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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


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


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Young coach rides NCAA’s old horses

One of the area's youngest coaches has an old soul when it comes to college hoops.

March 24, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


World of Outlaws returns to Stockton Dirt Track

The local racing season is set to begin this weekend when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday and Sunday with a full weekend of racing action.

March 18, 2015 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Dire day for floundering 49ers

Monday was momentous at 49ers headquarters. And not in a good way.

March 10, 2015 | By MARK PURDY San Jose Mercury News sports columnist | Sports Columns


Cedano, Cotton MVPs of MUST all-star game

Sequoia's Jorge Cedano and Widmer's Mary Cotton were named the MVPs of the sixth Maryann Wallace Pangburn 7/8 Grade All-Star Classic on Saturday.

March 01, 2015 | | Sports Columns


NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt.

February 24, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Alpha Omega steals hearts with first event

RIPON – More than 70 competitors from Sacramento to San Ramon took part in CrossFit Alpha Omega Fit's first event over the weekend.

February 13, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


TIME TO SHINE

Don't look now, but the high school basketball postseason is upon us.

February 10, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Thoughts on Anthem, Super Bowl

Ever since I was running around in the mud under the bleachers during my brother's high school football games, I knew that someday I wanted to play that game.

February 03, 2015 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Sports Columns


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