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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


BACK AT THE RANCH

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


The Good Lord and the outdoors

In 1964 Robert Traver, author of the classic book and movie Anatomy of a Murder, wrote a delightful book, Anatomy of a Fisherman in which appeared:

December 19, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Good ways to keep warm & dry fishing

The best thing about rain this time of the year is that it knocks down the fog. The worst thing about it of course is staying dry. When it comes to purchasing rain gear, you get what you pay for. The least expensive gear might hold up for a trip or two but it's definitely not going to be comfortable.

December 16, 2011 | | Sports Columns


The world's best fly

A year or so ago, I wrote a column about which rifle cartridge I considered as the best all round caliber of all. Some of you agreed with me and some did not. It was a fun exercise, in part, because it gets people to thinking, about why they prefer one gun over another.

December 12, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


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Despite controversies, NFL continues to grow under Goodell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Roger Goodell might as well mail this one in.

February 04, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Water levels on lakes can be deceiving

Just when I was starting to imagine our lakes being full and our launch ramps being within walking - not hiking - distance from the parking lot ...

February 04, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ken Stabler’s brain damage intrudes on Super Bowl fun

SAN FRANCISCO - For a guy who loved a good party, it's hard to imagine Ken Stabler ever thought he'd be crashing one this ...

February 04, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Thursday Night Football on CBS, NBC

"Thursday Night Football" will bounce around among CBS, NBC and NFL Network next season, and league executives are confident fans will find the games just ...

February 02, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Super Bowl, football & immature celebrations

Well, the Super Bowl will be upon us soon.

January 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Norman Clyde, Dad, & the Dead General

Norman Clyde was possibly the finest mountaineer in the history of the Western Hemisphere.

January 31, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Super Bowl matchip masks an ugly year on field in the NFL

A certain Hall of Fame quarterback in what will likely be his final game. A superstar in waiting on the big stage for the first ...

January 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Don’t let gloomy weather fool you

A lot of anglers are waiting in anticipation for the weather to clear up before they go fishing.

January 29, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


With water levels rising, beware of widowmakers

I'm sure all of you are excited about the rain we've been getting this winter season.

January 22, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hard to feel sorry for Spanos and the Chargers

It's hard to feel sorry for Dean Spanos, even if he looked like someone had just kicked his dog the other day in Houston.

January 15, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Bassmasters dream dashed by Powerball

For the first time in 10 years I purchased a Powerball ticket.

January 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bright, dark sides of Chip Kelly pick

Maybe the most dreadful part about the 49ers during the 2015 season was not that they lost so many games. It was that they were ...

January 15, 2016 | MARK PURDY | Sports Columns


Play ball with NFL . . . or else

As the clock ticked down toward a vote, the NFL Network breathlessly reported on the long line of luxury cars idling outside a suburban Houston ...

January 13, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Proposal that allows college bowl system, playoffs to co-exist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Saban is concerned about the bowl system.

January 13, 2016 | | Sports Columns


You can’t beat using bear grease

If we put our minds to it, we could learn a lot from the Native Americans who preceded the white man as masters of North ...

January 10, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


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