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.

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    UC Davis Research Center Helps Limit Earthquake Damage

    DAVIS — A research center at UC Davis plays a key role in the engineering of modern infrastructure like bridges, buildings highways and dams. The UC Davis Center for Geotechnical Modeling is home to the worlds largest centrifuge equipped with a shake table. Small scale models of large building projects are put to the test on the centrifuge to simulate pressure and ground shaking. Researchers are able to evaluate how various soils and structures respond to large geological events. The […]

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    Several Stockton Fires Attributed to Arsonist

    STOCKTON — The Stockton Fire Department is working with city police to close in on an arsonist suspect who has been setting fire to dry grass and vacant buildings within city limits. According to Fire Chief Erik Newman, possibly as many as a dozen such fires have been deliberately set this summer. The motive is unknown. Most of the fires have broken out on the south side of the city, but some have occured north of the Crosstown Freeway near the […]

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    Summer Storm Hits Lake Tahoe Area

    TAHOE CITY — Thunder rumbled as Sierra skies unleashed heavy downpours of rain and hail Monday afternoon. Two-tenths of an inch of precipitation fell along the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Enough hail fell over Homewood to give the appearance that snow had fallen. The Sierra thunderstorm threat will diminish the rest of this week, according to the National Weather Service.

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    Some Clayton Fire Evacuation Orders Lifted

    LAKE COUNTY — A limited number of Clayton Fire evacuees were allowed to return to their properties Tuesday. According to a Tuesday afternoon advisory from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, “Today at 3 p.m. the mandatory evacuation order was lifted for the neighborhoods east of State Highway 53 from Polk Avenue, south to Cache Creek. This included the area of Clearlake referred to as “The Avenues.” The cancellation of additional evacuation orders are being evaluated based on a variety of […]

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    Clayton Fire Moving Away from Densely Populated Area

    LOWER LAKE — As of Monday night, the Clayton Fire was burning east into a remote area near the Rocky Fire burn scar. The fire has charred 4,000 acres in Lake County, and destroyed more than 175 structures including many homes in Lower Lake. Tuesday morning, the fire remained at 4,000 acres but containment jumped from 5 to 20 percent overnight. No human injuries or fatalities have been reported, but some animals lost their lives in the fire. The flames made […]

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    Families in Various Stages of Rebuilding After the Valley Fire

    MIDDLETOWN — Eleven months after the Valley Fire broke out in Lake County and destroyed more than 1,200 homes, the especially hard-hit community of Middletown is in various stages of rebuilding. Wednesday night, FOX40 visited with photographer Sharon Dawson who we first met last September just a few days after the fire leveled her home. “I got out with my gear, I got out with my paintings, I got out with my dogs, I got out with my family,” she said back […]

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    Vandals Flood Antelope School Building; District Circulates Surveillance Photos

    ANTELOPE –The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department is investigating an act of vandalism at an Antelope middle school that caused damage in excess of $30,000. The Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District is circulating surveillance photos along with a flier online that reads: “On July 16, 2016 between 8:30 and 11:00 p.m. vandalism occurred at Antelope Crossing Middle School, 9200 Palmerson Dr, Antelope, CA. Vandals gained access to the second story patio on the library building causing water damage to several offices […]

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    WWII Veterans Celebrate Their 70th Wedding Anniversary

    CITRUS HEIGHTS — Cal and Betty Crawford celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Wednesday night surrounded by friends and family at Sun Oak Assisted Living. Cal, 94, and Betty, 91, are both World War II veterans. As for the secret to seven decades of happy marriage, Mr. Crawford explained, “When she goofs, I ignore it. When I goof, she ignores it. That way there’s no arguments.”

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    West Sacramento Girl’s Mission for Universal Kindness Goes Viral

    WEST SACRAMENTO — A FOX40 story about a girl handing out bracelets and encouraging people to be kind had been viewed online nearly 5.5 million times as of Tuesday night, hitting a sweet spot in a world where good news is needed. As FOX40’s Karma Dickerson first reported Sunday night, 10-year-old Leah Nelson launched a program called “Becuz I Care.” She has been handing out bracelets in public with a note that reads: “Because I care is a program that […]