August 2, 2015

Business After Hours – Angel Fire Chiropractic

af-chiro-logoNetworking, food, drink, and door prizes. You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to attend!

When: Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: 34 Sage Lane, Angel Fire, NM

Thank you Dr. Jennifer Fitch for inviting us into your business!

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New Mexico True Tourism Tour

nm-tourAngel Fire Chamber of Commerce President of the Board, Wende Woolley and Governor Susana Martinez

Last week Governor Susana Martinez came to Angel Fire with New Mexico Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Rebecca Latham, on the New Mexico True Tourism Tour. Her purpose for this tour is to announce, with great joy, that tourism visits to the State of New Mexico have reached record numbers…. for the third year in a row! She is visiting areas in the state to let us know the New Mexico True Campaign is a reality. Over 1/2 million more people visited New Mexico in 2013 than ever before. And in 2014, thirty-two.seven million visitors chose to vacation in New Mexico! These visitors have a tremendously positive economic impact on our state. Job growth within the tourism and hospitality areas have seen an 8.4% increase. That is equal to 2,200 new jobs since 2010.

My grandson comes to visit me every summer (Camp Memaw) in Angel Fire. He and I have conducted our own, very unscientific, tourism survey for the past six years. It starts when I pick him up at the airport in Albuquerque. We play a game by counting all of the out of state license plates we see for the entire time he is visiting. The first few years we would count 10, maybe 15 out of state license plates. But since the New Mexico True Campaign was rolled out three years ago, things began to change! The numbers began to double during his visits. This year when I put him back on the airplane to leave New Mexico, we had documented 49 out of state license plates and three other countries!

We are proud to be a part of the New Mexico True Campaign and to join together with the rest of our state in one voice, inviting the world to visit. We are one indeed one of a kind! Angel Fire is a big part of what our state has to offer visitors! Adventure steeped in culture, right here in our scenic mountain home. We welcome everyone to come on up the mountain and see for yourselves, the beauty that is Angel Fire.

Video Courtesy of Janet Sailor

Habla Tamale Cookoff & Festival

habla-tamaleTamale Cookoff, Tamale Tasting, Tamale Eating Contest

When: Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire, NM

Habla Tamale means Speak Tamale. We speak tamale in New Mexico! In fact we speak so much Tamale in New Mexico that everyone and their dog boasts that they cook the absolute best Tamales in the entire state! Well we decided to give you the venue to prove it! And this year it is happening in Angel Fire on Saturday August 8. Enter your tamales now to win TRUE bragging rights for a year!

There are two division in which you may enter your tamales: Individual/Family/Team or Commercial/Business/Team. Within these two divisions are two categories: Traditional or Gourmet. Awards will be given for the Winners in each division and category. These will be selected by a panel of tamale expert judges. There will also be one People’s Choice Award that will be decided by the tamale tasters at the event. Tamales do not have to cooked on site. Please prepare and bring enough tamales to offer tamale tastings at your booth and have plenty on hand to sell. After people taste your delicious tamales, they will want to buy extra to take home! Name your tamale cook-off team and be eligible to win the title of Most Creative Tamale Team Name Award

All exhibitors (tamale cook-off contestants and other vendors) are encouraged to decorate your booths, as there will be awards for the Most Festive/Creative Booth Design. Grab your family and your friends, or if commercial entries, your employees and sign up to participate in this inaugural Tamale Cook-off Festival. For those of you traveling from out of town, the Angel Fire Resort is offering discounted Habla Tamale packages August 5-12 on rooms, homes and condos. When making your reservations use the promo code “Tamale”.

On the schedule for Habla Tamale will be tamale tastings, a tamale eating contest (did you know the winner of a tamale eating contest in Georgia only ate 7 tamales! You can beat that record with your mouth closed!), kids zone, tamale history, lots of music, food/drinks and you can even enter a contest to become the first ever Wally or Molly Tamale!

We are now taking reservations for vendors of all types. Tamale Cook-of Teams, Arts and Crafts, Food vendors, Businesses, Organizations, Music, Entertainers, etc. Scroll down this Blast to see official rules & regulations and entry forms. Forms are available at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce or you may go also to www.angelfirechamber.org in the Habla Tamale section to copy and paste forms for entry. Enter now, reserve a booth, bring your band, don’t miss out on the fun!

