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September 9, 2014 - In This Issue:
  Until the Super Discount Ski Pass Deadline on September 12

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For Information, call (970) 927-4031         New Members Welcome! Great Benefits! 

Do you ever get that blas� feeling?

You might have noticed that I've been raving a lot about our town lately. It isn't just that it's part of my job to promote Basalt as a great place to live and work. Each day I look at this mid-valley, river-laced community and think: What makes someone decide to live here? Why would business owners and corporate scouts choose Basalt as a place to set up shop? And every day I find a new answer.

Would you rather live in Costa Rica?  

I used to live in Costa Rica where the incomparable flora and fauna, the sunsets and waterfalls, birds, butterflies and moths gave proof every day to artistic vision well beyond anything Spielberg could sketch in animation or a sci-fi movie. Every black-spotted red frog, iridescent butterfly, pair of scarlet macaws; the colorful heliconia, orchids and bromeliads grew wild outside my windows, iguanas up the palm trees and even the tolomuco and tepezcuinte that snuck in at night for food reassured me of a marvelous sense of ineffable design.

Growing up in Florida I seem to be one among a small group here who actually likes humid weather. I've been in Valley for nearly 15 years now, plus a brief stint in the 80's before signing on with a Western Slope candidate for US Congress. When I returned to Basalt from Central America in 2000 I didn't expect Colorado to compare with the diversity and magnificence of the tropics. Yet every day since then, I've woken to such incredible majesty I feel the same sense of the miraculous.

How does Basalt compare?

For one thing I live up the Frying Pan Road under the Seven Castles, the third one to be exact just under a little-known waterfall at the end of a hidden creek trail amid a mountainous chasm. I drive 10 minutes into work along a winding river road. Every local business member in our 400+ and-growing Chamber of Commerce is within five to 10 minutes of the red Caboose office. No lengthy (and, speaking of Costa Rica, perilous!) commutes to work, shopping, grocery stores or entertainment. Whether you live out as I do and travel in, or dwell around town and journey out for recreation, here we have a microcosm of all we might need at an easy, care-free distance.

Last week, to celebrate one month "on the job", I hiked out beyond Ruedi Reservoir on a trail that wowed me every step of the way. The mushrooms alone were a thing of wonder in their color, variety and peculiarity. Michael Kinsley, a good friend from the 80's and spokesperson for the new Rocky Mountain Institute "deep green" building soon to break ground on Two Rivers Road, was flat-out on the ground photographing, so I followed suit. Visit the Chamber Facebook Page for some of my amateur shots. And though I'm sworn to locational secrecy, I will also tell you of the magnificent conclave of humongous rocks with water gushing over and through so much like a mini-Angel Falls I still get chills.

On the way home Friday night a fox ran across the road, stopping to look as I drove by, and the next morning the Gold Medal Frying Pan river was dotted with fisherman elegantly casting their flies. It might not be appealing to all of you, but yesterday I came across a bizarrely shaped, crab-like orange spider to rival any that I saw in Costa Rica. Have a look on the Facebook Page and try to identify it (there's a prize for the first correct posted answer).

And one last reason, for now, why Basalt ranks high on the list of places to live and work: it's rich history. Last week, I meandered delightedly through the past via the Basalt History Tour with editor/journalist Bob Ward who's writing a mini-article on Basalt for Aspen Magazine (more on that coming up). If you haven't followed the bear-paw prints around Midland Avenue, across the river and back, do yourself a favor and schedule 40 minutes or so for a scenic, entertaining, extremely-well constructed walk through history.

And you? What makes Basalt your choice to live and work? 
We'd like to hear from you. One sentence would be terrific or, if your enthusiasm bubbles over, write to your heart's content. Why did you choose Basalt to call home? What makes it a wonderful place to work? Comments will be posted in upcoming newsletters and some in our annual 2015 Community Guide. Remember, this is another way to get exposure for your business, products and services. Let's celebrate the gift of our community and share it with others. Please email your comments to
NEXT WEEK: The possibilities are intoxicating... 

Warm regards,

Robin Waters
President/CEO for your Chamber of Commerce
Here's some news about town from our members.

Get "Moonstruck"! this Thursday, September 11 in historic downtown Basalt. Live music, arts, dining, shopping, a scavenger hunt for kids, s'mores & a fire pit - all under a full moon. This free family event starts at 6pm. Visit for a list of all the great business "specials" and view the flyer below.


This Saturday, September 13th  Crown Mountain Park will be hosting the NFL Punt Pass & Kick competition. It starts at 11am, is FREE, and open to boys and girls ages 6-15.To register go to: 


Join Valley View Hospital's 3rd Annual Rally the Valley Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Sayre Park. Rally the Valley raises funds for the oncology center's "body, mind & spirit" complementary care programs. Glenwood Springs. More info at

The Basalt & Carbondale Lions Club Charity Scramble takes place Friday, September 26 at the Ironbridge Golf Club in Glenwood Springs. Proceeds support scholarships, vision care, reading programs & more. Contact Ryan Beckman by email or at (970) 319-9163. Download the flyer here and golf registration form here.
A few good men are needed by the Basalt Lions Club to help cook and flip burgers at community and charity events. You'll have fun in action and get that fuzzy good feeling. Interested? Contact Robert Woods by email here.

Basalt Sunday Market 10-2, next to the Town Hall. Crafts, vendors, fresh fruit & vegetables, salmon, trout, beef, cheese, music, lunches and other munchies. 

Send us your news in 35 words or less by Friday noon and we'll post it here.
Please include your website, email address or other contact information.

