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Archives for March 2012

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48 N. Angel Fire Rd.
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Inquiring Minds Want To Know Jo, Do You?

By Jo Mixon

Because a trip to Texas early in the week left me very little time to visit Angel Fire businesses, my story this week is a little different. The title will be “Inquiring Minds Want To Know Jo, Do You?”

When I began working at the Chamber last June, there was a very simple way of tracking and documenting incoming calls and visits. The result was a total comprised of x amount of phone calls and x amount of walk in visitors. For a variety of reasons, I felt that it was very important to have a more detailed summary of the business referrals we were giving out on a day-to-day basis to our members.

I wanted Chamber businesses to see the numbers, one of the best benefits of being Chamber members. I developed a more in-depth form, which provides much better documentation of the referrals sent to Chamber members. We have spent the better part of last year tracking, in great detail, all of the inquiries that come into the Chamber of Commerce office, categorizing them as either phone calls, contact through the Chamber website, or actual foot traffic in the office.

Then the information in each category is broken down with names, contact, and request data. I have attached the numbers at the end of this article for those who will find it interesting. We’re finding that even in off-season times of the year, the volume of inquiries is still significant. For instance, in April 2011, 200 people physically visited the Chamber; in May the number of physical visitors rose to 239; in October 245; and in November 171.

Summer and winter peak season numbers are obviously higher, but the number of off-season visitors, along with telephone and website inquiries indicates that Angel Fire attracts visitors in a steady stream – even in the “shoulder” seasons.

In addition to keeping up with the direct referrals sent to member businesses, the Chamber also has a “miscellaneous” category. Some of the inquiries we receive really keep us on our toes, and can only be filed under “miscellaneous.”

For instance, in early August a lady called to report a big black steer walking down the street and backing up traffic on the road to Taos Pines… and would we do something about it?” Another lady wanted to know if Angel Fire had Lime’s disease. She had acquired a tic in her groin area while out hiking and wanted us to tell her how to remove it. I’m not sure why she called the Chamber, other than we are known to have answers! Another lady wanted a pastor who would marry them at midnight on New Year’s Eve (and we found one for her!), and most recently a man asked Sheila if clothing was optional in Angel Fire.

Wow! Inquiring minds really do want to know.

If you are not yet a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, we would love to have you join. Come by, have a cup of coffee, and let us explain more of the benefits of our membership. We are proud to be working towards a more service-oriented Chamber for the businesses in our membership and we are very proud to promote Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley. I personally believe there is nowhere better to live. While others spend thousands of dollars to vacation here, we are privileged to wake up to this beauty every morning!

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
Centro Plaza
3407 Hwy 434
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Spring Break Events @ Angel Fire Resort!

Saturday, March 10 to Saturday, March 17

All Week Long (Monday to Friday)

  • 11:00 am to 2:00 pm – Grill & Bar on Deck, Smoothies, Summit Beach Bar, Night Skiing, Clinics, BBQ, S’mores & More at Nordic Center, Fine Dining at Elements, Great Skiing & Riding!


  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Night Rider Rail Jam
  • 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Registration & Warm Up on Night Rider
  • 5:00 pm – Rail Jam Contest Begins
  • 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Live Music at The Village Haus Featuring The Monkey Feeders


  • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – TTN No Drama Day – Luck of the Draw, On-Mountain Games & Fun With Twin Tip Nation!
  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Live Music at The Village Haus Featuring The Monkey Feeders
  • 9:00 pm to 12:00 am – Club Night in the Garden Court, DJ Mike Dance Party, Must Be 21 Or Older

Monday – College Pride Day

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Live Music at The Village Haus Featuring Asper Kourt
  • 9:00 pm to 12:00 am – Club Night in the Garden Court, DJ Mike Dance Party, Must Be 21 Or Older

Tuesday – Crazy Hat Day

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Live Music at The Village Haus Featuring Asper Kourt
  • 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Live Music at Legends Grill Featuring Kate-Lynn Logan
  • 9:00 pm to 12:00 am – Club Night in the Garden Court, DJ Mike Dance Party, Must Be 21 Or Older

Wednesday – Hawaiian Shirt Day

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Live Music at The Village Haus Featuring Lost Lingo
  • 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Live Music at Legends Grill Featuring Kate-Lynn Logan
  • 8:15 pm – Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Gather at the Base of Exhibition for an Exciting Light Show!

