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December 26 - In This Issue:

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill,  
to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." ~ Calvin Coolidge

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It's that quiet time between holiday celebrations and new year resolutions, and I hope your time away from the office - whether gathering with friends and family, volunteering for a special event, relaxing with a good book, or making tracks in the snow - has been filled in whatever way most rejuvenates the spirit, and reaffirms your sense of close community.

PLANNING THE FUTURE OF "OUR TOWN"

One group in Basalt after 10 long weeks of dedicated focus can finally relax (at least until the new year). Possibly the most significant Town event of the season was the final presentation by the Downtown Area Advisory Committee to the Basalt Town Council and community of their recommendations for downtown balance and future development. Long-awaited but not overly surprising, the Report painted a picture of a vibrant downtown core featuring parks, social vitality and a compatible commercial mix. Celebrating the confluence of our two Gold Medal Rivers, the committee focused on water as an integrating theme bringing together residential, commercial and green areas, punctuated by small water features throughout the town.

Key to their vision is the preservation of public green space and "open view planes" between downtown and the proposed River Front Park. Trails for pedestrians, runners, and bicycles will weave through the town, parks and along the riverside, connecting the elements so unique to our historic downtown.

 
Our Town's Future? 
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The DAAC model embraces all ages and ability levels, with consideration for everyone from babies in strollers to others with varying ranges of mobility. The committee urges a close look at roadways and parking to complement the integration concept, and use of directional and interpretive signs and maps to orient pedestrians, cyclists, visitors and passers-by. Active and passive recreational opportunities - fishing, boating, biking, picnicking, park play areas, lounging and live music -- will abound.

It's a vision, and a strong one. It grew out of the "Our Town" planning process, and thousands of ideas, maps, drawings and conversations; drew from study of other towns with similar river park potential, townscapes, historic, and commercial/residential aspects; and rested faithfully upon the shared values of small town charm, enhancing our river identity, and promoting vitality and sustainability. The process required that the group keep in mind the necessity of incorporating the realities of public-private ownership and respecting the interests of such stakeholders as Basalt Center Partnership, Lowe Enterprises, the non-profit Community Development Corporation, as well as the Town of Basalt.

I'll only mention briefly that Lion's Park is envisioned as a a key in-town feature and gathering place, and that vision doesn't necessarily include any of the current structures. That means the Chamber of Commerce and its landmark Caboose might one day have a new home wherever that might be. Like the whole plan, I'm happy and even excited to wait it out and see what emerges. I've developed a faith and confidence that Basalt, it's Town staff and representatives, the original Our Town Planning group and DAAC that followed, present a thoughtful, responsible small-town leadership and planning process. At the chamber, we'll remain watchful, participate where beneficial, and, of course, contribute some of our own vision as the discussion continues -- particularly as it relates to our future location.

At times I think of a dynamic, innovative business school operating in conjunction with the Chamber in support of local and valley-wide businesses. At others, I imagine a charming eco-designed office, or Frank Lloyd Wright-style Visitors Center/Chamber of Commerce/Community meeting place with hot chocolate and meeting areas overlooking the river. Please share your thoughts. Where should the Basalt Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center be in five years and what will it look like? Just send a note to director@basaltchamber.com

Access the full Downtown Area Advisory Committee Final Report 
and all the maps and photos here.
  
A "FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS" ~ THE LIGHTING OF THE FIRST CANDLE 

Last Tuesday night, Basalt and residents valley-wide came together for a lovely and moving first-time event: the lighting of a Menorah in Lions Park. As I described in last week's newsletter, nearly a hundred people attended the inter-faith ceremony, the first of its kind in Basalt and possibly throughout the Valley. Matt Harrington did a wonderful job setting up the sound and taping the ceremony. I hope you enjoy the video below.  

