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Kris Mattera / Basalt Chamber of Commerce

The Basalt Chamber of Commerce recently opened Hack & Grind, a coworking space for small businesses needing an office, or remote workers looking for a place to work outside of their home.  

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Buskers are taking over corners of Willits and downtown Basalt as part of Wednesday Night Live, which kicks off Wednesday, June 24 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.). The Arts Center at Willits, or TACAW, Town of Basalt, and the Basalt Chamber of Commerce is putting on the series, which is set to run each week until mid-August. The event takes the place of the town's normal weekly concert series, which was cancelled—along with other TACAW programming—due to public health concerns over COVID-19.

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Basalt officials are looking for public feedback on updates to the Arbaney Pool.  Improvements spread out through four years include improvements to the main pool and creating a robot-shaped children's pool, as well as making the facility eco-friendly.

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Starting a business can be a gamble, and the stakes are even higher during a pandemic. Owners of two new businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley are taking the leap at a time when unemployment is soaring and social distancing measures are hurting industries all across Colorado.

Elise Thatcher / Aspen Public Radio

Basalt Town Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday launching the Basalt Bucks program. In an attempt to help businesses ordered to shut down by Gov. Jared Polis when the pandemic made its way to Colorado, all addresses within the town limits will receive a $20 voucher to use at Basalt restaurants or retail stores.

Amy Maron

 

Roaring Fork Valley resident Bob Rugile has been taking it upon himself to clean the streets of downtown Basalt since he moved here in 1993, and the pandemic hasn’t slowed him down.

 

“What I like is that Basalt is relatively small and one person can make a difference,” Rugile said. 

 

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

Results from Basalt's Tuesday election are in...mostly. Bill Kane won the mayoral election by 381 votes and the town clerk is waiting to announce the winners of the council race. 

Basalt town clerk Pam Schilling said there are 56 ballots that are either remaining to come in from overseas or need signature verification. Once those are in on or before April 15, town officials will announce the new council members. 

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

Editor's Note: This interview is part of a series on the Basalt mayoral race that takes place on April 7. Aspen Public Radio Morning Edition host and reporter Molly Dove sat down with all three candidates, Bill Kane, Rob Leavitt and Bill Infante in their favorite place in Basalt.

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

Editor's Note: This interview is the second in a series on the Basalt mayoral race, taking place on April 7. Aspen Public Radio Morning Edition host and reporter Molly Dove sat down with all three candidates, Bill Kane, Rob Leavitt and Bill Infante, in their favorite place in Basalt.

Basalt mayoral candidate Rob Leavitt sits in a wooden chair sipping on hot tea alongside the Roaring Fork River in Willits. Looking straight ahead across the river, he points out the lot is empty and he wants to keep it that way. Encouraging slow growth in Basalt is one main reason why he is running for mayor.

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

Editor's Note: This interview is the first in a series on the Basalt mayoral race, taking place on April 7. Aspen Public Radio Morning Edition host and reporter Molly Dove sat down with all three candidates, Bill Kane, Rob Leavitt and Bill Infante, in their favorite place in Basalt. 

Sitting at a small table in CC's Cafe, Kane, a Roaring Fork Valley resident for 46 years, said his previous experience as Basalt's town manager, paired with other leadership and communication experience, makes him the best candidate to be mayor.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

On Tuesday, voters in fourteen states will pick their preferred democratic candidate to face off against likely GOP nominee President Donald Trump in November’s general election. Colorado is among the states holding a primary on Super Tuesday.

Aspen Public Radio analyzed a year of individual contribution data from the Federal Election Commission, a government agency that keeps track of campaign finance information.

Basalt River Park Could See Final Vote Thursday

Feb 23, 2020
Final Application of Basalt River Park / Town of Basalt

The Basalt River Park project has been long-debated, but a plan for the campus could be finalized as early as Thursday at town council's meeting. 

The proposed $1 million project includes public portions, like the park itself and an outdoor area for concerts and other events. It also includes privately-funded commercial spaces and 24 residential units, both affordable and market-rate. 

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A recycling dropoff center in Basalt shut down on Friday after Pitkin County pulled funding, and Basalt and Eagle County couldn’t pay new higher rates to keep it open. Now, the town and Eagle County will host a pair of events where people can bring hard-to-dispose of items, such as large electronics, paint, motor oil, tires and yard waste. 

 

Candidates for Basalt Town Council, Basalt mayor and the Carbondale Board of Trustees on the April 7 ballot were announced Monday.

