Meeker, Colorado – Home of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

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After more than a year of planning and gathering ornaments, the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, harvested 40 miles east of Meeker in the White River National Forest, was delivered, decorated and lit in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 4, 2012.

Youth selected to light 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

RBC I Out of 1,381 entries from across Colorado, the White River National Forest and its nonprofit partner, Choose Outdoors, are pleased to announce Ryan Shuster as the winner of the contest to light the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. On Oct. 19, Santa and Mrs. Claus visited the Blanco Ranger District […]

5K features more than 100 runners for Capitol Christmas Tree walk/run

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More than 100 walkers and runners participated in the 5K last Saturday. Rio Blanco County high school athletes Jake Boesch of Meeker and Rangely’s Tessa Slagle were the first male and female runners to cross the finish line.

MEEKER I The first ever Capitol Christmas Tree 5K walk/run race featured 105 participants and was won by Meeker High School junior Jake Boesch, who just last week competed in the Colorado State Championship cross country meet. Rangely’s Tessa Slagle was the first female to cross the line on the same course the Range Call […]

Rangely is first stop in tree’s journey to the Capitol

Julius Poole (left) visits with former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who is driving the tree to Washington, D.C.

RANGELY I After Meeker’s town-wide celebration of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree harvest from White River National Forest last weekend, the tree began its 23-day journey to its final destination Tuesday morning. Rangely was the first of 27 stops the tree will make along its route as it tours 15 Colorado communities and nine more […]

2012 Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration

Many people watched as the 73-foot Englemann spruce, weighing 9,000 pounds, was loaded onto an 80-foot trailer.

Hundreds take part in celebration for Capitol tree

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Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Meeker last weekend to celebrate the harvest of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree from the White River National Forest. Festivities included the harvest, a street fair, speeches, a 5K walk/run, music, Ute dancing and drumming and a parade of lights before the tree was wrapped up for its journey to Washington, D.C.

MEEKER I The harvest of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree drew hundreds of people to the two-day celebration in Meeker before beginning its journey to Washington, D.C. “I never would have dreamed there would be this kind of turnout,” Blanco District Ranger Ken Coffin said of the large crowd gathered in downtown Meeker to see […]

The way to the nation’s Capitol

MEEKER I To become a true American Christmas tree, the Capitol Tree must travel through the great states to Washington, D.C. The town of Meeker has been honored with the chance to give a gift to the nation with the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree that will stand over the holiday season on the Capitol lawn. […]

Mack Trucks official transporter of the Capitol Christmas Tree

Mack Trucks will once again serve as official transporter of the Capitol Christmas tree and has provided two custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle model trucks for the project.

MEEKER I Mack Trucks is proud to once again serve as the official transporter of the Capitol Christmas Tree project, which annually provides a tree from one of America’s national forests to brighten the lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. This year, the tree is being harvested from the White River National […]

St. James: Winner of art contest

Cheryl St. James’ “Awaiting Spring” won the plein air painting contest and is on display at the Meeker Hotel and Café.

MEEKER I The Aspen Ski Company, The Aspen Art Museum and Choose Outdoors, in conjunction with the National Forest Service hosted a plein air painting contest early this year to help celebrate “Colorado’s Gift to the Nation.” The winner of this competition was Cheryl St. James with her oil painting “Awaiting Spring.” St. James is […]

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 […]