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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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    7 Feet of Fresh Powder Keeps Snow Removal Crews Busy

    SODA SPRINGS — As the storm clouds clear, a lot of the cleanup work is just beginning in the high Sierra. In the Serene Lakes neighborhood above Soda Springs, at an elevation near 7,000 feet, some driveways are buried in seven feet of snow that fell since Monday. Carrie Hoyt, owner of Cascade Snow Removal, said her crews started working at 3 a.m. Wednesday, and plows were still busy Wednesday night. Interstate 80 over the summit reopened Wednesday afternoon following a closure that […]

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    Interstate 80 Closure Surpasses 24 Hours

    COLFAX — Interstate 80 between Colfax and the Nevada state line remained closed all day Tuesday due to heavy snowfall and limited visibility. The closure went into effect late Monday night, and could possibly last into Tuesday afternoon, according to Caltrans. Some exceptions to the road closure include people who live between the roadblocks, emergency vehicles, mail and medical supplies. Nearly five feet of new snow fell at Kingvale Monday and Tuesday. Snow showers will continue into Wednesday.

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    Snow Returns to the Sierra Following Heavy Rain

    TRUCKEE — Snow was piling up Monday in Truckee, one day after a warmer storm brought nothing but rain to the mountain town. By 10 p.m. nearly six inches of new snow blanketed the downtown area. The change in weather allowed the Truckee River to recede below flood stage Monday. The forecast calls for several feet of additional snow through Thursday in the greater Lake Tahoe region.

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    Travelers Halted in Colfax

    PLACER COUNTY — Hundreds of cars were parked in Colfax on Wednesday afternoon into the night waiting for Interstate 80 to re-open. The freeway was closed between Colfax and Truckee due to multiple spin-outs, accidents and vehicles stuck in snow. According to a Caltrans news release regarding the I-80 closure, “Traffic backlogs prevented free movement of Caltrans snow removal equipment on both directions of the highway.” The closure allowed Caltrans to make headway clearing snow from the lanes of travel. […]

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    Low Snow Made for a Slow Go Monday Night on I-80

    GOLD RUN — Travelers in the high Sierra, and even the low Sierra, encountered long delays Monday night. For much of the evening, chain requirements were in effect along Interstate 80 between Alta and the Nevada state line. Snow that began falling Sunday night was sticking to the ground near the 2,000 foot elevation. At the 3,200 foot elevation of the Gold Run Rest Area, snow on the ground measured about 4 inches Monday afternoon. Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol […]

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    Large Crowds Flocking to Lake Tahoe this Weekend

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The sixth annual SnowGlobe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe is expected to be the largest one yet, drawing 18,000 concertgoers per day, Thursday through New Year’s Eve. The sold-out, all-ages festival features laser light shows, pyrotechnics and some of the biggest names in electronic dance music on three outdoor stages at Lake Tahoe Community College. The festival will occupy a larger space at the college this year compared to previous years, giving concertgoers more elbow room. […]

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    New Law Closes Loophole in Hands-Free Driving Rule

    SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill 1785, going into effect January 1, requires hands-free operation of cell phones while driving. The devices may be touched or swiped once for activation by a driver. But repeated touching of the screen will be illegal. California’s previous hands-free cell phone law has been difficult for officers to enforce because it was written nearly 10 years ago when cell phones were less sophisticated. Tapping the screen for navigation functions while driving was allowed. Now that most […]

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    Ceiling Collapses Under Weight of Sacramento Rain

    ORANGEVALE — Last Thursday’s rainstorm collapsed the ceiling of an Orangevale home, leaving much of the home in ruins. “There was water everywhere,” explained Frank Smith, who shares the home with his girlfriend and her four children. “I mean two inches on the floor. Just pouring out of the ceiling.” Nobody was home when the ceiling collapsed. So thankfully there were no injures, but water likely poured into the home for hours. The living area was littered with large chunks […]

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    American River Rising Significantly Between Folsom and Sacramento

    FOLSOM — The flow out of the Nimbus Dam was increased to 15,000 cubic feet of water per second Wednesday afternoon. That’s about six times more water rushing into the American River compared to the beginning of this week. The flow is scheduled to more than double on Thursday to 35,000 cubic feet per second. “The increased releases are based on changing conditions and are necessary to maintain space in Folsom Reservoir for projected Sierra runoff,” the Bureau of Reclamation said […]