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Traversing the road less traveled

Anyone that has driven the Chico-to-Red Bluff section of Highway 99 is aware of the asphalt's multiple personalities.

September 15, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Loss of friend a reminder of how I started

Two close friends of mine recently lost their father due to an unexpected illness.

September 10, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Trail camera enhances hunting experience

I'm sorry about not having a column in last month's paper. I had rotator-cuff surgery for the second time, on the same shoulder … after injuring it again.

September 09, 2010 | By WAYNE DANIELS Hunting columnist | Sports Columns


Sleeping in a bag at Buck’s

It occurred to me just before I fell asleep that the sugar pine that stabbed at the speckled night above me would, if hollowed out, make a perfect mailing tube for shipping submarines.

September 08, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Eating what you catch: Tastes depend on lakes

Every once in a while I run into people who talk about eating their catch.

September 03, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


A tale of poor man’s hunting

Depending on what kind of hunting you examine, hunting can be either a rich man's sport or a poor man's sport.

September 02, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Reading between the (fishing) lines

I've never shot a caribou, or moose for that matter, though I have had a moose burger with caribou chili in Talkeetna, which is reason enough to head back.

September 01, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Tips for those living in snake country

Over the past several years, I have developed a couple educational programs for presentation to the general public.

August 30, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Tournament fishing a good outlet for competitive spirit

This past weekend, a close friend and I decided to enter a local tournament instead of just going out and fishing for the day.

August 27, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


COUNTDOWN TO ZERO

School is in session and cooler weather is on the horizon.

August 26, 2010 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Champ vs. chump: Lund takes Harman to task on the links

Kyle Harman is the type of player that will go find the tee he used when practicing his drives at the range, even though he bought a bag of 100 for $4.99. Just because he has a scholarship to play college golf, doesn't mean he is above such a thing as recycling tees.

August 25, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Delta can be full of surprises in late summer

Several years ago I took a friend out fishing on the Delta.

August 20, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


The trick is to desire needs, not just wants

Plenty of people have inquired as to how I am maintaining buoyancy after returning from Alaska, to which I have responded something to the effect of, "I am okay with it."

August 18, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Solitary fishing ideal for Moyer

Fishing, for me, is primarily a solitary pursuit.

August 12, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Memories: What sticks, what won’t

Surrounded by conversations of whales, sailing, the Panama Canal and authentic Scottish whiskey, I spend the last moments in the Alaskan time zone reading.

August 11, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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No clue why the ‘hot baits’ go cold

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out and quickly become the hot item.

September 19, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


EU’s bulldog on the sideline

Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.

September 16, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Extra duty for Buff responsible for extra points

The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.

September 09, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


HITCHCOCK ON FIRE

He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.

September 02, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Brush with greatness, tragedy

I had every reason in the world to take in everything that South Florida had to offer.

August 26, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca, Oakdale get head start on rivalry

The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power is 10th

SONOMA - Scott Dixon patiently stalked race leaders Graham Rahal and Mike Conway over the closing laps of Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma before blowing by Conway with just three laps to go in the 85-lap race to capture his second Verizon IndyCar win of the season.

August 24, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Manteca’s season opener moved

Manteca was supposed to help break in Levi's Stadium next Friday, Aug. 29.

August 23, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hoping for early fall, rain

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snow mobiles on it.

August 22, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Perhaps NJ Gov. Christie should issue a pardon

I recently got an email forwarding an article about a woman from Pennsylvania who appears to be in the process of being railroaded into prison by the justice system in New Jersey.

August 17, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Karts owned the streets of Modesto

The sounds of high revving go-karts continued all weekend long on the temporary street circuit in the heart of downtown Modesto at the inaugural Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals.

August 03, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Throwback: using a black powder replica

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!

July 27, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Doss wins Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125

Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.

July 27, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


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