September 21, 2014

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









2014 Angel Fire Parade of Homes

2014-parade-of-homesWhen: August 30-31, 2014 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Magazine/Map is now available the foyer of the Chamber of Commerce and at the Angel Fire Visitor Center.

Don’t miss your chance to tour the fabulous homes, as members of the Sangre de Cristo Homebuilders Association showcase their newest completed projects. Awards are given for Best Interior and Best Exterior (under and over $500,000), Best Remodel Addition, to special discretionary categories determined by the judges and of course, the top dog Grand Hacienda Award.

Holy Angels Catholic Church Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

holy-angels-01By Jo Mixon

Tom Germshed- Chairman of the Building Committee

Many people in Angel Fire are extremely happy to see the fruit of their labors becoming tangibly evident as building takes place on the Holy Angels Catholic Church. On June 7, 2014, sixteen years after the Archdiocese of Santa Fe purchased the land, they celebrated the dedication and ground breaking. Excitement fills the air!

When the parishioners of the Moreno Valley Catholic Church found themselves without a priest for approximately six months, it was decided to look into building a permanent structure on their land. In 2007 under the leadership of Father John Cannon, who was assigned to St. Mel’s in Eagle Nest, the parishioner’s began to look at and set goals. Plans were put into place with five year, ten year and twenty year goals. They presented their plans to the Arch Bishop. He liked it and gave them permission to proceed. Almost immediately Father Cannon contacted Tom Germscheid and asked him to establish a committee. He wanted them to “get crackin”. Tom accepted the challenge. The Building Committee was formed and has, since 2007, been meeting on a monthly basis. The first business was to establish a name. In January 2008 they were given permission to name their church Holy Angels and the Feast of the Angels, September 29 was granted as their Feast Day. All fitting nicely with Angel Fire.

Within their committee have been two sub committees; design and fund raising. The design committee, after many times back at the drawing board, decided on a 6000 square foot building. The fund raising committee were charged with just that, raising money. The Archdiocese agreed to lend them one half of the funds needed for construction, but first they must raise the other half. Both committees hit the ground running!

In September 2013, half of the funds had been raised. They sought permission to begin building. The College of Consulters and the Arch Bishop sent a letter for them to “press on”. After seven years of prayer and hard work, the contractors have been hired and the project is in full swing. Their goal for completion is January 2015. But Tom says to make your plans early because Christmas Mass 2014 will be standing room only in their newly completed sanctuary!

Tom and the parishioners of Holy Angels Catholic Church truly want to express their gratitude to the community of Angel Fire and all of the people in the Moreno Valley who have faithfully flooded their fund raisers with love and donations. Boot scoots, auctions, dinners, golf tournaments, and even a concert by Michael Martin Murphy have been attended by multitudes of people. These people have helped make their fund raising efforts successful. To each and every one they say thank-you!

Building Committee Members: Msgr. SJ Culotta- Advisor, Deacon Michael Sedillo, Tom Germscheid-Chairman, Cindy Germscheid-Secretary, Kathleen Crissman, Gary and Kathy Davis, Jim and Peg Frieden, Chuck Howe, Larry and JoAnn Layden, Tom and Karen Quinn, Bill and Betty Russell, Jack and Lynne Scott, Joe and Carol Stehling, Rick and Beth Tafoya, and Gary and Helen Tucker.










Business After Hours – Kokopelli Property Management

kokopelliBusiness After Hours

Enjoy refreshments, music and door prizes. Bring your business card to be eligible for a chance to win a 4 day stay in Santa Fe! Must be present to win.

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

Where: Kokopelli Property Management