July 29, 2016

Going Away Day For Donna Klassen

donna-klassenFNB 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.

Jo Is Determined!

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!

Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Annual Meeting 2016

Last Friday night the Angel Fire Chamber held it’s Annual Meeting. Membership was asked to vote on several amendments to the by-laws. A quorum was present. The vote in favor was unanimous. These are the passed amendments:

  • The President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors will now have the titles of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board
  • The Executive Director’s title has been changed to President/CEO
  • The Chamber Fiscal Year has been changed from May thru April to the calendar year Jan. thru Dec. beginning January 1, 2017
  • The election of Board Directors has changed from the spring to the fall
  • The Board Spring Retreat will now be a Fall Retreat
  • Elected Board members will take office in January
  • The Annual Membership Meeting will be held the first quarter of the year instead of the second.

The Board has also made the decision to change the membership fees due date from a members anniversary date to January 1. All members that are invoiced beginning June 1, 2016 through Dec. 2016 will have pro-rated dues and will be due for a full year on January 1, 2017.

The Board of Directors have added new categories to our to Angel Fire Chamber membership tiers. They are:

  • Associate Real Estate Membership – $100.00 per year
  • Associate Multiple Business Owner Membership – $100.00 per year

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. (partial voting member- 1/2 vote)

  • Member Recognition/Distinction
  • Contributor toward Chamber and Community
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Weekly eBlast Updates, monthly eNewsletter
  • Forwarding of your advertisements or announcements in weekly eBlast (12 per year, 1 per month)
  • Business After Hours Hosting Opportunity and other Networking Events Invitations
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation
  • Business Advocacy
  • Priority Referrals
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • World wide Website-Exposure with links
  • Posting of Job Openings on Website and in weekly eBlast
  • Weekly Email Inquiry/Referral
  • Use of boardroom for business functions
  • Access to Chamber Membership List (email free, print $3)
  • Mailing of your brochures in inquiry packets, per guidelines
  • Display of brochures and marketing materials in Chamber Welcome Center
  • Cooperative Event and Advertising Opportunities
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Option of listing your business under additional categories in our directory and on our web-site for $50.00 fee per year

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:

  • Member Recognition/Distinction
  • Contributor toward Chamber and Community
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Weekly eBlast Updates, monthly eNewsletter
  • Forwarding of your advertisements or announcements in weekly eBlast (12 per year, 1 per month)
  • Business After Hours Hosting Opportunity and other Networking Events Invitations
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation
  • Business Advocacy
  • Priority Referrals
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • World wide Website-Exposure with links
  • Posting of Job Openings on Website and in weekly eBlast
  • Weekly Email Inquiry/Referral
  • Use of boardroom for business functions
  • Access to Chamber Membership List (email free, print $3)
  • Mailing of your brochures in inquiry packets, per guidelines
  • Display of brochures and marketing materials in Chamber Welcome Center
  • Cooperative Event and Advertising Opportunities
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Option of listing your business under additional categories in our directory and on our web-site for $50.00 fee per year

The membership categories that have not changed are as follows:

  • Standard Membership – $250.00 per year
  • Non-Profit Membership – $200.00 per year (voting member)

Benefits include:

  • Member Recognition/Distinction
  • Contributor toward Chamber and Community
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Weekly eBlast Updates, monthly eNewsletter
  • Forwarding of your advertisements or announcements in weekly eBlast (12 per year, 1 per month)
  • Business After Hours Hosting Opportunity and other Networking Events Invitations
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation
  • Business Advocacy
  • Priority Referrals
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • World wide Website-Exposure with links
  • Posting of Job Openings on Website and in weekly eBlast
  • Weekly Email Inquiry/Referral
  • Use of boardroom for business functions
  • Access to Chamber Membership List (email free, print $3)
  • Mailing of your brochures in inquiry packets, per guidelines
  • Display of brochures and marketing materials in Chamber Welcome Center
  • Cooperative Event and Advertising Opportunities
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Option of listing your business under additional categories in our directory and on our web-site for $50.00 fee per year

Premium Membership – $200.00 per year (voting member, 1/2% fee paying min. contribution – $110.00 annually)

