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Alaskan spruce felled, begins journey to D.C. as Capitol Christmas tree

Capitol Christmas treeBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, at least preparations for “The People’s Tree” are underway as Alaskans donate a 74-foot Lutz spruce — a cross between a Sitka and white spruce — that was cut down Tuesday (see 2015 US Capitol Christmas tree cut down near Seward):

The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was felled Tuesday afternoon on the outskirts of this Southcentral Alaska harbor community, the first step of a 6,000-mile journey that will eventually take it to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

The 74-foot Lutz spruce cut Tuesday, a hybrid between a Sitka and white spruce, hails from the Chugach National Forest, the country’s most northern and western national forest. On Tuesday morning the 90-year-old tree stood about 300 feet off the Seward Highway. The surrounding area was cleared and filled in with dirt in order to support two cranes that secured the spruce estimated to weigh about 7,500 pounds.

The spruce was found by Amanda Villwock, Natural Resources Specialist with the Chugach National Forest, who said she began searching for the “perfect” tree last October.

“The tree symbolizes more than just the tree itself, you know, especially coming from Alaska,” Villwock said. “We’re taking pride in our state and sharing that with the entire country,” she said.

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U.S. House schedule for Thursday, November 13, 2014

From Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office….

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

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Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula on fire

WildfireBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Over 100,000 acres of wilderness land are on fire in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The Funny River fire was only 20 percent contained as of Sunday and growing with owners of cabins, vacation homes, and permanent residences on standby if the fire shifts direction. Residents of Anchorage were seeing intense smoke from the fire to their south.

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