January 22, 2017

53rd Legislative Session

Dr. Jennifer Fitch (Vice Chairman/Incoming Chairman 2017 of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce) and I spent the first part of last week with twenty other members of the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association (NMCEA) being briefed from Governor Susanna Martinez’s top-tiered staff, on the state of various state departments and their respective legislative priorities. The NMCEA is an organization of chamber executives from across the state who work together to improve the business climate in New Mexico while developing ways to enhance the quality of life in the communities we each represent.

The briefing was part of a two-day Annual Legislative Conference. This conference is held to bring chamber executives together to discuss their own legislative focuses and create a comprehensive legislative agenda reflecting efforts in such areas as public safety, education, economic development and the state’s budget.

“To truly have an impact on the business environment statewide, it’s valuable for us to come together to talk about the important issues facing our individual communities,” said Terri Cole, President and CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. “We have chamber execs here from Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Angel Fire, Los Alamos Gallup, and many, many others. We know that our communities are not isolated, they impact one another greatly so its key for us to have a discussion around these issues together.”

Speakers included Cabinet and Deputy-Cabinet Secretaries from the departments of Education, Children, Youth and Families, Economic Development, Public Safety, Tourism, Finance and Administration, and the Governor’s Legislative Director. The conference wrapped up with an NMCEA Board meeting on Weds., then concluded with a two hour meeting at the round house with the Governor on Friday.

The 53rd Legislative Session begins on January 17, 2017 and concludes on March 18, 2017.

Left to right: Scott Weaver, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, Barbara Brazil, Deputy Secretary of the Economic Development Department, Rebecca Latham, Secretary of the Tourism Department, Hanna Skandera, Secretary of the Public Education Department, Monique Jacobson, Secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department and Jeremiah Ritchie, Legislative Director for Governor Martinez.

Discovering Local Treasures

Save the Date Matey

Join us for our annual membership meeting and get caught up with all that is happening at the Chamber. The meeting will include a delicious dinner, live music, and audience participation pirating!

Pirate theme dress is encouraged but not mandatory. Arrrgghh! More information to follow in next week’s blast.

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
Annual Membership Meeting Dinner Banquet
February 2, 2017

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

2016: A Year In Photos

Here’s to making more memories in 2017!

Photos courtesy of Jo Mixon, the Angel Fire Resort, Janet Sailor, Rotary Club of Angel Fire, Kelly Johnson, Eagle Nest PTA, MVHA, Music from Angel Fire, Linda Hughes, Lisa Sanchez, Jamie Bear, Lauren Dean, Laguna Vista, Garden Club of Angel Fire, Friends of Eagle Nest Lake, Katie Goodwin, Virginia Mattingly, Trini Bradley, Diane Peterson & Keith Richards.

Photos courtesy of Jo Mixon, the Angel Fire Resort, Janet Sailor, John and Wendy Hail, Vincent Thome, Black Lake Social Club, Wende Woolley, Michael Turri, Dominic Serna, Art Up Northern New Mexico, Veterans Healing & Wellness Center, Moreno Valley Trekkers, United Church of Angel Fire, Larry and Julie McKelvey & Kari Jaramillo

12 Days Of Christmas Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations Charles Wilson!

We at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce would like to express our sincere appreciation for all those who joined in our 12 Days of Christmas Countdown Raffle. It was much more fun and successful than we had imagined from the onset.

Thank you to everyone in the community and elsewhere who bought over 530 raffle tickets and thank you to all of the businesses who donated the awesome gifts we had the honor to give away. The smiles and laughter we encountered on a daily basis was priceless!

It is always fun to play the role of Santa! We had a lot of fun broadcasting the drawings live for 12 days, too. Thank you to everyone who participated in the drawings and in our live mannequin challenge.

Thank you to Mike Woolley and ReMax Mountain Realty for donating the grand prize of $500.00 cash. For a listing of all the sponsors, the gifts they donated and the winners please visit our facebook page at our Angel Fire Chamber Facebook page.

The success of this raffle paved the way for us to add it as an Annual Event, so look forward to it in 2017!

New Chamber Members!

Help us welcome three new board members to the Chamber and let us introduce you:


Catherine Moon – Moon Real Estate

From the beginning, Catherine was all about commerce. Her doll house was remodeled into a store. Starting with the bubble gum machine she got for Christmas…she sold all the bubble gum from the machine to her friends. Alas, her parents stopped that, so she sold the cartoons she drew during science class. After that came a stint at Conde Nast in NY in the marketing department of Mademoiselle Magazine. Then she moved to California where she spent 25 years in partnership of some very popular San Francisco Bay Area bars and restaurants plus at the same time, she and her husband Doyle owned vineyards in Napa Valley and a cutting horse training facility in Petaluma, CA.

