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September 23, 2014 - In This Issue:
"Beautiful town, scenic walks & great fishing!"
~ Jake & Lauren, Florida
   "The cutest little Chamber of Commerce I've ever seen."
~ Rachel, New Mexico

~ From the Basalt Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guest Book 9/24/14 ~

I was gearing up to finish the newsletter tonight when I decided to ask Heather's to whip up an inspiring take-out for me. Oh, my... Lamb Pot Pie never tasted so good, not even dare I say in Scotland where I sampled many a fine pot pie. Thank you Rene and Mary! 

Considering hidden treasures - though, packed on a rainy Monday night there's no doubt that Heathers has been discovered - I'm wondering if you've ever taken a meander through Town Manager Mike Scanlon's  "Weekend Update." There's a fresh one up today and it's full of interesting news about town.

With re-caps from Planning, Public Works and Parks, Gardens & Forestry, you'll read about improvements to the Town's parks, Historic Basalt tour updates, the establishment of the Safe Routes to School Community Coalition, and the schedule for this year's Leaf Drop. There's also the Police Report which is always enlightening, though I've yet to see the story of the reported sighting a few weeks ago of a bear in the Caboose - yes, our Caboose - and the funny mishaps that followed.

For those of you who are following that all-encompassing, but seldom definitive, concept of "development" in Basalt, you'll also find info on what's happening with the Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center (it's breaking ground on October 15!) and the Roaring Fork Conservancy's new river building (both at the Pan & Fork site on Two Rivers Road), RealAmerica Development's affordable housing project, and the hotel in Willits. It's all there, evolving like your favorite night-time show. The difference is that it's here, right in your town, and it's a wonderful process to watch.

It's even better to be involved. A new initiative from the Town Manager involves engaging the community - that's us - in discussions about where we're going and how. He tells us he's bringing in top-notch speakers to discuss "leadership and creating the capacity to change." What is change anyway? Is it flipping up-side down on our heads, or is it evolving to be what we've always been or wanted to be, only better. It could be either, and the outcome depends on how we go about looking at what's around us and seeking the right path.

Chicago Sun-Times journalist Sydney J. Harris wrote: "Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better." 

So how do we get where we want to be, the same only better?

Mike Scanlon talks about a model called "Adaptive Leadership" which, he says, "professes a very simple central tenant: Leadership is an activity that individuals and communities can direct. Leadership isn't about a single individual when you get to big/complicated problems. It's about engaging whomever is needed in helping untangle and solve the problems in front of us."

By now, you've probably read all about the Our Town Planning process - hundreds of people and thousands of ideas coming together to create a vision for the heart of our community. Now, the Town has created a "Downtown Area Advisory Committee" to support the Town Council in realizing a scenario that best reflects all the creative, insightful input from townspeople of all ages and all walks of life. And it doesn't end there. The Town invites each and everyone of us to continue to play a role, however big or small. Leadership is more than a person, it's a thoughtful, powerful movement of many hearts and minds in a synergetic direction.

The Town of Basalt, its elected leaders, and its staff hold many of the same beliefs and process goals as the Basalt Chamber. That is, that "we will only impact change in the downtown area if we can get the entire community moving in the same direction." In this manner, we believe we can best serve our members.

Speaking of moving together, we've had a terrific and rewarding couple of months with 37 new businesses joining, and nearly 100 renewing members in just the last 30 days. Thank you to all! You must know that we can't do what we do without you and we welcome your support and participation.

And there's more action sweeping us along. Last week I described the launching of our new "Creative Spaces" project in downtown Basalt. Spearheaded by the Chamber and Toklat Gallery dynamo Lynne Mace, we've now filled our first "empty" storefront with beautiful art. The opening is next Friday, October 10, so please stop by to see what a few people can create in the whiz of a few days and how a town can awaken to a new vision.

