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  • Forest gets new deputy supervisor

     Joe Norrell is the new deputy forest supervisor for the Santa Fe National Forest. Norrell brings 14 years of federal service experience to the Forest Service and the local community.
    He chose Santa Fe due to the challenges of working on complex issues with people that have a rich history and strong connection to the land.
    Norrell, who grew up in Alaska, attributes his career and passion for the outdoors to his parents. His father was a professor at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, which helped afford the time to take him and his sisters on many camping, hiking and fishing trips during the summer months.
    He listened to his mother who worked for the Alaska State Legislature talk about politics and how the decisions made by the legislature would impact people, which influenced him to consider a career in public service.
    He attended Montana State University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration. Beginning in 1998, Norrell worked for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources as a temporary research assistant and three years for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens in Washington, D.C. as a staff assistant on the Committee on Appropriations. Two of those years he spent working on the Interior and Natural Resources Subcommittee.

  • Elks collect toys for girls and boys

    The Elks Lodge set up an Angel Tree and worked with the Immaculate Heart Catholic church in Pojoaque and St. Vincent de Paul to provide gift packages for needy children. Pictured, left to right: Dave Williams, kneeling; Natalie Dimitruck (project chair); Jim Hay, Reine Williams, Mike Johnson, Holly Brown, Mark Sandoval, Trish Sandoval, Dick Bjarke.

  • 'Run, Run Rudolph' at 334 Garver Lane

    Here is a clip from the nightly light display in front of 334 Garver Lane. The lights in front of the house are synched up to music that can be heard by tuning in 93.7 FM near house. The display is on nightly.

  • Christmas Celebrated Around the World

    Christian faithful from around the world packed into churches on Christmas Eve to mark the beginning of the Christmas holiday with midnight mass.

  • Today in History for December 25th
  • Sex offender kills himself in Aztec standoff

    AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a registered sex offender wanted on a probation violation is dead after a nearly eight-hour barricade situation near the northwestern New Mexico city of Aztec.

    San Juan County Sheriff's officials say 39-year-old Byron Boyd fatally shot himself Monday night inside a cinder-block outbuilding.

    They sent a mechanical robot into the structure and confirmed that Boyd was down before deputies entered the structure.

    Before that, Boyd reportedly fired several shots at SWAT team members but nobody was hit.

  • 2 firefighters die in ambush at blazing NY house--Video Extras

    WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — An ex-con gunned down two firefighters after luring them to his neighborhood by setting a car and a house ablaze early Monday, then took shots at police and committed suicide while several homes burned.

    Authorities used an armored vehicle to help residents flee dozens of homes on the shore of Lake Ontario a day before Christmas. Police restricted access to the neighborhood, and officials said it was not clear whether there were other bodies in the seven houses left to burn.

  • Today in History for December 24th
  • Track Santa on his magical journey

    Just like each of you, those of us at LAMonitor.com can't wait to see what Santa brings us this year so we've assembled a number of the best Santa trackers in an effort to keep you posted on Santa's whereabouts. From all of us to all of you, have a very Merry Christmas!

    The NORAD Santa Tracker

    Tracking Santa with LANL's satellites

    Follow Santa on Google maps

    Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial.

  • Officials: 3 Set Deadly Ind. Blast for Insurance

    Three people charged in a gas explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood deliberately set up the deadly blast to collect a big insurance payout, authorities said.