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Dennis Shanahan
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Sacramento is my home. Sure, I grew up in the Bay Area. But after graduating from Sac State with a degree in communications, I knew that I would be happy living and working in this city. That’s why, after a few years reporting in Eureka and Reno after college, I jumped at the chance to come home to the Sacramento region where many of my friends and relatives live. I’ve been a reporter in the Capital City since 2001, and at FOX40 since 2008. I enjoy meeting the great people of this region and visiting so many cities and communities on assignment.

On weekends you can catch me forecasting the weather on FOX40. My love of the outdoors and the science of weather (even those blustery Blue Canyon snowstorms) led to this position.

On my days off, I enjoy keeping up with my extended family and spending time in the company of good friends. I also get along quite well with my DVR and flat screen TV. When the weather is nice, you might see me running or trying to play golf. Trying. During the winter, I gladly trade in the golf clubs for my snowboard.

Recent Articles
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    Task Force Recommends Sacramento Increase Minimum Wage to $12.50 by 2020

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson held a news conference Wednesday in order to make a special announcement. The mayor’s minimum wage task force has recommended that Sacramento increase its minimum wage to $12.50 per hour by the year 2020, Johnson said. The minimum wage would increase in yearly increments, as follows: $10 in 2016, $10.50 in 2017, $11 in 2018, $11.75 in 2019 and $12.50 in 2020. The proposal allows for some exemptions, including one that allows restaurant owners to include […]

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    Massive Pest Control Tent on Stockton Building

    STOCKTON – Clark Pest Control technicians placed a tent around the entire five-story Franco Center senior housing apartment building in downtown Stockton on Tuesday. Fumigation under a tent, the highest level of pest control available, was chosen by the building’s new owners to eradicate a pest problem that bugged residents for years. Renters had complained about bed bugs and cockroaches. With 1.6 million cubic feet of air space inside the tarp, the project is the largest of its kind that […]

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    Bear Sightings Common This Summer In Auburn

    AUBURN – An Auburn woman got the surprise of her life on an otherwise calm afternoon last week when a cinnamon-colored California Black Bear showed up in her yard while she was sitting outside. “All of the sudden, crash, bang through those bushes and all the dry leaves,” is how Kay Sharp described the encounter. Sharp said the bear came within 15 feet of where she was sitting. “I was knocking stuff over to get up and get into the […]

  • Suspected TV Gunman Has Roots in Northern California

    SACRAMENTO – Information confirmed by school districts and former employers, combined with a LinkedIn resume, reveal Virginia shooting suspect Vester Lee Flanagan II spent a lot of his life in Northern California. He grew up in Oakland where he attended Redwood Heights Elementary, Montera Middle School, then Skyline High School, where he was a homecoming prince. In 1995, he graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in radio and television broadcasting. During college, Flanagan interned at KPIX-TV in San Francisco where he was hired as a […]

  • Woman Donates Liver to Mother — Account Set Up to Help Cover Expenses

    NORTH HIGHLANDS – Raianne Abrams and her 21-year-old daughter Charis are looking forward to a long future together thanks to a very personal gift Charis gave to her mom this summer. In January, doctors decided Raianne was a candidate for a liver transplant for stage four cirrhosis. “They noticed it was progressively getting worse,” Raianne recalled. But finding a match can take years.  That’s where Charis stepped up. “I knew I was O negative, which is the universal donor’s blood,” Charis explained. “So […]

  • Dead Trees in Sierra Foothills Resulting in ‘Ghost Forests’

    PLACERVILLE — Findings released this week by the U.S. Forest Service show that approximately 6.3 million trees are dead in the Sierra foothills. The drought and bark beetle infestations are to blame. A similar survey in April found more than 12 million dead trees in portions of the Sierra.  The new report looked specifically at the foothills between Placerville and Porterville. Researchers flew over the entire survey area in a small plane in July. The trees in the southern portion of the survey were the hardest hit. In […]

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    Fast-Spreading Fire Breaks Out in Garden Valley

    GARDEN VALLEY– Crews from Cal Fire and several surrounding agencies aggressively attacked a fire that broke out early Monday afternoon off Mount Murphy Road in rural El Dorado County. The fire was contained to three acres of one privately-owned parcel. Three mobile homes, two sheds and 10 motor vehicles were destroyed on that property. The fire had the potential to spread through the heavily wooded surroundings and become a much larger incident, according to Cal Fire. “We put a lot of […]

  • Jerusalem Fire Grows to 6,000 Acres

    LAKE COUNTY — The Jerusalem Fire made an aggressive run to the east Monday afternoon, driven by gusty winds. The east flank was burning into a very rugged unpopulated area southeast of Lower Lake, and northeast of Guinda. At sunset, the fire was listed at 6,000 acres and zero containment. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the incident. Many of them are cutting containment lines around the fire while helicopters and airplanes slow the spread of flames by dropping water […]

  • Homeowners Add Water to Lake to Save Wildlife

    WEST SACRAMENTO — People living around a West Sacramento lake are using garden hoses to prevent the lake from completely drying up. Touchstone Lake, at the corner of Linden Road and Constitution Avenue in West Sacramento is home to fish, turtles and waterfowl. Because of the drought, the lake has become very shallow. “If these animals die out here, there are going to be a lot of very angry people,” said resident Sharon Takeda on Saturday.  “Especially when we know something can be […]