July 18, 2018

Angel Fire Recycling Program Update

Message from the Village Manager:
An update on important issues to Village Residents
Angel Fire Recycling Program

Over the past several years the recycling program offered by the Village of Angel Fire has seen many iterations. This is due to a number of factors, most of which have to do with the wider recycling industry and the availability of buyers for recyclable materials. Since the term, “Think global, act local” was coined, it has continued to develop as part of our collective consciousness. The present timely application of this ideology is brought to light through China’s recent embargo in receiving U.S. recyclable waste. The way that local entities handle their recycling in real and responsible ways has a true quantifiable global impact. Over the years China has received the world’s trash, primarily American, without question or much inspection. Now that China is trying to clean up their act, they are requiring that the recyclables coming into their country are in fact clean enough to use. This embargo highlights the fact that most of the items that we put into the recycle bin do not qualify; therefore, The National Recycling Coalition published a press release this week stating, “that it is important to remind your residential customers now that they should ONLY recycle the items on their LOCAL recyclables list… When in Doubt – throw it in the trash! (For reference to the entire article, go to:


Even though that is not what most of us want to hear, it is the current reality of the situation throughout the United States, items are either being stockpiled until another processing facility is found or items are diverted back into landfills. Ultimately, recyclables are an industry and when there is not a market for receiving those materials, there is nowhere for them to go except for the landfill. Unfortunately, The Village of Angel Fire is not in any different situation than the rest of the country. Although this is a sobering reality, we have to deal with it realistically and not continue to “wishfully recycle”.

The single most impactful action available to all of us is that of, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” keeping in mind that recycling is at the bottom of that list because it requires more energy and materials to turn waste back into a usable product. The Village of Angel Fire is continually evaluating and seeking recycling options; however, when there is not a buyer for the material or when the expense of preparing the material heavily outweighs the revenue it creates an unsustainable system. Presently, cardboard, iron and aluminum have proven to be sustainable commodities; whereas glass, paper and plastic prove more problematic.

Daily, we continue to evaluate better options for our community than what are currently available because we do believe that recycling is an important aspect to waste management; however, we need to ensure that whatever we endeavor is ultimately sustainable.

As an update, we would like residents to look out for the new signage that will be going up along Highway 434. Because these signs will be posted along state highway, it is the domain of the NMDOT. Currently, the signs are still in the approval phase within the State DOT.

If you have any further questions on the issue, please contact Brian Bredthauer, Solid Waste/recycling Superintendent or myself, Rick Tafoya, Village Manger by calling Village Hall at 575-377-3232.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region Says, “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing children’s lives by matching them with caring adults to help guide them on a path to success. Last week I met with two amazing ladies. Both are Big Sisters in the Big Brother Big Sister program here in Angel Fire. One is in the School Based program the other is in the Community based program.

For the first visit, I went to the Elementary School to meet Grace Ann and her “little”. This program encourages contact only at school. The participating Big Brother or Big Sister meets with their little during lunch, at recess and/or during library time, usually once a week. Grace Ann is a retired teacher whose children are grown and she was missing that contact in her life. She decided to join Big Brothers, Big Sisters. About a year ago, she was paired with her adorable “little sister” who is in the sixth (almost seventh) grade. I was excited that we had obtained permission for me to meet with them from the Grandmother with whom her little sister lives. Grace Ann says she is very impressed with the organization and how extremely vetted the “bigs” are, prior to being assigned a “little”. On this given day, she was taking Kentucky Fried Chicken for them to share at lunch.

I asked her little what her perspective is of the program. She said, “At first I didn’t want to do it but my Aunt had been a big sister and she and my Grandmother explained it to me, so I agreed to try it. She (pointing to Graceann) has been my big sister ever since.” Then I asked her what she enjoyed about having a big sister. She said, “She brings me fried chicken and other things I like for lunch. We have fun together. We play games after we have lunch. It is like having another grandmother. She asks about my day and cares about me. She tutors me in math, she was a math teacher!” Then she laughed. I could tell by their interaction, both were receiving joy from this arrangement.

Finally I asked if she thought others would benefit from having a big brother or big sister and she said, “I feel like for the kids who have no mom or dad in their life, they should all have a big brother or big sister to comfort them like I do. It would make them feel better.”

Next is with Bobbie Jean and her little. They are in the Community based program, but started out in the school based program. This is the story as given to me from Bobbie Jean:

“Before joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, I had heard a lot about it from my late friend Don Welker. We use to ride horses together several times a week & he was very passionate about bringing the program to Angel Fire. I used the excuse in the beginning that I never had the time. Being a service business owner I did not have a stable schedule. What if I disappoint my “little”? I had all kinds of excuses! Long story short, after Don’s passing, I signed up. I thought what the heck?!

