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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

30-day period to comment on Capitol Christmas Tree Project

RBC I The White River National Forest, Blanco Ranger has provided legal notice of a 30-day comment period for a Decision Memo for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project. The proposed action involves selecting and harvesting one tree that will travel to Washington D.C. to decorate the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in December […]