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Big Brother watching?

Recent articles in the world news media have disclosed that our government, specifically the NSA, has been monitoring and recording the phone calls and emails of hundreds of millions of people all around the world. Ostensibly the eavesdropping is to detect and prevent acts of terrorism but substantial numbers of people aren't convinced. Folks on the other side of the equation ask the rhetorical question: "If you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about?" The fact is private information in the hands of others can harm you. Here's an example.

March 30, 2014 | by Don Moyer | Sports Columns


CATCHING A BREAK

RIPON – From one of the top junior college offenses in California to one of the most explosive in the entire nation at the Division I level.

March 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Switching lakes pays off for father, son duo

Last weekend I decided to take my dad trout fishing at Lake Pardee.

March 27, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Larson Dazzles in Drive to the Front at Fontana

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Larson was ninth on the final restart at California, with four rows of traffic to navigate in two laps in a frantic bid for the best finish possible. With Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart at the front, Larson wasn't even thinking about victory.

March 24, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Danger as woods go to pot

A couple days ago I was chatting with my friend Bob Busser about a growing danger to those of us who frequent wild places. Appearantly growing demand for marijuna has resulted in a number of illegal pot groves located on remote public lands. Some pot growers are now planting their crops on hard to reach sites on BLM, Forest Service, or even private timberlands. They'll clear a space, till the soil, and even pipe water in from a nearby creek. If they should get busted, all they lose is the crop. Usually there is a grower/guard nearby to ...

March 23, 2014 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Fishing can be a relaxing getaway

Ten years ago, I was listening to a local Bass Pro talk about today's kids and their overall lack of interest toward the outdoors. He went on to talk about computer games and how few children are actually able to get out of the house anymore.

March 21, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


After working on the boat, it’s ‘launch’ time

I've been putting off changing the bunks on my boat's trailer for several years now.

March 14, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Bishop proves to be a queen

Danelle Bishop continues to win at the next level.

March 07, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Racing season just around the corner

The 2014 local racing season is just around the corner and Stockton 99 Speedway has released its 2014 schedule. A total of 15 Saturday night events are slated for the historic quarter-mile paved oval that opened in 1947.

March 07, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Wins now mean everything in NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Joey Logano lined up directly behind Kevin Harvick and followed him nose-to-tail around the track and across the line for the final restart. He was stalking the leader, looking for what he knew would be his only chance to snatch the victory away from Harvick.

March 03, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


The drought & the trout

Last week, I wrote about conservation efforts to benefit Rocky Mountain Elk and a host of other animals. I didn't want to neglect the fishes however, hence today's column.

March 02, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Anglers should be excited by spring rain

Don't let this current storm fool you. If anything, it's going to improve the fishing.

February 27, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bass fishing ‘Super Bowl’ kicks off

Today kicks off The 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic held at Lake Guntersville in Birmingham, Ala.

February 20, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Put your money where your heart is

About 15 years ago my friend Joe Mangelos gave me a free ticket to attend a fund raising banquet for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. When I got to the dinner, I was feeling kind of guilty, so I bought some raffle tickets. Darned if I didn't win a brand new 30-06 rifle! I was hooked even though I've never been elk hunting, every year since I make it a point to attend the Elk Foundation Banquet.

February 16, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Don’t be fooled by a full moon

It seems like overnight spring has come, and if I've ever had an itch to get out fishing it's right now.

February 13, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


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NBA short on drama, but long on conspiracy theories

Did you know NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so worried about the league's TV ratings that he rang up LeBron James and told him ...

May 23, 2017 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Bischofberger, Guibor post late model wins

STOCKTON - A controversial late race ruling by track officials propelled Tracy's Jeff Bischofberger to an upset victory in Saturday's opening round of the ...

May 22, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Watch out for boaters under the influence

The weather finally seems like it's going to be more like the month of May that I'm used to.

May 19, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Fish not biting? Make sure bait is in the water

It's funny how us fathers end up repeating the same words of advice that our fathers imparted to us as children.

May 12, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Coryn heads home for Tour of California

American cyclist Coryn Rivera long ago established her credentials on home soil, winning so many national championships in so many disciplines that she sometimes lost ...

May 11, 2017 | DAVE SKRETTA | Sports Columns


Fish ripe for the taking on local waters

From now until the end of May, our local fishing is at its best, if you ask me.

May 04, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Aaron Judge transforms batting practice in Bronx

Aaron Judge has transformed batting practice in the Bronx.

May 02, 2017 | RONALD BLUM | Sports Columns


Isabel’s Vintage Café in Ripon offers discounts to CCW holders

About a year and a half ago I wrote a column about a growing trend among restaurant owners around the country to offer a discount ...

April 30, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


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