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Butte

NorCal Home Becomes First ‘Wildfire-Prepared Home’ in the U.S.

Photo: Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Devastating wildfires over the past five years have changed the way we…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to More Than 40 Public Beaches on Lake Tahoe

Photo by Meritt Thomas With the start of the summer season, the Tahoe Fund and eight agencies that manage Lake Tahoe’s…

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News

Mammoth Lakes Building Massive Affordable Housing Complex to Combat Real Estate Surge

Ski towns across America are experiencing a real estate surge that is pricing locals out of the market. It’s become…

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News

Congressmen Reveal Bipartisan Bill to Save California’s Giant Sequoias from Wildfire

Photo by Jeremy Bezanger Over the past two years, 20 percent of all the giant sequoia trees on the planet were…

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News

Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove Closed Due to High Winds

Yosemite National Park issued an alert Wednesday announcing the closure of Mariposa Grove Road due to high winds and the…

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Tahoe

Woman Attacked by Bear in North Lake Tahoe Home

Photo by Marion hobbs A woman was attacked by a bear in her North Lake Tahoe home on June 16, which…

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Lassen

What to Expect When Visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park After the Dixie Fire

The entrance sign to Juniper Lake burned by the Dixie Fire. Photo: NPS In 2021, the Dixie Fire ravaged five…

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Wildlife

200,000 Juvenile Salmon Released into San Francisco Bay in Desperate Attempt to Save Them from Drought

Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife On Sunday evening, officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife transported…

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Lassen

Throwback: Stunning Footage Captured of Lightning Exploding Tree in Lassen Park

A stunning video captured in the Lassen Park’s Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center shows just how powerful lightning can be. Park…

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Wildlife

WATCH: Man Saves Fawn Swimming in the Middle of Folsom Lake

View this post on Instagram A fawn was rescued Sunday afternoon after it was spotted swimming in the middle of…

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Tahoe

Spend a Day Relaxing in Tahoe on the Lazy Float Down the Truckee River

There are many summer activities in the Tahoe area for adventurers, but if you’re looking for a relaxing adventure, look…

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History

1906 Film of San Francisco Upgraded to 4K is Absolutely Stunning

It was on April 14, 1906 when Harry Miles, a motion-picture pioneer in California, took to a cable car and…

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Video

VIDEO: 60-Foot Rope Swing Stunt on the Truckee River is TERRIFYING!

Mike Wilson has become well known around Northern California for his insane rope swing stunts. He’s made viral videos from…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to the Outdoor Destinations of California’s Eastern Sierra

Photo by Zongnan Bao U.S. Highway 395 runs from the Canadian border all the way down to Southern California, and approaching…

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News

It’s Official: Negro Bar Recreation Area Will Be Receiving a New Name

Flickr/Vince The California State Parka and Recreation Commission unanimously voted to change the name of Negro Bar Recreation Area on…

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News

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Looking for Workers to Help Build its Brand-New Lift

Photo: Mt. Shasta Ski Park The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is currently undergoing an expansion that is decades in the…

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News

Cal Fire Blames PG&E for ‘Excessively Delayed Response’ During the Ignition of the Dixie Fire

Once again in 2021, a massive wildfire ripped through communities in Northern California, destroying personal property and claiming lives. And…

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Sacramento

Officials Considering Changing Controversial Name of Popular NorCal Park

Flickr/Vince A day-use area on the shores Lake Natoma just east of Sacramento has a name that’s hard to say…

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News

While Most Northern California Reservoirs are Starved for Water, One Sits Fuller Than Usual

Folsom Lake With the large reservoirs of Northern California experiencing the impact of extreme drought throughout the region, water officials…

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Events

Gold Rush Days Returning to Historic Downtown Yreka this Week!

