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 […]

Tree’s journey begins Nov. 6 in Meeker

Members of the Meeker High School National Honor Society and FCCLA help Mary Cunningham Gillespie, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, attach hangers, individually wrap and box more than 5,000 ornaments for the Capitol Christmas Tree and the 70 accompanying trees, coming from the White River National Forest.

MEEKER I Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Michael Bennet, and Reps. Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, Scott Tipton, Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn, Mike Coffman and Ed Perlmutter welcomed the kick-off to the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree’s journey from Colorado to Washington, D.C. The “People’s Tree,” a 73-inch Engleman Spruce, will be cut from the White River […]

Capitol Tree celebrations

The donated and decorated Mack truck that will be used to haul the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington, D.C., arrived in Meeker last Friday. The tree will be cut Nov. 2 and driven to Meeker for viewing and a parade of lights Nov. 3.

MEEKER I The excitement continues to build as preparations are made to cut, wrap and deliver Colorado’s gift to the nation, the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, and everyone in Rio Blanco County is invited to take part in the celebration Nov. 3. Since it was announced last December that the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree would […]

Holiday tradition continues with Capitol Christmas Tree

RBC I This holiday season, the U.S. Forest Service and the White River National Forest, with help from their nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors and major sponsors including the Colorado Tourism Office, Mack Trucks and The National Association of Convenience Stores, will present a gift to the nation from the people of Colorado. The 2012 Capitol […]

Udall visits plant center

Also while in Rio Blanco County, U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Natasha Goedert, with the White River National Forest looked for the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree on Ripple Creek Pass.

MEEKER I The Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center (Plant Center) was privileged to host Senator Udall on July 2. On his way to select the 2012 White House Christmas Tree in the White River National Forest, Senator Udall stopped by and learned more about what the Plant Center had to offer regarding plant material development […]

Claus for a good cause

It was a little warmer than normal for Santa and Mrs. Claus to be out, but they came out in support of the Capitol Christmas Tree project anyway.

MEEKER I Gerald and Twila Morris sacrificed their time and energy for the “Claus” once again last Saturday in Denver, sweltering in the heat as Santa and Mrs. Claus. They were asked to participate by a member of the organization in charge of acquiring the Capitol Christmas Tree this year. The tree is coming from […]

Time to make your ornaments

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MEEKER I While the tree that will become the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree soaks up the Colorado sunshine in the White River National Forest, the humans involved in the project are busy making plans for decorating the tree and celebrating its journey from Colorado to Washington. Coloradans will be responsible for providing 5,000 handmade ornaments […]

RBC proud to furnish Capitol Christmas Tree tree

(Above) Blanco District Ranger Ken Coffin and Rio Blanco County Commissioner Kai Turner spoke with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at a press conference announcing that the White River National Forest will provide the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree.

RBC I Rio Blanco County commissioner Kai Turner joined Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Under Secretary of Agriculture Harris Sherman, and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service last Friday in Denver for the official announcement that the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree will be provided by the White River National Forest. RBC Commissioner Kai Turner, a fifth-generation […]

Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Meeker area in 2012

Ken Coffin, district ranger for the Blanco Ranger District announced the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree would come from the White River National Forest at the PMC tree lighting Wednesday, Dec. 7.

MEEKER I Meeker Mayor Mandi Etheridge will join Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and renowned photographer John Fielder tomorrow in Denver, along with representatives from the White River National Forest and Choose Outdoors to announce the selection of the White River National Forest as the source of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree. The Capitol Christmas Tree […]