Dunsmuir is steeped in railroad history but also a place to fish and enjoy the Sacramento River.

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Talk about your ash heap of history: A late Oroville man’s ashtray collection charts the erstwhile popularity of smoking in the U.S.
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SunBell Solar Lamp and Phone Charger
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Picture the Blue Ridge Parkway as a crooked spine running through the Appalachian Mountains. Government stewardship of public lands is splashed across the map in confusing variety – a national park at either end, national forests, historic sites, monuments and state parks along its 469 miles.
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Celebrate two varieties of salsa – the dance and the sauce – at the seventh annual Redwood City Salsa Festival on Saturday.

I recently checked in to an Econo Lodge in Aurora, Colo. I paid for a one-night stay for a Stay, Park and Fly package. All parking spots were taken, so I went in and told a hotel employee that there were no more parking spaces, and asked if I could leave my car at the curb on the side of the hotel. I was told “yes.”

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Talk about your ash heap of history: A late Oroville man’s ashtray collection charts the erstwhile popularity of smoking in the U.S.

NEED A CHANGE OF SCENERY?

As lovely as Sacramento and environs may be, brimming with boundless leisure-time pursuits, sometimes you've just got to get away. Check out these short trips from Sacramento:

Less obvious spots worth visiting in Bay Area
Head to Tahoe for high-elevation hiking
Gold Country offers history, views, wine
North Coast: Get really mellow or adventuresome
In Marin and Sonoma, quaint towns, unique spots
Napa Valley: Wine, music, ghosts and a castle
Weird, wild, wonderful Southern California

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Nevada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, and the governor’s office has issued a directive stating that there should be at least 150 special events and exhibitions to commemorate the sesquicentennial. So far, about 300 have taken place, but the biggest coup has been scored by the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

Salmon fishing along the Sacramento River continues to be hot in this week’s top picks.

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A Red Flag warning has been issued for the period from 2 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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