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Concealed carry ballot measure

Every so often there is a gun control measure put on the ballot for voters to consider. Most such measures are misguided efforts to reduce violent crime. The theory behind such restrictive gun measures seems to be based on the idea that if it's harder to obtain a gun, then violent crime rates will drop. Ironically, the exact opposite has been proven true time after time.

January 23, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Not your father’s 49ers

The season began with fans brawling in the stands, and a quarterback who didn't seem worth fighting for.

January 19, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns

Face to face with skunking

I could feel it deep down in my fisherman soul. Apparently it showed on my face too.

January 18, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Wolves in California

Recently there have been several news stories documenting the return of the Grey Wolf to California. So far it's only one wolf, wearing a tracking collar that has definitely been recorded appearing in Siskiyou County and then in Plumas County in Northern California.

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


After what seemed like the perfect swan song and the picturesque way to hang up his whistle, Bill Slikker tip-toed off into the sunset after a 14-0 Valley Oak League championship run as Weston Ranch head coach in 2008.

January 13, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

Winter drought may soon come to an end

A lot of people I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season.

January 12, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

A sign of things to come?

I'm not a pessimist, but I did wonder what it meant when I turned on the heat in my truck and was almost overcome by the smell of cooked cat poop that apparently oozed into the treads of my hiking boots on the walk through my yard.

January 11, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Title game brings closure to long season

NEW ORLEANS - The moment was about as stilted as it could get, though Les Miles and Nick Saban certainly knew the routine. They posed stiffly for the photographers, smiles fixed on their faces and the BCS trophy between them, even though everyone in the room except the BCS bigwigs who crowded into the photo op knew they would both rather be somewhere - make that anywhere - else.

January 08, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns

2012 resolution: fish more!

It's now 2012, and I'm sure many of us have made and probably already broken our New Year's resolutions.

January 06, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Tebow Time has already come and gone

It was fun in a way the NFL often isn't, a midseason diversion that sent fans into a frenzy in Denver and prompted people around the country to drop to a knee. Even if you didn't believe in Tim Tebow, it was hard to take your eyes off him as he found ways to win despite passes that fluttered about like balloons on a windy day.

January 04, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns

A new story for the same feeling

The rainbow trout in the Stanislaus Rivers had no idea that Sunday was the first of a new year.

January 03, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Arizona waters offer new fishing experience

Just about this time every year I find myself in Arizona.

December 30, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

My vow: same fish, new rivers

Well, are we all ready? Are we standing on top of a grassy hill, fishing rods, hunting rifles, mountain bikes, ab-rollers, recycling bins and piggy banks raised above our collective heads, calling out "Freedom" like William Wallace, ready to attack the new year like "warrior poets"?

December 28, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Breaking in a new fishing companion

Every once in a while I see someone out on the water with a dog in their boat.

December 24, 2011 | | Sports Columns

Forget the tree, it’s always Christmas

"Presents are the best way to show someone how much you care. It is like this tangible thing that you can point to and say 'Hey man, I love you this many dollars-worth.'"

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

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Can Warriors Get to 33-0 and Break Another Record?

The Warriors have won their first 16 games of the season, which is ridiculous. So talking about them doubling that streak is doubly ridiculous.

November 27, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Still much work ahead for undefeated Warriors

Congratulations to the Warriors for going 16-0 out of the gate. Let me express my overriding sentiment about the achievement in two words:

November 27, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Purchasing strategy for fisherman on budget

While out fishing with a friend recently, we talked about purchasing new equipment.

November 27, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


TRACY - For the second week in a row, the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity team turned a two-touchdown, fourth-quarter deficit into a playoff overtime victory ...

November 24, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Maturity helps Kyle Busch finally win 1st Cup title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was a time early in Kyle Busch's career that his talent could not save his job.

November 24, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Elk Foundation: Million bucks for wildlife

Sometime in the late 1990s I attended my first Rocky Mountain Elk fundraising dinner. My friend, Joe Mangelos had conned me into attending and I ...

November 23, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

All hail Gordon, Harvick refuses to play mind games

HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Kevin Harvick has made a predictable habit of trying to rattle his opposition when the stakes are at their highest.

November 20, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Quality rain gear necessity for all-weather fisherman

The first year I started tournament fishing I went and purchased what I thought was good rain gear. It worked for a few trips but ...

November 20, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Cotto & Alvarez in fight that may be worth price

LAS VEGAS - The sting from Mayweather-Pacquiao is still there, which makes anyone who spent $100 to watch that overhyped snoozer think twice about wasting their ...

November 18, 2015 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity falls short in playoffs

Trabron Russell and Leo Bonilla combined for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns, but that was not enough as the Manteca Cowboys varsity lost ...

November 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Most offensive linemen will play their entire careers toiling in obscurity while others get the glory. Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity offensive tackle Cody Ward ...

November 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Rain-shortened race: Quintessential NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In this topsy-turvy second season of NASCAR's new championship format, it was only fitting that the race to set the ...

November 16, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity lassoes DYSA division title

The Manteca Cowboys varsity hammered the Tracy Rampage in the DYSA division championship 30-6 Saturday at Dino Cunial Field.

November 10, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Riley’s ‘humbling’ 78 good enough for state

SALINAS - A long day of frustration turned into relief for East Union senior Brooke Riley on Monday.

November 10, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Manteca (15-8) heads to El Capitan of Merced tonight for what will be its first postseason appearance in four years, and the Buffaloes have a ...

November 10, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

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