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As weather heats up, cash in at the banks

As the weather has been improving, I'm sure a lot of anglers looking forward to going fishing.

March 11, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Exploring options for bear hunting in Canada

Over the years, I have always been interested in going to Canada on a black bear hunt, so in February when the outdoor show came to Great Falls, Mont., I decided it was time to find out if I was going to stay on the bank and cut bait or grab a rod and join the big dogs.

March 10, 2011 | By WAYNE DANIELS | Sports Columns


Wildflower extravaganza

One of the best items an outdoor enthusiast can carry is one or more of the guidebooks on flowers, trees, rocks birds, or mammals that inhabit your area. I often carry one of the handy field guides in my fishing vest, or backpack. Perhaps the most dog-eared of my field guides in the one on California wildflowers.

March 07, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Van Dam’s victory a well-earned feat

Kevin Van Dam won his fourth career Bassmaster Classic, which was held on the Louisiana Delta.

March 03, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Spinning a yarn, casting it into neighbor’s tree

Most of the time, you don't really wonder how you got to a certain place in time. If you do contemplate "What just happened?" it's usually confined to a small increment of life.

March 02, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


VanDam’s title airing on Saturday

Congratulations to Kevin VanDam for winning his fourth Bassmaster Classic this past weekend held on the Louisiana Delta.

February 25, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Border-ing on the edge of sadness

Like seagulls descending on the carcass of a spawned out king salmon washed ashore, I joined my fellow scavengers at Borders bookstore in Modesto for my chance to peck deals.

February 23, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Cures for cabin fever

Some folks think that there is no such thing as Cabin Fever. They are dead wrong. If Alferd Packer was still around, they could ask him about it. Good old Alferd (that's really how he spelled his name) was the noted cannibal who ate several of his companions after being trapped with them while snowbound in Colorado in 1874. Along about this time of year I start getting fidgety and look longingly out the window every few minutes. Although I'm an incorrigible outdoors enthusiast, even I don't really enjoy standing in the pouring rain unless its hunting ...

February 21, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Varying colors of baits might be helpful

Everyone has their favorite colored baits.

February 18, 2011 | JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Unsung senior deserving of title he helped bring to Ranch

When Melvin Allen welcomed some of the Weston Ranch basketball team's reserve players onto the court for the final 1:09 of their 87-67 win over East Union Wednesday, Allen was still in coaching mode.

February 17, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Writing the wrong: A burger story

An hour into my fishing contemplation I heard my phone buzz with a message.

February 16, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Spring a crappie time of year

As is common this time of year, we have been getting a taste of the coming spring.

February 14, 2011 | | Sports Columns


Spawning fish tricky to catch in springtime

What a difference a week can make.

February 11, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Food, folks, philosophy and fishing

No one can take the simple act of fly-rod contemplation and digress into philosophical mumbo jumbo like my buddy Klinger.

February 09, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Outdoor emergency preparedness

I believe the outdoors is remarkably safe, yet no matter what you do, there are risks involved. It doesn't matter if you are commuting to work, or driving a forklift on the job, teaching in a classroom, there are risks involved & you could get hurt. You & I are probably much more likely to get in an auto accident, or slip & fall at work than we are likely to get injured while out fishing, hunting, or hiking. The difference is that outdoor pursuits are often solitary in nature and you are often in a remote location far from medical help ...

February 07, 2011 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


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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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