Hinkson Creek collaborative adaptive management [Document]

Columbia City Council Pre-Council Minutes from June 20 include an explanation of collaborative adaptive management from the Department of Natural Resources' Joe Engeln and a list of stakeholders.

Andy Jira must handle the blocks of ice carefully [Photo]

Andy Jira handles the cab portion of the truck sculpture with care. More than a few times Jira has had to deal with a sculpture falling apart in the middle of the carving process.

Ice fragments pelt Andy Jira as he carves [Photo]

Andy Jira is pelted by a gust of ice fragments as he shaves away with a saw. Most workers have to worry about keeping sweat out of their eyes this summer, but Jira must contend with the occasional explosions of frost that come with using electric tools to shape the large blocks of ice.

Andy Jira consults a photo for his ice sculpture [Photo]

Between sawing, chopping, carving and molding, Andy Jira consults a photograph of a finished sculpture as a reference. His project spanned two days.

Andy Jira begins carving for an ice sculpture [Photo]

Tiger Ice Co.'s general manager, Andy Jira, hacks away at a block of ice as he constructs a freight liner sculpture for Midway Truck Stop's red carpet event for the airing of "Truck Stop Missouri."

An ice sculpture on display commemorates the "Truck Stop Missouri" premiere [Photo]

Bonnie Krawiec takes a photograph of the ice sculpture on display at Midway Truck Stop at the red carpet party celebrating the premiere of "Truck Stop Missouri" on the Travel Channel.

Carl Edwards talks with car owner Jack Roush, prepares for Brickyard 400 [Photo]

Carl Edwards, center, talks with a member of his crew, left, and car owner Jack Roush during practice on Friday for the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Edwards spurned an offer from Joe Gibbs Racing and signed a multi-year contract extension with current team Roush Fenway Racing. The deal was announced Thursday and puts Edwards, the current Sprint Cup Series points leader, in position to compete for his first Cup championship.

Superintendent explains Columbia Public Schools' MAP results [Photo]

Chris Belcher, Columbia Public Schools superintendent, addresses members of the media on the district's preliminary Missouri Assessment Program results. Behind him is a chart of "adequate yearly progress," or AYP, mathematics proficiency rates. Belcher compared the school system's early analysis of the results to the weather: "It's a lot better than it was yesterday."

Columbia Schools' Performance [Graphic]

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the preliminary Missouri Assessment Program results for 2011. The No Child Left Behind Act requires an increasing level of skills in communication arts and mathematics. Here's how Columbia schools performed.

Missouri's Aldon Smith at 49ers preseason camp [Photo]

Aldon Smith rushed the passer from defensive end in college at Missouri, but the 49ers are moving him to edge linebacker in their scheme.

What's causing weather extremes [Graphic]

This year’s climate extremes across the U.S. — which have included record flooding, drought, snowfalls and heat — are being blamed on La Niña weather patterns. One El Niño or La Niña event lasts a year or less and returns on average every three to five years. Here’s a look at U.S. winters during periods of El Niño and La Niña.

Checking in on the soybeans [Photo]

Soybean farmer John Sam Williamson examines the new buds on a soybean plant Tuesday.

Dry weather hard on soybeans [Photo]

Soybean farmer John Sam Williamson, shown in his fields Tuesday, farms soybeans in the McBaine river bottom. He said if the crops do not get rain soon, his yields will be greatly diminished.

Gone Postal [Graphic]

Arrow Rock, Franklin and Wooldridge could lose their post offices as the U.S. Postal Service downsizes.

MyLife, My Town [Graphic]

The "My Life, My Town" project is a collaboration by producers at KBIA and photographers and photo editors at the Columbia Missourian.

New Budweiser can unveiled [Photo]

This product image provided by Anheuser-Busch, shows the new Budweiser label design and a red tab. Anheuser-Busch unveiled the bolder, sleeker design Wednesday. It will roll out in the U.S. this summer and into other markets later this year as the company tries to take the iconic U.S. brand global. It is the 12th redesign for the Budweiser cans since 1936.

Wooldridge Post Office is open — but for how long? [Photo]

The Wooldridge post office is one of 167 Missouri post offices being evaluated for closure. Wooldridge is the closest post office to Columbia identified for evaluation.

Friends catch up at Arrow Rock Post Office [Photo]

Yvonne Rennolds stops by the Arrow Rock post office to get her mail and bring postmaster Tempe McGlaughlin leftover pasta salad. The post office serves as a community gathering space for Arrow Rock.

Kathy Borgman examines postal tools of the past [Photo]

Kathy Borgman of Friends of Arrow Rock examines postal tools displayed in the Arrow Rock post office. The U.S. Postal Service is proposing a "village post office" alternative which would move operation of postal services to local businesses.

Fairgrounds' future is uncertain [Photo]

This year's Boone County Fair drew more than 88,000 people. The fair board, however, has not been breaking even, and the fairgrounds has bills to pay year-round. Now that the 2011 fair is over, the issue of fairgrounds management is back on the agenda of the fair board and the Boone County Commission.