Warm regards,
Robin Waters
President/CEO for your Chamber of Commerce

P.S. If you're reading this newsletter and you're not a member of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, please don't wait a minute to join. Just fill out the membership form online and you're on your way!
~ Revitalizing a Town with Art ~
Opening Night & Artists Reception - Friday, October 10, 5:30 - 7 pm 
227 Midland Avenue #14A (in downtown Basalt at the East edge of town)

Fine Art, Refreshments & Warm Pot Pie for a Cool Autumn Night
    • Paintings by Dave Durrance
    • Furniture & Marquetry Art by Dave Struempler
    • Reproductions of Plains Indians' Weaponry by Rick Stevens
The "Creative Spaces" project, launched by Toklat Gallery and the Basalt Chamber, is a collaboration between artists, galleries, property owners, and the business community. We fill the Town's prime empty spaces with art until they are leased or sold and we welcome a new business to Basalt.

Thanks to the Town of Basalt and space owner Mike Waters for their contributions of space and materials for this premiere showing. If you're an owner of unoccupied commercial space or an artist interested in displaying your work contact us at the Chamber. We also welcome volunteers who enjoy organizing and filling space creatively to help this program spread around the town. 

Here's some news about town from our members.


Get MOONSTRUCK IN BASALT Thursday, October 9, 6-9pm. Celebrate with discounts at local stores, dining, shopping, arts, firepits and much S'mores! Read about it here and mark your calendars ahead for the Nov 6 and Dec 6 Moonstruck evenings.

The Basalt Sunday Market outdoors has ended for the season but plans are in the works for the Winter Market so stay tuned. Thanks to the Town of Basalt, Amy for coordinating and especially all the great vendors and shoppers who make this event such a great addition to our river town. 

That can't be all.....

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"Creative Spaces" - An Opening
October 10, Friday, 5:30-7pm
227 Midland Avenue #14A - Up Midland Avenue toward Ruedi on your right
Featuring Paintings by Dave Durrance, Furniture & Marquetry Art by Dave Struempler and Reproductions of Plains Indians' Weaponry by Rick Stevens.
Refreshments will be served.

Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center ~ Groundbreaking 
    & Panel Discussion
October 15, Wednesday. 
Groundbreaking at 4:30 on Two Rivers Road. 
Panel discussion at 5:30 at the Basalt Library

Business After Hours
October 16, Thursday at 5:30pm
Sopris Medical Practice & Locke Family Medicine

Lunch & Learn
October 29, Wednesday at the Eagle County Building next to the El Jebel Theater
$15 for members, $25 for non-members
Space is limited. For early reservations, call (970) 927-4031

For information call (970) 927-4031 or email

~ September 2014 ~

  • A.D. Designs
  • Affordable Quality
  • Alliance Financial
  • Anderson Property Management
  • Andrea Booher Photography
  • Aspen Constructors
  • Aspen Custom Construction
  • Aspen Guide Service
  • Aspen Integrative Medicine
  • Aspen Valley Marathon
  • Authorized Credit Card Systems
  • Axelman Mechanical
  • B Squared Staffing
  • Basalt Emporium & Flying Circus
  • Basalt Kitchen & Bath
  • CF Luxury Homes
  • Christ Community Church
  • Chudy Tile & Carpentry
  • Colorado Wildlife Science
  • Creative Catering
  • El Jebeverage
  • Elite Valet
  • Ensignal / Verizon
  • Erica Rysberg Counseling
  • Fitzgerald Landscaping & Design
  • Fleisher Land & Homes
  • Forum Phi
  • Furlong Plumbing & Heating
  • Furth Realty Group
  • Gerardi Construction
  • Gregg Adams Photography
  • Heather's Savory Pies & Tapas
  • ID Interiors
  • IO Mounts
  • Iris Hope Fine Art
  • Irish Jewel Development Corp
  • Irvin Enterprises
  • Jeff Novogratz Construction
  • Just for You Consulting
  • K&W Concrete
  • KB Solutions
  • Kris Cox
  • Lankering Chiropractic
  • Linda deSoto Hospitality
  • Living Legacy Christ-Centered Colorado Camp
  • Lynne Feigenbaum , L.C.S.W.
  • Mackie Electronic Systems
  • Midnight Mine
  • Moran Consultants
  • Mt. Sopris Rotary Club of Carbondale
  • N & S
  • New York Pizza
  • Pat Degelo Seamstress
  • Patrick Miller Kropf Noto
  • Pro Solutions
  • Radio Boardshop
  • RG Construction
  • RJ Paddywacks
  • Ruby Construction
  • Scott Keating Design
  • Secure Environment Systems
  • Shattuck & Holmes
  • Silich Construction
  • Spectrum Development
  • Structural Integrity
  • Sunwest Electric
  • Susan Spielman CPA
  • Tetron 
  • Two Man Crew
  • Valley Appraisals
  • Wearable Art
  • Web Outsourcers
  • Weber Interior Design
  • webShine
  • Well Hung Cabinetry
  • Western Slope Consulting
  • Whole Organic Chef
  • Wildize Foundation
  • WIN Health Institute
  • Woody Creek Distillers
  • Woody Creek Tavern
  • World Access International
  • World Marketing Corp

