April 22 - In This Issue:


Nearly 80 people filled the historic salon rooms of the Tempranillo Restaurant last Thursday for the Basalt Chamber of Commerce's Annual meeting. it was a record audience, and largely due I think to new energy coursing through the town.

The theme of the 2014-2015 Annual Meeting was ideas and innovation and a community coming together. Long-time Basalt Town Planner Susan Philp discussed the myriad projects ahead for the Town. Tim Belinski talked about the uniqueness of the multi-faceted Willits Town Center in the valley, the new Element Basalt hotel, and what to look for in the days ahead. Marty Pickett, RMI managing director, described not only the distinguished contributions of the Rocky Mountain Institute over the years, but gave us a vision of what the new Innovation Center will bring to Basalt. Marci Krivonen of Aspen Public Radio, who's long covered news in the valley, observed that Basalt seems to be coalescing into a strong, focused citizen-driven community. I reviewed the Chamber's activities over the last year, the essential role of volunteers to the strength and success of our organization, and the clear signs of vitality ahead. Key points included:
  • The Chamber closed the year with membership at a historic high, climbing an additional 23 members already in 2015
  • The Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory has jumped from 69 to nearly 100 pages in 2015
  • We adhered to our 2014 budget and finished out the year slightly ahead
  • Our Business After Hours, Ribbon Cuttings and other networking events are growing and a bunch of fun
  • New businesses are opening in downtown Basalt, and Willits Town Center, Basalt Business Center and the Mid-Valley commercial areas are working together in fresh and collaborative ways.
To read more about the Chamber's 2014 Annual Report and year-in-review, download a copy here.

Thanks to all of you who joined us last week. It was deeply gratifying to feel the spirit and collegiality of our town. And thank you to Javier Gonzales Bringas and Laura Maine, owners of Tempranillo Restaurant, for pulling together a seamlessly perfect luncheon, and again to Matt Harrington for giving us sound from room to room.
  1. the state of being strong and active; energy.
  2. the power giving continuance of life, present in all living things.
  3. "the vitality of seeds"
Does Basalt have vitality?
At last Tuesday's Town Council and Public Meeting, Town Manager Mike Scanlon talked about vitality as almost an ineffable concept, made of factors too numerous to describe. Vitality comes in stages. It exists in some pockets, while others are quiet. Some shops, not others. Some business owners tell me 2014 was their best year yet, while others are struggling. When we have it, we feel it and we know we're riding high. I like the part of the definition above that recognizes the "vitality of seeds." In all the phenomena I highlighted covering the Chamber's last year: the increased members, the exploding magazine, the terrific attendance at our networking events and annual meeting, the packed chambers of the Town Council, yesterday's ReStore Basalt opening - I feel both the seeds of vitality and its fruition.

On Saturday, I had a three hour (or was it four) lunch with our Chamber chair, the chair of the Downtown Business Association, and a former Basalt business owner. The conversation was thick with streaming ideas and promising collaboration, punctuated by laughter and camaraderie. The Basalt CO Community Page on Facebook is taking off with thoughtful conversation, and generally respectful dissent. As I write there's a lively thread about vibrancy that started with a picture of the Seattle Farmer's Market. If you're not a member of the group, head to the page and ask to join. All are welcome.

Looking for something to read to get the juices flowing? Tracy Bennett, BDBA chair and long-time owner of Midland Shoes, recently shared some inspiring anecdotes from  Why People Buy (and next week you'll learn which of the three different authors penned the recommended book). We also talked about creating a gathering for out-of-the-box thinking in Basalt. What do you think? Anyone interested in a weekly or monthly luncheon to brainstorm and feel the vitality flow? If so, write us here and we'll send you notice of the first get-together.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Basalt Preview Opening

Speaking of vitality, yesterday Habitat for Humanity's Preview Party & Ribbon Cutting packed in a crowd of more than a hundred guests to see the transformation of the old Clark's Market into a fine-looking furniture and accessories store. Today, the ReStore will hold their Grand Opening and Earth Day Fair from 10 am to 5:30 pm. More information is available below. Stop by to welcome Habitat for Humanity to Basalt, then wander around town to see all the new activity... the soon-to-open Cocina del Valle across Two Rivers Road, along with two new shops getting set up at the other end of Midland Avenue.

Basalt Avenue / Highway 82 Underpass & Annual Fryingpan River Clean-up

Later today, we'll have an opportunity to hear more about the proposed underpass from Basalt Avenue to the roundabout. The underpass project team will be on hand at the Basalt Library in the Community Room at 4:30 to discuss project phasing, the proposed plan and  aesthetic treatments, landscaping, lighting, security plans and other design considerations.

If year-after-year about this time, you've wondered about all those smiling people along the Frying Pan Road with plastic bags, gloves and tall boots, now's your chance to find out what it's all about. This Saturday morning, the Roaring Fork Conservancy is gathering residents to help with the annual Fryingpan River clean-up. Stop by Lions Park this Saturday morning around 8:30. As always, you'll enjoy a free breakfast and a great day of wandering around and care-taking our beautiful Gold Medal river. There are even prizes for best, weirdest and most valuable found treasures.

See below for more information and links to the event flyers.

Have a beautiful day in Basalt!

Robin Waters
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
BASALT PHOTOS STILL NEEDED for the 2015 Basalt Community Guide
& Business Directory. Contact us ASAP.

