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Archives for February 2012

Sangre de Cristo Chronicle Says “Joe Knows Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

This week our featured “I Know Jo” business of the week is Sangre de Cristo Chronicle.

When asked why the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle has been such a successful weekly publication, Joe Warren, publisher, says jokingly, “If it didn’t happen in this area, it didn’t happen!” The Sangre de Cristo Chronicle’s purpose is to provide local news and advertising and to help mold and progress the community. It strives to serve as local critic as well as local cheerleader and to give voice to the general public. Serving the Moreno Valley since 1973, the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle has actually been around longer than the village of Angel Fire itself.

A brief history tells us the business opened in 1973 as the Moreno Valley Lantern, a once a month publication. The owners also ran a newspaper in Red River at the time. In 1976 the two businesses were bought and combined to become the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle. Robin Martin owner of the Santa Fe New Mexican and The Taos News purchased the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle from Guy and Marsha Woods in 2006. The Woods had owned it since 1984.

Joe Warren came on board in 2006 as publisher. He moved his family to Angel Fire and became a very active member of the community. He explained to me that the Publisher of a newspaper is like the CEO in that he oversees all departments and operations of the newspaper. The Sangre de Cristo Chronicle employees five full time staff members and two part time staff members. Those pictured below are Eric Fincher; staff writer, Eric Heinz; staff writer, and Jesse Chaney; managing editor since April 2011. Together they not only publish the weekly newspaper, but they also put out six specialty magazines a year and sponsor two large community events.

The Sangre de Cristo Chronicle is a charter member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. They have supported us continually since we became a non-profit business in 1983 to which I say thank you.

To subscribe to the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle or get your advertisement placed, give them a call at 575-377-2358 or visit them online at

Mardi Gras Parade

Mardi Gras Parade

When: Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Where: North Angel Fire Road

Sponsored by the Angel Fire Rotary Club

17 floats! Come join the fun!

Candidate Forums

Please attend to hear the candidates views on issues important to you.

Also read the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle’s Thursday February 16, 2012 issue.

They asked the candidates to respond to a list of questions.

Be better informed!

Village Councilor Candidate Forum

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Mayoral Candidate Forum

When: Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Remember to vote March 6, 2012!

SkiTech Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Our featured “I Know Jo” business is SkiTech.

While visiting with SkiTech owner Mary Harms. I learned that SkiTech was one of the first four ski rental shops to open in Angel Fire. SkiTech has been in operation for 22 years.

Mary told me that after her grandparents passed away, several members of her family came to the Angel Fire area to see what they had inherited. Her grandfather Roy Lapovite in 1953, purchased the Red Bandana gold mine on Baldy Mountain. Approximately 30 family members inherited this gold mine together. However none of them had ever visited the Moreno Valley until they decided to come see the Gold Mine. Mary, her mom, and her siblings were among them. They fell in love with the beauty of the valley.

Mary’s brother Fred began building commercial condo units with the idea of bringing businesses to Angel Fire. He opened SkiTech in 1985 in one of the condo units he built on North Angel Fire Road. Fred brought with him their younger brother, fresh out of high school, to help run the business, as well as several other friends and family members who have since chosen to stay in Angel Fire and raise their children here.

Mary actually moved here in 1988 and made Angel Fire her home. Five years later, she purchased the business.

SkiTech was the first ski rental shop in Angel Fire to carry snowboards. They are the sole remaining shop that rents ski bibs and ski jackets as well as all the various equipment needed for ski or snowboard adventures. They have a great assortment of high-quality skis, snowboards, and snow blades. They will machine wax, wax and edge, sharpen, full tune, mount bindings, or provide full tune ups on equipment.

In the main showroom sales items include accessories, hats, jewelry, thermals, and much more. For all of your ski or snowboard rental needs, stop by Ski Tech, located at 52 North Angel Fire Rd. Happy to help you are Mary, her assistant Michael, and sweet little shop dog, Annie.

For more information call 575-377-3213 or make rental reservations at

2012 Winter Exhibit Juried Fine Art Event

The Moreno Valley Arts Council Presents 2012 Winter Exhibit Juried Fine Art Event

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Admission is free and donations are accepted.

Tuesday, February 14-21 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Closed on Sunday

In the Atrium at Centro Plaza, 3407 Hwy 434

Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Celebrates 30 Years

“Dinner of Thanks” Celebrates 30 Years at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Thanks to Lowe’s Valley Market and International Bank who sponsored our Dinner of Thanks, and Zeb’s Restaurant & Grill for the location and fabulous food. And to Tom Perry for the background music. Last Tuesday night was a night to remember! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, but not from sadness. It was from the laughter that was out of control! Light hearted silliness was our entire agenda.

