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November 12, 2014 - In This Issue:
"We loved our stay on the Fryingpan River.
in the Dallenbach Cabins. Basalt is great!!
~ Sherri from Arkansas
"Beautiful town, scenic walks & great fishing!
~ Jake & Lauren, Florida

~ From Basalt Chamber of Commerce Guest Book, 2014 ~

Last Chance Chamber Discount Ski Pass

I don't truly believe that anyone still doesn't know that Chamber members receive a nice discount off their seasonal ski passes. Just in case though, here's my last announcement of the year: This Friday, November 14, is the absolute deadline to buy Chamber Discount Ski Passes. If you're not a Basalt Chamber member and want to take advantage of this wonderful Chamber-Aspen Skiing Company benefit, contact us by Friday, sign up and pick up your discounted pass voucher. Then be sure to get to the SkiCo ticket office by closing on Friday. There's more info below, along with a link to SkiCo's detailed letter. And, of course, most important is that you join us at the Chamber!

Just as the Downtown Area Advisory Committee is building impressive steam, an intriguing announcement was made Thursday afternoon by Michael McVoy, president of the nonprofit Roaring Fork Community Development Corp (RFCDC), that could fundamentally affect the future of the area under consideration. RFCDC has signed an agreement with Lowe Enterprises, a major Aspen developer, to look at development options on roughly 2.6 acres of former Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park closest to Two Rivers Road.

Lowe Enterprises is a respected, diversified national real estate organization with success in development, management, and asset management related to properties emerging from receivership such as Snowmass' Base Village. RFCDC is a nonprofit organization created jointly by Healthy Mountain Communities and The Manaus Fund to "catalyze and implement community-based ventures that create affordable residential, commercial, and community spaces and to improve the health and welfare of people and communities in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys." A mix of housing and a "boutique hotel" are favored over retail and commercial development, though the evaluative process is only just beginning. 

From the Chamber's perspective, this is an interesting and promising collaboration, and one that we will watch closely. (See the "Basalt In The News" section below for more information.)

Two New Businesses Bring Excitement to Downtown Basalt

As we consider the future of the critical Pan & Fork site, two new businesses are setting up shop in downtown Basalt: Faboo, a wild and chic clothing store by the equally wild and wonderful Monika Oginski, celebrates its grand opening on November 21 (though no need to wait until then to stop by!), and Dusty Locker, Gretta McKinney's new consignment young folks sports clothing store, is taking shape. Two dynamic women. Two shops from one end of Midland Avenue to the other. Keep an eye out for their special openings and check out their great offerings. I'm excited!

"Community Input Remains at the Heart of Shaping (Downtown) Basalt"

Basalt voters approved three ballot issues in last week's voting: a five percent sales tax on recreational marijuana, an addition to the lodging tax, and reducing the residency requirement for voting to 22 days making it consistent with the state. 

The Town continues to collect community input with the first of two surveys on the "Our Town Planning" process sent at the end of October to Basalt households. If you're within the Town of Basalt and have questions on the survery, call Denise at Town Hall, 927-4701. To follow the progress of the Downtown Area Advisory Committee (DAAC), visit the Our Town Planning website.
A few announcements which you can read more about below:
  • Our Small Business Saturday promotion continues with 20+ Basalt businesses participating with special offers on November 29, including KSNO which will draw among participating businesses to give away a $500 ad package! All the rest of you, don't worry. If you send in your offer by next Monday your business can still be listed in the next two newsletters.
  • Applications are already coming in for hosting 2015 Basalt Business After Hours. Take a look below and send in your application by December 15 (note the extended deadline, by popular request) to be considered. 
Dinner with Special People

I just returned from dinner at Eurasia with a few special people. Outgoing board member Missy Hagen of Fleisher Land & Homes and current board member Zach Fischer of The Basalt Mountain Inn, and their respective spouses. Missy is barely a few weeks off the board and already we're talking about business education in Basalt, the excitement of the "Set Your Sails" high school-to-business program, and working together to develop our community-based memberships. Zach, swamped with guests at the Basalt Mountain Inn, has just returned from a weekend in Denver at the packed Ski & Snowboard Expo; he's already brainstorming ways to better serve our business members through the Business After Hours (sign up for 2015 below!), marketing programs, and collaborations. These people, the Chamber's volunteer board, are the ones working behind the scenes to support our valued members. Thanks Missy and Zach, as well as Marty and Megan for bearing with all our excited conversation, and Megan for volunteering to help out in the Caboose on your non-work days... see you soon!

