PHOTOS: The Week in Photos December 15-21

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Bon Bon, a three-year-old male orangutan sits on his keeper’s lap during a press conference in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Bon Bon was seized at Bali airport in March after a Russian man attempted to smuggle him out of Bali. The Indonesian Nature Conservation Agency will move Bonbon in a conservation center in Sumatra before he is released back into the wild. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2019 file photo, Navy midshipmen march onto the field ahead of an NCAA college football game between the Army and the Navy in Philadelphia. A military investigation finds that hand gestures used by cadets and midshipmen during the Army-Navy game broadcast had nothing to do with white supremacy. The investigation, which included interviews and background checks, determined that two freshmen were taking part in a “sophomoric” game that had “no racist intent.” (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Bon Bon, a three-year-old male orangutan sits on his keeper’s lap during a press conference in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Bon Bon was seized at Bali airport in March after a Russian man attempted to smuggle him out of Bali. The Indonesian Nature Conservation Agency will move Bonbon in a conservation center in Sumatra before he is released back into the wild. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
John Craig says he was there 24 years ago when a Middle Rio Grande Conservancy crew found the alligator while cleaning the ditch near his family’s property along Highway 314 in Belen. Dec 16 (KRQE)
Chewbacca exits a car as he arrives at the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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On Tuesday, the New Mexico Activities Association announced the death of inspirational former La Cueva High School student and high school sports broadcaster, 18-year-old Austin Denton. Diagnosed with a rare spinal cord tumor at 2 years old, Austin was in remission for ten years following rounds of chemotherapy and surgery. Dec 17 (KRQE)
A firefighter dressed as Santa Claus drives a jet ski off Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Firefighters distributed Christmas gifts during an event for children with cancer. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Judging started Wednesday for the ninth annual Gingerbread Enchantment contest. It is the ninth year that Gingerbread Enchantment has hosted the contest to help raise money for Meals on Wheels. With 35 entries, there is no shortage of creativity or frosting. Dec 18 (KRQE)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds the gavel as House members vote on article II of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The New York-based company Homesick believes it has captured the smell of New Mexico. Green chile may be the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of New Mexico, but locals know the state has a lot of undertones. Mixed in the “Homesick New Mexico” candle is chile pepper, cactus, nutmeg, and cedar. Dec 18 (KRQE)
Danny Gonzales was formally introduced by Athletic Director Eddie Nunez on Wednesday at The Pit as UNM’s 32nd head football coach. Applause filled the room as Gonzales took to the podium and spoke very candidly about how he wants to bring his local perspective and hard-nosed style of football to UNM. Dec 18 (KRQE)
Rural Fire Service crews engage in property protection of a number of homes along the Old Hume Highway near Tahmoor, New South Wales, as the Green Wattle Creek Fire threatens a number of communities in the southwest of Sydney, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales declared a seven-day state of emergency Thursday as oppressive conditions fanned around 100 wildfires. (Dean Lewins/AAP Images via AP)
Pope Francis delivers a speech during an audience with refugees arriving from Lesbos at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
A new addition to Albuquerque Fire Rescue Station 20 honors the sacrifice some of the department’s finest firefighters made 18 years ago. The memorial near Paseo del Norte and Wyoming is shaped like a pentagon and on the inside, there are two towers with the names of each firefighter who responded. Dec. 19 (KRQE)
FILE – In this Dec. 19, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles. Warren lit into Mayor Pete Buttigieg for attending a fundraiser at a “wine cave” in Napa Valley where he dined and sipped under a chandelier with Swarovski crystals and bottles of cabernet can sell for $900. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
An anti-government protestor lets loose with a slingshot during clashes with the police in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Chile marks a second full month of unprecedented social revolt that has not only altered the country’s political landscape but also prompted a referendum on reforming the country’s dictatorship-era. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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