THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Extinguishing fires and honoring a fallen soldier

Sunday, July 15, 2012 | 6:24 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Last week's best images from our staff photographers captured a panoply of perspectives on life in mid-Missouri, including a farmer struggling to keep his corn crop alive and the community's patriotic tribute to a young man who died in service to his country.


In this photo by Carrie Durkee, Rick Stephens competes in a slalom and trick tournament Saturday at Lake Sundance in Columbia. People of all ages and experience levels participated in the event, which gave those involved a chance to relax, joke around with and compete against fellow skiing enthusiasts.

On Tuesday, a natural cover fire engulfed two acres of land between southbound U.S. 63 and Bluff Creek Drive. Photographer Robert Swain captured this image of Columbia firefighter Danny Spry, who helped extinguish the flames. The fire resulted in no injuries.

Katie Smith, who participates in cowboy mounted shooting, takes a break from washing her horse to spray a friend in this photo by Caitlin Jones. The sport tests riders' shooting abilities as well as their relationships with their horses by requiring them to shoot targets on horseback.

Jay Fischer, who farms land outside of Jefferson City, walks through his field of struggling corn in this photo by Carrie Durkee. Drought and heat have taken a toll on corn crops throughout the state, which many expect will result in food price hikes.

Seventeen-year-old Tanner Brundage, shown reloading his shotgun in this photo by Robert Swain, qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Trap Shooting. Brundage is a senior at Jefferson City High School and has been shooting since he was 6 years old.

A high-speed chase Saturday resulted in a motorcycle plowing into a truck in north Columbia. The crash's aftermath is shown in this image by Amy Bruer. Police pursued two motorcycles on U.S. 63 near Rangeline Road and through a residential area before the crash occurred. David Noble Jr. was arrested in connection with the incident.

Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt, a 21-year-old Rock Bridge High School graduate, died Wednesday while serving in Afghanistan. As shown in Carrie Durkee's photo above, community members lined the Wyatt family's yard with American flags to show their support

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