Roswell teacher hit by car returns to work
ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Roswell High School shop teacher David Peek says his doctor has given him the okay to return to class. Peek was run over in front of his home in December, allegedly by a driver he had yelled at the night before, to slow down. He was left very banged up but after several surgeries and a lot of healing his doctor says he can return to the classroom. Peek says he’ll likely be in a wheelchair for the next 9 to 10 months. Friends are raising money for his medical bills through a gofundme account.
Voyeurism would be a sex crime under new bill
SANTA FE (KRQE) – A bill has been introduced that would make voyeurism a sex crime in New Mexico. If passed, anyone convicted of voyeurism would be required to register as a sex offender. Alamogordo Representative Yvette Herrell introduced the bill after learning about Dylan Maho. Maho admitted to fondling himself while spying on a 14-year old girl in Albuquerque as she took a shower. In December he was convicted of voyeurism but was only sentenced to house arrest for a year, and because of current state law, he is not considered a sex offender.
Durango teacher awarded prestigious education honor
DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – A Durango teacher was shocked to hear her name being called for an award that’s been nicknamed the “Oscar of teaching.” Sunnyside Elementary teacher Carrie Harper was stunned as she received the Milken Educator Award and her $25,000 prize. Parents say they’re impressed with how well she recognizes each child’s unique way of learning. Last month Albuquerque teacher Shannon Ryan won the same award.
Proposal requires providers to split vaccination costs
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – With all the recent measles cases, lawmakers here want to make sure there’s enough money to vaccinate all New Mexico children if their parents wish them to be. Under the bipartisan proposal, health insurance companies would have to pay their share to purchase vaccines for privately insured children. The director of the New Mexico Immunization Coalition says the state used to be at the bottom of national immunization rankings, but is now closer to the national average. There are no measles cases here but there are in most of our surrounding states.
E-cigarette debate continues
SANTA FE (KRQE) – Lawmakers are set to hear a debate Thursday that would outlaw e-cigarette sales to minors. The House Health Committee is scheduled to hear the proposal that would add electronic cigarettes to the state’s Tobacco Products Act. Supporters say the ban is needed because e-cigs are becoming popular and children may consider them safer than tobacco. However, the nicotine used in the devices is addictive, and health officials say the risks of inhaling nicotine are unclear.
Pipeline project could be a bust
TORRANCE COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – An energy company is putting a project on hold that would build a new pipeline between Arizona and New Mexico. The Bureau of Land Management says the Houston-based company Kinder Morgan has withdrawn its application to construct a carbon dioxide pipeline between Arizona’s Apache County and an existing pipeline in New Mexico’s Torrance County. The company delivers carbon dioxide for use in projects to recover oil from mature oil fields. Kinder Morgan says the falling oil prices prompted them to re-think the project.
$33K of stolen museum artwork recovered
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officers recovered $33,000 of Native American artwork by Al Momaday last week and returned it to the Albuquerque Museum. Officer Tanner Tixier said the artwork had been abandoned at a residence at 1701 Kirby Northeast where numerous felons have been arrested before for drugs and stealing vehicles.