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Oh, Tannebaum! Permits Available!

Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests office locations beginning November 18. The cost per permit is $8.00 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at National Forest office and vendor locations. There is a maximum of five tree permits per person. Permits will be available and valid from November 18, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019

Oh Tannebuam! Tis the season for Chrsitmas Tree harvesting in Saguache Today.

Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the GMUG with the following exceptions: Wilderness, scenic pullouts, commercial timber sales areas, recreation and ski areas, campgrounds, trailheads, developed sites and administrative areas and otherwise as detailed in the package provided with your permit. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of any road or trail. Trees must be less than 20 feet tall from the stump, may not be greater than 6 inches in diameter at the base of the tree and the stump height should be no greater than 6 inches high. Topping trees is not allowed (i.e. cutting only the top of the tree and leaving the bottom with limbs attached). Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold. The tags must be attached to the tree at the cutting location and must be left on the tree until it arrives at its final destination. Maps showing where Christmas tree cutting is allowed are available at all offices where permits are sold and will be provided with permits along with a regulations list.

The GMUG is pleased to continue the 4th Grade Free Christmas Tree Program again this holiday season. Fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid Outdoors Initiative. Every Kid is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists. All fourth graders are eligible to receive a fourth-grade pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year. In support of this initiative, the Forest Service will make available a free Christmas tree permit to every interested fourth grader who presents a 4th Grade Pass or paper voucher at any GMUG National Forests office location.

Fourth-graders get a FREE Christmas tree as part of Every Kid Outdoors program

Instructions on how to obtain a pass and collect a free tree permit:

In order for students to receive a free Christmas tree permit, they must present a valid 4th Grade Pass or paper voucher printed from the Every Kid Outdoors website. To earn the voucher, simply visit the website, click on the “Get Your Pass” button and follow the instructions to obtain the voucher. Print out the paper voucher and bring it with you to a District Office on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.

The Forest Travel Management Plans and or weather conditions may close various forest roads prior to or on November 30. As a reminder, Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) have been produced for the entire Forest and show forest roads, trails and areas that have been designated for seasonal closures. Motorized users are responsible for obtaining an MVUM to determine where one can drive, ride and recreate. These maps are free and are available at District Offices or on the Forest website. Snow and winter conditions will dictate road access for Christmas tree harvesting. Conditions associated with winter travel on forest roads may include, but are not limited to: heavy snow, ice, soft shoulders and constantly changing road conditions. 

Permit Sale Locations:

  • The Fort Uncompahgre, 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday, 440 N Palmer Drive; Delta, CO. 970-874-8349.
  • Supervisor’s Office, 8 AM to 4 PM, excluding weekends and holidays 2250 South Main Street; Delta, CO. 970-874-6600.
  • Grand Valley Ranger District, 8 AM to 5 PM, excluding weekends and holidays, 2777 Crossroads Blvd, Suite 1; Grand Junction, CO. 970-242-8211
  • Ouray Ranger District, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding weekends and holidays. 2505 S. Townsend; Montrose, CO. 970-240-5300.
  • Gunnison Ranger District, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding weekends and holidays, 216 N. Colorado; Gunnison, CO. 970-641-0471.
  • Norwood Ranger District, 8 AM to 5 PM, excluding weekends and holidays. 1150 Forest; Norwood, CO. 970-327-4261
  • Paonia Ranger District, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding weekends and holidays. 403 N. Rio Grande Ave.; Paonia, CO. 970-527-4131.
Christmas Tree permits are available through the Forest Service.

VENDORS:

  • Valley Ranch – Monday thru Friday 6 AM to 6 PM; Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. 57454 Highway 330; Collbran, CO. Christmas Eve 6 AM to 4 PM; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 970-487-3000.
  • Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply – Monday thru Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM; 3217-I-70 Business Loop; Clifton, CO; Christmas Eve 7:30 AM to 4 PM; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 970-523-7515.
  • Desperado General Store – Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 40486 D Lane, Crawford, CO. 970-921-5655.
  • Paonia Flower Shop – Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 301 Grand Ave; Paonia, CO. 970-527-4664.
  • Gambles Ace Hardware – Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. -4 p.m. 121 Bridge Street Hotchkiss, CO. 970-872-3535.

Spooky Time in Saguache Today

Trick or Treaters – young and bold – will have plenty of fun to behold when it comes to celebrating the spookiest season of the year in Saguache Today! So grab your Halloween costume and candy bag. It’s time to get your spooky on!

This Thursday, October 31, the afterschool Halloween fun begins at 4:30 p.m. when children are asked to gather at the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department’s station to head out on the hayride. What a great way for the kiddos to get out and collect their goodies in a safe manner. Thanks to the Mountain Valley School Booster Club who join efforts with local firefighters in helping to coordinate this safe, family-friendly event.

The Annual Halloween Costume Contest is serious businsess as pictured here in the 2017 competition at the Saguache Fre Station. Who will claim top prize this year?!

One of the stops along the hayride will be the Oasis Restaurant. Here costumed kiddos will have a chance to enter the eatery’s contest. According to Josh from the Oasis, they will take a special picture of the kiddos all dressed up for Halloween and then post that picture to the Oasis Facebook Page. The ones with the most likes will get a first and second prize. Every kid will also get a special goodie bag with yummy treats. But for Halloweeners not on the hayride, all are welcome to stop in for trick or treating on Halloween night! Things at the Oasis will get going at 5 p.m and wrap up by 7:30.

Meanwhile, the hayride will return to the firehouse for a delicious chili dinner starting at 5 p.m. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Afterward, there will be the fantastic costume contest! Which outfit will claim the top prize? Find out for yourself and join the competition parade which begins at 6 p.m. at the firehouse located on Denver Avenue and 4th Street in the heart of downtown Saguache. There will be some candy, delicious chili, and hot chocolate.

Photo from Halloween 2017 via Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

From here, the Halloween fun for the kids continues across the street at the Cozy Castle Cinema when starting at 8 p.m. there will be a special Halloween presentation of the movie “Hocus Pocus,” a Halloween classic! Ticket prices are only $10 and include popcorn and pop!

“The money we raise is to help pay our way to the Fall Leadership Conference in Denver,” stated Booster organizer Crystal Knight. She also gave a “shout-out to Cozy Castle Cinema for always supporting our youth!” Seating is limited for the movie event, so plan ahead by connecting on the Cozy Castle Cinema Facebook Page.

While the kiddos fun is winding down with a movie, the adults will be making plans for babysitting and face-painting, as the adult fun will fire up late-night starting at 10 p.m. at The Village Pub, Pizza and Spirits in downtown Saguache.

The Halloween costume competition is fierce as the judges confer in Saguache Today!

 “The Pub’s Halloween Party is going to a blast of awesome, scary, and funny!” the eatery posted on its Facebook Page. The inaugural event will include a special drink menu, seasonal menu treats, and an adult costume contest. In addition to the food and libations, guests will also have an opportunity to take in a midnight screening at the Cozy Castle Cinema located next door. Movie-goers can pick from the top four film choices to see which one is the winner and the theater will show that movie at midnight on Halloween!

Well, that’s a (mummy) wrap for what’s happening for Halloween this Thursday. Take it all in, and if you take any pictures be sure to #photoshare with your friends in Saguache Today!