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Dinners raise wildlife funds

Usually about this time of year, I attend the annual fundraising dinner for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. If you have never been to one of the many outdoor fund raising events of this nature, I highly recommend it. I attend every year and it's a great time for the whole family. Many of the major conservation groups have such dinners: Ducks Unlimited, The Mule Deer Foundation, California Waterfowl Association, Ctrout Unlimited, California Trout, and The California Striped Bass Association, are just a few that come to mind.

February 18, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Experience, adaptability can improve your luck

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

February 14, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


McFish plentiful but no bite

If the situation requires, I stop at the travel center in Corning.

February 12, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Springtime crappies in foothills & Delta

About this time every year, I start getting to the limit of my ability to stay indoors and have to get out afield, even if it is too early. Fortunately, early spring time sometimes has some great crappie fishing. While there is great crappie fishing in both the Delta and the big foothill reservoirs, small farmponds are best this early in the season, because they are smaller and usually shallower, farmponds get warm sooner than the bigger deeper waters.

February 10, 2013 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Early signs of spring give anglers the itch

What a difference a week can make.

February 07, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


At the very least, you fished

I've fished four days so far this year. At this time last year I had been out three times that.

February 05, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


First aid for your vehicle

One of the primary reasons I get out in the wilds to hunt, fish, or just explore the back country is to get away from the crowds. The fishing is almost always better, the game less skittish, and the trails seem to have more wild flowers. In order to get out "back of the beyond" you often have to take your vehicle onto roads less traveled. The great part about driving on untraveled roads way back in the boondocks is that you often have great fishing and solitude. The bad part about being way out in the middle of nowhere ...

February 04, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Learning from the past

I opened my fly box, but knew it wasn't there. Rain started to soak the chenille, marabou and thread of the flies I didn't need in the box opened like a book with the best pages torn out. I had comets, bosses, polar shrimp, Babine Specials, fish tacos, October Hiltons, Silver Hiltons and a Deschutes Madness. No egg-sucking leeches. How can you be fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout in Alaska without an egg-sucking leech?

January 29, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


GETTING IT WRIGHT

For Ripon boys basketball coach Rod Wright, winning his 100th Trans Valley League game was about as meaningful as a rerun of The Jerry Springer Show.

January 27, 2013 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Empty the tackle box; less can produce more

I was looking through some of my tackle the other day, and it was sad to see once-popular baits no longer being used.

January 24, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Finding inciting incident in graduate school

A good story starts with an inciting incident - an event that gets the plot moving.

January 22, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Critter watching expeditions

Although trout fishing and bass fishing are my favorite excuses to get out in the great outdoors, there are many times when just watching the wild critters is pretty darned good entertainment.

January 20, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Patience a virtue, but coffee helps

The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient.

January 17, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The joy of cheap dreams

If I can't be on the Thorne River, I'd take the Upper Sacramento, McCloud or Pit. If I can't be on any of those, or outdoors period, the next best place is to be at the annual Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento.

January 15, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Ravens win is one for the ages

Just before the sixth quarter of one of the most fascinating and improbable NFL playoff games you'll ever see, Justin Tucker trotted out onto the field and did something you hardly ever see.

January 13, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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Fast named MJC Athlete of the Month

Trevor Fast helped Sierra win its first Valley Oak League title for boys swimming last year and is now making waves at Modesto Junior College.

March 23, 2017 | | Sports Columns


SVC appoints former EU star as women’s hoops coach

Accomplished as a player and a scholar, Christin Gowan will get the chance to succeed as a head basketball coach.

March 22, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Be prepared: First aid knowledge is must

Over the past 50 years or so, in my excursions outdoors, I have been shot by a ricochet, injured my knee, broken a couple ribs ...

March 19, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


IOC must consider serious reforms to save Olympics

And the winner is ... Paris!

March 19, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Struggles on Delta despite conditions

There's and old saying that goes, "Someone's always going to catch fish."

March 17, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Stockton tracks rev up for season openers

The iconic Stockton 99 Speedway will celebrate its 70th season of racing action with a 2017 schedule featuring a dozen event dates.

March 16, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


It takes a brawl for NASCAR to go mainstream

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Busch had a gash on his forehead and blood running down his nose when he promised payback to Joey Logano ...

March 13, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Instead of ridicule, there are options for Tim Tebow

It would be easy to pile on Tim Tebow.

March 12, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Rising cost of license deterring fishermen

Something must give.

March 10, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hype, new format didn’t equal must-watch Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Daytona 500 was sold out, the grid packed with celebrities, the fan area full of activities including a motorcycle "Ball ...

February 27, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


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


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