Arts About Town, the Moreno Valley Arts Council event that has in the past been on the Labor Day Weekend, will now be a part of Habla Tamale. Those vendors will still sign up through the MVAC and all proceeds from these space rentals will go to the MVAC.

We are also signing up volunteers to help with the event. If you’d like to help call 575-377-6353.

Food Vendors & Kid Zone, Music Venue, Beer & Wine Garden, Arts About Town Arts & Crafts Zone

Sponsored by the Moreno Valley Arts Council and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

Enter to win the Battle of the Bands!

To enter as a contestant, reserve a food or vendor booth, or get further information call 575-377-6353.

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Spare Part Art Fundraiser

spare-part-artJoin us for the first Spare Part Art fundraiser and silent art auction. Recycling old junk not only benefits the environment, it breaths new life into old objects that were once destined for the landfill.

When: September 5, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: 3375 Mountain View Boulevard (Behind Mountain Sports)

Roll up your sleeves and turn trash into a masterpiece of art. Everyone is invited to enter a piece of recycled art. Everyone is invited to purchase a piece of artwork! Participate in this unique art experience while listening to live music.

Proceeds benefit the Village of Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, the Moreno Valley Arts Council and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

To enter a piece of art please call Louise at 214-437-1362 or Jo at 575-377-6353.

Book Signing & Launch With Rosalie Turner & The Juliets

the-winding-roadThe book, The Winding Road, which features Angel Fire, was a group writing effort by the Juliets, a group of writers who meet for breakfast every Tuesday morning. The weekly group shifts in size, but there are 26 women in all. The main plot of the book was created and written by Juliet member and noted author, Rosalie Turner. The ladies in the Tuesday Breakfast Group came up with the characters and subplots. Any resemblance to any real person is purely coincidental. Book sale profits will be donated to local charities: Always Loving Mankind Food Pantry (ALMS), the Backpack Program thru United Church of Angel Fire and the Shuter Library.

When: Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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

Come by to get the first peek!

THE WINDING ROAD focuses on a small mountain community in northern New Mexico, a resort area known for skiing, golf, hiking, and relaxation. A tragic accident on the pass leaves a man dead and a woman injured, unable to remember any details of the accident. The Tuesday Breakfast Group finds itself involved in the circumstances of the accident as well as in several mysteries that are occurring. One member of the group, who also had been dating the man killed, is the last witness to see the couple and she must testify as to which one was driving. She recalls it one way until a bizarre set of circumstances reveals that it was just the opposite – or was it?

Sponsored by Energy Worldnet and Angel Fire Homes Real Estate and Construction.

5th Annual Angel Fire Community Flea Market

flea-marketMaking Cash From Trash

When: Saturday June 27, 2015 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Cove Arts Center Parking Lot

Cost: $15.00 Chamber Members, $30.00 Non Chamber Members

10’ x 15’ spaces are available. Advanced reservations are required. You keep all the money from your sales!

To reserve your space stop by the Chamber or call Jo at 575-377-6353.

Cove Arts Center
12 Crestview Lane
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Sponsored by the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

New Mexico Chamber Executives Association

exec-assoc-01By Jo Mixon

Last week the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce proudly welcomed twenty-five Chamber Executives from all over the state of New Mexico. Many brought their spouses. These executives, who represent thousands and thousands of businesses, came to Angel Fire for a three day work conference. Lecturers included internationally known Chamber author, speaker, consultant, and founder of the Chamber Professionals Community – Frank J. Kenny, social media and digital marketing expert in the Chamber of Commerce industry – Norma Davey, Director of the Southwest/South Central Region for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – John Gonzales, President/CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce – Terri Cole, Director of the Albuquerque Reads Program – Alan LaSeck and from the Angel Fire Police Department – Lieutenant J.D. Harvey.

Many of these chamber leaders had never been to Angel Fire. We wanted them to experience our beautiful valley, so I set up various activities for them. Some came in early to golf and zip-line. Others stayed over an extra night to fish. They all toured the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park, led by Mayor Pro-Tem Chuck Howe.

They all complimented Angel Fire. The views, the food, the friendly people, and the activities. Actually they all said they intend to return!

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Norma Davey and Frank J. Kenny, views from the Angel Fire Country Club

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Lensi Shakra, Bill Allen, Mike Espiritu, and Troy Tudor enjoying golf at the Angel Fire Resort Golf Course.

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Frank Kenny, Judy Sheen, and Bill Allen during a workshop.

