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Best fishing spots can be the unappealing ones

Often I see fishermen point at an area or spot and say, "It looks good over there!"

September 17, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


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


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Running backs rule VOL MVP chatter

The Valley Oak League season lived up to expectation, delivering us four worthy title contenders, and essentially two championship games on the final night.

November 11, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


New format crushes Jeff Gordon’s bid for 5th championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR's new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak.

November 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Buffs bring ‘Bacon’ out of backfield

For two years, Steven Martinez has lined up on the offensive or defensive line for the Manteca varsity football team.

November 04, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Are there double standards for Brad Keselowski?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him.

November 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Diminutive Duxbury carries heavy load for Ripon

SALIDA - The football field at Modesto Christian on Friday night was covered with players that fit the "big, strong and physical" mold.

October 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Be wary of duck hunters on Delta

Watch out for the duck hunters, as duck hunting season has begun.

October 24, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Sierra’s Rosendin named VOL’s Model Coach of the Year

Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.

October 24, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Gray visits Brock Elliot this Friday

It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


East Union part of ‘discussion’ despite injuries

East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.

October 21, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


NFL experience saves day for MHS

SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.

October 13, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Following advice from Fisherman’s Warehouse

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.

October 09, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


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