December 19, 2014

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.

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Jo Knows SNOW, SNOW & MORE SNOW!

snow-03Angel Fire received 29 inches of fresh powdered snow on the summit on November 17, 2014 and 18 inches here in the Village. This is a great start to our winter ski season! It really makes us want to go outside and play!

The slopes open on December 12, 2014 so make your plans to be here. Until then enjoy a few snow photos!

Our Winter Playground!

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Photos courtesy of Lisa Sutton, Michael and Johnese Turri, Jeri Lyn Salazar, Jo Mixon, Dorothy Gammel, Jamie and Nathaniel Bear, and Michael Johnstone.

A Bah Humbug Christmas Dinner Party

dinner-partyJoin us at the Pub n’ Grub for a Bah Humbug Christmas Dinner Party! Tickets are now on sale at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce office or by calling 575-377-6353. There are only 80 tickets available so purchase early!

When: Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Where: Pub n’ Grub – 52 North Angel Fire Road, Angel Fire, NM

Cost: $30 Per Person

Cocktails and silent auction start at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm.

Menu Choices

Salad – A bed of mixed greens, goat cheese, baked walnuts and Christmas cranberries topped with a balsamic dressing.

Entree – Grilled petite rib eye steak or pan seared chicken breast with a rosemary cream sauce served with whipped Yukon gold potatoes and green beans.

Desert – Gingerbread cake topped with a mound of fresh snow white whipped cream.

Happy Thanksgiving!

turkeyHappy Thanksgiving from the Board of Directors and the Staff of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce!

The holidays begin this week. Please remember to SHOP LOCAL. This season, SHOP SMALL will be recognized all over the state of New Mexico as New Mexicans are asked to shop at local small businesses. Our local small businesses are the live blood to our economic well-being. Angel Fire has many small businesses that can meet your needs. Retail stores, specialty gift shops, artists, restaurants, grocery stores, and more. In the next few weeks there will also be many opportunities to support your local non-profits at their Thanksgiving Dinners, Christmas Parties and Silent Auctions. Share your holiday spirit and pass it around. While you’re out there spending money locally, supporting our community, smile and take a minute to say thank-you to the business owners and their employees. Without their tireless efforts, the Moreno Valley would be a lot less desirable place to live.

If you have questions, the Angel Fire Chamber is the best place to find member business information. Stop by the office at 3407 Mountain View Blvd. in Centro Plaza or give us a call at 575-377-6353.

Do you have Fed-Ex or UPS parcels to send during the holidays? Both of these pick-up daily at the Chamber. Simply box your item, have it prepaid and labeled and drop it off before noon. Our normal hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will be closed November 27 and 28 for Thanksgiving.

Chamber Newsletter, Events & Updates

SnowcoatBy Jo Mixon, Executive Director, Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

SNOW… it’s what’s in the forecast! Excitement is in the air as we head into the winter season. Wax up your skis and boards, pull out your winter gear and plan to be skiing/snowboarding down the mountain at the Angel Fire Resort on Opening Day, December 12, 2014!

Mark your November and December calendars because you don’t want to miss any of these upcoming activities and events:

Thursday, November 6 – Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the First National Bank Community Room. This BAH is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Angel Fire. Come enjoy networking, food, fun and door prizes.

Tuesday, November 18 – Quarterly Chamber Membership Breakfast Meeting from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the foyer of Centro Plaza by the Chamber office. All Chamber members are invited to join us for free breakfast burritos and coffee and a quick informative meeting. Welcome speaker Don Bustos from SBDC-Luna College. His talk is entitled “Show me the Money”.

Friday, November 21 – Deadline for Holiday Lighting Contest Entries

There are two categories: Business and Residential.Awards for each category will be 1st Place, judged by area judges, People’s Choice, judged by you! Judging will take place from Wednesday December 3 and Monday December 8. The winners will be announced at December 8 at the BAH to be held at Sunset Grille.

