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Holmes helps McNally team earn milestone victory

Eric Holmes, driver of the No. 20 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota, made history at Evergreen Speedway last Saturday by winning the NAPA AUTO PARTS "150" to give team owner Bill McAnally his 50th career win.

July 19, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Clarks Fork is a nice, affordable change of scenery

This past week I went and camped out at Clarks Fork with family and friends.

July 19, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The power of peanut butter

Last year when my buddy Abe and I drifted into the spot known as "Pineapple" by the locals, I finished off my peanut butter M&M's before sending the herring plug into the depths.

July 18, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Return to Trestle Creek

Over 50 years ago my brother Chris and I were playing on the huge railroad trestle that spanned the junction of two trout streams in the central Sierra Nevada.

July 15, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


The unexpected delights of summer

It has been above 60 degrees four times since I have been home.

July 10, 2012 | | Sports Columns


The move to outlaw hunting bears & bobcats with hounds

Two days before our nation's Independence Day, California's Assembly committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, voted to outlaw the traditional hunting of bears and bobcats with hounds.

July 09, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Exorbitant fees put damper on family camping trip

I just returned from a camping trip and couldn't believe all the fees that I had to pay in order to camp a few days at the lake.

July 05, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Politeness pays off in fish

I have polite friends, and there are times I wonder what they are really thinking. If I ask say, a question about their fishing preference, the response will be polite and to the effect of, "I'm cool either way" or "sure, alright".

July 04, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Outdoor journals

August 12, 1956 was a Sunday and like most days during the summer, I was camped with my parents at Hermit Valley in the Sierra.

July 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Falling for artificial baits hook, line and sinker

I was asked the other day about using live bait.

June 29, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Scott Speed’s return to Northern California bittersweet

Although Scott Speed picked up a season's best 25th place finish in last Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, it was a bittersweet weekend for the Manteca native as he left his home track thinking that it could have been much better.

June 28, 2012 | | Sports Columns


The reintroduction to home and nature

The entire forest and water wasn't even whispering.

June 26, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Taxidermy 2012

The art of taxidermy is probably almost as old as the human race itself. Archeologists have found ancient Indian duck decoys in caves around the Great Basin that were made from preserved duck skins stretched over a tule decoy body.

June 25, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Strike in morning hours for hot kokanee bite

Recently, I've been learning more about fishing for kokanee in our local lakes.

June 21, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Scott Speed returns to ‘home track’ for Toyota/Save Mart 350

There will be plenty of old fashion hard nose rubbing and grinding when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the beautiful Northern California wine country for 24th consecutive year with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend, June 22-24 at Sonoma Raceway.

June 21, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


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Bassmasters dream dashed by Powerball

For the first time in 10 years I purchased a Powerball ticket.

January 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bright, dark sides of Chip Kelly pick

Maybe the most dreadful part about the 49ers during the 2015 season was not that they lost so many games. It was that they were ...

January 15, 2016 | MARK PURDY | Sports Columns


Play ball with NFL . . . or else

As the clock ticked down toward a vote, the NFL Network breathlessly reported on the long line of luxury cars idling outside a suburban Houston ...

January 13, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Proposal that allows college bowl system, playoffs to co-exist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Saban is concerned about the bowl system.

January 13, 2016 | | Sports Columns


You can’t beat using bear grease

If we put our minds to it, we could learn a lot from the Native Americans who preceded the white man as masters of North ...

January 10, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Greed triggers NFL teams rush to LA

The people of St. Louis are in a tizzy, and not just because the team they lifted from Los Angeles could soon be heading back ...

January 07, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Finding beauty in storm

Several years ago, during the month of January, I was out competing in a bass tournament on Lake Camanche.

January 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


New Year’s Eve games total flop

MIAMI - The College Football Playoff is a marvelous thing.

January 02, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Lucky to have great fishing around us

January 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Leonard emerges as a role model for Wiggins

Kawhi Leonard has quietly risen to stardom in San Antonio, hardly uttering a word as he captured an NBA Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the ...

December 29, 2015 | JON KRAWCZYNSKI | Sports Columns


STUNNING UPSETS

Serena Williams had done all the heavy lifting, or so it seemed.

December 29, 2015 | PAUL NEWBERR | Sports Columns


Delta serves as tough challenge For anglers

The other day while I was reading through some online fishing forums, I came across a picture of a new bass boat that was rigged ...

December 27, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Charting heartache & history

My football clipboard has seen a lot.

December 18, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Pesky water hyacinth taking over water, launch areas on Delta

Someday I hope to tell stories of how bad the water hyacinth used to be on the Delta.

December 17, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Revolting state of pro sports

I am not a Pete Rose fan. I did not like him when he played, I did not like him when he coached. His flattening ...

December 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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