When: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
3407 Mountain View Boulevard
Angel Fire, NM 87710
When: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
3407 Mountain View Boulevard
Angel Fire, NM 87710
The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Google to host another Free Workshop to help put every business in Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley correctly on the map- including yours.
Just like being a member of the Chamber gives a business credibility, businesses that have complete business information online are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers. When your business is on Mountain View Blvd. in Angel Fire, but is shown on the Google map system in Black Lake or Cimarron, you are losing sales. When people can find correct information about local businesses, our community becomes even stronger.
Join us at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce for this FREE Workshop. We have set aside Thursday, October 27, 2016.
Email and tell us what time is best for you:
We will choose the time most convenient for the majority. Pre-registration required.
To register, call the Chamber 575-377-6353, or email email@example.com, seating is limited.
Bring your laptop and let’s be sure all of our businesses are listed correctly on Google, at the present they are not. Do not let this happen to a potential customer!
When: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Where: 3407 Mountain View Blvd., Angel Fire, NM 87710
October 3, 2016
The year 2016 will go down in history as a year of important elections and legislation. Earlier in the year we had election for Village Council. A few weeks ago the residents of Angel Fire passed the election of two very important General Bonds. The Governor of New Mexico has called a special Legislative Session, to adjust the state budget shortage, that convened at high noon last Friday. The day started out on an optimistic note, but deteriorated as it progressed. At 12:18 am Saturday morning, the Senate adjourned Sine Die. The Senate drafted their proposal which was presented in about 10 bills. The bills deviated from the framework that had been discussed in some areas and were dealt with in only one committee, Senate Finance, Friday afternoon. The bills were then heard and passed on the Senate floor Friday night. Immediately following those votes, a motion was made to Sine Die without staying in session to negotiate the proposals with the House or the Governor. And thus they departed.
So what’s next? Well, it’s anybody’s guess. But, when in doubt in the Legislature, go to the rules. When one chamber adjourns, the other chamber must stay for three days in order to compel the other chamber to return. We will see pretty quickly if the House decides to continue working and then recess instead of adjourn which would require the Senate to return to the Capitol in three days. As of this writing, the House is still in session. Stay tuned.
And it is also time to start the election process at the Chamber of Commerce. We are interviewing all of those who would like to serve on the Board of Directors. Shortly we will be sending out ballots in the mail to all of our voting membership. The new Board of Director’s will be seated at the Nov. 29, 2016 Quarterly Member Breakfast Meeting and will then go immediately into a full day session to set the Chamber budget and Plan of Action for 2017.
Plus this year, if you haven’t noticed, is the nation’s presidential elections… that is all I’m going to say about that!
On a different note, the Chamber would like to say thank you to Bert Clemons and his staff at the Laguna Vista Lodge, Historic Restaurant and Saloon for hosting the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Board of Director’s meeting in September. Upon arrival, they had the banquet room set up and treated us to delicious snacks and beverages. We felt very pampered!
Special thanks and appreciation also go out to the Village Angel Fire Proud Committee. They continue to do an excellent job of insuring the streets of Angel Fire are litter free and more attractive!
Last but not least, winter is coming! We are beginning to get excited about the holidays when our village is transformed into an amazing “snow globe” scene with glistening snow and the mountains as our backdrop. Once again we are asking everyone to think now about decorating your homes and businesses. Let’s get into the festive spirit and light up! Not only are our guests pleased by the beauty, but those of us who call this valley our home, enjoy the holiday spirit!
But at the moment, it is the most enchanting season of the year. The leaves are changing all over the valley and in the canyons. If you are not in Angel Fire now, you should be! Fall is definitely arrived and we have the beauty to prove it!
Me with produce vendor, Jerry Neal.
One of the absolute best new venues in Angel Fire this summer has been the Sunday Art + Farmer’s Market in Frontier Park Plaza. It is so nice to experience the sites and smells and sounds of a fresh outdoor market. Added are many other organic treats, local and regional artisans, a kid’s zone, made to order foods, and music to shop by. The atmosphere is enticing, as well as engaging!
Angel Fire Resort’s Events and Sponsorship Manager, Chris Blumenstetter, invited me to meet the vendors and gain a little background to share with you. Chris told me the original concept of the Farmer’s Market was to allow local and regional farmers a place to sell their goods, as if they were on the side of the road, but in a more convenient spot, where consumers would know they would be selling, on a consistent schedule.
