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Of Ray Bradbury and Black Friday

I wonder if Ray Bradbury was morbidly happy.

November 30, 2011 | by JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Test everything before heading out

It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly. Upon starting my boat, everything seemed to be working great, until I looked at my fuel gauge. It was stuck on empty, I tapped on it, and looked for loose wires, but nothing seemed to work. Knowing that I had enough fuel for the day, I wasn't going to let a fuel gauge stop me from fishing; it did make ...

November 24, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thankful for fish, family and fiberglass ax handle

I am thankful.

November 23, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


The use of the Stetson hat

Several years ago I was fishing one of my favorite brook trout streams and began to smell smoke drifting down the stream. As I got closer, the smoke grew thicker and soon I came upon a streamside camp fire that had not been completely extinguished by the idiot who hade made the fire.

November 20, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Veterans’ Day fishing trip yields striped bass and raindrops

I was finally able free up some time on Veterans' Day to go fishing.

November 18, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


No need to get snappy

I was ready for the end of trout season in October.

November 16, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Giving thanks

By sundown on the third Thursday in November, Thanksgiving dinner will probably be just a memory evidenced by a bunch of leftovers in the fridge, and an extra notch let out in your belt. You may be ensconced in your recliner in front of your flat screen T.V. watching the big game while snacking on a piece of pumpkin pie.

November 14, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Parting with once sought-after boat a tough sell

Years ago when I purchased my first boat it didn't take long before I wanted something a little bigger.

November 11, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Making up for lost trout

I know you're not supposed to get too personal when it comes to fishing, but there was something about that silver brick flashing right before it threw the hook that made me want to go back to that trout's riffle the next morning regardless of the winter weather warning.

November 09, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Hello Jack Sparrow, here’s a magazine

I don't get too worked up about things like Halloween.

November 02, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Unhealthy fish?

I got an email the other day from reader Jim Canning who had been fishing at one of the foothill area reservoirs and caught a couple trout that had some red sores on them. Jim was concerned that maybe the fish wouldn't be safe to eat. Ironically, just a few weeks earlier, I had written a column entitled "They Are What They Eat" which discussed the concept that how a wild critter tastes is a direct reflection of what they've been eating. The old Jim Croce song admonished, "You don't tug on Superman's cape, You don ...

October 30, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Occupy Wall Street: River Edition

There are aspects of America that really put leaks in my waders.

October 26, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Calm nerves and a little luck key to fishing

You just never know how your day is going to go while on the water.

October 21, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


I’m packed, now what did I forget?

I don't like wishing days away, but October 7-14 needed to end.

October 20, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Bamboo bonanza

Over the past couple decades, I have collected antique bamboo fly rods. Contrary to popular belief, not all bamboo rods are valuable. Prior to World War Two almost all rods were made of split bamboo. Some were excellent and costly, some were good medium-priced rods, and some were cheap junk. South Bend, Heddon, and Montague were all rods that were comparable to Fords or Chevrolets. They were good serviceable rods manufactured and priced to sell to the multitudes. Lousy rods were usually made in Japan and carried no manufacturer's name at all; while great rods were individually hand-made and ...

October 16, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | 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


Mountain lions: The tan ghosts

Several decades ago I was hunting bears in the Sierra. It was dusk and I walked down a dusty dirt road looking for bear tracks. After about an hour, I turned around and began walking back to my camp. Looking at my tracks in the dusty road, I discovered mountain lion tracks right over the top of my footprints! A lion had tracked me for over two miles. I had no clue he was there. I guarantee you that will make the hair on your neck stand up! Mountain lions are like tan ghosts, you never see them until its ...

September 21, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Oh, Roger, you still don’t get it

Oh, Roger, you still don't get it.

September 21, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports Columns


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