The process of being matched was painless & fun even. I was amazed at how thorough they are. When I was contacted by Oralia (in the Taos office) for an interview, I suggested she come to my house. It was a great meeting. She fingerprinted me and explained the extensive background check they did for the protection of the children being matched. Wow! I told her my insecurities with being a big sister and that I was scared. She made it sound so easy! One of the things she told me that I think helped me, was explaining what my job was as big sister and what it was not. I was NOT a babysitter, taxi driver, bank, etc. I was a friend. Someone my little could talk to and have fun with.

The next meeting was at school where I met my beautiful little sister. She was as shy as I was! There are two kinds of programs in the Big Brother Big Sister system: School based, where you see your little during school hours only. And community based, where you also have more interaction with the parents, because you can see your little anytime. My little and I started out in the school based program. I had lunch with her at school. Eventually I was also seeing her during library time and recess. We became very popular. A lot of the children wanted a “big” too! In fact, there is a waiting list for “bigs”, especially men!

My little and I have been sisters for over two years now. We have moved to a community based match so we have all sorts of adventures. When we can’t spend time together, we text or talk on the phone. We have been on hikes, skiing, to the movies, bowling, etc. Sometimes it has just been a 30 minute trip to the store after school for a snack while we were waiting for her mom to get off of work.

Most of us have busy lives, but we all find the time to do what we feel is important. I feel that is important to be there for our young people. I would encourage someone that has questions about this program to meet with Oralia. Or go to the website and look at some of the stories. I had always wanted a big sister when I was growing up. I didn’t have a sister because my big sister died when I was very young. I am now the big sister to someone who dreamed of having a big sister too. It’s so easy! If being a big isn’t something that you would like to do, then consider supporting in another way such as donating financially, volunteering or serving as a board member. I also now serve on the Big Brother Big Sister board.”

There are more children, many more than you would image on the waiting list here in the Valley. If you could spare an hour or two a week to join this program and give a child a friend, please consider being a Big! Invest in a child.

Angel Fire Poetry & Prose Night

Angel Fire Poetry & Prose night, featuring Rocky Sullivan. Come support the poets and authors.

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Zebs Restaurant & Bar

Rocky Sullivan, the great Eagle Nest cowboy poet and raconteur is an award-winning cowboy poet. Rocky brings the Old West to life with his original poems and stories of cattle drives and gunslingers adding color to his tales and experiences as a modern-day working cowboy, living the life he writes about.

Also Open Mic for writers to share up to 5 minutes worth of spoken words. Co-sponsored by New Mexico State Poetry Society.

Angel Fire Studio Art Tour

Signup Meeting

Attention to all Artists & Businesses located in Angel Fire, Black Lake, Taos Canyon, Valle Escondido, and Eagle Nest who want to be a part of the 2018 Angel Fire Studio Art Tour, September 29-30, 2018.

When: May 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Where: 3407 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire NM 87710

Please attend and signup at the meeting, May 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the foyer of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. If you are an artisan located outside of these areas but still live and do your work in northern New Mexico, and would like to join the tour, please attend and we will locate you and your work in a participating business.

If you cannot attend the meeting, applications are available now at the Chamber or call 575-377-6353. Deadline for application is May 18, 2018.


AAFPO Weekend 2018

AAFPO Weekend / Annual Meeting

When: June 8-9, 2018

Where: Angel Fire Country Club

Friday, June 8

  • 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Welcome Home Reception at the Angel Fire Country Club on the lower deck patio

Saturday, June 9

  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am – AAFPO Board of Directors Election Voting. You will be able to vote in person at the Angel Fire Resort Lodge Garden Court if you have not voted electronically.
  • 11:00 am to Noon – Annual Meeting. Held at the Angel Fire Resort Lodge in the Garden Court.
  • Noon to 2:00 pm – Family Picnic. Angel Fire Resort hosts at the base of the mountain.

AAFPO Board of Directors & Angel Fire Mayor Barbara Cottam will welcome the membership to Angel Fire. The Mayor will describe the progress made in the community over the past year and plans for the future. The AAFPO Directors will update membership about what AAFPO is working on and future plans. This will be followed by a report by Angel Fire Resort management. After the election results are announced, there will be a drawing for a year’s Base/Charter member dues. You must vote to have an entry in the drawing and you must be present at the meeting when the winner is announced. With less than 1,500 expected voters, you have an excellent chance to win over $1,000 to be applied to your next assessment.

Balloons Over Angel Fire 2018

Make plans to spend your Father’s Day Weekend, June 15 -17, 2018 in Angel Fire.

Mass Ascensions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 7:00 am at the Angel Fire Airport. There will be a Balloon Glow on Saturday evening at dark (9:00 pm). Admission is free.

