May 20 - In This Issue:


After nearly five months of writing, editing and gathering information and dazzling photos of Basalt, the 2015 Basalt Magazine & Community Guide zooms off today to the printers. Every year the magazine is more vibrant and informative than the one preceding. This year's phenomenal growth - by nearly 50 percent - mirrors the coming together in and growing vitality of our business community.

Around the end of this month, we'll begin distribution. We have all the main locations covered from Aspen to Glenwood Springs but want to make the magazine consistently available in every restaurant, shop and business location in Basalt. If you'd like to adopt a location and help us promote Basalt and your businesses by dropping off a few magazines, please send us a note. You can choose a section of Historic Downtown, Willits, Orchard Plaza, El Jebel, Midvalley Design & Industrial Center, Midvalley Medical, Basalt Business Center or Old Snowmass - wherever you frequent most. We'd appreciate the help; plus, it's a great way to get to know the business community and keep Basalt and all it offers in the public eye.

The Tree Farm Mixed-Use Development Proposal: Community Open House  
This afternoon from 4 to 7, The Tree Farm development team is holding an Open House at the Kodiak Ski Club in El Jebel. The public are invited to stop by to view the plans, ask questions and provide comments. The Tree Farm commercial and residential development project received its first phase approval in 2009 before stalling during the recession. Property owner Ace Lane, through his company Woody Ventures LLC, has revived and enlarged the 2009 sketch plan to include up to 400 residences and around 127,800 square feet of commercial space. Apartments, lofts, townhouses, office space, restaurants, retail and a hotel are envisioned in the current plan of roughly 578,000 square feet. Eagle County Commissioners will resume their development review at the second of the three-stage approval process. If approved, the project will be phased in according to demand with expected completion by 2030 to 2035. See directions below.

Join Us! Business After Hours May 21st at Basalt Mountain Inn 
The Chamber's May 21st Business After Hours will be held at the newly-remodeled Basalt Mountain Inn and is co-hosted by the Brick Pony Pub. Rain or shine, join us for a friendly gathering at the edge of town. Brick Pony Pub will serve up some of their delicious menu items and Basalt Mountain 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.

See you around Basalt!

Robin Waters
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
You're Invited.... Basalt Chamber Business After Hours
This 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.

Today May 20th from 4 to 7pm ~ Kodiak Ski Club
401 Tree Farm Drive, El Jebel (follow signs north from Hwy 82 at lower Willits Lane) 
Informal presentation of this proposed residential and commercial mid-valley project.
Food and beverages provided by Sure Thing Burgers. 



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 .
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"
"Open house Wednesday on Tree Farm project"
Aspen Times 5/19/15

"The Brink, Fowler and Benson win Jazz Aspen Band Battle (in Basalt)" 
Aspen Times 5/19/15 
"Roaring Fork School District announces new Basalt High School PrincipalAspen Times 5/14/15
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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.
Business Management Tips
Why Compassion is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness. 

Stanford University neurosurgeon Dr. James Doty tells the story of performing surgery on a little boy's brain
t u mor. In the middle of the procedure, the resident who is assisting him gets distracted and accidentally pierces a vein. With blood shedding everywhere, Doty is no longer able to see the delicate brain a rea he is working on. The boy's life is at stake.

Read the rest of the article in the Harvard Business Review

EMAIL FRYING PAN ANGLERS          PHONE FPA: (970) 927-3441 
Perfect Summer Packages from the Aspen Skiing Company

This summer discover the best of Aspen Snowmass with the Perfect Summer Package. Enjoy up to three days of unlimited gondola rides (and all the beautiful scenery and free on-mountain activities that go with it) and a $10 lunch credit at Elk Camp or Sundeck restaurants. Includes a guided bus tour to the majestic Maroon Bells. Bike rental add-on packages start at just $59. 


Visit for details.

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.
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 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.

Casting For Recovery Benefit at the Dallenbach Ranch

Paula Fothergill and Scott Spooner of Taylor Creek Fly Shop are hosting a Casting For Recover benefit women's fly fishing clinic on Saturday from 10 to 3 at the Dallenbach Ranch about three miles up the Frying Pan Road. They'll cover knots, rigging rods, gear, entomology and casting. After a lunch break, attendees will enjoy private water fishing in the afternoon until 3pm. A $100 minimum tax-deductible donation is requested. Limited spots are available.


Contact Scott at (970) 927-4374 or Paula at either (970) 379-2102 or (970) 230-9300.

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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)
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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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