We're still looking for more terrific photos for the upcoming Basalt Magazine. Please check your archives, dropbox and photo files for:
  • Lively, good quality people shots clearly in Basalt
  • Indoor/outdoor dining
  • Recreational activities
  • Shopping, storefronts, gatherings or people enjoying events
Photos can  be from old town Basalt, Southside, Willits, Mid-Valley, Emma and El Jebel areas. We're committed to building a community-inclusive and vibrant magazine for Basalt. Join us! 

Photo submissions must be of good quality, focus and composition, royalty free and delivered digitally. Submit your entries for consideration to Lorie. Please describe your photo and location, and include your full name, email and daytime phone number. If your entry is accepted, we'll contact you for photo credit information. Thanks for sharing your art! 

April Events

April 22nd, Wednesday, 10-am-5:30pm
Grand Opening & Earth Day Fair
Basalt Center Circle (former Clark's Market space)
Free doughnuts from Coloradough. More information here.

April 22nd, Wednesday, 4:30-6:30pm
Public Open House Basalt Avenue & Highway 82 Underpass Project

Basalt Regional Library Community Room
Download flyer and sketch of the proposed underpass here

April 25th, Saturday
Fryingpan River Cleanup - Yes, this is actually a super fun community effort!
Meet at 8:30am at Lions Park in downtown Basalt for
Free Breakfast & Volunteer Registration, plus prizes for best found treasure
165 Midland Avenue
Download a flyer  here



Friday, May 8, 8:30-11 a.m. ~ 155 Park Avenue, Unit 115 

Celebrate the expansion of Rock Canyon Coffee into a new, bigger Roastery space. Arrive at 8:30 for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Stay for coffee, delicious food from local chefs, and door prizes! Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Open house from 9-11 a.m.  

Basalt Bike Nights Kick-Off & 1st Annual Charity Poker Run & Ride Benefit 
May 3rd, Sunday 11-5 at Stubbies Sports Bar & Eatery
Read all about it below

JAS Band Battle Returns to Basalt! 

May 9th, Saturday 1-6 pm at Lions Park
Come out and support up to 20 local student bands as they battle for bragging rights and this fun annual event. Free to all.
Download a poster here

Recurring Events and Social Connections

Coffee With Mayor Jacque Whitsitt   
Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at Saxy's in downtown Basalt 
Please check the Town Calendar to confirm. Tomorrow!


Coffee with Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry
Every 2nd Wednesday around 8:15 am at Cafe Bernard's in downtown Basalt. Please check to confirm schedule . Tomorrow!
To view a more complete calendar of Basalt events, visit the Chamber website
To download an updated list of the Chamber's monthly Business After Hours, click here
For the Town of Basalt's meetings & events schedule visit their website here and click "Calendar"
BikesBasalt Bike Nights Kick-Off at Stubbies Sports Bar & Eatery
& 1st Annual Charity Poker Run & Ride Benefit
Sunday, May 3rd 11am-5pm
Honoring Wally Dallenbach for 40 years of the Colorado 500

Motorcycle enthusiasts and friends are invited to the formal opening event of "Basalt Bike Nights" on Sunday May 3rd at Stubbies Sports Bar & Eatery. This event kicks off a season of First Tuesday Basalt Bike Nights, and will honor Wally Dallenbach and 40 years of the Colorado 500.

The May 3rd Charity Poker Run & Ride includes a five-card poker hand, food and prizes for $25 plus a goodie bag for the first 50 entrants. Registration begins at 11am with the final play by 4:30. There'll be music, food and prizes from 3 to 5pm for all to enjoy.

Known and loved as the "Home of the Colorado 500," Basalt is also home to Wally, famed race car driver, his wife Peppy and their family. The Dallenbach's have long hosted events in and around Basalt that bring hundreds of people to the area from all parts of the motorcycle world supporting the community and raising local scholarships. Wally was part of the original "Basalt Bike Nights" planning group and is an inspiration for these events that support downtown Basalt and bring friends - old and new - back to town.  
Motorcycles on Midland is open to the public and will be held every 1st Tuesday of the month June through October
For information on the May 3rd event and future Basalt Bike Nights locations,  download the poster
"Basalt parade, ACES' party head Earth Day event" Aspen Times 4/21/15

"Aspen developer puts Basalt plan on hold until town sets direction" Aspen Times 4/21/15

" Restore will open with a bank on Earth Day in Basalt" Aspen Times 4/20/15

"Basalt crowd, council urge developer to rework hotel plan? Aspen Times, 4/14/15

Town Manager Mike Scanlon's Weekend Update 
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On The Fly:
Low snowpack will lead to high catch rate on rivers this spring

Another offseason has arrived as the ski hills begin to make their transformations from whites to browns and greens and from skiers to hikers.


It's no secret that our snowpack levels are well below average this year. Though much doom and gloom surrounds our current snowpack levels, fish are survivors and are masters of perseverance and adaptation. Anglers will also need to adapt this year in order to persevere and become successful on the water... read the rest of the story here


SGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Frying Pan River
USGS Real Time Flow chart for the Fork at Basalt (Emma)
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This Month In Basalt

For a full listing of Basalt activities click on the calendar

Basalt Chamber of Commerce members receive complimentary advertising, free attendance at great networking events, educational programs, and discounts a local stores, athletic clubs and media outlets.

And this is just the beginning. Members tell us that the most rewarding part of their involvement is the sense of community and collaboration. Basalt Chamber memberships begin as low as $250 per year.

For more information and a membership application, visit the Chamber website. Applications also can be found online under the "Chamber" tab here

Our Mission: To advocate for, promote, and serve our members
Our Vision: To grow Basalt as a destination for businesses, locals, and visitors.

Memberships as low as $250 a year with valuable benefits. For more information and a membership application, click here

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