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou The town of Yreka, sitting in the beautiful Siskiyou County, is one of the…

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Wildlife

California Wildlife Officials Uncover Illegal Rattlesnake Trafficking Operation

Photo: CDFW In case you’re wondering – yes, it’s very illegal to breed and traffic rattlesnakes. That’s why wildlife officials…

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Tahoe

Lake Tahoe To Receive 100,000 Lahontan Cutthroat Trout This Summer

Tahoe’s native fish are making a return this summer. The Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex in Gardnerville, Nev., began stocking…

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News

See the Strawberry Super Moon Rise Over the Night Sky this Week

Photo by Melanie Magdalena It’s the perfect time of year to grab a glimpse of the full moon in the great…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite Officials Looking for People Who Spray Painted Graffiti on Rocks in the Park

Yosemite National Park officials are asking the public to help assist with a spray painting incident in the park. The…

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News

Celebrate California State Park Week June 14 – 18

Photo by Kitera Dent The public is invited to celebrate the first annual California State Parks Week, June 14-18, presented by California State…

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Tahoe

Four-Wheel Spring Cleanup Event Coming to Donner Lake this Weekend

Join Four Wheel Campers and Clean Up The Lake (CUTL) for a spring cleanup event at Donner Lake on Sunday, June 12.…

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News

Eva the Heroic Dog that Fought Off a Mountain Lion Dies Unexpectedly

Eva, the dog who heroically saved her owner from a mountain lion attack along the Trinity River, died unexpectedly on…

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Stories

The Zodiac Signs as Northern California Destinations

Just like human beings around the world, the destinations of Northern California have distinct characteristics that can bring out thoughts…

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Stories

Why Are There Old Train Tracks Going Into Lake Tahoe?

If you’ve ever explored the breathtaking beaches of Lake Tahoe, you may have noticed a rare sight of railroad tracks…

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Outdoors

This Interactive Map will Show You All the Open Campsites in Northern California

As the seasons transition from winter to to the summer months, it’s been really difficult getting information on exactly what’s…

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Video

A Stunning Tribute to the Ancient Redwoods of Northern California

The ancient redwoods of Northern California have an aesthetic unlike anywhere in the world. The tallest and oldest trees on…

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Outdoors

See Northern California Through the Eyes of a Pacific Crest Trail Hiker

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is a dream for many outdoor enthusiasts. The legendary trail spans for 2,650 miles from…

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Sports

Fishermen Show Off Bright ‘Lightning Trout’ Caught in NorCal Reservoirs

We’ve all become pretty familiar with the different variations of trout caught in Northern California – rainbow, brown, brook, etc.…

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News

Lassen Park Highway Opens for the Summer Season

Photo: National Park Service The road through Lassen Volcanic National Park opened to vehicle traffic on Friday, June 3rd, indicating…

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Destinations

NorCal Destination Makes Outside Magazine’s List of ‘Best Campsites in the U.S.’

Flickr/daveynin When it comes to some of the best camping in the United States, Outside Magazine knows its stuff. That’s…

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Video

VIDEO: Cliff Jumper Comes Close to Death on 100-Foot Lake Tahoe Ropeswing

We’ve heavily highlighted the 100-foot ropeswing over Lake Tahoe, which has been billed the “highest rope swing ever made.” The…

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Bay Area

Mountain Lion Becomes Trapped in Classroom of Bay Area School

It was just before 8:30 am on Wednesday when a juvenile mountain lion curiously wandered into Pescadero High School in San…

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News

Hiker Dies After Being Swept Out to Sea Along Humboldt Coast

Photo: Rene Rivers A hiker died on Sunday after being swept into the Pacific Ocean near Shelter Cove on the Lost Coast Trail in Humboldt County. The incident began at approximately 2:45 p.m. with a call for two…

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Video

WATCH: Climbing Mount Shasta in 85-mph Winds

Climbing to the peak of Mount Shasta is no easy task. Add 85-mph winds to the equation and it’s very,…

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Tahoe

Free Beach Summer Concert Series Coming to North Lake Tahoe

Photo by Clare Foster/Concerts at Commons Beach The summer has finally arrived on the Tahoe Basin, the perfect time of year…

