Questions for Christianson [Photo]

J. Scott Christianson, left, Sean Spence, and John Sam Williamson listen as a Muleskinner member asks the two Democratic candidates, Christianson and Williamson, who are running for Boone County Presiding Commissioner, what they think about implementing a curfew for youth, during the Muleskinners weekly meeting Friday July 9 at noon located in Stamper Commons at Stephens College.

Christianson working the crowd [Photo]

J. Scott Christianson hands out flyers and shakes hands during the Fourth of July parade in Ashland. Christianson is running for Presiding Commissioner of Boone County in the November 2 election.

A view of Christianson's home life [Photo]

Presiding Commissioner candidate J. Scott Christianson, left, relaxes with his wife Ava Fajen in their backyard garden. The pair grow a variety of vegetables, along with apples, peaches, plums, pears and raspberries.

A big ol' profile [Photo]

Six-year-old Bruno, a playful bear in the Welde Big Bear Show, enjoys the ring toss game in his free time.

Big, Scary Kiss [Photo]

Johnny Welde, 53, kisses Ginger, a 16-year-old female grizzly bear that Welde has raised since she was a cub.

Lifesaving Mailman [Photo]

Ohio letter carrier Keith McVey walks his route delivering mail in Akron on Friday. The veteran mailman has gained a reputation for delivering people from life-threatening situations three times while on the job. Last week, he gave CPR to a man along his route who wasn't breathing and whose lips were turning blue.

Road race results [Photo]

Nicole Kumar, left, and Kate Floros, right, compile results of the Show-Me State Games 5k, 10k, and race-walk events at Bethel Park in Southwest Columbia on Sunday, July 18. Discussing why they volunteer, Kumar said, “because I hurt my ankle and couldn’t run.” Floros explained,” I want to be a race planner when I grow up.”

Preliminary rendering of parking garage [Photo]

A preliminary rendering of the northwest stair tower at the new Fifth and Walnut parking garage. Now that artist Stuart Keeler's concept has been approved, he will begin to finalize the design's specifics.

Smith-Sigler wedding, Missouri United Methodist Church [Photo]

Dr. C. Zoe Smith and James W. Sigler were married July 2, 2010, at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.

Smith-Sigler wedding [Photo]

Dr. C. Zoe Smith and James W. Sigler were married July 2, 2010, at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.

July 19 City Council Documents [Document]

Here are documents related to the $19.7 million Stadium Boulevard corridor improvement project.

Urban Ecology Restoration Project Tenative Time Frame [Document]

Columbia Parks and Recreation has received a $40,000 grant from 3M to undergo an Urban Ecology Restoration Project along the MKT trail close to the intersection of Flatbranch and Hickman Creek. The project is scheduled to begin this fall and is planned to include earthwork, such as digging, and planting different trees and plants as well as restoring much of the woodland and wetlands, according to Park and Recreation Director Mike Hood.

Show-Me State Games weekend wrapup [Slideshow]

The first weekend of the Show-Me State Games included competition and camaraderie.

Jeffery points out his work [Photo]

Virgil Jeffery points out his morning routine ontop the crane located at the parking garage project on Fifth and Walnut streets Friday. Jeffery is the crane operator, and he begins his morning each day at 5:30 a.m. by climbing the 177 feet to the top of the crane.

High above Columbia [Photo]

Virgil Jeffery's crane at the Fifth and Walnut streets parking garage construction site.

Contemplating his next move [Photo]

Justin Hull, 26, contemplates his next move during a chess game against Missourian reporter Alysha Love outside Chipotle on Monday. Hull sets up a board and timer about three times a week challenging passersby to beat him and receive a free burrito.

Explaining the rules of chess [Photo]

Justin Hull, 26, explains the rules of his game to Missourian reporter Alysha Love outside Chipotle on Monday. His challenge: Anyone who can beat him in a game of chess gets a free burrito. This is no easy feat as Hull has been playing chess for 15 years. He is yet to have an opponent win a burrito.

Map: Urban Ecology Restoration Project [Graphic]

Brett O'Brien, Columbia Parks and Recreation supervisor of Natural Resources, said that the Urban Ecology Restoration Project, scheduled to start in the fall, will include the area close to mile marker 2 along the MKT trail near the intersection of Flat Branch and Hinkson creeks.

Chuck Purgason [Photo]

John Cauthorn [Photo]