June 27, 2016

Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Annual Meeting 2016

Last Friday night the Angel Fire Chamber held it’s Annual Meeting. Membership was asked to vote on several amendments to the by-laws. A quorum was present. The vote in favor was unanimous. These are the passed amendments:

  • The President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors will now have the titles of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board
  • The Executive Director’s title has been changed to President/CEO
  • The Chamber Fiscal Year has been changed from May thru April to the calendar year Jan. thru Dec. beginning January 1, 2017
  • The election of Board Directors has changed from the spring to the fall
  • The Board Spring Retreat will now be a Fall Retreat
  • Elected Board members will take office in January
  • The Annual Membership Meeting will be held the first quarter of the year instead of the second.

The Board has also made the decision to change the membership fees due date from a members anniversary date to January 1. All members that are invoiced beginning June 1, 2016 through Dec. 2016 will have pro-rated dues and will be due for a full year on January 1, 2017.

The Board of Directors have added new categories to our to Angel Fire Chamber membership tiers. They are:

  • Associate Real Estate Membership – $100.00 per year
  • Associate Multiple Business Owner Membership – $100.00 per year

An Associate Real Estate Membership is available to all Real Estate Agents working under a Broker’s license who is, already, a standard, premium, or gold member in good standing. An Associate Multiple Business Owner Membership (not premium) is available for separate businesses owned by a Standard Member in good standing. (partial voting member- 1/2 vote)

  • Member Recognition/Distinction
  • Contributor toward Chamber and Community
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Weekly eBlast Updates, monthly eNewsletter
  • Forwarding of your advertisements or announcements in weekly eBlast (12 per year, 1 per month)
  • Business After Hours Hosting Opportunity and other Networking Events Invitations
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation
  • Business Advocacy
  • Priority Referrals
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • World wide Website-Exposure with links
  • Posting of Job Openings on Website and in weekly eBlast
  • Weekly Email Inquiry/Referral
  • Use of boardroom for business functions
  • Access to Chamber Membership List (email free, print $3)
  • Mailing of your brochures in inquiry packets, per guidelines
  • Display of brochures and marketing materials in Chamber Welcome Center
  • Cooperative Event and Advertising Opportunities
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Option of listing your business under additional categories in our directory and on our web-site for $50.00 fee per year

Proposed New Membership Levels that would be reciprocal to other Chambers for Angel Fire Chamber Members
in good standing:

This category of membership is being proposed to other Chambers in the Enchanted Circle and in Colfax County. We believe it will be good for all of our business members!

Chamber to Chamber Membership – $100.00 per year

This membership will be available to members in good standing of these Chambers: Cimarron Chamber, Eagle Nest Chamber, Raton Chamber, Red River Chamber, Taos County Chamber, and Taos Ski Valley Chamber (non-voting member)

We are in the process of meeting with and/or setting up meetings with these Chambers to offer the proposed membership to their members too. Hopefully it will go into effect soon! The benefits will be:

  • Member Recognition/Distinction
  • Contributor toward Chamber and Community
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Weekly eBlast Updates, monthly eNewsletter
  • Forwarding of your advertisements or announcements in weekly eBlast (12 per year, 1 per month)
  • Business After Hours Hosting Opportunity and other Networking Events Invitations
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation
  • Business Advocacy
  • Priority Referrals
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • World wide Website-Exposure with links
  • Posting of Job Openings on Website and in weekly eBlast
  • Weekly Email Inquiry/Referral
  • Use of boardroom for business functions
  • Access to Chamber Membership List (email free, print $3)
  • Mailing of your brochures in inquiry packets, per guidelines
  • Display of brochures and marketing materials in Chamber Welcome Center
  • Cooperative Event and Advertising Opportunities
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Option of listing your business under additional categories in our directory and on our web-site for $50.00 fee per year

The membership categories that have not changed are as follows:

  • Standard Membership – $250.00 per year
  • Non-Profit Membership – $200.00 per year (voting member)

Benefits include:

  • Member Recognition/Distinction
  • Contributor toward Chamber and Community
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Weekly eBlast Updates, monthly eNewsletter
  • Forwarding of your advertisements or announcements in weekly eBlast (12 per year, 1 per month)
  • Business After Hours Hosting Opportunity and other Networking Events Invitations
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation
  • Business Advocacy
  • Priority Referrals
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • World wide Website-Exposure with links
  • Posting of Job Openings on Website and in weekly eBlast
  • Weekly Email Inquiry/Referral
  • Use of boardroom for business functions
  • Access to Chamber Membership List (email free, print $3)
  • Mailing of your brochures in inquiry packets, per guidelines
  • Display of brochures and marketing materials in Chamber Welcome Center
  • Cooperative Event and Advertising Opportunities
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Option of listing your business under additional categories in our directory and on our web-site for $50.00 fee per year