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John Gonzales, US Chamber of Commerce

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Mayor Pro-Tem Chuck Howe leads a tour at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park

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Dinner Out on the Town

Chamber News June 2015

june-2015-newsBy Jo Mixon

Angel Fire may be small and quaint, but we are big and mighty behind the scenes. Our efforts, events, and activities would not happen without the many various committees of volunteers who work tirelessly. Today I’d like to spotlight the Village of Angel Fire, Angel Fire Proud Committee. This committee works to inspire members of the community to clean-up and take pride in their properties. Chair of this committee, Lysa Hopson said, “We are a group of residents who are searching for ways to make Angel Fire more beautiful and inviting.” Not only do they now sponsor our annual spring and fall clean-ups, they are the committee responsible for raising money to bring the new Christmas lighting on Hwy 434 and North Angel Fire Road and they were the inspiration behind lighting of the big Christmas tree last year. This summer they are once again sponsoring the Angel Fire Blooms contest. It will kick-off at the AAFPO Taste of Angel Fire event on June 6, 2015. There will be three categories: Business, Civic/Non Profit Organizations, and Residential. Within these three categories are two levels: Potted Containers and Gardens. Judging and awards for this free contest will take place in early August with a desert reception. Angel Fire Proud is taking on the responsibility of the village buildings and the recycle center. Their concept will be to bring in more native drought sustaining plants, to work with the environment and help preserve our bird population and air quality. And they are teaming up with the Garden Club of Angel Fire to help maintain the village median. They welcome assistance from local businesses. Taking pride in your own area is a year round commitment. So please take a minute to survey your property, whether business or residential and become a part of the efforts to clean-up Angel Fire. Make changes that will make your property inviting and as beautiful as the surrounding natural beauty of the Moreno Valley. If you see trash, pick it up. It does take a village (pun intended) to keep our little piece of heaven beautiful.

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Other News

The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association here in Angel Fire this week. Approximately twenty-five Chamber Executives from all over New Mexico, many of whom have never been to Angel Fire, will be spending several days with us. Most of their time will be spent in workshops and conference, but we will also showcase Angel Fire with side trips to our places of interest. Our goal is to give them the desire to come back!

Also the Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting/Dinner is set to take place on Monday June 15, 2015 at H2 Uptown. If you are a Chamber member and haven’t yet purchased your tickets, you may do so at the Chamber office or call 575-377-6353 with your credit card information. (We had only 18 tickets left as of Monday, so make your reservations soon) This dinner is sponsored by Alpine Lumber, our gold level sponsor and silver sponsors, The Lanon Team – ReMax Mountain Realty Angel Fire, Mike Woolley – ReMax Mountain Realty Angel Fire, 24/7 Automotive Performance, and Goodnight Electronics, LLC.

And we are pleased to let you know that the Village Sustainability Committee has changed the date for the Spare Part Art Auction from June 13, 2015 to September 5, 2015. It will still be held in the shopping center area behind Mountain Sports from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The date change will allow time, for everyone who is reading this article, to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to enter into the auction. What are the rules? There is only one. It is that your artwork must be made of used or re-cycled material. Large or small, enter it all! You don’t have to be an artist by trade to enter. All proceeds will be divided between the Village Sustainability Committee, the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, and the Moreno Valley Arts Council’s “Art Center” fund raising campaign.

To keep up with dates and times of all events the entire summer visit www.angelfirechamber.org, www.angelfireresort.com, and www.angelfirefun.com. We all keep running calendars of events. Between the three websites, hopefully we’ll cover everything that is happening. And please forgive me if I’ve missed anything. If you want your events added to our calendars, email manager@angelfirechamber.org. Send flyers in jpg format.

Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Annual Dinner

banquetJoin us for the annual Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce banquet! The theme this year is “Little Black Dress But Not Black Tie”.

When: Monday, June 15, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Where: H2 Uptown, 48 North Angel Fire Road, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Cost: $45 Per Person / $80 Per Couple

Tickets are available at Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, through any Board Member or by phone at 575-377-6353.

We accept Visa and MasterCard.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Gold Level Sponsorship Package ($500)

1. Your logo on all promotional ads for the events which include printed flyers and listed on our website for 1 month, mentioned and thanked on social media and our weekly e-blast four times.

2. Four (4) tickets to the event.

3. Brochures that you provide will be placed on each table with your advertising info and table tents that we provide with your business logo.