  • Member Recognition/Distinction
  • Exemplary Contributor toward Chamber and Community
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Two extra Complimentary Business Listings with full standard benefits
  • Weekly eBlast Updates, monthly eNewsletter
  • Forwarding of your advertisements or announcements in weekly eBlast (2 per month, 24 per year)
  • Business After Hours Hosting Opportunity and other Networking Events Invitations
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation
  • Business Advocacy
  • Priority Referrals
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • World wide Website-Exposure (links to your website at no charge)
  • Posting of Job Openings on Website and in weekly eBlast
  • Free Weekly Email Inquiry/Referral Reports
  • Use of boardroom for business functions
  • Access to Chamber Membership List (email free, print $3)
  • Display of brochures and marketing materials in Chamber Welcome Center
  • Cooperative Event and Advertising Opportunities
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Option of listing your business under additional categories in our directory and on our web-site

Gold Membership – Free (voting member, 1/2% fee paying min. contribution $2,500.00 annually)

  • Honored as an Exemplary Contributer toward Chamber and Community
  • Unlimited Complimentary Business Listings
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Weekly eBlast Updates, monthly eNewsletter
  • Forwarding of your advertisements or announcements in weekly eBlast (4 per month, 52 per year)
  • Business After Hours Hosting Opportunity and other Networking Events Invitations
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation
  • Business Advocacy
  • Priority Referrals
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • World wide Website-Exposure (links to your website at no charge)
  • Posting of Job Openings on Website and in weekly eBlast
  • Free Weekly Email Inquiry/Referral Reports
  • Use of boardroom for business functions
  • Access to Chamber Membership List (email free, print $3)
  • Display of brochures and marketing materials in Chamber Welcome Center
  • Cooperative Event and Advertising Opportunities
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Option of listing your business under additional categories in our directory and on our web-site
  • Membership dues waved, no charge after fee payments reach $2500.
  • Business Representation as a Golden Member on selected Chamber advertising and materials
  • 2 Complimentary tickets to Annual Chamber Banquet
  • Sponsorship Recognition for select Chamber events

Individual Supporter – $75.00 per year (partial voting member, 1/3 vote)

  • Member Recognition/Distinction
  • Contributor toward Chamber and Community
  • Listing in the Chamber Member Directories
  • Weekly eNews and Updates
  • Invitation to Business After Hours and other Networking Events
  • Invitations to all Events, Workshops and Seminars
  • Input and Participation with Chamber Committees and Policies
  • Discounted Photocopy and Fax Services
  • Free Notary Services
  • Legislative Representation

Attention All Small Business Owners

us-chamberEmployers will face higher costs of doing business under Department Of Labor Rule starting December 1, 2016.

The Department of Labor unveiled the final ruling of the new federal overtime regulations last Tuesday. This ruling will extend overtime eligibility to more than four million additional workers within its first year of implementation. The new rule, which will be effective December 1, more than doubles the minimum salary level under which employees qualify as exempt from overtime pay requirements.

Currently, the minimum salary level is $23,660. Under the new rule, anyone earning less than $47,476 per year will be eligible for overtime compensation for hours worked over 40. “This policy will be an extreme hardship for small businesses,” said Jo Mixon, President and CEO of Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. “Small business owners will be forced to make very tough decisions. Exempt employee’s salaries, by mandate, must be raised to at least $47,476 per year or be forced to go hourly with overtime. Business owners will have to decide who they can afford to keep in exempt positions, who to reclassify as hourly wage earners, and who to let go.” The Chamber took a position in opposition of this ruling in March.

The final rule includes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary threshold every three years. The next automatic update to the salary threshold would be on Jan. 1, 2020, and the new salary level will be announced 150 days before it takes effect. The minimum salary level is set based on the 40th percentile of wages of full-time salaried employees in the lowest wage Census region (currently, the South).

For any small business owner interested, the US Chamber is hosting a free webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am MST.

Webinar on DOL’s NewOvertime Rule

Please join us from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 24 for a webinar on the Department of Labor’s final overtime regulation released on May 18, 2016. Tammy McCutchen of Littler Mendelson P.C., former Wage and Hour Administrator in the Bush administration and outside counsel for the U.S. Chamber on this rulemaking who helped develop the Chamber’s comments on the proposed rule, will provide guidance on how to comply with the new regulation. Randy Johnson and Marc Freedman will also participate. Participants will be able to ask questions.

