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Water & Drought

The birth of Oroville Dam | Watch construction of tallest dam in the U.S. in the 1960s

A 1990s documentary uses archival footage to detail the construction of the Oroville Dam, an earthfill embankment dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville, California, in the United States that was built during the period 1961 to 1968. At 770 feet, it is the tallest dam in the United States and serves mainly for water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control. The dam's main and emergency spillways were significantly damaged in February 2017. This prompted the evacuation of more than 180,000 people living downstream along the Feather River.

History

SLA saga’s Sacramento ties: hideout, fatal shooting, guilty pleas

The domestic terror group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army became notorious with the February 1974 kidnapping of 19-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst from her Berkeley apartment. But a nationwide manhunt for members of the group missed the fact that they had been hiding out in Sacramento for seven months starting in the fall of 1974.

History

Sacramento Bee celebrates its 160th anniversary

As The Sacramento Bee celebrates its 160th year of publication, step back in time and view our most memorable news photographs. From presidents to serial killers, floods to infernos, The Bee's photojournalists have captured the moments of our unfolding narrative.

History

Street sign topper honors Oak Park pastor

The Rev. Anthony Sadler speaks about the honor for Willie P. Cooke, the late pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church. A sign was installed on Ninth Avenue outside the church, where Cooke pastored for decades. Under the words Oak Park, the sign reads, “Honorary Rev. Willie P. Cooke Avenue.” Other Ninth Avenue signs will also sport the toppers.

Local

Does this website make it too easy to find someone?

Want to know where a judge lives? The names of the mayor’s kids? The home addresses and ages of some former county sheriffs? A controversial website created by a Sacramento-area online entrepreneur is offering that service to anyone for free and without even the hassle of signing up with an email address or identity. FamilyTreeNow.com pitches itself as having “billions of historical records” from census files, birth and death indexes, military files and marriage and divorce records.

Videos

The birth of Oroville Dam | Watch construction of tallest dam in the U.S. in the 1960s

A 1990s documentary uses archival footage to detail the construction of the Oroville Dam, an earthfill embankment dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville, California, in the United States that was built during the period 1961 to 1968. At 770 feet, it is the tallest dam in the United States and serves mainly for water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control. The dam's main and emergency spillways were significantly damaged in February 2017. This prompted the evacuation of more than 180,000 people living downstream along the Feather River.
Archive DWR footage via WDTVLIVE42
The birth of Oroville Dam | Watch construction of tallest dam in the U.S. in the 1960s 5:38

The birth of Oroville Dam | Watch construction of tallest dam in the U.S. in the 1960s

Sacramento stories: Auburn cofferdam collapses (February 1986) 0:48

Sacramento stories: Auburn cofferdam collapses (February 1986)

Sacramento area flooding through the years: 1862-2017 1:22

Sacramento area flooding through the years: 1862-2017

Street sign topper honors Oak Park pastor 1:03

Street sign topper honors Oak Park pastor