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From writer’s block to Thanksgiving thoughts

When I first got the opportunity to write an outdoor column on a regular basis, I had two immediate thoughts: first, how lucky I was to be able to get paid to write about fishing and have it become tax deductible; and secondly how easy it would be to simply go out each week and then put something down on paper.

November 27, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Expect the unexpected

I can't remember how many times over the past year that I've emphasized being prepared for the unexpected while out fishing. The unexpected happened to me a few years ago while out on the delta. Fishing out of a relative's fairly new boat we were surprised to hear the dreaded "click, click" sound when attempting to start his boat at the end of the day. His batteries had died and we were officially stranded! This being a new boat as well as a new boat operator, his only useful device on board was his cell phone. As ...

November 22, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The typical thankful column

I've been inundated with reasons to be happy of late. Some are simple, some carry more emotional weight.

November 20, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


NFL safety not just current issue

Roger Goodell's timing seemed odd, with his Harvard School of Public Health speech on player safety coming after a week in which three starting NFL quarterbacks were knocked out of games with concussions.

November 18, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Ripon QB quietly anchored team’s incredible season

The final game was no different than the first.

November 17, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Post-Cota era promising for young Timberwolves

Jake Pruitt could barely hold back the tears.

November 16, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Go with whatever floats your boat

Often I overhear fishermen talking about the perfect boat; of course the brand of their boat is the best!

November 15, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The (Vanilla) Ice-ing on the wedding cake

Saturday, my buddy Nate got married.

November 13, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Pheasants for working stiffs

A century ago, almost all of our population was involved in agriculture. As a people, we grew up on the family farm, and were familiar with growing plants and animals for our livelihood. As we became a more urbanized society, most of our population moved to the cities and found work in factories and stores and office buildings. Our national consciousness began to change and we began to lose our connections to the rhythmic flow of nature.

November 11, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Something smells fishy? Attractants may do trick

Fish attractants have been used in some form or another for many years. I can remember there being a big interest in fish attractants in the mid-1980s, as several major tackle manufacturers added fish attractants to their product line.

November 08, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Will miss conversations with national surveyors

As an outdoors columnist I know I'm supposed to hate the election season along with all the other knuckle-dragging Neanderthals that believe as John Gierach does:

November 06, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Change to multi-species boat a tough decision

Lately, I've been considering selling my bass boat and buying a multi-species boat.

November 01, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Elm Street's got nothing on wintertime Gustavus

In recent weeks movie channels have been showing the best of the best in the horror film genre, but TV doesn't do it for me. I've been to the Twilight Zone - it's Gustavus, Alaska, in winter.

October 30, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Trespassing on public lands?

Located in the hills between the towns of Tracy and Livermore are the remains of two ghost towns: Carnegie and Tesla.

October 29, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Remembering the first catch like it was the last

One of my first impressions of fishing was when I was around 6 or 7 years old while camping at Lake Camanche.

October 25, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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Unexpected crappie sighting leads to great day on water

Wednesday, while fishing New Melones Lake, all intentions were to go after the kokanee that were supposed to be biting.

June 24, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Major hurdle: Breaks finally fall Dustin Johnson’s way

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Dustin Johnson already has shown he can take a punch. He also can take a joke.

June 20, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


No denying LeBron’s greatness now

The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.

June 20, 2016 | TIM REYNOLDS | Sports Columns


Johnson wins one the USGA tries to take away

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all.

June 19, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Gun case memories

I don't know if it's still the case, but when I went through junior high, boys took shop class and girls took home ...

June 19, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for elusive Wi-Fi while camping

It seems like every year it's becoming harder and harder to be without a Wi-Fi signal while out camping. It's a reminder to ...

June 17, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jimmy Sills Classic debuts at Stockton Dirt Track

STOCKTON - Following a rainout last month the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to make its first visit of the season ...

June 16, 2016 | GARY THOMAS | Sports Columns


Excitement builds with late start to summer

This summer so far hasn't turned out the way I planned it several months ago.

June 10, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Springtime rattlesnakes

This is the time of year when my thoughts turn to catching rattlesnakes. Some folks think that my hobby of catching live rattlers is a ...

June 05, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


A sad day for George Foreman

They were young then and, oh, so proud. Three magnificent gladiators on a collision course with history, they fought fearlessly, battling each other on the ...

June 05, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Practice can pay off in tourneys

Competitive bass fishing, like every other sport, has its winners and losers.

June 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Schmidt holds off Gomes to take Classic

Roseville's Eric Schmidt took maximum advantage of a late race caution to capture an improbable victory in Saturday's Tri-Holiday Classic Pacific Challenge Series ...

May 31, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Expect heavy traffic on lakes for holiday weekend

It's the last week of school and Memorial Day weekend is also coming up, so expect the waterways to be crowded if you're ...

May 26, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


McGregor vs Mayweather, a freak show with precedent

The freak show that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are talking about will almost surely never happen, and for that anyone who would even ...

May 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Franks Tract hot spot for bass in Delta

Some of the old timers will tell you that the best way to teach someone how to swim is to push them right into the ...

May 20, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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