August 16, 2017

What Returning Your Shopping Cart Says About You

By Craig Dacy

I have a pet peeve. You know when you’re at the grocery store and you see shopping carts littered around the parking lot? That drives me insane. My wife knows how I feel about this. She recently shared a meme with me that said that you can’t be successful until you learn to put your shopping cart away. I chuckled at first, but then my mind started to think of how true that meme really was. I realized there are 2 different people in this world; cart returners and cart deserters. Whichever side of the line you stand on says a lot about you.

Disclaimer; this blog post is filled with my opinions. There are obviously exceptions to every rule and you might fall under the grey area. However, if you are one of the many able-bodied people that has no problem leaving your shopping cart in a parking space, you may not appreciate the points I’m about to make. If you also feel compelled to walk your cart back like a decent human being, then read on.

Cart Returners Put Others First

There are hundreds of excuses for someone to leave their cart propped up on a grassy median or left between parking spaces. Maybe they’re in a hurry or it’s raining. Maybe they’re trying to escape the dirty looks they’re getting because their oversized truck is parked across 2 spaces. Whatever the reason is, there is one thing all of these excuses have in common; it’s all about them. When you take the time to return your cart to its receptacle, you’re showing that you care about the employees of the grocery store. You acknowledge that if you don’t put the cart away, someone else will have to do it for you. Basically it shows that you’re not a selfish jerk. Why not take it a step further? If you see a disabled person with a cart, offer to return it for them. It’s all about helping our neighbor. Successful people put others first. Instead of being wrapped up in things that benefit them, they look for ways to help and serve those around them. Zig Ziglar said, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”

Cart Returners Are Disciplined

We’ve all been tempted to turn to the dark side, right? Your child is screaming and the nearest cart receptacle is 10 parking spaces away. Can’t I leave the cart here just this once? These are the moments that define us. Will you stand strong or break to temptation? Look on the bright side; that screaming child ensures that everyone will look and see you doing the right thing! Walking the 10 spaces shows you’re disciplined. You’ve committed yourself to a moral standard that you won’t break. Discipline is an attractive quality in people. Employers look for it in their employees and people look for it in their potential mates. They want to know they can trust you to do the right thing no matter what the circumstances.

Cart Returners Are Happier People

I know I’ve addressed it already, but I’ll say it again. Cart deserters are selfish. Selfish people aren’t happy.

You know Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ story A Christmas Carol? Of course you do. Whether you’re picturing the traditional story or the Scrooge McDuck version, you know that Scrooge is only concerned about making money and turns away anyone asking for help. While he is very wealthy, he is miserable and alone (and probably wouldn’t return his cart, either). Giving to others brings happiness into our lives. Whether it’s a big or small gesture, they can make a lasting impact. Focusing only on ourselves gives us a negative outlook on life. We tend to only think about the things we don’t have, the things we want, or the things others have that we wish we had. None of these bring on a spirit of gratitude or contentment. Finding a way to give to others will change your outlook. Giving takes the focus off of yourself and puts it on others. At the end of the day, the only person you can control is you. As infuriating as it is to see a front row parking space blocked by a deserted cart, take comfort in knowing that you still have the upper hand.

To all my cart deserters out there; it’s never too late to make a change. Cart returners are very forgiving and will welcome you to our side with open arms!

Finally, to all my cart returners; there is one last glimmer of hope for you. While the walk to the receptacle may be treacherous, the walk back to your car can be empowering. You did the right thing. Hold your head up high, pump your fist in the air, and consider that walk as your victory lap.

Go Bond Projects Update

There is a meeting to update the public on the progress of the Village of Angel Fire General Obligation Bond on August 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Village Hall, 3388 Mountain View Blvd.

Project Engineers and RBC Capital bond professional will be at this meeting to discuss the progress of the various street, water and wastewater projects and answer questions from the audience.

This meeting is open to the public. If you are an individual who is in need of any auxiliary aid or service to attend this meeting, please contact the Village Clerk at 575-377-3232, at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Chamber News August 07, 2017

By Jo Mixon

This year has been full of changes. First we changed our fiscal year at the Chamber to the calendar year January thru December. In doing so Chamber membership fees went from being due on anniversary dates, to all being due January 1. The annual member meeting/dinner, board of directors election and the annual board retreat also changed dates according to our by-laws. Having past the first 6 months of 2017, I’d like to report this was a good decision for the Chamber. We have added a few events and activities to the calendar year too. These are fun changes.

