October 22, 2014

Holiday Lighting Contest 2014

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

Business Category – $25.00

Residential Category – $10.00

Lights must be up by December 2, 2014.

Judging will be from December 3 to December 8, 2014.

Winners will be announced at the Business after Hours at the Sunset Grille on December 9, 2014.

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!





Office Space For Rent

$500.00 Per Month

Utilities Included

Conference Room Privileges

Available Now

See Jo at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce for more information.

3407 Mountain View Bouelvard
Centro Plaza

Angel Fire T-Shirts

af-tshirt-01Now Available For Purchase!

Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, 3407 Mountain View Boulevard

Both adult and children’s sizes.

Also available are books, postcards, posters, flyers.

Original artwork and canvas photographs by Chamber member artists.


Sticks & Stones Custom Building Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

sticks-stonesBy Jo Mixon

Bob Kawalski & Harry Tush, Sticks & Stones Custom Building LLC

After sixteen successful years doing business in Angel Fire, Sticks & Stones is creating a new division to their company. The spotlight and concentration will be bathroom and kitchen remodels and upgrades. Harry Tush will be in charge of the new division and also assuming the reigns of the company. He has been with Sticks and Stones as “overall superintendent” for fifteen years. Bob said “Harry is an extension of me. He has always called the shots in my absence, and is the essence of Sticks & Stones”. Speaking with them both, I was told, this new division to the company is a first for Angel Fire. Bathroom and kitchen remodels by a long term company with experienced crews will be a great addition to their business and to the community. Bob and Harry were proud to tell me that the employees have longevity with the company. Many of them have worked with Sticks & Stones for seven to eight years. They also wanted me to assure everyone, they are not losing focus of their custom home building/remodeling divisions, just branching out into new areas of expertise.

Sticks & Stones Custom Builders does not sub-contract their work out to other contractors. They keep it all in house. From framing to stucco to cabinets to tile to roofing and finish work, they do it all. Marie Kowalski, Interior Designer AISD, of All About Design, works with Sticks & Stones clients to ensure, from the very beginning, that their custom design ideas are brought into reality.

Bob and Marie came to Angel Fire on vacation in 1996. They fell in love the second they came over the pass, saw the enticing beauty of the Moreno Valley, and made it their home. Harry had the same experience when he came to visit a friend. He knew as soon as he arrived, this would be his home. He went back to Virginia, packed up his boys and moved. As soon as he moved to Angel Fire, he went to work with Bob.

Sticks and Stones invites you to come and see them in their new location at 3400 Mountain View Blvd, Mini Mart Plaza. Also in the new office, Kelly Haukebo will have a satellite real estate branch for New Mexico Mountain Properties. Sticks & Stones is proud to be a member of the Angel Fire community and their record of customer service.



Business After Hours – Title Services, Inc.

bah-title-servicesCelebrate 50 years doing business in New Mexico with Title Services, Inc.

When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Resort @ Chiantis Pizzeria

Appetizers, Networking, Door Prizes, 1 Drink Ticket Then Cash Bar

Just A Few Thoughts On The Seasons Of Angel Fire

seasons-01By Jo Mixon, Executive Director, Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Once the Labor Day week-end has ended, summer is almost complete. Autumn is around the corner and winter is coming. The economic well-being of living and working in this amazing resort village in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, revolve a lot around the seasons. Each one of them having merit. All of them in some way or another involving outdoor activities, nature at its best, and the “culture steeped in adventure” of the northern New Mexico.

While the temperatures soar into the hundreds in neighboring states, summer here is cool and comfortable. It beacons to you to come out and play. Golf, mountain biking, endurance biking, an abundance of trails to hike, horseback riding, fishing, zip lining, or simply relaxing in the fresh air, are just a few of the summer activities to choose on a daily basis. And it is very normal to see families of deer, herds of elk, or maybe a bear while you’re out and about.

When the crispness of autumn fills the air, the entire valley transforms into brilliant arrays of oranges, yellows, and reds as the leaves change. Everyday it’s different. Every day another artistic canvas to invigorate your senses. Most of the outdoor summer activities are still an option, just bring a sweater or rain jacket along.

The snows begin and everyone prepares with great expectation for winter to hurriedly arrive. (The slopes open December 12!) Our economy comes alive when tourists, vacationers, and second home owners fill the village to enjoy our winter wonderland. I have looked out of my office window numerous times smiling and thinking, I live in a beautiful snow globe! Whether you prefer skiing, snowboarding, cross country, tubing, sledding, building snow castles, snowshoe hikes, hunting (in season) or a moonlit horse drawn sleigh ride, you can experience it all and more here in Angel Fire.

