April 25, 2015

Choice Wireless Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

choice-wirelessLast week I spent the morning with Parris Hood, Choice Wireless Area Sales Manager for New Mexico and Colorado. We drove down to Mora, doubled back up to Black Lake and over toward Hidden Lake testing the cell phone coverage our entire trip. I had my phone, which is on another service provider and she had her phone which is Choice Wireless service side by side. I wanted to personally test the signals for myself to see who got the better coverage. I have to tell you, I lost. Her coverage was always a few points better than mine. Not always a lot better, but I concede, it was better. There were a few places in the canyons where we both lost coverage, but hers came back quicker. Parris was even able to send a text when we parked the car on 120, at the entrance of B38.

On Wednesday April 22, Choice Wireless is sponsoring our Chamber Member Breakfast meeting. They are bringing with them 10 MiFi Hot Spots and 10 Smart Phones for our chamber members to check out and test free of charge! With the recent problems many people have experienced in the Moreno Valley when it comes to coverage, Choice Wireless, would like to give us the opportunity to “test for ourselves”. I haven’t had the opportunity to test the data use, but I can attest for the cell coverage.

The nice thing I learned about Choice Wireless is they do not make you sign a long term contract. You can get unlimited talk, text, and data plans beginning at $40.00 a month, with no contracts. They offer high speed internet plans that start at $30.00 a month. And guess what… no contract or credit checks. Seems like a win-win situation to me!

Choice Wireless launched in New Mexico November 2010. Parris started working with Choice Wireless in May 2011 and since she lived in the Espanola area at that time and Choice only had 1x in Espanola she pushed for the company to provide 3G service in the Espanola area. Within a few months Espanola was live with 3G. Parris realized quickly that Choice Wireless was truly committed to their customers and service and she liked what she saw. Parris relocated to Eagle Nest last September to test the network and see what Choice customers are experiencing here in the Moreno Valley area. One of the things Parris enjoys the most about her job is roaming around her area and checking the coverage. If she finds a problem, she opens up a trouble ticket immediately so the network team can correct the issue. Choice Wireless is always expanding their network coverage and bringing coverage to those areas that have never had coverage.

Choice Wireless is the largest Northern New Mexico network provider and they focus on rural America. They have coverage in Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Cimarron, Red River, Taos, Questa, Ocate, Costilla, Amalia, Raton, Dixon, Mora County, Espanola, Chama and Alamosa, just to name a few. Choice Wireless has agent locations all over Northern New Mexico, plus a retail store in Taos.

The Angel Fire agent location is Goodnight Electronics at 3453 Hwy 434, Suite C. Go see them, they will be happy to answer your questions and sign you up!

For more information visit us.choice-wireless.com.

Business After Hours – Affordable Auto Of Angel Fire

affordable-01Join us for food, fun, and drink. Tour Phil’s new facility. Bring your business card for a chance to win door prizes.

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

Where: Affordable Auto Of Angel Fire, 23 Agua Road, Units 2 & 3, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Catering will be by Hail’s Holy Smoked BBQ & more.

Wildflower Bed & Breakfast Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

wildflower-01By Jo Mixon

Henrik & Lone Krarup & Jo

Have I told you recently how very much I love my job? I love my job! I get to write these stories. It affords me the luxury to gain the most awesome experiences and meet incredible people. In order to get the full guest treatment and be able to share with you first hand, I was invited over to spend a night at the Wildflower Bed & Breakfast. It was a sleep over deluxe!

Upon arrival, Henrik and Lone Krarup, met me at the door with hugs and smiles as they welcomed me into their home. (This is the distinction between bed and breakfast lodging and a hotel. Travelers are actually invited into someone’s home for their stay. The guests also enjoy homemade breakfast the following morning.) After they took my coat and introduced me to another guest, Meg, we sat down to enjoy an evening of wine and cheese and fruit and crackers and wonderful laughter and conversation!

When I was ready to retire for the night, I was shown to my room. Their home has four upstairs bedrooms for rent. Two on them are on the east side of their home and two are across a catwalk, over the living room, on the west side. All of the bedrooms have queen size beds. On the east side are two spacious bedrooms that share a large bathroom. These would be ideal for people traveling together. The other two bedrooms have their own bathrooms. Each bedroom is named and themed after a wildflower. I stayed in the Wild Iris room. It is a cozy corner room with an amazing view of the mountain. I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort of the bed. I slept peacefully wrapped in luxurious Egyptian linens that felt like satin. It was fit for royalty. Later I found out the freshness is attributed to the fact that Lone line dries them. And there was even a separate recycle container in my room. Pampered!

