July 16 - In This Issue:
Basalt Photo Gallery                                                                 by Barry Stevenson of OutsideAdventureMedia.com    

Roaring Fork Conservancy Advances Its Dream of a Basalt River Center

The tent was filled with 245+ supporters and an excited buzz at last night's Roaring Fork Conservancy's annual River Rendezvouz. Basalt's watershed action and education organization, now in its 19th year, is

Photo by Mike Scanlon
getting closer to its dream of a river center "where the hidden elements of river and water" are revealed. Designed for a location beyond the planned river park site on Two Rivers Road and next to Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center (now under construction), the new center "will bring together visionaries, researchers, policy-makers and decision-makers to conduct academic research and discuss regional water policy,"along with providing educational opportunities for the community at large.  

Innovation. It's a theme that's been taking shape all around Basalt: the Innovation Center, River Center, the Willits Town Center itself, these are all models of innovation growing in our midst with focus on energy, water and unique neighborhood development. Basalt-area native and Clean Energy Collective founder Paul Spencer last week received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Award for his innovations in community solar projects. The Basalt Thrift Store, continues to expand its mission of sustainable agriculture and creative recycling locally and internationally.

Does Basalt Need a "Brand?" Your input requested

There's long been talk of Basalt needing an integrating and over-arching "brand." Personally, I believe that Basalt defines itself. With its long historic roots, singular position as a town with two 
Gold Medal Rivers, stunning landscape and recreational activities, and progressive "Our Town Planning" commitment and governance, Basalt is both a stunning destination area and one growing thoughtfully according to broad community values and commitment to a high quality of life. Woven into the overall fabric is a impressive constellation of innovative organizations and entrepreneurs who for myriad reasons have chosen Basalt as a base. 

Could this mid-Valley of Innovation be a mantle on which our community might achieve its goal of long-term economic sustainability?

How can we channel this phenomena of innovating thinkers, globally-relevant projects and laudable accomplishments into a community "brand?"

Please give it some thought and send us your ideas.

Activities the Basalt Chamber is Trending

At the Chamber, we're following numerous Basalt projects, developments and proposals. In addition to progress on the Roaring Fork Conservancy's River Center, we remain closely involved with a plethora of other key activities, among which are:
  • Rocky Mountain Institute's new Innovation Center (see update below)
  • Willit's Town Center development, progress and new business activity
  • Proposals for the Two Rivers Road Pan & Fork development site
  • Historic Downtown business development
  • Two Rivers Road Greenway Master Plan
  • Ideas related to the relocation of the Aspen Science Center
  • Basalt Business Center association planning and strategic development
Key among the proposals before the Basalt community is the Tree Farm development project currently being considered for approval by Eagle County. This afternoon the Roaring Fork Planning Commission continues its review of the application. As always, we will continue to evaluate the benefits and impacts in each of these areas and encourage business owners and valley residents to keep informed as well as invite you to share your ideas and opinions. See below for more details 

See you around the town!

Robin Waters 
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Member Complimentary Breakfast & Welcome
Join Us and Learn How to Get the Most Out of Your Membership
WHEN:    Thursday, July 23rd from 8:30 to 9:30 (or 10) 
WHERE:  Whole Foods at the Willits Town Center
Pastries, fruit, coffee & tea compliments of Whole Foods
July is filled! Join the waiting list or RSVP early for September.

