Saving the sturgeon

If you’re familiar with the terrain of local riverside conservation sites, you may notice some changes next time you pay a visit to the banks of the Missouri River. The bank areas have been dug out and trees have been uprooted in hopes of reviving an endangered fish and at least temporarily resolving a long-debated issue on managing the longest river in North America.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has finished construction of 1,200 acres of shallow-water habitat along the Missouri River from Ponca State Park in Nebraska to the Osage River in Missouri. Boone County is home to two of the project’s sites — Diana Bend and Eagle Bluffs conservation areas. Marion Bottoms and Franklin Island, two other areas managed by the state Department of Conservation, are also sites in mid-Missouri targeted for the habitat restoration.

Sheriff hopefuls discuss jail occupancy

The Boone County Jail, completed in 1991, was built to house 188 inmates. Most of the time, it’s filled to capacity, and then some.

All of the candidates for Boone County Sheriff — the three Democrats in next week’s primary and one Republican — agree that figuring out how to cut back on the jail population or increase the bed space will be a major challenge.

County election workers needed

The Boone County Clerk’s Office is looking for election judges to help at the polls for Tuesday’s primary.

Cathy Cross of the clerk’s office said she does not know the exact number of election workers needed but is looking for anyone from any political party who is interested.

Predatory lending scrutinized

Predatory lending has become a national issue, with attorneys general and legislatures around the country taking action to protect consumers. Missouri is no different.

Predatory lending includes the legal and illegal practices of loaning money to high-risk consumers. By using their greater knowledge of loans, lenders do not make the loans in the best interest of the consumer. In the worst cases, consumers lose all their assets, including their homes.

New musical to debut in Columbia

The scene is set for Brantley, Kan., with a tailor shop on one side of the street and a general store on the other. Townspeople mill about visiting, shopping, singing and dancing — all on stage at the Columbia Entertainment Co.

The company, known as CEC, will end its 25th season with the world premiere of “The Klemperers’ New Clothes.” The production is based on the fairy tale of a similar name by Hans Christian Andersen.

Fest brings consumers downtown

Occupancy rates at the Regency Premier Hotel Downtown in Columbia increased to about 85 percent during June’s Twilight Festival, which was an increase of about 15 percent from other Thursdays, hotel owner Mike Ebert said.

“My guests were very impressed about how we can bring 8,000 to 11,000 people together each Thursday in the month of June,” Ebert said. The Twilight Festival continued to lure record crowds and revenues to downtown in June. Estimated attendance of June festivals was a record 42,000, with some nights exceeding 11,000 visitors. In 2003, the estimated average attendance was 7,000 each night, according to a report from the Central Columbia Association.

Holden’s Columbia speech targets seniors, education

Rose Corgan had a busy day scheduled Wednesday, but she found time to attend Gov. Bob Holden’s speech at the Tiger Columns retirement community. She went to listen to his speech that focused on issues close to her heart as a retired teacher: care for older Americans and education.

Holden stressed the importance of fighting for the needs of children and older citizens. He said it is important to adequately fund Medicare, prescription drug coverage and housing for seniors and education.

Bellerive inspires grand memory

CREVE COEUR – Bellerive Country Club might not have the mystique of St. Andrews, the tradition of Augusta National or the allure of Pebble Beach, but it has a small corner in the immense annals of golf lore.

It was here in 1965 that Gary Player, at 29, won the U.S. Open and completed his career grand slam. Player joined Sam Snead and Ben Hogan as the only men to accomplish the feat.

Weir on par after tough final round in Jr. Classic

Even though a tougher course was the site of the second day of the Coca-Cola Junior Championship, the challenge didn’t faze Drew Weir.

Weir, 16, shot a par 70 at A.L. Gustin Golf Course on Wednesday for a two-day 139 total to the 15-17 division by nine strokes

In the Zone: Post 202 all set

Summer baseball continues for Columbia Post 202.

Post 202 faces Chillicothe Post 25 at 5:30 p.m. today in the first round of the Zone I American Legion Baseball Tournament at Moberly High. It is a four-team, double-elimination tournament.