February 8, 2016

2016 Village Council Forum/Debate

chamber-logoThe Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the 2016 Village Council Candidate Forum on Thursday February 25, 2016, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Angel Fire Community Center. And we are once again asking for your support. Each candidate will be asked, in random order, 10 questions. These questions will be composed from the questions you want answered. What are the most pressing issues you are concerned about in Angel Fire?

Please send your questions to manager@angelfirechamber.org, no later than Thursday February 9, 2016. All of the questions received will then go before the forum committe, chaired by Chamber President, Wende Woolley. This committee will place the top 10 most asked questions onto the forum agenda.

These individuals filed their candicacy for 2016 Angel Fire Municipal election to be held on March 1, 2016 and have all been invited to participate in this forum.

(in alphabetical order)

Brinn Colenda
Leonard “Bubba” Davis
Bill Humbert
Steve Larson

This will be the only forum conducted this year. Both Mayor and Judge positions are unopposed.

Thank you,

Jo Mixon, Executive Director
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

NMCEA Legislative Conference 2016

meetingI am back in the office (for a few days) after having attended the NMCEA Legislative Conference, New Mexico Chamber Executives Association, last week in Santa Fe and am pleased to tell you that I was seated on the executive board of this state organization while there. The Angel Fire Chamber has a been member of the organization for over 5 years. I will serve as a board member for three years and on the executive board as the secretary/treasurer for 2016. The conference was packed full of meetings and information. We spent all day last Tues. at the roundhouse. Governor Martinez met with us first to explain what is on her call for this short session and why she is asking for certain budget monies, and discussed several bills she would like to see passed.

The three governmental focus items this session are on Public Safety, Economic Development, and Education. The agenda then provided us an hour with each of the following cabinet members:

  • Mr. Scott Darnell, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor on the subject of 2016 NM Legislative initiatives.
    (He also introduced us to his staff and allowed each if them to detail the work they do on various issues)
  • Cabinet Secretary Mr. Tom Clifford, Finance and Administration Department
  • Cabinet Secretary Mr. Jon Barela, Economic Development Department
  • Cabinet Secretary Mr. Gregory Fouratt, Public Safety Department

The following day we met with:

  • Cabinet Secretary Ms. Monique Jacobson, Children, Youth and Families Department
  • Cabinet Secretary Ms. Hanna Skandera, Public Education Department
  • Cabinet Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron, Higher Education Department

All members of NMCEA in attendance spent the rest of our time discussing what we believed were important points each of our own chambers would support or oppose as a group, on the NMCEA Legislative card. I sent the narrative that was drafted and the card that will be given to the Governor, the House, and the Senate as representative of all of the combined Chambers of New Mexico and the businesses we represent, to our board of directors so they could read and comment. They were charged with supporting or opposing by last Saturday morning.(As the Governor told us the NMCEA is a powerful voice at legislation.)

The card is a short version = support or oppose of budget requests and the list of introduced bills. The narrative is a longer explanation of the card. (If you, as a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce would like me to email these to you, please let me know.)

To read bills in their entirety go to http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/bill_locator.aspx?year=16.

For a List of New Mexico Legislators go to http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/districts.aspx.

Angel Fire’s House Representative is Nick Salazar and our Senator is Pete Campos.

2016 52nd Legislative Session Dates:
December 15, 2015 – January 15, 2016
Legislation may be pre-filed
January 19 Opening day (noon) February 3
February 18 Session ends (noon)
March 9 Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed
May 18 Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date

Thanks & let me know if you have questions,

Jo Mixon, Executive Director
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
575-377-6353
manager@angelfirechamber.org

Eight Annual Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance & BBQ

boot-scootinMusic by the Rifters. Adults are $25. Youth ages 7-18 are $15. Children 6 and under are free.

Tickets are available at Angel Fire Visitor Center, Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce or RBS.

When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Please call 575-377-3332 for additional information.

Sponsored by Holy Angels Mission Church

January 2016 Chamber News

thank-youJanuary is the time of year we say thank you to the four Gold Member Businesses of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. These businesses, Alpine Lumber Company, Angel Fire Mini Mart, Angel Fire Resort, and Lowe’s Valley Market, are extremely significant in keeping the doors open to our tiny rural Chamber, and therefore benefitting all of our business members in and around the Moreno Valley. Their contributions are greatly appreciated!

