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  • West OKs reorganization plan

    The West Las Vegas School board approved a plan on Thursday evening to reorganize its elementary schools.

  • Crazy about Swayze - Late actor’s memorabilia to be auctioned; ‘Dirty Dancing’ star kept ties to LV area

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    An auction featuring actor Patrick Swayze’s estate will include items from the San Miguel County ranch he and his wife purchased in 1997.

    A three-time Golden Globe nominee who became an instant celebrity after the 1987 hit film “Dirty Dancing,” Swayze died in September 2009 after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

  • AG targets sexual violence on campus

    According to statistics reported by the 2015 CNN Films documentary “The Hunting Ground,” if you are a woman attending college, there’s a nearly one-in-five chance you’ll be sexually assaulted at some time during your studies.

  • Jail Log - April 9, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 3 and April 5:
    Laurence Gonzales, 54, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended or revoked license, no insurance, no registration, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Gary Romero, 43, bench warrant: 22-day commitment, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Patrick Chavez, 38, probation violation: admitted to using meth, Adult Probation Office, Guadalupe County

  • U.S. fires missiles at Syria

    The Associated Press

    BEIRUT — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week’s chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as “aggression” and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria’s congested skies.

  • In Brief - News - April 9, 2017

    Optic staff and wire reports
    NMHU frosh dies in crash
    The New Mexico Highlands University community is mourning the death of Danielle Cordova after Cordova reportedly perished in a traffic accident on her way back to Las Vegas this past week.

    Cordova, 19, was a freshman from Bernalillo. She played as a catcher on the Highlands softball team.

  • Weather - April 9, 2017


    HIGH 64° / LOW 29°
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Sunday night—
    Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Breezy.
    6:36 a.m. to 7:29 p.m.


    HIGH 63° / LOW 34°
    Sunny, with a high near 63. Monday night —mostly clear, with a low around 34.
    6:3 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


  • Mariachi extravaganza

    Mariachi music filled Mike Marr Gym during a concert last month as part of the Eighth Annual Youth Mariachi Conference.

    The conference, hosted by Las Vegas City Schools and the City of Las Vegas, brought more than 200 students together to learn new songs and techniques from professional group Mariachi Tradicional from Albuquerque. The group instructed beginner to advanced students.

    The concert was the grand closing of the annual conference as it brought all the students together for several songs.