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Fuel prices & the outdoor experience

I recall as a boy that our family would save for our summer vacations in the mountains by saving silver dollars all year. Whenever a silver dollar or "Cartwheel" would show up in the cash register of Dad's store, he would take a one dollar bill out of his wallet and replace the coin with it. The accumulated cartwheels would go into a canvas money bag saved for use on vacation. We would regularly fill up the tank on our jeep for three or four dollars!

April 22, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Mulling cancelation of longtime favorite fishing publication

I recently received a phone call from Bassmaster Magazine's "Buddy."

April 19, 2012 | | Sports Columns


New chassis breeds excitement for IndyCar races

Despite the fact that the new Dallara IndyCar chassis looks somewhat strange – sort of like the bat mobile from the rear – the car is getting a thumbs up from both drivers and fans alike.

April 19, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


A sunny prelude to summer

Though I started in early December, I feel completely confident and absolutely justified in thinking seriously about summer after this past week of fantastic weather.

April 17, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Bald Eagles make great comeback

Got an email from one of my readers the other day who told me how much he was enjoying my book, "Tight Lines, Observations of an Outdoor Philosopher".

April 16, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Is it the better fisherman or the better equipment?

Several years ago when the swim bait started to become real popular, I wrote about the baits becoming better than the anglers. As technology has far surpassed what I could ever imagine, I've been amazed at how it's changed the way anglers have fished. It seems like every year there's a new bait, technique, or piece of equipment that makes me wonder if catching more or bigger fish is now determined by who has the better equipment, instead of who's the better angler.

April 13, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Putting your trust in H2O

Russell Chatham wrote, "Fishing at its most rudimentary level is essentially solitary. Not only that, but its components, outside the particular baggage one brings to it, are entirely trustworthy. I mean, what creek ever teased you about your pimples; what breeze ever ridiculed you in front of your friends?"

April 11, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Mickelson gives away a green jacket

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The hugs with his family took place on the clubhouse lawn, not the 18th green. That was occupied, and by this time there was nothing Phil Mickelson could do about it.

April 08, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Hunting with hounds

The older I get, the faster that time seems to fly. It seems like only yesterday that I was chasing my first bear in the woods near Hoopa. It's hard to believe that it's now been over 35 years ago. Last fall my son Donald and I were once again out in the woods running after bears. Without a doubt the best way to catch a bear is to use trained hounds. While it may sound like it's a simple matter to just shoot a bear once the hounds have treed him, nothing could be farther from ...

April 08, 2012 | BY DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


It’s always best to pack lightly for fishing trips

Some time ago I decided that one fishing pole wasn't enough. Before long I had more fishing poles than I could possibly keep track of.

April 05, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Delayed season opener at New 99 will feature three young Mantecans

Following a one-week delay due to the weather, the New Stockton 99 Speedway is set to kick off its 2012 season this Saturday night with the Spears Manufacturing 125 for the SRL Late Model Southwest Tour Series.

April 04, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Fishing for right attitude when fishing goes wrong

At about 2 on Sunday afternoon I was writing the 'skunked' column in my frantic, frazzled head.

April 03, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Time for wildflowers

It's wildflower time once again. A couple of days ago I was driving through the countryside, when I was struck by the absolute beauty of the wild Lupine flowers that are in bloom now.

April 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


New fishing partner catches z’s in debut

Last week, I was able to get out fishing. It's been a while since I've been out.

March 29, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


WoO Sprints back in Merced; 99 opener delayed

The World of Outlaw (WoO) Sprints will be returning to the Merced Speedway at The Merced Fairgrounds this Friday night. The national Sprint Car series made its inaugural visit last April in front of a packed house.

March 29, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


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Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Consider safety when towing boat

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat was small but it was a lot bigger than the SUV, which is very dangerous.

July 17, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America's third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn't it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn't happen?

July 13, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


World Cup killed ‘beautiful game’

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Because it is turning out better than expected, the World Cup is doing more good than harm to brand Brazil. The opposite is true for Brazil's brand of football.

July 07, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


McIlroy has lunch date with a great

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The one thing Rory McIlroy won't lack heading into this U.S. Open is advice. In the few weeks since his breakup with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, only some of it has been worth much.

June 12, 2014 | Jim Litke | Sports Columns


Team effort needed to overcome early woes

LODI - Manteca High's baseball team arrived earlier than it normally would for most games and this one ended up starting an hour later than its scheduled 6 o'clock start.

May 27, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hunter-Reay proud to be IndyCar’s American star

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Hunter-Reay was deeply disappointed when his 2012 championship was overshadowed by IndyCar politics. His breakthrough moment was largely ignored by the league as it fought with yet another CEO.

May 26, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


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