January 30, 2015

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!





















We love our skier!


Photo courtesy of Stuart Hamilton copyright 2013.

Habla Tamale Festival 2015

eat-tamalesSign up now to help. We could use your assistance!

Call 575-377-6353 or email manager@angelfirechamber.org for more information.

Get involved!

Recycle Angel Fire

recycle-afPlease let your family, friends, and guests know that any RED dumpster throughout Angel Fire is available for public use.

We also deeply encourage everyone to recycle. The Village RECYCLE PARK is located on Highway 434 next door to the municipal offices. Look for the large scrolling sign. There are recycle bins for plastic, glass, aluminum, and cardboard.

Please take the tiny bit of extra time it takes to sort your recyclables from your trash and place them in the proper bins.

Special thanks go out to the Village of Angel Fire, the employees at the Transfer Station and the Sustainability Committee for the time and effort they put forth to provide these earth saving cost efficient measures for us!

Thanks For The Support!

af-comThank you for supporting the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce in 2014.

Once again our Christmas Dinner/Silent Auction was great fun. We want to thank all of these participants for their generous contributions to its success!

  • 24/7 Automotive Performance
  • Access/Media Gallery Gifts
  • Angel Fire Appraisers
  • Angel Flowers by Layna
  • Alpine Lumber
  • Angel Fire Resort
  • Tweeti & Linn Blancett
  • Blue Dawg Furniture
  • Body Mechanics: Kathy Dunbar
  • Cooking Studio of Taos
  • Dean Douglass
  • Enchanted Circle Pottery
  • Mike & Rita Larson
  • Shelley Larson: The Pub n’grub
  • Mountain Sports of Angel Fire
  • RBS True Value
  • Roadrunner Tours
  • Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce
  • Studio 434
  • The Retreat of Angel Fire
  • Dorothy Thrasher
  • Michael Turri
  • Wende Woolley Photography
  • Wildflower Bed & Breakfast
  • Winter Sports

Also, thank you to the musicians Ry Taylor and Jesse Martinez and all behind the scenes help and support from Mike Liddle, Michael and Johnese Turri, Dorothy and Ted Thrasher, Dominic Serna, D.J. Geoffroy, and Amy Newkirk.


We want to thank everyone who is participating in our December Shop Local Shop Small Program. Hopefully is has brought an awareness of our goal at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce to encourage you to Shop Local. Continue to spend at least $50.00 at any local business then bring your receipts into the Chamber office for eligibility in one of two drawings. The drawings will take place this Wednesday, New Year’s Eve, at 11:00 am. Look for the winners to be announced on our Facebook page and in next week’s Chamber eBlast Newsletter. But please don’t stop shopping local because the contest ends!

When we support our local businesses, we support ourselves. Shopping local enhances our economic well-being and supports our tax base. Yes, tourism benefits all of us bringing in the valued out of area financial boost, but locals shopping local, eating local, using local services and enjoying the recreational benefits of our valley, helps build the distinct character of our awesome alpine village. And added together, our small independently owned local businesses are the largest employer in our village. They provide the most jobs to our residents and they are the livelihood of our existence. Thank you for supporting them all!

We include many businesses in the entire Enchanted Circle as ‘local’, as we have many loyal Chamber members in Eagle Nest, Red River, Taos, Cimarron, and Mora. I suggest you visit www.angelfirechamber.org for the complete list.

This season and throughout the New Year, shop local first. Support our non-profit organizations and invest in our community. Think Local, Buy Local, Be Local.

Thank you,

Jo Mixon, Executive Director
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

P.S. – We are looking forward to several new and many returning events for 2015. Everyone is invited to help! Volunteers are needed for every event and in all capacities. Haven’t yet signed up to serve on an Habla Tamale committee? Are ready to commit? It’s time! Please call the office at 575-377-6353, we need you!

Merry Christmas From The Chamber

shop-localMerry Christmas from the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff!

Holiday Hours

The Chamber offices will be closed December 24, December 25, and January 1.

The Shop Local Program will continue throughout the entire month of December. Shop till you drop then bring the receipts into the Chamber office!

Shop Small… Shop Local!

shop-small-localJo Mixon, Executive Director, Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Being a member of the Chamber of Commerce means joining a network of kindred spirits. This network of businesses who make up Chamber memberships are reputable and in good standing with the communities they serve. Membership gives a business credence. In Angel Fire, we would like to boast 100% membership of our businesses, but we are not quite there yet.