The cornerstone produce vendor is Jerry Neal. He is based out of Chama, New Mexico. Jerry brings in freshly picked produce from various farmers in New Mexico and Colorado, around the Palisades and Grand Junction area. His cantaloupes and watermelons are from Pecos and Midland Texas. (I was so excited to see yellow meated watermelons! I hadn’t tasted one in years. They are so sweet and have that melt in your mouth goodness!) Jerry said he had worked construction for years in the blistering heat of Texas, when his daughter suggested he come to New Mexico where she lived, to cool down and set up a side of the road watermelon stand. So that is exactly what he did. The first truck load he brought sold out in a matter of hours. He still sells out of his stand, close to Farmington, NM and has added more fruits and vegetables. He agreed to do the Angel Fire Market when approached by Mike Hess, Chief Marketing Officer, Angel Fire Resort, with his concept. They are both very pleased with the success of the event. There have been anywhere from 250 to 400 people visit the market every Sunday.
Some of the other vendors I meet at the Art + Farmers Market were: All Things Twisted, who offered beading classes on the spot, jewelry, vintage clothing and hula hoops. Black Lake Coffee Roasters were giving free samples and sales from their locally roasted coffee, NurturEssence Artisan Skincare with products that are made from her own herb and flower gardens, Just Kidding Farm and Goat Club with a large scale of homemade product, baby and toddler clothing from Handprinted by Elbe, fresh raw local honey from Mora’s Ranchito Organic Farm (they say local honey is the best thing to cure sinus and allergy problems), Heaven Scent Breads had many items to choose from including organic eggs, fresh gluten free breads, coffee cakes, cookies, scones, jellies and jams and cheeses, even fresh beef. Plus Michael, Executive Chef from Legends in the Lodge of Angel Fire Resort was onsite cooking asian food and Enchanted Circle Brewery has it’s food truck filled with delicious lunch items. After I loaded up on fruits and vegetables, fresh roasted Hatch green chilis and other wonderful items for the week, I wandered over to the Kids Zone for free face painting and a giant jenga game! I was delighted to know all ages are welcome to get their faces painted! They use vegan non-toxic water soluble hypoallergenic paint. Cassandra, head face painter, said, “It is the happiest paint in the world! We use only happy paint.” Well that made me happy!
Chris is excited to be a part of this great new addition to our Angel Fire summer activities. He and his wife, Olivia, moved to Angel Fire a few months ago from Hawaii. Already they have become community assets!
There are 4 Sundays left to shop and enjoy the Art + Farmer’s Market. And there is still space available for vendors. If you have any questions or would like to set up a booth and become part of this awesome Sunday market, give Chris a call at 505-204-2678 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is plenty of room for you! Maybe I’ll see you there!
Art + Farmer’s Market
Frontier Park Plaza
Angel Fire, NM
Sunday’s through September 4, 2016
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Jerry Neal’s produce, Olivia Blumenstetter at the cash register
Joseph Griego & his son from Ranchito Organic Farm in Mora, NM
Artisan baked goods from Heaven Scent Breads
Anita George, All Things Twisted
Lucy Elbe, Hand printed by Elbe
NurturEssence Artisan Skincare products
Freshly picked and handmade items at Just Kidding Farm & Goat Club booth
Melissa Meed and Kat Wrozek
Rick Sprott, photo bombed by Cindy!
Dan & Kari Jaramillo, Black Lake Coffee Roasters
Fresh roasted Hatch green chilies
Mark & Jennifer Fitch buying fresh picked produce.
Olivia Blumenstetter and Jerry Neal
Asian treats cooked onsite by Chef Michael Pustai
Face Painters: Cassandra Koszarek and Jessica Whiteturkey
Ace & Carly
Photos courtesy of Jo Mixon, Jacqui Binford-Bell, Ellen Goins, Janet Sailor, Amy Rasmussen and the Angel Fire Resort.
Event Sponsors: Angel Fire Resort, Enchanted Circle Brewing Company, Keller Williams Realty of Angel Fire
In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to simplify and modernize the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply. The department has issued a final rule that will put more money in the pockets of middle class workers – or give them more free time.
(Note: this is not a law that will be discussed and/or voted upon. It is a mandatory ruling that has already taken place and ALL employers must comply on or before December 1, 2016).
The final rule is:
The final rule will become effective on December 1, 2016, giving employers more than six months to prepare. The final rule does not make any changes to the duties test for executive, administrative and professional employees.
