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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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They’re back. Congress returns after August break … U.S. House schedule for Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Capitol 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

After returning home to all parts of the nation for the month of August, Congress will return to Washington on Tuesday to again take up business. Below is the U.S. House schedule from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office for  Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 1344 – Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie / Energy and Commerce Committee)

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