A new "beyond" state-of-the-art office center breaks ground October 15 in Basalt
Groundbreaking at 4:30pm ~ Panel discussion at the Basalt Library at 5:30
  • 15,610 square feet of creativity, leadership and beauty along the banks of the Roaring Fork River
  • Integrative, restorative and replicable, a demonstration to the world of how deep green buildings can be designed.
  • With a target Energy Star score of 100 (the highest possible score!), the Innovation Center will be among the highest performing buildings in the world.
  • With a construction timeline of just over a year, RMI aims to occupy the building by the end of 2015.
Let's welcome our Valley's own Rocky Mountain Institute to Basalt on October 15
Join us for the Groundbreaking at 4:30pm then head over to the Basalt Library to 
Learn all about this cutting-edge building and it environmental and technological innovations.

In mid-September the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment reported that the state had lost 700 jobs the previous month. Yet, according to analyst Gary Horvath, "this abrupt downturn is not supported by other data or the business and economic activity on the street." Horvath points out that the average wage and salary employment for Colorado during the first eight months of the year is 64,800 greater than the same period last year, with with leading job growth in the professional business services and tourism. He projects that the state is on track to add 70,000 jobs this year. Let's see how that pans out.

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.
RIVER CoWORKS now open in the Riverwalk Development in Basalt!

River CoWorks is a shared working environment, offering either open-mobile work places or a semi-private offices. The environment is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, and new start-ups. Coworking is a social gathering of a group of people sharing entrepreneurial  values and the synergy that can happen from working with like-minded talented people in the same space.


Coworking offers a solution to the isolation that many new business professionals experience working at home. It is an economical path to creating new business. River CoWorks offers a conference room, Wi-Fi, copier, fax, scanner, and attractive furniture complete with an outside deck a few feet from the Fryingpan River.


RiverCoWorks is sponsored by WATERLAW-Patrick ׀ Miller ׀ Kropf ׀ Noto which undertake this venture to encourage new businesses to incubate in the historic downtown Basalt core. With a goal of incubating businesses, the approach will encourage business mentorships by introductions to professionals in the banking, accounting, marketing, tourism, environmental, hospitality and other successful businesses.


Participants who succeed in growing a business and who out-grow the coworking environment will be refunded 25% of all coworking fees up to $1,500.00 provided they enter into a long term lease (of one year or longer) or purchase office space, within the historic downtown Basalt core.



229 Midland Avenue

Basalt, CO 8121


Contact: Kevin Patrick, Steve Kropf
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

The FISHING REPORT by Frying Pan Anglers

Dry fly fishing on the Frying Pan River is still producing trophy fish. The Green Drakes are still relevant for about 2 hours in the middle of the day. BWO's and Caddis can be used to catch rising fish throughout the day. The Roaring Fork River is flowing clear and fish are holding towards the middle of the river in deep slow pockets. They can be caught using the Crawling Caddis, as they are largest in size during this time of year.

{This Week In Basalt}


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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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