Premium Membership – $200.00 per year (voting member, 1/2% fee paying min. contribution – $110.00 annually)

  • Member Recognition/Distinction
  • Exemplary Contributor toward Chamber and Community
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Two extra Complimentary Business Listings with full standard benefits
  • Weekly eBlast Updates, monthly eNewsletter
  • Forwarding of your advertisements or announcements in weekly eBlast (2 per month, 24 per year)
  • Business After Hours Hosting Opportunity and other Networking Events Invitations
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation
  • Business Advocacy
  • Priority Referrals
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • World wide Website-Exposure (links to your website at no charge)
  • Posting of Job Openings on Website and in weekly eBlast
  • Free Weekly Email Inquiry/Referral Reports
  • Use of boardroom for business functions
  • Access to Chamber Membership List (email free, print $3)
  • Display of brochures and marketing materials in Chamber Welcome Center
  • Cooperative Event and Advertising Opportunities
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Option of listing your business under additional categories in our directory and on our web-site

Gold Membership – Free (voting member, 1/2% fee paying min. contribution $2,500.00 annually)

  • Honored as an Exemplary Contributer toward Chamber and Community
  • Unlimited Complimentary Business Listings
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Weekly eBlast Updates, monthly eNewsletter
  • Forwarding of your advertisements or announcements in weekly eBlast (4 per month, 52 per year)
  • Business After Hours Hosting Opportunity and other Networking Events Invitations
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation
  • Business Advocacy
  • Priority Referrals
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • World wide Website-Exposure (links to your website at no charge)
  • Posting of Job Openings on Website and in weekly eBlast
  • Free Weekly Email Inquiry/Referral Reports
  • Use of boardroom for business functions
  • Access to Chamber Membership List (email free, print $3)
  • Display of brochures and marketing materials in Chamber Welcome Center
  • Cooperative Event and Advertising Opportunities
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Option of listing your business under additional categories in our directory and on our web-site
  • Membership dues waved, no charge after fee payments reach $2500.
  • Business Representation as a Golden Member on selected Chamber advertising and materials
  • 2 Complimentary tickets to Annual Chamber Banquet
  • Sponsorship Recognition for select Chamber events

Individual Supporter – $75.00 per year (partial voting member, 1/3 vote)

  • Member Recognition/Distinction
  • Contributor toward Chamber and Community
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Weekly eNews and Updates
  • Invitation to Business After Hours and other Networking Events
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation

Business After Hours – Antler’s Crossing

luauJoin us tonight for a Hawaiian Luau, the brisket is cooking!

When: June 9, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Antler’s Crossing

284 East Therma Street
Eagle Nest, NM 87718

Antler’s Crossing is the newest cabins within walking distance to shopping, restaurant’s, nightlife in the mountains of Ruidoso and Eagle Nest. Both offer all outdoor activities including skiing, fishing, hiking, ATV, snowmobile and guided tours. Come enjoy the New Mexico’s year around play grounds with us. We will beat other Hotel Packages.

Learn more at www.antlers-crossing.com.

2016 Primary Election

colfax-countyThe 2016 primary election will take place Tuesday June 7, 2016. Voting is both a right and a privilege in America. During the primary, only registered Republicans and Democrats may vote.

All registered voters may vote in the general election to be held November 7, 2016. We will advertise the early and mobile
voting dates for the general election as we get closer to that date.

Office of Colfax County Clerk
Rebecca Hoy
230 North Third Street
PO Box 150
Raton, NM 87740
575-445-5551 (Phone)
575-445-4031 (Fax)
clerk@co.colfax.nm.us

Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker & Butterfly Garden Dedication

butterflyPlease join the Angel Fire Garden Club on June 12, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Shuter Library for the Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker and Butterfly Garden Dedication.

The dedication of the Memorial By-Way Marker will begin at 3:15 pm with the dedication of the Butterfly Garden immediately following.

The winners of the Butterfly Poster Contest will be announced following the dedications.

Refreshments will be served. Please call Johnese Turri at 505-250-7150 with any questions.

Keller Williams Red Day 2016

keller-williamsWhat is RED Day? RED (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving our local communities. Each year, tens of thousands of Keller Williams associates from across the globe participate in a wide range of projects, devoting their time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve. RED Day is an entrenched part of our culture and displays the extraordinary effect a company can have when individuals come together to work as a team for the greater good of everyone.