Then along comes spring welcoming new life. The snow begins its melt, trees and flowers blossom, baby animals of all varieties are spotted, and as with the other seasons, nature calls us still to come outside and play. Reading a book, eating a meal, painting a picture, or capturing it with your camera all seem to be more fun when experienced outside in the mountains.

Sometimes it is a struggle to earn a living and to maintain a business in a place that depends upon these four seasons to bring the bulk of our business. We don’t always have the best cell or internet reception. And our mail may take a little longer to get over the mountain. But the privilege of living and playing in this magnificent playground, being able to wake up to fresh air accompanied by views that are always breath taking, and belonging to a community of people and businesses who truly care about each other and this valley, is something never to be taken for granted.

As a tourist, whatever season you prefer, come fall in love with Angel Fire. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your business. Enjoy our many seasons, events, festivals, and hospitality. Leave your heart and keep coming back. Our businesses depend upon each other and you. Or better yet, move your business and family and put down roots. Become a permanent part of our community. To coin a phrase- We’ll leave the lights on for you!



New Mexico Chamber Executive’s Association Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

membersBy Jo Mixon

Chamber Executives From All Over the State of New Mexico

I believe being a member of the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association (NMCEA) is one of the most important affiliations I have made, not only for our chamber, but for myself as well. NMCEA is an organization of chamber executives from across the state, working together to improve the business climate in New Mexico, while developing ways to enhance the quality of life in the communities that we represent. NMCEA provides leadership for chamber employees through its networks and resources. We learn about ways to strengthen our professional development. Our member chambers represent more than 10,000 businesses throughout the state. We meet twice a year for Conferences. The winter conference is always in Albuquerque, hosted by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. The summer conference is moveable. We are invited to visit various places all around the state. In January, during Legislation, we meet again in Santa Fe. Plus, on a daily basis, 365 days per year, the members of this group are just emails and phone calls away, joining expertise together with helpful advice and camaraderie.

Last week I traded our mountain for another, to attend the 2014 NMCEA Summer Conference, hosted by the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce, in Ruidoso. Opening night at conference is fun greeting friends and associates I see only a few times per year and meeting new ones. But it quickly turns serious, as we get to business. Our time is short, so it is always tightly filled with speakers and round tables and workshops. The topics vary and are designed around important information to help equip us with tools to better serve our members. We also keep abreast of what is happening at state level that will have an impact on our businesses. Since the chamber is a voice for your business and we are such a small community, this contact is extremely important for us in Angel Fire.

Last year the NMCEA awarded me a full scholarship to attend the Institute for Organizational Management (IOM). Since 1921, IOM has been the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities. Institute has educated hundreds of thousands of past, current, and future nonprofit leaders from across the country, making it one of the oldest and most highly regarded adult education programs in nonprofit management. I am eternally grateful to NMECA for granting me this scholarship and for my Board of Directors for making the four year commitment for me to continue this education.

State Farm Insurance Wanda Lucero Agency Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

state-farm-01By Jo Mixon

Wanda Lucero

After my visit with long time Chamber member Wanda Lucero, State Farm Insurance Agency in Taos, I walked away believing her true passion is in the personalized service she provides for her clientele. She says that her clients are more like family. People she really cares about. She loves her job because it doesn’t feel like work. Instead it’s an opportunity to spend her day helping people be prepared for and recover through life events. Since 1982, she has insured parents and their children who are also now the parents! She and her employees are in the business of service.

I learned there are three industries within State Farm and it is much more than just auto insurance. They offer Life Insurance and Annuities, Health Insurance, Disability Insurance, Homeowner, Condo, and Renters Insurance, Business Insurance, Auto Insurance including Sports and Leisure, and a full line of Mutual Funds, Retirement Plans, IRAs, Educational Savings Plans and Banking. I really had no idea State Farm has all of these products.

Wanda is well known and trusted in her field of expertise. I went with her on an assessment for a damage claim and saw first hand the connection she has with her clients. She personally inspects every home she insures, including those in Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley.

Locally born and raised, she is also very passionate about the community. She serves on the Boards of the Taos Community Foundation and Taos Entrepreneurial Network. She is an active member of the Association of Commerce and Industry, the Taos Chamber of Commerce and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

Her third passion, but probably the first, is her family. She is the very proud mother of two daughters, a son and two granddaughters. Her face lights up when she speaks about them!

Visit Wanda Lucero Agency, State Farm Insurance.

211 Kit Carson Rd
Taos, NM