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‘Old Bob’ the toughest guy I’ve ever known

Growing up as an outdoor addict is, for the most part, a wonderful experience if you survive it.

July 08, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Reunion with old fling worth nine-month wait

Everyone has a song about their summer girl - the seasonal fling or even the one that got away.

July 07, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


The perfect weekend getaway in Sonora

This past weekend I received a hot tip on a camping location located slightly above Sonora. Being that it was going to be almost 20 degrees cooler up there than in Manteca, I was open to the idea of spending the day someplace cooler. With my wife and son open to the idea of going for a little trip, we loaded the car with some essentials and off to Fraser Flat we went. While driving we watched as the outside temperature went from nearly 100 degrees all the way down to 86 degrees.

July 02, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


What the heck is Front Sight?

­ Over the past few years I have increasingly heard about a firearms training school called Front Sight located near Las Vegas, Nevada. The first few times I heard of the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute I didn't think too much about it. So what, if there's another training school out there? How much different could it be from all the other schools that offer to train you to shoot. Still, I kept running into folks that had attended the school and they had great things to say about it. I decided to check it out. Going to the ...

July 01, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Seasons change, from trout to salmon

Heading upstream, the Thorne River runs pretty snug, if not tight for the first few miles then opens dramatically after a spot I call 'the pinch'.

June 30, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Dances with possums

With apologies to Kevin Costner and Jeff Foxworthy.

June 29, 2010 | By Don Moyer Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Fishing at night has its advantages

School is finally out, and this is the time of year when night fishing can be the best choice for anglers looking to beat the crowds and the heat.

June 25, 2010 | By JARDO BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Front Sight much more than typical gun school

­Over the past few years I have increasingly heard about a firearms training school called Front Sight located near Las Vegas.

June 24, 2010 | By DON MOYERS Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Ocean or land, fishing is fishing

For the past seven days, I have alternated delicate fly fishing on rivers and ocean fishing for halibut and king salmon, alienating myself from the world in seven to ten hour increments.

June 23, 2010 | by Jeff Lund Outdoor Columnist | Sports Columns


‘Secret spot’ aided Davis’ first-place finish in tourney

This past week, the FLW Nation Guard Western Division Series Tournament was held on the Delta.

June 18, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


The ultimate Father’s Day present: You.

It's hard to believe, but I've been writing this column for over 30 years now.

June 17, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


There’s no place like home (taps boot heels)

Due to an advisory that warned of 40 knot winds and sideways rain, I went fly-fishing with Stephen and Steve the Cook rather than king salmon and halibut fishing with Abe.

June 16, 2010 | By JEFF LUND Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Procedure for mounting antlers inexpensive but takes time

In my last column, I told you about an inexpensive procedure for mounting your deer, antelope and elk antlers that I had seen at a sports show in Great Falls and included a picture of Butch Kallem with a set of deer antlers he mounted.

June 12, 2010 | By WAYNE DANIELS Hunting columnist | Sports Columns


Mantecan among many attractions at FLW tournament

There are very few tournaments held on the Delta that are as big as the Forest L. Woods National Guard Series (FLW).

June 11, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing colmunist | Sports Columns


Keeping log of fishing helpful for future trips

With the tremendous snowpack we got last winter, most Sierra Nevada streams are still running high and roily with snowmelt.

June 10, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


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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


Mountain lions: The tan ghosts

Several decades ago I was hunting bears in the Sierra. It was dusk and I walked down a dusty dirt road looking for bear tracks. After about an hour, I turned around and began walking back to my camp. Looking at my tracks in the dusty road, I discovered mountain lion tracks right over the top of my footprints! A lion had tracked me for over two miles. I had no clue he was there. I guarantee you that will make the hair on your neck stand up! Mountain lions are like tan ghosts, you never see them until its ...

September 21, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Oh, Roger, you still don’t get it

Oh, Roger, you still don't get it.

September 21, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports Columns


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


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