August 31, 2015

Around Angel Fire

around-af-01By Jo Mixon

Photos courtesy of:

  • Music From Angel Fire
  • Keller Williams BAH
  • Dorothy & Ted Thrasher
  • Nathaniel Bear
  • Kalyn Whitacre
  • Jo Mixon
  • D.J. Geoffroy
  • Amy Sime
  • Janet Sailor
  • Angel Fire Resort.

Why stay where it’s over 100 degrees? Come up to Angel Fire for the cool mountain breeze!
















Business After Hours – Music From Angel Fire & Keller Williams

kw-logoMusic From Angel Fire and Keller Williams Realty Angel Fire, The Power of Teamwork invite you to attend Business After Hours.

Kick off the 2015 Music from Angel Fire Summer Festival!

Join us for appetizers. Pick up a concert schedule and enter to win festival concert tickets! Also, all past festival posters are on sale for $5 and this will be your first opportunity to buy.

When: August 13, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: 3365 Mountain View Blvd.

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


Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival Results

tamale-01By Jo Mixon

We had an awesome turn out for the first annual Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival!

When: August 8, 2015

Where: Angel Fire, New Mexico

People stopped by the voters booth and the Chamber of Commerce to tell us they came from Albuquerque, Gallup, Farmington, Springer, Santa Fe, Espanola, Belen, Clovis, Carlsbad, Taos, Raton, and Eagle Nest in New Mexico. Amarillo, Lubbock, Georgetown, Austin, Witchita Falls, and Dallas in Texas. And from Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, North Carolina, and New Jersey. And most of them said they intend to come again next year!

The Oklahoma Kid, Marty Tipton, the trick roper who performed and entertained said he never imagined Angel Fire was this beautiful and breath taking. He also told me it was one of the nicest trips of his career!

We apologize for running out of tamales so early but we were not expecting to sell 1215 tamale tasting tickets before 1:30 pm! We will certainly be more prepared for the size of the crowd next year!

Reigning over the 1st Annual Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival Crowned as Wally & Molly Tamale


Molly and Wally Tamale 2015
Diane & Kevin Doherty

Four of the best tamale cooks in the state of New Mexico entered the competition. The judges had a hard time deciding between them because as one judge said, “All of them were excellent. These are the best of the best!”

1st Place Traditional Tamales went to Annette Duran/Rogue Traditional Tamales of Santa Fe, New Mexico


Pictured: Chamber President: Wende Woolley,
Winner: Annette Duran,Rogue Traditional Tamales
Cook-off Judge/HK Advertising:David Hayduk

1st Place Gourmet Tamales for her Young Guns Green Chili Cheese is Angel Fire’s own Wendy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue


Pictured: Chamber President: Wende Woolley
Winner: Windy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue
Cook-off Judge/HK Advertising: David Hayduk

Winner of the People’s Choice Award for her Young Guns Green Chili Chicken also Wendy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue Angel Fire, New Mexico


Photo courtesy of John Hail
Winner: Wendy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue

Winner of the Tamale Eating Contest Eating 18 Pedros tamales in 3 seconds came all the way from New Jersey to enter!


Len from New Jersey

Tamale Cook-off Judges


Photo courtesy of Janet Sailor
Pictured from left to right: Eric Hoffman,
Margarita Howard, Chico Howard, and David Hayduk

Featured Entertainer Trick Roper Wild West Comedian The Oklahoma Kid, Marty Tipton and Tamale Eating Contest Hostess KKTC Radio Personality Elle Hoover


Photo courtesy of Wende Woolley

Music by Ry Taylor


Photo courtesy of Michael Turri



























And then they were gone…


See you next year!

Photos courtesy of Janet Sailor, Wende Woolley, Michael Turri, Leland Hopson, David Hayduk. For more photos and videos check out some of these Facebook pages: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, Janet Sailor, Angel Fire Fun and many individual pages.

Thank you for Sponsoring Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival 2015



Vicki & Rogers Lanon





Mike Woolley/Broker


Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make Habla Tamale a huge success!

Thank you to these volunteers for helping set-up for the event, helped during the festival, and/or helped with breaking down after the event and cleaning up!

