May 27, 2015

Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Annual Dinner

banquetJoin us for the annual Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce banquet! The theme this year is “Little Black Dress But Not Black Tie”.

When: Monday, June 15, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Where: H2 Uptown, 48 North Angel Fire Road, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Cost: $45 Per Person / $80 Per Couple

Tickets are available at Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, through any Board Member or by phone at 575-377-6353.

We accept Visa and MasterCard.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Gold Level Sponsorship Package ($500)

1. Your logo on all promotional ads for the events which include printed flyers and listed on our website for 1 month, mentioned and thanked on social media and our weekly e-blast four times.

2. Four (4) tickets to the event.

3. Brochures that you provide will be placed on each table with your advertising info and table tents that we provide with your business logo.

4. Easel advertisement at the front door.

Silver Level Sponsorship Package ($250)

1. Your logo on all promotional ads for the events which include printed flyers, mentioned and thanked on social media and our weekly e-blast four times.

2. Two (2) tickets to the event.

3. Brochures that you provide will be placed on each table with your advertising info and table tents that we provide with your business logo.

Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

baileys-chimney-01By Jo Mixon

Justin Bailey & Jo

The morning I spent with Justin Bailey was so education I thought my head was going to burst! This guy really knows his business! His business? Your chimney and your safety. Did you know that only 3% of people with chimneys use the services of a certified chimney sweep? With my head down, my hands behind my back, looking at my shoes, I admit, I was one of the 3%. But after having spent time with Justin, never again will I fall into that category.

Included in the cost, every time Justin and his staff of CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Technicians clean a fireplace, they also scan your chimney with a video inspection system. This Smart-Scan system uses an iPad and a camera that they send up the chimney. If a problem is found, they can provide your insurance company with a power point presentation of the video. He says, “Our investment in training, certification credentials, and constant improvement represents our commitment to conducting our business in such a way that will improve the standing of the chimney service industry in the areas where we work for years to come.”

The home owner of the first appointment I tagged along on, wanted diagnostic information. They were concerned with smoke and ash coming into the house and staining their rock fireplace. A friend of theirs recommended Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair because he is the expert in diagnosing chimney problems. Justin told the homeowners when we walked inside, seeing the visible stains, that smoke on the inside rock is obviously a problem. Not only could it be a sign of danger in the chimney, it could also mean that it isn’t drafting properly and smoke and ash blowing in can poison the air quality in your home, leading to health problems. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be critical.

He then immediately went to work. I stood back as he set up his work area. He told me that he was not interested in leaving a mess, he respects his customer’s living space. He covered a large area before he brought in his equipment. He told me about common problems and issues with cracks inside chimneys as he set up his equipment and went to work. I got to see the inside of the chimney via his video scan system while he looked at each of the joints inside, where the pipes came together. He explained to me that dangers can happen when the seams are jarred loose even by unknowing chimney sweeps. In this particular chimney, he found no breaches in the seams with his scan. He continued to sweep and clean. Next he needed to inspect the outside chimney. As you well know, the homes in our mountains are usually two or three story structures. This one was no exception. I saw a steep metal roof….yikes! I wasn’t sure I could watch as he quickly started carrying ladders from his truck making preparation to climb. He secured the first ladder, then carried another ladder up that first ladder. He secured them to the roof and went back for yet another one. He expertly shimmied across the very high, very steep roof, moving ladders and hauling tools. About now, I was holding my breath and praying for his safety. He smiled at my queasiness and assured me, he and his staff follow OSHA guidelines when approaching roof work. His every movement was cautious and exact. With a past hobby in rock climbing, Justin finds this part of his job fun. He says it keeps it interesting! On the ground I thought to myself how I had expected to witness a regular chimney sweep that day. They come in without a word, clean quickly and get out, but that isn’t at all what I was witnessing. He reminded me more of a “chimney surgeon”. Communication with his customer was key. He spent extra time educating them and stressed safety issues.

