April 8 - In This Issue:


Seats are filling up fast for next Thursday's Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Luncheon at Tempranillo Restaurant in Basalt. We'll have a stimulating round-table conversation with Town Manager Mike Scanlon; Marty Pickett, managing director of the Rocky Mountain Institute; Tim Belinski of Willits Town Center; and Marci Krivonen of Aspen Public Radio. Each will reflect on the past year in Basalt, and how by working collaboratively we can create a bright and vibrant future.

The focus is on new ideas, innovation and how Basalt is coming together as one community. You'll have a chance to ask questions, hear the Chamber's year-in-review, and enjoy a wonderful meal from Tempranillo.

If you've not reserved a seat, please do so soon. To RSVP, send us an email or call the office at (970) 927-4031.

Passion Revisited
Last week, I wrote about the passion of Basalt residents, and the the lively conversation both on the streets and in print media around the future of the Two Rivers Road (Pan and Fork) riverfront parcel and the development proposal now before the Town Council. It's a potentially volatile topic, yet the feedback we received was gratifying. Here are a few examples:

"Thank you for that well-written, nuanced discussion of the Two Rivers parcel debate in the Chamber newsletter today."
"Thanks for helping to lead the charge on what I feel is sane economic development for Basalt." 
"You did a fantastic job of walking that fine line and getting the information out"

While polar dynamics are filtering into the valley conversation, letters and editorial, what rises to the top in most of my correspondence and conversations is a keen desire to understand the complex interactions and planning of the last year, and to remain true to the Our Town Planning process that has engaged so many citizens. There is an appreciation of communication grounded in fact and unwavering dedication to carving out an optimal future for Basalt. This is, at the very least, what we strive to provide to our members and readers.

We are indeed a Chamber of Commerce, founded upon a commitment to support business and economic vitality. We're also members of the community and believe that a healthy economy and a happy, livable community are inextricably entwined.

This week an ad will appear in the Aspen Times, written and funded by a group of long-time Basalt residents. A list of names will be included and among them the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, my name personally and that of a few of our board members. The ad is neither as strong as some people wished nor as all-encompassing as others pushed for. I longed to jump in and wordsmith along with the rest, but at some point I realized that the essence of this ad and its placement is the powerful lead-in of "We the People." The message from this diverse group of retirees, business owners, teachers, consultants, and others is that WE are a community, and we are committed to being part of this admirable process of citizen engagement and bottom-up planning. It is an appeal for all to build a compatible vision for the future of our Town and work together to achieve the best outcome.

The ad encourages our Town Council and citizens to look carefully and without prejudice for an optimal mix of development and open space for the Two Rivers Road parcel. In particular, it supports a careful consideration of the conceptual plan presented by Lowe Enterprises and CCY Architects which includes a mix of residences, boutique hotel, and functional open space. Behind the lines is an appeal for practicality as well as dreams, and a studied approach to decision-making.

More Opportunities for Public Meeting

Steadfast in their commitment to a citizen-engaged process, the Basalt town government has added a special meeting tomorrow from 5 to 6:30 at the Basalt Town Hall. In a moderator-facilitated discussion, the Lowe Enterprises design team and representatives will give an introduction, including their plans to address affordable housing in Basalt. This is a public event and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. A follow-up meeting has already been scheduled for next Tuesday, April 14, at the Basalt Library. Information is available below.

Here again are some useful links to study up on what's happening before the meetings:

To read last week's summary, see the newsletter 
Passion in Basalt.  Older newsletters are posted and available anytime on the Chamber's  website. Newspaper articles and letters to the editor are linked in the Basalt in the News section below.

The Basalt Magazine has hit 100 pages! 

As we're thinking about economic vitality and community building, I want to thank all the businesses who've stepped up to support and be seen in this year's 2015 Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory. We've reach 100 pages in our content and ad planning. With Kelly Alford and Lorie D'Alessio at the design helm, this will be a truly fine publication. At risk of over-working our deadline extensions, we do have a couple of full pages still available for ads. One is an excellent premium position. If you've missed the recent calls to action, and are ready to jump now, please do so immediately. Call Lorie at (970) 948-6501 or send her an email. You'll find all the information below.

