First Person: Dancer teaches at former home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cricket Hamar Keller dances several kinds of dance, including ballet. Cricket Hamar Keller is a dancer who graduated from the University of California Las Angeles in May. After graduation, Keller, 29, didn’t miss a beat in her rounds of teaching at Los Angeles dance studios and making a trip home […]

Graffiti artists should find their own canvases

Grant McGee Local Columnist There’s a water tank on the outskirts of Clovis with a name spray painted in black across it. I always wondered whose name that was. Just the other day someone mentioned him in passing. Now I know he’s a Latin rap star from Houston. I guess one of his fans, in […]

Former exotic dancer graduates from law enforcement academy

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Vivian Martinez, the former exotic dancer who won an $80,000 lawsuit settlement against the Tucumcari Police Department in August, has graduated from the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Hobbs. Martinez, now a sheriff’s deputy with the Lea County Sheriff’s Department, was denied employment by the Tucumcari […]

Teaching a heartbeat

By Jack King Agalu, a Nigerian-style drum and dance group, prides itself on bringing the “heartbeat” of Africa to U.S. audiences. Led by Akeem Ayanniyi, a ninth-generation player of the traditional Yoruba talking drum, the group includes percussionists skilled in the playing of the djembe, djun djun, akiko and bata drums, a masquerade dancer who […]