Awakened by the aroma of coffee and something cooking, I eagerly got ready for the morning. I was not disappointed! A beautiful meal was already set on the table when I came downstairs. The breakfast served consisted of homemade Quiche Lorraine and flaxseed bread (Lone’s own recipe), fresh fruits and cheeses with coffee and juices. It was a delicious way to start my day. All of the meal was prepared with the idea of making me feel special. Even the grapefruit wedges were precut. They do not take shortcuts in the kitchen, they cater to the dietary needs of their guests and are very conscious about serving healthy menus. The Krarup’s definitely go the extra mile!

Henrik and Lone met in Denmark while attending undergraduate school. They dated for five years and have been married for twenty seven years. Early on in their marriage, they decided to come to the United States for a few years, but that turned into the rest of their lives. Having spent most of their time in eastern states, I asked why they moved to Angel Fire. They wanted a business they could work together at this season of their lives, a segway toward retirement. They love the outdoors and skiing. So they were thinking maybe Washington, Oregon, or even Taos, New Mexico. So they had came to check out Taos eight years ago with one of their two sons. During that visit they somehow ended up on the Enchanted Circle Scenic By-way. Lone said when they emerged from the Taos canyon pass and saw the majestic beauty of the Moreno Valley open up before them, they had to pull the car over and get out to experience the breathtaking view and breath in freshness of the mountain air. They knew at that moment, this was the place they would one day call home. Their goal became a reality last fall when they purchased the Wildflower.

Since opening December 26, 2014, they have already hosted 48 room days! Together this lovely personable couple are the perfect host and hostess for a bed and breakfast. They have a genuine care and respect for people. Servant hearted, is the word I choose. They served as local chairs of AFS for ten years. Second only to the Red Cross, this organization engages the largest worldwide volunteer pool. It is an organization that promotes world peace and healing between nations by a student exchange program. “Diplomacy at work”, Henrik said with a smile. Working from home with a little travel, Henrik is still Vice President of an engineering company in Moorestown, Pa.

I highly recommend the Wildflower Bed & Breakfast. It is a non-smoking, no pet facility. With two live-in dogs and one cat, they feel it best. Expect free Wi-Fi and spectacular views and children over twelve are welcome.

Visit their website at www.wildflowernm.com for more information and photos of the other rooms. Or call them at 575-377-6869.

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Spring Cleanup 2015

cleanupIt’s that time of year again for the Spring cleanup! Roll up your sleeves for Angel Fire’s village-wide cleanup. The Village of Angel Fire & Angel Fire Proud are hosting the Annual Spring Cleanup Day.

When: May 16, 2015 from 8:30 am 11:30 am (Rain or shine)

Meet at the Village Hall located at 3388 Mountain View Blvd. for supplies, including gloves, bags and t-shirts.

Every volunteer will get free coffee and donuts plus lunch afterward starting at 11:30 am. Food and beverage donations from area businesses are welcome.

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Help Wanted

help-wantedThe Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce wants to say congratulations to Tommy & Amy Newkirk, they are expecting a baby! But this means, as much as we hate to lose her, Amy is going to stay at home.

We are looking to fill her position as Administrative Assistant. Are you a friendly people person with who can multi-task? Must have computer skills in Excel, Word, and Publisher. Must be able to work and/or put together a spreadsheet and database. The position is part time. Please send your resume to manager@angelfirechamber.org or call for an appointment at 575-377-6353.

Cooking Studio Taos Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

cooking-taos-01By Jo Mixon

Jo & Chef Christopher Maher

I recently had the privilege of taking another cooking class at Cooking Studio of Taos (I have taken several to date) owned and operated by Christopher and Valerie Maher. Make no mistake Chef Christopher Maher is a Rock Star! He shuffles through the lifestyle he has carefully chiseled for himself with natural charisma and ease. The motto at Cooking Studio Taos is, COOK * EAT * LAUGH * LEARN and I guarantee when taking a class, you will participate in all four! First you are invited into their home to learn to cook in their personal kitchen. It becomes obvious from the very beginning of class that Chef Maher has a genuine love for sharing his culinary skills and for bringing people together. His desire is that every student walk away from this experience having learned about the recipes, feeling good about a new technique or two, have the ability to share these acquired skills at home and to have had loads of fun while learning.

Class began with a group chat. Chef Maher encouraged us to enjoy ourselves as we learned the art of cooking, even if we had never cooked before this class. He gave a quick blurb on his background, then went over the recipes he had prepared. He then allowed each of us to choose which recipes we wanted to cook. Next we headed into the kitchen. Each of us took a station, he turned on the music, poured us a glass of wine and the cooking began.

