October 3, 2016
The year 2016 will go down in history as a year of important elections and legislation. Earlier in the year we had election for Village Council. A few weeks ago the residents of Angel Fire passed the election of two very important General Bonds. The Governor of New Mexico has called a special Legislative Session, to adjust the state budget shortage, that convened at high noon last Friday. The day started out on an optimistic note, but deteriorated as it progressed. At 12:18 am Saturday morning, the Senate adjourned Sine Die. The Senate drafted their proposal which was presented in about 10 bills. The bills deviated from the framework that had been discussed in some areas and were dealt with in only one committee, Senate Finance, Friday afternoon. The bills were then heard and passed on the Senate floor Friday night. Immediately following those votes, a motion was made to Sine Die without staying in session to negotiate the proposals with the House or the Governor. And thus they departed.
So what’s next? Well, it’s anybody’s guess. But, when in doubt in the Legislature, go to the rules. When one chamber adjourns, the other chamber must stay for three days in order to compel the other chamber to return. We will see pretty quickly if the House decides to continue working and then recess instead of adjourn which would require the Senate to return to the Capitol in three days. As of this writing, the House is still in session. Stay tuned.
And it is also time to start the election process at the Chamber of Commerce. We are interviewing all of those who would like to serve on the Board of Directors. Shortly we will be sending out ballots in the mail to all of our voting membership. The new Board of Director’s will be seated at the Nov. 29, 2016 Quarterly Member Breakfast Meeting and will then go immediately into a full day session to set the Chamber budget and Plan of Action for 2017.
Plus this year, if you haven’t noticed, is the nation’s presidential elections… that is all I’m going to say about that!
On a different note, the Chamber would like to say thank you to Bert Clemons and his staff at the Laguna Vista Lodge, Historic Restaurant and Saloon for hosting the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Board of Director’s meeting in September. Upon arrival, they had the banquet room set up and treated us to delicious snacks and beverages. We felt very pampered!
Special thanks and appreciation also go out to the Village Angel Fire Proud Committee. They continue to do an excellent job of insuring the streets of Angel Fire are litter free and more attractive!
Last but not least, winter is coming! We are beginning to get excited about the holidays when our village is transformed into an amazing “snow globe” scene with glistening snow and the mountains as our backdrop. Once again we are asking everyone to think now about decorating your homes and businesses. Let’s get into the festive spirit and light up! Not only are our guests pleased by the beauty, but those of us who call this valley our home, enjoy the holiday spirit!
But at the moment, it is the most enchanting season of the year. The leaves are changing all over the valley and in the canyons. If you are not in Angel Fire now, you should be! Fall is definitely arrived and we have the beauty to prove it!