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Bald Eagles make great comeback

Got an email from one of my readers the other day who told me how much he was enjoying my book, "Tight Lines, Observations of an Outdoor Philosopher".

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


Is it the better fisherman or the better equipment?

Several years ago when the swim bait started to become real popular, I wrote about the baits becoming better than the anglers. As technology has far surpassed what I could ever imagine, I've been amazed at how it's changed the way anglers have fished. It seems like every year there's a new bait, technique, or piece of equipment that makes me wonder if catching more or bigger fish is now determined by who has the better equipment, instead of who's the better angler.

April 13, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Putting your trust in H2O

Russell Chatham wrote, "Fishing at its most rudimentary level is essentially solitary. Not only that, but its components, outside the particular baggage one brings to it, are entirely trustworthy. I mean, what creek ever teased you about your pimples; what breeze ever ridiculed you in front of your friends?"

April 11, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Mickelson gives away a green jacket

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The hugs with his family took place on the clubhouse lawn, not the 18th green. That was occupied, and by this time there was nothing Phil Mickelson could do about it.

April 08, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Hunting with hounds

The older I get, the faster that time seems to fly. It seems like only yesterday that I was chasing my first bear in the woods near Hoopa. It's hard to believe that it's now been over 35 years ago. Last fall my son Donald and I were once again out in the woods running after bears. Without a doubt the best way to catch a bear is to use trained hounds. While it may sound like it's a simple matter to just shoot a bear once the hounds have treed him, nothing could be farther from ...

April 08, 2012 | BY DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


It’s always best to pack lightly for fishing trips

Some time ago I decided that one fishing pole wasn't enough. Before long I had more fishing poles than I could possibly keep track of.

April 05, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Delayed season opener at New 99 will feature three young Mantecans

Following a one-week delay due to the weather, the New Stockton 99 Speedway is set to kick off its 2012 season this Saturday night with the Spears Manufacturing 125 for the SRL Late Model Southwest Tour Series.

April 04, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Fishing for right attitude when fishing goes wrong

At about 2 on Sunday afternoon I was writing the 'skunked' column in my frantic, frazzled head.

April 03, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Time for wildflowers

It's wildflower time once again. A couple of days ago I was driving through the countryside, when I was struck by the absolute beauty of the wild Lupine flowers that are in bloom now.

April 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


New fishing partner catches z’s in debut

Last week, I was able to get out fishing. It's been a while since I've been out.

March 29, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


WoO Sprints back in Merced; 99 opener delayed

The World of Outlaw (WoO) Sprints will be returning to the Merced Speedway at The Merced Fairgrounds this Friday night. The national Sprint Car series made its inaugural visit last April in front of a packed house.

March 29, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Sunday’s sweet smell of success

Before I could even sit in the driver's seat Sunday morning, I was astounded at the smell permeating from my truck. It didn't reek, but the unique odors mixed with such harmony I couldn't help admire it.

March 27, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Gold & trout: Take your pick

Philosophically, I knew from an early age that gold was sometimes found in trout streams. Practically however, there is a real difference from "book learnin" and actually discovering something yourself. I think the difference was something Socrates discovered about 400 years B.C. If you figure it out yourself you will really learn something.

March 25, 2012 | BY DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Wishing I was a part of Thomson’s journey to 500

It's something about that Sierra coach that I've always liked.

March 24, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Save money by servicing boat’s engine yourself

My boat's engine was due for a service this year.

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


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NGLL Braves force ‘if’ game in majors final

The Northgate Braves were looking for a strong pitching performance from Romeo Torres on Monday night. They got it and then some.

June 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Road runners & rattlesnakes

When I was about 10 years old my father took my younger brother Chris and I on an excursion to the hills South of Tracy.

June 26, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


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


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