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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    Yuba City Couple who Went Missing in El Dorado County Found Alive

    EL DORADO COUNTY — The Yuba City couple that had gone missing over the weekend in El Dorado County has been found alive. Rory and Susan Holloter told their son midday Sunday that they had gotten stuck in the snow. “We had sleeping bags and we had food and we had water,” Susan Holloter explained. “So…we did fairly well. I started to panic a little bit today. Tomorrow was going to be ‘burn the tire day.’ But they showed up and we’re […]

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    Billboard Depicts Armed Santa Claus

    RANCHO CORDOVA — An electronic billboard along eastbound US-50 in Rancho Cordova is attracting attention because it shows a Santa Claus holding an AR-15 rifle. The sign is an advertisement for the Black Friday sale at Ammo Depot, a gun shop on Folsom Boulevard near the billboard. Brandon Lungren, one of the owners of Ammo Depot, said it was brought to his attention that some people found the advertisement offensive because of the armed Santa. “There’s a lot of people […]

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    Weather to Impact Sierra Travel Before and After Thanksgiving

    DONNER SUMMIT — Storm clouds held off long enough to allow safe passage for travelers heading over the high Sierra passes Tuesday evening. But snow is on the way. Several travelers at the Donner Summit rest area told FOX40 they were paying close attention to the forecast and planned their Tuesday afternoon departure with the weather in mind. They found clear roads and light traffic on Interstate 80. The forecast called for heavy snowfall after midnight. The National Weather Service […]

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    Free Animal Adoption Offer Draws Huge Crowds

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter has adopted out hundreds of pets since free adoptions began last week. Thanks to a generous donation from Sacramento area realtor Kim Pacini-Hauch, all animal adoptions are free through Dec. 31. In response to the offer, the shelter adopted out 223 pets last week and there was a line out the door both Saturday and Sunday. Even though the shelter was nearly emptied after all those adoptions, it fills up again quickly, taking […]

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    Some Tahoe Area Ski Resorts Plan to Open Friday

    TRUCKEE — With snow in the forecast and ideal snow-making conditions expected this week, Boreal Mountain Resort and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe have both announced opening days of Friday, November 18. The website, OnTheSnow, also lists Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar and Sugar Bowl among the resorts opening November 18, though nothing on those resorts’ individual websites confirmed this as of Monday night. OnTheSnow also points out that opening dates are subject to change, based on conditions. During the first half of […]

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    Sac State President Calls for Kindness and Inclusiveness Following Election

    SACRAMENTO — Several dozen students gathered on the Sac State Campus Wednesday, reacting to the results of the presidential election. They participated in a forum inside the campus multi-cultural center and later rallied outside on the quad. Most came out to protest Donald Trump as president, but some stood in support of the president-elect. Aside from some brief heated exchanges, the gathering was peaceful. In light of the election results, Sac State president Robert S. Nelsen composed the following message: […]

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    Man Breaks into Stockton Fire Station

    STOCKTON — An intruder broke into the Stockton Fire station on West Sonora Street through a window early Monday morning, trying to get away with some electronics and firefighting gear, according to Stockton Police and the Fire Department. He was confronted by a station employee and ran away after making threatening statements toward that employee, authorities said. Firefighters chased the suspect. Police joined in the chase shortly afterward and arrested him. He has been identified as 23-year-old Jamal Davis, a […]

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    What’s That Smell Downtown? It Might be Bats

    SACRAMENTO — Bats are emitting a strong odor in areas of downtown Sacramento where they roost in between old buildings. Their exact numbers in downtown Sacramento are unknown, but there are an estimated 250,000 roosting under the Yolo Causeway between Davis and West Sacramento, according to Corky Quirk, the founder of NorCalBats. “We want the bats because they are our number one natural insect control,” explained Quirk, who rescues bats and educates people about them. The Mexican free-tailed bat is […]

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    Rain Pours on Trick-or-Treaters in Sacramento Region

    SACRAMENTO — Dark clouds unleashed steady rain over the Sacramento region Monday evening just as Halloween trick-or-treaters were pouring out onto the streets. Some homeowners giving out candy in Davis told FOX40 the trick-or-treating activity seemed a little slower this year. But most families who went door-to-door didn’t seem to mind the wet weather. “It’s going to take a lot more than rain to keep the kids away,” observed one homeowner. In Sacramento, Governor Brown and his wife Anne handed […]