In response to the new overtime rule, employers can:
This ruling does NOT make exceptions for non-profit organizations (churches, schools, charities, etc.) All salaried employees currently earning below $47,476. per year must either raise the salary and keep the employee exempt, pay overtime in addition to the employee’s current salary, or evaluate and realign hours and staff workload.
Click here to read further about the final rule for Non-Profits:
We will be glad to set up a workshop at the Chamber to help you understand how this ruling will effect your business. Please email email@example.com if you are interested and would like to attend. Thanks, Jo
All Chamber membership fees will be due January 1, 2017. Our fiscal year is changing to the calendar year. From that date on everyone’s membership fees will be due every year on January 1.
Angel Fire Chamber has added these membership levels:
An Associate Real Estate Membership is available to all Real Estate Agents working under a Broker’s license who is, already, a standard, premium, or gold member in good standing.
An Associate Multiple Business Owner Membership (not premium) is available for separate businesses owned by a Standard Member in good standing. Benefits (partial voting member- 1/2 vote).
Proposed New Membership Levels that would be reciprocal to other Chambers for Angel Fire Chamber Members in good standing:
This category of membership is being proposed to other Chambers in the Enchanted Circle and in Colfax County. We believe it will be good for all of our business members!
Chamber to Chamber Membership – $100.00 per year
This membership will be available to members in good standing of these Chambers: Cimarron Chamber, Eagle Nest Chamber, Raton Chamber, Red River Chamber, Taos County Chamber, and Taos Ski Valley Chamber (non-voting member).
We are in the process of meeting with and/or setting up meetings with these Chambers to offer the proposed membership to their members too.
Hopefully it will go into effect soon! The benefits will be:
Standard Membership – $250.00 per year and Non-Profit Membership – $200.00 per year benefits that have not changed are as follows (voting members):
Premium Membership – $200 per year (voting member, 1/2% fee paying min. contribution – $110.00 annually):
Gold Membership – Free (voting member, 1/2% fee paying min. contribution $2500.00 annually)
Individual Supporter – $75.00 per year (partial voting member, 1/3 vote)
If you are not yet a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, join today! Call 575-377-6353 or stop by the office at 3407 mountain View Blvd./Centro Plaza in Angel Fire, NM.
When: August, 4, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: 51 E Therma St, Eagle Nest, NM 87718
Bert is cooking up quite a spread of surprise appetizers followed by pineapple coconut Haagen Dazs ice cream. YUM! Plus, your first beverage is on the house!
The Historic Laguna Vista Saloon dates back to 1898 as a former Gambling & Dance Hall. It was a favorite watering hole of the Lonesome Dove movie crew and remains a favorite watering hole for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a part of Moreno Valley history, greet friends and make new acquaintances.
You do not have to be a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce to attend this free event.
FNB New Mexico, Angel Fire Branch, wants to invite folks to come by on Thursday June 30, 2016 to wish Donna Klassen good luck and to congratulation her on her promotion to Sr. Vice President of FNB New Mexico Raton Branch. Donna has been very supportive and very active in the Angel Fire community, both personally and professionally. Even though her promotion mandates she move to Raton, she will still oversee the Angel Fire branch of FNB New Mexico. Stop by and wish her well!
When: June 30, 2016
PS – (Added by the Chamber of Commerce)
Donna has served faithfully on the Angel Fire Chamber Board of Directors and has had to step down in the middle of her second term. From us to you: Donna, we appreciated all of the time you devoted to the Chamber Board. You were a rock to lean upon and you will be greatly missed! We wish you well!
Jo, the staff and the Board of Directors.
By Jo Mixon
Did you know Jo is determined to be a more educated Chamber Executive?
So, I am in Athens, Georgia and I just attended opening ceremonies at Southeast Institute. I will be here for a full week furthering my Chamber education. But unless you are a friend of mine on Face Book, you may not know just how determined I really am to be here!
I left my home in Angel Fire on Saturday morning at 6:30 am to make it to Denver by noonish to catch a 2:15 pm flight to Atlanta, Georgia. From Atlanta I would catch a shuttle to Athens and arrive at my destination by 9:30pm to settle in and prepare for my week of US Chamber school that started today at the University of Georgia.
But….. it didn’t quit happen exactly as planned. While I was in between Cimarron and Raton on the road to nowhere, just me and the buffalo, the transmission of my car decided once again to take a vacation! (As you know I just had it replaced 6 weeks ago.)
