February 9, 2016

2016 Village Council Forum/Debate

chamber-logoThe Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the 2016 Village Council Candidate Forum on Thursday February 25, 2016, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Angel Fire Community Center. And we are once again asking for your support. Each candidate will be asked, in random order, 10 questions. These questions will be composed from the questions you want answered. What are the most pressing issues you are concerned about in Angel Fire?

Please send your questions to manager@angelfirechamber.org, no later than Thursday February 9, 2016. All of the questions received will then go before the forum committe, chaired by Chamber President, Wende Woolley. This committee will place the top 10 most asked questions onto the forum agenda.

These individuals filed their candicacy for 2016 Angel Fire Municipal election to be held on March 1, 2016 and have all been invited to participate in this forum.

(in alphabetical order)

Brinn Colenda
Leonard “Bubba” Davis
Bill Humbert
Steve Larson

This will be the only forum conducted this year. Both Mayor and Judge positions are unopposed.

Thank you,

Jo Mixon, Executive Director
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Angel Fire Adventure 2016

marathonBe a part of the Angel Fire Adventure excitement!

There will be a marathon, half marathon, 5k and kids run. First time runners and walkers. Running for charity. Personal bests.

When: July 3, 2016

For more information please visit www.angelfireadventure.com.

For volunteer and sponsorship opportunities email angelfirerun@gv-p.com.

Roadrunner Tours 2016

roadrunner-toursRide the sleigh! We offer scenic and dinner rides daily. This is the best way to experience the magnificent scenery and wildlife in Angel Fire. Book now! Reservations are required.

Nancy Burch
Roadrunner Tours LTD, Since 1978
Highway 64
Angel Fire, NM
575-377-6416
www.nancyburch.com
tours@rtours.com

37th Annual World Championship Shovel Races

shovel-racesSkiing and snowboarding not your thing? Join us for a fun-filled weekend of high-speed shovel racing and Mardi Gras celebrations. The Angel Fire Resort shovel races even made Jettsetter’s list of 11 Craziest Winter Adventures and Men’s Journal as a World Championships You Can Win! Register now to be come part of the 37th Annual World Championship Shovel Races.

If you don’t want to jump on a shovel and race down the mountain, this event is still a must-attend while in Angel Fire! Party like a local and watch the races unfold while you enjoy FREE Red Bull and sip on a few drinks at the cash bar. After the races stick around for live music & the Awards Ceremony in The Village Haus.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, February 5 | Practice & Registration Day

It costs $5 to register for practice runs and that cost will be refunded for registered racers. Registration is open from 12-5 at The Village Haus, after you register and sign a release, practice runs are available until 5:00 pm.

All racers must have a lift ticket or season/membership pass to access lift #2. You can purchase Lift tickets to access lift #2 during registration for $10. Helmets and eye protection are required, and they can be rented or purchased at Slopeside Sports, the base area ski rental shop. Officials will be at the top of the course to assist.

There will also be a mandatory racers meeting at 5 pm in The Village Haus for first-time racers.

Saturday, February 6 | Late Registration & Race Day

Racing starts at 9:30 am. Racers must check in with the Start Official at least 15 minutes prior to their start time.

Awards party in The Village Haus at 5:30 pm.

REGISTRATION

Register online to get your free Shovel Races T-shirt, but register early as T-shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed to those registered after Friday, January 22. Online registration officially closes Thursday, February 4.

Once your online registration is submitted, within a few days an Angel Fire Resort representative will reach out to you to formally complete the registration process.

PRIZES

This year we awarding the most cash prizes in history, over $3,200!

Little Scoops: Pizza Stop Gift Certificate & Prize Medal
Youth: 1st $100 | 2nd $50 | 3rd $30
Junior: 1st $100 | 2nd $50 | 3rd $30
Adult Women: 1st $200 | 2nd $100 | 3rd $50
Adult Men: 1st $200 | 2nd $100 | 3rd $50
Master Men: 1st $200 | 2nd $100 | 3rd $50
Pro Women: 1st $500 | 2nd $300 | 3rd $100
Pro Men: 1st $500 | 2nd $300 | 3rd $100

DETAILED SCHEDULE

Friday, February 5

  • 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Onsite REGISTRATION at The Village Haus
  • 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm – PRACTICE DAY at the top of the course
  • 5:00 pm RACERS MEETING at The Village Haus [Mandatory for FIRST-TIME Shovel Racers]

