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Compelling interviews and incredible tales from Colorado's Western Slope, from the mountains to the desert. Christi Reece and her team hear from the movers, shakers and characters of the Grand Valley and surrounding mountain towns that make the Western Slope the place we all love. You'll learn, you'll laugh, you'll love with the Full Circle!
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It's summer break, so Christi had an opportunity to sit down with popular (and busy) District 51 music teachers, Jen Daigle from East Middle School and Isaac Lavadie from Grand Junction High School.  They discuss their passion for teaching, the importance of music in schools, teaching through COVID, and their hopes for the future.  An inspiring talk with these community leaders who mean so much to our kids!If you would like to support the music in our schools, reach out directly to the schools, District 51, or contact GJHS Band Parents at GJHSBandFundraising@gmail.com or check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GJHSMusicParents/.You can watch a full video of the interview on our YouTube page at https://youtu.be/DHPJuHnIdAM.
Christi sits down with the Director of Grand Junction Parks & Recreation, Ken Sherbenou, and with the City Forester, Rob Davis, to talk new parks, how to protect your trees, and the exciting projects on the horizon for our city!To find out more about what is happening in Grand Junction parks, visit their website.If you prefer video, check the video out on YouTube!
Christi sits down with area agents for a roundtable on what's happening in the Grand Junction and surrounding areas real estate market.  Guests include Anna Rickenbach, Jen Pedersen and Mike Foster.  Hear what the group has to say about the state of Western Colorado commercial and residential real estate!If you like your podcast in video form, check out our YouTube video: https://youtu.be/uvqiftHLWTw
Christi sits down with Mesa County Valley School District 51 Superintendent Dr. Diana Sirko to talk about how schools are faring thru the COVID era, the bond measure to build a new Grand Junction High School, her upcoming retirement and more! If you're interested in learning more about supporting the GJHS bond measure, check out the Citizens for School District 51 Facebook page .  You can learn more about supporting  the district in general by visiting  the D51 Foundation website.If you prefer to watch your podcasts, check out this interview on YouTube!
Christi sits down with Greg Caton, the City Manager for the City of Grand Junction.  Get an overview of some of the big projects happening in the city, how we are faring after a crazy year+ of COVID, and what the city is looking to in the future.  Bonus - Greg answers his own phone and emails, so don't hesitate to reach out to him with your questions and ideas for Grand Junction!Learn more about what is happening with the city at their website!
Christi sits down with Jeff Snook & Jody Corey, owners of the Spoke and Vine Motel, and hears about what brought them to the Grand Valley, renovating an old motel, buying the Palisade Cafe,  and all their other exciting adventures in Palisade and the Grand Valley!Info on the motel:https://spokeandvinemotel.com/The Palisade Cafe & Wine Bar:https://www.palisadecafeandwinebar.com/Check out the video of the interview at https://youtu.be/ydAaAAC5tfo.
Prepare yourself to  be entertained and inspired by Christi's conversation with Coach Tremaine Jackson from Colorado Mesa University Football!  They talk about food, community, race relations, Black Lives Matter, Texas, grandmas, the allure of Grand Junction and, of course, football.  You'll be wanting to invite Coach to your house for dinner by the end!To learn more about CMU Football and how to support the team this fall, visit https://cmumavericks.com/sports/football.If you prefer to watch the interview, visit our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/ChristiReeceGroup
You'll be inspired by Sarah and Thaddeus Shrader of Bonsai Design in this month's Full Circle Podcast!  From their work building world class adventure courses, to their commitment to the outdoors, to their role in the development of Riverfront at Las Colonias on the Colorado River, these guys are doing incredible work in our community and beyond!Check out their website to learn more about them!
We've all heard the news by now that President Tim Foster at Colorado Mesa University is retiring at the end of this year.  Christi sat down with him to discuss his legacy, how the school has changed during his tenure (including the impact of COVID-19), new developments at CMU, and what's next for him!If you prefer to watch your podcasts, the full video is available at https://youtu.be/qe0eK_sI-50Bonus question for Tim:What's your advice for your successor at CMU? Take the time to understand the community both in the Grand Valley and across Western Colorado.  There is a unique spirit here which is very western in terms of openness and a willingness to embrace new ideas and find ways to make things work.  The people here love the University but you have to spend the time to make sure they understand whatever one wants to do. 
Jen Taylor sits down with Mike Foster from Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties to talk about what is happening in the Grand Valley commercial real estate world!You can learn more about Mike and get his contact info at http://mfoster.cbcprimeproperties.com/.
