March 25 - In This Issue:


It's slightly disorienting, this aberrant progression of the seasons. I walk over to the Town Hall and monitor the bulbs on the trees and pink and purple shoots popping up from the ground. I'd hardly seen the Big Horn Sheep all winter; the snow didn't drive them down from Seven Castles and Basalt Mountain as in years past.

Yet, for the last two days, coming in beside the Fryingpan River, I've spotted an assortment of sheep on the road and up the hill. Please view happily and take care on the Fryingpan Road as these beautiful animals seem unconcerned with cars of any kind.

Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Luncheon

Just last year there was so much talk of a Town divided, still sluggish economy, somewhat rudderless sailing. Something has changed and I'm wondering if you're feeling it. Ideas abound for the historic downtown and riverfront area. The walls of the world-renowned Rocky Mountain Institute's "Innovation Center" are climbing upward. And nearly a dozen business professionals have chosen Basalt for their new shops, services and galleries just in the last couple of months (including a new Mexican restaurant and catering service on Two Rivers Road).

This year the Basalt Chamber of Commerce decided that rather than chronicle our year-in-review, we wanted to shine a light on the movement within our Town. We've invited an exceptionally creative and effective Town Manager to speak on what makes a Town, as well as the leading voices for two of the most striking developments in our community, Willits Town Center's Tim Belinski and RMI's Michael Kinsley. We also asked Marci Krivonen of Aspen Public Radio to share her observations on Basalt as it evolves (if she's back in town in time for lunch). You'll get the Chamber's update and financials, of course, and you'll also have an opportunity to ask questions and mingle with local business owners.

The luncheon will take place Thursday, April 16, from 11:30 to 1:15 at Tempranillo Restaurant in Basalt. Seating is limited so RSVP soon to be sure to have a place. More information is available below.

The Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory ~ A Phenomenal Success... so Far!

I'm happy to report that this year's Basalt magazine will jump from 68 to at least 92 pages. Presenting the same quality layout and content, this sharp publication will now be perfect bound (with a spine). Enthusiasm about the magazine is a solid testimony to growing economic vitality, the magazine's quality and increased business participation. Due to the magazine format, we have to increase the size in 8-page segments. Pressured by demand, we made the decision this week to open more space and so are extending the ad deadline. If you've not yet reserved, you now have another week - but please call soon as there are only a few spaces available. You'll find all the information below.

WJ Bradley Office
Host Kirk Schneider & Carolyn Kent
A Packed Event

The March Business After Hours hosted by WJ Bradley, Land Title Guarantee Company and Jimbo's Wine & Liquors last Thursday was packed. More than 70 people came and went through evening enjoying green beer, excellent food and lively networking. We have many more great events ahead. Take a look below and watch for new announcements.

Happy Spring!
Robin Waters
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
Attention Members: Important Notice!
We're preparing content 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, please do so no later than March 20 to ensure that your information is correct in the magazine. Here are easy-to-follow instructions to keep your company information current.
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 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.
Thank you renewing members!
  • Allen H. Adger PC
  • Aspen Board of Realtors
  • Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's IR
  • Aspen Valley Marathon
  • Basalt Bike & Ski
  • Basalt Community United Methodist Church
  • Basalt Education Foundation
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Caldera Construction
  • Carmen Brannen Interior Design
  • Cassies - Jody Dible
  • Compass for Lifelong Discovery
  • Downvalley Tavern
  • El Korita Restaurante
  • Linda Carlson Shaw CNS, NP, APN
  • Living by Design
  • Midland Shoe
  • Mountain Chevrolet
  • Myers & Company
  • One of a Kind Jewelry
  • Paxton Lockwood
  • Phoenix of Basalt
  • Proguard Protection Services, Inc
  • Roaring Fork Valley Sportsman's Association
  • Saxy's CafĂ© Basalt
  • Signature Picture Framing
  • State Farm Insurance - Wayne Harris
  • Studio 360
  • Susies at Willits LTD
  • Taylor Creek Fly Shop
  • Traffic - Unique Clothing Boutique
  • Transamerica Financial Services
  • United Way of Garfield County
  • Valley View Hospital
  • Waste Management
For a complete list of Basalt Chamber of Commerce Members, visit our online Business Directory.
Your photo could be showcased in the 2015 Basalt Community Guide
& Business Directory. Deadline: March 27, 2015

Calling all seasoned and wannabe photographers! The Basalt Chamber of Commerce is searching every nook and cranny for new and striking community and people photos for the upcoming Basalt Magazine. Do you have a favorite picture of outdoor/indoor dining, recreational activities, shopping, storefronts, gatherings or people enjoying events? They 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. We'd love your participation.

Photo submissions must be of good quality, focus and composition, royalty free and delivered digitally. The entries must be submitted by March 27 to Lorie D'Alessio at for consideration. 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 are! 
magazine Did you see the Basalt Community Guide & Business Director last year?
This year it will be just as colorful and packed with local articles and business news,
but 25 percent larger with a classy, flat spine!

Businesses up and down the Valley have boosted the size by taking space and supporting Basalt.
It's been so popular that we're still taking reservations and have extended the deadline.

More than 20,000 magazines at hotels, restaurants, shops, tourist centers & the airport
in Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale & Glenwood Springs ~ ALL YEAR LONG!

Be part of Basalt! Be part of Basalt's premier Community Guide & Business Directory!

Your advertising enables the Basalt Chamber of Commerce to present a high-quality magazine
to showcase Basalt and your businesses throughout the Valley, all year long. Sign up today.


Basalt: A Year of Ideas, Innovation & Integration"
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 11:30 TO 1:15
Tempranillo Restaurant, 165 Midland Avenue

Guests Speakers
Mike Scanlon, Basalt Town Manager
Tim Belinski Willits Town Center
Michael Kinsley, Rocky Mountain Institute
Marci Krivonen, Aspen Public Radio/KAJX
& the Basalt Chamber of Commerce CEO & Board Members

$25/members and $40/non-members, paid by March 31
$30/members and $45/non-members after March 31

Reservations are required & seating is limited.
RSVP here or by calling (970) 927-4031

Public Open House - Lowe Enterprises Hotel Presentation
April 14th, Tuesday 
Basalt Regional Library Community Room  
Basalt Chamber April Business After Hours

April 23rd, Thursday 5:30-7:00pm
Mountain Greenery in the Basalt Business Center
185 Southside Drive
Co-hosts & details to be announced



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.


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 .
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"

"Some objections raised on Basalt hotel's size" Aspen Times 3/24/15

"Aspen tops state in February bookings, room rates" Aspen Times 3/23/15

"Cocina del Valle: New co-op (in Basalt) caters to all markets" The Sopris Sun 3/2015
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.
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.
When it comes to high-quality fly-fishing videos and films, we are living in the glory days. Fishing films have come a long, long way in recent years, due in part to the relative inexpensiveness of high-quality, waterproof HD cameras and the sheer numbers of fishing bums out there documenting their exploits. Producing a compelling fishing video is not an easy... 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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