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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


Juniors, start planning your fishing now

Dear Juniors,

May 25, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Handicaps don’t get in way of enjoying the outdoors

Like most young adults, in my early 20s, I was pretty sure I was immortal and that I could hike anywhere with no problem. I would backpack into remote streams in search of the rare Golden Trout or the even more rare Paiute Trout.

May 22, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Sierra High Saturday

The world didn't come to an end Saturday.

May 22, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


EU-Manteca: It just had to be like this

When I scribed about my excitement of anticipating covering the "final" meeting between East Union and Manteca High's baseball teams back on April 29 I knew they'd meet up again.

May 21, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Cover lunch, launch and call it even

It's that time of year again when I get plenty of calls or emails from friends and family who want to go fishing.

May 20, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Speed to make Indianapolis 500 debut

Although the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is still more than a week away, this weekend's qualifying for "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" is causing quite a buzz.

May 20, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Planning on something new

My buddy Stephen posts things like, "The kings aren't going to catch themselves."

May 18, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Get wet & dirty

Oftentimes you hear old timers lamenting about how "the fishing ain't as good as it used to be," or the hunting, the gold panning, etc. It sort of reminds me of Will Rogers's observation that "everybody complains about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it." Conservation of our outdoor resources, however, is a different story. You actually can make a difference. There are a host of organizations that do all sorts of projects improve our fishing, hunting and overall outdoor experience.

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


Cutback could help tournaments return to life

I'm guessing there are very few of us who haven't been affected by some type of cutback over the last few years.

May 13, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Consider safety when towing boat

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat was small but it was a lot bigger than the SUV, which is very dangerous.

July 17, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America's third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn't it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn't happen?

July 13, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


World Cup killed ‘beautiful game’

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Because it is turning out better than expected, the World Cup is doing more good than harm to brand Brazil. The opposite is true for Brazil's brand of football.

July 07, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


McIlroy has lunch date with a great

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The one thing Rory McIlroy won't lack heading into this U.S. Open is advice. In the few weeks since his breakup with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, only some of it has been worth much.

June 12, 2014 | Jim Litke | Sports Columns


Team effort needed to overcome early woes

LODI - Manteca High's baseball team arrived earlier than it normally would for most games and this one ended up starting an hour later than its scheduled 6 o'clock start.

May 27, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


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