May 14 - In This Issue:


A hundred pages of Basalt beautiful. We're working practically around-the-clock to finish up all the last fine photos, wonderful articles and minute details that go into making a magazine truly special. And since the Basalt Magazine & Community Guide will be on the streets for a whole year we want it to be picture perfect.

Images of Basalt CO

It takes a team to create a magazine - writers, photographers, designers, proof-readers and community advertising supporters. Kelly Alford of words pictures colours design and Lorie D'Alessio of CMYK Design Company are working hard to pull all the elements together. One of the most important parts of any publication is the cover. It catches your eye. It draws you in. Basalt abounds with stunning images. Just look at these beautiful options. In just a few weeks you'll see one of them, or maybe another, on stands throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Care to guess which one?

Join Us! Business After Hours May 21st at Basalt Mountain Inn 
Ever long for a private local get-away from all your home chores, the phone and your familiar surroundings? Relatives coming to visit and no place to put them? Having a wedding, a reunion or a special event and looking for nearby accommodations? The Basalt Mountain Inn received a lovely facelift last summer and now offers a dozen fresh, new floor plans for visitors from standard hotel rooms to large two-bedroom suites. Next Thursday you'll have an opportunity to see for yourself all that's new at the Basalt Mountain in and what's available.

The Chamber's May 21st Business After Hours is co-hosted by the Basalt Mountain Inn and Brick Pony Pub. Rain or shine, join us for a wonderful gathering at the edge of town. Brick Pony Pub will serve up some of their delicious menu items and the Inn will provide alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. You'll have a chance to tour a few rooms, network with business friends and throw your business card in for a door prize or two. Please check below for details.

Have a beautiful day in Basalt!

Robin Waters
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
You're Invited.... Basalt Chamber Business After Hours
Thursday, May 21st, 5:30-7pm
Co-Hosted by the Basalt Mountain Inn & Brick Pony Pub

Join Us at the Basalt Mountain Inn
220 Midland Avenue
Rain or shine! Outside in the courtyard parking lot or inside the lobby area.
Scrumptious food from Brick Pony Pub, room tours, door prizes and after-hours revelry.

Members attend free of charge. Non-members: $15 after 1st complimentary visit.


Hosted by Basalt Mountain Inn & Brick Pony Pub   

Thursday, May 21st 5:30-7pm, 220 Midland Avenue 

Join us for after-hour fun at Basalt Mountain Inn a.m. with refreshments and
food catered by the Brick Pony Pub.

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 . (Kathy regrets that she was unable to visit yesterday but will be back next month!)
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"
Roaring Fork Conservancy's 11th Annual River Float
is May 30"  Aspen Times 5/11/15

"Basalt High principal to leave in June" 
Aspen Times 5/11/15 
"Basalt High School teacher wins state education award for English development"" Aspen Times 5/11/15

"New Basalt restaurant fills void from Taqueria's departure" Aspen Times 5/9/15

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.
Rock Canyon Coffee Basalt Ribbon Cutting
Rock Canyon Coffee Basalt Ribbon Cutting

Welcome Rock Canyon Coffee!
EMMY Award-winning video producer and documentary filmmaker Barry Stevenson stopped by last Friday morning's ribbon cutting and opening of Rock Canyon Coffee's new Roasting Room in the Willits Design & Industrial Center. What he did in a day is a masterpiece. Take a look. This home-grown business was born in a garage and now has contracts throughout the valley and a beautiful new roasting room. This is Basalt vitality in our midst! Enjoy and please share with your friends! Thanks Barry! Congratulations Craig and Heidi! Your coffee is fabulous and presence in our community a pleasure! Click here to learn more about Rock Canyon Coffee of Basalt.
Though we're having a little mid-season rain, in town and out-country roads and trails are beckoning. Here are two excellent websites with a wealth of information for the outdoors enthusiast. Enjoy! And please thank Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and Preston Files of Aspen Trail Finder for their dedicated and creative work to help make our explorations safe and enjoyable.
Basalt Interactive Trails & Outdoor Guide
Discover a world of online trail information at

Introduced by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails in 2014 and updated this spring, the interactive Pitkin Outside map is a go-to resource for recreation in Basalt and around Pitkin County. With streets, parks, open spaces, rivers and more, it's an invaluable outdoors resource. The iconic ride up Frying Pan Road is among the biking options-delineated map, along with hiking and mountain biking in the Fryingpan Valley. The full Rio Grande Trail is there too, with detailed mileage information. Want to ride Red Table? Or find out how far the Arbaney-Kittle Trail goes? It's all there. So is the Basalt-Old Snowmass Trail and the paved bike trails that connect downtown Basalt and Willits. Anglers can even find Pitkin County easements for access to the Roaring Fork River.


Use the website's Trail Route Planner - just click on any trail - to plan a road or mountain bike ride or hike. Pitkin Outside will total up the mileage and elevation data and prep you on surface conditions. Pitkin Outside is also available as a free mobile app, with a locater function to place you on the map wherever cell service is available.

Aspen Trail Finder
Comprehensive trail information and social networking at
Aspen Trail Finder is a comprehensive trail index, built for everyone looking for adventure outdoors - walkers, runners, hikers, road bikers, mountain bikers and dog lovers. This generous, easy-to-navigate site will help you find, explore, rate and share trails in Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Get trail information and photos anytime you want to hike, bike or run anywhere in the Roaring Fork Valley, then connect on social networks to share all the wonders of this diverse and adventure-filled area. 

To participate with others, "like" Aspen Trail Finders on Facebook, tweet on Twitter and follow on Instagram. You can also join the conversation on their Trail Finders Forums.
Basalt Childcare Financial Assistance Pilot Program 
Application deadline: May 15, 2015

Employees in your business may be eligible for Financial Aid for Childcare. Parents or legal guardians of children aged 5 or under attending licensed childcare in the Basalt-El Jebel area are eligible to apply for financial assistance provided he or she is working or looking for work. Please see the attached program flyer for more information.
Applications are available at the Basalt Town Hall or from participating childcare providers.
Help provide information on worksite wellness with this short survey

The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is surveying businesses in mountain communities about worksite wellness programs and would like  your input.For each survey completed, Health Links Colorado will donate $2 to the nonprofit organization Protect Our Winters, whose mission is to engage and mobilize the winter sports community to address climate change concerns. They'll also share the results of their survey which will be useful for local planning. Thanks for taking the time to participate.

Take the survey here
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.

On The Fly:
High water doesn't mean low catch rate

Believe it or not, May is the second slowest month of the year in terms of fishing pressure.As hard as it to believe, there are more fishermen spread out... 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)
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

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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