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WLV Middle School principal placed on administrat... Las Vegas Optic
Thomas Sanchez

West Las Vegas Middle School principal Thomas Sanchez has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested Monday evening for aggravated assault. Sanchez allegedly threatened his brother with a baseball bat while intoxicated. Superintendent Christopher Gutierrez told the Optic in an email that Sanchez will be on paid leave pending an in-district investigation. In the meantime, the principal’s duties will be shared among the school’s administration.

San Miguel County adopts road in need of repair Las Vegas Optic

The San Miguel County Commission voted to adopt a road badly in need of repairs at its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon. 

Harlan Road, near Storrie Lake off Highway 518, is located inside the Glenwood Estates subdivision. Many residents have spoken at past commission meetings about the poor condition of the half-mile stretch of road.

CASA recognizes volunteers Las Vegas Optic
Pamela Daves, a CASA volunteer, shows off the gift she picked during the white elephant gift exchange. CASA volunteers gathered for a volunteer appreciation dinner, which included dinner served by Hillcrest Restaurant and a gift exchange.

Emergency regulations put into place for boarding... Las Vegas Optic

Major changes are coming to local boarding homes after the New Mexico Department of Health put emergency rules into place regulating public and private boarding homes late last week. 

Many of the state’s boarding homes are located in Las Vegas, as many patients released from the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute move into local facilities.

LV woman charged with car theft, animal cruelty Las Vegas Optic
Sheila Cavitt-Olguin

A woman driving a stolen car had two dogs as her passengers, one with infected cuts and another with a bow glued to its head, according to court records.

Sheila M. Cavitt-Olguin, 51, of Las Vegas was arrested Dec. 4 following a traffic stop on Seventh Street.

Local author writes about an enchanted New Mexico Las Vegas Optic
Local author Kayt Peck reads passages from one of her books at a recent book signing. Peck celebrated the final book in her “Kiva” series, “The Past and the Present,” with a party last Saturday.

New Mexico has become home for Kayt Peck. It is the state where the Texas native started putting together a story while exploring Bandelier National Monument and the kiva, an underground structure that served a major role in Pueblo culture.

During the two-mile hike back, Peck started “writing” in her head. Later, she went home to her office with her cats and began writing her series, “The Kiva.”

Jail Log 12/11 Las Vegas Optic

The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 26 and Dec. 4, 2019: 

Francisco Encinias, Bench Warrant FTA/FTP. 

Amanda Valencia, Driving Under the Influence of Liquor (Impaired) (First Offense).


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