I learned and I quote Justin from his website, “Chimney work is a trade, like plumbing or painting or electrical. A lot of people don’t understand that. I know the codes, I have the skills and the expertise to make sure your house doesn’t burn down.” and,”Dryer vents are one of the leading causes of house fires, so I decided we should become the experts in preventing that kind of danger. We got certified in dryer vent technology and were the first company in New Mexico with that credential.” Plus he attends the National Chimney Sweep Institute National Conferences to keep abreast of the latest technologies and issues. Justin grew up in Taos and has grown his business into the surrounding areas. He runs two trucks out of Santa Fe /505-988-2771 and one out of Taos /575-770-7769. (I suggest you book your chimney and vent cleaning and repair service at least two weeks in advance during peak seasons.)

When I asked why he decided to become a chimney sweep, he answered with an endearing story about his grandfather. I hope that you will take the time to visit his website www.baileyschimney.com and read it for yourselves! And take note that safety, value, integrity, and professionalism strongly represents, not only his company, but the character of Justin Bailey. Give him a call!

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Angel Fire Spare Part Art Auction

spare-part-artBy Jo Mixon

I am so excited to be a part of this inaugural event in Angel Fire. As a member of the Village of Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, I’d like to stress that the members of this committee work extremely hard behind the scenes to promote and educate sustainability as a lifestyle! Not only do we promote recycling but we educate about options and ways to keep Angel Fire and our majestic mountain home a healthy beautiful place to live, play and visit. The goal that it remains pristine far into the future!

We decided to have fun with it. Turn your toss out items into works of art! Think outside of the box. Recycle anything. What will you create and donate? An awesome yard-art sculpture, a planter, a fountain, a garden bench, a chandelier? Will you use tin, metal, old crates, bottles, keys, tools, car parts, or assorted old objects? Maybe material or clothing you thought were rags? Shoes, lamps, what about unusable sinks or toilets? (Don’t forget to disinfect first…hehehe!)

Anything destined for the dump is fair game for you to turn into a thing of beauty! Thank you ahead of time. Now get creative, and we also need everyone to bid and buy a one-of-a-kind unique masterpiece at the auction! Hope to see you there!

When: June 13, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: 3375 Mountain View Blvd, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Be a part of the first Spare Part Art fundraiser and art silent auction.

Recycling old junk not only benefits the environment, it breathes new life into old objects that were once destined for the landfill. Roll up your sleeves and make one person’s trash into another person’s treasure. Everyone is invited to enter a piece of recycled art. Everyone is invited to purchase a piece of artwork! Participate in this unique art auction while listening to live music. Proceeds benefit the Village of Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, The Moreno Valley Arts Council and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call Louise at 214-437-1362 or Jo at 575-377-6353.

Sponsored by The Village of Angel Fire: Angel Fire Proud Committee, GGS Wagon Mound and Keep New Mexico Beautiful.

Business After Hours – H2 Uptown

h2-uptownEnjoy appetizers, networking, door prizes and a cash bar!

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: 48 North Angel Fire Rd, Angel Fire, NM 87710

You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend this event!

What’s Happening This Summer?

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The real question should be “What’s NOT happening this summer?”

May is the month! We’ve packed away our skis and snowboards and unpacked our golf clubs, bicycles, hiking/running shoes and fishing gear. All of our favorite activities are back on the agenda, new events are planned, and even one being resurrected from the past. We cannot tell you how excited we are to be in Angel Fire!

Tonight, Wednesday May 6, 2015, Wheeler Peak Cowboy Fellowship will restart their weekly potluck and worship service at the Community Center. Thursday May 7, 2015, enjoy storytelling by the Moreno Valley High School Spanish Club at the High School or attend Business after Hours at H2 Uptown.

Are you a cyclists? Be it motorcycle or bicycle, Angel Fire is the place to be. The Bike Park opens May 14, 2015, as do all other activities on the mountain. Either bring your own bike and equipment or rent from the Bike Park Bike Shop, The Trailhead, Cottam’s of Angel Fire, or Mountain Sports of Angel Fire.

