Sport Columns

Teaching children about firearms

Spring is now fully upon us. School will be out for the summer in less than a month. I could see the excitement on some of the grade school children’s faces when I saw them leave an Elkins grade school one day this week. The children are almost a year older than what they were when school ...

Don’t diss the Donald (Nehlen, that is)

Last week in this column I asked West Virginia University fans to speak their mind about who they thought was the greatest Mountaineer quarterback of all time, Major Harris or Pat White. I got some feedback on that question, but I also got some serious blowback on something else I’d written ...

Ken Cobb

DNR looks to protect young wildlife

Spring is when West Virginia’s fields, marshes, meadows and woods are starting to receive various forms of new life. This season provides an outstanding opportunity for everyone to see and observe the young of not only domestic animals, but wild animals as well. However, the West Virginia ...

Who was the best WVU QB?

Sports fans love to argue about which player or coach was “the Best Ever.” The problem for West Virginia University fans is that there’s just no point arguing about several of the school’s sports legends. For instance, there’s simply no argument about who was the greatest ...

Miller, Keith

Local race season is kicking off

The local 2017 race season is underway for the 65th year as Elkins Raceway has opened its gates. Test ‘N Tune had approximately 30 cars show up to shake down new rides or wake up the old rides from winter’s sleep. The old Mud Bus modified was still in the garage but I was there with pen ...

Ken Cobb

Justice’s decisions impact hunters

Less than two days after the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced an entrance fee for six state parks and one state forest, the governor has stepped in to halt the entire idea or program. “The move was announced without my approval. It’s a bad idea, and I’m going to ...

Miller, Keith

Tune-up event now set for Friday

Rain, rain and more rain was the story of the weekend. The wet stuff has postponed Test-N-Tune at Elkins Raceway until this Friday evening. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and once again hill admission will be free, and there will be a small charge for pit entrance due to insurance costs. Rain ...

Time to focus on the trees

National Arbor Day is April 28. This is the time for people who enjoy being in the outdoors to be planting or transplanting some species of a tree. When I was a young teenager, I started developing a hobby of planting and studying trees. As I got older, trees became one of my favorite hobbies ...

Local drivers excel at speedways

Happy Easter, everyone. It was a rare off weekend in NASCAR and it seems impossible to get results from distant dirt tracks. I don’t understand not making results available to the press outside of your local audience. Many of our local guys travel to Tyler County Speedway or Legendary ...

Expo was great event for Elkins

This past weekend, I volunteered for the task of manning the Mountaineer Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America’s booth at the first ever Hunting and Fishing Expo in Elkins. This took place on Saturday and Sunday at the old National Guard Armory, which has been renamed the Phil ...

Miller, Keith

NASCAR returns to Texas

The NASCAR teams were racing in the Lone Star state this past weekend. Over the off-season the Texas Motor Speedway underwent a major reconstruction and repave. Banking was reduced from turns one and two and the pit road was improved. The new pavement was not very forgiving but it was ...

Legislature addresses hunters’ concerns

On Thursday, Senate Bill 345 passed the house by a vote of 92 to 5. Randolph County legislators William Hartman and Phillip Isner voted in favor of this bill that will allow certain hunting and trapping on private lands on Sundays. Senate Bill 575 passed the house by a unanimous vote this ...

Veteran driver makes final turn

The racing world has been saddened once again. This past Saturday Sam Ard, one of the greatest short track racers of all time, passed away. Sam was injured in1984 at Rockingham a few races from the end of the season and never returned to the track as a driver. His career started at ...

Time to scout spring gobblers

With the warm spring-like weather we have had this week, March is really going “out like a lamb.” Now is the time for spring gobbler hunters to not only be honing up their turkey calling skills but scouting as well. This year’s spring gobbler season opens April 17 and runs through May ...

NASCAR heads to the west

The final race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup western swing was another race full of surprises. This past week the action moved to the two-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The Xfinity series took to the track Saturday to kick off the weekend. The Service King 300 saw ...

’16 bear harvest close to record

Last week, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources released the Big Game Bulletin for 2016. The harvest figures for last year’s big game animals — black bear, white-tailed deer, wild boar and wild turkey — are now official. In 2016, state bear hunters harvested 3,012 black bears ...

Racers duel in the desert

NASCAR action this past weekend was truly a duel in the desert. The Xfinity series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series both visited the oval that races like a road course. The Phoenix International Raceway is a tricky tri-oval in that none of the turns are similar in shape or banking. ...

Turnout low for DNR’s meetings

The blizzard-like weather conditions this past Tuesday and Wednesday was not fit for “man or beast.” Nonetheless, I went to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Regulations meeting on Tuesday evening. The total number of sportsmen and women in attendance who were not DNR ...

Cars and fists fly in Vegas

It was week number three in NASCAR world. It was Vegas, baby! This time what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas! The Cup event had a dominating performance, a late-race pass for the lead, mechanical failures, crashing coming to the finish and a fight/beat down after the race. ...

DNR’s public meetings on tap

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced that 12 public meetings will be offered at various locations throughout the state on Monday and Tuesday. All of these meetings will start at 6 p.m. and run through 8 p.m. I have attended this annual regulations meeting every year ...