Monday’s 5 Facts-
- A New Mexico lawmaker is proposing a bill to keep your children safe at school. Representative David Adkins wants all district employees to pass background checks including employees, like cooks and custodians. Right now they’re not required. The new bill closes a loophole that allows employees who have worked since before 1998 to work without a check. You may remember Albuquerque Public Schools hired former deputy superintendent Jason Martinez without a background check. Several months later child molestation charges out of Denver surfaced.
- Albuquerque Police are trying something new, they’re now targeting drag racers. A handful of officers are doing extra shifts patrolling areas where a lot of racing is reported. The city council approved $60,000 dollars in overtime funding. officers simply hope their increased presence on the streets will make some drag racers think twice.
- Today will be partly cloudy, highs in the 40’s. Tonight will be partly cloudy, lows in the lower to mid 20’s.
- New Mexico ski resorts are seeing a surge in business thanks to our recent snow storms. Ski Santa Fe has received more than 160 inches of snow so far this season leading to 43-percent more visitors this year. Pajarito and Sipapu are also doing well. Ski New Mexico said ski resorts across the state could see close to one million skier visits this year.
- The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers fans are likely waking up with big smiles. The teams are going head to head in Super Bowl 50.
people in New Mexico were out in full force yesterday cheering on their teams. Super Bowl 50 is Sunday February 7th, on KRQE News 13.
Top Morning Headlines
Immigrant children from Central America are waking up at Holloman Air Force Base. The base started taking the kids in Saturday. Authorities said they’re planning on housing as many as 700 children in an unused wing of the base. All of the children are fleeing from violence in their home country. Holloman was chosen as the first of three temporary shelters to open in New Mexico, Colorado and Florida. the shelters are in addition to those that already opened outside Dallas in December.
Hikers stranded in the Sandia Mountains are safe Monday morning thanks to rescue crews. Search and Rescue teams found the two groups of hikers Saturday and escorted them down to a base camp where the Albuquerque Fire Department checked them out and released them. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department said one group was stuck near the crest and another was lost on the La Luz Trail.