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Off the Clock – Meet Alice Wells, Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s Newest Member

Columbia’s Missouri Contemporary Ballet celebrated its 12th season last month with its original production Eclipse in Movement. This week, I talked with its newest member, Alice Wells, about the joys and challenges of working as a professional dancer for a small company. She’s 21-years-old and moved away from home at the young age of 14 to start training as a professional.

 

Erin McKinstry: “Could you start by telling me how you got started and interested in dance?”

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UPDATE: As of 4:17 p.m., MU Alert reports that the bomb threat has been cleared. No suspicious or explosive device was found. Campus is back to operating under normal conditions. 

MU Alert reported a bomb threat at the Hearnes Center shuttle bus stop at 3:37 p.m. Police are investigating.

The bus stop has been evacuated and traffic is being rerouted. MU Alert is advising people to stay away from the area.

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Three in 10 Americans now have a tattoo, according to a 2016 Harris Poll survey. But even with so much demand, getting a start as a tattoo artist can be difficult.

Gabe Garcia has owned and operated Iron Tiger Tattoo in Columbia for eight years and Tattoo You for three. He started apprenticing at the age of 18. He said getting your foot in the door takes artistic talent, extensive training, people skills and a little bit of luck.


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A couple of decades ago, trash cluttered the banks of the Missouri River.

Tires, alcohol bottles, cigarette butts and plastic interrupted the natural scenery for boaters and proved toxic for wildlife.

But, in recent years, the trash situation has taken a turn for the better. And one mid-Missouri group might have something to do with it.

 


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It’s a hot day at Cooper’s Landing.

The Missouri River stretches to the right. A bluegrass band and crickets hum in the background. And people are scattered about listening, drinking beer and fanning away the heat. I glance around for Sara Dykman, who’s just arrived from Jefferson City by bike and who’s heading toward Mexico. I don’t see her, but I do see her bicycle.

The bike is bright pink and loaded down with stuff. Suddenly, Sara appears with a Mr. Pibb in hand, catching me in the middle of snapping photos.

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