After retiring, they moved to Angel Fire in 2003. But Catherine’s retirement was brief. She decided to go into real estate where you can find her in the offices of ReMax Mountain Realty.

Johnese Turri – Angel Fire Garden Club

Four years ago, Johnese and her husband, Michael, were able to realize their dream of moving full time to Angel Fire. She brought her passion and commitment for community involvement with her.

Johnese is currently president of the Angel Fire Garden Club, and serving on the boards of the Moreno Valley High School Foundation, Shuter Library and Art Up Northern New Mexico and serves on the Angel Fire Proud committee. Working with Jo Mixon, she helped to develop the Ambassador program to the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

She enjoys being out doors and loves all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer in Angel Fire. She also finds ways to incorporate that outdoor beauty into her varied arts and craft projects.

Her real love is spending time with her family, especially her 4 grandsons and new granddaughter!

P. Daniel Serna – Land and Home Services, LLC

Daniel is a New Mexican native, born and raised in Grants NM. His father’s family is from Mora, NM and his mother’s family is from Seboyeta, NM. He studied business and carpentry, at New Mexico State and CNM in Albuquerque, after which he worked odd jobs for many years. He was with Walmart for seven years, a grocery store manager for a while and then he joined the Carpenters Union and went into Commercial Construction.

About five years ago Daniel moved to Angel Fire to help his cousin Dominic in the restaurant and catering at Hatcha’s Grill of Angel Fire. They expanded with the purchase of Cafe Expresso and then opened H2 Uptown. In 2015 they decided to down size the restaurant business and go another direction. Together they started Land and Home Services, a business that features handyman services of all types, yard work, and snow plowing.

To downsize, they closed the original Hatches of Angel Fire location. Then in October 2016 sold Cafe Expresso to family members and it has become Hatches Cafe. H2 Uptown remaining as their premiere restaurant. Along with Land and Home Services, they stay busy.

Daniel is very active in the community, loves the outdoors and spending time with family, friends and Daisy (his golden lab dog).

2017 Chamber Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Secretary of the Board: Brenda Johnson/
Brenda Johnson Property Management
Vice Chairman of the Board, 2018 Chair Elect:
Dr. Jennifer Fitch/Angel Fire Chiropractic
Director: Johnese Turri, Angel Fire Garden Club
Treasurer of the Board: Nita Jones/FNB New Mexico
Chairman of the Board: John Hail Jr./
Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue & more
Director: P. Daniel Serna/Land and Home Services, LLC
Director: Catherine Moon/ Moon Real Estate
Past Chairman: Michael Dean/ Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails

Chamber Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

coffeeJoin us in the foyer of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy burritos and coffee at our final quarterly membership meeting of 2016. The 2017 new Chamber Board of Directors will be sworn-in. Please join us to meet and welcome your new directors and to say thank you and goodbye to those whose terms have come to an end.

When: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am


We will seat 3 new board members:

Cathe Moon, ReMax Mountain Realty


Daniel Serna, Land & Home Services


Johnese Turri, Garden Club of Angel Fire


Simply Stunning Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

simply-stunning-logoBy Jo Mixon

Jo & Kara Follin, Simply Stunning Owner

Simply Stunning is a newly opened women’s boutique in Angel Fire, New Mexico named purposely to sound expensive. But you will be pleasantly surprised to find it really isn’t. Kara Follin, owner/operator told me, “I have wanted to open a store in Angel Fire for many years. One that would cater to locals, as well as visitors, with affordable clothing.” She saw the opportunity to obtain a great location, when Studio 434 moved to Centro Plaza and decided now is the time.

In store clothing sizes range from small to 3x, for ages 12 to 112. You’ll find unique apparel of shirts, skirts, dresses, outerwear, winter fleece lined leggings, winter boots, designer hats, gloves and socks, jewelry (including silver, turquoise, and semi-precious stones) and accessories fill the rooms. There is something for every girl on your list!

Simply Stunning will feature monthly sales and specials. Open year round, store hours are Thursday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Monday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. When the slopes open store hours will change to 7 days a week: Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Kara is a native New Mexican and has owned businesses since she was 13 years old. While she was living in Denver, her mom opened a store in Eagle Nest, so she moved back to help her out. On November 5, 2000, she and now husband Kurtis, met at the Lucky Shoe. He had recently moved to Angel Fire to work at the Resort. During their discussion they realized they had been living only one mile from one another in Denver, for years. It took them moving to the Moreno Valley to meet and fall in love. Sixteen years and 3 kids later, this has become home! They are excited about the new business venture and are looking forward to becoming more active in the Angel Fire community.

