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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


Sunday’s sweet smell of success

Before I could even sit in the driver's seat Sunday morning, I was astounded at the smell permeating from my truck. It didn't reek, but the unique odors mixed with such harmony I couldn't help admire it.

March 27, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Gold & trout: Take your pick

Philosophically, I knew from an early age that gold was sometimes found in trout streams. Practically however, there is a real difference from "book learnin" and actually discovering something yourself. I think the difference was something Socrates discovered about 400 years B.C. If you figure it out yourself you will really learn something.

March 25, 2012 | BY DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Wishing I was a part of Thomson’s journey to 500

It's something about that Sierra coach that I've always liked.

March 24, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


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Bloods Creek good fishing option in this drought year

As California enters its fourth year of drought, our streams and our ability to fish them is going to be seriously impacted. There will be almost no spring snowmelt and its accompanying high water.

April 19, 2015 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Dixon dominates at Long Beach Grand Prix

After failing to finish in the top 10 in the opening two races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar schedule, New Zealand's Scott Dixon reversed his early season woes by capturing Sunday's 41st running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

April 19, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Harper nails 1st home run at refurbished Morenzone

Tyres Harper hit the first home run out of the newly refurbished Morenzone Field on Wednesday to lead the Pirates to a 17-7 win over the Nationals in Northgate Little League junior division action.

April 19, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Arizona loss opens door for Challenge field

Brett Lewis has a white-knuckle grip on the lead in the first-ever Coaches Bracket Challenge.

March 31, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Warriors’ Curry is hands down NBA’s Most Valuable Player

Stephen Curry closes games in the third quarter, not the fourth.

March 31, 2015 | By TIM KAWAKAMI San Jose Mercury News Sports columnist | Sports Columns


Young coach rides NCAA’s old horses

One of the area's youngest coaches has an old soul when it comes to college hoops.

March 24, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


World of Outlaws returns to Stockton Dirt Track

The local racing season is set to begin this weekend when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday and Sunday with a full weekend of racing action.

March 18, 2015 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Dire day for floundering 49ers

Monday was momentous at 49ers headquarters. And not in a good way.

March 10, 2015 | By MARK PURDY San Jose Mercury News sports columnist | Sports Columns


Cedano, Cotton MVPs of MUST all-star game

Sequoia's Jorge Cedano and Widmer's Mary Cotton were named the MVPs of the sixth Maryann Wallace Pangburn 7/8 Grade All-Star Classic on Saturday.

March 01, 2015 | | Sports Columns


NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt.

February 24, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


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