I also want to say thank you to our Chamber Board Members for being such great participants and good sports when I pulled out the “Thank You” headbands for them to wear. They knew nothing about this prior to being called into the spot light! Then with their floppy headbands on, they were asked to sing a re-write of the song “Oh Lord It’s Hard to be Humble When Your Perfect in Every Way”, as a salute to our members. You can only imagine how funny it was. Then everyone in the room sang along for the chorus’ and laughter raised the roof!

Most people were unaware that we have been an organization for 30 years. We wanted to throw a party to say thank you to our members for their loyalty and support. We celebrated new members who have joined this year to members from the original group of businesses who came together to start the Chamber in 1982. Several of these businesses are still members and have been with us for these 30 years! Membership now at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce has reached a grand total of 202. We have restructured dues, done away with the extra fees, and look forward to the next 30 years.

Again I want to say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to All of our members. “Jo Knows” how special you all are!

Snow Storms In The Forecast, The Mountains Are Calling!

February 7, 2012 – Several storms have rolled through the Southern Rockies in the last two weeks, blanketing our trails with a mountain of dry, southwest powder. With the new snow, we have opened the popular hike-to trails at the summit, adding to the wide variety of terrain open. Including steeps, groomers, glades, terrain parks, bunny slopes and Nordic trails. With a 42″ base, no lift lines, great lodging and lesson packages, and plenty of fun weekend events, you gotta come outside and play. If we could hit your front door with a snowball from here, we would! Call 800-633-7463 to book your family’s winter getaway today.

Shovel Racing Returns February 11-12, 2012

The famous Angel Fire Shovel Race Championships return to the lower front-side of the Angel Fire ski mountain this Saturday and Sunday. Open to competitors of all ages. Great for spectators! Live music in the Village Haus by the Jimmy Stadler Band following the competition on Saturday.

Angel Fire Resort Shovel Race Championships

Wax Those Shovels: Shovel Racing Returns February 11-12, 2012!

Friday, February 10, 2012

  • 8:00 am to 3:00 pm – Registration in Village Haus; Located on the Base Area Deck
  • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Practice day; Officials will be at the top of the course to assist

Saturday, February 11, 2012

  • 7:00 am to 9:00 am – Final registration in Village Haus
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm – Practice on practice course ONLY
  • 9:30 am to 3:30 pm – RACE DAY
    • Single course lane on Exhibition
    • One competitor at a time will race on the race course
    • Competitors will race during their scheduled category time
    • Competitors will compete one run and immediately go back to the start to complete their second run
  • 4:30 pm – Awards After Party in Village Haus
    • Over $1,000 in cash, gift cards, certificates and prizes
    • Top 3 best times in each age category will receive prizes
    • A prize will also be awarded to the fastest overall time
  • 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Live music in Village Haus
    • Come check out The Jimmy Stadler Band!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

  • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Just For Fun Day registration in Village Haus
  • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Just For Fun Day
    • All riders must have lift ticket to ride Lift #2 and have signed a release.

Craziest Shovel Race Costume Contest

  • Race down the course in your craziest costume and win prizes! Must be a registered competitor to compete.

Racing Details

  • All racers who are racing in more than one category MUST let the course official know before they start each run with category they are racing for that run.
  • Production shovels only – NO MODIFIEDS.
  • All racers must have a lift ticket or season/membership pass to access Lift #2.
  • Lift tickets to access Lift #2 will be sold at registration. The cost will be $10.
  • Everyone will be required to sign a release. Releases will be available during registration.
  • Angel Fire Resort will have a very limited number of shovels for use so it is recommended that all racers bring their own shovels.
  • Helmets and eye protection are required and will NOT be supplied by Angel Fire Resort. However they can be rented/purchased at the Angel Fire Resort Rental & Retail Shops.
  • You must be wearing a bib to be on course including practice courses. NO EXCEPTIONS!

For more information and details please visit

We Love Our Members! Valentine’s Dinner

Angel Fire Resort members and their guests are invited to a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Celebrate with someone special as you savor a spectacular dinner, prepared with love by Chef Mathias Klemmt, a delicious glass of win and soothing music by Laura Lee & Co and a classy jazz ensemble featuring romantic, danceable music. Please join us and make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one.

Date: February 14, 2012

Time: Dinner from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Live Music: Featuring Laura Lee & Co from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Elements at Angel Fire Resort Country Club

Open exclusively to Ange Fire Resort members and their guests for this Valentine’s Day event.

Price: $49 per person (Includes dinner, a glass of red or white wine, live entertainment and roses for the ladies. Tax and gratuity not included.)

RSVP to 575-377-3055.

Space is limited, members and their guests only please!

Angel Fire Nordic Center Taste-N-Glide

Enjoy a munching, sipping and sliding nordic center tour before the big Super Bowl game!

When: Sunday, February 5, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Nordic Center, Angel Fire Resort

Cost: $25 (Excludes rentals)

For more information or to signup please call 575-377-4488.