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Tactics for high water

Due to the extremely wet winter we had, most of the streams are running cold fast and extremely full. The recent hot spell has begun to melt the huge snowpack with a vengeance and the rivers are boiling. This was one of the wettest years on record and the melting snow is creating extremely dangerous conditions. Usually at this time of year the snow run off has peaked and stream levels have begun to recede to normal summertime levels. This year however nature may not be cooperating with your summer vacation plans. Major Sierra rivers are roaring with flows not ...

July 04, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


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


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Manteca majors recover well from tough loss

TRACY – What a difference a day makes.

July 14, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


PASSING THRILLER

MODESTO – East Union went 3-1 Saturday in the 2015 MJC Pirate passing tournament, losing only to eventual champion Downey A. The Lancers defeated Turlock 27-12 ...

July 13, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Reverse call mars Manteca majors loss

TRACY – The cheers turns to jeers in a hurry for the Manteca Little League fans Sunday as the go-ahead run for their team was overturned ...

July 12, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Northgate wins 9-10 title

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Northgate forces winner-take-all final

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


FULL PLATE

The Northgate 9-10 All Stars scored in every inning Tuesday - including six in the second and eight in the fifth - on the way to a ...

July 07, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SPLL takes Junior pennant again

TRACY - Spreckels Park is going to need to get a bigger flag pole.

July 07, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Timbers beat Earthquakes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Jack Jewsbury scored in second-half stoppage time to give the Portland Timbers a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday ...

July 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns


SUMMER RAIN

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 06, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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