Saturday, November 22 – Enchanted Christmas Tree Auction and Dance

The Rotary Club of Angel Fire is co-sponsoring with the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle this night of enchantment at the Grande. 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, dance to the music of the Damn Band and place your bids for fully decorated Christmas trees that will benefit various area non-profit organizations.

Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Dinner at Elements, Enjoy a special Thanksgiving feast from 11:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Elements at the Country Club. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Please call 575-377-3055.

Saturday, November 29 – Calling All Flakes Festival, Help call in another great snow season! Everyone is invited to this event now run by Team Angel Fire Ski & Snowboard. This event will be held on the land behind Village Hall starting at dusk. There will also be a team sponsored ski swap on the same day, location to be announced soon.

Tuesday, December 2 – Garden Club of Angel Fire Christmas Dinner, ask a member for details.

Monday, December 8 – Chamber of Commerce Holiday Business after Hours at the Sunset Grille from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Welcome the winter season with Holiday spirit. Food, drinks, networking and door prizes. Join us as we announce the winners to the Holiday Decorating Contest.

Friday, December 12 – Opening Day of the Winter Season First day to ski or snowboard for the winter season!

Friday, December 12 – Moreno Valley Toy Run and Rotary Christmas Dinner- Held at Zebs Restaurant & Bar Dinner 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, advance tickets $30.00 per single or $50.00 per couple. Ticket includes dinner, Auction, and Dance admission. Silent auction from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. $10.00 at the door or bring a new toy valued $10.00 or more. Dance starts at 9:00 pm with music by The Damn Band. Door prizes from 7:00 pm to close.

Monday December 15 – Chamber of Commerce Christmas Dinner and Silent Auction at The Pub n’grub from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
Join us for our largest fund raiser of the year. Tickets in advance $30.00 per person. Awesome silent auction items, delicious dinner by Chef Jarred Johnson.

Friday, December 19 – Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours Holiday Bash at The Trailhead- 5:30 pm to TBD. Party in the ski and snowboard season with live music, food, drinks, and door prizes.

Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, Bundle up the family and join us at the base of the ski mountain for our annual Torchlight Parade followed by Fireworks. And keep an eye out – Santa & Mrs. Claus have been known to join in the festivities! Thanks to the Village of Angel Fire and Angel Fire Resort for sponsoring this fun event.

If I’ve forgotten an event or it’s not yet posted, bookmark www.angelfirechamber.org and follow our Calendar of Events! If you are not yet a member of the Chamber of Commerce, consider joining. We’d love for you to be a part of this awesome group of area businesses and individuals!

Let the holidays begin!

Holiday Lighting Contest 2014

holiday-lighting-contestEnter NOW! Deadline for your entry is Friday, November 21, 2014

The Holiday Lighting Contest offers two categories in which you may enter. The business category and the residential category. Within these two categories, two trophies will be awarded 1st Place and People’s Choice. The cost to enter this contest is $25.00 for the business category and $10.00 for the residential category. Start now to plan your winning design. The deadline for entries is set for Friday November 21, 2014 but you don’t have to have your decorations up until Tuesday December 2nd.

Business Category – $25.00

Residential Category – $10.00

Lights must be up by December 2, 2014.

Judging that will take place between Wednesday, December 3, 2014 and Monday, December 8, 2014.

The location of all entries will be placed onto a map. These map handouts will be ready for distribution at the Angel Fire Chamber office on December 3, 2014. Judges will be randomly chosen from around the Enchanted Circle communities. EVERYONE is invited to judge the People’s Choice in both categories. For judging, the map handout will have a ballot for you to fill out. You will be asked to travel all over the Angel Fire area enjoying the beautiful decorations and then cast your vote for the ones you like the best. Make it a traditional family outing!

Then bring your ballots to the Angel Fire Chamber or send them electronically to manager@angelfirechamber.org.

One ballot per person/family is eligible for the vote.

The winner’s will be announced at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours on Tuesday December 9, 2014, to be held at the Sunset Grille. We invite everyone to get involved! Whether you are in Angel Fire, Black Lake, Taos Pines, a permanent or part time resident enter your home, enter your business, or even enter your organization (this would be considered a business).

