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Yesterday started innocent enough.

August 03, 2011 | | Sports Columns


Keep your powder dry

A couple of weeks ago, I took my nephew Jacob Barr with me to introduce him to black powder shooting. We set up some targets and got the muzzle loading musket out of its case. I explained each step to Jacob as we got ready to shoot. Pour the scoop of black powder down the barrel of the musket, then place the cloth patch under the lead musket ball and ram it snugly down the barrel with the wooden ramrod. Then you place the percussion cap on the nipple, cock the hammer, aim, squeeze the trigger and wait for the ...

August 01, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Flip flops keep feet cool, but not stable

I see a lot of anglers opting to wear flip flops while out fishing.

July 28, 2011 | | Sports Columns


Giant void filled with Beltran trade

If you don't think the San Francisco Giants just became a better club by acquiring the services of National League All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, you are likely a hater, or worse, a Dodgers fan.

July 28, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Ready or not it’s time for some football

There was a brief moment where I actually contemplated what we would do if the members of the National Football League were unable to reach common ground with the collective bargaining agreement.

July 27, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


The city that never sleeps, but New York does fly-fish

Before I could completely recover from the two drives, two boat rides and two flights that returned me to the Central Valley, plus the general melancholy that accompanies the departure from Alaska, I was en route to New York City, the antithesis of dense sprawling nature, for a wedding.

July 27, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Mom's ashes

When I think of a vacation, I naturally think of going right back to the same place I have always gone for vacations, Hermit Valley at the top of Ebbetts Pass. Of course, to most normal folks that would be pretty dull. I never get to Hawaii, haven't been to Paris, and probably will never cruise the Caribbean in a sailboat. It's pretty poor ammunition for chatter at cocktail parties, too. When others are talking about the magnificent view of the Alps, I really don't make much of an impression when I casually mention that the view ...

July 24, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


‘Manteca Missle’ wins 100th race at 99 Speedway

A nice crowd of nearly 2,000 was on hand at Stockton's 99 Speedway for last Saturday's NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series program and tribute to Manteca racing legend Johnny Brazil.

July 22, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Best bites are at night during summer months

A lot of anglers will tell you that their favorite time of the year to fish is in the spring.

July 22, 2011 | | Sports Columns


My Cherry Creek odyssey

Ordinarily, I don't write precise directions to a good fishing spot. Under most circumstances, revealing a great fishing hole in print will inundate it with so many anglers that the fishing will be ruined. That won't happen in this case, however, because my secret fishing hole is so difficult to get to almost no one is crazy enough to go back.

July 18, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Much can be learned when fish don’t bite

This week, I had the opportunity to fish a pond that's pressured daily by visiting vacationers.

July 15, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Stay calm, frustrated fishermen catch no fish

Competition can be a key ingredient in success, though being too worried about results can ruin a great fishing trip.

July 13, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Warranties on outdoor gear

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, things go wrong afield and one of your favorite pieces of gear malfunctions. I recall once as we were trekking across the old Immigrant Road that runs from Highway 4 in Hermit Valley to Deer Valley off of Highway 88.

July 10, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Guibor takes fourth in 99’s WLM feature

The over 4,000 fans that packed the grandstands for the annual Firecracker 150 at the Stockton 99 Speedway on Sunday thoroughly enjoyed a great evening of fireworks both on and above the high-banked quarter-mile oval.

July 08, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


First shot at fishing kokanee a success thanks to tips

For the past couple of years I've been reading a lot about the great kokanee fishing we have here locally.

July 08, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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Brush with greatness, tragedy

I had every reason in the world to take in everything that South Florida had to offer.

August 26, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca, Oakdale get head start on rivalry

The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power is 10th

SONOMA - Scott Dixon patiently stalked race leaders Graham Rahal and Mike Conway over the closing laps of Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma before blowing by Conway with just three laps to go in the 85-lap race to capture his second Verizon IndyCar win of the season.

August 24, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Manteca’s season opener moved

Manteca was supposed to help break in Levi's Stadium next Friday, Aug. 29.

August 23, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hoping for early fall, rain

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snow mobiles on it.

August 22, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Perhaps NJ Gov. Christie should issue a pardon

I recently got an email forwarding an article about a woman from Pennsylvania who appears to be in the process of being railroaded into prison by the justice system in New Jersey.

August 17, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Karts owned the streets of Modesto

The sounds of high revving go-karts continued all weekend long on the temporary street circuit in the heart of downtown Modesto at the inaugural Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals.

August 03, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Throwback: using a black powder replica

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!

July 27, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Doss wins Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125

Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.

July 27, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Consider safety when towing boat

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat was small but it was a lot bigger than the SUV, which is very dangerous.

July 17, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America's third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn't it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn't happen?

July 13, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


World Cup killed ‘beautiful game’

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Because it is turning out better than expected, the World Cup is doing more good than harm to brand Brazil. The opposite is true for Brazil's brand of football.

July 07, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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