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.

Recent Articles
  • How is the Drought Impacting Wine Grapes?

    LODI — Finally some good news regarding the drought, especially for wine lovers.  The grapes in the Lodi wine-growing region are thriving, and there’s a lot of buzz about the 2015 wine grapes. Wine experts in the Lodi region say people have been asking them about the drought and how it is going to affect the 2015 varietals. “The 2015 grapes are looking good,” said Sunny Vasisht of the Weibel Family Vineyards Tasting Room. Vasisht says the drought is actually helping […]

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    Drones Interfere with Firefighting Efforts in Auburn

    AUBURN — Crews battled a vegetation fire west of Auburn on Wednesday. The fire burned near Baxter Grade Road and Mount Vernon Road in Placer County. The fire scorched 26 acres before it was fully contained. The fire is being called the Baxter Fire. Several structures were threatened by the blaze. One outbuilding has reportedly been destroyed. According to Cal Fire’s Daniel Berlant, a hobby drone flying over the fire disrupted firefighting air operations. The fire broke out shortly after 6 p.m. and […]

  • Tuesday Brings Wild Weather to Sierra

    TRUCKEE — Thunderstorms rumbled through the Tahoe-Truckee area Tuesday afternoon with heavy downpours of rain and hail. The storms were intense enough to cause some small mudslides around Donner Lake. According to Donner resident Emilie Kashtan, the mudslides highlight a drainage problem that needs to be fixed. “We end up with all this debris that’s actually flowing into the lake,” Kashtan remarked. Even some long-time locals who are accustomed to thunderstorms are calling the frequency and intensity of this summer’s […]

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    West Sacramento Adjusts Water Restrictions

    WEST SACRAMENTO — The West Sacramento City Council approved changes to the city’s watering limits Wednesday night, allowing more water to be used in specific situations. To meet a state-mandated 28 percent citywide cut in water use, stage three water restrictions went into effect in May. Under the stage three emergency, West Sacramento residents were prohibited from watering more than one day per week and filling swimming pools, fountains and ponds. Because residents exceeded conservation goals, the following changes, drafted […]

  • DA to Investigate Shooting of Bear

    EL DORADO COUNTY — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is filing a formal complaint with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office against a citizen who shot a bear in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday. According to a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson, the bear had recently been breaking into homes and garages in a neighborhood off Pioneer Trail. But shooting the bear was the wrong way to handle the problem in the eyes of state investigators and area […]

  • Cal Fire Staffing Lookout Towers with Volunteers

    NEVADA COUNTY — Because of high fire danger, Cal Fire started its lookout tower volunteer program in late June, earlier than usual, and this season the towers are staffed by two volunteers at a time instead of one. The state budget stopped paying for lookouts about ten years ago, giving rise to the volunteer program. At some of Cal Fire’s dozens of towers, special fire-seeking cameras do the work, but at many others, the volunteers provide a valuable service, saving […]

  • Power Shut Off in Citrus Heights Neighborhood on Warm Night

    CITRUS HEIGHTS — A Wednesday night utility project in Citrus Heights required power to be shut off to SMUD utility customers in the area of Sunrise Boulevard and Twin Oaks Avenue. The temperature in the neighborhood was in the mid-80s in the 10 p.m. hour, and was expected to cool only into the low 70s, according to a National Weather Service forecast. “They’re going to shut off our air conditioners, our power,” a concerned resident named Becky told FOX40. “You […]

  • Fire Crews Search for Body in American River

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento fire crews searched for a body in the American River on Wednesday afternoon. Rescuers conducted an extensive search for the missing swimmer near Discovery Park. The swimmer disappeared about 2:30 p.m., and the mission went from a rescue to a recovery. The victim is described as an adult male. Witnesses say he was trying to swim across the river. Fire officials say this is the fifth water rescue in the past week and a half in the […]

  • Rescue Effort Highlights River Dangers

    SOUTH SACRAMENTO — Rescuers pulled a man from the Sacramento River Tuesday evening at Garcia Bend Park in South Sacramento. They performed CPR on the victim and rushed him to a hospital. As of late Tuesday night, the victim’s condition was unknown. Witnesses told FOX40, the man, who was enjoying a day at the beach with a woman and child, went into the water fully clothed, and disappeared. He had been under water for approximately 20 minutes when he was […]