Once again the deadline for entry is Friday November 21, 2014, judging begins December 3, 2014. Be prepared, enter the contest and light up for the holidays!

Welcome Amy Newkirk!

amy-newkirkJoin us in welcoming Amy Newkirk to the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce!

After having been out of the workplace for almost two years as a stay at home Mom, we were pleased that she has accepted the position as Executive Administrative Assistant. Amy is married with two daughters. She and husband, Tommy, Angel Fire Firefighter/Paramedic, moved to Clayton for one year, but quickly decided Angel Fire really is their home!

Chamber News, Invites & Updates

newsletter-01By Jo Mixon, Executive Director

Last year at this time we were preparing for the first annual Holiday Lighting Contest sponsored by the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce and the Village Angel Fire Proud Committee. They have done an excellent job to insure the streets and businesses of Angel Fire are lit-up and festive during our holiday season. Once again we are asking everyone to participate by decorating your homes and businesses. The way we are situated in the Moreno Valley, our village is transformed into an amazing “snow globe” scene with the glistening snow and mountains as the backdrop. Not only are our guests pleased, but those of us who call this valley our home, enjoy the holiday spirit!

The Chamber again wants to add a little incentive. Who doesn’t like a friendly competition? The Holiday Lighting Contest offers two categories in which you may enter. The business category and the residential category. Within these two categories, three trophies will be awarded 1st Place, 2nd Place and People’s Choice. The cost to enter this contest is $25.00 for the business category and $10.00 for the residential category. Start now to plan your winning design. The deadline for entries is set for Friday November 21, 2014 but you don’t have to have your decorations up until Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Judging that will take place between Wednesday, December 3rd and Monday, December 8, 2014.

The location of all entries will be placed onto a map. These map handouts will be ready for distribution at the Angel Fire Chamber office on December 3rd. Judges will be randomly chosen from around the Enchanted Circle communities. EVERYONE is invited to judge the People’s Choice in both categories. For judging, the map handout will have a ballot for you to fill out. You will be asked to travel all over the Angel Fire area enjoying the beautiful decorations and then cast your vote for the ones you like the best. Make it a traditional family outing! Then bring your ballots to the Angel Fire Chamber or send them electronically to manager@angelfirechamber.org. One ballot per person/family is eligible for the vote.

The winner’s will be announced at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, to be held at the Sunset Grille. We invite everyone to get involved! Whether you are in Angel Fire, Black Lake, Taos Pines, a permanent or part time resident enter your home, enter your business, or even enter your organization (this would be considered a business). Once again the deadline for entry is Friday, November 21, 2014, judging begins Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Be prepared, enter the contest and Light-Up for the holidays!

We are also really excited about the new events coming to Angel Fire and those coming back to Angel Fire. The first annual Oktoberfest was a fun and different event that promises to get bigger and better every year. In February, be prepared to get involved with the four day Angel Fire Winter Carnival. Snow sculpture contests, shovel races, music venues, dummy races, and a snowman garden are just a few of the activities planned. Start now planning your float for the Mardi Gras Parade. Watch our calendars for all of the continuing annual events, plus be sure to get involved with the new events scheduled for next year. A few are: Memorial Day week-end we are holding a Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Father’s Day week-end, Balloons Over Angel Fire will once again grace our skies and the first week-end of August, be prepared for the first annual tamale cook-off, Habla Tamale. The entire community is being asked to pitch in and be part of these events. Please consider helping out. We need your expertise! It is going to take a lot of planning and preparation for these events to be successful. Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! There will be something for everyone at all of these events. Food booths, music stages, kid zones, arts and craft booths and much more. But most of all coming together as a community to boost the economy of Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley and have lots of fun! For more information or questions about how you can volunteer, call Jo at 575-377-6353.

Also if you haven’t noticed, the leaves are changing all over the valley and in the canyons. If you are not in Angel Fire now, you should be! Fall is definitely arrived and we have the beauty to prove it!

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