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One man’s trash turned treasure when it’s gone

I've always had a hard time dealing with storing unused items.

July 01, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


I’ve been wrong a lot, but I got fishing right

In high school I thought there was exactly one girl on earth, and her name was Natalie.

June 29, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Keeping a fishing log can help you in many ways

I have been using a fishing log since the early 1970s and it really adds a completely new dimension to my angling experience. Recording stream conditions, weather patterns, and flies, lures, baits and techniques used can help improve your fishing. Jotting down unusual wildlife you spot, or interesting rock and mineral formations, notes on mining ruins, or Indian artifacts can help increase your enjoyment of your outdoor excursions.

June 27, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Don’t overlook importance of polarized sunglasses

My son and I decided to take a walk while recently camping with my family at Lake Pardee.

June 24, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Gomes takes lead after earning second straight win in SRL

Manteca's Jacob Gomes persevered through a cautioned-filled evening to capture the "Mid Valley Iron & Metals 150" for the SRL Spears Southwest Tour Series Late Models last Saturday evening at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

June 23, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


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


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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


Hunter-Reay proud to be IndyCar’s American star

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Hunter-Reay was deeply disappointed when his 2012 championship was overshadowed by IndyCar politics. His breakthrough moment was largely ignored by the league as it fought with yet another CEO.

May 26, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


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