On Saturday, May 4, a tree was felled and summarily removed from the northeast corner of the Southern Ute Veterans Park. Tyson Thompson was the sawyer assigned with the task of dropping and sectioning the tree.
The tall pine had been struck by lightning years ago and posed a risk in the highly trafficked area.
Members of the Southern Ute Veterans Association gave the tree a blessing in the traditional way before the felling took place. Larry Tucker gave the blessing, referencing the direction of the sun as it sets to the west and rises to the east.