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August 12, 1956 was a Sunday and like most days during the summer, I was camped with my parents at Hermit Valley in the Sierra.

July 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Falling for artificial baits hook, line and sinker

I was asked the other day about using live bait.

June 29, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Scott Speed’s return to Northern California bittersweet

Although Scott Speed picked up a season's best 25th place finish in last Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, it was a bittersweet weekend for the Manteca native as he left his home track thinking that it could have been much better.

June 28, 2012 | | Sports Columns


The reintroduction to home and nature

The entire forest and water wasn't even whispering.

June 26, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Taxidermy 2012

The art of taxidermy is probably almost as old as the human race itself. Archeologists have found ancient Indian duck decoys in caves around the Great Basin that were made from preserved duck skins stretched over a tule decoy body.

June 25, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Strike in morning hours for hot kokanee bite

Recently, I've been learning more about fishing for kokanee in our local lakes.

June 21, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Scott Speed returns to ‘home track’ for Toyota/Save Mart 350

There will be plenty of old fashion hard nose rubbing and grinding when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the beautiful Northern California wine country for 24th consecutive year with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend, June 22-24 at Sonoma Raceway.

June 21, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Just don’t mess this up

A few minutes before go-time, my cousin went to the bathroom for the last time as a ringless man.

June 19, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Scouting the right campsite for family vacation trip

My wife recently gave me the green light to reserve a campsite for an upcoming camping trip.

June 15, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Taking advantage of some well-earned summer ‘Z’s’

In January, summer seems like the season that never happens.

June 13, 2012 | Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Bad idea: It’s tempting to keep wild critters pets

I saw an item on the nightly news about a fellow accused of trying to sell two bear cubs. He claimed he'd been attacked by the mama bear and had to kill her in self defense.

June 11, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Frustrations continue to mount for Holmes after 19th-place finish

The 2012 frustrations of Escalon's Eric Holmes continued in last weekend's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Star Nursery "200" at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

June 06, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


The previously unknown option C

The Upper Sacramento River turns back and forth in riffle, run, pool sequences for 30-some miles providing a buffet of great fishing opportunities.

June 05, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Our backyard fishing holes

A week or so ago, I put $125 worth of gas in my truck and that only brought the fuel gauge up to ¾ of a tank!

June 03, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Work from inside out when prepping boat for fishing

Many of us spend a lot of time preparing our boats for our next fishing trip.

May 31, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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No denying LeBron’s greatness now

The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.

June 20, 2016 | TIM REYNOLDS | Sports Columns


Johnson wins one the USGA tries to take away

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all.

June 19, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Gun case memories

I don't know if it's still the case, but when I went through junior high, boys took shop class and girls took home ...

June 19, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for elusive Wi-Fi while camping

It seems like every year it's becoming harder and harder to be without a Wi-Fi signal while out camping. It's a reminder to ...

June 17, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jimmy Sills Classic debuts at Stockton Dirt Track

STOCKTON - Following a rainout last month the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to make its first visit of the season ...

June 16, 2016 | GARY THOMAS | Sports Columns


Excitement builds with late start to summer

This summer so far hasn't turned out the way I planned it several months ago.

June 10, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Springtime rattlesnakes

This is the time of year when my thoughts turn to catching rattlesnakes. Some folks think that my hobby of catching live rattlers is a ...

June 05, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


A sad day for George Foreman

They were young then and, oh, so proud. Three magnificent gladiators on a collision course with history, they fought fearlessly, battling each other on the ...

June 05, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Practice can pay off in tourneys

Competitive bass fishing, like every other sport, has its winners and losers.

June 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Schmidt holds off Gomes to take Classic

Roseville's Eric Schmidt took maximum advantage of a late race caution to capture an improbable victory in Saturday's Tri-Holiday Classic Pacific Challenge Series ...

May 31, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Expect heavy traffic on lakes for holiday weekend

It's the last week of school and Memorial Day weekend is also coming up, so expect the waterways to be crowded if you're ...

May 26, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


McGregor vs Mayweather, a freak show with precedent

The freak show that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are talking about will almost surely never happen, and for that anyone who would even ...

May 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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