New Mexico governor to attend capitol tree lighting ceremony

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be among those in Washington for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

This year’s tree traveled over 1,500 miles (2414 kilometers) from the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico. It’s a 60-foot (18-meter) blue spruce that will be adorned with thousands of ornaments made by New Mexico school children and community members.

Lujan Grisham along with members of the state’s congressional delegation will deliver remarks during Wednesday’s ceremony.

Asher Dean, a fourth-grader from Arroyo Seco and winner of the Capitol Christmas Tree essay contest, will help light the tree.

Farmington native and “The Voice” winner Chevel Shepherd will perform at the ceremony.

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