Saturday, February 6

  • 8:00 am to 9:00 am – REGISTRATION at The Village Haus
  • 9:30 am – LITTLE SCOOPS (ages 6-9) First Run
  • 9:45 am – LITTLE SCOOPS Second Run
  • 10:00 am – WOMEN IN MEDIA
  • 10:45 am – YOUTH (ages 10-13) First Run
  • 11:00 am – JUNIOR (ages 14-17) First Run
  • 11:15 am – YOUTH Second Run
  • 11:30 am – JUNIOR Second Run
  • 12:45 pm – ADULT WOMEN PRO First Run
  • 1:00 pm – ADULT MEN PRO First Run
  • 1:15 pm – ADULT WOMEN PRO Second Run
  • 1:30 pm – ADULT MEN PRO Second Run
  • 1:45 pm – ADULT WOMEN First Run
  • 2:00 pm – ADULT MEN (ages 18-44) First Run
  • 2:15 pm – MASTERS MEN (ages 45+) First Run
  • 2:30 pm – ADULT WOMEN Second Run
  • 2:45 pm – ADULT MEN Second Run
  • 3:00 pm – MASTERS MEN Second Run
  • 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm – JIMMY STADLER BAND SHOVEL RACE PARTY at The Village Haus
  • 5:30 pm – AWARDS CEREMONY at The Village Haus

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Racers can only compete in their age category, unless registered in a Pro category (for those ages 18 and older).
  • Production shovels only, no modifieds.
  • All racers must have a lift ticket or season/membership pass to access lift #2.
    • Lift tickets to access lift #2 will be sold at registration for $10.
  • Everyone will be required to sign a release. Releases will be available during registration. Minors will need a parent or guardian present to sign the release.
  • Angel Fire Resort will have a very limited number of shovels for use so it is recommended that all racers bring their own shovels. Helmets and eye protection are required, but will not be supplied by Angel Fire Resort. However, they can be rented or purchased at Slopeside Sports, the base area ski rental shop.
  • You must be wearing a bib to be on-course, with the exception of the Practice Run where a wristband is required.
  • The practice course is $5, but you must sign a release and show your wristband and wear a helmet and eye protection.

Racers must check in with the Start Official at least 15 minutes prior to their start time. All Racers (with the exception of Little Scoops) will be seeded randomly for their first run and seeded by time (slowest time first – fastest time last) for their second run. If a racer is not present for their age category time slot, they will not be allowed to race that run and will be given a DNS, Did Not Start.

RULES

  1. No physical alterations are allowed to the running surface of the grain scoops (shovels) other than the application of wax or similar type substance to the underside or bottom of the scoop. You may adhere tape or other similar materials to the handle of the shovel to make it easier to grip. You may paint the seat of the grain scoop but no traction aiding substance is allowed.
  2. Barging the start gate constitutes a false start. First false start in a heat is a warning, the second false start in a heat is a disqualification.
  3. If a racer is not in contact with their shovel upon crossing the finish line, that racer will receive a DNF (did not finish) for that run. Should a racer lose complete contact with their shovel during a run, they will receive a DNF for that run and will be required to immediately move laterally off the course.
  4. Protests can only be made by the competitor immediately following the completion of their run, before leaving finish area. Protests will only be accepted at the main scoreboard. All protests must include a $20 fee. This fee will be refunded to the competitor if the Judging and Inspection Committee deems the protest valid. If not, the money will not be refunded.

Finish Times: The time elapsed from the start to the finish will be electronically measured and recorded to .001 second when the competitor, sitting in/on the scoop of the shovel passes through the designated finish line.

Ties: The fastest two-run combined time will be the winner.

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NMCEA Legislative Conference 2016

meetingI am back in the office (for a few days) after having attended the NMCEA Legislative Conference, New Mexico Chamber Executives Association, last week in Santa Fe and am pleased to tell you that I was seated on the executive board of this state organization while there. The Angel Fire Chamber has a been member of the organization for over 5 years. I will serve as a board member for three years and on the executive board as the secretary/treasurer for 2016. The conference was packed full of meetings and information. We spent all day last Tues. at the roundhouse. Governor Martinez met with us first to explain what is on her call for this short session and why she is asking for certain budget monies, and discussed several bills she would like to see passed.

