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  • San Joaquin County Keeping Close Eye on Rising River

    VERNALIS — The San Joaquin River at Vernalis is forecast to rise above flood stage of 29 feet Thursday afternoon, near danger stage of 29.5 feet. Flood stage doesn’t necessarily mean widespread flooding is imminent, but it does mean levees will be strained and there is a higher risk of levee failure. Danger stage is reached when a river is within a foot of the top of a levee. “It means that the water is at a critical height, and […]

  • First Storm of February Approaches the Snow-Covered Sierra

    SODA SPRINGS — While the first snow storm of February approaches the Sierra, people are still cleaning up from the January storms. Near Donner Summit, snow plows were still busy Wednesday night, clearing snow from parking lots and driveways. According to the Boreal Mountain Resort web site, the area has received 34 feet of snow this season, and Boreal still has a 20 foot base. The approaching storm is expected to deliver at least an additional two feet of snow […]

  • Sierra Snow Levels Continue to Rise

    SODA SPRINGS — For a second night in a row, snow fell steadily over the Sierra. Snow levels were slightly higher Tuesday, near 4,000 feet instead of 3,000, and there were fewer cars traveling along Interstate 80. But those who made the trek still needed chains or four-wheel drive with snow tires between Alta and the Nevada state line. With Caltrans plows working to keep up with the snowfall, Interstate 80 over the summit was open to all traffic Tuesday […]

  • When Returning Gifts, Sooner is Better

    SACRAMENTO — To crack down on fraud, some retailers are changing the rules when it comes to gift returns. A Christmas day article on TIME Magazine’s website offered the following tips for consumers hoping to return gifts: – Act quickly. – Check store return policies. – Bring the receipt and an ID. – Don’t expect cash. Acting quickly is important because some retailers have shortened the window of time during which you can make a return. And in some cases, […]

  • Storm Brings Low Snow to Northern California

    NYACK — As a Pacific storm met with a cold pool of air over Northern California Wednesday evening, snow fell in some low elevations, even below 1,000 feet. Northern Sacramento Valley communities from Redding down to Maxwell even received a dusting of snow. The snow level was higher further to the south. Along Interstate 80, rain was changing over to snow near 4,000 feet. The snow was sticking and accumulating closer to 5,000 feet. Warmer air is moving in overnight. […]

  • Gordon Ramsay in Murphys for ‘Hotel Hell’

    Gordon Ramsay’s Hotel Hell Comes to Calaveras County

    MURPHYS – World famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and his crew spent the past several days at the Murphys Hotel in Calaveras County shooting an episode for the upcoming second season of Ramsay’s FOX TV show, “Hotel Hell.” The show features inns that are struggling, but can be fixed.  Ramsay steps in to help with his signature brand of brutal honesty. In a conversation with FOX40 during a break in filming Tuesday night, Ramsay said the hotel was losing money largely because […]

  • Napa Boy Critically Injured in Quake, Recovering after Surgery

    SACRAMENTO – A 13-year-old boy is recovering from surgery at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento after he suffered major injuries in Sunday’s 6.0 Napa earthquake. Nicholas (Nicky) Dillon was sleeping near the fireplace in his family’s Napa home when the earthquake hit and the brick chimney collapsed. “He is doing well,” said his aunt, Carmen Rosales. “He’s stable. And we’re just hoping that continues.” Carmen spoke with news crews Monday afternoon outside the hospital. The night of the quake, […]

  • Interstate 80 Project Impacting Eastbound Travelers

    SACRAMENTO – Commuters along eastbound Interstate 80 in Sacramento are adjusting to the “Across the Top” project, which involves adding new carpool lanes between the Sacramento River and Watt Avenue. Over the next two years, drivers will notice new lane configurations during construction. The eastbound changes went into effect over the weekend. Shortly after eastbound drivers pass the El Camino exit, they see a bright orange sign reading, “Through Traffic No Local Access Next Seven Miles” with an arrow directing […]

  • Spraying to Combat West Nile Virus Underway in Sacramento

    SACRAMENTO – Aerial spraying of a pesticide began Monday night over a portion of South Sacramento, and will continue again on Tuesday between 8 p.m. and midnight, a time when mosquitoes are typically active. According to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District, the spraying will focus on 17,000 acres south of Broadway, north of Meadowview Road, East of Interstate 5 and West of Power Inn Road. So far this year in Sacramento, 57 mosquito samples and 35 dead birds […]

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