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Archives for June 2011

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Carson National ForestCarson National Forest Has Entered Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Taos, N.M., June 22, 2011 — High fire danger has prompted the Carson National Forest to implement Stage 2 fire restrictions effective at 8:00 am, Friday, June 24, 2011.

Stage 2 fire restrictions include the following:

  • No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, wood or charcoal burning stove or grill in dispersed areas. Propane & white gas stoves and grills are allowed in Developed Recreation Sites only.
  • Smoking is allowed only in vehicles or inside buildings.
  • No possession or discharging of any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device. Fireworks are always banned from the National Forest
  • No use of any explosives.
  • No chainsaw use or other internal/external combustion engine use between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • All internal or external combustion engines must have a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
  • No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • No motor vehicle use off-road on federal lands, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway. This includes ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles. The Track Fire was thought to have started by an off-roading ATV.
  • Violating any state law, that specifically concerns burning, fires, or that which is for the purpose of preventing or restricting the spread of fire.
  • Violations of these regulations is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both.

The Jicarilla District will remain in Stage 1 restrictions.

For more information call 1-877-864-6985 or visit or for all State and Federal recreation sites in New Mexico.

Angel Fire ArtSpace Gallery News

The Climb by Debbie FloodAngel Fire ArtSpace Gallery to Host Visiting Artist Debbie Flood, Watercolorist

When: Friday, June 24, 2011 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: Centro Plaza next to the Chamber of Commerce

We’ll carry her work for 7 days, or until sold out. If you can’t make the reception, contact us for a price list and available works beginning June 23, 2011.

Photo at the right is The Climb by Debbie Flood.

Business After Hours

Leisure Time Products

Come see our products. There will be fun, food and prizes!

When: Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: Centro Plaza next to the Chronicle

Leisure Time Products

Leisure Time Products

Leisure Time Products

Leisure Time Products

Bobcat Pass Says, “I Know Jo”, Do You?

Bobcat PassBy Jo Mixon

The “ I Know Jo” campaign at the Angel Fire Chamber is well under way. As the new membership manager, I really want to get to know you! If you are a member and would like to be the featured “ I Know Jo” business of the week, invite me over and market your business! You’ll get a featured write up in our newsletter and also on our website! This week our featured “ I Know Jo” business of the week is Bobcat Pass.

Cowboy Evening at the Top of Bobcat Pass

This is the 19th season of providing Cowboy Evening’s for owners Henry & Sue Lewis. Sharing in the responsibilities of all activities, preparations, and the hard work it takes to make these Cowboy Dinner’s and daily operations at the ranch a success, are family members Vance & Tonya, Hank, Tate, & Faith.

Last Saturday night my grandson & I along with several members of my family experienced a true Cowboy Evening full of authentic old west cooking, entertainment, and fun. This outdoor dinner theatre at the top of Bobcat Pass surpassed all expectations I might have had about chuck wagon cowboy cooking! As we walked up to the barn that houses the dinner, we could smell the aroma of what was to be a scrumptious meal. While we waited amongst a peaceful backdrop of breathtaking scenery, we pitched horseshoes, roped stick cattle, and listened to the magical music of Dulcimer Dan.

Dinner consisted of mouthwatering steak and chicken, corn on the cob, cowboy beans, baked potato, and rolls. My grandson’s favorite was the cinnamon rolls brought to the table for dessert. After dinner we moved to the outdoor theatre to be entertained by Sid Masters. He was talented and funny, and made sure the audience participated. Much fun was had by all!

Make your reservations for Cowboy Dinners on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday by calling 505-754-2769. Michael Martin Murphy is a regular favorite up at Bobcat Pass. He is booked 6 nights this summer as well as many other talented entertainers. Henry & Sue want you to know they also offer daily ATV and horseback rides thru the cool mountain trails of the Carson National Forest. For more information on these, guided pack trips, elk hunting, snowmobiling and more, visit their website at

Blockbuster Summer Promotion

Billy The Kid“Catch the Kid” – 2011 Summer Promotion

Make this summer an adventure in New Mexico by offering deals and discounts through New Mexico’s 2011 Summer Tourism Promotion! The purpose of this promotion is to market to and secure visitors to your region this summer! We are looking to promote your organization in the Catch the Kid Campaign through a multitude of marketing efforts.

The New Mexico Tourism Department will provide and pay for all advertising, promotions and coordination, at no cost to you. We are looking for your organization to create discounts, deals, or branded items that aren’t currently in your deals and discounts program, and support the “Catch the Kid” theme! Your offer must run the duration the duration of the summer (the campaign runs July 14, 2011 to September 24, 2011. 2 for 1 ticket for specific dates or events can also be promoted. Here is a bit more information on our 2011 Catch the kid campaign initiatives!

The campaign is a scavenger hunt to catch Billy the Kid. The purpose to get New Mexican’s out traveling the state this summer, and gives them an opportunity to win weekly prizes that are truly one of a kind. If they play to the end they can capture the big prize of $10,000 and be the team to “Catch the Kid”. The Tourism Department plans on hiding 10 clues in 10 venues through out the state. The following communities have been chosen on the following dates to host a clue as to where Billy’s hide out is.

  • July 23 – Las Vegas/Isotopes
  • July 30 – Fort Sumner
  • August 6 – Lincoln
  • August 13 – Aztec
  • August 20 – Red River
  • August 27 – Las Cruces
  • September 3 – Carlsbad
  • September 10 – Gallup
  • September 17 – Silver City

How to play:

  1. Log onto and create a profile for your family or team. Smart phone users will download the app from the website for a chance to win even more discounts and prizes along the way. CTK sites to go live on July 14, 2011.
  2. Choose one of the 10 destinations and travel to find the clue that will help you uncover the Kid’s hideout. The more destinations you travel to the more clues will be uncovered
    and the greater chance you have to win weekly prizes and the grand prize of $10,000 to who ever “Catches the Kid”.
  3. While you are on the road looking for clues, you can get discounts and special deals for Catch the Kid players by looking for the wanted posters.

