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Updated Nov 26, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Gov. Brewer welcomes Christmas season at Capitol

(Photo: Jim Cross/KTAR)

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, with the help of students from John F. Long Elementary in Phoenix, brought holiday cheer to the State Capitol with the lighting of the state's official Christmas tree.

The kids provided the music and helped Brewer count down the lighting of the tree in the lobby of the executive tower.

The governor said this year's ceremony holds a special place.

"This lighting is a capstone to Arizona's centennial year."

The Capitol tree is a 20-foot Douglas fir from the Tonto National Forest and decorated with ornaments from schoolchildren across the state.

"In honor of the centennial this tree pays homage to the state flag and our five C's -- cattle, cotton, citrus, climate and copper," said Brewer.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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