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<p>Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - The Nye County School District saw its graduation rate decline 67 percent, with 274 students receiving diplomas across the county’s five high schools, including students who received diplomas in June at Pahrump Valley High. The rate is the second lowest among Nevada’s 16 county school districts.</p>

School district graduation rate drops

Updated: Jan 28, 2015 7:57am

The Nye County School District saw its graduation rate decline last year, according to numbers released Friday by the state.

The district’s graduation rate was 67 percent, with 274 students...

<p>Jill Smith</p>

Jill Smith: Multi-sport athlete making a difference

Updated: Jan 28, 2015 8:33am

As a sophomore, Jill Smith is making a difference on three teams for Pahrump Valley High School. Smith is a highly focused athlete for her age and is in her second year as a varsity player for...

Water officials discuss many paths to saving water

Updated: Jan 28, 2015 8:04am

The Nye County Water District Governing Board heard water conservation recommendations from the Basin 162 Groundwater Management Plan Advisory Committee at a meeting of the district board on...

Water District approves usage for four medical pot facilities

Updated: Jan 28, 2015 8:08am

Nye County residents are one step closer to having access to medical marijuana following a water district meeting Monday.

Water impact plans were approved for three cultivating facilities...

<p>Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - The Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce will take over operating the annual Fall Festival in September. The festival was run by the Pahrump Town Board, which was dissolved this month.</p>

Chamber to take on oversight of the Fall Festival

Updated: Jan 28, 2015 8:09am

The Pahrump Chamber of Commerce will now coordinate the Pahrump Fall Festival, chamber officials announced this week.

Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Salli Kerr said the deal was...

Unions and Republicans ready for confrontation

Updated: Jan 28, 2015 8:10am

The head of the Nevada AFL-CIO proclaimed Tuesday that “working families are under attack” by Republican lawmakers who want to weaken collective bargaining laws and pensions now that they control...

Average state smoker spends $1.3 million on habit lifetime

Updated: Jan 28, 2015 8:11am

The average Nevada smoker spends more than $1.3 million over a lifetime, including the cumulative economic toll of a pack per day for several decades, health care expenditures, income losses and...

<p>Bradley Michael (Pace) Vogt</p>

Police seeking public’s help on home invasion

Jan 28, 2015 8:11am

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office has identified two persons of interest in a home invasion that occurred Friday in the area of Red Butte Street and Mt. Charleston Drive.

Police want to find...

<p>Patrick O’Neil Robbins</p>

Crime Corner, Jan. 28

Updated: Jan 28, 2015 8:12am

Speeding search discovers suspected drugs, burglary tools

Patrick O’Neil Robbins and Victoria Lusk were arrested on Jan. 16 and charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of drug...

<p>Arnold M. Knightly / Pahrump Valley Times - Owner of three Pahrump casinos, Golden Gaming, announced Monday it will merge with Minnesota-based Lakes Entertainment.</p>

Pahrump’s largest casino owner merges with Minnesota company

Updated: Jan 28, 2015 8:13am

Golden Gaming, owner of three Pahrump casinos, announced Monday it will merge with Minnesota-based Lakes Entertainment, giving the Las Vegas-based company ownership of a Maryland casino while...