Angel Fire Scheduled Power Outage Tomorrow

Power OutageThe Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce is announcing a scheduled power outage.

Kit Carson Electric has a scheduled power outage tomorrow.

When: Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Back Basin Road to Five Springs Road

Los Rios River Runners Says, “I Know Jo”, Do You?

Los Rios River RunnersBy Jo Mixon

We are happy to have as our featured “I Know Jo” business of the week Los Rios River Runners, Angel Fire Chamber members since 2006. Owner Cisco Guevara invited us to an afternoon experience that we will not soon forget! On Tuesday Sharon, Cathy, & I embarked on an exhilarating whitewater raft trip on the Rio Grande. We rode the Race Course that consists of nine level 2 and 3 rapids, three of which are upgraded to level 4 in high water. For starters, Los Rios River Runners guides are keenly educated on safety. Emergency procedures were fully explained prior to loading the rafts. We were given paddles, fitted into life jackets, and offered optional helmets.

At first I was a little anxious because my nine-year-old grandson from Texas was able to join us on the trip. But our rafting guide Bruce Graff quickly made me feel at ease. His skills and knowledge, based on 23 years of experience helped to make our trip a one in a million lifetime experience! He made the comment of how blessed he felt to be included in so many people’s vacations.

Los Rios River Runners is New Mexico oldest, most experienced rafting company. They use state of art equipment, run more sections of the river than any other rafting company in New Mexico, and their guides who each have an average of ten years experience, are professionally trained wilderness experts.

For a day of splashy fun plan a trip down the river with Los River Runners!

Visit their website at, call 505-776 8854 or toll free 800-544-1181.

ArtsFest Premier Tickets On Sale Now!

30th Annual Angel Fire ArtsFest30th Annual Event Premier Awards Reception

When: Friday, July 8 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Angel Fire Resort Lodge Hotel in the Garden Court

30 Years of Promoting the Arts

We started with ArtsFest 30 years ago. Since then we’ve developed it into a spectacular array of fine artists. A juried event, we select a diverse collection of artists. The show is not huge, but the quality of the works presented is.

Beyond the show, ArtsFest is our primary fundraising event. We don’t do bakesales, or even silent auctions any more. The proceeds of this event support our annual programs for youth.

Programs such as Missoula Children’s Theatre, Children’s Creativity Stage Craft workshops, In-school performances, concerts and workshops and our Valerie McKinley Memorial Scholarship.

Help us sustain these programs and add more. Buy ArtsFest Premier Tickets!

Can’t Come? Donate!

We realize not everyone can make it to Angel Fire for the event. You can still support our programs and events. Every little bit helps. You can also tell us how you want the funds used. Simply type “Scholarship” “ArtDays” (in school) or “Theatre” in any comment field on the payment screen. It’s simple. Click here to donate now.

Wildfire Update

Updated Monday, June 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

As of 4:00 pm this afternoon the wildfire that is north of Raton is still burning on both sides of I-25. This afternoon the winds for most part have picked up and the fire is burning northeast and there is little to no containment. However the fire on the west side of I-25 is not as big as the fire on the east side. Currently the US Forest Service has taken command of the fire fighting and is on scene with Type II equipment and about 500 to 600 fire fighters on the fire line including aircraft, etc., fighting the fire.

The Fire started on the north side of Raton along side the railroad and move north into the county jumping I-25 and is still burning on both sides of I-25. Interstate 25 remains closed. The fire is threatening Raton water shed along with about 200 homes or structures in the county and is burning about six miles from the New Mexico and Colorado State line. Unknown at this time if any homes have burned. The Raton Fire Department and three Fire Districts from the Colfax County plus Colfax County Road Department with bulldozers, etc., are still on scene fighting the fire along with other Fire Departments including Angel Fire. State Forest Fire Fighters and Hot Shots from Colorado and Organ, etc., are on scene as will.

The Colfax County Rodeo Grounds are being used as staging area for fire fighters.

Gov. Martinez called me last night and promised all the help we needed. Thanks to the Governor, resources are moving in to assist in getting this fire out.

Bill Conley
Vice Chairman
Colfax County Commission

Gallery To Host Visiting Artist Debbie Flood, Watercolorist

American HoneyAngel Fire ArtSpace, LLC, the premier Gallery in Angel Fire, is pleased to announce that well-know equine artist, Debbie Flood will be the Special Feature at the first Fourth Friday Reception of 2011.

Debbie hails from Belfast, Maine and will make the trip to Angel Fire New, Mexico for the special event. Her watercolors have won awards and recognition across the country.

Debbie’s stunning watercolors are a rising star. Collectors across the country appreciate the fabulous detail and photo realistic qualities of her fine art. “I am tickled that I actually discovered Debbie’s work on Facebook. It didn’t take long before we were “friends” and as I watched new paintings come out week after week I knew I had to see if she was interested in a trip out west. Her new works are stunning.” (Gallery Owner, Katherine McDermott)

To honor the growing demand for her work, the ArtSpace Gallery will feature Debbie Flood, Equine and Western Art at the Fourth Friday Reception on Friday, June 24 and the show will continue for 7 days or until sold out. Come out to the Artist’s Reception on Friday, June 24, 2011 beginning at 5:30 pm at the Angel Fire ArtSpace Gallery, Centro Plaza at 3407 Mountain View Blvd (Highway 434), next door the Chamber of Commerce in Angel Fire. Call 575-377-6273 for more information.