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.
(KTXL) — Residents in Sierra foothill counties who are being threatened with another Pacific Gas and Electric power outage were none too happy about the prospect of losing electricity just two weeks after the last one. It was trial by fire two weeks ago when businesses either had to close down or try to deal with an electrical outage that caught them flat-footed. This time around, they were taking the latest PG&E alert to heart. Wani Ocanas got three text […]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the Bay Area on Oct. 17, 1989, causing extensive damage and killing 63 people. “We all need to be prepared as Californians,” said Cal OES Seismic Hazards Branch Chief Ryan Arba. “We know the ‘big one’ is coming someday.” Thursday morning, on the 30th anniversary of Loma Prieta, Cal OES will announce the launch of the nation’s first statewide earthquake early warning system. Designed at the University of California, Berkeley, it […]
SOLANO COUNTY — With wind gusting above 30 mph and humidity dropping near 10%, a fire broke out Wednesday near highways 12 and 113. Around 4p.m., flames made a rapid run to the south, jumping Highway 12 and racing across ranchland. “And within a matter of about an hour, it covered about 200 to almost 250 acres,” said Solano County Sheriff’s Deputy Cully Pratt. The flames lapped at the foundations of wind turbines and devoured fence posts. Fire burning at […]
Follow FOX40’s New Live Blog here Nearly 800,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers are preparing for their power to be intentionally cut for what could be the largest deliberate power shut-off in California’s history. A Red Flag Warning is being issued over the next few days with strong winds expected to make the risk of wildfire extremely high. The outages are expected to start as early as Wednesday at midnight and could last until mid-day on Thursday. They may affect […]
While Pacific Gas and Electric focuses on preventing a major fire, the utility is well aware the largest preventative power shut-off event in the state will be a challenge for a lot of families. A phrase said a lot in the foothills communities Tuesday night – “it’s an inconvenience.” But there are those like Linda Gaskin who understand while having her power shut off isn’t ideal, it may be necessary. “I mean it is an inconvenience. I understand because of […]
SACRAMENTO — Pacific Gas and Electric says it could cut off power to a large swath of Northern California later this week to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather. The utility says power could be shut off in part of nearly 30 counties in central and Northern California starting Wednesday and through Thursday, when hot weather and strong winds are forecast. In a Monday night press release, PG&E says more than 600,000 customers in the following […]
SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento home was damaged Tuesday when a pursuit suspect smashed into it. Before a loud crash abruptly disturbed a peaceful night on Wayland Avenue, Arden-Arcade neighbors told FOX40 they heard sirens and the sounds of a high-speed pursuit. “I was watching the baseball game and he came down the street, firing down the street,” a neighbor told FOX40. “I went in and told my wife. I came back out, I hear the sirens coming around again and […]
During this past winter, FOX40 met people who moved up the mountains for the snow — and then got sick of it. Many homes were completely buried in snow and the region saw heavy downpours of rain that tested storm drains and levees. But from a Water Resources perspective, it was “a good water year,” according to spokesman Chris Orrock. Orrock said California had above-average precipitation, with around 30 atmospheric rivers during the 2018-2019 water year, which ends on the […]
ROSEVILLE — On Saturday, comic book store employees in Roseville thwarted two individuals attempting to sell a stolen collection of “Magic: The Gathering” cards. John Bartuska was enjoying his Wednesday night playing the popular trading card game “Magic: The Gathering” at Room 2 Game in Cameron Park. Bartuska has quite a collection of cards. He estimates they are worth around $1,200 and on a recent Saturday, they all vanished. “When I came out of work and got to my car, […]