Basalt http://kajx.org en Local Group to Study Fryingpan River/Ruedi Impact http://kajx.org/post/local-group-study-fryingpan-riverruedi-impact <p>The Roaring Fork Conservancy is taking a look at what a healthy Fryingpan River means to the local economy. The Fryingpan Valley Economic Study is underway and will continue into next year according to the Basalt based organization. The group says the study aims to understand visitor use and spending related to recreational activities on the Lower Fryingpan River and Ruedi Reservoir, and the river’s economic importance. The final result will give people an idea of what a healthy river means to the local economy.&nbsp;The Conservancy believes the report will also aid in helping to keep the river healthy. Colorado State University and Colorado Mountain College are assisting with the study that is funded in part by the town of Basalt, Eagle County, the Aspen Skiing Company Environment Foundation and other private donors. Over a decade ago the Conservancy conducted a similar study and found the Fryingpan Valley's recreational activities contributed an estimated $1.8 million annually in total economic output to Basalt's economy. Updated numbers are expected to be greater.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:09:21 +0000 Rob St. Mary 16157 at http://kajx.org Local Group to Study Fryingpan River/Ruedi Impact Basalt's Pan And Fork Mobile Home Park Nearly Empty http://kajx.org/post/basalts-pan-and-fork-mobile-home-park-nearly-empty <p></p><p>The process of moving families out of Basalt’s Pan and Fork mobile home park is nearly complete. Just one family remains in the flood-prone neighborhood which will eventually become a public park.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since August, officials from the Town of Basalt have been working with families in the 38 homes, to help them find new housing. The Town purchased part of the trailer park in 2011 so it could redevelop it. Town Manager Mike Scanlon says more than 380 people were living in the park.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 16084 at http://kajx.org Basalt's Pan And Fork Mobile Home Park Nearly Empty Economic Recovery, Affordable Housing Discussed At Candidate Forum http://kajx.org/post/economic-recovery-affordable-housing-discussed-candidate-forum <p></p><p>Issues like economic recovery, marijuana and affordable housing were discussed at a candidate forum in Basalt Monday night. The candidates are vying for open seats on Basalt’s Town Council. &nbsp;Four of the five registered candidates participated. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was there and filed this report.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:43:45 +0000 Marci Krivonen 16033 at http://kajx.org Economic Recovery, Affordable Housing Discussed At Candidate Forum Downtown Business A Concern Ahead of Basalt Election http://kajx.org/post/downtown-business-concern-ahead-basalt-election <p></p><p>Basalt’s municipal election is about one week away and five candidates are vying for three open seats on the Town board. One of the biggest issues is business. While downtown stores struggle, the new urban Willits area is busy. Mike Scanlon is Basalt’s Town Manager.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:18:13 +0000 Marci Krivonen 15986 at http://kajx.org Downtown Business A Concern Ahead of Basalt Election Unconventional Basalt Planning Process Hits Halfway Mark http://kajx.org/post/unconventional-basalt-planning-process-hits-halfway-mark <p></p><p>The Town of Basalt’s halfway through its unconventional urban planning process. In February, Town officials invited residents to participate in what they’re calling the “Our Town” process, where they lay out a map of downtown and ask people what they’d like to see there. So far, more than 300 people have offered up ideas. They’re zeroing in on a 12 acre chunk of public-private land that runs from Old Pond Park to Basalt Grocery and the Aspenalt Lodge. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to Basalt Town Manager Mike Scanlon.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 15783 at http://kajx.org Unconventional Basalt Planning Process Hits Halfway Mark