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Archives for December 2011

Espresso Lounge & Gallery Says, “I Know Jo”, Do You?

By Jo Mixon

This week’s featured “I Know Jo” business of the week is Espresso Lounge & Gallery.

As many of you know I love coffee. So when I was treated to an instructional tasting at Roxanne Wride’s new business, Espresso Lounge & Gallery it made me very happy! She told me that her idea of opening a coffee shop came about because when she lived in California, she was use to having a place where she would meet her girlfriends for coffee to chit chat and she misses that. Now she has created a unique Shabby Chic atmosphere with the hopes of becoming that social meeting place for Angel Fire.

Located in her former Stanza Bianca Photography Studio at 12 Crestview Dr. in the Cove Arts Building, the Espresso Lounge is open 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday thru Friday. Then again from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Tuesday thru Sunday. Roxanne still plans to do photography shoots by reservation and will maintain her website, but the Espresso Lounge & Gallery will now occupy the studio. She will feature her oil paintings and some of her framed photography for sale at the coffee shop. Mostly she will be serving top brand freshly ground coffee drinks. This includes Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino, and Chai Tea. She’s hired Jeremiah Sutton as her Barista extraordinare. Jeremiah trained and ran a Star Bucks in San Diego. He taught me how detailed each shot of espresso is prepared. Then showed me how meticulously each drink is put together, down to the temperature of the frothing.

As a sweet treat they are serving designer cup cakes prepared by Victoria Trujillo. Starting next week they are going to serve homemade soup and salad for lunch. Here’s the twist, all of their soups will come from local residents recipes. One of mine will be featured next week. It is my famous Chicken Enchilada Soup! If you want your soup recipe served, give Roxanne a call, you could be the featured soup of the week and she’ll give you the credit!

Beer and wine are also available. This means if you want a Mimosa, they have it! And they have free Wi-Fi.

Roxanne moved to Angel Fire so that she and her 3 children would be closer to family. She fell in love with the summers while visiting her sister. Though she prefers the sunnier days, she now has opened a place to help warm you up on the cold winter days!

12 Crestview Drive
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Stray Hearts “Long Term Residents” Sale

Long Term Residents Sales Extended Through December 31, 2011

  • 50% off adoption fees on cats and dogs at the shelter more than 4 months!
  • Dogs over 6 months and up to 5 years, normal fee $100, now $50.
  • Dogs over 5 years and cats over 6 months, normal fee $40, now $20.
  • Fees include spay/neuter, vaccinations, one month pet insurance and one bag of food!

Visit the Stray Hearts website at to view available animals or contact the shelter at 575-758-2981 for more information.

Gift Certificates Now Available!

Not sure which pet might be the right one for a friend or a family member? A gift certificate is just the thing to help them pick out their new furry friend! Available now at the shelter!

MVHS Holiday Luminarias, An Angel Fire Tradition

A Moreno Valley High School Ski & Snowboard Club Fund Raiser

Students will be at the Post Office, Thursday, December 22, 2011 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for you to purchase your luminarias. The students will line North Angel Fire Road or the front of your business any where in Angel Fire on December 23, 2011.

Lighting will take place on December 24, 2011 starting at 4:00 pm. They invite you bring your family, bring long nosed lighters and take a stroll up and down North Angel Fire Road as you help light the luminarias. Be a part of the Holiday cheer as we work toward the tradition of lighting Angel Fire for Christmas.

The Chamber of Commerce will be closed December 23, 2011 and December 26, 2011 so that we may celebrate Christmas with our families.

From Jo and Sheila and the Board of Director’s, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Kokopelli Property Management Says, “I Know Jo”, Do You?

By Jo Mixon

Our featured “I Know Jo” business of the week is Kokopelli Property Management.

This week I was invited to talk with the folks at Kokopelli Property Management and I tell you the place was happening! With the great snow and all our guests coming into Angel Fire for the Holidays, Kokopelli employees were in the midst of meeting needs with a smile!

Kokopelli has been in Angel Fire since 2007 when the family owned business, based out of Santa Fe, chose Taos and Angel Fire as communities in which to be involved. Ryan Goodman has been given the responsibility of overseeing and guiding this Angel Fire team along with Jason Couillard. The Qualifying Broker for the Angel Fire office is Tulima Maugua.

Ryan told me his father, Charley Goodman has been in the business all of his (Ryan’s) life and that they acquired Kokopelli Real Estate and Property Management many years ago. In September, Kokopelli purchased Four Seasons Property Management, one of the oldest and best known businesses in Angel Fire. They have moved their offices into the Four Seasons building on Hwy 434 and intend to leave the sign up throughout the winter so that their customers will still be able to identify with it. In the Angel Fire office along with Tulima are Mike Liddle, Katherine Mathews and Sean Stirling. Katherine had worked at Four Seasons for 2 years prior to the merge and Sean 1 year. Both decided to stay with Kokopelli and lend their expertise.

