August 5, 2009
The boat launch at Kaw Point Riverfront Park serves as the staging area for boaters competing in the Missouri River 340 race that begins in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday and ends three days later in St. Charles.
MU student Andy Bramman pumps rain water out of his canoe following several hours of thunderstorms on the morning of the MR 340 in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday.
Missouri River 340 race participants, crew members and fans gather at the end of the rain-slicked Kew Point boat launch in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday.
Missouri River 340 race participants and crew members prepare their vessels for the endurance race alongside the boat launch at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Ks., Tuesday.
"Grumpy Old Men" canoe team members Charlie Stewart and Richard Miller, both of Spring, Texas, test the waters off of Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan., in the hours before the start of the Missouri River 340 race on Tuesday.
The plastic tiger adorning the bow of Eric Farris' kayak collects raindrops in the hours before the start of the 2009 Missouri River race at the waters edge in Kaw Point Riverbank Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday.
The city’s first red-light cameras, at Providence Road and Broadway, are up and running, though violators will not be ticketed until the end of a 30-day warning period. A second set of cameras should be installed on the corner of Stadium Boulevard and Worley Street sometime next week.
The City Council requested staff provide a report on the number of juvenile crimes committed between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The City Council passed an ordinance July 20 that established a Citizens Police Review Board. The deadline for applications is noon on Sept. 4.
August 4, 2009
Larry G. Brown, Jim MacMillan, and Dianne Lynch
Chad Kocina competes with Columbia's power wheelchair soccer team, Driving Force, for the first time at the Show-Me State Games. Kocina was in a car accident in his hometown of Seattle about six years ago that left him paralyzed from just below the chest down. He moved to Columbia and just recently joined the team. He had not played in a game until Aug. 1, when he saw action at goalie.
A handful of racers warm up before the start of the 2007 Missouri RIver 340 race at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan. This year’s event, which begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, features a large increase in participants, with more than 500 racers entered.
Participants in the Missouri River 340 make their way to Check Point 5 in Cooper's Landing on Wednesday evening. Many racers took a break here to fuel up on food and beverages before heading back out to the river.
Cami Ronchetto of Columbia stands with her two-person kayak "Jordan" on Saturday, three days before she embarks on the MR 340 race with partner Linda LaFontaine. The boat race takes participants from Kansas City to St. Louis via the Missouri River, and Ronchetto expects that it will take her tandem about 75 hours to complete the course.
Kayaking partners Cami Ronchetto, left, and Linda LaFontaine sit in Ronchetto's garage among gear and supplies as they prepare for the upcoming 340 mile boat race from Kansas City to St. Louis. Ronchetto originally planned to participate in the race as a solo entrant, but recruited LaFontaine to the cause four months ago.
Victoria Craig pins the Ribbon of Meritorious Service onto her husband, Columbia Police Officer Chad Craig, during a ceremony.
Matt Hibler, left, accepts the Ribbon of Meritorious Service from Chief of Police Ken Burton on August 3, 2009. At the scene of a fire on May 20, Officers Hibler and Chad Craig performed CPR on Delbert Porter, until medical personnel arrived.