The 12 Days of Christmas Raffle was such a success, it will definitely be held again this year. Gather your donations and bring them into the Chamber!

The Habla Tamale Cook-off and Festival will become an annual staple for Angel Fire and we have plans to broaden and expand. In 2018 Habla Tamale will become a 2-day event. The first day will be the New Mexico State Tamale Cook-off, as we have done in the past and we are going to add an Enchilada Cook-off in the afternoon. The second day we hope to have a National Tamale Cook-off Contest. We will be reaching out to winners of other state Tamale Cook-off’s to invite them to participate against the New Mexico State Champions. Plus we will add a Salsa Competition in the afternoon and more festival vendors, so make sure to put it on your 2018 calendar. When you do, please make a note that the date is changing back to our original dates in August. After having surveyed our contestants and vendors, the majority asked to move it back to August instead of having it on the Father’s Day weekend in June. So we will. We had thought about the 2nd week in August, but after checking calendars, there are 2 other festivals in the area on that week end. So mark your calendars for Habla Tamale to be the first weekend, August 4-5, 2018. Plan to enter and/or attend! Applications for entry will be on www.hablatamale.com and www.angelfirechamber.org the first of October, 2017

This month we have begun #AngelFireChamberRocks. It’s a fun colorful rock painting and hiding (in plain sight) activity designed to bring people into our local businesses and produce smiles and customers. (See #AngelFireChamberRocks)

Next, in early September, we are organizing an area wide Volunteer Appreciation Picnic called “I Am Angel Fire”. We are joining forces with other non-profits and businesses to say thank-you to all of the volunteers who make Angel Fire events and activities a success! Countless hours and talent are put into events and we want to say exactly how much we appreciate the hard work. Each and every volunteer IS Angel Fire! Look for more information coming soon.

The last weekend in September, Art Up Northern New Mexico will stage an Angel Fire Studio Tour. Artist that are interested may sign up now. Any local businesses that would like to be on the brochure map may call 575-377-6353 for more information. Deadline for entry is August 11, 2017.

For the Holiday season, we are joining forces with the Resort, the Village and the Garden Club in the Holiday Lighting initiative. We asking businesses to “Light Up” in white lights. Please plan to attend the Quarterly Membership Breakfast meeting August 22, 8:00 am to 9:00 am, in the foyer of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce for more information. Let’s turn Angel Fire into a Holiday Village!

Then we we are going to help coordinate “Pop Up Holiday Markets” throughout the Christmas shopping season. So much is happening! Year after year we are strengthening our local economy and we at the Chamber are extremely pleased to be a part of this vibrant community we serve!

Want to get involved? Angel Fire Chamber offers a variety of Membership Levels. They include the Standard Membership at $275 per year, Non-Profit Membership for $225 per year, Premium Membership also $225 per year plus 1/2% pass thru customer fee with min. contribution of $ 110 annually. When a Premium Member’s customer past thru fee reaches $2,500. annually, this Premium Member automatically receives a Gold Membership and their annual fee is Free. There are also Associate Real Estate Memberships, Associate Multiple Business Owner Memberships and Chamber to Chamber memberships for $100. per year. If you do not own a business but still want to contribute to the community through Chamber membership, we have an Individual Supporter Membership for $100 per year. If you are not yet a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, join today! For more information on the benefits of membership visit www.angelfirechamber.org or call 575-377-6353 or stop by the office at 3407 Mountain View Blvd. / Centro Plaza in Angel Fire, NM.

A Total Eclipse Is Coming To The United States

On Monday, August 21, 2017 a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States, and wherever you are, you will be able to see it. Even though the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse.

In Angel Fire, you will see a partial solar eclipse when the moon obscures 79.4% of the sun. The eclipse will peak at 11:47 am MDT. If you want to see the total eclipse, you will have to drive approximately 379 miles NE.

The entire path of the Solar Eclipse across the United States.

