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Crossing the Divide
Cultivating Community through Conversation
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June 12, 2019 06:54 AM PDT

Part 2 of Development in Bloom/s/ features a conversation with Bennett Boeschenstein, who, in his former role as Community Development Director for the City of Grand Junction, was intricately involved in the planning and development of the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.

Bennett reflects on the poor state of the riverfront upon his arrival in the early 1980's and the critical flood mitigation and herculean clean-up efforts undertaken in the Watson Island area to accommodate the Gardens that helped ignite a fervent reclamation movement that continues to this day. Along with a cast of former players (John Schultz and Lee Lindauer) from the Gardens' 20+ year history, he'll recount the financial struggles and maintenance issues that threatened an institution whose visionary founders were undoubtedly ahead of their time.

Featuring "Aquafunk," off local musician John Schultz's album Far Guitar.

May 27, 2019 08:25 PM PDT

Sue and John Harris remember their mother, Elizabeth Harris, founder of Grand Junction's Western Colorado Botanical Gardens and a visionary in the movement to reclaim the Colorado Riverfront from decades of pollution and neglect. They detail her passion for promoting our unique history and riparian habitat by connecting access to the river with the heart of downtown.

This interview was recorded at Elizabeth Harris' former residence, a location that presented some audio challenges.

To download a transcript of this podcast, visit https://bit.ly/2YOR973

April 17, 2019 07:13 AM PDT

Crossing the Divide's monthly sneak preview show features a behind-the-scenes look at our upcoming podcast with Grand Valley Visionary Jen Rieke Taylor whose contributions to outdoor rec on the Western Slope have been a boon to our quality of life and tourism industry. We talk career shifts, economic development, philanthropic capitalism and so much more in this preview to our full-length podcast "A Taylor-Made Life" where we'll get the full scoop on her latest entrepreneurial venture, El Jet's Cantina and Sky Outpost. This show was originally broadcast on 4/17/19 on KAFM Community Radio.

March 25, 2019 01:56 PM PDT

A sneak preview of our upcoming podcast on the development of our local Botanic Gardens, which helped kickstart the restoration and revitalization of the Colorado Riverfront still in progress today. The interview features Mayor Pro Tem Bennett Boeschenstein who helped guide the permitting process for the Gardens in his role as Community Development Director and later served as an active Board Member. Here we discuss the City's flood mitigation efforts along the waterfront and what we might expect in the face of a potentially torrential Spring runoff.

February 27, 2019 05:19 PM PST

A profile of Hilltop's Latimer House program, Safe House features Program Director Jackie Sievers detailing the critical services provided to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault throughout a four county region. Jackie sheds light on the scope and spectrum of domestic violence in our community and on the difficulties associated with leaving an abusive situation. She'll take us through the step-by-step process of how to identify the various forms of abuse and how to safely get out of an abusive relationship. We'll examine the many community partnerships and volunteer opportunities in place to help abuse victims with various needs throughout all stages of the process of transitioning to a life free from domestic trauma.

February 26, 2019 09:46 AM PST

Short and sweet sneak preview of our upcoming release, Safe House. Safe House features a conversation with Jackie Sievers, Director of Hilltop's Latimer House, providing shelter and vital services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This show was broadcast 2/20/19 on KAFM Community Radio.

February 06, 2019 09:54 PM PST

Our final, full-length podcast on the Old Spanish Trail has arrived. Put on your hiking shoes, saddle up your horse or hop on your bike to travel the arduous lengths of the Old Spanish Trail. Old Spanish Trail Association President and Grand Junction local Vicki Felmee details fascinating aspects of a historic trade route that wends its way westward from Santa Fe, New Mexico through portions of Mesa County shaping the lives of a diverse set of travellers from thousands of years in the past and on into the present day thanks to contemporary researchers, preservationists and recreationists.

January 29, 2019 07:55 PM PST

Long before it earned the name Old Spanish Trail, this 2700 mile trade route was one of numerous trails traversed by Native Americans moving across the western landscape. In this PopUp prelude to our full-length podcast on the history and preservation of the Old Spanish Trail, Carl Conner of the Dominguez Archaeological Research Group discusses how the study of Wickiup villages led to the Ute Trails Project, uncovering the layered history of ancient superhighways utilized by a diverse of array of travelers over tens of thousands of years.

January 23, 2019 01:54 PM PST

A tie-in to our upcoming full-length podcast on the Old Spanish Trail, this PopUp is one of many figurative road trips for the taking along this historic 2,700 mile trade route. It features Old Spanish Trail Association President and Grand Valley resident Vicki Felmlee discussing the global phenomenon of Culturally Modified Trees. Click play now for a quick introduction to a fascinating form of communication utilized by indigenous populations worldwide as well as right here in Western Colorado!

December 30, 2018 05:19 PM PST

Katherine Bedell, owner of Roan Creek Ranch, discusses mounting threats to modern day ranching and details her efforts to transform the cattle industry here on the Western Slope by utilizing sustainable practices that benefit the animal, the ecosystem and the consumer. Katherine's vision encompasses a cooperative farm-to-table effort on the part of 500 area ranchers that could rescue this iconic western tradition, create 100 new jobs, and provide enough locally produced and locally processed meat to feed our entire region.

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