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Video

Visiting the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden Near Mount Shasta

The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden is an exceptional 136-acre art installation and war memorial along Highway 97 on the Goosenest…

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Destinations

This Boat-In Park Outside Redding, California is Northern California’s Best Kept Secret

The state and national parks throughout Northern California are some of our most visited destinations. From Lassen Volcanic National Park…

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Uncategorized

Raccoon Goes Viral After Getting Stuck in Santa Cruz Roof

Photo: Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter A raccoon went viral this week after getting stuck in a roof in the…

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News

Sierra Nevada Releases RESIST Anti-Imperial Ale to Support Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has a history of raising money for relief efforts through their beer. Following the Camp Fire,…

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Events

Spend Memorial Day Weekend at the McCloud Mushroom Festival

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Held every Memorial Day weekend at the base of Mt. Shasta in the historic…

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Lassen

Lassen Park Highway Now Open to Bikers, with Full Vehicle Access Expected Soon

Photo: National Park Service Lassen Volcanic National Park officials have announced that they’ve finished clearing the park highway of snow,…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Tioga Road Opens for the Summer in Yosemite National Park

Photo by Ankit Malhotra Yosemite’s Tioga Road, the only route in the region over the Sierra Nevada, opened to the…

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North Coast

Brand-New Elevated Boardwalk Now Fully Open in Jedediah Smith Redwoods

California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, Redwood Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service have completed construction on the…

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Shasta Cascade

Here’s How You Can Visit Whiskeytown NRA For Free this Summer

Visiting Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in the summer is a time-honored tradition for Shasta County locals. A trip to Whiskeytown…

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Destinations

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for Outdoor Adventurers in Northern California

Photo by John Gibbons It’s time to prepare for summer in Northern California, meaning we put away our rain coats and…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to Enjoying Whiskeytown National Recreation Area this Summer

Brought to you by Visit Redding You’d be hard pressed to find a more pristine area in Northern California than…

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Sports

The King of “Fastest Known Times” Collides with a Deer Going 41-MPH on a Bike in Mount Shasta

Jason Hardrath’s body is used to pain. After all, he did summit 100 peaks faster than anyone ever. He also…

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News

Heroic Dog Survives Mountain Lion Attack, Returns Home from Vet

The 2 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois that saved her owner from a mountain lion attack in Northern California is back home…

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Destinations

NPS Visitation Numbers Show Yosemite Isn’t Northern California’s Most Popular National Park

Muir Woods is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Photo by Caleb Jones. The National Park Service released its 2021…

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Destinations

This Historic Northern California Boomtown Maintains its Gold Rush Charm

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou It’s sometimes hard to fathom that Northern California once sat as the center of…

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Lassen

On This Day in History: The Lassen Peak Eruption of 1915

It was the late-afternoon of May 22, 1915 when Lassen Peak exploded in a powerful eruption that blasted rock fragments…

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North Coast

Redwood Coast Kite Festival Returns to Eureka this Weekend

Photo: Humboldt Kiters The Humboldt Kiters will be hosting the Redwood Coast Kite Festival in Eureka, California this weekend. The…

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News

Bull Escapes Redding Rodeo, Striking Six People Near the Sundial Bridge

A bull jumped over the fence at the Redding Rodeo on Friday night, running over to the area of the…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Eastern Sierra Camping App Launched to Help Visitors Camp Like a Pro

Photo by Eleonora Patricola For anyone looking for a camping experience in California’s Eastern Sierra, there’s a new app that will…

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News

Save the Redwoods League Allocates Nearly $130,000 to Research Coastal Redwood and Giant Sequoia Forests in 2022

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve. Photo: Max Forster Save the Redwoods League announced it has selected eight projects to receive a…