4. Easel advertisement at the front door.

Silver Level Sponsorship Package ($250)

1. Your logo on all promotional ads for the events which include printed flyers, mentioned and thanked on social media and our weekly e-blast four times.

2. Two (2) tickets to the event.

3. Brochures that you provide will be placed on each table with your advertising info and table tents that we provide with your business logo.

What a fun time we had in Angel Fire last week! Were you spotted at the annual Angel Fire Chamber dinner?

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Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

baileys-chimney-01By Jo Mixon

Justin Bailey & Jo

The morning I spent with Justin Bailey was so education I thought my head was going to burst! This guy really knows his business! His business? Your chimney and your safety. Did you know that only 3% of people with chimneys use the services of a certified chimney sweep? With my head down, my hands behind my back, looking at my shoes, I admit, I was one of the 3%. But after having spent time with Justin, never again will I fall into that category.

Included in the cost, every time Justin and his staff of CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Technicians clean a fireplace, they also scan your chimney with a video inspection system. This Smart-Scan system uses an iPad and a camera that they send up the chimney. If a problem is found, they can provide your insurance company with a power point presentation of the video. He says, “Our investment in training, certification credentials, and constant improvement represents our commitment to conducting our business in such a way that will improve the standing of the chimney service industry in the areas where we work for years to come.”

The home owner of the first appointment I tagged along on, wanted diagnostic information. They were concerned with smoke and ash coming into the house and staining their rock fireplace. A friend of theirs recommended Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair because he is the expert in diagnosing chimney problems. Justin told the homeowners when we walked inside, seeing the visible stains, that smoke on the inside rock is obviously a problem. Not only could it be a sign of danger in the chimney, it could also mean that it isn’t drafting properly and smoke and ash blowing in can poison the air quality in your home, leading to health problems. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be critical.

He then immediately went to work. I stood back as he set up his work area. He told me that he was not interested in leaving a mess, he respects his customer’s living space. He covered a large area before he brought in his equipment. He told me about common problems and issues with cracks inside chimneys as he set up his equipment and went to work. I got to see the inside of the chimney via his video scan system while he looked at each of the joints inside, where the pipes came together. He explained to me that dangers can happen when the seams are jarred loose even by unknowing chimney sweeps. In this particular chimney, he found no breaches in the seams with his scan. He continued to sweep and clean. Next he needed to inspect the outside chimney. As you well know, the homes in our mountains are usually two or three story structures. This one was no exception. I saw a steep metal roof….yikes! I wasn’t sure I could watch as he quickly started carrying ladders from his truck making preparation to climb. He secured the first ladder, then carried another ladder up that first ladder. He secured them to the roof and went back for yet another one. He expertly shimmied across the very high, very steep roof, moving ladders and hauling tools. About now, I was holding my breath and praying for his safety. He smiled at my queasiness and assured me, he and his staff follow OSHA guidelines when approaching roof work. His every movement was cautious and exact. With a past hobby in rock climbing, Justin finds this part of his job fun. He says it keeps it interesting! On the ground I thought to myself how I had expected to witness a regular chimney sweep that day. They come in without a word, clean quickly and get out, but that isn’t at all what I was witnessing. He reminded me more of a “chimney surgeon”. Communication with his customer was key. He spent extra time educating them and stressed safety issues.

I learned and I quote Justin from his website, “Chimney work is a trade, like plumbing or painting or electrical. A lot of people don’t understand that. I know the codes, I have the skills and the expertise to make sure your house doesn’t burn down.” and,”Dryer vents are one of the leading causes of house fires, so I decided we should become the experts in preventing that kind of danger. We got certified in dryer vent technology and were the first company in New Mexico with that credential.” Plus he attends the National Chimney Sweep Institute National Conferences to keep abreast of the latest technologies and issues. Justin grew up in Taos and has grown his business into the surrounding areas. He runs two trucks out of Santa Fe /505-988-2771 and one out of Taos /575-770-7769. (I suggest you book your chimney and vent cleaning and repair service at least two weeks in advance during peak seasons.)

When I asked why he decided to become a chimney sweep, he answered with an endearing story about his grandfather. I hope that you will take the time to visit his website www.baileyschimney.com and read it for yourselves! And take note that safety, value, integrity, and professionalism strongly represents, not only his company, but the character of Justin Bailey. Give him a call!

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