MORE THAN A BILLION MINUTES OF LIFE IN BASALT

I'm still so amazed that 2,102,400,000 minutes of film can be condensed into six minutes that I've left our Town Manager's end-of-year video of all the Town worked on in 2014 below for additional viewing.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS 

When I had the opportunity (at two holiday tree lightings and our recent packed Business After Hours) to talk with Santa about my dreams, I didn't think to take it. So I'll share my Christmas wishes with you. All I wanted fo
r Christmas and the days that follow, is my family's good health, a happy productive community, and thriving businesses all around. I also hope for a 100 or so new business owners to walk through the Chamber's doors, and take part in our new 2015 programs. If you're not a current member of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, please take a look at the application here and consider the excellent benefits, camaraderie and opportunities for business collaborations. Let's start the new year together!
 
Warm regards,
Robin
Robin Waters
President/CEO for your Chamber of Commerce
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: A STOCKING-FULL OF BENEFITS

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

In addition to the great value members receive by being part of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, your annual dues may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Basalt Chamber memberships begin as low as $250 per year with many valuable benefits.

For more information and a membership application, visit the Chamber website. Applications can be found under the "Chamber" tab. Please consider joining by year-end in time for extra tax-related benefits. (As always, we suggest you check with your accountant to confirm eligibility.) 
 
We appreciate and count on your support for all that we do! 
A BASALT COMMUNITY PAGE FOR ALL OUR NEWS
Our community Facebook page is growing with nearly 400 members in 3 weeks. Here's an easy way to share your business news, views and announcements. JOIN the BASALT CO COMMUNITY PAGE ON FACEBOOK, then add your Facebook "friends." Soon we'll be able to share news with the entire town at the click of a button. As a group member you can create your own events listings and invite the group.
(Only individual profiles can join a Facebook "group." You can post and link to your business social media pages or website from there.)
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DECEMBER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS
    & THE BEST OF BASALT
   
CHRISTMAS
Thursday December 25, All Day Long  
Send your wishes for the community to Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves here 
 
WELCOME TO 2015  
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 to Thursday, January 1, 2015
All Night & All Day Long  
Be safe, happy and optimistic. Happy 2015!  
 
BASALT - EL JEBEL WINTER MARKET
Saturday through March 14
        Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel.

To view a more complete calendar of Basalt events, visit the Chamber website
NewsBASALT IN THE NEWS & BUSINESS 
 
"US Stocks-GDP lifts Dow over 18k" Reuters 12/23/14

"Colorado fourth fastest growing state" The Denver Post 12/23/14

"State economy outpaces nation" Durango Herald 12/23/14

"Colorado's budget: An unfolding train wreck..." Durango Herald (opinion) 12/23/14

"Aspen's traffic, parking issues boost bus ridership" Aspen Times 12/23/14 

"US consumer spending up solid 0.6pct. in November "The Denver Post 12/23/14

"Ranchers and farmers get chance to lease land in the middle Roaring Fork Valley" Aspen Times 12/22/14 
 
"Basalt downtown development plan unveiled." Aspen Times, 12/19/14

"RMI merging with Richard Branson's" Carbon War Room Aspen Daily News 12/17/14 

Letter: A thousand thanks to my angel. "It is my pleasure and gratitude to thank an angel, an anonymous angel, who helped me, my family and some of my neighbors at the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park in Basalt...."
Aspen Times 12/24/14

"On the Fly: All that a Roaring Fork fly-fisher wants"
Aspen Times 12/17/14

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.
MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY IN BASALT'S LIONS PARK
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1st Menorah Lighting in Basalt's Lions Park. Video by Matt Harrington 
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"What a wonderful and spiritual experience that was! There was magic in the air!" ~ Matthew Harrington 
 
"Thank you all for making last night one the best and most special events in my term and time in Basalt." ~ Town Councilman Rob Leavitt, who introduced Rabbi David Segal and his wife Cantor Rollin Simmons 
BasaltVideoBASALT THROUGH 2014
2014 Year End Video
2014 Year End Video
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The FISHING REPORT 
With the holidays finally here, we, like many others, procrastinate our holiday shopping until the last possible moment. It's always a tough chore to buy or make things for others when you have no idea what to get that person, no matter how well you know them. Fly-fishers especially are the ultimate gear junkies, and because of that, they typically
 
For the rest of the story read "On the Fly" provided weekly by the Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.

  

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


This Month In Basalt

For a full listing of Basalt activities click on the calendar
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Basalt, CO 81621
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