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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    FedEx Truck Topples Over on Slick Surface on I-80

    A FedEx driver was hospitalized with minor injuries after the big rig he was driving jackknifed on westbound Interstate 80 near Donner Summit Tuesday afternoon. The road surface, just west of the Castle Peak exit, was slick at the time of the crash. The truck was pulling two trailers. One ended up wedged into a snowbank. The other landed on its side. Westbound traffic was reduced to one lane for several hours while Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and tow truck operators worked to clear the […]

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    Folsom Lake Level Above 100 Percent of Seasonal Average

    EL DORADO HILLS — Due to runoff from recent rain in the foothills and Sierra, Folsom Lake rose to 104 percent of historical average Monday with about 529,000 acre feet of water. The Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the water in the reservoir, measures the level in 15 year increments. By that standard, Folsom Lake is at 120 percent of 15 year average. But there is still plenty of storage space left in the lake. The water level is at […]

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    Sacramento State Outraged Over Anti-Muslim Messages on Campus

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State administrators are investigating a hateful message that was directed at the university’s Muslim community. The message was written on an unattended signup sheet for the Muslim Student Association at a table in the campus quad, according the Sac State police. Police tell FOX40 the incident, while disturbing, did not involve vandalism or threats. Therefore it was not considered a crime. That is why it is being investigated by administrators, not police. Sac State President Robert S. Nelsen […]

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    Folsom Lake Level Improves Noticeably — Boat Speed Limit Lifted

    EL DORADO HILLS — On the eastern end of Folsom Lake, small streams are carving their way through mud, over and around rocks and into the lake as if on a critical mission. “I love the sound,” said fisherman Jim Early, of the flowing water. “I love the smell of it. I love everything about it.” FOX40 found similar sentiments all around the lake’s Browns Ravine Recreation Area on Tuesday afternoon. “Everybody’s happy…the water levels are up,” boater and fisherman Rick Orbea explained. The […]

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    Masonic Lodge Destroyed by Fire

    CALAVERAS COUNTY — The historic Masonic Lodge in the Calaveras County community of Milton caught fire Saturday morning and burned to the ground. The building stood at the corner of Milton and Flint roads since 1881. It was the largest building in Milton at the time of the fire and was still in good condition, according to locals. The cause of the fire was last reported as under investigation. Nobody was injured . Locals said historic photographs and articles were […]

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    Winter Rains Causing Pothole Problems

    SACRAMENTO — El Nino rains, while desperately needed, are leading to a costly problem: Drivers running over potholes, causing tires to burst. Potholes form when water seeps through cracks in pavement, weakening the soil underneath. City, county and Caltrans crews have been patching them, but long-term fixes are best done when the road surface is dry. Drivers are advised to take it slow through puddles because a pothole could be hidden underneath, which could do some serious damage. FOX40 visited […]

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    High Elevation Snow Piling Up

    Snow levels were relatively high during Friday’s storm, above 7,000 feet. But that was still good news for ski resorts, all of which have runs above that elevation. Many of the resorts received between one and two feet of new snow between the weekend and Tuesday. That’s on top of a base that already ranges from about five to nine feet. “Definitely shreddable weather,” is how snowboarder Scotty Dietz described Tuesdays conditions at Boreal. FOX40 drove through Serene Lakes, a […]

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    Monday Marked Final Day of Movies at Century Domes

    SACRAMENTO — The Century Theater domes on Ethan Way in Sacramento are now closed. A portion of the theater complex was demolished in June. The remainder stayed open though Monday night, and will soon be torn down to make room for a new Century multiplex. The Ethan Way domes date back to the 1960s. A petition to preserve and restore the domes gathered more than 700 signatures in recent months, but developers opted instead to build a new multiplex from scratch. A sign […]

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    Storm Delivers Heavy Snowfall Over the Sierra

    NYACK — Wednesday’s storm brought snowy weather and gusty winds to the western slope of the Sierra, even as valley skies cleared after sunset. FOX40 spoke with travelers at the Nyack Shell station where drivers without 4-wheel-drive or tire chains had to either buy chains or turn around. Turning around was not an option for members of the melodic hardcore band, Lifelink, trying to get to a gig in Reno. “It was great until maybe two miles ago, and we […]