Darrell Failing, Brenda Johnson, Michael Turri, Johnese Turri, Larry Laydon, Dominic Serna, Daniel Serna & Crew, Adam Muery, Melissa Duregge, Georgeanne Fore, Ted Thrasher, Dorothy Thrasher, D.J. Geoffroy, Nancy Leinneweber, Martin Leinneweber, Michael Dean, Dave King,
Layna Harvey, Bailey Driskill, Dolly Gilcrease, Sandy Jones, Lauren Dean, Mike Liddle, Joe Sterling, David Hayduk, Margarita Howard, Chico Howard, Eric Hoffman, Abigail Hoffman, Wende Woolley, Rogers Lanon, Vicki Lanon, Leland Hopson, Lysa Hopson, Simone Mills, Donna Klassen

Thank you to Janet Sailor with Access Media for designing our logo and taking photos at the event!

Thank you to Adam Muery, Wheeler Peak Press and the Moreno Valley Community Church for donating the tables and chairs!

Thank you to Acorn Graphics for the awesome banners!

Thank you to the Tamale Cook-off contestants!

  • Rouge Traditional Tamales, Annette Duran, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Wendy Hail – Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue & More Angel Fire, New Mexico
  • Guillermo & Cecilia Solano, Yaguis HotDogs, Belen, New Mexico

Kathy Serna, H2 Uptown, Angel Fire, New Mexico

Thank you to the all of the festival vendors!

Chamber Newsletter August 2015 Updates, Invites & News

By Jo Mixon, Executive Director

I am so proud to be part of this organization, the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, because of the exceptionally professional mix of business members we represent! Over the past four years, as director, I have focused on making positive changes, revitalizing our organization and becoming more service oriented toward our membership. As a non-profit organization, funded entirely by our membership dues, some of the changes were a leap of faith! We immediately restructured our membership dues, not raising dues, but actually cutting out the extra fees we had charged in the past, which meant the Chamber would take a cut in funding, but our members would benefit. We did this as a service, believing it would pay off in the long run. Another change made that first year, was the decision not to continue the Best of Awards. After much thought and council, the Board of Directors agreed the Village of Angel Fire is too small to represent a Best of Contest. The Chamber is here to represent all of its members equally, not pursue which one is favored over another. We instead provide opportunities between our members for other recognition. We believe all of our members are the Best of Angel Fire!

Our focus in 2011 was on launching a social media presence. The 32 likes our Face Book page had at that time, has grown to 2308 to date. Depending on what we post, according to the analytics, each of our post reach and engage anywhere from 125 to 6000 people at a time. We also began sending a weekly eBlast featuring news and updates on member activities, state wide news that might affect or be of interest to our members, a special “I Know Jo Story” about one of our businesses, and member ads. This eBlast now has over 7000 subscribers. The analytics we receive show us that each eBlast is opened on an average of 34% to 46% of these subscribers. The analytics also tell us the model average open for any given eBlast is 24%! (We are happy with our numbers!) Plus the “I Know Jo ” stories made national news when featured on the front page of the US Chamber newsletter last year, as an example for other Chambers who might want to up their marketing presence and add benefit to their membership. Even our webpage, as simple as it is, due to our barebones budget, according to google analytics is visited by more than 32,000 people per month. We get constant positive feedback through emails and inquiries from visitors to our page. Social media is a relatively inexpensive way to market Angel Fire and our membership.

As a way for businesses to network together and invite people to come into their establishments, 2012 was the year our summer Business after Hours events took off. The average attendance for a B.A.H still hovers around 70 to 80 people, but it actually reached 135 people when we teamed up with the Village of Angel Fire for a huge birthday celebration!

Wanting to give our members the opportunity to get more actively involved together, in January 2013, we began having quarterly breakfast membership meetings. Our Chamber members have the opportunity to discuss business needs and come together as a whole to look at ways to assist one another, and work together toward economic successes. And our business members are given the opportunity to host these meetings while sharing their marketing information with other Chamber members.

Also in 2013 we rolled out an Ambassador Program. To be a part of the Chamber Ambassador Team, you must be a member in good standing with the desire to increase your business exposure while representing the Chamber. The Ambassadors serve as hosts/hostesses/greeters for Chamber events throughout the year. These include membership breakfasts/luncheons, Business after Hours, ribbon cuttings, the Chamber welcoming program, Chamber special events and receptions, etc. Joining this committee is an option a business member can exercise to increase their commitment to the Chamber while gaining additional business exposure.

During the entire year of 2014, Chamber Cash Mob, was a great success and brought a cash boost to all those who participated. As did the Christmas season, Shop Local, Shop Small contest. With this contest we encouraged everyone to shop local, whether the business was a member of the Chamber or not.

