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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Spokane-area families create tradition by hunting for their Christmas trees in the forest (and the price is right)

Though not the most popular way to obtain a tree, cut-your-own Christmas trees remain an important part of family traditions – old and new – for some Spokane families.


Hours extended for Christmas tree permit sales

The Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District will offer extended hours to sell Christmas tree permits on Saturday and Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fernan Office, …


Spokane, Boy Scouts picking up fresh-cut Christmas trees

Spokane area residents have about a week and a half to dispose of their fresh-cut Christmas trees before the city’s and the Boy Scouts’ Christmas tree pickup programs end.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018

Pennsylvania farmers use sweat, science to craft the perfect Christmas tree

In the olden, golden days of yore, Santa Claus stuffed a tree down the chimney on Christmas Eve with the toys and set it all up before jingling off to …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Harvest memories at U-Cut Christmas tree farms

Guide to increasingly more choices for U-cut Christmas tree farms, and some of their traditions


For Emory Clark, cutting and selling Christmas trees is a way of life

Emory Clark has been cutting and selling Christmas trees for 63 years.


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.”


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015

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 …


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 …


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 …


‘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 …