Sacramento County supervisors imposed emergency restrictions Tuesday on smoking along the American River Parkway and barbecuing in all county parks, citing increased fire risks from the ongoing drought.

Bass fishing is plentiful throughout this week’s top picks.

While it's not unusual for driving ranges to operate after dark, staying open around the clock is more of a rarity.

A Reno-based group helping to build a 116-mile bike trail in Nevada and California will be honored todaywith a federal Green Transportation Award.

Salmon fishing is plentiful throughout all of this week’s top picks.

Striped bass fishing looks to continue its success in the Delta Region.

The Pacific Crest Trail, soon to be featured in the movie “Wild,” is the star of a trek from Donner Pass to Squaw Valley.

Salmon fishing looks to continue its hot streakin the Sacramento River after a second opener last week.

Lassen Volcanic National Park teams with NASA scientists to present 2014 Dark Sky Festival this weekend

Smallmouth bass continued to be excellent in the upper stretch of the Delta near Isleton and Walnut Grove in this week’s top picks.

An effort is underway to show younger would-be campers that pitched tents and log cabins are not the only way to camp.

Laina Rose stands just over 5 feet tall and carries a 30-pound backpack. Since starting her journey April 1, she has bushwhacked, post-holed and climbed more than 1,200 miles.

Laina Rose, a 17-year-old young woman from Redding, has hiked - alone - a good portion of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail and says she wants to complete the trek. It’s a big challenge even for people with more experience and hikers who set out with companions, let alone a person not yet in college. What do you think, is such an adventure a good idea?

Roseville is accepting residents’ suggestions for the names of two new parks until 5 p.m. July 29. One of the parks is a three-acre site on Stone Point Drive in the city’s Stoneridge area. The second Park is eight acres and is located next to Fiddyment Farm Elementary School, 4001 Brick Mason Circle.

Salmon fishing season officially opens in this week’s top picks.

Not too long ago, grizzly bears ruled much of California from the coastal mountains in the south to the Cascade Range in the north. No other creature in the land could outfight Ursus arctos horribilis. Not until humans nearly drove this majestic creature into oblivion. It’s the official state animal of California, even though it doesn’t live here anymore. Now, 92 years after the last California grizzly bear was killed in Tulare County, there’s an effort to return them to their ancestral homelands.

The Sacramento River for too long has been a Rodney Dangerfield of streams – falling perhaps a tad short on respect. But lately, that’s begun to change.

Authors says it’s time to rethink what you eat around the campfire.

With the most clear weather anywhere during the summer, California, including the greater Sacramento area, is ideal for watching the stars - and anything else floating around out there.

Anglers are producing good numbers of trout and catfish in the Sacramento River in this week’s top picks.

We’ve put together five rides – all within a few hours’ drive from Sacramento – that offer something for everyone.

Escape the summer heat in Sacramento by trekking the Skyline to the Sea trail.

Not to be confused with guided whitewater experiences, the river float is an animal unto itself. Rowing is nominal. Rapids are minimal. Recreation is maximized.

Ron Mackie remembers picking up toilet paper for two weeks after Memorial Day 1970. About 1,500 “flower children” spent the holiday jammed into a lovely camping spot not far from Nevada Fall.

Mark Reddick won’t ride his bike on Stockton Boulevard, parts of Broadway or on I Street. Still, he said he has been hit by cars while riding when drivers pulled too quickly out of alleyways.

Elite runners prize the award they earn by enduring the 100-mile endurance run.

Check your equipment, wear your life jacket and stay sober, police say.

In a whitewater season such as the present one, all signs point to a resurgence in popularity of the inflatable kayak.

See which areas are scheduled for trout plants, and which lake is dropping fast because of higher flows down the American River causing stripers moving out to deeper water, in this week’s Top Pick.

The Michigan Bluff to Swinging Bridge segment of the Western States Trail is challenging and historic. Just don’t get lost.

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