The three governmental focus items this session are on Public Safety, Economic Development, and Education. The agenda then provided us an hour with each of the following cabinet members:

  • Mr. Scott Darnell, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor on the subject of 2016 NM Legislative initiatives.
    (He also introduced us to his staff and allowed each if them to detail the work they do on various issues)
  • Cabinet Secretary Mr. Tom Clifford, Finance and Administration Department
  • Cabinet Secretary Mr. Jon Barela, Economic Development Department
  • Cabinet Secretary Mr. Gregory Fouratt, Public Safety Department

The following day we met with:

  • Cabinet Secretary Ms. Monique Jacobson, Children, Youth and Families Department
  • Cabinet Secretary Ms. Hanna Skandera, Public Education Department
  • Cabinet Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron, Higher Education Department

All members of NMCEA in attendance spent the rest of our time discussing what we believed were important points each of our own chambers would support or oppose as a group, on the NMCEA Legislative card. I sent the narrative that was drafted and the card that will be given to the Governor, the House, and the Senate as representative of all of the combined Chambers of New Mexico and the businesses we represent, to our board of directors so they could read and comment. They were charged with supporting or opposing by last Saturday morning.(As the Governor told us the NMCEA is a powerful voice at legislation.)

The card is a short version = support or oppose of budget requests and the list of introduced bills. The narrative is a longer explanation of the card. (If you, as a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce would like me to email these to you, please let me know.)

To read bills in their entirety go to http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/bill_locator.aspx?year=16.

For a List of New Mexico Legislators go to http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/districts.aspx.

Angel Fire’s House Representative is Nick Salazar and our Senator is Pete Campos.

2016 52nd Legislative Session Dates:
December 15, 2015 – January 15, 2016
Legislation may be pre-filed
January 19 Opening day (noon) February 3
February 18 Session ends (noon)
March 9 Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed
May 18 Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date

Thanks & let me know if you have questions,

Jo Mixon, Executive Director
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
575-377-6353
manager@angelfirechamber.org

Military Winterfest 2016

military-winterfestANGEL FIRE, N.M. (Jan. 22, 2016) – Organizers at the 2nd Annual Military Winterfest are seeking volunteers to show off some Angel Fire hospitality. “Our goal is to provide the best possible experience for our veteran, active duty guests and their families,” said Lysa Hopson, Military Winterfest volunteer coordinator. “Our vets and their families have given much to our country, and this festival for them is just one way Angel Fire can say ‘thanks’ for their service.”

Hopson is building a cadre of enthusiastic volunteers who share an interest to giving back to our service members, our veterans and their families. “Whether it’s laying the groundwork for their visit to Angel Fire or assisting during the festival, any help is appreciated,” said Hopson. Volunteers are needed for the following starting February 17 through 22:

  • Booth setup and teardown
  • Registration
  • Greeter
  • Rental Shop Ambassador
  • Ski Guide
  • Snowboard Guide
  • Shoeshoe Guide
  • Ski/Snowboard Race Helper
  • Dog Handler/Helper
  • Cocoa/s’mores Host
  • Children’s Activities
  • Dinner Host

Though Hopson has 4-hour blocks of time scheduled for each task, she said “I’d be pleased with as little as an hour of time to as much time as people want to give.” She has created a survey to help match volunteers with the right opportunity for the event. Contact Lysa at 312-402-0783 or email at lysahopson@gmail.com to get the ball rolling.

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Military Winterfest 2016 directly supports Angel Fire’s National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center which provides treatment for military individuals and families that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress — the “Invisible Wounds of War.”

Key partners in Military Winterfest 2016: National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center of Angel Fire, event host and organizer; the Angel Fire Resort, 5-star corporate sponsor; and funded in part by the Village of Angel Fire Lodgers Tax.

For updates see Facebook.com/MilitaryWinterfest. Or, to register to attend yourself go to bit.ly/Military_Winterfest.

Hosted by National Veterans Wellness & Healing. It’s creative therapies have been nationally recognized for their effectiveness in treating the “Invisible Wounds of War.”

Join us at the ELKHORN LODGE of Angel Fire in the majestic Southern Rockies of New Mexico to enjoy snow-filled activities, food and live entertainment all designed to support & provide military families a well-deserved winter retreat.

