May 24, 2016

Open Letter From Wende Woolley

wende-woolleyOpen Letter From Outgoing Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Board President, Wende Woolley

Just like that, a year has passed since I was asked by the Board of Directors for the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce to serve as president. I have learned a lot this year, and some things I already knew are cemented in my beliefs.

1. Angel Fire, you are an awesome community. We have many so many hard working people here who believe the best about our community and our beautiful valley and who are willing to invest their time, money and efforts to watch it evolve into everything that it can be. They are actively working for that goal in their businesses, churches, schools, government, arts and other organizations. Our people are our best asset. Why? That leads me to…

2. They have learned that we don’t exist without each other. In this community, we are like a three-legged stool with Village, Chamber and Resort each being a vital leg. If any of us fails, the stool falls. So we work together to make the best happen for each.

3. When we work together, we get noticed. Being recognized and promoted by other organizations across the state is important to our economy via other Chambers, Tourist Lobby groups, Department of Tourism, Governor and State Legislature. Our little jewel Angel Fire is being noticed by all of these, and as we encourage involvement with other Chambers around the Enchanted Circle, we will see more positive things happen.

4. Jo, you are amazing! We are fortunate to have a tireless Director who understands this and is able to establish relationships across the state as she sings Angel Fire’s praises to every corner of the state and keeps us informed of the legislation which can affect all of us. I would encourage any Chamber member who wants to voice our interests to listening ears to accompany Jo to some of the round tables she attends in Santa Fe to help our businesses get things done.

It’s been a great experience and I know that I will remain active and hope to see all of you in the coming months as we continue to make Angel Fire strong!

Sincerely,

Wende Woolley

Note: Please plan to attend the Quarterly Membership Breakfast meeting May 10, 2016 at 8:00 am in the foyer of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce to say thank you to Wende for her professional dynamic leadership this past year. And be a part of the celebration as her gavel is pasted to incoming Chairman of the Board, Michael Dean.

Quarterly Chamber Membership Breakfast Meeting

coffeeWe will have the swearing in ceremony for the 2016/2017 Board of Directors. Also, the President of the Board of Directors, Wende Woolley will be passing the gavel to incoming President for 2016/2017 Michael Dean.

When: May 10, 2016 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, 3407 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Shuter Library Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

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Jo With Virginia Mattingly (Library Director)

Virginia Mattingly took the reins as Shuter Library Director about six months ago. She came to us from a position at the University of Louisville Law School Library. She works with a nine member board of directors and two part time assistants. During our interview she kept directing me back to all the library has to offer, when I would tried to focus upon her.

She very excited wants to share a few points about Shuter Library that you might not know:

1. First Virginia wants you to know, Shuter Library now has fiber optics and free internet is available to the public. Library patrons may come inside and use one of the computer work stations, or sit in your car using your laptop. Fast and free internet, what a great service!

2. She wants everyone to know that ALL of Shuter Library services are free. There are no membership dues. Books, movies, DVD’s and more can be checked out….free. And everyone is qualified for a library card whether a you are a resident of Angel Fire or a guest of Angel Fire. While there, sit and enjoy reading in comfort, at the Bookworm Cafe.

3. Did you know Shuter Library is dog friendly? I didn’t either. As long as your dog is well behaved, he or she is welcome.

4. Shuter Library has a used bookstore inside. There are books, audio books, DVD’s, movies, puzzles, music and more for sale.

5. And most important, Virginia wants you to know that Shuter Library is a non-profit 501(c)3 completely funded by grants and donations. Fundraising events are key to keeping the doors open and being able to offer all of these amazing free services.

Her main goal for the library is to increase programming. She is planning cooking demonstrations with Chef Kevin from Elements Fine Dining, Art workshops with local artist Bob Bear, of Bear NAture Art Gallery and she is working with Art Up Northern New Mexico board member, Loretta Tollefson, putting together materials to celebrate Poetry Month in Cimarron and Eagle Nest schools. She really wants to attract more young people and their parents into the library. So check it out, the children’s collection is quite fantastic!

I asked what she thought is the libraries greatest challenge. She said (aside from funding) it is space. Books are rotated on a regular basis, so visit frequently. And while you’re there consider joining the book club.

