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The Deer Valley Road

In 1857 and 1858, an emigrant road connected what is now the Ebbets Pass road with Carson Pass. Pioneers coming to California used it for 2 years until the new Ebbets Pass was opened and then the abandoned road began to be reclaimed by the forest from which it was carved. The famous mountain man, John "Snowshoe" Thompson used the route to carry mail over the Sierras in winter when all the roads were closed by snow. For a hundred years the road sat unused and pretty much unknown, lost in the mists of time. The road ran from Hermit ...

October 09, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Fish are smarter than anglers think

This sudden change in the weather definitely wasn't expected.

October 07, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca’s Strmiska edged out in Enduro finale

Although the bulk of the 2011 Stockton 99 Speedway champions had been previously determined, there was still a bit of unfinished business to take care of at the fabled ¼-mile last Saturday night.

October 06, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


A shameless plug for beloved 49th state

I've had a few more than a ton of people ask me about taking trips to Alaska.

October 05, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


They are what they eat

Corn-fed was a prison guard. In all my life I have never seen a better convergence of a person, a name and an occupation. Corn-fed was built very much like a steer that stood on two legs; he was huge. In his occupation as a prison guard his size was a great asset. The inmates did what he told them to do and didn't give him any trouble. It was as if he was made for the job.

October 02, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Visit to old fishing spot brings back memories

This past weekend while attending a friend's wedding, I was taken back to the neighborhood where I grew up.

September 30, 2011 | | Sports Columns


No bad blood, just bad golf

There was a time when simply kicking rocks into puddles could turn into a vicious competition ending in an altercation, but since my brother Mark has spent the better half of the last decade with the Navy we have proven our parents correct with regards to all that "one day you will appreciate each other" type stuff.

September 28, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Iron kettle

Oftentimes when you're out afield, you happen across things that may have no bearing upon hunting or fishing but which enhance the overall outdoor experience. The iron kettle is a perfect example. For decades my Dad and I fished a particular stretch of stream that had great fishing largely because it was difficult to get to. We walked down a trail that followed the main river for 2 miles and then fished up a tributary creek about 4 miles to an old immigrant road that was abandoned in 1858. We walked back 4 more miles along the route of ...

September 26, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Cast from the past: Old lures may do the trick

As a beginning fisherman I only had one or two lures I was confident in and used them regardless of the weather or time of year.

September 23, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Philpott wins final race at 99, but Belletto is season champ

The Stockton 99 Speedway closed out the regular season for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series last Saturday night.

September 22, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


The importance of staying dry

It's always a good idea to check the weather before a trip to the mountains this time of year, so I did.

September 21, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Blue sky classrooms

It seems as though the public schools get a lot of criticism these days, but then I'd be willing to bet that people have been complaining about schools as long as schools have existed. Certainly, some of the criticism of schools is warranted and schools could use improvement. There is, however, a good argument to be made that that we are asking our schools and their administrators and teachers to teach things that we, as parents, should be teaching to our children ourselves. Quite honestly, I'm not qualified to teach my children chemistry, music, or computer science. By ...

September 18, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Traditional nets still reliable despite drawbacks

Over the years, I have seen several different fishing nets being marketed to fishermen. One challenge that comes with netting fish has always been keeping the hooks from snagging themselves within the netting material. At the request of anglers, rubber nets were made, and for a while they were the wave of the future when it came to nets.

September 16, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Contemplating the ‘net’ gain

My buddy Danny said I should start a website.

September 14, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Bamboo bonanza

Over the past couple of decades, I have collected antique bamboo fly rods. Contrary to popular belief, not all bamboo rods are valuable. Prior to World War 2, almost all rods were made of split bamboo. Some were excellent and costly, some were good medium priced rods, and some were cheap junk. South Bend, Heddon, and Montague were all rods that were comparable to Fords or Chevrolets. They were good serviceable rods manufactured and priced to sell to the multitudes. Lousy rods were usually made in Japan and carried no manufacturer's name at all, while great rods were individually ...

September 11, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


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Perhaps NJ Gov. Christie should issue a pardon

I recently got an email forwarding an article about a woman from Pennsylvania who appears to be in the process of being railroaded into prison by the justice system in New Jersey.

August 17, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Karts owned the streets of Modesto

The sounds of high revving go-karts continued all weekend long on the temporary street circuit in the heart of downtown Modesto at the inaugural Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals.

August 03, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Throwback: using a black powder replica

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!

July 27, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Doss wins Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125

Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.

July 27, 2014 | | Sports Columns


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


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