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Making a case for the medicinal hot dog

Hot dogs are synonymous with summer cuisine, and though there are plenty of hot dogs - gourmet dogs, foot-long dogs, ball park dogs, nitrate-free dogs, kosher dogs - I don't get too picky.

June 22, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Father’s Day reflections

Several years ago, an auto accident claimed the life of a singer-songwriter named Harry Chapin. As is the case with many song writers, Chapin was actually a poet and philosopher who used music to expound upon the nature of life. Probably the most famous song that Harry Chapin wrote was titled "The Cats in the Cradle". It was about a fellow who was on his way up in the world and was too busy to spend time with his son. The young achiever was away on a business trip when his son was born. A few years later the son ...

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

A cheap way to keep rods in one piece

The sound of a fishing rod snapping is one every angler dreads.

June 17, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Belletto wins third WLM start at 99

Season points leader and second-generation driver Jeff Belletto of Modesto continued his winning ways in the Western Late Model division at the New Stockton 99 Speedway last Saturday night.

June 16, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

A muddy fall from grace

If you're lucky, there's a moment as you're falling that provides a chance to do something about it.

June 15, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Outdoor photos

I saw in the newspaper a while back where some fellow claimed to have found a treasure trove of old photographic plates taken by the famous photographer Ansel Adams. If authenticated, the photos could be worth literally millions of dollars. I recall meeting Ansel Adams several times at his shop in Yosemite Valley and I wish I had purchased some of his autographed photos. His black and white photo of the full moon over Half Dome might well be the most famous outdoor of all time.

June 12, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Purchasing big-ticket items years later worth the wait

While looking through one of my favorite fishing-supply catalogs, I couldn't believe the prices on some of the items I paid big money for several years ago.

June 10, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

A true summer vacation

It's a 47-minute walk from where I checked my bags at the float plane dock to downtown Ketchikan. With two of the three flights to get me home out of the way and four hours until takeoff I walked the 2.7 miles, because as any Alaskan will tell you, if it's 72 and sunny, you better not take it for granted.

June 08, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Forsaking expensive houseboat in favor of Hat Creek for fishing

One of the highlights of my year used to be a four-day houseboat trip in the spring to Lake Shasta. However, in recent years, with the level of the water declining and the cost of fuel increasing, the trip became more work than it was worth. It is one thing to be able to tie up to the trees along the bank at night, but when those trees are 80 feet straight up the bank and the wind pulls out the stake hammered deep into the red clay of the Shasta Lake shore and the houseboat begins to drift into ...

June 06, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local Columnist | Sports Columns

About those city critters

During the past week, three separate incidents popped up that focused my attention on wild critters right in the middle of a city environment. First, I happened to be perusing the newspaper and came across an article about a rattlesnake being killed in someone's garage right in the middle of town. Rattlers in town? The State Capitol maybe, but a small town in central California? Whooda thunk it?

June 06, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

DUI rules also apply to boaters

Memorial Day weekend is over, and I'm sure many of us who were out on the water have a story or two to tell.

June 03, 2011 | | Sports Columns

Expected rain cancels event at 99 Speedway

After going dark for the Memorial Day weekend, the New Stockton 99 Speedway was supposed to return to action this Saturday night with one of its biggest events of the year: The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series "Mid Valley Iron and Metals 150".

June 03, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Another summer in outdoor Disneyland

It's Monday, and I'm packing for my trip north where I will indulge in my other life that starts with coffee and breakfast with mom and ends with fish talk around a fire with friends.

June 01, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Search and rescue angels

About a week ago, I was stunned to see on the news that Budge Brown, founder of the Manteca waterslides, was missing on a plane flight from Nevada to his ranch in Tracy. Search and rescue units searched for several days before finding the wreckage of his plane in a rugged Sierra Canyon. My heart goes out to the Brown family and my prayers are with them.

May 30, 2011 | Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Be prepared for sudden rise in temperature

What a crazy spring we've been having lately!

May 27, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

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Team Penske battling each other with NASCAR title on line

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Nobody seems better prepared for the third round of NASCAR's playoffs than Team Penske, which has led 662 of the last ...

November 10, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Weston Ranch’s Huerta first in subsection race

Thomas Huerta of Weston Ranch won the boys Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Subsection Cross Country Championship at Frogtown in Angels Camp on Saturday, completing the ...

November 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Pucker factor

I love being in the outdoors, especially in the wilderness. Along with the wilderness however come isolated incidents that I refer to as the pucker ...

November 08, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Tough draws for section qualifiers

ROSEVILLE - Local competitors drew tough first-round assignments Thursday morning in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.

November 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns


STOCKTON - Weston Ranch has the talent to compete, but in its wild come-from-behind victory in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs ...

November 06, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Sierra comes up short at Livingston

LIVINGSTON - The ball did not bounce Sierra's way in the final minutes of its road loss in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section ...

November 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Patterson shuts down East Union

PATTERSON - A free kick midway through the first half was the difference in East Union's 1-0 loss to third-seeded Patterson on Thursday.

November 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Bass Pro’s Phillip helps with knots

I don't know a more stubborn angler than myself. I'm often so concerned with keeping things simple that I end up missing out ...

November 06, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Road trips ahead for Manteca, East Union; RC back in Division V

It has been four years since East Union and Manteca have made the playoffs for volleyball, and their reward for ending that skid are road ...

November 05, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

East Union, Sierra to face WAC’s best

East Union (12-3-2) and Sierra (16-8-2) are taking on the best of the Western Athletic Conference tonight when the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs resume. Both contests ...

November 05, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


The Manteca High girls tennis team is advancing in the postseason for the first time under ninth-year coach MaryAnn Tolbert after ousting visiting Central Valley ...

November 05, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity sinks Buccaneers in playoffs

The Manteca Cowboys varsity throttled the Tracy Buccaneers 40-8 Saturday in second-round DYSA playoff action at Dino Cunial Field.

November 03, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

EU senior shoots 71

STOCKTON - Steady rain coupled with cold and some winds made conditions at Monday's 2015 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament less than ideal.

November 02, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns

NASCAR needs consistency to quell ‘wild West’

CHARLOTTE, N.C - When Matt Kenseth steered Joey Logano into the wall, the crowd roared its approval as a veteran driver delivered old-school payback.

November 02, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Concealed carry discount?

Last week, a Cajun restaurant in Indianapolis was robbed at gun point, and it was the final straw for owner Art Bouvier.

November 02, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

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