Running for the three open town council seats are incumbent Jennifer Riffle and newcomers Tiffany Haddad, Glenn Drummond, David Knight, Elyse Hottel and Kirk "Dieter" Schindler. The three candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected onto the council. 

Basalt Public Arts Commission


Basalt town council is considering cutting the little-used “One Percent For The Arts” program. It was intended to help fund the town’s public art, but officials say it’s proven impractical. 

At a council meeting last week, town manager Ryan Mahoney said that the program, which requires one percent of the cost of constructing or remodeling town buildings go toward public art, was a good concept, in theory. 

Elise Thatcher

Starting Tuesday, Basalt residents who want to run for one of the three open Basalt Town Council seats or for mayor can pick up their paperwork and start gathering signatures.

Basalt Town Councilman Bill Infante will hold an event that morning at Starbucks in Willits from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to answer questions from potential candidates.

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

Hanukkah began Sunday night, and to celebrate, people gathered in front of a large menorah in Willits. They stood together, wishing their friends, family and neighbors ‘happy Hannukah’ while singing blessings and songs. 

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Last week, private garbage and recycling company Waste Management said it would cost $120,000 to operate a public recycling drop-off center in Basalt next year, more than double what it cost in 2019. The firm says that comes in response to higher drop-off fees at a larger facility in Denver.

 

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

A coworker, someone sitting next to you on the bus or even a friend or family member may be struggling to feed their families, or themselves. According to the Colorado Health Institute, nearly 13 percent of residents along the I-70 mountain corridor ate less than they should have in 2019 because of financial troubles.

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A recycling center in Basalt is set to close at the start of 2020 after Pitkin County decided to stop funding it, and residents are now turning to Eagle County in hopes of a solution.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Basalt is getting closer to updating its master plan, a community vision that guides the town's leadership in making decisions about land use and development. Wednesday night, residents got to throw in their chips, literally, with some ideas gleaned from previous community outreach and stakeholder meetings.

Basalt Area Gives Campaign Underway

Oct 31, 2019

The Basalt Area Gives campaign is currently in full swing, and its founders are hoping Basalt residents will donate a portion of their TABOR tax refunds to local community organizations.

The Legend Of The Frying Pan Road Pumpkin Fairy

Oct 25, 2019
Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

No one knows when it started, but for about the last ten years, pumpkins mysteriously pop up every October along Frying Pan Road in Basalt. Some pumpkins are big, some small, some orange, some white, some are left high up on the rocks, others down in the river. 

It has become a yearly game of “I-Spy” for locals. Legend has it, all the pumpkins come from the Pumpkin Fairy. 

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

The town of Basalt approved construction of the mid-valley performing arts center The Contemporary on Tuesday, removing the final public hurdle for the venue. 

The Arts Campus at Willits, or TACAW, which will operate the space, changed the building plans after receiving pushback from council earlier this month.  

Mike McMillan / Lake Christine Fire PIO

Basalt is hosting a community picnic to thank emergency responders one year after the Lake Christine Fire started. 

Janice Duroux is vice president of the Basalt Regional Heritage Society, which is hosting the potluck. 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

  

Officials in Basalt say recent efforts to improve safety at the shooting range near Lake Christine are helpful, but don’t go far enough.

Basalt town manager Ryan Mahoney drafted a letter on behalf of the town council that applauds Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) for removing brush to help prevent wildfires and arranging for safety officers.

 

But the council has a list of requests it says would make it easier for the town and gun range to coexist.

 

Elise Thatcher / Aspen Public Radio

Nearly every year since 2010, Basalt’s town council raised the property tax rate without voter approval. This is, potentially, a violation of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).

 

Some residents aren’t happy about it, and a Denver think tank is in town Tuesday to answer their questions.


Residents Can Weigh In On Basalt Master Plan

May 8, 2019
Basalt Chamber of Commerce

Mid-valley residents can weigh in on Basalt’s Master Plan again Thursday. The second of three open houses on Basalt's master plan is being held at the high school tonight.

 

The master plan is the community’s mission statement.

 

It outlines the priorities and values of its residents, which then informs decisions the town government makes, like how much building it’ll allow, and where it’ll allow it.


Aspen Looks To Ban All Flavored Tobacco

Apr 18, 2019

Most Aspen High School seniors have tried vaping, or using e-cigarettes, according to a survey. Teens throughout the Roaring Fork Valley vape at alarming rates, which are high for Colorado, which already has the highest rate of vaping in the U.S.  

Elise Thatcher

Does Basalt owe property owners a refund? Residents have until March 29th to complete a survey, which the council will consider in addressing a possible violation of state law.

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