I was curious why she chose Angel Fire. She told me she had lived in Taos, during her vagabond days and fell in love with northern New Mexico. She had a heartfelt desire to live in the mountains someday. (In a treehouse with a pulley system if possible!) When the opportunity arose and the job at Shuter Library was offered to her, she gladly accepted. Being an outdoorsy girl, she told me she loved being able to ski in the mornings before work. That is not a benefit found at most jobs or locations. She said, “It’s all about a life balance between work and play.” She and constant companion, Chuy, short for Chuy Chewbacca Big Boy Son of a Butcher, her blue healer mix, are anticipating spring and summer to explore more of the trails and greenbelts in and around Angel Fire.

Other than Chuy, travelling is her first love. In February, she visited Cuba and toured a few libraries and schools while there. Two of her other favorite trips include hiking the Inca Trail from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and volunteering in Liberia with the World Computer Exchange. Her favorite female authors are Joan Didion, Banana Yoshimoto & JK Rowling. She enjoys reading fantasy, non-fiction, and books set in exotic places.

Stop by the Shuter Library and get to know Virginia, she is unique and interesting and a great asset to the Shuter Library and to Angel Fire!

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Chamber Mobsters Needed!

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Please sign up to be a Chamber Mobster! We need at least 20 people to sign up to make a difference for our local businesses. Let’s help boost their Spring sales!

It’s easy, just sign up at manager@angelfirechamber.org.

Angel Fire Chiropractic Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

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Jo & Dr. Jennifer Fitch

I guarantee you that people in Angel Fire were tremendously excited when Dr. Jennifer Fitch moved to our village and opened up her practice, Angel Fire Chiropractic. Living in a mountain setting that begs you to be an active outdoors person means almost everyone here hikes and bikes and skis and golfs, etc. etc. With all the outdoorsy active lifestyles, comes a constant need for body adjustments. And now we are in the excellent capable hands of Dr. Fitch, she keeps our bodies in alignment!

I asked her who really needs a chiropractor? She said, “If you have a spine and you are breathing, but please don’t wait until you are in terrible pain.” Her clients range from children to geriatric, even pregnant women. All of whom benefit from chiropractic adjustments.

So what is chiropractic care and why do you need it? Improper function of the spine due to slight misalignments can cause pain, discomfort, and poor health or function, even in areas far removed from the spine and spinal cord itself. No part of your body escapes the dominance of your nervous system. Misalignments can also reduce the ability of your body to adapt to its ever-changing environment. Even the slightest malfunction of your spine may alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses, preventing that portion of your body from responding optimally. Chiropractic care is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system. This helps your body to heal naturally without the use drugs or surgery. A chiropractic spinal adjustment uses the application of a precise force to a specific part of the spinal segment to correct the misalignment, permitting normal nerve transmission and assisting your body to recuperate on its own.

Dr. Fitch came here last year to start her practice and begin the process of becoming a full time Angel Fire resident. She and husband Mark have owned property in Angel Fire since 2003. At that time they were both in the military, stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, when they received a postcard from RCI selling timeshares in Angel Fire. They thought, why not? She said when they drove out of the canyon and saw the beauty of the Moreno Valley for the first, it was, and I quote, “As if the heavens opened up and they looked at each other and thought… we are going to live here one day.” They didn’t however know it would be in just a few short years. But after they had researched the schools and the area, they decided not to put it off any longer. They wanted to give their children the benefits of being raised here. So with Mark still in the military in Virginia, Dr. Fitch began the process of moving. At first it was on week-ends and in bits and pieces. Their two children now attend Eagle Nest Elementary and she has become active in the community as a girl scout leader, joined the Garden Club and PTA and sits on the Board of Director’s of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. She is also on staff with the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center providing services at veterans retreats. Then in December 2015, after 29 years of Military Service, Mark joined her and the children.

Mark was there while I was interviewing Dr. Fitch and I asked how they met. They giggled and looked at each other with huge grins. She said,”We were both in the military, stationed in Bosnia.” He said, “We met in Bosnia at a British Pub.” They looked at each other again and almost started laughing. She said, “We’ll leave it at that.” He quickly agreed, “Yes, we should.” shaking his head and smiling. Sounds like a story for another time!

Dr. Fitch is now located at 3379 Mountain View Blvd. Suite A-1, in Angel Fire. Her office is open by appointment only. Starting May 1, 2016, her regular office hours will be Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday by appointment only. To reserve your appointment, call 575-613-2148. She has a cash only practice.

