2014-12-04 / Front Page

Scarce Christmas trees stump residents

Merel Hayen of the 4-H Christmas Tree lot in Bootjack cut a Noble Fir free of its packing string on Friday, Dec. 5. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)
Merel Hayen of the 4-H Christmas Tree lot in Bootjack cut a Noble Fir free of its packing string on Friday, Dec. 5. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE) Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 - 2:15 p.m. - Multiple factors are limiting county Christmas-tree locations this month. As of today, one outlet is open, with another planning to offer trees by Sunday. 

The one location offering Christmas trees on Friday was the 4-H lot at Bootjack Equipment Rental & Feed at 5039 Cole Road. The lot will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the weekend, and from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the week.

Tom Ritter's Creekside Nursery plans to offer at least 50 cut trees for sale by the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 7. 

With transportation hard to find, Ritter and wife Lori hopped a flight to Oregon today to do the job themselves. They will rent a truck, and hope to have their trees on site by Sunday, employee Patrick Hibpshman said today. 

"It's kind of crazy," he said. "But that's what it came down to."

Creekside Nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The business is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Get the full Christmas-tree scoop in the Thursday, Dec. 11 MARIPOSA GAZETTE. The story will include an update on the status of the Grizzly Quarterback Club tree lot.

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