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Wildlife

Dog Saves Owner From Vicious Mountain Lion Attack Along the Trinity River

Photo: Forest Service Northern Region Erin Wilson and her dog Eva were enjoying a beautiful day at the Whites Bar…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite Announces Opening Day 2022 for Half Dome Cables

Yosemite National Park has announced they plan to install the cables on Half Dome to allow hikers to summit the…

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Events

Summer Concert Series Returns to South Lake Tahoe with a Star-Studded Lineup Under the Stars

Harrah’s and Harveys in South Lake Tahoe is bringing back their much anticipated outdoor summer concert series for 2022 with…

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Photography

The Best Photos of the Super Flower Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in Northern California

Photo by Jake Edwards A rare lunar event dazzled the eyes of onlookers across North America Sunday night, with a…

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Video

Ring of Fire: Snowboarders Climb and Ride Down NorCal’s Two Active Volcanos

When discussing the outdoors of far Northern California, two of the main destinations you’ll likely hear about are Mount Shasta…

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Weather

Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Hot and Rainy Summer for Northern California

With some late-spring precipitation boosting snowpack and water levels throughout Northern California, the area is still primed for the devastating…

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News

The Historic Underwater Cleanup of Lake Tahoe is Complete. Here Are the Staggering Numbers Behind the Trash.

Photo: Clean Up the Lake Clean Up the Lake has completed its historic 72-mile underwater project to remove trash in…

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News

A Total Lunar Eclipse Called the ‘Super Blood Flower Moon’ is Happening this Weekend

Photo by Paul Gilmore This weekend will see a spectacular lunar event with a Super Blood Flower Moon lighting up the…

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News

Active NorCal’s Very Own Chef Brien O’Brien is Returning to Masterchef for Season 12

After possibly the most controversial exit ever on Masterchef in season 8, Active NorCal’s very own Brien O’Brien is making…

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News

Your Complete Guide to Grinduro – The International Cycling Celebration Coming to Mt. Shasta

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Northern California’s Siskiyou County is one of the most popular biking destinations in the…

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Sports

Fly-Fisherman Nets GORGEOUS 27-Inch Rainbow Trout in Keswick Reservoir

We’ve written a few articles about the under-the-radar fishing just below Shasta Dam in Keswick Reservoir, especially since no one…

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News

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Begins Construction on Gray Butte Lift, Hoping to Complete by Next Season

The Mt. Shasta Ski Park is hard at work on the construction of a brand new lift that will open…

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Video

Watch the Condor Return to its Native Northern California Land After 100 Years

For the first time in 100 years, the endangered condor has returned to Northern California. During a livestream by the…

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Video

Get A Bird’s Eye View of a Full Lake Shasta and Snow-Covered Mt. Shasta from the Wet Winter of 2017

The wonderful people over at Sting Flight have taken a quick flight from Sacramento to Mt. Shasta in order to…

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Wildlife

Wildlife Officials will Release Chinook Salmon into Clear Creek Instead of Sacramento River this Year

Photo: Coleman National Fish Hatchery The dry winter of 2022 will be felt by humans throughout California this year. Water…

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Wildlife

Watch as Thousands of Seagulls Breed on the Humboldt Coast

It’s seagull breeding season on the Humboldt coast near Trinidad, California, meaning thousands of seagulls are nesting on their eggs…

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News

Man Arrested After Free-Climbing the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco

A weird and dangerous stunt took place in San Francisco on Tuesday with a man free climbing the 1,070-foot Salesforce…

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Video

YouTuber Recreates Star Wars Battle on the Sacramento River with Jetovators and it’s AWESOME

Devin Graham is a videographer who produces extreme sports videos for his nearly more than 6 million subscribers on Youtube…

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Stories

The Rich History of Star Wars in Northern California

It was in the 1950’s, just east of the Bay Area in Modesto, California, where a young man named George…

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Stories

How Star Wars Transformed the Northern California Redwoods into Endor for ‘Return of the Jedi’

In the early 1980’s, the third installment of the wildly popular Star Wars franchise was in production, and creator George…

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News

The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower is Set to Peak this Week. Here’s How to See it in NorCal.

