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Big Brother watching?

Recent articles in the world news media have disclosed that our government, specifically the NSA, has been monitoring and recording the phone calls and emails of hundreds of millions of people all around the world. Ostensibly the eavesdropping is to detect and prevent acts of terrorism but substantial numbers of people aren't convinced. Folks on the other side of the equation ask the rhetorical question: "If you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about?" The fact is private information in the hands of others can harm you. Here's an example.

March 30, 2014 | by Don Moyer | Sports Columns


RIPON – From one of the top junior college offenses in California to one of the most explosive in the entire nation at the Division I level.

March 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Switching lakes pays off for father, son duo

Last weekend I decided to take my dad trout fishing at Lake Pardee.

March 27, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns

Larson Dazzles in Drive to the Front at Fontana

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Larson was ninth on the final restart at California, with four rows of traffic to navigate in two laps in a frantic bid for the best finish possible. With Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart at the front, Larson wasn't even thinking about victory.

March 24, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns

Danger as woods go to pot

A couple days ago I was chatting with my friend Bob Busser about a growing danger to those of us who frequent wild places. Appearantly growing demand for marijuna has resulted in a number of illegal pot groves located on remote public lands. Some pot growers are now planting their crops on hard to reach sites on BLM, Forest Service, or even private timberlands. They'll clear a space, till the soil, and even pipe water in from a nearby creek. If they should get busted, all they lose is the crop. Usually there is a grower/guard nearby to ...

March 23, 2014 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Fishing can be a relaxing getaway

Ten years ago, I was listening to a local Bass Pro talk about today's kids and their overall lack of interest toward the outdoors. He went on to talk about computer games and how few children are actually able to get out of the house anymore.

March 21, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns

After working on the boat, it’s ‘launch’ time

I've been putting off changing the bunks on my boat's trailer for several years now.

March 14, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns

Bishop proves to be a queen

Danelle Bishop continues to win at the next level.

March 07, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Racing season just around the corner

The 2014 local racing season is just around the corner and Stockton 99 Speedway has released its 2014 schedule. A total of 15 Saturday night events are slated for the historic quarter-mile paved oval that opened in 1947.

March 07, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

Wins now mean everything in NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Joey Logano lined up directly behind Kevin Harvick and followed him nose-to-tail around the track and across the line for the final restart. He was stalking the leader, looking for what he knew would be his only chance to snatch the victory away from Harvick.

March 03, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns

The drought & the trout

Last week, I wrote about conservation efforts to benefit Rocky Mountain Elk and a host of other animals. I didn't want to neglect the fishes however, hence today's column.

March 02, 2014 | | Sports Columns

Anglers should be excited by spring rain

Don't let this current storm fool you. If anything, it's going to improve the fishing.

February 27, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Bass fishing ‘Super Bowl’ kicks off

Today kicks off The 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic held at Lake Guntersville in Birmingham, Ala.

February 20, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns

Put your money where your heart is

About 15 years ago my friend Joe Mangelos gave me a free ticket to attend a fund raising banquet for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. When I got to the dinner, I was feeling kind of guilty, so I bought some raffle tickets. Darned if I didn't win a brand new 30-06 rifle! I was hooked even though I've never been elk hunting, every year since I make it a point to attend the Elk Foundation Banquet.

February 16, 2014 | | Sports Columns

Don’t be fooled by a full moon

It seems like overnight spring has come, and if I've ever had an itch to get out fishing it's right now.

February 13, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns

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Ripon’s Gagnon collects 10 goals on senior night

RIPON - Nick Gagnon is going out with a bang.

October 21, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Will Vegas and Raiders be a match?

HOUSTON (AP) - As much as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis wishes otherwise, a decision on allowing him to move his franchise to Las Vegas isn ...

October 21, 2016 | barry Wilner | Sports Columns

Enjoying the ride in recent bass tourney

I was recently both humbled and honored to be invited to participate in a local tournament with someone I introduced to the sport of bass ...

October 21, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Sierra overpowers WR with singles sweeps

STOCKTON - Kaitlyn Rausa and Claire Banks led a dominant effort in singles play, as Sierra rolled to a 7-2 Valley Oak League win at Weston ...

October 18, 2016 | | Sports Columns


The Manteca Junior Timberwolves junior varsity clinched the top seed in the upcoming Delta Youth Football playoffs with a 43-0 shellacking of visiting Empire at ...

October 18, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage

CHICAGO (AP) - Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage.

October 17, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

The basics of fire building

When I was about 10 years old our Dad would take my brother Chris and I along with him when he went trout fishing. One ...

October 16, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

Shorthanded Sierra tennis fall in Oakdale

Bulletin staff reports

October 14, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Keep eyes peeled for duck blinds

When I think about fishing in October, I think about great weather, great fishing and the opening of duck hunting season.

October 14, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

NFL owners won’t resist Vegas deal

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada lawmakers are going out of their way this week to give a casino owner worth $32 billion a stadium funded on ...

October 13, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Crum, varsity Cowboys lasso Lodi Colts

LODI - Dennis Crum was in on three touchdowns for the varsity Manteca Cowboys in a 50-0 thumping of the host Lodi Colts on Saturday in ...

October 11, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Speed secures 2nd GRC crown

Manteca native Scott Speed earned his second consecutive Global Rallycross Championship title when he drove his Andretti Motorsports No. 41 Beetle GRC to a second-place ...

October 11, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

100-mph pitches give Cub’s Chapman little time to reflect

CHICAGO - Like too many ballplayers with interesting and sometimes controversial pasts, Aroldis Chapman would prefer that his game do the talking. If so, it's ...

October 09, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

Patenting ideas for fishing products

Have you ever had an idea that you thought could possibly be a great invention but was not sure whether has already been thought of?

October 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Cowboys JV topples Vikings in overtime

STOCKTON - Jason Aucello found Angel Ramirez with a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give the Manteca Cowboys junior varsity a 12-6 win over the ...

October 04, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

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