March 4, 2015

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Upcoming Business After Hours

Save the date for these upcoming Business After Hours.

Business After Hours are great networking opportunities to meet and greet, mix and mingle and advertise your business!

You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to attend!

The Trailhead
Friday, March 20, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

H2 Uptown
Thursday, May 7, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Shuter Library
Thursday, May 28, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Wildflower Bed & Breakfast
Thursday, June 25, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Music From Angel Fire & Keller Williams Realty of Angel Fire
Thursday, August 13, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Members Breakfast Meeting

bakery-cafeWhen: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: The Bakery & Cafe @ Angel Fire, 3420 Mountain View Blvd., Angel Fire, NM

Enjoy burritos or donuts while we have a short informative Chamber member meeting.

This is a members only meeting.

Powder Refill In Angel Fire!

Ramp It Up Ole Man Winter! Powder Refill in Angel Fire!

19″ of snow in the past 48 hours and it’s still falling. Enjoy a few shots of life in the mountains.

Saturday during military appreciation weekend, double amputee Dana Bowman, parachuted out of a plane with a gigantic American flag and then led a flag parade down the front ski run, Exhibition. It was an awesome sight to behold!

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Above photos courtesy of Michael Johnstone and Wende Woolley

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Brian and Mari Lindsey snowmobiling

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36 deer came to snack at Jennifer Cavan’s house

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Alpacas loving the snow at Victory Ranch

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Photos courtesy of the Angel Fire Resort

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Photo courtesy of Olga Shiropaeva

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The Elkhorn Lodge Along With Roadrunner Tours Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

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Photo courtesy of Jimmy Linton.

Nancy & Bill Burch have joined together to offer a truly unique winter experience in Angel Fire. At the Chamber Business after Hours last Thursday night, they treated us all to horse drawn sleigh rides, followed by a sampling of delicious foods by Chef Baden Whitehead.

Nancy is pleased to have Baden on their team. Not only is he an accomplished cowboy, he also has a degree from the Florida Culinary Institute. The man can cook! All winter, the Roadrunner Tour Sleigh Ride and Prime Rib Dinner will be based out of the Elk Horn Campfire Cafe. Book now by calling 575-377-6416. You won’t be disappointed!

Stop by the Campfire Cafe inside of the Elk Horn Lodge. It has re-opened for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. During peak seasonal times, they will be open seven days a week. Chef Baden will serve you a meal to remember!

And don’t forget to visit their newly remodeled website at www.rtours.com.

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Executive Director Chat

By Jo Mixon

The 52nd Legislature of the state of New Mexico, 60 day Session, convened in Santa Fe, on January 20, 2015. As your representative of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce (and because I find it helpful and interesting) I spend many hours reading and researching bills and legislation. I attend the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association for a three day legislative conference, listening to secretaries of state and deciding, with other state chamber executives, which bills and budget requests we as the collective chambers of commerces and our thousands of business members, will back or oppose at legislation. I work closely with our Board of Directors in making our final decision.

This year at NMCEA conference, we were honored to hear from Keith Gardner, Chief of Staff Office of Governor Susana Martinez; Secretary Jon Barela, NM Economic Development Department; Cabinet Secretary Tom Clifford, NM Department of Finance and Administration; Secretary Brent Earnest, NM Human Services Department; Secretary Hannah Skandera, NM Public Education Department; Secretary Rebecca Latham, NM Tourism Department; and Secretary Tom Church, Department of NM Transportation.

Plus Steve Maestas, NAI Maestas & Ward gave a presentation on the “Closing Fund” (LEDA), Quinn Lopez, Vice President & General Counsel of NM Mutual, discussed Worker’s Compensation, and David Buchholtz, Rodney Law Firm, led a discussion on “Right-to-Work”.

During the remainder of the 60 day session Angel Fire will be well represented. Michael Turri, Chamber President; Rogers Lanon, Chamber Past President/Angel Fire Village Councilor; Michael Dean, Chamber Board Director; Johnese Turri, Chamber Ambassador Team Leader; Mayor Barbara Cottam; Mayor Pro-Tem Chuck Howe, Village Councilor Brinn Colenda; Village Manager, Rick Tafoya; Jimmy Linton, Visitor Center/Tourism Manager and myself are scheduled to attend various different activities, receptions, and conferences. (Please note, anyone who wants to get involved is always welcome to join us!)