Stop in and shop at Simply Stunning, 11 Halo Pines Terrace, Angel Fire, NM 87710.





















12 Days Of Christmas Chamber Raffle

chamber-logoNew, fun, lots of prizes! We are currently collecting prizes for our 12 Days of Christmas raffle. If you would like to contribute, please call 575-377-6353 to donate. Each gift must have a min. value of $50.00. We would like certificates for dining, merchandise, or services rendered, gift baskets, vacations, etc.

Tickets go on sale November 14, 2016 and 78 prizes will be awarded!

How does it work?

The drawings will begin on Dec. 12, 2016. On the first day, (called the 12th Day of Christmas) we will draw 12 names. Each of these 12 people will win a prize. Every prize has the value of at less $50.00. Sweet!

On the following day (the 11th Day of Christmas) we will draw 11 names. Each person will win a prize.

The next day (the 10th Day of Christmas) we will draw 10 winners. This will continue daily as we count down the days: 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 5, 3 ,2 until we get to the 1st Day of Christmas which will be held on Dec. 23, 2016. on that day one name will be drawn and one extremely lucky person will win $500.00 cash!

So far we have gathered prizes such as massages, free snow plowing for your home, a variety of gift certificates from restaurants, automotive service certificates, several ski helmets, columbia fleece jackets, Red River ski passes, certificates for acupuncture, 2 $100. coin sets, chiropractic adjustments and dental care, plus a 3 night stay at San Sebastian in Santa Fe. We will have a list of all the prizes printed out and displayed and who has generously donated each one of them when the raffle tickets go on sale November 14, 2016. Raffle tickets will be $10.00 each or 3 for $20.00. There will be a total of 78 prizes given away. And every one of these 78 prizes will be worth more than $50.00 each.

Merry Christmas! Join in the fun with us!


Tickets are now on sale for the 12 Days of Christmas Chamber Raffle!

1 for $10.00 ** 3 for $20.00

Tickets will be on sale from now until December 9, 2016.

Drawings will be held daily to award great prizes beginning December 12, 2016. 78 prizes will be awarded!

On December 12, 2016, 12 raffles tickets will be drawn. Each of the 12 ticket holders will receive a prize that is worth at least $50.00.

On December 13, 2016, 11 tickets will be drawn. Each of the 11 ticket holders will receive a gift that is worth at least $50.00.

On December 14, 2016, 10 tickets will be drawn. Each of the ticket holders will receive a gift that is worth at least $50.00.

And so on and so on , each day as we count down to. One Grand Prize of $500.00 Cash that will be drawn on December 23, 2016.

Purchase your tickets at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, 3407 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire, NM 87710.

12 Days of Christmas Gifts & Sponsors:

ReMax Mountain Realty
Mike Woolley & ReMax agents
Cash Prize

Kokopelli Property Management
Charlie, Diane & Ryan Goodman
3-Night Stay at Casa Sebastian property in Santa Fe, NM
5 bedrooms, 4 baths, comfortably sleeps 10 people
Complete with game room and theater room
Value $1500.00

the remaining are listed in alphabetical order:

24/7 Automotive Performance
Oil Change, Labor & Inspection
Value up to $90.00
$100.00 towards labor on any car repair
Total Value $190.00

Access Media
Janet Sailor
Wheeler Peak Art Print
16″ x 20″ / Matted on foamboard
ready to frame
Value $50.00

Afforable Auto of Angel Fire
Phil Brooks
Oil change & Tire rotation
Value $75.00

Alpine Gifts
Judy Feiffer
Gift Certificate
Value $50.00

Alpine Lumber
Orca Igloo Cooler
Value $270.00

Angel Fire Appraisers
Jeff & Samantha Weeks
$50.00 Gift Certificate to
Zebs Restaurant & Bar

Angel Fire Chiropractic
Dr. Jennifer Fitch
Consult with adjustment
3 packages given
Value $65.00 each

Angel Fire Chiropractic
Dr. Jennifer Fitch
Consult with 5 laser treatments
3 packages given
Value $85.00 each

Angel Fire Family Dentistry
Hygiene Appointment
includes teeth cleaning & x-rays
Value $263.00

Angel Fire Family Dentistry
Dental Examination
Includes Exam & full series of x-rays
Value $276.00