May 15, 2015, the Angel Fire Fire Department will sponsor a Kids Safety Boot Camp at Angel Fire Fire Department Station 2 then on Saturday May 16, 2015, meet at the Village of Angel Fire for the Annual Spring Clean Day.

The Angel Fire Resort Golf Course is opening May 21, 2015 with a variety of golf tournaments and clinics scheduled throughout the summer. And then May 24-25, 2015 memorial Day Ceremonies will take place at the Vietnam Veterans memorial State Park. Then on Thursday May 28, 2015, Business after Hours will be at the Shuter Library.

Hit the tennis courts, opening June 2, 2015. Check out their webpage to find a list of tennis clinics for all age levels. Maybe you just need to put on your hiking shoes and trek up the mountain. Do you want a group to walk/run with? Meet at Mountain Sports every Thursday morning at 7:30 am and join the Couch to 5k Road Runners group. (Getting into shape can be fun whether you’re a beginner or an expert.) And any of the before mentioned sports stores have the gear you need, including High Country and Winter Sports.

Our high altitude location makes for a great setting for bike races of all types. Look for the GRT Chile Challenge (June 19-20, 2015), Rough Riders 200 Double Century Race (June 27-28, 2015) and many more. You can register to participate in two big endurance races this summer in Angel Fire. On June 13-14, 2015, the Oso High Backcountry New Mexico Cup Enduro Race (bicycles) and August 28-29, 2015, The Ragnar Trail Endurance Race (running). Sign up for the first ever Angel Fire Adventure Marathon, Half Marathon or 5-K to be held on July 4, 2015.

Book a four-wheeler adventure at Angel Fire Excursions or Bobcat Pass, go horseback riding with Roadrunner Tours, or get your adrenaline pumping on the Rio Grande River whitewater rafting with Far Flung Adventures. Not enough yet? Everyone should try sailing across the mountain on the Zipline Tour. Get your body moving every Sunday night starting in June with Ball Room Dance classes taught by Diane Peterson in Elements at the Angel Fire Country Club. Summer is a time to laugh, enjoy, and have fun as you soak up the sunshine or bask in the views!

Do you want a milder adventure? Stick a worm on your hook and cast it into Monte Verde Lake, Eagle Nest Lake, or Cimarron Creek. Streit Fly Fishing will provide guides & equipment or simply book a guided fishing trip on Eagle Nest Lake with Turquoise Trout. Drive down Hwy 434 to feed the Alpacas at Victory Ranch in Mora. Book a painting class at Katherine’s Fine Art or Binford-Bell Studios. On Friday nights in July, enjoy Movies Under the Stars at the base of the mountain at Angel Fire Resort while enjoying free popcorn.Be inspired by Living Labyrinths for Peace how to create your own labyrinth.

Take a day to relax and be pampered. Have a massage at Kathy Dunbar’s Body Mechanics, get your hair and nails done at Studio 434, then wander over to Enchanted Circle Pottery to tour their wood burning kiln. Read the book you checked out at Shuter Library. And to make your summer memories last a lifetime, call Wende Woolley Photography to capture the moments!

The Annual AAFPO Welcome Home Weekend is set to kick off Friday night, June 5, 2015, then on June 13, 2015, get your recycle art on at the first ever Spare Part Art Auction. A much anticipated event is scheduled for June 19-21, 2015, Balloons Over Angel Fire is back! Once again hot air balloons will fill the skies over Angel Fire. June 20, attend 1 Nite 2 Unite Christian Music Festival, followed by the hot-air balloon glow. Habla Tamale will make its debut August 8-9, 2015, with the first ever tamale cook-off festival in New Mexico. And there is much more. This summer promises something for everyone! Don’t miss it!