When: June 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

What is Keller Williams Angel Fire doing for RED Day? We will beautify our median on North Angel Fire Road. The median is maintained by the Angel Fire Garden Club and Angel Fire Proud. Please join us on June 7, 2016 as we work on the median, planting and weeding. If you would like to participate, please call us at 575-377-2321 to signup. On the day of the event we will meet at 9:00 am at the Keller Williams Realty parking lot located at 3365 Mountain View Blvd, next door to the Visitors Center. Remember to wear your red KW shirt from last year if you have one.

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The Retreat At Angel Fire Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

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On Site Managers: Ricky & Kimberly Talbert With Jo

The Retreat at Angel Fire is a cluster of eight fully equipped cabins, both one and two bedroom, nestled up to the Carson National Forest, within hiking distance to Monte Verde Lake. Owned by one family, the Shivers, Dions and Prices, this little bit of heaven, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Retreat at Angel Fire is operated by fulltime onsite managers, Ricky and Kimberly Talbert. The first thing Kimberly said to me was, “We have been here now for three years and we want you to know that our owners are wonderful to work with. Anything we need, they provide. The ultimate guest experience is first and foremost.” With that she explained there are so many upgrades happening at the cabins, they are excited. New water heaters have been installed, new linens and bedding, and new coffee pots are available in all of the cabins. Plus they are in the process of switching to flat screen t.v.’s, and new larger rustic futons with extra cozy cushions! (I sat on one and literally sunk into the comfort!)

There are ten cabins at the Retreat at Angel Fire. Five one bedroom and five two bedroom. The one bedroom cabins will sleep 4 to 6 people and the two bedroom cabins will sleep 6 to 8 people. All are stocked with the basic amenities. Each has free Wi-Fi access and Direct T.V. with 150 channels. There is a laundry facility on-site, a playground area, a covered outdoor grill in the back country and an indoor heated pavilion. Directly outside of the pavilion, on the patio, is a larger than life chiminaya. This area is great for family reunions, weddings, or other group events.

Kimberly stressed the Retreat at Angel Fire is family, family, family oriented! She and Ricky want you to feel like you are visiting family when you stay with them. You may bring bikes and ATV’s. (ATV access: please call beforehand for instructions.) They have direct access from the property onto trails in the Carson National Forest. And two hiking/biking trails. One that takes you to Monte Verde Lake and one that will take you to the upper meadows. Bring your camera because the views are to die for and wildlife is plentiful on the property. Elk and deer can be seen grazing or roaming throughout the trees. Rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks scurry around the cabins. Even bears may sometimes wonder through. The Retreat at Angel Fire gives you the feeling of being totally in the wilderness. Four of the cabins are only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles in the winter. But it is hard to explain how this retreat is situated close enough to the road that you won’t get lost in miles of travel from Hwy 434, yet you are completely secluded in the forest. All I can say is, you need to make a reservation and experience it for yourselves. And don’t forget your fishing poles!

Originally from California, then Roswell, NM, the Talberts have made Angel Fire their home. After raising three boys and a girl, Ricky and Kimberly decided to do what they had always wanted and move to the mountains. Their children and 6 grandchildren love to visit. I asked how they met. Kimberly said they grew up together. Both of their father’s worked on the same dairy farm. So even though they have been married just 35 years, they have been together all of their lives. Wow! Ricky is a bit mischievous and Kimberly adds that special touch. They are personable and fun to be around, like the side of the family you want to visit. Their guests quickly become friends who come back year after year. There is no minimum night stay, but you will want to plan to stay as long as you possibly can for the ultimate period of rest and relaxation!

To make a reservation call 1-877-777-4740 or 575-377-6741. Visit them online at www.retreatatangelfire.com.

The Retreat at Angel Fire
3080 Mountain View Boulevard
Angel Fire, NM, 87710

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The Eagle Nest Dam 100th Anniversary Meeting

eagle-nest-damThe Eagle Nest Dam 100th Anniversary interest group will be meeting June 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center, 42 Marina Lane, Eagle Nest, NM.

Invited are all interested in participating in planning related to the 3-year span of activities commemorating the building of Eagle Nest Dam and Lake which began in 1916 and was completed in 1918.

Questions, call Bruce at 575-377-6188.

To All RBS Customers

alpine-lumber-coEmployee Owned & Operated Since 1963

As you may know, Bill Allen (owner of RBS), has made the decision to retire and sell his Raton and Angel Fire building supply stores to Alpine Lumber Company. This letter is being sent out with an anticipated transaction closing date of April 29, 2016. (the transaction did take place)

The former RBS facility on Highway 434 in Angel Fire and the former RBS facility on North 1st Street in Raton, will now both operate as Alpine Lumber. The former Alpine Lumber facility on Halo Pines in Angel Fire, is being shuttered.