Tulima originally from LA, has made her home in Angel Fire since 2005 after having moved first to Pagosa Springs to be a part of the team at NRPI on a land project. This is where she first met Mike Liddle. He was also employed by NRPI, working on the Angel Fire project. Tulima said she then met Charley Goodson, through Mike. Charley and Mike had been involved in many Boy Scout fund raisiers together. When the project in Pagosa Springs ended, Mike offered her a job in Angel Fire. Her first thoughts were… New Mexico? But just like most of us who have fallen in love with the Moreno Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it happened to her too. She then went to work for Kokopelli in 2008. Mike went to work full time for them in September.

I was told that Kokopelli is happy to be in Angel Fire and that they intend to be here for a long time. If you need a place to stay for yourself or a friend or family member, experience the difference, give them a call at 575-377-3504. Check out their website, or drop in and say hi at 3435 Mountain View Blvd (Hwy 434).

Cowboy Christmas Dance

Join us for a Country & Western Swing with Lonesome Town to benefit Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.

When: Saturday, December 17, 2011 from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Where: Midtown Lounge (Formerly Herb’s)

For more information please call Arroyo Hondo at 575-776-1681.

Sponsored by Parson’s Gallery of the West. They will be matching donations from the door.

Angel Fire ArtSpace Gala

You are cordially invited to the Eighth Anniversary Gala at Angel Fire ArtSpace.

When: Friday, December 16, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: Centro Plaza, 3407 Highway 434

Come celebrate 8 years of art with us! Catered by Earlene Lade.

For more information please call 575-377-6273.

Chamber Book Sale

We are having a book sale at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce!

Lure, Lore and Legends of the Moreno Valley and Enchanted Adventures, Diverse Day Trips in Northern New Mexico.

Both were written by members of the Moreno Valley Writers Guild.

The cost for each book is $6.00, regularly $12.95 and $14.95 respectively.

Come by and grab a couple, they are great stocking stuffers!

Angel Fire Holiday Market

Santa shops at the Angel Fire Holiday Market!

Jewelry, paintings, handmade crafts, live music, a raffle every hour, craft and other demonstrations, a fashion show plus gifts for everyone on your list!

When: December 17, 2011 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm & December 18, 2011 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

For more information please call 575-377-6555.

Angel Fire Nordic Center Says “I Know Jo”, Do You?

This week’s featured business is Angel Fire Resort’s New Nordic Center.

This week I had my very first lesson in cross country skiing at the new Angel Fire Nordic Center. Assistant Director Christine Tohama was my personal instructor. You know, after having been told by Rob over at Angel Fire Physical Therapy that I really needed to work on my core strength and balance issues, this week it was put to the test!

I am so excited about the Resort opening up this new Nordic Center! It has cross country ski trails & snowshoe loops that meander throughout the golf course grounds. You will encounter breath taking views and possibly an elk sighting as you glide across the snow. They plan to have lots of group adventures that include moonlight ski, nature tours, gourmet tours, kids programs and much more. I say it is the perfect new addition to the Angel Fire Resort’s already fun filled schedule for this winter season. You and I and our guests have so many reasons to get outside and play!

I was very encouraged by Christine’s expert yet non intimidating advise during my lesson. She will be teaching group and private cross country ski lessons. Originally from Paris, France, Christine has been a resident of Ranchos de Taos for 8 years. Prior to that for 23 years, she owned and operated a summer bicycle/kayak shop in Grand Lake, Colo. In the winter time she would work at their Nordic Center. So when this position came available, she was very happy to apply. And I found out that she is a newly wed. She and Tutak were married a year ago Jan. She lit up when she was telling me about him!

Lou Awodey, the Director at the Nordic Center comes to the Resort from Boyne, Michigan where he was the Ski Director for 25 years. I met him at the Business after Hours last week briefly and found him to be a friendly personable guy. During my lesson he was out with the snowmobile groomers making sure the tracks will be ready for today’s opening day. He too will be available to teach private and group lessons.

A sledding hill and snow play area will be open at the Nordic Center Fri thru Sun. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sleds are available in the Nordic Shop as well as Nordic skis, boots and snow shoes rentals. The Angel Fire Nordic Center is located in the Angel Fire Country Club where after your ski or snowshoe trek, you may want to utilize their facilities which are open to the public. These include a swimming pool, fitness center, locker rooms, showers, retail store, and in the evening fine dining at Elements.

To learn more details, get pricing and schedules, please visit or give them a call at 575-377-4488.

Angel Fire Resort Now Open!

Angel Fire ResortAngel Fire Resort Is Now Open For Winter!

With over 28″ new snow in the past 10 days, Angel Fire kicks off the season today with half the mountain and over 74% of the backside open and ready for great skiing and snowboarding. Included in first day terrain are the expert trails Minder Binder, Nice Day and Hells Bells, popular groomers Hully Gully, Prospector and Jaspers, and the first freestyle features in Nightrider Park. We’ve got a 32″ base, more storms in the 5-day forecast, and plans to open new trails daily as we build up to the holidays. Come enjoy some of the best early snow conditions in years!

Enjoy the Holiday Torchlight Parades & Fireworks!

Ski with Santa & Mrs. Claus, enjoy fine dining on Christmas & New Year’s at the Country Club, watch the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s festivities on the mountain, and ringing in the holidays with epic snow and family events!

Visit us at or call 1-800-633-PINE to book now.