To keep up with dates and times of all events the entire summer visit www.angelfirechamber.org, www.angelfireresort.com, and www.angelfirefun.com. We all keep running calendars of events. Between the three websites, hopefully we’ll cover everything that is happening. And please forgive me if I’ve missed anything. If you want your events added to our calendars, email manager@angelfirechamber.org. Send flyers in jpg format.

Whatever you choose to do, or if you choose to do everything, be safe, have fun, and breathe in the fresh mountain air! We hope to see you this summer in Angel Fire!

Affordable Auto Of Angel Fire Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

affordable-auto-01By Jo Mixon

Phil Brooks, Owner & Jo

I took a trip to Denver on Friday and did so with great confidence in my car. Know why? Because Phil Brooks at Affordable Auto of Angel Fire made sure my car was safe for travel before I left. What was to be a routine oil change for this story, turned into a brake repair. I am totally impressed! Once Phil had my car on the rack he began checking it. My brake pads were shot. I saw for myself and it wasn’t a pretty sight. Lucky for me we decided to do his story when we did. He probably saved me from what could have been an ugly situation.

Phil has been a mechanic for thirty-five years. He is a re-certified Master ASE Technician. He holds an American Honda Gold Level and earned 2nd Place as a Top Tech Participant. (That places him in the top ten in the nation.) He trained extensively with General Motors.

He and his family have owned property in Angel Fire since 1980. Two years ago they decided to to live here full time. He immediately jumped into community service. He is a participating member of the Rotary Club of Angel Fire, serves as Vice-President for the Eagle Nest PTA, he is a ski instructor at the Angel Fire Resort Children’s Ski & Snowboard School, he is involved with the Cub Scouts and is an active member of the Lutheran Church. He says that he loves giving back to a community that gives to each other.

After he established himself, he was ready to open the business. Affordable Auto of Angel Fire opened on January 1, 2015. He purchased a property and has spent the past few months cleaning it up. He wants to have an automotive repair shop that is clean and comfortable. He even provides a customer lounge area inside with a window into the shop. This is where you can safely watch as he works on your car. He is big on customer service. His goal is same or next day service. Phil told me, “Give people a good service for a good price and you’ll never go hungry.” then he smiled and added, “Referrals are key, the best advertisement for a good mechanic is word of mouth. You do a good job for people and they will bring you more business.” I agree, he won me over by going the extra mile. I told him that was how I felt and he said, “A little bit of above and beyond never hurts anyone.” No wonder he is getting such positive posts on his Face Book page!

He is in the process of getting his shop Triple A certified and to become a NAPA car care center. Plus he has set into motion an RV repair shop built onto the back of his property.

This Thursday night, April 30, Phil is hosting a Chamber Business after Hours. He invites you to come and see his new place as you visit and enjoy from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at 23 Agua Road. Need your car repaired? Call Affordable Auto of Angel Fire at 575-224-7455, a man you can trust!

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Choice Wireless Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

choice-wirelessLast week I spent the morning with Parris Hood, Choice Wireless Area Sales Manager for New Mexico and Colorado. We drove down to Mora, doubled back up to Black Lake and over toward Hidden Lake testing the cell phone coverage our entire trip. I had my phone, which is on another service provider and she had her phone which is Choice Wireless service side by side. I wanted to personally test the signals for myself to see who got the better coverage. I have to tell you, I lost. Her coverage was always a few points better than mine. Not always a lot better, but I concede, it was better. There were a few places in the canyons where we both lost coverage, but hers came back quicker. Parris was even able to send a text when we parked the car on 120, at the entrance of B38.

On Wednesday April 22, Choice Wireless is sponsoring our Chamber Member Breakfast meeting. They are bringing with them 10 MiFi Hot Spots and 10 Smart Phones for our chamber members to check out and test free of charge! With the recent problems many people have experienced in the Moreno Valley when it comes to coverage, Choice Wireless, would like to give us the opportunity to “test for ourselves”. I haven’t had the opportunity to test the data use, but I can attest for the cell coverage.

