It’s that time of year! The requirements for gas logs in a fireplace are that they be installed in a working wood burning fire place. These photos illustrate our reconstruction of a Southwestern style “kiva” fireplace made of adobe. The first picture is the adobe firebox with wire lath securely fixed into the adobe. The second photo is looking up into the smoke chamber-the area above the firebox- where the new stainless steel liner terminates and transitions into the top of the firebox. The final photo is of the completed restoration, the wire lathed adobe plastered with a special mix of a long lasting insulating compound, Chamber Tech 2000, and Structolite, and Hargrove “Kiva” style gas logs assembled and working. – October 2014.
In spite of the rain, the day ran smoothly, our event drew 47 of our neighbors who collected 77 bags of trash and recyclables! The Fall Community Clean-Up Day is one of Angel Fire Proud’s signature events. It wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of volunteers who help prepare ahead of time, work during the event itself, and wrap-up afterwards. It truly is a community event.
And while we still have much to do, areas directly in front of Village businesses & alongside Hwy 434 show most opportunity for improvement, I believe we are headed in the right direction. We hope to encourage more of our businesses & visitors to share our commitment: To capitalize on the enchanting natural beauty of our area & do our part to keep it that way!
Below is a list of businesses, organizations & individuals who get an extra tip o’ the hat for their donations:
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
Angel Fire Resort
Angel Fire Mini Mart
Lowe’s Valley Market
New Mexico Clean & Beautiful
The Angel Fire Proud Committee fully understands the importance of building strong partnerships with our all our neighbors & businesses as we – together – work toward improving the physical & aesthetic environment of our Angel Fire. If you have suggestions, please share any thoughts you have with the committee. I’m interested in hearing about things that went well & areas we need to improve. The Angel Fire Proud Committee meets monthly at the Village Hall. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Contact AngelFireProud@gmail.com or Tracy Orr at 575-377-3232 ext. 115.
Lysa P. Hopson
Chair, Angel Fire Proud
Winter horseback rides daily! Reservations required – BOOK NOW!
Nancy Burch, RoadRunner Tours LTD
Angel Fire, NM
SNOW… it’s what’s in the forecast! Excitement is in the air as we head into the winter season. Wax up your skis and boards, pull out your winter gear and plan to be skiing/snowboarding down the mountain at the Angel Fire Resort on Opening Day, December 12, 2014!
Mark your November and December calendars because you don’t want to miss any of these upcoming activities and events:
Thursday, November 6 – Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the First National Bank Community Room. This BAH is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Angel Fire. Come enjoy networking, food, fun and door prizes.
Tuesday, November 18 – Quarterly Chamber Membership Breakfast Meeting from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the foyer of Centro Plaza by the Chamber office. All Chamber members are invited to join us for free breakfast burritos and coffee and a quick informative meeting. Welcome speaker Don Bustos from SBDC-Luna College. His talk is entitled “Show me the Money”.
Friday, November 21 – Deadline for Holiday Lighting Contest Entries
There are two categories: Business and Residential.Awards for each category will be 1st Place, judged by area judges, People’s Choice, judged by you! Judging will take place from Wednesday December 3 and Monday December 8. The winners will be announced at December 8 at the BAH to be held at Sunset Grille.
Saturday, November 22 – Enchanted Christmas Tree Auction and Dance
The Rotary Club of Angel Fire is co-sponsoring with the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle this night of enchantment at the Grande. 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, dance to the music of the Damn Band and place your bids for fully decorated Christmas trees that will benefit various area non-profit organizations.
Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Dinner at Elements, Enjoy a special Thanksgiving feast from 11:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Elements at the Country Club. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Please call 575-377-3055.
Saturday, November 29 – Calling All Flakes Festival, Help call in another great snow season! Everyone is invited to this event now run by Team Angel Fire Ski & Snowboard. This event will be held on the land behind Village Hall starting at dusk. There will also be a team sponsored ski swap on the same day, location to be announced soon.
Tuesday, December 2 – Garden Club of Angel Fire Christmas Dinner, ask a member for details.
Monday, December 8 – Chamber of Commerce Holiday Business after Hours at the Sunset Grille from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Welcome the winter season with Holiday spirit. Food, drinks, networking and door prizes. Join us as we announce the winners to the Holiday Decorating Contest.
Friday, December 12 – Opening Day of the Winter Season First day to ski or snowboard for the winter season!
Friday, December 12 – Moreno Valley Toy Run and Rotary Christmas Dinner- Held at Zebs Restaurant & Bar Dinner 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, advance tickets $30.00 per single or $50.00 per couple. Ticket includes dinner, Auction, and Dance admission. Silent auction from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. $10.00 at the door or bring a new toy valued $10.00 or more. Dance starts at 9:00 pm with music by The Damn Band. Door prizes from 7:00 pm to close.
Monday December 15 – Chamber of Commerce Christmas Dinner and Silent Auction at The Pub n’grub from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
Join us for our largest fund raiser of the year. Tickets in advance $30.00 per person. Awesome silent auction items, delicious dinner by Chef Jarred Johnson.
