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Dreaming big with first purchase of Power Ball ticket

Earlier in the week while I was getting my morning coffee at 7-Eleven, the cashier asked if I'd like to buy a Power Ball ticket.

April 12, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Hungry for seconds of the Truckee River

I have a terrible time resisting fish.

April 10, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Opening day tactics

Here it is in mid April and the opening day of trout season is right around the corner. You've probably read the news reports that this has been an especially dry winter. The water content of accumulated snowpack is about half of normal.

April 08, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Not leaving Alabama Rig without bite

It's been over a year now and I'm still trying to catch my first fish on an Alabama Rig. I'm sure a lot of you know by now that the Alabama Rig has become one of the hottest new baits on the market. If you don't, an Internet search will surely clue you in to its potential.

April 05, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Rising star, 99 dirt track delight at Outlaws event

The brand new dirt oval at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds drew a packed house of 10,572 ecstatic race fans to the inaugural STP World of Outlaws event on March 23.

April 04, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Firing coach not enough at Rutgers

The easy part was getting rid of Mike Rice, something Rutgers had little choice in doing once the governor of New Jersey and the king of basketball weighed in on his videotaped transgressions.

April 04, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Two states, same river, one day

One of the advantages of being unattached is the opportunity to set my own schedule. A side-effect is that I don't always plan really well, so Friday morning when I woke up and decided to go fishing, I ended up going north on highway 99 unsure of where I'd end up. The Lower Sacramento seemed logical, maybe the Upper, but I merged onto I-80 east and realized I was taking myself to the Truckee River. Cool.

April 03, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Easter’s reminder: It’s rattlesnake season

Part of the beauty of being an outdoor enthusiast is observing and participating in the eternal cycles of nature. Recently I attended Easter Sunday church services with my son, son-in-law, daughter and grandkids. As I observed my grandkids participating in the celebration of The Risen Christ, it struck me that a generation ago it had been my children who were participating as small children and that a generation before that it had been me and my brother and sister learning the eternal story. In another generation it will be my great-grandkids learning about the conquest of death.

April 02, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Lake Amador brings back fond memories

Sometimes no matter how a place may change over the years, the memories you have of it always seem to remain the same.

March 29, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Can you really get bored with fishing?

Once you've caught a huge rainbow trout, you've caught a huge rainbow trout.

March 27, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Time to induct Tark in Basketball Hall of Fame

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lois Tarkanian answered the phone at the family home, offering a word of caution before handing it to her husband.

March 25, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Look for vegetation on Delta while you can

My first impression of the Delta was that as long as I stayed within sight of where I launched my boat I would be able to find my way back.

March 22, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Plenty of options for anglers as spring nears

The most difficult decision local anglers have to make this time of year is where to go.

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


Madness marches on in Alaska’s gymnasiums

When I was in first grade or so, my buddies and I put some candy in a little basket with an anonymous note professing our love to a set of sisters who won at least two, maybe three state basketball championships.

March 12, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Who will go away perfect?

One program has a Sac-Joaquin Section title in its back pocket and is chasing another.

March 11, 2013 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


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Sierra club in need of hookup

About 10 years ago, I started a fishing club at the school where I work. We practiced several times a week and I taught them how to cast, tie knots, spool their reels, and anything else that I thought they would need to know to get them started.

April 18, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Getting reacquainted to life in the 49th state

It's Saturday. This morning I woke up, had an omelet made with a couple eggs from a dozen that cost $2.50, filled up my truck ($4.25 a gallon) and drove to the river .9 miles down the road for my 42nd day of fishing so far in 2014.

April 08, 2014 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Guzzlers & trout houses

Several times I have encouraged folks to donate money to conservation organizations that assist the wild critters we all love. It's good advice for those who can afford it, but what can you do if money is tight? It seems as though this recession has affected all of us to some extent. Unfortunately the recession has also affected charitable groups as well. At a time when the need is greatest non-profits are also hit with reduced contributions.

April 06, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Today’s youth missing out

Last week I wrote about taking my dad out fishing for the day.

April 04, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


99 Speedway all set to start season

The historic Stockton 99 Speedway will kick-off its 2014 season this Saturday, April 5 with a big five-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.

April 03, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Bulletin contributor | Sports Columns


Big Brother watching?

Recent articles in the world news media have disclosed that our government, specifically the NSA, has been monitoring and recording the phone calls and emails of hundreds of millions of people all around the world. Ostensibly the eavesdropping is to detect and prevent acts of terrorism but substantial numbers of people aren't convinced. Folks on the other side of the equation ask the rhetorical question: "If you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about?" The fact is private information in the hands of others can harm you. Here's an example.

March 30, 2014 | by Don Moyer | Sports Columns


CATCHING A BREAK

RIPON – From one of the top junior college offenses in California to one of the most explosive in the entire nation at the Division I level.

March 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Switching lakes pays off for father, son duo

Last weekend I decided to take my dad trout fishing at Lake Pardee.

March 27, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Larson Dazzles in Drive to the Front at Fontana

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Larson was ninth on the final restart at California, with four rows of traffic to navigate in two laps in a frantic bid for the best finish possible. With Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart at the front, Larson wasn't even thinking about victory.

March 24, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Danger as woods go to pot

A couple days ago I was chatting with my friend Bob Busser about a growing danger to those of us who frequent wild places. Appearantly growing demand for marijuna has resulted in a number of illegal pot groves located on remote public lands. Some pot growers are now planting their crops on hard to reach sites on BLM, Forest Service, or even private timberlands. They'll clear a space, till the soil, and even pipe water in from a nearby creek. If they should get busted, all they lose is the crop. Usually there is a grower/guard nearby to ...

March 23, 2014 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Fishing can be a relaxing getaway

Ten years ago, I was listening to a local Bass Pro talk about today's kids and their overall lack of interest toward the outdoors. He went on to talk about computer games and how few children are actually able to get out of the house anymore.

March 21, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


After working on the boat, it’s ‘launch’ time

I've been putting off changing the bunks on my boat's trailer for several years now.

March 14, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Bishop proves to be a queen

Danelle Bishop continues to win at the next level.

March 07, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Racing season just around the corner

The 2014 local racing season is just around the corner and Stockton 99 Speedway has released its 2014 schedule. A total of 15 Saturday night events are slated for the historic quarter-mile paved oval that opened in 1947.

March 07, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Wins now mean everything in NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Joey Logano lined up directly behind Kevin Harvick and followed him nose-to-tail around the track and across the line for the final restart. He was stalking the leader, looking for what he knew would be his only chance to snatch the victory away from Harvick.

March 03, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


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