The nice thing I learned about Choice Wireless is they do not make you sign a long term contract. You can get unlimited talk, text, and data plans beginning at $40.00 a month, with no contracts. They offer high speed internet plans that start at $30.00 a month. And guess what… no contract or credit checks. Seems like a win-win situation to me!

Choice Wireless launched in New Mexico November 2010. Parris started working with Choice Wireless in May 2011 and since she lived in the Espanola area at that time and Choice only had 1x in Espanola she pushed for the company to provide 3G service in the Espanola area. Within a few months Espanola was live with 3G. Parris realized quickly that Choice Wireless was truly committed to their customers and service and she liked what she saw. Parris relocated to Eagle Nest last September to test the network and see what Choice customers are experiencing here in the Moreno Valley area. One of the things Parris enjoys the most about her job is roaming around her area and checking the coverage. If she finds a problem, she opens up a trouble ticket immediately so the network team can correct the issue. Choice Wireless is always expanding their network coverage and bringing coverage to those areas that have never had coverage.

Choice Wireless is the largest Northern New Mexico network provider and they focus on rural America. They have coverage in Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Cimarron, Red River, Taos, Questa, Ocate, Costilla, Amalia, Raton, Dixon, Mora County, Espanola, Chama and Alamosa, just to name a few. Choice Wireless has agent locations all over Northern New Mexico, plus a retail store in Taos.

The Angel Fire agent location is Goodnight Electronics at 3453 Hwy 434, Suite C. Go see them, they will be happy to answer your questions and sign you up!

For more information visit us.choice-wireless.com.

Business After Hours – Affordable Auto Of Angel Fire

affordable-01Join us for food, fun, and drink. Tour Phil’s new facility. Bring your business card for a chance to win door prizes.

When: Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Affordable Auto Of Angel Fire, 23 Agua Road, Units 2 & 3, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Catering will be by Hail’s Holy Smoked BBQ & more.

Every attendee with a valid driver’s license will receive a certificate for 10% off of an oil change.

Wildflower Bed & Breakfast Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

wildflower-01By Jo Mixon

Henrik & Lone Krarup & Jo

Have I told you recently how very much I love my job? I love my job! I get to write these stories. It affords me the luxury to gain the most awesome experiences and meet incredible people. In order to get the full guest treatment and be able to share with you first hand, I was invited over to spend a night at the Wildflower Bed & Breakfast. It was a sleep over deluxe!

Upon arrival, Henrik and Lone Krarup, met me at the door with hugs and smiles as they welcomed me into their home. (This is the distinction between bed and breakfast lodging and a hotel. Travelers are actually invited into someone’s home for their stay. The guests also enjoy homemade breakfast the following morning.) After they took my coat and introduced me to another guest, Meg, we sat down to enjoy an evening of wine and cheese and fruit and crackers and wonderful laughter and conversation!

When I was ready to retire for the night, I was shown to my room. Their home has four upstairs bedrooms for rent. Two on them are on the east side of their home and two are across a catwalk, over the living room, on the west side. All of the bedrooms have queen size beds. On the east side are two spacious bedrooms that share a large bathroom. These would be ideal for people traveling together. The other two bedrooms have their own bathrooms. Each bedroom is named and themed after a wildflower. I stayed in the Wild Iris room. It is a cozy corner room with an amazing view of the mountain. I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort of the bed. I slept peacefully wrapped in luxurious Egyptian linens that felt like satin. It was fit for royalty. Later I found out the freshness is attributed to the fact that Lone line dries them. And there was even a separate recycle container in my room. Pampered!

Awakened by the aroma of coffee and something cooking, I eagerly got ready for the morning. I was not disappointed! A beautiful meal was already set on the table when I came downstairs. The breakfast served consisted of homemade Quiche Lorraine and flaxseed bread (Lone’s own recipe), fresh fruits and cheeses with coffee and juices. It was a delicious way to start my day. All of the meal was prepared with the idea of making me feel special. Even the grapefruit wedges were precut. They do not take shortcuts in the kitchen, they cater to the dietary needs of their guests and are very conscious about serving healthy menus. The Krarup’s definitely go the extra mile!