Have a beautiful Spring day in Basalt!

Robin Waters
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
Attention Members: LAST CHANCE to update your company info for the magazine!

Tomorrow at noon all member information will be sent out for the 2015 Community Guide & Business Directory. Please check your listing in the online
Business Directory here to make sure it is correct. If you need to make changes, this is your last chance. Here are easy-to-follow instructions to update your information.

If you're waiting for the perfect time to join the Basalt Chamber... this is it! With your new membership, your business will be listed FREE in the Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory and online for 12 months until next Spring. Imagine all the people who'll see your beautiful ad and pick up the phone to call or walk through your door!
Membership applications are standing by.

If you're not a Chamber member: LAST CHANCE to join and be included!
Welcome New Members!
A spen Grove Property Services
Holly Pagan
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Aspen M.A.T.
Patty Bennett
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Business Technical Infrastructure ProfessionalMarty Hagen
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Camp Chip-A-Tooth
Deb Morrison
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Cornerstone Classical School
Dee Schuler
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Golden Key Concierge Guide
Jim Hall
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Isberian Rug Company
Heather Isberian
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JKA Group
Jim Kent
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Rock Canyon Coffee
Heidi Johnson
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Rocky Mountain Institute
Richlyn Pavcek
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Stella & Dot
Barbie Cottrell
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Tempranillo Restaurant
Javier Gonzalez-Bringas
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Thunder 93.5/Hot 100.5 Radio
Michael Waters
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Valley Collision, Inc
Jo Hunter
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White River Builders, Inc.
Steven Close
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Robert Du-An Woo, Shaman
Robert Woo
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World of Hands
Cynthia Clark
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F or a complete list of members, visit our online  Business Directory.
BASALT PHOTOS NEEDED for the 2015 Basalt Community Guide
& Business Directory. Contact us ASAP.

We're 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
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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! 
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Public Meetings on Lowe Enterprises Proposal for Development

April 9th, Thursday, 5-6:30pm - Community Meeting
Basalt Town Hall

April 14th, Tuesday, 5:30 - Town Council Worksession
Basalt Regional Library Community Room

Basalt Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Basalt: A Year of Ideas, Innovation & Integration
April 16th, Thursday, 11:30-1:15
Tempranillo Restaurant
165 Midland Avenue
$30/members and $40 non-members
Seating is limited. RSVP here or call (970) 927-4031




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.  

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. 

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"
"Basalt gets bonus meeting to debate downtown hotel plan" Aspen Times 4/7/15

"Basalt advances on three major projects" Aspen Times 4/6/15

" RMI office, Willits hotel on schedule to be completed in 2015" Aspen Times 4/5/15

Guest Column: What will Basalt be known for? Aspen Times, 4/5/15
Stone: Save Basalt! Bring back the dumpsters 4/1/15  Hmm, but still it's Andy.

Letter: What about park residences in Basalt 4/7/15
Letter: Don't develop Basalt's last best place 4/7/15
Letter: Take more time for Basalt proposal 4/4/15
Letter: Basalt residents need to pay attention 4/3/15
Letter: Believe in Basalt 4/2/15
Letter: Basalt in need of vitality 4/1/15
Letter: Go for a mix of hotel and park 4/1/15

Obituary: Conrad "Buddy" Cerise Aspen Times 4/2/15. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife Lavania and the Cerise family.

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.
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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.
The Roaring Fork Valley is home to some of the finest trout fishing on the planet. Anglers from across the globe and from all walks of life flock to our quaint valley in search of large rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout. Who can blame them? The fly-fishing along the Fryingpan, Roaring Fork, Colorado and Crystal rivers are truly exceptional.... read the rest of the story here

On The Fly: Always somewhere to fish
The gang is finally getting back together again. Guides who work elsewhere in the country (and the world) are making the annual trek back to the Roaring Fork Valley over the coming months in anticipation of yet another bustling guiding season. Some go to the Pacific northwest in search of steelhead and a slower pace. Others head to Argentina, living.... 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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