Active Duty, Retired, National Guard, Reserve, Vets, Gold Star & their families are all invited to receive discounts on lodging, ski/snowboard lift tickets, rentals and lessons. Special military deals Book a “Balcony-2 Queens” room at The ELKHORN Lodge at a discounted rate call (575)377-2811. Rooms are available for as low as $80/night with proof of registration in the AF Military Winterfest. Reservations can be made ONLINE at: www.ElkhornLodge.us. (Discounted rate of $80 will be applied at check-in with proof of registration in the AF Military Winterfest.)

Veterans and their families must register to receive discounts for the week’s events. Register in Advance to Save $15 | $20/individual or $30/family. Onsite registration | $35/individual or $45/family.

Register Now

2016 Legislative Reception

legislative-receptionIt’s that time again for the 2016 Chamber Legislative Reception where business professionals connect with governmental policy makers.

New Mexico Chambers of Commerce, business advocacy organizations and community partners set up booths at the event.

Guests from all over New Mexico gather to enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Santa Fe’s finest restaurants while networking, connecting and advocating for New Mexico business. All New Mexico legislators, Governor Martinez and Cabinet Secretaries are invited. This is the largest legislative networking event of the year and we are pleased that Angel Fire will be well represented by Village Leadership and Chamber Board members.

Cabin Comforts Of Angel Fire

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Our mission is to ease the burden of absentee homeowners by providing personalized concierge assistance to ensure enjoyable visits to your second home!

575-447-0522

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New Mexico 52 Legislation Second Session 2016

The New Mexico 52 Legislation Second Session will convene tomorrow January 19, 2016 for a 30-day budget session. This year, we expect the number of issues on the Governor’s “call” will make this look like a 60-day session compressed into a month. Standby for lots of debate and maneuvering.

When the Legislature adjourned on March 21, 2015, in the Governor’s post session statement, she said, “So, what happens next? We enter the bill review period, and there will be good legislation that passed, some good examples of how elected members can and should work together. But their work, overall, will fall short of the people’s standards.” One major item that didn’t get done was the passage of the nearly $300 million capital outlay (construction projects) bill and a significant tax incentive/reform bill. That was left to a special session that accomplished both on June 8, 2015.

There are a host of major issues that did not get resolved in last year’s general session plus some new concerns to be addressed. Money will be tight, much tighter than projections made in August and December of 2015.

Looking ahead, what to expect, Here’s a quick preview of some issues:

The Budget

It’s not going to be a fun year. For every $1 drop in the price of oil, the state loses about $10 million in revenue. At $29 per barrel, revenues decrease $200 million, wiping out any “new money” (perhaps a bit offset by increased gross receipts tax revenues as a result of consumers having more money to spend on other items). Nevertheless, all signs are pointing to a hunker down, hold the line, flat budget.

Oil prices are in the tank (not your tank, the other kind of tank). That means significantly less revenue derived from taxes, leases and royalties. The state’s December revenue forecast estimated $232 million in “new money”, i.e. revenue above ongoing costs that legislators can use for new initiatives or to bolster ongoing programs. But, that’s down from $292 million in August. And, the December forecast is based on $49 per barrel price of oil. As of this writing, the price is south of $30. A lot goes into the forecast and a “new money” projection is likely to hit the pavement soon…like, next week soon! Revenue forecasts are prepared by the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, which consists of representatives from the Department of Finance and Administration, the Taxation and Revenue Department, the Department of Transportation and the Legislative Finance Committee. This group’s purpose is to reach agreement on how much money is available to be spent in the upcoming fiscal year. This saves a great deal of time and controversy when the legislature convenes, thereby allowing the legislators to focus on how the money will be spent. This group has proved to be a very valuable resource and we’re a bit concerned by the recommendation contained in the Legislative Finance Committee’s proposed budget to appropriate about one-third of the “new money” ($77.6 million) on a contingency basis, allowing the money to be spent only if the projected revenues materialize. The money would be spent on across the board salary increases for state employees. There are a multitude of pressing needs and many are not convinced this is the top priority.

Medicaid Costs Shooting Up

Medicaid coverage was expanded significantly under Obamacare and new enrollees have exceeded all expectations. The federal government is currently on the hook for 100% of the increased costs but that drops to 95 percent in 2017 and 90 percent in 2020. And, the feds only pick up 70% of the non-expansion costs of the program. As a consequence, the Governor’s Budget recommends a $69 million increase in this year’s budget with more to come in the future. The Legislative Finance Committee budget recommends a $78.8 million increase, which represents 34% of all new spending.

