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It’s not easy being greener

No doubt most of you recall the hit song "It's Not Easy Being Green", by that famous star, Kermit the Frog. Believe it or not, the very first Earth Day took place 41 years ago in 1970. A lot of water has flowed over the dams since then and hundreds of millions of people all over the world are now more conscious of our environment. O.K. you might ask? What that got to do with me? In the decades since 1970, being green took on an entirely new and different meaning than simply being the color of a ...

August 15, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Good catch can come at unexpected moments

Over the years, I've been surprised more than once by a fish willing to bite at the strangest moments.

August 12, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


You can’t fish from the couch

Saturday morning when I couldn't sleep past 6:30, I decided to head east because even though the water would be high - still - and there would be a ton of people, I hate excuses.

August 10, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Ethics and respect for others in the great outdoors

One of the neat fringe benefits of writing an outdoors column is the responses I get from my readers. Thank you to all those folks who had suggestions for me on how to get the stuck musket ball out of my muzzleloader. Thanks too, are in order to all the folks who write or email me with observations and suggestions on my columns.

August 07, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Switch up your strategy if fish are not biting

People who know that I like to fish often assume that the fish are always jumping in my boat.

August 05, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Gomes tops on Southwest Tour point standings

Manteca's Jacob Gomes picked up his third victory of the season and reclaimed the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series championship lead last Saturday night in the "Century Boatland 115" in front of a capacity crowd at Rocky Mountain Raceways just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

August 05, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Reading between the lines

Yesterday started innocent enough.

August 03, 2011 | | Sports Columns


Keep your powder dry

A couple of weeks ago, I took my nephew Jacob Barr with me to introduce him to black powder shooting. We set up some targets and got the muzzle loading musket out of its case. I explained each step to Jacob as we got ready to shoot. Pour the scoop of black powder down the barrel of the musket, then place the cloth patch under the lead musket ball and ram it snugly down the barrel with the wooden ramrod. Then you place the percussion cap on the nipple, cock the hammer, aim, squeeze the trigger and wait for the ...

August 01, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Flip flops keep feet cool, but not stable

I see a lot of anglers opting to wear flip flops while out fishing.

July 28, 2011 | | Sports Columns


Giant void filled with Beltran trade

If you don't think the San Francisco Giants just became a better club by acquiring the services of National League All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, you are likely a hater, or worse, a Dodgers fan.

July 28, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Ready or not it’s time for some football

There was a brief moment where I actually contemplated what we would do if the members of the National Football League were unable to reach common ground with the collective bargaining agreement.

July 27, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


The city that never sleeps, but New York does fly-fish

Before I could completely recover from the two drives, two boat rides and two flights that returned me to the Central Valley, plus the general melancholy that accompanies the departure from Alaska, I was en route to New York City, the antithesis of dense sprawling nature, for a wedding.

July 27, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Mom's ashes

When I think of a vacation, I naturally think of going right back to the same place I have always gone for vacations, Hermit Valley at the top of Ebbetts Pass. Of course, to most normal folks that would be pretty dull. I never get to Hawaii, haven't been to Paris, and probably will never cruise the Caribbean in a sailboat. It's pretty poor ammunition for chatter at cocktail parties, too. When others are talking about the magnificent view of the Alps, I really don't make much of an impression when I casually mention that the view ...

July 24, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


‘Manteca Missle’ wins 100th race at 99 Speedway

A nice crowd of nearly 2,000 was on hand at Stockton's 99 Speedway for last Saturday's NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series program and tribute to Manteca racing legend Johnny Brazil.

July 22, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Best bites are at night during summer months

A lot of anglers will tell you that their favorite time of the year to fish is in the spring.

July 22, 2011 | | Sports Columns


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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


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