In this episode, Christi talks with Bryan Johnson, President of St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction, CO.  Hear what's new at the hospital, how the COVID crisis has impacted them and what is on the horizon for health care.  To learn more about SCL Health - St. Mary's, visit https://www.sclhealth.org/locations/st-marys-medical-center/.If you prefer to watch your podcasts, check out our YouTube page for the video: https://youtu.be/firbVWhovLk
In our first remote podcast, Christi sits down "virtually" with Anne and Jen, the infamous owners of the Hot Tomato Pizza and Bestslope  Coffee Company in Fruita, Colorado.  They talk pizza, bikes, COVID-19, ice cream and more!If all this makes you hungry, you can check out Hot Tomato at https://www.hottomatopizza.com/ and for Bestslope, go to https://bestslopecoffeeco.com/.If you prefer to watch your podcasts, check out our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/-7hTqpwqkXc
Join Christi and Scott Winans for an inside look at the new Palisade Plunge and all the work COPMOBA and others have done to make this exciting  trail a reality!  Learn more about the Plunge and COPMOBA at https://www.copmoba.org/.
As harvest season winds down, Christi talks with Garrett Portra of Carlson Vineyards about their approach to wine making, the effect of the late frost, summer wildfires and COVID, their new(ish) tasting room in Downtown Grand Junction, and more!If you want to visit their two tasting rooms and learn more about their wines, visit the Carlson Vineyard website at https://www.carlsonvineyards.com/.You can also watch a video of the podcast at https://youtu.be/82cRawLdHWA!
In this episode Christi interviews Elizabeth Fogarty, the Director of Visit Grand Junction.  The two of them have a fascinating discussion about place and tourism marketing, data analytics, relationship building, the effect of COVID-19 on tourism, how Grand Junction is evolving, and how we protect our quality of life on the Western Slope through it all.  Visit https://www.visitgrandjunction.com/ to learn more about their vision, order a visitor's guide, and to see all there is to do in the Grand Valley!If you prefer to watch your podcasts, check out the video: https://youtu.be/9B4j1pCXAxs
In this episode of the Full Circle, Christi interviews Brandon Stam, the Executive Director of Downtown Grand Junction.  Brandon talks about the exciting new developments in the Downtown scene, the effect of COVID-19 on the community and businesses, and explains the roles of the Business Improvement District and the Downtown Development Authority.  To learn more about Downtown Grand Junction, visit their website at https://downtowngj.org/.If you prefer to watch your podcasts, check out our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/C58StZ5pNAA
Christi sits down with Jeremy Nelson of Downtown Grand Junction REgeneration LLC, the developer for the Lowell Village Townhomes.  They discuss the exciting project to bring modern townhomes to Grand Junction's vibrant downtown. The homes are being built behind the old R-5 High School, also part of the redevelopment plan, on 7th St and White Ave. When finished, there will be 36 townhomes with detached garages that include an upstairs flex suite.  Buyers can choose from multiple floor plans and finishes.  All townhomes have front porches to encourage neighborly connection.  Couple that with a community garden, great lawn and plaza, and there will be plenty of space for fun!  Call us at The Christi Reece Group at 970-589-7700 to learn more about Phase 2, to be completed in 2021.If you prefer visuals, watch here!
In the inaugural episode of the Full Circle, Christi talks with REALTOR® Jen Taylor.  Jen regales us with her fabulous personal adventures and storied career in the outdoor and cycling industries.  She also discusses her other project, El Jet's Cantina + Sky Outpost, coming to the Colorado River in Downtown Grand Junction in 2022!  Please note that this episode was recorded in early February 2020, before the COVID-19 outbreak.
Christi interviews Robin Brown, the Executive Director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP). Robin shares her history as a helicopter pilot in the Army, her numerous careers, and her love of Grand Junction. They also discuss the role of GJEP and the business and economic outlook of the Grand Valley. To find out more about the work that GJEP does, visit www.gjep.org. Please note that this episode was recorded in early March 2020, before the COVID-19 outbreak.
Christi has a full house in this episode, talking to some of the team behind the Community Food Bank of Grand Junction. Alisha Wenger, Executive Director, and two board members, Biff Messinger and Karen McLean-Wilson, share how they got involved in the Food Bank.  They also discuss the mission and history, as well as their efforts to support the Grand Valley community during the COVID-19 pandemic. To make a donation or to volunteer for the Food Bank, please visit www.foodbankgj.org. This episode was recorded on May 26, 2020.
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