Photo by Diana Robinson From May 4 – 6, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower is set to peak, dazzling the…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Ski Resort Extends Season Until Memorial Day with 7 Feet of New Snow

Photo by Grant Kaye/Palisades Tahoe Tahoe ski resorts were met with the pleasant surprise of a series of wet storms…

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Wildlife

Tahoe Family Hears Snoring Noises Under Their Home, Finds a Family of Bears Hibernating

Photo: Bear League A Tahoe family was befuddled by “snoring-like noises” under their home this winter. They couldn’t locate the…

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News

Semi Crash on Highway 199 Spills Tar into the Smith River

Photo: Six Rivers National Forest On Thursday afternoon, a semi truck hauling 2,000 gallons of tar overturned on Highway 199 in…

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News

Officials Searching for Father-Son Fishing Duo Lost in Humboldt Bay

U.S. Coast Guard personnel are searching for a father-son duo who went lost while fishing in Humboldt Bay Tuesday. Their…

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News

Olympic Snowboarder Banned from Flying After Plane Crash Stunt in California Mountains

The viral video of former Sochi Olympic snowboarder Trevor Jacob crashing into the California mountains was heavily criticized after many pilots…

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Hikes

The 6 Most Grueling Hikes in Northern California

Sometimes the snowy slopes of Mt. Shasta can look more like Everest. Photo by Todd Diemer  The vast wilderness of Northern…

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North Coast

Humboldt Park Ranger Explains Why You Should Never Pick Native Wildflowers

Park Ranger Griff is back with another educational lesson for you outdoor adventurers in Northern California. This time he tackles…

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North Coast

WATCH: Riding Harleys Through the Redwoods on the Avenue of the Giants

Sitting in in the middle of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile two…

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News

Worst Nightmare: California Woman Falls Head First into Washington National Forest Toilet

Photo: Brinnon Fire Department A California woman hiked to the top of Mount Walker in Washington state when she decided…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Mansion with Private Marina Lists for Record-Breaking $100 Million

A massive mansion sitting on the shores of Lake Tahoe went on the market for $100 million dollars recently, a…

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News

Woman Rescued After Getting Stuck in the Lassen Snow for 6 Days

On April 14, Sheena Gullett of Little Valley was separated from her companion after their truck stalled on the snowy…

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Weather

Satellite Images Show Complete Transformation of Sierra Snowpack Following April Storms

After a historically dry winter in Northern California, the region was met with a welcomed April downpour which included multiple…

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News

Major Sturgeon Poaching Investigation Leads to Nine Arrests in Northern California

Wildlife officers have arrested eight men on suspicion of poaching white sturgeon from Sacramento Valley waterways, the California Department of…

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News

Multiple Avalanches Hit Mount Shasta After Heavy Snowfall

The heavy snowfall hitting Northern California mountains has been a wonderful sight to see after a mostly dry winter. But…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Ski Resort Set to Reopen After 3 Feet of New Snow

After a mostly dry winter season from January through March, many ski resorts in Northern California were forced to close…

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Weather

Heavy April Precipitation Relieves Areas of Northern California from Extreme Drought

Lassen Volcanic National Park had to reclose its entrance after heavy April snowfall As the waning days of March ended…

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North Coast

Coast Guard Rescues Three Hikers from the Lost Coast Trail

Three hikers needed the assistance of a helicopter crew from the U.S. Coast Guard to be extracted from the Lost…

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Cannabis

How a Group of High Schoolers Coined the Term “420” in Northern California in the 1970’s

The number 420 is the international number associated with cannabis. At 4:20 pm, marijuana aficionados are likely consuming their favorite…

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News

City of Weed Hosting 420 Festival to Celebrate its Cannabis Roots

The city of Weed, California is embracing its cannabis roots with a 420 festival on Main Street from 9 am…

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