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Transmitter implanted into sturgeon

Ecologist Aaron DeLonay with the U.S. Geological Survey holds a transmitter that is surgically implanted into untagged pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River.

Shovelnose related to pallid sturgeon

Ecologist Aaron DeLonay with the U.S. Geological Survey holds a shovelnose sturgeon netted just east of Jefferson City on the Missouri River that he estimates to be 3 or 4 years old. The Columbia Environmental Research Center believes hormonal compounds like those found in women’s birth control pills may cause shovelnose sturgeon to develop both male and female sex organs.

Checking on health of fish

Ecologist Aaron DeLonay with the U.S. Geological Survey displays a captive male pallid sturgeon at the Columbia Environmental Research Center on Oct. 29. DeLonay and a small team of scientists often go out on the Missouri River to check on the reproductive condition of the rare fish.

Pallid sturgeon 1094, one of several tagged fish

Sabrina Davenport holds pallid sturgeon 1094, one of several similar fish that have been tagged in an effort to track their movements and reproductive history.

On the prowl for pallid sturgeon

Ecologist Aaron DeLonay and biological technician Rebecca Welly, both with the U.S. Geological Survey, suit up in warm clothes and life vests before they search for a previously tagged female pallid sturgeon in the shadow of the Jefferson City Bridge and the Missouri State Capitol Building on Oct. 29. DeLonay and a small team of scientists go out on the river frequently to check on the reproductive condition of the rare fish to see, and in some cases ensure, successful reproduction.

Looking for pallid sturgeon

Biological Technician Rebecca Welly from the U.S. Geological Survey holds the end of a pole that guides a receiver. Its submerged end is intended to locate tagged pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River. Welly is a part of a small team of scientists that frequently go out on the river to check on the reproductive condition of the pallid sturgeon to see, and in some cases ensure, successful reproduction. Whenever the team catches a pallid sturgeon that they have not caught before, they implant a tracking device that can be used to determine if the fish mated as well as the water depth and temperature.

Kits are ready to go

Timberworks Toys is operated out of Chris Heston's woodshop in Columbia. Heston ships his "build-it-yourself" kits throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Preparing the wooden blocks

Chris Heston manufactures his toy parts on Wednesday using custom-built machines that cut and sand the pieces in bulk.

Beating the clock

Chris Heston finishes up with a toy order just in time for Christmas on Wednesday. Heston owns and operates Timberworks Toys, a company he started in addition to his cabinetry business.

Missing man sought

Nicholas Coppola, right, is shown in this photograph with his father. The younger Coppola has been missing since Dec. 12.

The snoopy mailbox at 511 W. Sexton Road

A Snoopy mailbox is just one of the many decorations out front of 511 W. Sexton Road.

The electric candy cane at 1701 Stirling Court

An electric candy cane lights up in front of the gingerbread house at 1701 Stirling Court.

The angels at 407 W. Phyllis Ave.

Angels hang from tree limbs in front of 407 W. Phyllis Ave., high above a large nativity scene.

A closer look at 1701 Stirling Court

Thousands of lights make up the large installations in the front yard of 1701 Stirling Court.

The lights at 1701 Stirling Court

Artist turned engineer Bob Emery spent more than 40 years designing and installing the decorations that adorn 1701 Stirling Ct. Emery passed away almost two years ago, so now his friends install the decorations for his wife, Sharon, who stands out front accepting donations for Habitat for Humanity.

Kahler listens at preliminary hearing

Kraig Kahler listens during testimony Tuesday in Lyndon, Kan.

Kahler and his attorney prepare

Kraig Kahler and defense attorney Tom Haney prepare to enter the judge’s chamber for a conference before
the start of Kahler’s preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.

MU women's basketball player Shakara Jones vs. California-Riverside

Missouri senior forward Shakara Jones battles for a rebound with three California-Riverside players in Tuesday night's game at Mizzou Arena. Jones scored her 1,000th career point in the second half of the Tigers' victory.

Keisha Edwards to be resource officer at Rock Bridge High School

On Jan. 3, Keisha Edwards becomes the school resource officer at Rock Bridge High School.

Illinois men's basketball team upset by UIC

Demetri McCamey and and then-No. 12 Illinois couldn't stay ahead of Paris Carter and lllinois-Chicago on Saturday in Chicago and were upset 57-54. “I think we were kind of high," McCamey said. "It brought us down to reality that we can lose.”
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