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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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Running backs rule VOL MVP chatter

The Valley Oak League season lived up to expectation, delivering us four worthy title contenders, and essentially two championship games on the final night.

November 11, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


New format crushes Jeff Gordon’s bid for 5th championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR's new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak.

November 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Buffs bring ‘Bacon’ out of backfield

For two years, Steven Martinez has lined up on the offensive or defensive line for the Manteca varsity football team.

November 04, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Are there double standards for Brad Keselowski?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him.

November 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Diminutive Duxbury carries heavy load for Ripon

SALIDA - The football field at Modesto Christian on Friday night was covered with players that fit the "big, strong and physical" mold.

October 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Be wary of duck hunters on Delta

Watch out for the duck hunters, as duck hunting season has begun.

October 24, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Sierra’s Rosendin named VOL’s Model Coach of the Year

Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.

October 24, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Gray visits Brock Elliot this Friday

It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


East Union part of ‘discussion’ despite injuries

East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.

October 21, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


NFL experience saves day for MHS

SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.

October 13, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Following advice from Fisherman’s Warehouse

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.

October 09, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


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