Alpine Lumber is a Colorado based, employee owned, building materials supply company. Our beginning dates back to 1963, and including the addition of the RBS operations, we will operate 15 lumber yards, 3 truss manufacturing facilities, 3 millwork operations, and 2 rail served reloads located throughout Colorado and northern New Mexico. Our mission is to be the best supplier of materials and related services to the professional builder, and we accomplish this by working hard every day to provide high quality building materials, at a competitive price, with unsurpassed service.

RBS employees have the same focus on superior customer service that has made Alpine Lumber a great success. We are very excited about our addition to the Alpine family and we will work diligently to retain the high level of trust and service that you have come accustom to while doing business with RBS.

Thank you,

The Team at Alpine Lumber

Please note: Alpine Lumber will be closed for the observance of Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. We are sorry for any inconvenience. we will be open for business on Tuesday May 31, 2016.

Attention All Small Business Owners

us-chamberEmployers will face higher costs of doing business under Department Of Labor Rule starting December 1, 2016.

The Department of Labor unveiled the final ruling of the new federal overtime regulations last Tuesday. This ruling will extend overtime eligibility to more than four million additional workers within its first year of implementation. The new rule, which will be effective December 1, more than doubles the minimum salary level under which employees qualify as exempt from overtime pay requirements.

Currently, the minimum salary level is $23,660. Under the new rule, anyone earning less than $47,476 per year will be eligible for overtime compensation for hours worked over 40. “This policy will be an extreme hardship for small businesses,” said Jo Mixon, President and CEO of Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. “Small business owners will be forced to make very tough decisions. Exempt employee’s salaries, by mandate, must be raised to at least $47,476 per year or be forced to go hourly with overtime. Business owners will have to decide who they can afford to keep in exempt positions, who to reclassify as hourly wage earners, and who to let go.” The Chamber took a position in opposition of this ruling in March.

The final rule includes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary threshold every three years. The next automatic update to the salary threshold would be on Jan. 1, 2020, and the new salary level will be announced 150 days before it takes effect. The minimum salary level is set based on the 40th percentile of wages of full-time salaried employees in the lowest wage Census region (currently, the South).

For any small business owner interested, the US Chamber is hosting a free webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am MST.

Webinar on DOL’s NewOvertime Rule

Please join us from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 24 for a webinar on the Department of Labor’s final overtime regulation released on May 18, 2016. Tammy McCutchen of Littler Mendelson P.C., former Wage and Hour Administrator in the Bush administration and outside counsel for the U.S. Chamber on this rulemaking who helped develop the Chamber’s comments on the proposed rule, will provide guidance on how to comply with the new regulation. Randy Johnson and Marc Freedman will also participate. Participants will be able to ask questions.

Please register for the webinar.

Participant Access Instructions

Dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time using the phone number and passcode below:

Phone: 888-523-1228
Passcode: 2971499

If you have any questions, please contact David Alim at dalim@uschamber.com.

Greg Vincent Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

greg-vincentBy Jo Mixon

Greg Vincent, Director of Moreno Valley High School

Greg Vincent, Director of Moreno Valley High School, came to Angel Fire nine months ago to what, he says, is the most interesting, exciting, and fulfilling year he has had in his fifteen year teaching career. “I love this school and I love this community,” he said. This year was everything but traditional for Moreno Valley High School. Classes were held in a two story strip mall, while the new school building has been under construction. It has been a creative learning experience for both staff and students.

In 2010 Greg and his wife built a house in Angel Fire. They knew eventually they wanted to make a move to the mountains, so he put his resume out. When the Director’s position at MVHS came available, he was more than pleased to accept the position. He had been coaching basketball and football, was a school councilor, and taught history in Amarillo, Texas. And although this year has been semi-tough on his family because his wife and youngest son remained in Amarillo to complete the school year, he believes it will be well worth it in the long run.

Greg says he is very proud of the students at MVHS. He recognized them as setting a higher standard for themselves. MVHS has been rated in the top 5 schools of New Mexico for five years in a row. They are rated 285th in the nation! He said, “Because we are not changing from our foundational philosophy of teaching kids how to speak, to read better, to learn better and to think outside of the box, we get them ready for college and success beyond high school.” He likes the outdoor, hands on approach of MVHS, too. Curriculum includes creative outdoor science, P.E., and music, and incorporates hiking, camping and skiing. And he is more than excited to get into the new school buildings next fall. He said the best technology in the world will be available to them. Classrooms will be high tech, set up for focused learning. He added, “Everyone at the school is ready to get back home. We are going to have a party!”

Here is the temporary school for the 2015/2016 year.

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Here is some progress on the new school buildings.

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