This month the Chamber will host its first member breakfast. Please join us and discover new ways to market your business with the Chamber and maximize your member benefits, including: 
  • What the Basalt Chamber does and how we can help your business.
  • How to utilize and optimize your web profile on the Chamber website
  • Free social media tips
  • Free & discounted advertising benefits through the Basalt Chamber
  • Discounted Ski Vouchers & more member-to-member benefits
  • Meet the Basalt Chamber Ambassadors and other business leaders
Reservations are required. As seating is limited to 25, we ask that just one representative per business attend. For those unable to attend this month, our next breakfast will be held on Wednesday, September 23rd, and roughly every quarter thereafter. We hope to see all of you soon.
July 23 (Thursday), 8:30 - 10 a.m. ~ Whole Foods at the Willits Town Center
Introduction to Chamber Benefits, meet the staff & Chamber Ambassadors
Fruit, Pastries, Coffee & Tea compliments of Whole Foods. 
RSVP to Missy at the Basalt Chamber. The event is fully reserved but we're happy to call you
if a space opens up or take 
your early reservation for the September 23rd breakfast.
Every Wednesday 6 - 8 p.m. through August 12th in
Lions Park/Downtown Basalt 
July 22 ~ The Starletts  Event Details  
July 29 ~ The Drunken Hearts  Event Details  
July 31 (Friday), 5 - 9:30 pm ~ Historic Downtown Basalt NOTE THE DATE CHANGE
Featuring the Caleb Dean Band, more bands, games and beverages in the libation garden.
Up & Down Midland Avenue. Stay lively and tuned for more information
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.


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 .
Download the Basalt Calendar of Events here
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"

Basalt Library Adult Tech Classes & Event
Public Hearing ~ Thursday, July 16, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
El Jebel Community Center, 0020 Eagle County Drive 

The Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission will continue their review of the Tree Farm Planned Unit Development (PUD) preliminary plan today at the El Jebel Community Center. The meeting is open to the public and will focus specifically on traffic and the affordable house component of the proposal and related compliance.

Covering 71 privately-owned acres across from Willits Town Center, the development proposal describes up to 400 residential units, approximately 135,000 s.f. of commercial, office, lodging and/or light industrial space, plus 42 acres of active and passive open space. The property will continue to be used for tree farm and nursery options. If approved, the developers - long-time mid-valley resident Ace Lane and his company Woody Ventures LLC - project a build-out over 15 to 20 years depending on demand.

Download today's  agenda and update memo. For more information and ongoing updates, visit the Eagle County Planning Department's website and link to the documents under "PDP-4986 The Tree Farm PUD."
"Review resumes Thursday of Tree Farm project in El Jebel"  Aspen Times 7/15/15

"Willits developer wants to add 91,000 square feet in Basalt" Aspen Times 7/15/15

" Basalt engineer's report says flooding occurred in a way that was intended"  Aspen Times 7/14/15

"Real estate market in Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale slowly improving' Aspen Times 7/10/15

Want to receive the latest news from the Town? Sign up through "NOTIFY ME" at the Town's website. You'll receive notices of Town Council meetings, agenda postings, news flashes, job openings and more.   


Town Manager Mike Scanlon's Weekend Update 
Find information on happenings around the Town including the housing needs survey, Downtown Area Advisory Committee, development projects, parks and trails activities, and more. 
If we've missed anything or you have new news to report, please send it to us. If it's good news, and hasn't yet made the headlines, we'll see if we can get our local papers interested.
The "Pencil" Garden is Growing

There's been lot of activity outside the Caboose this week. Installation of a pencil weather vane, special visitors from Aspen, a good-natured (spoof) heist of the christening work of pencil art. The Wyly Art Center Lions Park Pencil Garden now has six  wonderfully creative, skillfully designed pencil motif art pieces. 

Yesterday, contributing artist Michael Cleverly installed this wonderfully inventive, intricate pencil piece titled "The Wind Passes & Knows," title of a Joe Henry poem (see photo to the right). Helping to organize were Aspen Fire Chief Rick Balentine, current and former Pitkin County sheriffs Joe DiSalvo and Bob Braudis, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Loren Jenkins artists Dick Carter and Don Steuber, and Sharon Wells, along with Pencil Garden co-coordinator Nick Aceto.

It's inspiring and uplifting to feel all the valley-wide excitement and support for Basalt's new events.

 Say Goodbye to Blue....


Driving by the new RMI Innovation Center on Two Rivers Road, you'll see an expanding wall of exterior sandstone roadside and spreading around the sides of the building creating a natural look to blend into the surrounding visuals.


Metal siding is also placed over the blue air/weather barrier. It acts as a rain and weather screen and is hung on horizontal metal channels installed on the building over the blue weather barrier. Any weather or water that penetrates the outer metal skin will naturally fall down behind the metal siding within the provided air gap and exit through weep holes at the bottom of the wall.  The blue weather barrier prevents any of this penetrating water from entering the structure or interior. 