Henrik and Lone met in Denmark while attending undergraduate school. They dated for five years and have been married for twenty seven years. Early on in their marriage, they decided to come to the United States for a few years, but that turned into the rest of their lives. Having spent most of their time in eastern states, I asked why they moved to Angel Fire. They wanted a business they could work together at this season of their lives, a segway toward retirement. They love the outdoors and skiing. So they were thinking maybe Washington, Oregon, or even Taos, New Mexico. So they had came to check out Taos eight years ago with one of their two sons. During that visit they somehow ended up on the Enchanted Circle Scenic By-way. Lone said when they emerged from the Taos canyon pass and saw the majestic beauty of the Moreno Valley open up before them, they had to pull the car over and get out to experience the breathtaking view and breath in freshness of the mountain air. They knew at that moment, this was the place they would one day call home. Their goal became a reality last fall when they purchased the Wildflower.

Since opening December 26, 2014, they have already hosted 48 room days! Together this lovely personable couple are the perfect host and hostess for a bed and breakfast. They have a genuine care and respect for people. Servant hearted, is the word I choose. They served as local chairs of AFS for ten years. Second only to the Red Cross, this organization engages the largest worldwide volunteer pool. It is an organization that promotes world peace and healing between nations by a student exchange program. “Diplomacy at work”, Henrik said with a smile. Working from home with a little travel, Henrik is still Vice President of an engineering company in Moorestown, Pa.

I highly recommend the Wildflower Bed & Breakfast. It is a non-smoking, no pet facility. With two live-in dogs and one cat, they feel it best. Expect free Wi-Fi and spectacular views and children over twelve are welcome.

Visit their website at www.wildflowernm.com for more information and photos of the other rooms. Or call them at 575-377-6869.

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Spring Cleanup 2015

cleanupIt’s that time of year again for the Spring cleanup! Roll up your sleeves for Angel Fire’s village-wide cleanup. The Village of Angel Fire & Angel Fire Proud are hosting the Annual Spring Cleanup Day.

Following a successful tradition of clean up events in which residents have collected hundreds of pounds of trash, the Angel Fire Proud Committee is seeking help with their 2015 spring effort.

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8:30 am 11:30 am (Rain or shine)

Meet at the Village Hall located at 3388 Mountain View Blvd. for supplies, including gloves, bags and t-shirts. A prize will be given to the volunteer who collects the “weirdest, most unusual” piece of trash.

Neighbors of all ages can join hands with local businesses, community groups, Village leadership and staff to boost civic involvement across the village and improve the quality of life for all residents and visitors. “Working together helps the village look its best and makes us all Angel Fire proud,” said Lysa P. Hopson, Angel Fire Proud Committee chair. “Every pair of hands is appreciated.”
Every volunteer will get free coffee and donuts plus lunch afterward starting at 11:30 am. Food and beverage donations from area businesses are welcome.

Also, Angel Fire residents with proof of residency can dump appliances (no refrigerators), slash, mattresses and more for free at the Angel Fire Collection Center, 55 Camino Grande, east of Highway 434 near the Moreno Valley High School. Sorry no tires, paint or commercial and demolition waste. The collection center will be open Saturday 8:00 am – Noon.

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Angel Fire Proud

The Angel Fire Proud Committee sponsors this annual event to further its mission to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for our community’s beautification. Past clean up days drew more than 100 people. Organizers hope to double participation this year. GGHoldings Wagon Mound, LLC and New Mexico Clean & Beautiful are also among the key partners in this annual program.

The Angel Fire Proud Committee meets monthly at Village Hall. The public is encouraged to attend. Contact angelfireproud@gmail.com for more information.