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

Check the calendar below for this month's business and networking events in Basalt and don't forget that the Aspen Ski Company's Early Deadline for the Chamber Discount Ski Pass is coming up on November 14. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014
655 East Valley Road, Basalt
Co-hosted by the Bank of Colorado, Names & Numbers, European Caterers and El Jebeverage. Wow! The famous prize wheel will be making a return!
This is a super popular event so mark your calendars and start your holiday celebrating early at the Bank of Colorado!
                Names and Numbers      
Would you like to host a Business After Hours? We're taking applications now through December 15. Please see below for information and a link to the 2015 Application.

The Basalt Chamber Business After Hours - Bank of Colorado
Thursday, November 20, 2014
655 East Valley Road, Basalt
Co-hosted by the Bank of Colorado, Names & Numbers and El Jebeverage. 
This is a super popular event so mark your calendars and we'll give you more information next week.

Holiday Tree Lighting 
Join us as we light up the town!
There'll be caroling, hot cider, cookies and lots of Ho-Ho-Ho's
December 5Lion's Park next to the Town Hall in Historic Downtown
December 12 - Triangle Park in Willits Town Center

December Business After Hours
Alpine Bank Willits
711 East Valley Road
Visit Santa and all the great folks at Alpine Bank!

For a complete list of Basalt events, visit the Chamber website

Basalt businesses are celebrating too! By offering you, their treasured customers, a special discount all day Saturday. It's a perfect time to do your early holiday shopping and enjoy the nature of friendship that abounds in our community. We'll be adding names through the month so check out the list next week and until November 29.
  • The Aspen Clinic - 50% off on Saturday!
  • Bangkok Happy Bowl El Jebel - Happy Hour All Night Long beginning at 4pm!
  • Basalt Bike & Ski - 20% off store-wide!
  • Basalt Emporium & Flying Circus - Complimentary chocolate truffle with purchase over $10!
  • Basalt Fitness - Half-off personal training. Call ahead for appointment. 927-0305
  • Basalt Pharmacy - Offer coming up. (Check back next week.)
  • Basalt Printing - 10% off all ink/toner cartridges!
  • Burn Fitness Studio - Buy a monthly pass, get a 2nd at 1/2 price!
  • Design Finch - 10% off custom holiday cards. Order by Dec 1 Contact Shayla
  • DownValley Tavern - 1/2 off all bottles of wine all day and night!
  • Heathers Savory Pies & Tapas Bar - Spend $15 Saturday, Get 20% off Next Visit!
  • Heirlooms Resale - 10% off Storewide!
  • Midland Shoe - Draw In-store for Discounts!
  • Mountain Greenery - 10% off store-wide!
  • RJ Paddywack's - Buy 3 treats, get 1 free plus 10% off all pet food!
  • Sculco Creative - 20% off next Letter Press order (1 per customer) Contact Mark
  • Sopris Sun - Special rates for Small Business Saturday. See below.
  • Taboo - 10% off storewide (Welcome new business in downtown Basalt!!)
  • Two Rivers Chiropractic - 10% off massage & chiropractic (family & pets) (970) 927-2225
  • Woo Du-An Shaman/Healer/Teacher - 25% off 1 hour consulting. Call (970) 927-0278
  • Working Solutions LLC - Free one-hour consultation about any employee-related issue or concern. Call Rebecca (970) 987-1764
Be sure to mention the Basalt Chamber Small Business Saturday promotion to receive your gift or discount! Valid only on Saturday, November 29.

 **KSNO Radio is offering a $500 advertising package to one participating business.**
There will be a drawing on November 29 and KSNO will announce the winner on air.
So stay tuned!

*** Not on the list? No problem. I'm adding names all through the month so 
send me your business name and special offer any time and we'll get it posted***
Applications Now Being Accepted for 2015

If you've been to a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, you'll know what a great opportunity it is to see old friends, make new business contacts, eat excellent snacks and often drink some very nice beer or wine. Our members are getting increasingly bold with the microphone talking for 30 seconds or so about their latest business news. I predict that one day in 2015, someone is going to break into song!