Please register for the webinar.

Participant Access Instructions

Dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time using the phone number and passcode below:

Phone: 888-523-1228
Passcode: 2971499

If you have any questions, please contact David Alim at dalim@uschamber.com.

Greg Vincent Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

greg-vincentBy Jo Mixon

Greg Vincent, Director of Moreno Valley High School

Greg Vincent, Director of Moreno Valley High School, came to Angel Fire nine months ago to what, he says, is the most interesting, exciting, and fulfilling year he has had in his fifteen year teaching career. “I love this school and I love this community,” he said. This year was everything but traditional for Moreno Valley High School. Classes were held in a two story strip mall, while the new school building has been under construction. It has been a creative learning experience for both staff and students.

In 2010 Greg and his wife built a house in Angel Fire. They knew eventually they wanted to make a move to the mountains, so he put his resume out. When the Director’s position at MVHS came available, he was more than pleased to accept the position. He had been coaching basketball and football, was a school councilor, and taught history in Amarillo, Texas. And although this year has been semi-tough on his family because his wife and youngest son remained in Amarillo to complete the school year, he believes it will be well worth it in the long run.

Greg says he is very proud of the students at MVHS. He recognized them as setting a higher standard for themselves. MVHS has been rated in the top 5 schools of New Mexico for five years in a row. They are rated 285th in the nation! He said, “Because we are not changing from our foundational philosophy of teaching kids how to speak, to read better, to learn better and to think outside of the box, we get them ready for college and success beyond high school.” He likes the outdoor, hands on approach of MVHS, too. Curriculum includes creative outdoor science, P.E., and music, and incorporates hiking, camping and skiing. And he is more than excited to get into the new school buildings next fall. He said the best technology in the world will be available to them. Classrooms will be high tech, set up for focused learning. He added, “Everyone at the school is ready to get back home. We are going to have a party!”

Here is the temporary school for the 2015/2016 year.

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Here is some progress on the new school buildings.

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Meet Your 2016 Executive Board Of Directors

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Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Left to right: Past President: Wendee Woolley, Treasurer: Nita Jones, Secretary: Brenda Johnson, Vice-Chairman: John Hail, and Chairman of the Board: Michael Dean
Not pictured: Directors: Rogers Lanon and Dr. Jennifer Fitch

Tuesday morning, May 10, 2016, at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce quarterly membership breakfast meeting, the 2016 Board of Directors took their oath of office. The Chairman of the Board gavel was passed from Wendee Woolley owner of Wende Woolley Photography to Michael Dean, Ranger for Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. Michael says he is ready to step up to the plate and knows he has big shoes to fill!

John Hail co-owner of Hail’s Holy Smoked Bar-B-Que & More, was voted Vice-Chairman. This position is incoming Chairman of the Board for the year 2017. Brenda Johnson owner of Brenda Johnson Property Management and Real Estate was elected to serve as Secretary and Nita Jones of FNB New Mexico was elected to serve as Treasurer. Rogers Lanon of ReMax Mountain Realty and Dr. Jennifer Fitch owner of Angel Fire Chiropractic also serve as Directors on the Board.

Vacating board positions are Donna Klassen, who has earned a promotion with FNB New Mexico and will be moving to Raton in July, Jim Anderson, who resigned his position at the RV Resort to take his choice of positions on the west coast, and Michael Turri with the Angel Fire Visitors Center. We will miss the leadership rolls these people have faithfully served for many years. They have been assets to the Chamber and to the village of Angel Fire! (Michael promises he will still be very active with the chamber!)

Heartfelt appreciation goes out to each of these men and women who volunteer their time to serve on the Angel Fire Chamber Board of Directors. The biggest lie ever told is “You won’t have to do anything when you get on the board!” Serving on the Board of Directors is a rewarding and important responsibility. Their job is to advance our non-profit organization’s mission and purpose, write policy and procedure, be visionaries for the future and to promote the chamber’s image. Plus the board has the responsibility for the fiduciary soundness of the chamber. Giving countless hours of dedicated leadership without complaint, these guys are AWESOME!

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?”

shuter-library-08By Jo Mixon

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.