For the next two to three hours we cooked! The class I took this time was an Indian Curry class. I never thought I would be able to capture the essence of this cuisine. I learned how to cook Samosas, Dal Soup, Chick Pea Masala, Raita, and Vindaloo! Yum, yum, yum, yum, YUM! When all of our dishes were ready, the best part was yet to come. We sat down as a group to eat the fabulous food we had just cooked. The entire experience was incredible, we were so proud of our meal. I will do this again!

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Chis Maher developed his affection for cooking at an early age. It has stayed with him his entire life. He is not only a chef but also an actor, entrepreneur, teacher, husband and father. As I have gotten to know him better, I can tell you he wears each of these hats with sincere enthusiasm.

His acting career began in New York in 1978, when he became a regular on the television series Another World. In 1982, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue motion-picture roles. He has appeared in feature films and television. A few of his film credits are Mannequin (1987), Executive Decision (1996) Enough (2002), The Men Who Stared at Goats (2009) and Olive (2011) in which he stars with Gena Rollins. He has appeared in television episodes from Taxi and Hill Street Blues to Law and Order, 24, and NCIS. You can see him now in episodes of newer series like State of Affairs, Legends and Burn Notice. I got very excited a few months ago when I was watching past episodes of The West Wing and there he was on my television screen!

I tell you all of this to introduce you to the man behind the apron. As a Chef he is a past recipient of six 4-Diamond Culinary Awards and is a James Beard Recipient, recognized as one of the great regional chefs of America. He has cooked at the Beard House in New York City, and for many world figures including the Dali Lama and President Bill Clinton… and of course now he knows Jo! (A little humor!)

Chris is available for private cooking classes at his home or yours. He will cater for your next dinner party or event. Plus he has developed an event called the “Secret Supper’s”. I have attended a few of these pop-up five course dinner parties in Taos. They are awesome! Seating is limited for each supper planned. Chef Maher and his wife Valerie, choose a venue for each Secret Supper. Dinner participants do not know the location until the morning of the event when they sends out an email. It adds to the fun!

Having gotten to know the Maher’s over the past year, out of all his successes, what I truly admire and respect most about Chris is his obvious love and devotion for his family. His entire being exudes a father’s pride when discussing his sons, Caleb and Milo and his eyes light up when his wife Valerie walks into the room. This quality speaks volumes for a man who is talented, blessed and hospitable!

For more information on booking a cooking class, attending a secret supper or inviting Cooking Studio Taos to cater or cook at your next dinner party visit them online at www.cookingstudiotaos.com or call 575-776-COOK.

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Quarterly Chamber Member Breakfast Meeting

breakfast-meetingWe will be having a short membership meeting plus we will be seating the 2015/2016 board members. Also, breakfast burritos and coffee will be served!

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: In the foyer of the Chamber at 3407 Mountain View Blvd

Sponsored by Choice Wireless.

Welcome New 2015/2018 Angel Fire Chamber Board of Directors

afcocThis year there were four candidate positions open on the Chamber Board of Directors. Last week we had six confirmed candidates. On March 20, due to unpredicted reasons, two of them were no longer eligible. Therefore, according to our by-laws, a ballot will not be mailed out to the membership. The four remaining highly qualified candidates will fill the four available positions. They will serve the 2015/2018 term.

We would like to introduce you to the newest members of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Please make plans to join us at our quarterly membership breakfast meeting on Wednesday April 22, 2015, 8:00 am to 9:00 am, when they will take the oath of office and be officially seated on the board.

John E. Hail Jr., Hail’s Holy Smoked BBQ & More

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John E Hail, Jr. is the co-owner and co-operator (with his wife, Wendy Hail) of Holy Smoked BBQ & more! He has been a resident of Moreno Valley for 3 ½ years. For the first year John and Wendy were property managers of The Retreat at Angel Fire. He is also an active member and elder of Moreno Valley Community Church.

