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Thinking of veterans & the outdoors

I recall as a youngster celebrating Armistice Day and that somewhere along the way it changed into Veterans Day. Since Armistice Day was intended to comemorate the end of World War I, I think it's much more fitting that we honor all of our country's vets instead. Interestingly our nations returning vets have had a huge effect on our outdoor heritage as well. Returning vets often went hunting and put food on the table for their families with the firearms they used in the war.

November 11, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Ripon Christian earns respect even in defeat

RIPON - Le Grand players and coaches took turns slapping Andrew Brown's shoulder pads and shaking his hand down the midfield stripe at Stouffer Field on Friday night.

November 09, 2013 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Adjusting to change can help

I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle.

November 07, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fitting end in cards for BCS

The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.

November 07, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


The handiest gun revisited

In my book, guns are neither good nor evil; they are simply inanimate tools that do what their owners use them to do. Over a lifetime outdoors I have come across numerous situations in which a gun has been extremely handy. I have killed coiled rattlers that were about to strike, and chased away bears that were raiding our icebox. A gun can indeed save a life.

November 03, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Manteca’s ‘old dogs’ relying on youth

The gray in his stubble gives him away. Still, Manteca High defensive coordinator Rick James admits …

November 02, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Stockton track honors Patterson

The 2013 local racing season will come to a close on Saturday with the 30th Annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" event at the Stockton Dirt Track, located at the San Joaquin county fairgrounds. The program will feature championship night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, a special open 360 Winged Sprint Car event and a large fireworks show.

November 01, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Anglers are adjusting to fall turnover

For those of us who have been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used.

November 01, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


It’s mating time for tarantulas

This is the beginning of tarantula mating season. If you take a drive some fall evening into the hills separating California's Great Central Valley from the coastal regions, you can spot the male tarantulas crawling across the roads in search of females. If you live in Central California, take a drive up into the hills to the west of the Valley. Almost any of the main roads will do: Patterson Pass Road, Corral Hollow Road, or any similar roads that head west from the valley. Drive slowly along the roads at dusk and keep a sharp eye out for ...

October 27, 2013 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Weather can be fascinating

The first time I took my wife out fishing on the Delta she asked, "Are there always this many bugs around?"

October 24, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


ANYONE HOME?

Duck hunting season is open, so it's important that we stay out of each other's way.

October 18, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Sharing gun safety tips

Recently I observed in this column that I thought the ideal gun to instruct a beginning shooter was the single shot 22. Although no one disagreed with my assessment, several of my readers chastised me for not talking more about gun safety.

October 14, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Sharing gun safety tips

Recently I observed in this column that I thought the ideal gun to instruct a beginning shooter was the single shot 22. Although no one disagreed with my assessment, several of my readers chastised me for not talking more about gun safety.

October 14, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Finding your way around the Delta

Navigating the Delta can be a little intimidating for someone who is not familiar with where they are going.

October 10, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tips on the best fall trout food

While some folks think that fishing for trout is best in the spring, I am of the opinion that the best time to go fishing is whenever you can. Just like bears preparing for hibernation, fish often go on a fall feeding binge to fatten up so they can survive the coming winter. Thus fall can be a great time to catch monster trout.

October 07, 2013 | | Sports Columns


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Officiating, two calls & the rules

There is a lot of discussion about officiating these days. If I have heard it once I have heard it a thousand times how the ...

February 26, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation dinner in Ripon March 31

If you have ever seen a mature bull elk, it is one of the most magnificent sights in all of the outdoors. In a couple ...

February 26, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed.

February 26, 2017 | | Sports Columns


There is to being a pro angler than catching fish

Like a lot of anglers, I've been restricted to staying home and waiting for the rain to subside.

February 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed.

February 23, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


West Coast Swing whets appetite for Augusta

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The refrain is becoming a tradition unlike any other, especially after a West Coast Swing like this one.

February 20, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Big punching Wilder believes he can save heavyweights

Deontay Wilder was in the Super Bowl media center in Houston a few days before the game when a somewhat familiar face walked by.

February 20, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Gonzaga provides new college hoops story line for fans

Unbeaten Gonzaga is giving college basketball fans something to talk about besides the usual story lines.

February 19, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Knowledge is power, but luck is underrated

I'm beginning to see an increase boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving.

February 17, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Loria tries to finish great con in South Florida

The great con in South Florida could be nearing its payoff.

February 12, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Blossoming trees are good indicator that spring is near

There's a tree in my neighborhood that's been my springtime indicator for past 20 years.

February 03, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


A preview of things to expect during Super Bowl week

There have been 50 of these already, making this Super Bowl LI in the roman numerals the NFL uses to make sure no one forgets ...

January 30, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


For EU’s Daube, Hoops for Cure was personal

Saturday night was the seventh annual Hoops for the Cure Classic between Ripon and East Union, a fund raiser for cancer. For Lancers senior Ruby ...

January 30, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Concealed carry reciprocity

With the election of Donald Trump as our president, gun rights advocates are getting all fired up at the possibility of a national concealed carry ...

January 29, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


As Falcons head to Super Bowl, remember Smith

ATLANTA - Mike Smith never made it to the Super Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons.

January 29, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


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