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The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce opened its doors with a Certificate of Incorporation in January 1982 as the Angel Fire Resort Association. Our founding fathers are Ronald B. May, Eunice “Betts” Loving, Bert Clemens, David Ambrose, Jeanine Neal, Herbert Koffler, and Ray Lisk. These seven people, with the help of the owners of the Angel Resort started collecting a Resort Fee from the membership. In 1986, then President of the Board, Don Borgeson, went to the state of New Mexico to secure future permission for the fees that would help the Chamber financially and would add value to any business member who wanted to step up their membership. The Chamber’s name was changed shortly after that to the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce and the 1/2 percent Resort Fee is now known as the Chamber Fee. Premium and Gold Memberships were added to the Chamber’s choices of membership levels. The levels of Chamber memberships are Standard ($250.00 per yr.), Non-Profit ($200.00 per yr.), Premium ($200.00 per yr.) and Indivdual ($75.00 per yr.).

As a Premium Member, a business elects to the voluntary collection of 1/2 percent of their gross sales. The member collects this 1/2 percent from its customers and then pays the 1/2 percent to the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce on a monthly basis. (Note: 1/2% of $100.00 is 50 cents.) This fee is used along with chamber membership dues to finance the operations of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce in promoting it’s members and the Angel Fire area. We also call it a Pass Thru Fee because the member doesn’t pay, their customer does and it passes to the chamber. With the Premium level yearly membership dues are less and each Premium member has the opportunity to list up to three business. This is a savings of $550.00 per year to that business owner. When a businesses Customer Fees to the Chamber reach $2500.00 per year or more, that business automatically becomes a Gold Member and their yearly membership dues are reimbursed. What this means is the business receives all of the benefits of Gold Membership, Free! Plus they may have unlimited business listings. It is a win-win system for both the chamber and the Gold Member and we are ever grateful for the chamber fees they send us!

We have fifteen premium memberships: Angel Fire Homes Property Management, Angel Fire Rentals (ReMax), Angel Flowers by Layna, Brenda’s Property Management, Cafe Expresso, H2 Uptown, Kokopelli Property Management, Laguna Vista Lodge, Historic Restaurant & Saloon, North Country Property Management, Ski Tech, Snowball Lodge, The Bakery & Cafe @ Angel Fire, The Trailhead, Village Ski Shop & Rentals, and Winter Sports. And we have the four mentioned premium turned Gold Members: Alpine Lumber Company, Angel Fire Mini Mart, Angel Fire Resort, and Lowe’s Valley Market. We say thank you for the extra help!

All four of our Gold Members have been members of the Angel Fire Chamber since 1982! Some have changed hands throughout the years and the new owners have faithfully continued what the previous owners started. We say thank you for your years of support and thank you for your continued support!

And to all of our members, at each level of membership, we say thank you for your support! May 2016 be a successful year fo all of us!

Jo Mixon
Executive Director

Business After Hours Summer Series

We are now taking applications for 2016 Business After Hours Summer Series!

Dates available are:

  • May 12
  • May 26
  • June 9
  • June 23
  • July 7
  • July 21
  • August 4
  • August 18
  • September 1

If you would like to host a business after hours this year, please email Jo at manager@angelfirechamber.org to secure the date. These are first come first serve.

We are also setting up time slots for 2016 “I Know Jo” stories. If you would like to have your business featured, please email Jo at the above email address.

2nd Annual Shop Local Chamber Receipt Contest Winner

shop-local-winnerAnd the winner is… John Sutton! Congratulations! Thanks for shopping local!

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 once again a great success. People brought us receipts totaling $6,502.89 from AF Snowpushers, Alpine Garden & Gifts, Alpine Lumber, Angel Fire Mini Mart, Blue Dawg Furniture, Cottams, Enchanted Circle Pottery, Angel Fire Resort, H2 Uptown, Hail’s Holy Smoked, High Country, Jennifer Cavan, Lowe’s Valley Market, Mountain Sports of Angel Fire, RBS True Value, Ski Tech, Sunset Grille, Sweet Shirt Shop, Taos Lifestyle, The Candy Store, The Pub ‘n grub, The Trailhead, Winter Sports, and Zebs Restaurant & Bar. What that means is, each receipt turned into our drawing was money spent in local establishments or for services used in Angel Fire!

On New Year’s Eve we drew for a winner from the receipts turned into us. The winner of $100.00 was John Sutton. Ask John and I bet he will tell you “It pays to shop local!”. Awesome ain’t it! What a great way to start 2016, please continue to shop local, eat local, and use local services!

2015: A Year In Photos

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Christmas Dinner 2015

santa-clausOur Christmas Dinner was so much fun! The theme “Santa’s Surprise” was a fun hearted participatory, Who Dun It, mystery called “Murder by Decoration”. Chamber Board members were called to the back room, dressed as various Christmas-themed character suspects, and given a brief script idea in about 10 minutes time. None of them knew about the skit prior to that moment! They did an incredible job and most of their dialogue was ad-libbed.

