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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


The drought & the trout

Last week, I wrote about conservation efforts to benefit Rocky Mountain Elk and a host of other animals. I didn't want to neglect the fishes however, hence today's column.

March 02, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Anglers should be excited by spring rain

Don't let this current storm fool you. If anything, it's going to improve the fishing.

February 27, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bass fishing ‘Super Bowl’ kicks off

Today kicks off The 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic held at Lake Guntersville in Birmingham, Ala.

February 20, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Put your money where your heart is

About 15 years ago my friend Joe Mangelos gave me a free ticket to attend a fund raising banquet for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. When I got to the dinner, I was feeling kind of guilty, so I bought some raffle tickets. Darned if I didn't win a brand new 30-06 rifle! I was hooked even though I've never been elk hunting, every year since I make it a point to attend the Elk Foundation Banquet.

February 16, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Don’t be fooled by a full moon

It seems like overnight spring has come, and if I've ever had an itch to get out fishing it's right now.

February 13, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


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Family, fishing are best Father’s Day gifts

Father's Day is coming up, so all week long I'm being asked by my wife what I want for Father's Day.

June 16, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


WIRE TO WIRE

STOCKTON - The Northgate Dodgers put up four first-inning runs and never trailed Tuesday in a 9-4 win over the Spreckels Park Tigers in semifinal action ...

June 13, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Salida eliminates Manteca in junior TOC

STOCKTON - The Manteca White juniors had problems keeping the ball in front of them Monday and committed eight errors in a 9-5 elimination loss to ...

June 13, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Slam drought done, Nadal heads to grass

PARIS (AP) - Leave it to others to decide whether Rafael Nadal is playing the best tennis of his career as he comes off a 10th ...

June 13, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Giants rally for Manteca LL title

The Giants scored all of their runs in the final two innings Thursday to come from behind and beat the A's 3-2 for the ...

June 11, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


The crazy life of boxer Johnny Tapia

Johnny Tapia was never going to make it alive into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

June 11, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Giants rally for MLL title

The Giants scored all of their runs in the final two innings Thursday to come from behind and beat the A's 3-2 for the ...

June 09, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Tending to projects, family before fishing

I finally have some time off, but before I can get out fishing I have a bunch of jobs that have been waiting for me ...

June 09, 2017 | | Sports Columns


NEED FOR SPEED

Coaching changes led to the end of Trevor Nogueira's basketball career.

June 07, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Stanislaus State’s Kron named to All-Region teams

Jordan Kron wrapped up his college career at Stanislaus State with several awards.

June 06, 2017 | | Sports Columns


MLL Brewers win slugfest

The Brewers scored four runs in the top of the seventh and held on for a 15-12 extra-inning win Monday over the Yankees in Manteca ...

June 06, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Racing needs all the personalities, polite and rude

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Larson lost a race he probably should have won because of a late caution.

June 06, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


10-run blitz sends Giants to win in Spreckels Park LL

Sante Duarte's two-RBI double in the second inning and his two-RBI single in the third was part of a 10-run blitz for the Giants ...

June 05, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Guy Guibor does it again at 99 Speedway

STOCKTON - Two weeks ago Guy Guibor, of Manteca posted in first victory at Stockton's 99 Speedway in almost 11 years, but he only had ...

June 04, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Thrill is gone from hitting 600 home runs

More than any other sport, baseball is a numbers racket.

June 04, 2017 | | Sports Columns


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