The monthly gathering - every 3rd Thursday of the month - is a fun social event, with relaxed networking, libations and priceless giveaways. As Chamber director, I especially enjoy these occasions because I get to spend time with members and even do a little match-making. Nothing makes me happier than a good collaboration.

For business hosts this is an excellent opportunity to bring potential customers and referrers in your doors. We've had a great new bunch of hosts in 2014 and look forward to seeing the inside of some new stores in 2015.

Would you like to host a Business After Hours? If so, just fill out this application and email it to us by December 15. A selection committee will choose the locations and a schedule will be announced at 2014's final Business after hours on December 18 at Alpine Bank Willits.

Every year we have more businesses interested in hosting than months available, so make your application stand out. A few tips: Think of something fun and different. Pretty sure we're going to see Santa Claus in December. Consider partnering up with another business. If you're an interior decorator with a home office, how about getting together with an architectural firm. Fitness centers can team up with chiropractors. Door prizes are always popular, even music.
Get Your Application 
Deadline for Submission: Friday, December 15, 2014

"Basalt's troubles were forecastedAspen Times 11/10/14

"Colorado balances aging population with newcomers" Denver Post 11/08/14

"Aspen developer explores hotel, housing in downtown Basalt" Aspen Times 11/7/14

"Basalt voters OK three ballot issues" Aspen Times 11/5/14

"Business Briefs" - Element by Westin Underway, Basalt Neurologists Receives MS Designation, Aspen Daily News, 11/03/14

"Real Estate transactions recorded October 18-24" Aspen Daily News 11/03/14

And there's always Town Manager Mike Scanlon's Weekend Update  this week with updates on the Roaring Fork Apartment Project, DAAC, development projects, parks and trails activities, and initiatives by the "Green Team."

If we've missed anything or you have new news to report, please send it right over. If it's good news, and hasn't yet made the headlines, we'll see if we can get our local papers interested.
Pick up your voucher and purchase your pass by November 14

As a Chamber member you and your eligible employees may choose among several categories of passes for up to $370 in savings (more than the cost of a Chamber membership). Each pass offers a variety of great benefits and additional savings, including the popular Premier Pass which now includes 50% off lift tickets at six more world-class destinations. Have a look at Aspen
SkiCo's letter for all the details and following these easy steps:
Step 1: Pick up your voucher at the Basalt Chamber office
Step 2: Purchase your Season Pass at SkiCo's ticket offices
Step 3: Gather your gear and get ready for the snow!
The Early Deadline Discount is only available through Friday, November 14 
so stop by soon to get your voucher.
Please call first to let us know you're on your way (970) 927-4031.

Another great night in Basalt, last week in celebration of the full moon.

There was a warming hut, fire pit, marshmallow roasting, tech tips for your devices and bedtime stories for the kids.... and there was Elizabeth Drolet from KSNO radio (now in Basalt!), having fun and talking to attendees. You can listen to the short interview by clicking on the red symbol.
Click here to listen
Have you signed up for the "What's Brewing" event
on Thursday at Whole Foods at the Willits Town Center?

Give them feedback on YOUR Whole Foods Market, enjoy refreshments,

and get a gift bag and $20 gift card to take home!
Limited to 12 customers - sign up by calling Customer Service at (970) 927-1500

volunteerVolunteer to Support Your Business Community
Choose an activity you'll enjoy! 

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.

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.
November weather is starting out here in Basalt on the mild side, and we'll take it!  We have yet to see any serious snow, and indian summer just keeps on rolling here in the Roaring Fork Valley. On the fishing side of the coin, beware of spawning brown trout throughout the Valley.  Please give pairs on beds a wide berth, as there are plenty of ravenous rainbows, cutthroat and brook trout out there very willing to eat the fly. Streamer fishing on the lower Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers is as white-hot as it gets, the upper Fork has excellent action in the afternoon, and the Fryingpan still has very decent mid-day blue winged olive and midge hatches. Get out there and enjoy!

More extensive river reports are available for:
USGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Frying Pan River
USGS Real Time Flow chart for the Fork at Basalt (Emma)

From Scott Spooner at Taylor Creek Fly Shop 

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