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  • Council approves refugee resolution

    After an off-and-on discussion that began more than six months ago, the Las Vegas City Council approved a resolution at Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting in support of the state's cities that can support refugees.

    By a unanimous 4-0 vote, the Council passed Resolution 18-04 by voting in favor of a consent agenda. A copy of the lengthy resolution, which calls for the city to symbolically support New Mexico cities that are better equipped to house refugees.

  • First major storm

    After one of the most delayed starts to winter in recent memory, the season came crashing through Las Vegas’ door Monday evening and into Tuesday morning.

    Freezing rain, rapidly dropping temperatures and snow Monday evening led to several wrecks along area highways, which included at least two fatalities, as well as a delay Tuesday morning for most area schools and government offices.

  • Nursing compact deadline Friday

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The Optic has contracted with the Santa Fe New Mexican to use their coverage of the 2018 State Legislature’s general session. Look for stories like these throughout this year’s 30-day session.

  • 2018 State Legislature: Senate elects majority whip

    By Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican

  • 'LCC Matters'

    Luna Community College students Iliana Garcia, Jovanna Gastelum, Savannah Ruiz, Chavela Colio and Dontae Robertson sport Luna Community College t-shirts with the hashtag #LCCmatters during a recent gathering.

    The idea behind the #LCCmatters campaign is to reinforce and strengthen all stakeholders’ belief the college is important to the community.

  • ONLINE UPDATE: Area schools to have delays Tuesday

    Several area K-12 school districts and colleges announced Monday night that operations would be delayed Tuesday morning due to icy conditions.

    Las Vegas City Schools, West Las Vegas Schools, Pecos, Wagon Mound and Mora Schools and Mora County offices will be starting two hours late Tuesday. 

  • BREAKING: Icy roads, crashes close interstate

    As of 6:59 p.m. Monday, Interstate 25 has been closed between Las Vegas exit 343 to Rowe due to multiple vehicle accidents and icy conditions.

    At 6:30 p.m., I-25 was closed at Romeroville exit 339 both directions due to crashes and black ice. Southbound traffic is diverted at Romeroville and northbound traffic is diverted at Tecolote onto the frontage road.

  • Optic office closed Monday

    The Optic's office will be closed Monday.

    Our office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • Arrest made in PED licensure forgery case

    An arrest was made late last week in a long-active case regarding educational administrator licenses.

  • Multi-platinum artist to play at NMHU in early February

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    He’s a cowboy. In a steel truck he drives.

    Multi-platinum country artist Josh Turner will perform at Highlands University’s Wilson A. Complex in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 3.

    Tickets are on sale online at www.outhousetickets.com or at the university’s radio station, KEDP at 901 University Ave.