Capital Outlay Reform

Both Governor Martinez, and several other Governors of the past, have criticized the process of dribbling out funds across the state. The Governors argue that a more focused approach is needed to allocate funds to the projects that make the biggest impact on the state. The New Mexico Chambers are dedicated to a process, which is transparent and reviews and ranks big, infrastructure projects based on merit. Reform legislation is expected…Ever try wresting a bone from a pit bull.

Making gross receipts taxes less gross: The gross receipts tax system in New Mexico has become a patchwork quilt of high rates, special exemptions and “pyramiding” of taxes on top of taxes. The problem is how to fix it. Efforts will be made at reform this year but we’re suspecting this is a subject that will take more than a 30-day session to resolve. Different political philosophies not to mention ox-gorings will have to be resolved – no small task but one that needs to be undertaken, for sure.

Real I.D.

Really, it’s time – and then some. This has been an issue for several years and it’s time to find a sensible solution before citizens and businesses alike are not just inconvenienced but outraged. With terrorism on the rise, it’s only sensible that the state do its part to ensure the safety of critical facilities and airports.

Child Well-Being

Children in dangerous situations need increased protection and intervention by state and local officials. Several proposals need action including expansion of the baby Brianna law (named after Brianna Lopez, a 5-month-old Dona Aña girl, raped and beaten by her mother, father and uncle in 2002); tougher penalties for physical and sexual abuse of children; more child advocacy centers and family support workers; tougher penalties against purveyors of child pornography; and, enhanced home visiting and wellness centers.

Crime & Punishment

The spate of violent crime that’s infected our community last year emphasizes the need for some serious attention, including a constitutional amendment to allow courts to hold known bad guys without bail. We also need to find ways to attract and retain more police officers, stiffen penalties for violent crimes, expand the “three strikes” law and allow courts to order treatment for some mentally ill.

Employment Issues

There are several issues affecting employers that failed to win approval last session that will be addressed; including right-to-work, reducing the amount of workers’ compensation that can be received for injuries resulting from drug or alcohol use and fixing those places in our unemployment insurance policies where New Mexico is an outlier, continued enhanced funding for the JTIP program, funding ($950k) for a State Comprehensive Broadband Plan and Priority for Rural Infrastructure, the Tourism Department and maintaining the Economic Development Department closing fund at $50 million are top priorities.

Education Reform

Bring student achievement up to an acceptable level, ending social promotion and rewarding high performing teachers top the things to do list.

Politics

And, it’s an election year. Partisans will be staking out their territory looking to score points that can be used for or against candidates at the next election. Unfortunately, the last session saw a lot of the all-to-familiar Washington-like gridlock. With the Republicans controlling the House and the Democrats the Senate, expect many hot embers to be poppin’, especially since there is a sharp philosophical divide on many of the top issues. The “maiden voyage” of the House Republican leadership is over and we expect they will launch out of the starting blocks with an ambitious agenda. Senate Democrats have been adept at bottling up House initiatives. Will there be room for compromise or will entrenchment be the order of the day? Time, a short 30 days, will tell.

Opening Day

The highlight of which will be the Governor’s state of the state address. This will give us a good idea of the issues she will be putting on the Governor’s call.

The Albuquerque Chamber Legislative Round-Up, (shortened version). The Chamber Legislative Roundup, published during the New Mexico Legislative Session by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce provides information on local and state public policy and business issues that affect you.

Uber Is Live In The Enchanted Circle!

Uber representatives will be in Angel Fire on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Angel Fire Resort Lodge in Conference Room A to answer questions from potential drivers and conduct vehicle inspections.

If you would like to generate incremental income while still working in Angel Fire, sign up to drive whenever you want. Go to get.uber.com/drive to create an account.

Requirements

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Vehicle Insurance
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Background Check
  • Drivers must be at least 21 years old
  • 2005 or newer 4-door vehicle

The Uber mobile app allows consumers with smart phones to submit a trip request, which is then routed to Uber drivers. Angel Fire Resort is not a partner or associated in any manner with Uber. For more information about the company, see www.uber.com.