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  • Fourth-graders can get a free Christmas tree permit from the Forest Service

    Fourth-graders can get a free permit to cut a Christmas tree on Forest Service lands. The permits are being given out as part of a program to get kids recreating …


  • 100 years ago in Spokane: Park Board president assails Christmas tree harvesting from parks

    From our archives, 100 years ago Aubrey L. White, president of the Park Board, was fuming over what the paper was calling a “tree slaughter.”


  • Fourth-graders can get free Christmas trees from national forests

    Fourth-grade students are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit from local national forests as part of an initiative to get children outdoors.


  • Tradition of Christmas tree has roots in solstice rituals

    As a kid, we always knew when it was getting close to Christmas. Boxcars filled with fresh-cut Christmas trees would start backing up on the rail line out of town. …


  • Researcher aims to prolong Christmas trees’ lives

    In the early 1980s, Gary Chastagner took a road trip to Southern California, stopping at Christmas tree lots along the way. At each lot, he asked permission to collect twigs …


  • Unusual Jobs: Carver Farms Christmas tree trimmers

    Most people don’t think much about Christmas during the sunny and hot months of July and August. But at Carver Farms in Newman Lake, Scott Carver and Gunnar Merkel are …


  • The Rock Doc: Capitol Christmas Tree data could help us improve tradition

    I know we are still only in Advent. But at this point in December, my mind starts to turn toward Christmas. It just can’t be helped, especially with all the …


  • Capitol Christmas Tree stops in Spokane on its way east

    The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree stopped in Spokane on Tuesday afternoon and was serenaded by 42 third-graders from the Central Valley School District. “They did awesome,” said Aaron Dahlgren, one …


  • Colville tree will deck U.S. Capitol

    The Fourth of July is right around the corner, but visions of tinsel, colorful lights and ornaments are dancing in the heads of Colville National Forest staff and Ted Bechtol. …


  • Tree helps elicit stories, memories

    Although the Christmas season has deep spiritual meaning to me, I also enjoy the secular things that coexist with it – the lights, food, gifts, trees, special baking, music and …


  • A new tradition: Christmas tree a River Park Square ritual

    Standing tall this season over the many people in busy pursuit of those last few gifts for Christmas is one of Spokane’s largest Christmas trees – the several-stories high tree …


  • Spokane couple’s 1974 Christmas tree lives on

    The huge conifer on the front lawn of Paula and Dan Campbell’s house on West 33rd Avenue had a humble beginning: It arrived as a live Christmas tree in a …


  • ‘Fun time’ of year for Christmas tree farmers

    With the countdown to Christmas well under way, families are flocking to area farms and lots to pick the perfect tree. “It’s a family tradition,” said Chelsey Williamson. “We come …


  • As trees go, nothing beats real thing

    It’s Christmas tree hunting season. Are you going to hunt for yours outdoors at a lot or tree farm? Or are you going to dash out to the nearest purveyor …


  • As trees go, nothing beats real thing

    It’s Christmas tree hunting season. Are you going to hunt for yours outdoors at a lot or tree farm? Or are you going to dash out to the nearest purveyor …


  • To the perfect Christmas tree

    1. Tools needed: Tape measure, twine, gloves, saw, leaf blower, Santa hat (optional). 2. Degree of difficulty: Easy.


  • Religion Notebook: South Hill tree lighting Sunday

    Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S. Grand Blvd., will present its second annual South Hill Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with music from …


  • Flawed trees, beloved Dad, are tradition

    They stand tall. Carved by nature. Shaped by buzz saw. Perfect specimens of vibrant dark green waiting for adornment. Balanced. Symmetrical. Perfection. But the perfect holiday tree can also be …


  • Permits available for Christmas trees

    Here’s a sign of Christmas creep – the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is advertising Christmas tree permits for sale. The $5 permits went on sale the day after Halloween, although some …


  • Beckman, family farm evolve alongside Green Bluff community

    Lifelong Green Bluff resident Lisa Beckman and her husband, Mike, farm land originally homesteaded in 1904. Her grandparents bought the property 50 years ago, named it Fruit Crest Orchard and …


  • Education Notes: Freshman wins math trophy

    Kashif Ravasia, a freshman at St. George’s School, proved his math smarts in the Math is Cool Championships in early December when he placed first in the individual geometry test. …


  • City will recycle Christmas trees

    Undecorated Christmas trees will be picked up, chipped up and composted if Spokane residents put them out on garbage day.


  • Cyclists begin second year of holiday tree deliveries

    PORTLAND – Two years ago, Max Kirchoff – hundreds of miles from his family and nostalgic for the holidays of his childhood – decided to buy his first Christmas tree. …


  • Watering your freshly cut Christmas tree right will pay off later

    If you’re heading to a Christmas tree farm, heed the research of tree scientist Les Werner and his students: Keep that fresh-cut fir or pine watered once you get it …


  • Out & About

    OUTBOUND – Two Coeur d’Alene-based outdoor adventure companies are the ticket for people prompted by this week’s snow and cold to start planning an active getaway. • Sea Kayak Adventures …


  • Cutting your own tree? You should know a few things

    For many families, Christmas isn’t complete without a freshly cut evergreen. Millions of trees are available at steep discounts compared to retail-lot prices, but there’s a catch: You have to …


  • Hutton holiday fundraiser now offering U-cut trees

    The Hutton Settlement will begin its sixth annual Christmas tree sale on Saturday, and for the first time there will be U-cut trees available as the first trees planted at …


  • Hunt begins for perfect presence

    Each year after Thanksgiving, Mike Tuel sets up a temporary forest in the asphalt parking lot at Runge Furniture Store in Coeur d’Alene. Wooden scaffolds hold dozens of dark green …


  • After T-Day, it’s tree time

    Before the Thanksgiving leftovers are even gone, it’s time to think about bringing home a fir or spruce for Christmas. And tree venders are ready to provide.


  • Out & About

    Beasts a burden for fisheries OUTLAW – While road hunters are an issue in modern days, anglers apparently have had their issues with mixing their sport with transportation.


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