She also told me, in a perfect world, she is hoping to do a little remodeling in her new location and may possibly look to include an acupuncturist in the office. Massage Therapist, Kathy Dunbar is already in house. Together they work toward natural healing for their clients.

Angel Fire Chiropractic would like to invite you to attend the Business After Hours on May 26, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Angel Fire Chiropractic
3379 Mountain View Boulevard
Suite A-1
Angel Fire, NM 87710
575-613-2148

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Cash Mob Returns To Angel Fire

cash-mobCash Mob Returns to Angel Fire Join the Chamber Mobsters!

What is a Cash Mob? And who are the Chamber Mobsters? Glad you asked! A Cash Mob is a Flash Mob only instead of singing and dancing we spend money! In November 2014 at the quarterly Chamber membership meeting we rolled out this program designed to give support and a financial boost, during the between seasons, to our local small businesses. It helps the businesses, it makes people happy, Mobsters get to buy great stuff for themselves or others at local retail businesses, simply taste or stuff themselves at local restaurants, or purchase gift certificates for services provided. You’ll have a great time if you sign up to be a Chamber Mobster. Then you may want to pat yourself on the back afterward for supporting your community! It is a positive win-win program!

There are two categories to the Chamber Mobster Program.

The first category: Cash Mob-ee

This category is for Chamber business members only. Any member who would like to have a Cash Mob visit their business may sign up. (If you are not a member, come to the Chamber and fill out an application, we’d love to have you join!)

The second category: Cash Mobsters

This includes anyone, member or non-member, who wants to participate in the actual Cash Mob. These people all agree, when a Cash Mob is randomly called, they will show up at the business who has been selected and spend at least $25.00 in their establishment. More, if you are so inclined! The idea is to benefit the mob-ee financially. If 20 people sign up and keep their promise to participate, the business is guaranteed at least a $500.00 day! If you are going to be out of town during some of the mobs, you can still purchase gift certificates from them. (Please note that mob-ees all agree to be a mobster, too.)

How it works: We put the name of every business who has signed up in the Mob-ee category into a hopper and randomly choose a name every 10 days to two weeks. We will then contact the winner and ask for the best day a cash mob may visit their place of business that week. Next we will contact, by text or phone call, all of the Mobsters. We will give you the Business name, the date, and time frame the cash mob will happen. All Mobsters agree to go to the business anytime during the official Cash Mob time frame, spend at least $25.00 and wish the business well!

The program has been a great success. We are asking that you sign up now by sending an email to manager@angelfirechamber.org. Leave your name, your business name if you wish to be mobbed, and your phone number. Also your preference as to how we will alert you… a phone call or a text message.

Cash Mob 20126 will officially begin the last week of March and will continue through May. We’ll break for the summer and start again in mid-September through November. Please join us in promoting our local member businesses and help provide an economic stimulus in Angel Fire! Bring your friends and their money too!

So the first cash mob in 2016 will be… DRUM ROLL.

Winter Wonderland 2016

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Henrik & Lone (See Right)

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Michael & Johnese

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Ski Team / USASA Competition January

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Coryee On Hole 15

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Pappy

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Larry & Julia

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Kyle & Barbie

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Kari & Dan

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Rob, John, Tom & John

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Fitch Photo Bomb

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We live a vacation in Angel Fire!

Municipal Council Candidate Forum

voteThe Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum for two Angel Fire Municipal Council positions.

When: February 24, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center, 15 C.S. Ranch Rd., Angel Fire, NM

Sponsored by the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. Elections will be held March 1, 2016.

The candidates are listed in alphabetic order. These candidates provided us with their photos and written information.

Brinn Colenda

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Four years ago when Barbara Cottam and I were elected, the Village finances were in serious disarray. The finances were in disarray. The Village couldn’t pay its bills and was wallowing in debt-there was something like $1.3 million in past due accounts payable. Some venders would not accept Village credit. The Village had difficulty making payroll. Worse, Village audits were years behind which meant that Angel Fire was ineligible for most state sponsored grants and loans. To top it off, the region was locked in the recession, meaning Village tax revenues were declining.

