Erica Houk A historic moment was caught on camera in Yosemite National Park recently, and luckily for us…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Drunk Driver Gets Car Stuck at the Bottom of Crowley Lake

Photo: California Highway Patrol A driver at Crowley Lake was cited with a DUI and plenty of upholstery damage after…

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Tahoe

Here Are All the Fun Activities You Can Do this Summer at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ summer season kicks off Friday, June 18, when the resort reopens…

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Weather

Potentially Record-Setting Heatwave Heading Towards Northern California

A rare heatwave is heading towards Northern California this week, which has prompted the National Weather Service to issue an…

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Wildlife

Point Reyes Installs Water Troughs to Help ‘Thirsty and Dying’ Tule Elk

Photo by Ronan Furuta Following a year where 152 tule elk died in Point Reyes National Seashore, wildlife officials are attempting…

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News

Fully-Intact Airplane Found 160 Feet Underwater at Folsom Lake

Image of the aircraft by Seafloor Systems When a crew from Seafloor Systems went to Folsom Lake to test their…

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Talking NorCal

Extreme Drought, New NorCal Trails & Surprise Chicken Sandwich Review | 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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Stories

The Bizarre Stories of Paranormal Encounters in Lassen Volcanic National Park

We all know Lassen Volcanic National Park as the beautiful outdoor destination in Northern California free from crowds and full…

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Wildlife

Amid Devastating Fish Kill, Karuk Tribe Declares a Climate Emergency in the Klamath Basin

Photo: Klamath Salmon Media Collaborative Amid a massive salmon kill on the Klamath River, the Karuk Tribe has officially declared…

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Sports

Risking Your Neck: The Statistics Behind ‘Dangerous’ Sports in Northern California

I remember deciding to go skydiving for the first time. Several of my friends asked if they could have my…

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Shasta Cascade

This Video Shows Why You Should Leave Cliff Jumping at McCloud Falls to the Professionals

We share a lot of videos from the top cliff jumpers around Northern California performing death-defying jumps from the cliffs…

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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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