Moreno Valley Healthcare Clinic – Business After Hours

Business After Hours last week at the Moreno Valley Healthcare Clinic gave the community of Angel Fire the opportunity to meet our new doctor in residence Dr. Zach Englebert.

 

Check out some photos of the event below!

Footprints In Your Garden

A National Garden Clubs Botanical Arts Flower Show & Brunch
Presented by the Angel Fire Garden Club

Open To The Public, Free Viewing of Flower Show

When: Monday, August 14, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Airport (Colfax County), 3570 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Brunch Honoring the Former Presidents of the Angel Fire Garden Club

When: Monday, August 14, 2017 from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm

Cost: $5 Per Person

Shall We Dance

Ballroom Dancing

When: July 9, 2017 to August 6, 2017 plus August 20, 2017

Where: Angel Fire Resort Country Club

Cost: 6 Classes for $120.00 or $25.00 per couple/class

Beginner: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Intermediate: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Learn: Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing & The Cha Cha

For more information please call Diane at 575-377-2443.

Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

When: August 22, 2017 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

We will be discussing the “Holiday Magic” Lighting Initiative.

The Angel Fire Resort, the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Angel Fire and the Angel Fire Garden Club have joined together to launch the
Holiday Magic, Lighting Initiative.

Mike Hess of Angel Fire Resort says, “Our goal is to have as many businesses within our community and the surrounding area join with us to create an Angel Fire fairy tale holiday village.”

Come see how you and your business can get involved.

The New Mexico Film Office Announcement

The New Mexico Film Office Announces “Icebox” to Film in New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the independent feature “Icebox” produced by Icebox Productions, LLC will begin principal photography July through early August in Albuquerque and Española.

“We welcome ‘Icebox’ to New Mexico. In addition to the economic impact for crew and vendors, ‘Icebox’ will employ 40 New Mexicans in principal roles. That is testament to the deep talent pool of actors we have here in our state,” said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis.

The production will employ 80 New Mexico crew members, 40 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 500 New Mexico background talent.

“Albuquerque is pleased to be the home base for yet another film that employs many New Mexicans,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Our economy is benefiting from the film industry which is continuing to do well in our city and state.”

The independent feature is directed by Daniel Sawka and produced by James L. Brooks (“The Simpsons,” “Jerry Maguire”), Diego Luna (“Rogue One”), Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Richard Sakai (“The Simpsons Movie,” “Jerry Maguire”), Julie Ansell, (“Edge of Seventeen,” “Spanglish”), David S. Greathouse (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “The Night Manager”) and co-produced by New Mexican Brent Morris (“Frank,” “Monster,” “Smoke Signals”).

Starring Anthony Gonzales, Genesis Rodriguez, Matthew Moreno, Omar Leyva, “Icebox,” is the story of Oscar, a young boy from Honduras, who is forced to leave his home country and attempt to reach his uncle in the United States.

Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at nmfilm.com.

Contact: Ben Cloutier, 505-670-7024, Benjamin.Cloutier@state.nm.us

Taos Mainline Re-Route Project

A Message From New Mexico Gas Company and the New Mexico Department of Transportation

From August through November 2017, New Mexico Gas Company will realign a 6-mile stretch of natural gas pipeline in the Rio Grande Gorge. A new pipeline will be installed in the right-of-way along New Mexico 68.

The existing pipeline is at risk because of shifting soils. Three landslide areas are impacting the pipeline on the west side of the Rio Grande between Rinconada and Pilar. The existing pipeline must be readjusted periodically to ensure that natural gas is safely delivered to homes and businesses in Taos County. Relocating the pipeline will improve the reliability of service for about 16,000 customers in Taos, Questa and Red River. No service interruptions are anticipated during construction.

New Mexico Gas Company has worked with the New Mexico Department of Transportation on a traffic control plan. Pilot cars will lead motorists through a restricted one-way construction work zone.

Existing above ground pipeline

Northbound traffic will be stopped while a pilot car leads southbound motorists through the work zone. After that, southbound traffic will be stopped and a pilot car will escort northbound motorists. The pilot cars will operate 24 hours a day and seven days a week from August 1 until the project is completed.

Traffic updates will be posted on our social media sites. Please check @NMGasCo on Twitter and Facebook.