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Fuel prices & the outdoor experience

I recall as a boy that our family would save for our summer vacations in the mountains by saving silver dollars all year. Whenever a silver dollar or "Cartwheel" would show up in the cash register of Dad's store, he would take a one dollar bill out of his wallet and replace the coin with it. The accumulated cartwheels would go into a canvas money bag saved for use on vacation. We would regularly fill up the tank on our jeep for three or four dollars!

April 22, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Mulling cancelation of longtime favorite fishing publication

I recently received a phone call from Bassmaster Magazine's "Buddy."

April 19, 2012 | | Sports Columns


New chassis breeds excitement for IndyCar races

Despite the fact that the new Dallara IndyCar chassis looks somewhat strange – sort of like the bat mobile from the rear – the car is getting a thumbs up from both drivers and fans alike.

April 19, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


A sunny prelude to summer

Though I started in early December, I feel completely confident and absolutely justified in thinking seriously about summer after this past week of fantastic weather.

April 17, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Bald Eagles make great comeback

Got an email from one of my readers the other day who told me how much he was enjoying my book, "Tight Lines, Observations of an Outdoor Philosopher".

April 16, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Is it the better fisherman or the better equipment?

Several years ago when the swim bait started to become real popular, I wrote about the baits becoming better than the anglers. As technology has far surpassed what I could ever imagine, I've been amazed at how it's changed the way anglers have fished. It seems like every year there's a new bait, technique, or piece of equipment that makes me wonder if catching more or bigger fish is now determined by who has the better equipment, instead of who's the better angler.

April 13, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Putting your trust in H2O

Russell Chatham wrote, "Fishing at its most rudimentary level is essentially solitary. Not only that, but its components, outside the particular baggage one brings to it, are entirely trustworthy. I mean, what creek ever teased you about your pimples; what breeze ever ridiculed you in front of your friends?"

April 11, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Mickelson gives away a green jacket

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The hugs with his family took place on the clubhouse lawn, not the 18th green. That was occupied, and by this time there was nothing Phil Mickelson could do about it.

April 08, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Hunting with hounds

The older I get, the faster that time seems to fly. It seems like only yesterday that I was chasing my first bear in the woods near Hoopa. It's hard to believe that it's now been over 35 years ago. Last fall my son Donald and I were once again out in the woods running after bears. Without a doubt the best way to catch a bear is to use trained hounds. While it may sound like it's a simple matter to just shoot a bear once the hounds have treed him, nothing could be farther from ...

April 08, 2012 | BY DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


It’s always best to pack lightly for fishing trips

Some time ago I decided that one fishing pole wasn't enough. Before long I had more fishing poles than I could possibly keep track of.

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


Delayed season opener at New 99 will feature three young Mantecans

Following a one-week delay due to the weather, the New Stockton 99 Speedway is set to kick off its 2012 season this Saturday night with the Spears Manufacturing 125 for the SRL Late Model Southwest Tour Series.

April 04, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Fishing for right attitude when fishing goes wrong

At about 2 on Sunday afternoon I was writing the 'skunked' column in my frantic, frazzled head.

April 03, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Time for wildflowers

It's wildflower time once again. A couple of days ago I was driving through the countryside, when I was struck by the absolute beauty of the wild Lupine flowers that are in bloom now.

April 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


New fishing partner catches z’s in debut

Last week, I was able to get out fishing. It's been a while since I've been out.

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


WoO Sprints back in Merced; 99 opener delayed

The World of Outlaw (WoO) Sprints will be returning to the Merced Speedway at The Merced Fairgrounds this Friday night. The national Sprint Car series made its inaugural visit last April in front of a packed house.

March 29, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


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COMING & GOING

Adrienne Beltrami would have been more than happy to spend the rest of her coaching career with Ripon High, but she could not pass up ...

August 11, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Cancelled HOF Game takes auditions from Colts, Packers

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will issue refunds to ticket buyers who went home from the NFL's annual preseason kickoff without having watched ...

August 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


It’s called fishing for a reason

Many assume that I'm always catching fish. Even today, after years of experience, I still have days when I don't catch anything.

August 04, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


‘The Beast’ wins Golden Gloves Jr Nationals belt

Vincent Avina isn't as active as he wants to be in the ring, but "The Beast" makes it count when he does step into ...

August 04, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Beating the heat is being smart

Gone are the days when I used to fish through the summer heat.

July 29, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


INDIAN SUMMER

First-year head coach Chris Musseman is putting his own stamp on Ripon's football program.

July 28, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Motivated Weston Ranch shines in offseason competitions

Seth Davis is reminded of a painful end to the 2015 season every morning when he goes on his run.

July 27, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


LATHROP RAISES EXPECTATIONS

Joe Pirillo needed just one season to change the culture of Lathrop High's football team.

July 27, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


HIGH-WATER MARK

TURLOCK - Paced by its some of its youngest members, the Ripon Sea Lions captured the boys title in the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships held at ...

July 26, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


NORTHGATE RUN ENDS

Fernando Alaniz's two-RBI double tied the game for Northgate in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday, but Cambrian of San Jose answered back ...

July 24, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


IOC bows to Putin and Russian dopers

Once again, the people who run the Olympics just can't say no to Vladimir Putin.

July 24, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Wild turkeys along banks of Stanislaus

I took a walk in the woods along the Stanislaus River the other day and ran into a small flock of wild turkeys. I have ...

July 24, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


DIAMOND DANDIES

The awards keep coming for league MVPs Marco Gonzales, Travis Vander Molen and Mikaela Ferreira.

July 22, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Keeping it simple is the answer

A lot of anglers make fishing too complicated.

July 22, 2016 | | Sports Columns


RIGHTING THE SHIP

TURLOCK - Scoring early, scoring often and making no errors is a pretty good game plan, and that is exactly what Northgate did Tuesday in a ...

July 20, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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