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  • Raising money for scholarships
  • Anniversary Saturday for Dwan Light Sanctuary

    Submitted to the Optic

    The United World College-USA will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dwan Light Sanctuary with a free concert open to the public featuring its international students. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the sanctuary.

    Seating is limited to 70. Guests are asked to RSVP by calling 454-4252 or at www.uwc-usa.org.

    A gift to the UWC-USA and wider communities by Virginia Dwan, the light sanctuary was a collaboration between Dwan, artist Charles Ross and architect Laban Wingert.

  • Man guilty of failing to register

    A 10-man, two-woman jury took roughly an hour last week to weigh the evidence and convict a Las Vegas man of failing to register as a sex offender, a fourth-degree felony.

    Christopher Gurule, 39, of the 2400 block of Calle Contenta was found guilty on Tuesday. District Judge Abigail Aragon, who presided over the one-day trial, agreed to a request from the prosecution to postpone sentencing until a later date.

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  • Psychiatric patients struggle after discharge

    The Associated Press

    An investigation has found that some patients discharged from New Mexico’s state mental hospital in Las Vegas live in poor conditions, including going hungry, while staying in boarding homes.

    The Albuquerque Journal found that the state mental hospital, formally known as the Behavioral Health Institute, discharges about 200 patients each year into Las Vegas and surrounding San Miguel County in northern New Mexico and that many don’t have anywhere to go.

  • ‘Grab ‘em’ comment triggers national debate

    By Beth J. Harpaz
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — On Facebook and Twitter, on the phone and on the job, from living rooms to hair salons, Donald Trump’s “Grab ‘em by the p----” comment has unleashed a tsunami of stories from women sharing painful memories of sexual assaults.

  • Homecoming Breakfast
  • In Brief - News - Oct. 12, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Absentee voting begins in NM

    Absentee voting has begun in New Mexico ahead of the November general election.

    County clerks started issuing and collecting absentee ballots Tuesday across a state that was an early flashpoint for Republican concerns about Donald Trump. Support runs relatively high in New Mexico for the state’s former two-time governor, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

  • Weather - Oct. 12, 2016


    HIGH 71° / LOW 38°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    7:05 a.m. to 6:29 p.m.


    HIGH 69° / LOW 42°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
    7:06 a.m. to 6:27 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Oct. 12, 2016

    Thursday, Oct. 6, 1966 — James Almanzar, who has played parts on television for the past several years, has been selected for a role in “Iron Horse,” to be shown Monday at 7 p.m. The son of Dan Almanzar, formerly of Las Vegas, James makes his home in Los Angeles.