Whose land?

Since arriving on the market in 1970, the popularity of all-terrain vehicles soared. Originally designed as recreation vehicles for outdoor enthusiasts, ATVs later became the vehicle of choice for many farmers.

These days, ATVs are once again attracting thrill-seekers looking for an adventurous way to experience the outdoors.

Deer management forum draws about 170 people

Fewer does and more big bucks were the clear desires of hunters during Thursday night’s public discussion on deer management at MU.

Beyond that, people in the audience expressed different views on how best to manage Missouri’s deer population. Unlike at the other two forums held in the state, no consensus of how to accomplish that goal was apparent. About 170 people turned out at Thursday’s forum.

Suspect arrested in knife robbery

Columbia Police arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of a Jan. 4 robbery.

A 60-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint in the area of Melbourne Street and Richardson Street after he believed the man was going to help him carry some groceries, according to Sgt. Stephen Monticelli.

Stubborn sidekicks

Tim and Terry are ready for their official MU photo shoot. They stand proud and look straight ahead, ignoring a biting breeze during the cold snap last week. The flash goes off and Terry, caught off guard, is burying his head behind Tim’s. The two 10-year-olds are MU’s star pair of mules.

“Come on, mules!” shouts Sarah Hesse, vice president of MU’s Mule Club, trying to get the mules to look at the camera. “Tim, Terry, come on!”

Identity theft bill in the works

JEFFERSON CITY — Identity theft penalties would be increased from six months in jail to a life sentence under a bill initially approved by the House on Wednesday.

The bill also imposes the penalty of a Class B felony for trafficking in stolen identities.

Natural gas bills about to increase

Elizabeth Simons, a Moberly resident, already has difficulty paying her gas bill.

“I just can’t afford it,” she said. “I don’t think they’re (AmerenUE) talking those who are low-income into consideration.”

Five cars pile up at Nifong intersection

Columbia resident Lisa Noll was driving home for lunch Wednesday morning when her trip took an unexpected detour.

“I don’t remember anything — just spinning,” she said. “It’s probably the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me.”

Flu cases tapering off in Missouri

State health officials are cautiously optimistic that the worst of the flu season might be over.

The number of reported cases of the flu has begun to decline, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Easing into the digital age

Doug Elley, 57, still prefers a stove over the microwave.

How about cell phones?

Forum explains mad cow disease

Call it luck or wisdom.

Either way, when the United States banned the use of rendered meat and bone meal from ruminant animal diets in 1997, it cut off the possible amplification of mad cow disease, unlike European counterparts.

Senior center settles into new location

The Oakland Plaza Senior Center celebrates one month of operation today in its new home in the lower level of Vandiver Square, half a mile east of Rangeline Street.

“This is definitely an improvement,” said Sue Owens, who comes to the senior center every day. “It’s easier for the people in wheelchairs.”

Smart money

Red and green arrows go up and down as the trader updates his stocks. He checks the market news and sees what is affecting his stocks. He checks the 52-week charts on the Excite Web site to chart his stocks’ long-term progress.

This isn’t the computer of the average investor. This is the computer screen of Cody Houston, a sophomore at Hallsville High School. Cody, along with his nine classmates in Scott Wallace’s stock market class, is learning how to invest money through Internet stock market games.

Columbia College extends to Cuba

Military personnel stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can now attend Columbia College without leaving Cuba. The college announced Tuesday that beginning Monday, U.S. sailors, Marines and soldiers can attend classes at Columbia College’s new extended campus at the military base.

The Guantanamo Bay campus is the newest of 30 extended campuses located in 11 states and Puerto Rico.

Deer issues to be addressed

The northwest part of Boone County is one of the areas being targeted for deer management strategies that could better balance the buck-to-doe ratio and increase the number of older bucks.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will outline possible management strategies and receive public input from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in Room 103 of the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building at Hitt and Rollins streets on the MU campus.

Collaborative creations

Mary Beth Marrs pulls packaging, a warranty and detailed instructions out of a smallish cardboard box. Next comes a black box with a cord — a machine older people can use to click on lights and other electric devices by remote control.

The socket bears a tiny MU logo.

Name swap suggested for SMSU

JEFFERSON CITY — A deal is in the works to trade $200 million in bond proposals for the name of Missouri State University.

Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, filibustered the bill that would have changed the name of Southwest Missouri State University to Missouri State University last session. He suggested the trade-off on bond proposals for the UM system to Sen. Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau, Tuesday during a hearing on the name-change bill.

State sees price spike at gas pump

Lauren Phillips thinks Columbia drivers have it good when it comes to gas prices. The St. Charles resident was on her way to visit family in Belton on Tuesday afternoon when she stopped to fill up her tank at the Conoco on I-70 Drive SW.

“A buck-forty-seven is pretty cheap,” she said. “Fuel was like over a buck-sixty back home.”

Jeep fire remains a mystery

Michelle Ricketts, daughter of Mary Coronado-Leija Baker, and Michelle’s stepmother Angela Ricketts arrived to a horrific scene when they turned onto Stone Street on Monday.

“Michelle and I went over to visit with her; we pulled up on everything,” said Angela Ricketts, a longtime friend of Baker’s. “She was already gone, but the detectives and police officers and everybody were still there. We didn’t know what had happened, so it was a pretty big shock.”

GOP resists Holden union fee rule

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Bob Holden’s effort to allow unions to take money from nonunion state workers was voted down by a House rules committee Tuesday.

By a party-line vote, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules sent to the full House a resolution recommending the removal of the service fee rule.

Forum to answer mad cow questions

Although it has been a couple of weeks since the most recent mad cow disease scare, some consumers are still concerned about bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

In response, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the agriculture and health sciences departments at MU will hold a question-and-answer session about BSE and similar diseases at 1 p.m. today at MU’s Veterinary Medical Auditorium.