They walked out in character and worked the room explaining why they were not guilty of this heinous crime against Santa, the once jolly old elf, all the while pointing blame at one another. The audience’s job was to figure out the guilty party. Almost 100 people were in attendance… only three successfully got it right. These were Linda Trujillo, Bill Humbert, and Mike Gilcrease. Good job detectives! The laughter was infectious!

The full cast as they learned of their mission.

  • Michael Dean: Santa
  • Rogers Lanon: Angelicia Angel (wannabe reindeer)
  • Jennifer Fitch: Buttons the Elf on the Shelf
  • Michael Turri: Mrs. Clause
  • Jo Mixon: Playwrite/Director
  • Brenda Johnson: Delilah the Diva Decorator
  • John Hail: Icy the Snowman
  • Wende Woolley: Rudolph
  • Donna Klassen: Sugar Plum Christmas Fairy

Photos courtesy of Ellen Goins/Sangre de Cristo Chronicle.

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Shop Small… Shop Local!

shop-small-shop-localThe Chamber is sponsoring this program again, after it’s success last year. It will be ongoing for the entire month of December. We want to encourage everyone to shop locally. Any receipt verifying you have spent at least $50.00 at a local business, qualifies you for the drawings. We encourage you to shop all businesses and services. Retail stores, restaurants, groceries, gas, snow plow services, chimney, carpet, or house cleaning, automotive, flowers, ski or snowboard rentals, artwork, horseback riding, snow mobile tours, etc. etc. are all local businesses. Bring your receipts into the Chamber office. All member and non-member businesses within Angel Fire qualify. We ask you to Shop Local and boost our economy. Plus if you shop at or use the services of any Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce member business outside of Angel Fire, you can enter those receipts into the drawings as well. For a complete listing of Chamber members visit our web page at www.angelfirechamber.org.

Normally we send out one eBlast per week. As a rule we don’t send out stand alone ads. But to better promote this Shop Local program, we are excited to announce that for the remainder of December that is going to change! One member per day will get an individual eBlast until December 31. There are 17 slots available. If you are a Chamber member reading this and you’d like to be advertised in an individual eBlast, please send your ad to manager@angelfirechamber.org. It must be in jpeg format, not pdf. These slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis, so get your ads in as quickly as possible.

Now go spend money, then bring us your receipts! Happy Holidays & Happy Shopping Local!

Scavenger Hunt Winner

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Last Saturday, November 28, the Chamber ran its first ever Shop Local Saturday Scavenger Hunt in Angel Fire. Fifteen local businesses participated. The rules were very simple, but the clues were not. Five people played the game and the youngest contestant, Hannah Johnson, with her Grandmother Shelley Larson as navigator, was the Grand Prize Winner! Together they successfully deciphered all fifteen directional clues, getting them to the correct businesses, completed the tasks once they arrived and made it back to the Chamber before the other contestants. They even brought in the correct answer to the bonus clue, finding a tiny birdhouse on the outside of Zebs.

“I just spent one of the most wonderful days of my life with my granddaughter Hannah on a treasure hunt through town looking for nothing more than the next adventure…. Life is soooo good in Angel Fire, New Mexico…. And she won every event category … even the bonus tiny house (the bird house) at Zebs… Unfortunately I did not get pictures at Mountain Sports of Angel Fire, Expresso Cafe, or The Candy Store in Angel Fire.” said Shelley Larson after the hunt was over.

Linda Ford said, “This was so nice for me, it caused me to get out in town and meet people I didn’t know and I found some great bargains. It was really fun!”

We are continuing the Shop Local Shop Small Contest that we ran last December to encourage everyone to shop local. Anytime you spend at least $50.00 (on each receipt) at a local business, whether they are Angel Fire Chamber members or not, bring your receipt(s) into the Chamber to be eligible for a cash drawing on December 31 at 11:00 am. This includes dinner, gas, merchandise, etc. etc. etc. Plus, due to time constraints and hard clues, we chose to run the scavenger hunt with only businesses inside the village limits, so to be fair to our outer members, if you shop at any of our rural Angel Fire Chamber member locations or those Angel Fire Chamber members in other towns you get a bonus point. Ready set….SHOP LOCAL!

Congratulations again to Hannah! Good job. And thank you to all the businesses who participated in our scavenger hunt! Thanks to Mountain Sports and Zebs for donating prizes….all of them went to Hannah!