Friday, June 15, 2018

  • 7:00 am – Mass Ascension
  • 7:00 am to 10:00 am – Angel Fire Rotary Burrito Breakfast
  • 7:00 am to 11:00 am – Balloon Vendors open
  • 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Friday Night Scramble, Angel Fire Resort Golf Course
  • 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm – Cool Summer Night Free Concert in Frontier Park featuring The Knotty Woods

Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • 7:00 am – Mass Ascension
  • 7:00 am to 10:00 am – Angel Fire Rotary Burrito Breakfast
  • 7:00 am to 10:00 am – Pilot Challenge Game sponsored by Enchanted Circle Pottery
  • 7:00 am to 11:00 am – Balloon Vendors open
  • 4:00 pm to 11:30 pm – Festival Eclectica Music Festival sponsored by the Shuter Library of Angel Fire @ the Angel Fire Airport ($40.00 ticket fee)
  • 7:00 pm – Balloon Launch Field opens
  • 9:00 pm – Balloon Glow – bring your flashlight and camp chairs

Sunday, June 17, 2018

  • 7:00 am – Mass Ascension
  • 7:00 am to 10:00 am – Angel Fire Rotary Burrito Breakfast
  • 7:00 am to 11:00 am – Balloon Vendors open
  • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Art & Farmer’s Market in Frontier Park


Fore more information visit balloonsoverangelfire.com.

Outside Fires & Open Burning Is Prohibited!

Fire Chief John Murtagh

To: Residents of the Village of Angel Fire and Surrounding Communities
Re: Outside Fires and Open Burning is Prohibited!

The prohibition is due to the lack of precipitation, high winds, and the continued drying out of fuels throughout the Village of Angel Fire. (Although low temperatures and reasonable humidity minimize the risk of fire danger, the remaining factors have greatly influenced this ban.)

Included in the burn ban are:

Outdoor smoking, bonfires, burning of explosives, campfires: charcoal broilers, barbecue grills, and coal-burning stoves used outside of a private dwelling are classified as campfires and are prohibited, ceremonial fires, outdoor cooking fires, outdoor heating fires, ignition of rocket motors, open burning, open flames, timber and forest management, disease control, outdoor welding and hot torch burning, above ground detonation, agricultural burning, controlled burns, research and development, slash piles, and weed burning.

Exceptions in the burn bane are:

Cooking and heating devises that use kerosene, white gas or propane as fuel if used with adequate fire protection and defensible space; commercial grade smokers with adequate fire protection and defensible space; commercially constructed personal smokers with adequate fire protection and defensible space; smoking that is restricted to designated areas within structures or inside vehicles equipped with ashtrays.

Keeping Your Families Safe & Using Prevention From Wildfires

Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

Discussion on what is happening at the Chamber and updates on where the village is on the recycle issues brought up during the March Candidate Forum.

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: 3407 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Breakfast is free for Chamber members, $5.00 for non Chamber members.

2018 Memorial Day Weekend Events

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

50th Anniversary Commemoration – 11:00 am

50 Years: May 22, 1968 Con Thien, South Vietnam – May 22, 2018 Angel Fire, NM.

(1968 photo below thanks to Martin D’Giff who survived that battle)

Please join the David Westphall Veterans Foundation, family members of the fallen 1st Bn. 4th Marines, and survivors of the May 22, 1968 Ambush. We will gather to commemorate the 50th Anniversary on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, at 11:00 am. The ceremonies will focus on the men who died and on those next of kin and battle survivors that they left behind. The public is invited.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

POW MIA Candlelight Vigil – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

We welcome all to attend the POW-MIA Candlelight Vigil (including the Missing Man Ceremony) in the amphitheater at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM. Vigil will be held outdoors if at all possible, so coats and blankets recommended.

Monday, May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)

Flag March – 9:00 am to 10:00 am

The Flag March starts at the intersection of US Hwy 64 and NM Hwy 434 under the blinking light at 9:00 am and proceeds up the hill to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Angel Fire, NM. The public is invited to participate.

Memorial Day Ceremony – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

All are invited to attend the Memorial Day ceremony at 11:00 am in the amphitheater at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM. The keynote speaker and other details about the ceremony will be posted soon.

Angel Fire Bike Park Downhill Race Series

1st of Fire 5 Downhill Race Series

The Fire 5 Downhill Race Series is back for 2018! Angel Fire Bike Park’s Fire 5 is the premier downhill race series in the Rocky Mountains. A series of five unique downhill races held at Angel Fire Bike Park throughout the bike season.

When: May 26-27, 2018

Where: Angel Fire Bike Park

Amateurs and pros alike are invited to join us for one or all five races. Cash and prizes awarded for each race and overall series winners. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places in all categories. Series Champion will be determined by most points earned in 3 out of 5 races in the series.