The Innovation Center is on schedule for an end-of-year completion.

Sellar Meadow Coke Ovens
Sellar Meadow Coke Ovens
Up the Frying Pan Road: Ancient History

While driving down Hagarman Pass toward Basalt I stumbled upon these almost forgotten relics of the 1800's mining industry, says Barry Stevenson of Outside Adventure Media. 


High in a mountain meadow, these ovens turned coal into coke for the mines in the region in the late 1800's. Today nature is reclaiming the eight over. Barry, a chamber member and Emmy Award-winning videographer, captured their ancient presence.
Take a look and please share the video.

Here's where your business is being seen!


The Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory is  now available at more than 300 locations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and at Colorado State Welcome Centers More than 5,000 copies have already been distributed. Here is a partial list of locations.

As a marketing professional of many years, I would sometimes hear clients and associates say: "That ad didn't do me any good." It's not hard to track ad returns when there's a specific call to action or coupon. The general ex
posure ads are often harder to follow. 


I'm delighted to be hearing from members who businesses appear in the new Basalt magazine that they're already receiving direct and very positive results from their ads.

Even more, the feedback about the magazine has been glowing from locals and visitors. If you haven't seen it yet, take a look around. As one of our Chamber Ambassadors says: "It's everywhere."


Businesses:  Please help us to keep the magazine within easy reach by re-stocking your supply. We've set up convenient locations where you can pick up magazines as needed.


Downtown Basalt
Alpine Bank
Community Banks of Colorado
WJ Bradley
Basalt Chamber Caboose
Basalt Business Center
Basalt Realty
The Aspen Clinic (TAC Fit)
Basalt Fitness
Willits Town Center
El Jebel/Orchard Plaza
Bank of Colorado
Email Toklat Gallery  or call (970) 927-1437

Need an extra reason to SHOP BASALT? Habitat for Humanity offers a "Passport" to discounts. 
It's easy. Just stop by Habitat's Basalt ReStore during the week or visit their booth at the Sunday Market, 
shop at any three participating downtown stores on Sunday and get your Passport punched,
then stop back by the ReStore and receive 10% off any purchase there.

Participating stores include: BLT Taqueria, Cafe Bernard, Cassie's, Faboo, Heirlooms,
Jimbo's Fine Wine & Liquor, Midland Shoe, Saxy's and more!

Visit BasaltSundayMarket for updates and Join Us for Fun, Music & Food At the Basalt Sunday Market! 
You can reach a broad, targeted audience with your sales, specials and latest news. Send us either typed information and a photo, or your ad in .jpg format and we'll post it in our next newsletter. Plus, we can insert a link to your website, email address or any type of .pdf flyer, invitation or document. Contact us when you're ready for that extra boost.

Looking for even more direct exposure? Take advantage of our exclusive member e-blasts ? The member rate is $100 (that's less than 10 cents per contact!). Just email us with with your ad details and we'll have it out within 48 business hours (just not on a day when another campaign is scheduled). As a bonus, with your e-blast, we'll include an ad in the newsletter for free.
What We Offer

Our goal is to help make your business as efficient and profitable as possible. We will work with you to help solve your problems, while understanding that you have limited resources and budget. Upon completion, we will present to you a written assessment of your business and recommendations for improving inefficiencies and cost. Sign up today.
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On The Fly:
Still plenty of places to go  

It should be of no surprise to any valley local or visiting tourist that our rivers are running high and discolored. Even the normally tame waters of the Fryingpan River are virtually devoid of anglers right now, with the lone exception being an area immediately below the dam dubbed as the "flats"... 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)

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

Red Caboose in Lions Park - PO Box 514 - Basalt CO 81621 - 970.927.4031
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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
The Chamber community Facebook page is growing daily, and provides an easy way to share your business news, views and announcements. JOIN the BASALT CO COMMUNITY PAGE on Facebook, then add your "friends." Imagine being able to share news with the entire town at the click of a button . As a group member you can create your own event listings, invite the group and take RSVPs. For info on how to join and add group members, click her e