The Board of Directors at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce has taken into consideration all of the expenses a brand new start-up business incurs and has voted unanimously to offer a New Business Package to all new businesses in our area, for membership into the Chamber. As a new business you will be able to join the Chamber FREE for the first 60 days. After which time, the remainder of your yearly membership will be pro-rated. Allow us to advertise you free of charge, get your name out into the community, join the networking possibilities with a Chamber ribbon cutting, or sign up for an “I Know Jo” story.

Our Board of Directors also voted unanimously to add a membership payment plan for existing businesses who become standard members of the Chamber. This will allow you to join on a semi-annual or quarterly payment basis. Your business will leave a credit card on file to charged on the dates your semi-annual or quarterly payments are due throughout the year. We are believing this break will add another dimension for our membership. And in addition, if you already have a standard membership with the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, upon your renewal date, we will offer you the same payment plans.

Also, as an incentive for locals to shop local, the entire month of December, the Chamber will be running a SHOP LOCAL, SHOP SMALL incentive program. If your receipt totals at least $50.00 or more and you have shopped at or used the services of ANY Angel Fire business, (both members and non-members) or a business outside of Angel Fire who IS a current member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, bring your receipt to the Chamber office at 3407 Mountain View Blvd.
in Centro Plaza to be entered into one of two New Year’s Eve drawings. For a complete listing of Chamber member businesses both in Angel Fire and in the surrounding communities, visit www.angelfirechamber.org. Our member businesses will meet most any of your needs! If you are not yet a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, but would like to become a part of this dynamic group of businesses, please stop by our office for an application, we’ll welcome you aboard!

Our mission statement is to strengthen the local economy through the promotion, support, and encouragement of positive business growth and to represent our membership in community affairs. We invite you to become a part of something very positive!

December 2014 – Shop any business in Angel Fire or a business located outside of Angel Fire who is an Angel Fire Chamber member, spend $50 or more, bring your receipts to the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce office at 3407 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire, NM to be entered into one of two New Year’s Eve drawings.

For a complete listing of Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce members click here.

Moreno Valley Carpet Cleaning Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

mv-carpet-01By Jo Mixon

Larry Layden & Jo Mixon

We were extremely excited last week to see Larry Layden and Scott Morrison of Moreno Valley Carpet Cleaning walk in the door at the Chamber. This meant we would soon be the recipients of fresh smelling, strikingly clean carpets. And we were not disappointed!

They brought in a relatively small machine to tackle this big job. Moreno Valley Carpet Cleaning uses a state-of-the-art RotoVac machine. It has two electric rotors that clean inward in circular motion towards each other. Unlike most other carpet cleaning machines that run in a forward motion to put water and cleanser down, then must be pulled backward to suck the water back out.
The RotoVac machine’s action releases water and cleanser as it scrubs, then quickly removes it from your carpet all at the same time. It completes 400 passes per minute as opposed to a conventional machine’s 40 passes per minute. We were able to continue our work as Larry cleaned around us. The carpets were sparkly clean in less than two hours and we didn’t have to wait to walk on them. They were dry almost as soon as he finished. And good riddance to all the dirt he pulled out of our carpet!

Larry guarantees you’ll get the best job within 100 miles of Angel Fire and his prices are very reasonable. He said, “If you call me to clean your carpets, I am generally there the next day. I am a consumer too, so I try to exceed your expectations.”

In 1999, after a career in Air Traffic Control, Larry and Jo Ann Layden decided to move full time to Black Lake, next to her family ranch. Larry says he’s not so good at retirement. To stay busy he worked various jobs over the next few years. In 2009, while working for Four Seasons Property Management, Kathy told him a carpet cleaning service was needed here in the Valley. Being service oriented, Larry did some research and soon started Moreno Valley Carpet Cleaning. He now has clients from Angel Fire to Red River, both residential and commercial. He cleans carpets and upholstery, no job too big or too small.

Larry and Jo Ann also stay busy with their eight children, thirteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He has served actively on the Holy Angels Catholic Church Building Committee and is happy to see the building almost completed.

When your carpets or upholstery are in need of some Tender Loving Care, call Moreno Valley Carpet Cleaning at 575-377-2743.