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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    Snow Bringing Relief from Economic Drought

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE– Business is booming in South Lake Tahoe on this Thanksgiving week. “Game changer for Tahoe this year,” is how Cody Barlow described the November snowpack Wednesday night. “It’s good to know that people are actually coming here this year and there’s actually going to be snow for them to ride on.” Barlow works at Powder House Express Ski and Snowboard Shop in South Lake Tahoe. He said the shop has been much busier lately compared to this […]

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    Thanksgiving Dinner Hosted for Butte Fire Victims

    CALAVERAS COUNTY — Volunteers hosted an early Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of victims of the Butte Fire Monday night at the Mountain Ranch Community Center. Businesses, service organizations and people eager to help all pitched in with donations, supplies and helping hands to make the event a success. Nancy Scott of Nancy’s Hope Thrift Store in Tuolumne County was a key organizer. The idea for the dinner came from her daughter, Jayanna, who was concerned that many people who lost […]

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    El Nino On Its Way: Are We Prepared?

    SACRAMENTO– In our fourth year of drought, El Nino may sound like a welcome visitor or, based on our 1997-98 season experience, a cause for concern. Either way, are we prepared? Most we spoke with in an informal sidewalk survey sounded casual about El Nino, but the National Weather Service is taking it seriously. “We’ve seen all the connections. Everything is happening,” NWS meteorologist Michelle Mead said. “We’ve got the warm sea surface temperatures, we’ve got the storm track that’s […]

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    Fire at Fresno Comcast Facility Knocks Out Phone Service, Local Businesses Affected

    FRESNO– A fire at a Comcast facility in Fresno knocked out phone service for some customers across much of the state, including Sacramento Wednesday afternoon. A Comcast spokesperson said service was only interrupted for a short time, and everything is expected to be back up and running for everyone by 5 p.m. The company would not say how many customers were affected. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page Wednesday to urge people to not call 911 […]

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    Taqueria to Inhabit Historic Oak Park Building

    OAK PARK– A successful Bay Area restaurateur with Sacramento roots is preparing to open a taqueria in a now-vacant building at Broadway and 35th Street in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. “We go into areas that kind of need a little bit of a lift,” said Tom Schnetz. “And this to me is perfect.” Schnetz is partnering with his brother, David, in the yet-to-be named business. They grew up in Land Park, just a few miles away from the restaurant site. […]

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    Ski, Snowboard Resorts Open Early

      After two days of steady snow, three more Sierra resorts are opening ahead of schedule. Alpine Meadows has announced an opening date of Nov. 12, one of the resort’s earliest openings ever. Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Northstar are planning to open on Nov. 14. Boreal Mountain Resort and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe opened last week. “It was amazing; it just kept coming down,” said snowboarder Cameron Wong, describing Monday’s snow at Boreal. “This was totally a powder day. This was like a sugar day.” In addition […]

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    Woman’s Disappearance ‘Out of Character,’ Daughter Says

    OLIVEHURST – Relatives of 78-year-old Betty Bowen are holding onto hope that members of the public will provide tips that will lead detectives to the missing Olivehurst woman. Bowen was last seen running errands in Marysville on Friday, including a stop at Chase Bank. She drives a 1987 Ford Escort in good condition. In a Wednesday night conversation with FOX40, Bowen’s daughter, Debbie Collier, said her mother is very safety-conscious and likes to stay at home where she feels safe, which […]

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    Sacramento Mom, Daughter Who Recently Moved to Texas Killed in Hit-and-Run

    SACRAMENTO – Police in the city of Orange, Texas, are looking for a hit-and-run driver who killed a mother and daughter who recently moved there from Sacramento. Ava Lewis, 25, and 6-year-old Lamya Newhouse were crossing a street in Orange when they were hit Monday night. The suspect vehicle is described as a small white car; a Ford Focus or something similar. Friends of the victims held a Tuesday night vigil in their honor at Sky Park in Sacramento. They […]

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    Some Tahoe-Area Resorts Set to Open this Week

      With a winter-like storm dropping snow on the slopes, and snow-making machines up and running, Boreal Mountain Resort and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe have set their opening dates. Mt. Rose has announced a Wednesday opening, and Boreal plans to open on Friday. “We had eight inches of snow today,” said Shaydar Elelmann, Boreal vice president of operations, during a Monday conversation with FOX40. “We are expecting another four inches tonight, to give us a foot for the storm. We’re expecting temperatures […]