And this year 2015, we decided to try our hand at hosting an event, Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival. It will happen this Saturday, August 8 beginning at 10:00 am. There are five tamale contestants from all over the state of New Mexico, competing for legitimate bragging rights to prove their tamales truly are the best in the state! The winners will be announced at 12:30 pm, with a people’s choice award to be announced at 3:00 pm. Come dressed in festive New Mexican attire and enter to be crowned as our first ever Molly or Wally Tamale! We ask that you enter as a couple; father/daughter, mother/son, best friends, couple/couple, etc. So grab your partner! The Wally & Molly Tamale contest will take place at 11:00 am. Or you can enter to win the Tamale Eating Contest. Hosted by KKTC radio celebrity, Elle, how many tamales can you eat in three minutes! Look for fun workshops at the Kids Corner, peruse the twenty arts and craft booths for treasures, and enjoy performances throughout the day by World Champion Roper and Wild West Comedian, Marty Tipton, also known as the Oklahoma Kid. Admission is free. Family fun for everyone! If you would like to volunteer please give us a call at 575-377-6353, we definitely have something for you to do!

Habla Tamale Cook off Festival Schedule

  • 10:00 am – Gates Open/ Admission is Free
  • 11:00 am – Molly & Wally Tamale Contest
  • 12:30 pm – Tamale Cook-off Winners Announced
  • 1:00 pm – Tamale Eating Contest, Hosted by KKTC Radio Celebrity “Elle”
  • 1:45 pm – “The Oklahoma Kid” World Champion Trick Roper and Wild West Comedian Marty Tipton
  • 3:00 pm – People’s Choice Award

Kids Corner Schedule

  • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Paper Mache Workshop with the Muery’s
  • 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Face Painting with Bailey
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Various Activities

Business After Hours – Angel Fire Chiropractic

af-chiro-logoNetworking, food, drink, and door prizes. You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to attend!

When: Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: 34 Sage Lane, Angel Fire, NM

Thank you Dr. Jennifer Fitch for inviting us into your business!










New Mexico True Tourism Tour

nm-tourAngel Fire Chamber of Commerce President of the Board, Wende Woolley and Governor Susana Martinez

Last week Governor Susana Martinez came to Angel Fire with New Mexico Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Rebecca Latham, on the New Mexico True Tourism Tour. Her purpose for this tour is to announce, with great joy, that tourism visits to the State of New Mexico have reached record numbers…. for the third year in a row! She is visiting areas in the state to let us know the New Mexico True Campaign is a reality. Over 1/2 million more people visited New Mexico in 2013 than ever before. And in 2014, million visitors chose to vacation in New Mexico! These visitors have a tremendously positive economic impact on our state. Job growth within the tourism and hospitality areas have seen an 8.4% increase. That is equal to 2,200 new jobs since 2010.

My grandson comes to visit me every summer (Camp Memaw) in Angel Fire. He and I have conducted our own, very unscientific, tourism survey for the past six years. It starts when I pick him up at the airport in Albuquerque. We play a game by counting all of the out of state license plates we see for the entire time he is visiting. The first few years we would count 10, maybe 15 out of state license plates. But since the New Mexico True Campaign was rolled out three years ago, things began to change! The numbers began to double during his visits. This year when I put him back on the airplane to leave New Mexico, we had documented 49 out of state license plates and three other countries!

We are proud to be a part of the New Mexico True Campaign and to join together with the rest of our state in one voice, inviting the world to visit. We are one indeed one of a kind! Angel Fire is a big part of what our state has to offer visitors! Adventure steeped in culture, right here in our scenic mountain home. We welcome everyone to come on up the mountain and see for yourselves, the beauty that is Angel Fire.

Video Courtesy of Janet Sailor

Habla Tamale Cookoff & Festival

habla-tamaleTamale Cookoff, Tamale Tasting, Tamale Eating Contest

When: Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire, NM

Habla Tamale means Speak Tamale. We speak tamale in New Mexico! In fact we speak so much Tamale in New Mexico that everyone and their dog boasts that they cook the absolute best Tamales in the entire state! Well we decided to give you the venue to prove it! And this year it is happening in Angel Fire on Saturday August 8. Enter your tamales now to win TRUE bragging rights for a year!

