They immediately put you at ease with a friendly, warm greeting. Each is determined to provide customer satisfaction. "We want a person to leave with some information, not empty handed," says Stace.
The same enthusiasm is echoed by her twin, Traci Hallstrom. "We want to lift spirits and make it fun in the office."
Stace started working in the BLM Redding office as a wild horse and burro specialist from 1981-1983. She then worked as a wrangler at guest ranches in the Lassen Volcanic National Park and then along the northern coast. She returned to Redding in 1986 and began working at the local airport. She came back to BLM in 1998 as a Public Contact Representative. Outside of work, Stace loves gardening and raises hundreds of orchids of different species. Besides raising the orchids, she is an orchid stock photographer and has had photos published in books, calendars, wedding invitations and stationary. "And yes, I do have prints for sale," she quips.
Traci studied at Shasta College and then Sacramento State but also returned to Redding and joined her sister at the Redding airport. She came to BLM in December 1999 as a temp Public Contact Representative. She has been a permanent, full-time employee since 2001. In addition to helping the public, Traci steps in to assist the program leads in the Redding office when they need help with projects. She also is the webmaster for the Redding office. In the little time she has left, she collects vintage rhinestone jewelry, and paints. She also devotes time to rescuing abused animals.
They gush about their dogs. Stace owns a Beagle named Elle and Traci a Greater Swiss Mountain breed, called Murphy. They live in Redding near the Sacramento River with their elderly parents. They have an older brother and sister.