Angel Fire Hot Tub
Matt & Corrina Hodge
Drain, clean, fill and chemical analysis on your hot tub
Value $135.00

Angel Fire Resort
Two 1-Day Ski Lift Tickets
Value: $180.00

Angel Fire Resort
Two 1-Day Bike Lift Tickets
Value: $88.00

Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital
Dr. Susan Gaffney
Teeth Cleaning for cat or dog
Value $150.00

Angel Fired Pizza
Cat Adams
Gift Certificate

Antlers Crossing Cabins
Foxx & Donna Guinn
2 Night Cabin Stay
at your choice of locations
Eagle Nest, NM
or Ruidoso, NM
Value $350.00

Big Rocks Excavation
Josh Camp
Visa Gift Card

Blue Dawg Furniture
Jeanette Sanchez
Lavendar Gift Box
Value 60.00

Body Mechanics
Kathy Dunbar
(1) 1 hour Massage
Value 70.00

Cottams of Angel Fire
Laurie Anderson
Gift Certificate
Value $50.00

Jessica Credeur
(12) 1-hour Swedish Massages
Value $80.00 each

Enchanted Circle Brewing
Steve & Shelley Larson
(3) Gift Certificates to
The Porkbelly Deli
Value $50.00 each

Enchanted Circle Pottery
Kevin & Jo DeKeuster
(2) Gift Certificates
Value $50.00 each

FNB New Mexico
Nita Jones
(2) Complete Coin Sets
Value $100.00 each

Garden Club of Angel Fire
Handmade Holiday Wreath
Value $50.00

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails
3 night stay at a cabin in the
Elliott Barker Girl Scout Camp
Cabin sleeps 6 to 8 people
Value $300.00

Hail’s Holy Smoked Bar-B-Que & more
John & Wendy Hail
Family of 4 combo Meal
Value $50.00+

Hail’s Holy Smoked Bar-B-Que & more
John & Wendy Hail
Christmas Spiral Ham
Value $50.00

Hail’s Holy Smoked Bar-B-Que & more
John & Wendy Hail
Christmas Whole Smoked Turkey Breast
Value $85.00

H2 Uptown
Dominc Serna
Gift Certificate
Value $75.00

Land & Home Services
Daniel Serna
Snow Plow
Value $60.00

Lisa Sutton Real Estate
Visa Gift Card
Value $50.00

Monte Verde Realty
Stan Harrell
Gift Certificate to Hatch’s Cafe
Value $50.00

Monte Verde RV Park/Melody Costa:
2 sets of Handmade Origamy Earrings
Value $50.00

Monte Verde RV Park/ Melody Costa:
Handmade Origamy Necklace & Bracelet
Value $115.00

Moore Excavation
Kyle & Cindy Moore
(2) Snow Plow Certificates
Value $ 65.00 each

Mountain Sports of Angel Fire
Brent & Tammy Dunn
Giro Ski Helmet Adult Small
Value $85.00
Giro Ski Helmet Youth Small
Value $65.00
Ride Helmet with Audio Ladies
Value $100.00
Ride Gonza Park Helmet
Bike or Ski
Value $85.00
2 gun/ Colt M-4 A-1 2 Airsoft Kit
Value $56.00
Columbia mens Winter Fleece
Value $65.00
Ladies Columbia Winter Fleece
Value $65.00
(2) Fishing SHirts mens Medium
Value $110.00

Om Asian Kitchen
Bryan Burns & Rachael Ayers
Gift Certificate
Value $50.00

Red River Ski & Snowboard Area
(1) 1 Day Ski Lft Ticket
Value $73.00

Studio 434
Annie Lindsey
Hair Cut and Deep Conditioning

Cheyenne & Ray Renfroe
Art Piece
Value $50.00 +

Roadrunner Tours
Nancy Burch
(2) Sleigh Rides for 4
Value $180.00 each

SS Rocks Y Mas
Robert Serna
(2) Snow Plows
Value $65.00 each

Kimberly Eppler
Gift Basket
Value $50.00

Simply Stunning
Kara Follin
Gift Certificate
Value $75.00

Shall We Dance
Diane Peterson
Gift Basket
Value: $75.00

Shuter Library
(2 ) Gift Baskets
Value: $50.00 to $75.00 each

Ski Tech
Mary Harms
Two Full Tunes for Skis or Snowboards
Value $98.00

Taos Lifestyle
Mary Domito
Gift Certificate
Value $50.00

The Bakery & Cafe @ Angel Fire
Stan Samuels
Gift Certificate
Value $50.00

Trails End Ranch
Karen Smith
Visa Gift Card
Value $50.00

Trailhead Bike & Ski Shop
Stan Samuels
Gift Certificate
Value $50.00

Tri-Points Acupunture
Dr. Susan Tripodi
Acupunture Consult/treatment
Value $85.00