There are two division in which you may enter your tamales: Individual/Family/Team or Commercial/Business/Team. Within these two divisions are two categories: Traditional or Gourmet. Awards will be given for the Winners in each division and category. These will be selected by a panel of tamale expert judges. There will also be one People’s Choice Award that will be decided by the tamale tasters at the event. Tamales do not have to cooked on site. Please prepare and bring enough tamales to offer tamale tastings at your booth and have plenty on hand to sell. After people taste your delicious tamales, they will want to buy extra to take home! Name your tamale cook-off team and be eligible to win the title of Most Creative Tamale Team Name Award

All exhibitors (tamale cook-off contestants and other vendors) are encouraged to decorate your booths, as there will be awards for the Most Festive/Creative Booth Design. Grab your family and your friends, or if commercial entries, your employees and sign up to participate in this inaugural Tamale Cook-off Festival. For those of you traveling from out of town, the Angel Fire Resort is offering discounted Habla Tamale packages August 5-12 on rooms, homes and condos. When making your reservations use the promo code “Tamale”.

On the schedule for Habla Tamale will be tamale tastings, a tamale eating contest (did you know the winner of a tamale eating contest in Georgia only ate 7 tamales! You can beat that record with your mouth closed!), kids zone, tamale history, lots of music, food/drinks and you can even enter a contest to become the first ever Wally or Molly Tamale!

We are now taking reservations for vendors of all types. Tamale Cook-of Teams, Arts and Crafts, Food vendors, Businesses, Organizations, Music, Entertainers, etc. Scroll down this Blast to see official rules & regulations and entry forms. Forms are available at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce or you may go also to in the Habla Tamale section to copy and paste forms for entry. Enter now, reserve a booth, bring your band, don’t miss out on the fun!

Arts About Town, the Moreno Valley Arts Council event that has in the past been on the Labor Day Weekend, will now be a part of Habla Tamale. Those vendors will still sign up through the MVAC and all proceeds from these space rentals will go to the MVAC.

We are also signing up volunteers to help with the event. If you’d like to help call 575-377-6353.

Food Vendors & Kid Zone, Music Venue, Beer & Wine Garden, Arts About Town Arts & Crafts Zone

Sponsored by the Moreno Valley Arts Council and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

Enter to win the Battle of the Bands!

To enter as a contestant, reserve a food or vendor booth, or get further information call 575-377-6353.






Spare Part Art Fundraiser

spare-part-artJoin us for the first Spare Part Art fundraiser and silent art auction. Recycling old junk not only benefits the environment, it breaths new life into old objects that were once destined for the landfill.

When: September 5, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: 3375 Mountain View Boulevard (Behind Mountain Sports)

Roll up your sleeves and turn trash into a masterpiece of art. Everyone is invited to enter a piece of recycled art. Everyone is invited to purchase a piece of artwork! Participate in this unique art experience 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.

To enter a piece of art please call Louise at 214-437-1362 or Jo at 575-377-6353.

Book Signing & Launch With Rosalie Turner & The Juliets

the-winding-roadThe book, The Winding Road, which features Angel Fire, was a group writing effort by the Juliets, a group of writers who meet for breakfast every Tuesday morning. The weekly group shifts in size, but there are 26 women in all. The main plot of the book was created and written by Juliet member and noted author, Rosalie Turner. The ladies in the Tuesday Breakfast Group came up with the characters and subplots. Any resemblance to any real person is purely coincidental. Book sale profits will be donated to local charities: Always Loving Mankind Food Pantry (ALMS), the Backpack Program thru United Church of Angel Fire and the Shuter Library.

When: Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, Centro Plaza, 3407 Mountain View Boulevard

Come by to get the first peek!

THE WINDING ROAD focuses on a small mountain community in northern New Mexico, a resort area known for skiing, golf, hiking, and relaxation. A tragic accident on the pass leaves a man dead and a woman injured, unable to remember any details of the accident. The Tuesday Breakfast Group finds itself involved in the circumstances of the accident as well as in several mysteries that are occurring. One member of the group, who also had been dating the man killed, is the last witness to see the couple and she must testify as to which one was driving. She recalls it one way until a bizarre set of circumstances reveals that it was just the opposite – or was it?

Sponsored by Energy Worldnet and Angel Fire Homes Real Estate and Construction.

5th Annual Angel Fire Community Flea Market

flea-marketMaking Cash From Trash

When: Saturday June 27, 2015 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Cove Arts Center Parking Lot

Cost: $15.00 Chamber Members, $30.00 Non Chamber Members

10’ x 15’ spaces are available. Advanced reservations are required. You keep all the money from your sales!

To reserve your space stop by the Chamber or call Jo at 575-377-6353.

Cove Arts Center
12 Crestview Lane
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Sponsored by the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.