Patching holes at the Holiday Inn [Photo]

Jim Heath, left, and Kenny Sims patch holes on the construction site of the new Holiday Inn.

Economy impacts Columbia's hotels [Graphic]

Alpaca life [Photo]

Four of Long's alpaca studs munch on their afternoon meal at the Osage Alpaca ranch near Hinton.

Hay isn't just for horses [Photo]

Rob Long tosses hay to the female population of his Alpaca herd Thursday afternoon. Long has the largest alpaca herd in central Missouri with 75 alpacas and is known in the industry as a top breeder.

Alpaca kisses [Photo]

Alpaca rancher Rob Long gives a young female resident of his ranch an "alpaca kiss." Long has been raising alpacas north of Columbia near Hinton and Prathersville since 2005.

Rob Long and alpaca [Photo]

Just one day old and experiencing sunlight for the very first time, the male alpaca baby, or "cria," King's Jester receives a reassuring touch on the neck from Osage Alpaca ranch owner Rob Long as the mother, Penny, watches guard. Alpacas are a domesticated species of South American camelid, and had never been raised in the United States until as recently as 1984.

MU's Engineering Week [Slideshow]

It’s unlikely that most students know what a shillelagh is, but Pat Corcoran, an engineering student at MU, spent a week carrying the bright green and gold staff around with him. Everywhere. For one week each year, MU turns into a taste of Ireland as the engineering department celebrates Engineering Week.

Preparing soil for growing food [Photo]

Gonzalo Gonzales works to till the soil on a garden plot that is part of a new garden space for residents of Columbia to grow their own food. Gonzales was working on the garden plot reserved for Centro Latino's "Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention" project.

Working in the garden [Photo]

Chloe Bierman digs her hoe into the ground as her mother Melinda Calloway works alongside her on the plot of land they reserved for a garden. Calloway reserved the plot of land for free through the Community Garden Coalition.

the beat 3/16 [Audio]

Mike Odette plays with his son Harry [Photo]

Mike Odette plays with his son, Harry, 15 months, in the kitchen at Sycamore Restaurant on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

Mike Odette and Harry in the kitchen [Photo]

Mike Odette adjusts the backpack holding his son, Harry, 15 months, in the kitchen at Sycamore Restaurant on March 10

Mike Odette preps mushrooms [Photo]

Mike Odette preps mushrooms with his son, Harry, 15 months, on his back at Sycamore Restaurant on March 10. Odette is one of 20 semifinalists for Best Chef in the Midwest region in the prestigious James Beard Awards, which are known as the Oscars of the food world. “It came along when I really needed something like this, professionally and personally,” Odette said. “It’s really energized me.” The five finalists in each category will be announced on March 23.

Don Cizek at work [Photo]

Don Cizek has done a great deal as coordinator of Columbia Channel, including writing the station's original music, designing new graphics and adding $100,000 to the station's budget. He hopes to expand the channel further by increasing the amount of content online.

Don Cizek, TV Guy [Photo]

Don Cizek, the coordinator of the Columbia Channel for the past two years.

A FunDay for students [Slideshow]

Ridgeway Elementary's annual FunDay fundraiser drew out families for a day of games, food, and raffle prizes March 14.

Olympic weightlifting with MU's Whitnee Maycock [Video]

Missouri senior Whitnee Maycock knew in high school that she had a passion for weightlifting. Once she got to MU, she hooked up with coach and former MU professor Tom Lafontaine. Lafontaine is a former Olympic weightlifter.
Olympic weightlifting consists of two lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk. They don't require arm strength as much as they require strong legs and good technique. Maycock is set to graduate in May with two degrees but hopes to keep Olympic weightlifting in her life after graduation.

2009 NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket [Document]

Printable bracket for 2009 NCAA men's basketball tournament

Tigers discover place in NCAA Tournament [Photo]

Missouri's sophomore Justin Safford, left, and senior Matt Lawrence watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show Sunday at the Clinton Club in Mizzou Arena.

Expert evaluation [Audio]

Here's an answer from the expert:

Roxie Campbell
Park Naturalist for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park