What did we do about it? The Mayor and Council decided that fixing the Village financial situation was our number one priority. We came up with a plan. It was painful, but we cut spending, let some staff go and froze wages. We set out to get our audits current. We deferred maintenance on some of our infrastructure. And we initiated a payment program to eliminate our past due debt.

Where are we now? We are currently on track to pay off that overhanging debt by the end of this fiscal year. On December 15, 2015, we turned in our 2015 audit to the state, the first audit turned in on time in twelve years. And immediately received a grant/loan package from the state for nearly $600,000 for upgrades to our wastewater treatment plant.

Where are we going in the future? We plan to continue to concentrate on Village finances. We’ve brought in a financial expert to help evaluate consolidating or refinancing outstanding debt.

We will continue to apply for more grants and loans, which will allow the Village to speed up work on infrastructure projects. For example, we just applied for a $50,000 grant for a preliminary engineering report of repairs to our water system.

Finally, we are looking at infrastructure needs and planning how to best make roads and water system improvements.

During the past four years of progress, the Mayor and Council worked well together. These changes were a collaborative effort among the Mayor, Council, Manager and staff with input from citizens.

I ask for your vote for reelection so that I can continue to be part of the team that has brought and will continue to bring positive, forward thinking changes to the Village of Angel Fire. Thank you.

Leonard “Bubba” Davis

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My wife and I have been full-time residents of Angel Fire for over 12 years. I am employed by Angel Fire Rentals managing rental properties, property management and home care. This work allows me to interact with home owners and renters every day, so I am keenly aware of the items that are of concern to them.

I previously worked for a developer in Park City, Utah where I was on a team responsible for building and maintaining a new gated community that included installation and maintenance of all infra-structure. In this role, I was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar budget.

Home is where your heart is and I believe if your heart belongs to the community in which you live, you should invest time and effort in helping your community make forward progress. Small communities, especially, need people to volunteer and get involved. I am an active participant in Village Council meetings and have been for the past 5-6 years. I have been a volunteer for our Fire Department for 12 years, where I now serve as a Lieutenant. I am currently President of our Association of Angel Fire Property Owners and a member of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan committee. I have previously served on the Architectural Control Board. I do these activities because I think Angel Fire is a great place to live and work.

While we do have challenges that are unique to a resort community, we also face challenges that are pretty standard in towns throughout America. I believe there is nothing that cannot be overcome when good people pull together, focus on what’s good for the community as a whole and put aside any personal agendas.

I am honored to live here and call so many of you friends and it would be a privilege to be a member of the Village Council to represent you.

William “Bill” Humbert

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I am Bill Humbert and I am running for Angel Fire Village Council. My wife Lucy and I first bought a Home in Angel Fire in 2000 and for many years we spent several months each year here. As my work situation changed, we spent more and more time in Angel Fire. I retired for a second time in 2013 and we began to consider moving here full time. In 2014, we moved here and have been full time residents for one and a half years.

I graduated from Baylor University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and English. I have Master and Doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Curriculum & Instruction with minors in Public School Administration.

For 31 years I was involved in public school education plus two years spent in the military. This involved being a middle school and high school biology and science teacher for 14 years, high school curriculum coordinator for 2 years, an elementary principal for 5 years and the Director of Curriculum for 10 years for Corsicana ISD in Corsicana, Texas, a school system with a little over 5,000 students.

During my last year with public school education, I also taught as an adjunct with Texas A&M University-Commerce. Following my retirement with public school education, I continued to teach with the university. After a year as an adjunct, I became the director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce partnership program with Navarro Community College in Corsicana, Texas. I served as Director of the program for 10 years and helped the program grow to over 1000 students.

After resigning as director of the program, I became a full time faculty member and continued teaching for the university until 2013 and my second retirement. I have over 45 years in education and continue to teach an online class each semester for the university.

Why am I running for village council? Having a home and spending a great deal of time here for over 15 years and moving here full time in 2014, I am aware of many of the major problems facing this community. I began to attend village council meetings and have found a dedicated and competent governing body who is trying to address the problems the village is facing.

For the first time since coming here, I see a village, resort, and chamber working together. I would like to be a part of the team that is trying to address the needs of the village in order to help improve this community.