I thought I would share the following. It is a bit lengthy but if you are interested, it is “the short version” of how a bill becomes law. During legislative session, I receive the daily Albuquerque Chamber Legislative Round-up. This is their easy to understand explanation:

THERE ARE COMMITTEES AND THEN THERE ARE COMMITTEES – AND HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW, THE SHORT VERSION

Standing And Interim Committees

Which is which and what are they for? While the Legislature is in session, committees are appointed to consider the bills introduced and recommend whether they should be passed, passed as amended, do not pass or be laid on the table. Both the House and Senate have standing committees that are generally organized around subject matters. For example, the House Business and Employment and the Senate Corporations committees handle legislation related to business practices and are closely monitored by the Chamber.

When the Legislature is not in session, that period of time is referred to as the interim. Joint interim committees, consisting of both House and Senate members, are appointed for two fundamental purposes: first, to oversee operations of government agencies and, second, to consider issues that may require legislation in the next session and to sponsor such legislation. Interim committees have more time to consider issues than do standing committees that are flooded with legislative proposals while the Legislature is in session.

Standing Committees – Policy and Fiscal

Since we are in a legislative session, let’s look a little more closely at the standing committees. Essentially, there are two kinds: policy and fiscal. Bills usually are referred to at least two committees and frequently three.

Policy committees deal with the substance of what’s being proposed. For example, let’s say there’s a bill introduced in the House seeking to require stricter regulation of horse drawn buggies and the State Police are being directed to enforce the new regulations. The policy questions are whether horse drawn buggies need stricter regulation and whether the State Police is the proper enforcement agency. The fiscal questions are how much is it going to cost, is the cost worth it and how does that expenditure stack up against other needs in the state.

Expect this bill to get referred to at least one policy committee (let’s say the committee dealing with business matters) and the fiscal committee (in the House, that’s House Appropriations and Finance and in the Senate, Senate Finance). However, since we’re dealing with horses, the committee that deals with agriculture also wants to examine the bill. So, this bill gets three committee referrals. (If the bill had no fiscal impact, it wouldn’t be referred to a fiscal committee). In the House, the Speaker determines to which committees a bill is referred. In the Senate, the Majority Floor Leader makes the assignments.

Committees At Work

Generally speaking, legislative committees do the heavy lifting. In the committees, bills are examined in detail and attempts are made to resolve problems or to find a middle ground among all the parties that are interested in the bill, often with some parties in support and others in opposition.

Before A Bill Is Heard

Before a bill is actually heard in a committee, different staffs analyze the bill. The Legislative Finance Committee staff looks at the fiscal impact and issues a “Fiscal Impact Report” or (FIR). Committee and partisan staffs analyze the bill. State agencies and lobbyists examine the bill. Committee members are “lobbied” on the bill, each interest expressing its support or opposition, and perhaps, offering amendments to make the bill acceptable to them.

Set For Hearing

At last, the bill is “set” for hearing on a certain date. Each committee produces an agenda identifying which bills are to be considered that day. The order in which the bills are heard may be different than the way they’re listed on the agenda. The sponsor of the legislation (Representative or Senator) “puts the bill on,” i.e. explains the bill to the committee. Often one or more expert witnesses accompany the sponsor and may present testimony or answer questions.

Hearing From All Parties

After the sponsor has presented, depending on the Committee Chair’s method of operating, questions from committee members may ensue or the Chair may ask whether there is any support or opposition to the bill. Lobbyists and citizens attending the hearing will then raise their hands and the Chair will call on them. If there are many wishing to testify, the Chair may limit the number speaking for or against in the interest of time.
Committee decision

After all the points of view have been heard and questions of the committee members answered, the sponsor may conclude testimony. The chair will then ask what is the pleasure of the committee. At this point a motion is made to pass, to amend, to do not pass or to lie on the table.