Friday, December 19 – Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours Holiday Bash at The Trailhead- 5:30 pm to TBD. Party in the ski and snowboard season with live music, food, drinks, and door prizes.
Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, Bundle up the family and join us at the base of the ski mountain for our annual Torchlight Parade followed by Fireworks. And keep an eye out – Santa & Mrs. Claus have been known to join in the festivities! Thanks to the Village of Angel Fire and Angel Fire Resort for sponsoring this fun event.
If I’ve forgotten an event or it’s not yet posted, bookmark www.angelfirechamber.org and follow our Calendar of Events! If you are not yet a member of the Chamber of Commerce, consider joining. We’d love for you to be a part of this awesome group of area businesses and individuals!
Let the holidays begin!
Join us at the First National Bank Community Room. Bring your business cards for lots of door prizes.
When: November 6, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: First National Bank Community Room
Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be served as you mingle and network with friends!
Learn more about the Rotary Club of Angel Fire, maybe you will want to become a member of this dynamic service oriented group! See you there!
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Angel Fire.
Were you spotted at the Rotary sponsored Chamber Business after Hours?
John Sutton & Jo
Reputable, that’s my word for John R. Sutton, General Building Contractor, Inc. John is a third generation building contractor who strives for excellence in his work. In 1985, he went to work full time in the family business with his Dad, Richard. Seven years later, his sister Bonnie, Office Executor, became a part of their team. Since then Richard has retired. John and Bonnie continue to run the business and the Sutton legacy lives on.
They moved to Angel Fire in 1978. John went to high school here, years later he met and married the love of his life here, he is raising his sons here and he intends to always own property here. Therefore a “great reputation” is extremely important to him! Knowing this, you’ll get only quality work from John R. Sutton, General Building Contractor.
When I asked him what kept him doing this job he said, “We’ve been fortunate with the homes we’ve been able to build and the friends we’ve made throughout the years!” He says clients become friends for a lifetime. He believes in treating his friends with respect. He and Bonnie customize each home for the individual client. They even provide a fun perk for their clients, most of whom live out of state. On the Sutton Construction webpage, they have set up a client log-in area. Each client receives their own page. John documents everything for them. From the clearing of the trees and the surveying of the land to the completion of the home when it’s move-in ready, he takes photos. Lots and lots of photos. Then every Friday he uploads the photos for his clients so they can be a part of the process. They can follow every detail of what is happening on their home no matter where they may live.
John spoke about building quality. He wants his work to last for the long haul. He strives to provide homes that are low maintenance for his homeowners. Long lasting and energy efficient while working within the clients budgets… these things really matter to him.
Speaking toward the quality and attention to detail of his work, one of Sutton’s houses won the Grand Hacienda Award in the Parade of Homes in 2013 and then another one won in 2014! This event, held every Labor Day weekend, showcases homes built or remodeled by area builders. It is sponsored by the Sangre de Cristo Homebuilders Association.
Although well known for their new homes they also do home additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels, deck extensions and more. For a look at their gallery of photos, courtesy of Jeff Cavan, or for more information, visit their website at www.suttonconstruction.com. And something I really like about them, they have been a member in good standing of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce for over twenty years!
When not working, John spends time with his family taking advantage of the full potential the Moreno Valley has to offer. They hike, they bike, they ski & snowboard and they are actively involved with the Angel Fire community.
If it’s quality, dependability and awesome design you want, don’t hesitate to give John Sutton a call at 575-377-6570.
The Holiday Lighting Contest offers two categories in which you may enter. The business category and the residential category. Within these two categories, two trophies will be awarded 1st Place and People’s Choice. The cost to enter this contest is $25.00 for the business category and $10.00 for the residential category. Start now to plan your winning design. The deadline for entries is set for Friday November 21, 2014 but you don’t have to have your decorations up until Tuesday December 2nd.
Business Category – $25.00
Residential Category – $10.00
Lights must be up by December 2, 2014.
Judging that will take place between Wednesday, December 3, 2014 and Monday, December 8, 2014.
The location of all entries will be placed onto a map. These map handouts will be ready for distribution at the Angel Fire Chamber office on December 3, 2014. Judges will be randomly chosen from around the Enchanted Circle communities. EVERYONE is invited to judge the People’s Choice in both categories. For judging, the map handout will have a ballot for you to fill out. You will be asked to travel all over the Angel Fire area enjoying the beautiful decorations and then cast your vote for the ones you like the best. Make it a traditional family outing!
Then bring your ballots to the Angel Fire Chamber or send them electronically to email@example.com.
One ballot per person/family is eligible for the vote.
The winner’s will be announced at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours on Tuesday December 9, 2014, to be held at the Sunset Grille. We invite everyone to get involved! Whether you are in Angel Fire, Black Lake, Taos Pines, a permanent or part time resident enter your home, enter your business, or even enter your organization (this would be considered a business).
Once again the deadline for entry is Friday November 21, 2014, judging begins December 3, 2014. Be prepared, enter the contest and light up for the holidays!