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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    Bald Eagles Spotted in Sacramento County

    FOLSOM — A couple of bald eagles have been seen recently near Lake Natoma, just about 20 miles east of Sacramento off Highway 50. During a visit to the lake on Wednesday, FOX40 spoke with several people who reported recent bald eagle sightings. “I was shocked that we even have them here,” remarked Mary Ann Williams, who captured iPhone images of the birds perched high up in a tree while she was hiking with a friend a few weeks ago. “I don’t know why, but I looked up, […]

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    Barking Dog Alerts Woman to House Fire in South Sacramento

    SACRAMENTO — A woman’s life was saved Wednesday after a barking dog woke her up during a house fire. Firefighters responded to a home on Brady Court, near 14th Avenue and 65th Street, around 3 p.m. The woman who lives at the home said she was asleep when the fire broke out, but her dog woke her up, saving her life. She said she’s lived in that home for 40 years. Flames were contained to just one home, but some […]

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    Sierra Foothills Receive Impressive Rain for Late May

    SACRAMENTO — While most of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys enjoyed a pleasant partly cloudy day, the foothills received steady rain which fell heavily at times in the afternoon. Auburn and Pollock Pines each received about a third of an inch of rain Tuesday. Grass Valley saw nearly an inch. Showers and possible thunderstorms are in the forecast again for Wednesday in the foothills, especially in the afternoon.

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    Prescribed Burns Scheduled this Week in Sacramento County

    RIO LINDA — Flames and smoke rose from a field of dry grass in Rio Linda Monday as part of a prescribed burn program that will be repeated over the next several days in the Dry Creek Parkway area. Sacramento Metro Fire and County Regional Parks are working together on the project designed to reduce fire danger later in the season and protect wildlife habitat. It also provides a wildfire training opportunity for firefighters. Crews are igniting sections of grass and then […]

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    Ride of Silence Honors Those Who Died on Bikes

    SACRAMENTO — Cyslists in Sacramento and Davis, along with hundreds of other locations around the world, participated in Wednesday’s Ride of Silence. The ride’s mission statement: “To honor bicyclists killed by motorists, promote sharing of the road and provide awareness of bicycling safety.” At the Sacramento event, dozens of cyclists rode silently from the state Capitol to Sac State and back. At the intersection of J Street and Carlson Drive, they paused and read the names of 36 people who died […]

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    Search Intensifies for Missing Hiker in the Sierra

    SODA SPRINGS — Search teams are looking for 23-year-old Cody Michael of Rocklin who left for an overnight backpacking trip near Soda Springs with his German shepherd Sunday into Monday. He did not return as planned Monday night. Relatives received a picture from Michael, taken of himself and his dog near the Loch Levin trail head at the start of his hike on Sunday. According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Michael is in good shape and was well-prepared and equipped for […]

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    Dog Survives Five Weeks in Freeway Median

    GALT — Galt police are hoping to find the owner of a German shepherd that was rescued from the median of Highway 99 near Simmerhorn Road over the weekend. They say the animal, now affectionately named “Freeway Frida,” eluded capture among the oleander bushes in that median for more than a month. The first call about the German shepherd came into the Galt dispatch center on April 10. The caller reported a dog falling or jumping out of a pickup truck […]

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    Package of Gun Bills Moving Through State Legislature

    SACRAMENTO — Two new California gun bills passed the Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday, and are moving on to the Senate Appropriations Committee. AB-1176 is designed to solve a dilemma created by Proposition 47. That proposition made it a misdemeanor to steal items valued at $950 or less. Under AB-1176, the theft of any firearm would be a felony, even if the gun is worth less than $950. The other bill, AB-857, addresses untraceable, undetectable guns. The law would make it […]

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    Tahoe Bears Are Awake and Roaming Neighborhoods

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Bears are out of hibernation and on the move around Lake Tahoe. “They’re so fun to watch,” said South Lake Tahoe resident Tammy Hoy as she watched a mother and two cubs roam her neighborhood. “We’ve never seen a mama with babies that small.” The bears in Hoy’s neighborhood were not getting into garbage or trying to break down doors. They were simply roaming around and eating grass in an area where nature and development intersect. […]