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Blue sky classrooms

It seems as though the public schools get a lot of criticism these days, but then I'd be willing to bet that people have been complaining about schools as long as schools have existed. Certainly, some of the criticism of schools is warranted and schools could use improvement. There is, however, a good argument to be made that that we are asking our schools and their administrators and teachers to teach things that we, as parents, should be teaching to our children ourselves. Quite honestly, I'm not qualified to teach my children chemistry, music, or computer science. By ...

September 18, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Traditional nets still reliable despite drawbacks

Over the years, I have seen several different fishing nets being marketed to fishermen. One challenge that comes with netting fish has always been keeping the hooks from snagging themselves within the netting material. At the request of anglers, rubber nets were made, and for a while they were the wave of the future when it came to nets.

September 16, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Contemplating the ‘net’ gain

My buddy Danny said I should start a website.

September 14, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Bamboo bonanza

Over the past couple of decades, I have collected antique bamboo fly rods. Contrary to popular belief, not all bamboo rods are valuable. Prior to World War 2, almost all rods were made of split bamboo. Some were excellent and costly, some were good medium priced rods, and some were cheap junk. South Bend, Heddon, and Montague were all rods that were comparable to Fords or Chevrolets. They were good serviceable rods manufactured and priced to sell to the multitudes. Lousy rods were usually made in Japan and carried no manufacturer's name at all, while great rods were individually ...

September 11, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Just another day on the water?

When I was an 8th grader, standardized testing said I scored in the 98th percentile nationally in science.

September 07, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Wild food

These days it seems that lots of folks are concentrating on eating healthier foods. It seems like everywhere you look there are ads for organic beef, milk and vegetables. Heck, I'm gonna start looking for organic bourbon. You can't be too careful. Seriously, though, there are undoubtedly significant benefits to eating healthier foods. One source of healthy, organic food is wild food. Remember Ewell Gibbons? He was the author of a best seller entitled 'Stalking the Wild Asparagus' that encouraged folks to go out into the wild and take advantage of the abundance of wild plants that our ...

September 04, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Making it up as you go

Saturday I was invited to be the seventh wheel on a trip to Yosemite National Park. I had the most experience of the troop so I felt inclined to provide historical background during the excursion.

August 31, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Sheer Will Power wins Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

Team Penske has long been regarded as the standard bearer of excellence in Indy Car racing and on Sunday the team turned in one of the most dominating performances in the history of the sport by posting a 1-2-3 finish in the IZOD Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway

August 28, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Hunting & harvest time

While it's still pretty warm outside in the afternoons, I have noticed a cooling in the mornings, hinting at the coming of fall. Believe it or not, Last weekend was the opening of archery deer hunting season in California and it wont be long before rifle hunters also take to the woods in search of deer and bear. I know that a lot of folks hate to see summer go, but I love the coming of all of the seasons. I love the cool mornings that are the first hint of fall, the first frost that warns of the ...

August 28, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Getting what you might not deserve

Just like two weeks ago, every little bend with a pull-out on the Upper Stanislaus river was filled with a car.

August 24, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Old Roscoe

The headwaters of the San Joaquin are a delightful contrast to the muddy river that flows into the San Joaquin - Sacramento Delta. From its source near Mammoth Lakes and Devil's Postpile National Monument, to its first dam at Mammoth Pool, the upper San Joaquin is a wild and beautiful wilderness trout stream. It is completely unreachable by road and the only access is by horseback or by foot. The San Joaquin Canyon is several thousand feet deep and hiking both down in and back up is a serious hike. My wife Mary and I had spent several days camping ...

August 21, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Hoping for fruitful fall on the water

Maybe it's wishful thinking, but I do believe I'm seeing early signs of fall.

August 19, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Rekindling an old flame

Regrettably, I have rekindled an old relationship.

August 17, 2011 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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


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Running backs rule VOL MVP chatter

The Valley Oak League season lived up to expectation, delivering us four worthy title contenders, and essentially two championship games on the final night.

November 11, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


New format crushes Jeff Gordon’s bid for 5th championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR's new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak.

November 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Buffs bring ‘Bacon’ out of backfield

For two years, Steven Martinez has lined up on the offensive or defensive line for the Manteca varsity football team.

November 04, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Are there double standards for Brad Keselowski?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him.

November 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Diminutive Duxbury carries heavy load for Ripon

SALIDA - The football field at Modesto Christian on Friday night was covered with players that fit the "big, strong and physical" mold.

October 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Be wary of duck hunters on Delta

Watch out for the duck hunters, as duck hunting season has begun.

October 24, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Sierra’s Rosendin named VOL’s Model Coach of the Year

Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.

October 24, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Gray visits Brock Elliot this Friday

It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


East Union part of ‘discussion’ despite injuries

East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.

October 21, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


NFL experience saves day for MHS

SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.

October 13, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Following advice from Fisherman’s Warehouse

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.

October 09, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


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