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Thursday, September 18th from 5:30-7:00pm
Our September Business After Hours will be hosted by Basalt Printing at 23252 Two Rivers Road, Basalt, and co-hosted by Timbo's Pizza from 5:30-7:00pm, Thursday, September 18th.
This event is a great networking opportunity full of great food, prizes, and fun! There will be goodie bags for everyone who attends!
Be sure to enter your name for some great door prizes! Don't forget your "Business Bragging Bucks" so you get 30 seconds on the mic to tell all you can about your business during the event!
Make sure you RSVP by 5pm Wednesday, September 17th, to receive your pre-printed name tag and to be entered to win the Business Spotlight for September! .

Business After Hours is a member benefit and is FREE for members of the Basalt Chamber. First time guests may attend for free and returning guests are $20. 
WELCOME! ~ New Business in Basalt
Please join us in welcoming the following new business and Chamber member at their special ribbon cutting ceremony. Stop by to say hello, learn about what they're bringing to town and introduce yourself and your own business. 
Thursday, September 18 at 4:45 pm - Ribbon Cutting by Mayor Jacque Whitsitt
SolarGlass Doors & Windows
207 Basalt Center Circle, Ste 101 in Basalt
Grand Opening festivities from 4 to 7 p.m. and a continuing education lunch.
Find out more below.
volunteerVolunteer to Support Your Business Community
Choose an activity you'll enjoy! Decide how much time you have to give..

We need help in the caboose in a variety of ways: phone outreach, list development (cross-checking and updating lists), mailings and general in-office support. We'd also love to have a weekend tourism outreach coordinator and ambassador. Do you know someone who'd like to join a happy team, hang out in a historic Colorado Southern caboose and meet great people. If so, invite them to fill out this form and send it by fax to 927-2833, by email to or by hand to the Caboose.

We're also launching several working groups and are looking for experienced, committed participants to help enhance business vitality and quality of life in our community. Opportunities are available in the following areas:
  • Membership Outreach & Training
  • Economic Enhancement
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Events Planning
  • Marketing
  • Scenic ByWays Presentation & Planning
  • Chamber Membership & Program Development
  • Ambassadors
  • And more...
We invite you to join us. Make new contacts, network with other professionals and business owners, develop your leadership skills, and have a great time. For more information on volunteer opportunities, click here then send in the attached volunteer form or call us at (970) 927-4031.
We're interviewing now for four available seats

The Basalt Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is looking for nominees to fill out the 2015 Board of Directors. Two positions are currently available due to our expansion from seven to nine members and two seats will open at the end of the year.
If you or someone you know are interested in getting involved, helping us to fulfill the mission and vision of the Basalt Chamber and provide meaningful support to your business community, send a letter of interest to Chamber President & CEO, Robin Waters, at or Chamber Board Chair-Elect, Bill Simon, at or call us for more information at (970) 927-4031. It's a great team and a gratifying and effective way to make a difference in your community!

Please submit your Letter of Interest by September 15, 2014 to be considered
& participate in the end-of-year planning sessions

Sam and Robin are standing by at the Caboose so you can get your voucher for the Chamber Discount Ski Pass. Be sure to call ahead in case we have to run out for a moment, 927-4031. New and renewing members are most welcome!

As a Chamber member you and your eligible employees may choose among several categories of passes for up to $470 in savings. Each offers a variety of terrific benefits, including the popular Premier Pass which now includes 50% off lift tickets at six additional world-class destinations. Please take a look at Aspen SkiCo's letter for all the details and follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Pick up your voucher at the Basalt Chamber office, M-F, 9am-5pm
Step 2: Purchase your Season Pass at the Aspen Mountain or Snowmass Two Creeks tickets offices.
Step 3: Sign up at one of our great member gyms: Basalt Fitness, Roaring Fork Cross Fit, Studio 360TAC Fit or New Image (Personal) Training to get in shape for the snow.



GrandOpeningGrand Opening September 18, 4-7pm 

Please join us Thursday, September 18 for the Grand Opening festivities at SolarGlass Doors & Windows and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:45pm! Mayor Jacque Whitsitt will do the honors, and there will be events throughout the day including a FREE continuing education luncheon from 12noon to 1pm that will earn you credits from the AIA

For more information about the: 
This event will take place at the SolarGlass' newest showroom location at 207 Basalt Center Circle, Downtown Basalt.
You can contact them at 970-988-0804 or visit their website at !

   Please RSVP by e-mail to 

Exclusive Member Only Advertising Opportunity

We can help you get the word out about your specials, sales and up-to-the-minute news for only $20! This is an affordable avenue to reach your fellow business associates as well as community members. We have over 1000 contacts and a high open rate on our campaigns. All you need to do is send us up to 200 words with your message as well as a picture. We can also insert a link to any type of pdf - flyers, invitations, articles and more - so send us as much as you'd like Information must be received by Friday noon to be included in the Tuesday newsletter.
Have an extra special fundraiser, sale or event and want your item highlighted in an specially-scheduled email? We can send out an email campaign on your behalf for $100 (that's less than 10 cents per contact!). We do need 48 hours notice and cannot send one out on a day we already have a campaign scheduled, so get your request in early.

Contact to schedule your ad or email blast

{This Week In Basalt}


To view the calendar click HERE
Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce
The Red Caboose in Lions Park
POB 514
Basalt, CO 81621

Our Mission:  To advocate for, promote, and serve our members.


Our Vision:  To grow Basalt as a destination for businesses, locals, and visitors. 
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