John grew up on the north end of the Toledo Bend reservoir in Deep East Texas on the Louisiana border. In 1984 he started his 5 ½ year military career in the U.S. Air Force as a Heavy Equipment Operator (later crossed trained to a Pest Control Specialist) in the 27th Civil Engineering Squadron at Cannon AFB, Clovis, NM. Sergeant Hail received an Honorable Discharge in 1990. He spent several years using his military training to advance in a number of jobs and positions. He worked for Ecolab Pest Elimination (Pest Control Specialist), City of Desoto, (Senior Maintenance Tech, Traffic Signal/Sign Tech), Texas Department of Transportation (Roadway Maintenance Tech/Sign Tech), New Mexico Department of Transportation (Highway Maintainer), Mitsubishi Power Systems (Wind Turbine Tech/Lead Tech), and Mesalands Community College (Director/Instructor of Wind Energy Program). John has an Associates Degree from Mesalands Community College in General Studies. He has other training and education from U.S. Air Force, Amarillo College, TEEX (Texas Engineering Extension), OSHA 10 & 30 Hour/ Trainer, and much more.

John and Wendy have seven grown children & eleven grandchildren; Jack (Easton, Ethan, Christian), Jessica (Alyssa, Leah, Connor), Rachelle (Kearstin, Brody), Johnny, Tamara (Hailee), Kimber, and Dustin (Xaylor, Skyleen). He looks forward to serving the community as a board member to promote Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley and increase recognition and revenue through business growth and events. He believes the future of Angel Fire is the continue unity between the Angel Fire Resort, the Village of Angel Fire, the businesses of the Moreno Valley and of course all residents.

Leland (Lee) R. Hopson, Colonel (USAF, Retired), AAFPO Board of Directors

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Lee sought to serve on the Board of Directors, simply put, to get more involved in the community. Lee retired from the military in 2007, completing a 35-year Air Force career spanning work in security forces, communications and intelligence, from small units to the Pentagon. He commanded troops stateside and deployed to Southwest Asia. During Lee’s service, he garnered experience as a police officer and desk sergeant; in computer systems and program oversight; in budget development and evaluation; in human resource management; and in infrastructure maintenance and improvement. As a deployed support commander at a remote Kuwaiti base, he was responsible for the infrastructure, from dining facilities to power and utilities to morale and welfare programs. He believes his varied experience will be benefit to the board, the chamber and the Angel Fire community, as a whole.

Lee has a BS in Business and Management and a MS in International Relations. He also has taught computer science at the community college level.

Lee’s hope for his term on the board is Coordination, Cooperation, and Collaboration-Consensus building for the good of the community’s businesses, residences, and guests.

Brenda Johnson, Brenda Johnson Property Management

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Brenda has lived in the Moreno Valley for 31 years. She has watched our area go thru highs and lows. She says, “It seems I have always been in customer service most of these thirty-one years.” She became a Real Estate agent in 2004 and a Property Manager in 2006. She has served several years as Treasurer for one the local Churches. She has also served on our local MLS committee since its beginning in the Moreno Valley. During her time in the Valley, Brenda has watched others serve and grow our Village into the amazing community it is today. She remembers how Angel Fire use to work together to bring very successful events and the tourism revenue these events brought to our businesses. She would like to help resurrect this type of community well-being.

As a Real Estate & Property Management Company owner, with plenty of experience as an employee, she is ready to help make a difference. She said, “When I started my business in 2013, someone told me the Chamber was the best advertising money he spent. The statistics the Chamber sends to me at the end of the year are good. They refer member businesses to the visitors who call their office, walk-in the door of their office, email them directly and who browse their website looking for information about Angel Fire. And as a member I am part of the community of businesses who work together to promote Angel Fire and the surrounding areas in a unified positive manner. I have not been disappointed with my investment. And now, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, I WANT to serve and have input in our areas planning for the future.”

Donna Klassen, Incumbent, The First National Bank of New Mexico

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Donna Klassen is the branch manager for The First National Bank of New Mexico Angel Fire office and was recently promoted to Vice President. She has been with FNB since April, 2009 starting out as a loan officer at the Raton office before transferring to the Angel Fire office in September, 2011. She has been in banking and mortgage financing for more than 20 years and spent 8 years in the title insurance industry.

This will be Donna’s 2nd term on the Chamber Board and she is also an active member of the Angel Fire Rotary Club. In addition, she is a trained disaster action volunteer; is an active member of the Christian Motorcyclists Association and holds the position of Vice President for the Sangre de Cristo Riders chapter; and served on the steering committee for Grow Raton and was actively involved with establishing the by-laws.

Breaking Chamber News!

newsAs of Friday, March 20, 2015, due to unforeseen circumstances, two of the candidates running for Chamber Director positions were no longer eligible. According to our by-laws, ballots will not be mailed out this year. We are happy to announce the four open positions on the board will be filled by the remaining four highly qualified candidates. Look for their names, bios, and congratulations in next weeks Newsletter eBlast and in the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle.

Thank you!

See You Next Year!

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