Amendments

If amendments are proposed (and the sponsor may propose amendments to his or her own bill), then the amendments are dealt with first. Each amendment is voted on separately by either voice or roll call vote. The committee secretary is responsible for recording votes and keeping track of amendments considered.

The Legislative Council Service must draft amendments so they are presented in the correct form. If an amendment is adopted that is not available in the correct form, the sponsor of the bill will agree to have the amendment prepared correctly, thus ensuring that the bill is properly amended before being considered by the next committee or the legislative body itself.

Final Action

Once all amendments are considered and acted upon, the bill is ready for final consideration. A member of the committee will then make a motion and the motion is then voted upon either by voice or roll call vote. Sometimes, bills are “held over” until a subsequent hearing in order to allow time for the sponsor to meet with interested parties to see if problems can be resolved. Also, fiscal committees may hold bills until the budget picture becomes clear.

On The Floor

If the bill survives the gauntlet of committees, it is then considered on the floor of the house in which it originates where it can pass as amended (assuming there were amendments), be further amended or defeated. Our horse drawn buggy regulation bill has passed all three committees with no amendments and has been passed by the House.

Off To Committees Again

When the Senate receives our bill, it is referred to three committees, and it is amended in a Senate Committee but reaches the floor of the Senate.

To The Senate

The Senate has the same options as the House. They can pass the bill as now amended, add further amendments or defeat the bill. The Senate simply passes our bill as amended. Whew, now the Governor can sign it into law, right?

Not So Fast

Before the Governor can receive a bill from the Legislature, both houses must agree on identically the same bill. Our bill was amended in the Senate, so the version the House approved is not the same as the Senate approved – back to the House.

Concurrence In Amendments

The House is now asked whether it agrees with the Senate version of the bill. If it does, it is said to have concurred in amendments. If it refuses to concur, the bill is sent back to the Senate, which can either withdraw its amendments or notify the house that a “conference committee” needs to be appointed to work out the differences.

Our bill gets concurrence in amendments and is off to the Governor for her decision to sign or veto (please Governor, sign it, we really need to crack down on these horse drawn buggies).

And, that’s the short version of what committees do and how a bill works its way through the legislative process to the Governor’s desk.

Business After Hours – Elk Horn Lodge

elk-horn-lodgeBusiness after hours are great networking opportunities to meet and greet, mix and mingle.

When: Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Elk Horn Lodge – 3377 Mountain View Blvd.

Meet at the Elk Horn Lodge and be treated to a free 15 minute sleigh ride! Rides will be from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm, sponsored by Roadrunner Tours. Then come inside by the fire and meet Cowboy Chef Baden. Enjoy appetizers, hot chocolate, or a glass of wine. Hear what new things are in store for the Elk Horn Lodge this year!

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

AT&T Phone & Data Issues

michael-turriA letter from the President of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce concerning the current AT&T phone and data issues.

Dear AT&T,

My name is Michael Turri and as president of the Angel Fire, NM Chamber of Commerce, I am reaching out to whoever might be able to effect a change in Angel Fire. Speaking for the AT&T customers, both residents and businesses here AND for the thousands of AT&T tourists we see here every year, we would like to petition AT&T to establish a true AT&T network in Angel Fire. As it stands now, this area is OFF NETWORK for data usage, which means we are all capped in the amount of data we can use. We see this as a serious economic handicap for our area. Angel Fire is a popular summer and winter resort town. Tourists come to Angel Fire expecting unrestricted access to their accounts, only to find their data shut down because they too are now in an OFF NETWORK area. This puts Angel Fire at an economic disadvantage as just around the mountain from us are other resort towns where there is AT&T coverage. That point could well mean that potential tourist dollars go there as opposed to staying here. Angel Fire small businesses find themselves at a disadvantage when in a mobile environment as they too have limited access to their data plans when not able to be on a WIFI network. I / we would love to hear from someone to see if a dialogue could be started to see how this request for service could be turned into actual AT&T service. Thank you for your time and attention to this and we look forward to hearing from someone SOON.
Michael Turri

PS: for those reading this article who would like to see this change happen, please contact AT&T customer support to voice your concern.

