Lindsay Lawler: Sing4TheTrees contest winner

Lindsay Lawler of “Highway Angel” fame won the songwriting contest and will sing in Meeker Nov. 3.

MEEKER I In conjunction with the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, Rolling Stone’s keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Choose Outdoors Colorado and New Earth Pellets hosted the first year of Sing4TheTrees songwriting contest. The contest was established to help people start thinking about our forests and the important role they play in our lives. Contestants were encouraged to […]

Cooperative effort makes event a true tribute

Blanco District Ranger Ken Coffin announced to Meeker mayor Mandi Etheridge and the many others who attended the PMC tree lighting last December that the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree would be harvested from the White River National Forest. Preparations for Colorado’s gift to the people of the United States  began immediately after the announcement. The celebration begins tomorrow with the actual cutting of the tree and a mayor’s reception at the Meeker Hotel starting at 5 p.m. A complete schedule of events can be seen on page 5 of this week’s special section.

MEEKER I The Capitol Christmas Tree project and celebration is not only a showcase of Colorado’s “Gift to the Nation,” it is also a showcase of how well organizations in Meeker work together to build lasting memories for our community. Together, the U.S. Forest Service, Town of Meeker, Eastern Rio Blanco Recreation and Park District, […]

75 trees harvested for U.S. Capitol

RBC I Last week, the Colorado State Forest Service harvested 75 subalpine fir trees from the Colorado State Forest near Gould to accompany the official U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. These companion trees will ultimately spend the holidays in U.S. government offices. CSFS foresters obtained the trees with the help of North Park […]

Utes join in Capitol Christmas Tree celebrations

Cradle board ornaments were made by elders at the Uintah and Ouray Reservations near Ft. Duchesne. Members of the Utes of the Uintah and Ouray Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe are joining the celebration. Ute dancers will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday and tribal council members and elders from the three tribes will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in receptions at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the USFS, then observe the Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

MEEKER I Colorado’s gift to the nation will leave Meeker for Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the aboriginal peoples of this land — known today as the Utes of the Uintah and Ouray Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe — are joining the celebration. In May, members […]

Santa and Mrs. Claus honored as grand marshals for Parade of Lights

With thanks to the Meeker Lodging Tax Board, Santa and Mrs Claus will promote Meeker and Rangely as they make the 30-day journey to deliver the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington, D.C. Santa and Mrs. Claus will share with people along the way how they “Celebrate the Great Outdoors” during their stays in Rio Blanco County. The Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested Friday 40 miles east of Meeker on the Flattops Scenic Byway (RBC Road 8) at 10 a.m.

MEEKER I During his travels throughout the past 56 years, Santa discovered the small community of Meeker and decided that this special little place would become a focal point of his yearly travels. Santa has been bringing smiles to faces and cheer to all residents of Meeker for more than 45 years. Santa cherishes the […]

Thousands of ornaments made for Capitol tree

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MEEKER I As the journey of Colorado’s “gift to the nation,” the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree and more than 70 companion trees, begins Nov. 6, more than 5,000 handmade ornaments have been wrapped and boxed for the trip to our nation’s capitol, with thanks to many across the state. It was announced in December 2011 […]

Celebrate Colorado’s gift to the United States

A banner placed on the courthouse lawn invites everyone to join the celebration of Colorado’s gift to the nation starting Nov. 2.

MEEKER I Everyone is invited to the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration in downtown Meeker on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. Friday events kick off with the public invitation to watch the tree cutting process at 10 a.m. The Meeker Recreation District and the Meeker Chamber of Commerce are partnering to provide transportation […]

Capitol Christmas Tree Events

Parade of Lights MEEKER I The Meeker Chamber of Commerce is currently taking vendor applications for the street fair, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, 2-7 p.m., in downtown Meeker.

Colorado’s gift to the people of America

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MEEKER I The decision to harvest the 2012 United States Capitol Christmas Tree from the White River National Forest, the nation’s most visited, more specifically from the Blanco Ranger District, was announced at the end of 2011 in Meeker by Blanco District Ranger Ken Coffin and Meeker Mayor Mandi Etheridge, kicking off a year of […]

Capitol Christmas Tree cutting Nov. 2

MEEKER I The Meeker Recreation District and the Meeker Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to provide transportation to the cutting location of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree on Friday, Nov. 2. The public is welcome at the cutting site, however, there is limited vehicle space. Persons interested in taking the trip, please call the […]

Christmas Tree celebration

MEEKER I Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 3 to celebrate the Capitol Christmas Tree coming from the White River National Forest. The celebration will be held in downtown Meeker and will include a 5K run/walk, street fair, music, bounce houses, stilt walkers, Ute Indian dancers, children’s holiday music performances, dignitary speeches, parade of lights, […]

2012 Capitol Christmas Tree is a gift to the nation

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The spirit of Christmas is coming early this year to Meeker, as the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree will be a “gift to the nation” from the White River National Forest and the people of Colorado. Trysta and Sarah Welle along with Peyton George pose in front of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree banner after picking […]