Steve Larson

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Seven years ago, Steve and his wife Shelley decided to make Angel Fire their permanent home. Soon after, they purchased the old Yu Garden location and set about remaking the space into the Pub n grub. After opening they were able to convince Chef Jarred Johnson to move to Angel Fire and join them as a partner in their restaurant venture. While Shelley operates and manages the Pub, Steve brought his machine design and build manufacturing business to Angel Fire and has visited many foreign countries where he has installed his machines that create tooling using Nano grid structures for security, optical, and electronic applications.

His early work experience included pioneering work in the holographic industry and was fortunate to have done work for NASA, Hughes Corporation, General Dynamics, as well as several foreign corporations involved in this new technology that was evolving in small laboratories at the time. His early work dealing with holographic Nano structures is the basis of his designs of machines he builds today.

Following a lifelong dream Steve is soon to open a production craft brewery with taproom on Sage Lane. He plans to produce craft beers for consumption in the taproom, kegs for restaurant distribution, and packaging for retail sales. He hopes to use the venue to support tourism events in Angel Fire and surrounding areas.

Steve is currently a counselor on the Planning and Zoning commission and the Chairman of the Village Economic Development Group under the direction of Mayor Cottam. His focus on these committees is to bring controlled, beneficial change for growth in Angel Fire.

He is also a board member of the NM State Rural Economic Development Council where he reviews legislation and provides feedback to the State Secretary of Economic Development and NM Legislative assembly on changes to upcoming legislation and changes to legislation that will help Rural Communities.

Steve graduated high school in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and is a 1970 graduate of Coe College in Iowa with a BS degree majoring in business and economics.

Angel Fire is confronted with several pressing challenges including roads and infrastructure, debt management, tourism including village/resort relations, business development, and affordable housing. Steve is running for Village Council to be instrumental in working with the mayor, manager, finance director and village staff and the Resort to construct a working plan to identify the priorities and determine the path and timeline to solving these issues.

How Do You Market Angel Fire?

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Who is responsible for marketing Angel Fire? Thank-you, I’m glad you asked! I hear many different people in many places say, “It’s not MY job to market Angel Fire.” My normal response is, “Really?” I say, “But you do market Angel Fire. When you mention a person or a business in Angel Fire, even if you aren’t in Angel Fire, you are marketing, negatively or positively.” If you own a business or work at any job in Angel Fire, serve on a committee, are a member of an Angel Fire organization, ski, golf or bike in Angel Fire, attend school in Angel Fire, or own property in Angel Fire…..You ARE the marketer!

I’ve heard many negative comments recently all over the state. We’ve heard discusssions at council meetings about not wanting certain businesses to come into town. I’ve been told that some people do not see the relevance of exisitng businesses. Instead, shouldn’t we all work together to positively promote one another? Work together to keep the doors open of all existing businesses and welcome new businesses for economic development? I’ve even read articles and face book postings that make us sound uninviting and unintelligent on various subjects. And yet, I can’t quite comprehend this mind set.

The way I see it, we live in a paradise! Every morning I am blessed to wake up with the beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains out my window. I don’t choke on smog, I breath fresh clean mountain air. The snow this year is amazing. I don’t leave my house an hour early to fight traffic on the way to work. With the exception of an occasional herd of elk crossing the road, my commute down the mountain is non-stressful and breathtaking, every season of the year! Our crime rate is a smidgen compared to cities.

I can ski or snowshoe or walk or hike or bike or fish our lakes and streams alone, without fear of being accosted, as can everyone else who shares this mountain. I couldn’t do that in the city. And the people I have met in Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley – actually the entire Enchanted Circle – are the friendliest, most caring, helpful and awesome people I have ever had the privilege to know! On a normal day or in an emergency situation, they quickly, without hesitation, become family. I can’t think of any reason NOT to positively promote this area and the people in it. In all honesty, in my opinion, there is never a bad day on the mountain. We should all take that to heart.

We depend on tourism to pay our bills. We depend on tourism to make it possible for us to continue to live in this little piece of heaven on earth. We depend on each other. So my idea is, we are all marketers for Angel Fire. Look around you. Take a deep breath and really consider all the positive aspects to living and playing in Angel Fire. See if you can do that without a smile crossing your face!

The Angel Fire Resort Motto – “My Job is Better Than Your Vacation” – is true! Our main problem? When you live in such an awesome place, where do you go on vacation?

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2016 Village Council Forum/Debate

chamber-logoThe Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the 2016 Village Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, February 24, 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