My first thoughts, as I was traveling 65mph down the highway, singing at the top of my lungs, was…what did I just do? Both my hands were on the wheel, I hadn’t hit the gears, but my sweet little Macy Mazda began revving wildly and jumped out of gear. I pulled over to the side of the road and tried all the different gears without any luck. It would go into park, but nothing else.
My mind began racing with panic, “I have a plane to catch, not now Macy my trusted Mazda, not now! I just had this happen, you are suppose to be healthy and happy and run smoothly!! I have a plane to catch, I have school, we have paid the tuition, etc. etc. etc.” So being the super calm and collected professional that I am……I cried! Then I got my act together and started trying to make phone calls. I would hold the phone just right and get a few bars of reception, or I’d hike a few miles up or down the road to get two bars and be able to make a phone call. First I called Chris at 24/7 Automotive Performance, told him what happened and where I was. He said, “I’ll be there as fast as I can,” which because of my location, was an hour. Then I got a text through to my sister in Texas and asked her to look up phone numbers of rental car locations in Raton, Trinidad, and maybe Pueblo and text them to me. (I wasn’t sure how I would get to that rental car, but I was determined to get to school! I called my class advisor and filled him in on what was happening, just to be sure he knew.) At that point I was a mess.
I called Raton, they had a car I could pick up next Tuesday, I called Trinidad, they do NOT rent cars one way, I called Pueblo, they were completely out of cars and they suggested I call Colorado Springs. AArrgghh! Meanwhile I had gotten enough reception to post my dilemma on Facebook. I ran back up the road and could see lots of responses and friends in Angel Fire offering to help. Before another 30 minutes, a friend, Dorothy Thrasher was on her way to pick me up and was going to drive me all the way to Denver!!! I didn’t have time to make my original flight so I called the airlines and they were able to get me on a later flight. The kicker, the last flight available to Atlanta was 5:15 pm…..in the hour it would take Dorothy to pick me up and the remaining four hours it would take us to drive to Denver, I would barely make that connection. But as I told you before, I was determined!
Now I just had to wait for my two Trail Angels to arrive, so what to do? I took my luggage out of the car and sat it on the side of the road like in one of the old movies and sat on it….just because. I even put my thumb out for funsies! Then I found a container of cleaner-wipes in the back seat of my car.o I cleaned the inside of my car, the inside places when you open the doors and it is always so dirty, I cleaned the doors and the windows. After I ran out of cleaning sheets I still had time to kill, so I polished my fingernails!
Chris showed up, loaded my car onto a huge transport towing truck and said, “You look like you need a beer!” We drove back to Cold Beer to meet Dorothy and at 11:00 am I ordered a Moscow Mule! I’m not normally one to drink that early in the day, but it was delicious! Dorothy arrived at 11:45 am, Chris loaded my suitcases into her car and we were headed to Denver in a flash. It was smooth sailing until we rain into a horrible rain storm on the other side of Colorado Springs. It was heavy traffic slowed almost to a stop. But still Dorothy got me to the airport by 4:00pm, time enough to make my plane. (Whoo-Hoo, what an awesome friend Dorothy Thrasher, because now she had to turn around and drive 5 hours back home to Angel Fire!!)
I got into the airport to check my luggage and was told the plane was delayed 20 mins and I wouldn’t get to Atlanta until 10:10 pm. I called the shuttle I had reserved and they said, no problem we can pick you up in Atlanta at 10:30…this was only 20 mins. after I was to now arrive. But it wasn’t over yet. When we boarded, the pilot let us know they were going to hold the plane for another 10 or 15 minutes for a party of 13 people who had been shuffled around and were running through the Denver airport to catch this plane. Hmmm, so be it. I decided to just laugh it off and get comfortable. I arrived in Atlanta, ran as fast as I could (with a limp) to get my luggage, found the ground transportation area to the shuttle just as it was driving off in front of me. Again I called the shuttle service and was told not to worry, there would be another one at 11:40 pm, one hour away. Ok, so at least there was another shuttle and it was 92 degrees at 11:00 pm! (I was already missing my cool mountain home!)
At last, an hour later, I was safely on the shuttle from Atlanta to Athens and now only had another 2 hours left in this adventure. I arrived in Athens at 2:00 am. Happy to finally arrive at my destination, I checked into the hotel.
Today began a week of intensive educational training. If you have ever doubted my dedication to the Angel Fire Chamber and being able to better serve our businesses, please don’t! I love my job and the community we serve and want to be the best I can be for you! And by the way, my fingernails look great!