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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    Iconic Neon Signs Find New Home in Golden 1 Center

    SACRAMENTO — Six iconic neon signs that one glowed outside Sacramento businesses will light up again inside the Golden 1 Center. The signs are owned by the city of Sacramento. Their exhibition in the southeast corner of the arena’s plaza level concourse is a partnership between the Sacramento Kings and the Center for Sacramento History, which is the curator of the signs. Sacramento-based sign company Pacific Neon refurbished the signs while preserving their historic integrity. According to a Sacramento Kings news […]

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    CHP Helicopter Crew Rescue Man Who Took 20-Foot Tumble in Rugged Terrain

    EMIGRANT GAP — A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew rescued a man Sunday who took a 20 foot tumble in rugged terrain. The victim, identified as 58-year-old Donald Stockard of Antelope, was hiking with a group, trying to reach the American River from the North Fork Campground near Emigrant Gap when he fell. The hikers were able to use a cell phone to call for help. Cal Fire crews hiked in and prepared Stockard for a helicopter hoist lift. The […]

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    Yuba City Teachers Set to Strike Beginning Thursday

    YUBA CITY — Hundreds of teachers in the Yuba City Unified School District are planning to strike over a wage impasse beginning at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. They say they will be picketing outside several of the district’s 17 schools. The district and Yuba City Teacher’s Association negotiated a salary package for one year before reaching the impasse. The district has made substitute teacher arrangements and is encouraging parents to continue to send their kids to school. After-school athletic programs, however, may […]

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    Firefighters Make Progress Battling Saddle Fire

    PARADISE — Containment on the 850 acre Saddle Fire in Butte County rose from 10 percent to 37 percent Tuesday, according to Cal Fire. Three Paradise homes were destroyed by flames shortly after the fire broke out on Labor Day. Investigators determined the Saddle Fire started as five separate fires along Pentz Road. The exact cause is under investigation. Three hundred firefighters are assigned to the incident. No injuries have been reported. More information, including the latest on evacuation orders, available here.

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    Drivers Dealt Blow from Homemade Spike Strips

    RIO LINDA — Several drivers in the Rio Linda area have experienced flat tires in recent months due to crude spike strips made of rubber hoses and rusty nails. Most of the spike strip damage has occurred on U Street in Rio Linda, though one case was at the intersection of 24th and I streets, according to news outlet Rio Linda Online which has been keeping track of the incidents and sharing pictures online. Rio Linda Online reports there have […]

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    Woodland Officers Shot At while Investigating Homicide

    WOODLAND — Woodland Police say officers were shot at while investigating a deadly stabbing late Tuesday night. Officers were called to a mobile home park on East Street shortly after 10:30 p.m. for reports that a man had been stabbed. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say several people were taken to their station for questioning. While officers were investigating the scene, investigators say a car drove by and someone yelled “derogatory remarks” before shooting at the officers. […]

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    Police Sergeant Rescued and Airlifted After 40-Foot Fall

    AUBURN — An off-duty sergeant with the Roseville Police Department was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno Tuesday morning after he slipped and fell down a 40-foot waterfall during a hike near Lake Tahoe. “I thought it was so shallow … barely running, that I thought it would be alright, but it’s not,” Karl Dyer told FOX40 over the phone from his hospital room. Dyer was taking sunrise photos from Eagle Falls when he lost his footing in […]

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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 […]