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Wednesday 07/20/2016
Let’s talk league realignment

In two weeks, the Lodi Unified School District will start the 2016-17 school year.

Posted: July 20, 2016
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Friday 06/24/2016
In Vlade Divac the Kings trust

For one minute, Lodi area Sacramento Kings fans were probably thrilled to have a Nor Cal guy taken at No. 8 of Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Posted: June 24, 2016
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Friday 05/20/2016
Mike Bush: Sacramento Kings creating better days

Eight is great, but could also be trade bait.

Posted: May 20, 2016
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Wednesday 04/27/2016
Mike Bush: Saramago the right choice

Joe Saramago and yours truly have quite a few things in common.

Posted: April 27, 2016
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Wednesday 03/30/2016
In This Corner: California pitchers in a Golden State of mound

On Wednesday night, the San Francisco Giants beat the Sacramento River Cats 8-4 in their first-ever exhibition at Raley’s Field in West Sacramento.

Posted: March 30, 2016
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Friday 03/25/2016
In this corner: New arena equals prep hoops galore

This decade, the Liberty Ranch and Elliot Christian boys basketball teams have experienced deep runs in the Sac-Joaquin Section and California Interscholastic Federation playoffs.

Posted: March 25, 2016
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Wednesday 03/16/2016
In this corner: Tough decision ahead for Kings

In the last four days, Lodi area residents who are Sacramento Kings fans have seen this NBA squad come on and off like a light switch.

Posted: March 16, 2016
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Monday 03/07/2016
In This Corner: Prep winter teams were successful

On Saturday, Daylight Saving Time officially begins.

Posted: March 07, 2016
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Wednesday 03/02/2016
Fishing with Jim: Striper bite surging on the Delta


Posted: March 02, 2016
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Thursday 02/25/2016
In This Corner: Familiar faces at a new stop on the road

On Wednesday night, the Lodi High boys basketball team, co-champions of the Tri-City Athletic League, played at Oak Ridge in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener.

Posted: February 25, 2016
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Wednesday 10/21/2015
Fishing with Jim: Bass biting in Delta, Camanche

Delta: Striped bass fishing continues to be strong in the lower Delta as the temps drop. Trolling and bait fishing are both working well. It appears there’s large numbers moving up from the bay.

Posted: October 21, 2015
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Thursday 10/15/2015
Fishing with Jim: Salmon bite hot on the Sacramento

Sacramento River: The salmon bite continues on the Sacramento from Vieira’s up the Old Sac to Sacramento. Some of the more popular locations along the way are: Vieira’s, Ko-Kets, Walnut Grove, Clarksburg, Freeport and Garcia Bend.

Posted: October 15, 2015
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Wednesday 10/07/2015
Fishing with Jim: Salmon bite has arrived on the Sacramento River

The Delta: The salmon bite has definitely arrived on the Sacramento River and with the cooler mornings it will continue to improve. Central Valley Anglers held their salmon derby last Saturday with over 70 anglers. Top anglers were: Steve Quintal with an 18.4-pound salmon followed by Dan Loomis (16.4) and Kenny McDonald (15.14).

Posted: October 07, 2015
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Thursday 09/24/2015
Fishing with Jim: Catfish, stripers best bets at Camanche

The Delta: The water temperatures in the Sacramento have dropped up to 5 degrees in the last week and as a result the salmon bite has picked up with numerous salmon being landed each day from Rio Vista, up through Freeport. Most salmon are being caught on Silvertrons, Kwikfish trolling and Blue Foxes and Flying “Cs” from shore. Back-trolling in front of Vieira’s and Ko-Ket’s have been producing salmon, too. Most boaters are using spreaders with 1 to 5 ounces of weight depending on the tides, or use inline keel weights on the Old Sac in the Walnut Grove area.

Posted: September 24, 2015
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Wednesday 09/09/2015
Fishing with Jim: Striped bass bite continues to produce on Sacramento

The Delta: The striped bass bite has been outstanding and continues to improve on the Sacramento River. With the cooler mornings the top-water bite has been great, but turns off when the sun hits the water and the temperatures start to rise.

Posted: September 09, 2015
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Friday 08/07/2015
Fishing with Jim: Delta churning out catfish and blue gill

Ocean/bay: The salmon bite is on one day and off the next, but it’s averaging one fish per rod. Outside the gate in the shipping channel up to Duxbury has been productive and the salmon aren’t as deep as they have been.

Posted: August 07, 2015
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Thursday 07/23/2015
Fishing with Jim: Salmon bite sizzling in shipping channel

Ocean/bay: Monday and Tuesday were the best days of the season for salmon fishing. Many limits were taken from outside the Gate in the shipping channel, all the way up to Bodega Bay where anglers had a short boat ride to the fish. The rock and ling bite is still strong with many boats getting limits of salmon and bottom fish on the same trip.

Posted: July 23, 2015
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Thursday 07/16/2015
Fishing with Jim: Largemouth bass best bite on the Delta

Ocean/bay: Salmon are being picked up from Monterey to Bodega Bay, but they are deep from 200 to 400 feet. Rock and ling fishing is still going strong.

Posted: July 16, 2015
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Wednesday 06/24/2015
Fishing with Jim: Kokanee, trout bites holding steady

The Delta: Stripers are being caught on bait, but most are undersized. Shad and anchovies are the best baits. Sherman Island, power lines and up by the ferry are good locations. Smallmouth bass in the Walnut Grove area and shad on the Sacramento and American rivers in Sacramento.

Posted: June 24, 2015
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Wednesday 06/17/2015
Jim Pickens: Recent trout plants have High Sierra hopping

The Delta: Smallmouth bass in the Walnut Grove area and shad on the Sacramento and American rivers in Sacramento. Many anglers are fishing the bay for stripers and halibut or the ocean for rocks, lings and salmon.

Posted: June 17, 2015
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