Turquoise Angel Sewing Center
Claudette Maitland
Two Handsewn Throw Pillows
Value $110.00

Washington Federal
Russ Coyle
Visa Gift Card
Value $50.00

Wende Woolley Photography
Epic Arts 2- Frame Set
Value 60.00

Wildflower Bed & Breakfast
Henrik & Lone Krarup
Gift Certificate to
Hail’s Holy Smoked & more
Value $50.00

Winter Sports
Herb Koffler
Two Full Tunes for Skis or Snowboards
Value $98.00

Zebs Restaurant & Bar
Sam & Caroline Macias
Gift Certificate
Value $50.00

Buy your raffle tickets now! Be a winner!

* You must be at least 21 years old to purchase raffle tickets
* You do not have to be present to win
* You do not have to live in Angel Fire to purchase raffle tickets
* You do not have to be an Angel Fire Chamber member to participate
* Angel Fire Chamber Board of Directors and staff will be allowed to purchase raffle tickets
* If you win and do not live in Angel Fire, you will be responsible for all mailing costs of the prizes you win

Trails End Ranch Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

trails-end-ranch-01By Jo Mixon

Owner Karen Smith at Trails End Ranch

“We always wanted to be out west,” Karen told me as she gazed serenely out the window onto the breathtaking 360 degree mountainscape views before us. They had put over 800 miles on their vehicle, traveling Colorado, but when they stepped upon this land in northern New Mexico and fell in love. It was far enough from town to be private, surrounded by mountains and meadows, so not at all desolate. It even had a pond. This was it, home away from home and the building began!

Sitting on 9 acres in Black Lake, New Mexico, Trail’s End Ranch was completed in 2001. They built a 2,800 sq. ft. luxury home, a 500 sq. ft bunkhouse (complete with a John Wayne campfire cook-out area for family breakfasts/barbecues, with a fire pit, a grill, picnic tables and a swing.) and a barn. They came as often as they could bringing family and friends, even horses, to enjoy their mountain paradise.

Now as a single person, Karen recently spent the better part of a year at the ranch recovering from chemotherapy. It became her place for renewal, both physically and spiritually. “This is a healing place.” she said, “And because of that, I have come to the conclusion it is far too incredible not to share. It’s a place that yearns for people, it is a happy place! And it is time to have fun, laugh and enjoy more!” That being said, she is now sharing this fabulous ranch with others.

Karen envisions spiritual retreats, girls weekend getaways, bachelorette parties, weddings, reunions, corporate retreats, workshop gatherings of all types, groups of golfers and groups of skiers filling Trails End Ranch. Those who book a stay at the ranch can bring their own horses, 4 wheelers and ATV’s or rent them. Situated approximately 6 miles from Angel Fire, it is close enough to the amazing amenities of the Angel Fire Resort for skiing and snowboarding in the winter and golf or mountain biking in the summer. Trails End Ranch sleeps 18 comfortably with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms plus a steam room for two. It has a 2 oven kitchen, 2 great rooms, 2 fireplaces, comfy over-sized furniture, flat screen tv”s and an indoor exercise room.

The ranch is only 2 miles from where Lonesome Dove was filmed and day trips all around the Enchanted Circle will provide a plethora of fun, dining, and shopping experiences where people can enjoy all of the culture and adventure Northern New Mexico has to offer. Don’t want to leave the house? Then just stay on the ranch, surrounded by beauty and tranquility while rocking on the porch, watching the wildlife down in the meadows. Or fill your days with hiking, fishing and exploring. No matter what you choose, Trails End Ranch will rejuvenate your soul.

Karen, who lives full time in Arkansas has owned two retail businesses, a day spa and yoga studio for women. She tries to spend a few months at Trails End Ranch every year, but is willing to rent the ranch for an entire summer. For more information, give her a call @ 501-627-4823 or visit her website here.

Photos courtesy of Vincent Thome and Karen Smith.
















End of the Trail sculpture by James Earle Fraser for which this incredible Ranch is named. Come rest your bones and refresh your spirit at Trails End Ranch in Black Lake/Angel Fire, New Mexico.



Angel Fire Community Tree Lighting Ceremony

treeCaroling, a visit from Santa Claus, children’s crafts, performers, hot chocolate and much more!

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Frontier Park & Angel Fire Visitors Center