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The (Vanilla) Ice-ing on the wedding cake

Saturday, my buddy Nate got married.

November 13, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Pheasants for working stiffs

A century ago, almost all of our population was involved in agriculture. As a people, we grew up on the family farm, and were familiar with growing plants and animals for our livelihood. As we became a more urbanized society, most of our population moved to the cities and found work in factories and stores and office buildings. Our national consciousness began to change and we began to lose our connections to the rhythmic flow of nature.

November 11, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Something smells fishy? Attractants may do trick

Fish attractants have been used in some form or another for many years. I can remember there being a big interest in fish attractants in the mid-1980s, as several major tackle manufacturers added fish attractants to their product line.

November 08, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Will miss conversations with national surveyors

As an outdoors columnist I know I'm supposed to hate the election season along with all the other knuckle-dragging Neanderthals that believe as John Gierach does:

November 06, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Change to multi-species boat a tough decision

Lately, I've been considering selling my bass boat and buying a multi-species boat.

November 01, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Elm Street's got nothing on wintertime Gustavus

In recent weeks movie channels have been showing the best of the best in the horror film genre, but TV doesn't do it for me. I've been to the Twilight Zone - it's Gustavus, Alaska, in winter.

October 30, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Trespassing on public lands?

Located in the hills between the towns of Tracy and Livermore are the remains of two ghost towns: Carnegie and Tesla.

October 29, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Remembering the first catch like it was the last

One of my first impressions of fishing was when I was around 6 or 7 years old while camping at Lake Camanche.

October 25, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Rivalry game takes on new meaning for Chambers

For years I was intertwined in the Oakdale-Manteca rivalry.

October 25, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Dangerous way for kids to emulate pros

What looks like the NFL's latest nightmare played out on a football field an hour from Boston nearly six weeks ago. In a Pop Warner game between longtime rivals Southbridge and Tantasqua, five kids between the ages of 10 and 12 were concussed, all on the losing team, three in the first quarter and the last one on the final play of the game.

October 24, 2012 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Deciding where you wade

It is a very confusing time to be a fisherman.

October 23, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Technology a distraction when trying to enjoy quiet time on lake

The last time I took my son fishing he brought along his handheld video game.

October 18, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Hogging Carolina's pulled-pork

New Bern, N.C. - Food is vital. I'm not just referring to the obvious need of nutrient ingestion to remain in good standing health-wise; I am talking about food as a part of an experience.

October 16, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Joe Wilson’s old ammo

Joe Wilson was a living legend in Tracy.

October 15, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Communication key for anglers, duck hunters

Duck hunting season is now open, so it's important that we stay out of each other's way.

October 11, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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NGLL Braves force ‘if’ game in majors final

The Northgate Braves were looking for a strong pitching performance from Romeo Torres on Monday night. They got it and then some.

June 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Road runners & rattlesnakes

When I was about 10 years old my father took my younger brother Chris and I on an excursion to the hills South of Tracy.

June 26, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Unexpected crappie sighting leads to great day on water

Wednesday, while fishing New Melones Lake, all intentions were to go after the kokanee that were supposed to be biting.

June 24, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Major hurdle: Breaks finally fall Dustin Johnson’s way

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Dustin Johnson already has shown he can take a punch. He also can take a joke.

June 20, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


No denying LeBron’s greatness now

The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.

June 20, 2016 | TIM REYNOLDS | Sports Columns


Johnson wins one the USGA tries to take away

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all.

June 19, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Gun case memories

I don't know if it's still the case, but when I went through junior high, boys took shop class and girls took home ...

June 19, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for elusive Wi-Fi while camping

It seems like every year it's becoming harder and harder to be without a Wi-Fi signal while out camping. It's a reminder to ...

June 17, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jimmy Sills Classic debuts at Stockton Dirt Track

STOCKTON - Following a rainout last month the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to make its first visit of the season ...

June 16, 2016 | GARY THOMAS | Sports Columns


Excitement builds with late start to summer

This summer so far hasn't turned out the way I planned it several months ago.

June 10, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Springtime rattlesnakes

This is the time of year when my thoughts turn to catching rattlesnakes. Some folks think that my hobby of catching live rattlers is a ...

June 05, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


A sad day for George Foreman

They were young then and, oh, so proud. Three magnificent gladiators on a collision course with history, they fought fearlessly, battling each other on the ...

June 05, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Practice can pay off in tourneys

Competitive bass fishing, like every other sport, has its winners and losers.

June 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Schmidt holds off Gomes to take Classic

Roseville's Eric Schmidt took maximum advantage of a late race caution to capture an improbable victory in Saturday's Tri-Holiday Classic Pacific Challenge Series ...

May 31, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


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