Their corporate phone number is 210-821-4105.

New Staff Member!

layna-harveyWelcome Layna Harvey – Newest member of our staff at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

Amy and I are pleased to add another member to our staff, in the office, at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.
Layna Harvey has accepted the position of Membership Director. She will be working closely with membership retention, signing on new members and ensuring the Member Directory and brochures are up to date. She will be working part-time, as she still runs her own business, Angel Flowers by Layna.

She and her husband J.D. moved to Angel Fire a little over a year ago when he took a position with the Angel Fire Police Department. Prior to that, Layna worked fourteen years as a school Nurse in the Lewisville School District in Texas.

We are extremely happy to welcome her to our team!

Please Take Note:

1. The I Know Jo series will start again in February. Slots are filling fast. If you are a member and would like to be spotlighted in one of our stories for 2015, please email me at manager@angelfirechamber.org.

2. If you would like to host a Business After Hours this year please email manager@angelfirechamber.org to get on the schedule. We schedule one BAH per month, January thru May. May thru August we schedule them every 2 weeks if there are enough businesses interested in hosting.
We have openings beginning in April.

3. We would like to start signing up the Cash Mobsters for 2015. Any member can sign up to be “mobbed”. You do not have to be a member to sign up as a “mobster”. Call the Chamber at 575-377-6353 to sign up or for more information on how you can become a Chamber Mobster. Look for the mob to start in April.

4. If you have events and would like us to add them to our events calendar, please email them to manager@angelfirechamber.org.

5. All of our business members enjoy the benefit of 12 eBlast ads per year (one per month). As a premium member, you get 24 eBlast ads. (2 per month). Our golden members have unlimited eBlast ads per year.

This is “free” advertising, please consider taking advantage of your ads this year. The weekly Chamber eBlast goes out once a week to over 7000 subscribed people. It is opened an average of 35% to 48% per Blast. It is also posted on our Face Book page where it is viewed by anyone opening our page. That could be from 300 to 3000 or more viewers per Blast.

All you need to do is send your ad in jpeg format (it cannot be a pdf) to manager@angelfirechamber.org. Advertise your specials, your events, your job openings or anything important happening at your business.

The deadline for an ad to be in the eBlast is Friday at noon. It will then be added to the Monday eBlast. No exceptions.

6. If you are a member in good standing and would like information on how to become a Chamber Ambassador, please call the office at 575-377-6353.

Shop Local Winner!

diane-winnerAnd the winner is… Diane Peterson!

We would like to express our sincere appreciation for all those who joined in our SHOP LOCAL CAMPAIGN for the entire month of December. It was a great success. People brought us receipts from Access Media/ Gallery Gift Shop, AF Snowpushers, Alpine Garden & Gifts, Alpine Lumber, Angel Fire Mini Mart, Blue Dawg Furniture, Enchanted Circle Pottery, Elements @ Angel Fire Resort Country Club, H2 Uptown, Hatcha’s of Angel Fire, High Country, Kokopelli Property Management, Lowe’s Valley Market, Mountain Sports of Angel Fire, RBS True Value, Sweet Shirt Shop, Taos Lifestyle, The Candy Store, The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort, The Pub ‘n grub, The Trailhead, and Zebs Restaurant & Bar. What that means is, each receipt turned into our drawing was at least $50.00 spent in these local establishments or for services used in Angel Fire! There were up to 10 receipts from various people, for some of these businesses.

On New Year’s Eve we drew two winners from the receipts turned into us. The winner of $100.00 was Diane Peterson and the winner of $50.00 was Carol Rupp. Ask these ladies and I bet they will tell you “It pays to shop local!” Actually when Kathleen Crissman was turning in her receipts, she told me, “I purchased ALL of my Christmas gifts from local merchants this year!” Awesome ain’t it! What a great way to start 2015, please continue to shop local, eat local, and use local services!

Angel Fire Photos 2014

Were you spotted in 2014? If not, we hope to spot you in 2015!

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We love our skier!

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Photo courtesy of Stuart Hamilton copyright 2013.