Thursday – Ugly Sweater Day

  • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Scavenger Hunt on the Mountain, Check In and Get the First Clue at the Tent at the Base of the Chile Express
  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Martini Night at Elements, Live Music Featuring Kate-Lynn Logan

Friday – 80s Retro Day

  • 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Lie Music at The Village Haus Featuring The Rudy Boy Experiment
  • 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Ski Bum Ball in The Village Haus, Zany Retro Costume Contest, $3.50 Drafts, Charity Raffle Benefitting AFR Ski Patrol, King & Queen Will Be Crowned!

Saturday – St. Patrick’s Green Day

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Night Rider Rail Jam
  • 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Registration & Warm Up on Night Rider
  • 5:00 pm – Rail Jam Contest Begins

Hypnotist Rusty Z

As Seen On TV Network

When: Saturday, March 3, 2012

7:00 pm – All Ages Welcome

9:00 pm – 21 & Older Only, Cash Bar Available

Where: Laffs @ Angel Fire Resort

For more information please call 800-633-7463.

Angel Fire Sustainability Committee Says “We Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

This week’s featured “I Know Jo” business of the week is Angel Fire Sustainability Committee.

Recycling is and has been a part of my life style for as long as I can remember. I carried my own cloth bags into stores way before it was the norm. Ask my sister, she’ll tell you that I hyperventilate if I have to use a plastic bag at a store! I have also always had separation containers in my home for plastics, glass, cardboard, and cans. So when I was asked to be a part of the Sustainability Committee of Angel Fire, it seemed like a great fit!

The committee is comprised of the following volunteer members, most of whom are pictured above:

  • Rick Sprott, Chairman plus Planning, Funding, and Hub Relations
  • Tara Chisum, Vice Chair plus Education and Outreach Programs
  • Cindy Sprott, Secretary plus Committee Administration and Outreach
  • Scott Jones, Grants and Web Master
  • Guy Wood, Media Outreach
  • Jerry Halpern, Residential Education and Outreach
  • Jo Mixon, Business Education and Outreach, Chamber of Commerce Liaison
  • Carol Rupp, Business Education and Outreach, Arts

Andrew Gonzales, Moreno Valley High School Student Programs with Ben Liddle as acting member while Andrew is in Argentina as an exchange student

Non-voting members include Christy Germscheid, Village Council Liaison, and Scott Gibson, Village Recycling Center Supervisor.

This group is energetic and has accomplished a great deal. Rick shared with me that in June 2009, the Village Council established the Recycling Committee, then later expanded its charter and renamed it the Sustainability Committee. From the beginning, the committee has worked hand-in-glove with the Solid Waste Department, which had already established an impressive recycling program and was considered the state model for rural recycling programs.

Since the Committee began its work, the Village recycling rate has increased from 5% in 2009 to 9% in 2011, and landfill waste dropped 14% from 2010 to 2011 alone. The vision in the Committee’s Strategic plan is for Angel Fire to be the premier rural recycling program in the nation. The Solid Waste Department has also made recycling and waste reduction good business by selling recyclable materials and eliminating the cost of paying to transport and landfill solid waste. In 2011, the Village realized $53,625 in revenue and savings from recyclable sales and reduced waste to our landfill. The results are even more important in these difficult financial times, so the committee’s work to reduce waste and increase recycling has monetary rewards as well as environmental ones.

The Sustainability Committee focuses on education and outreach, grant writing, and coordination with other communities to build on the Department’s program. It has had several major accomplishments since its inception. Grants have been awarded for a glass crusher, a collection trailer and bins for collection at local businesses and homes; and a central location for recyclable materials as well as trash disposal has been established. It has moved towards Angel Fire becoming a hub system by working to involve regional cooperation and collaboration with Red River, Cimarron, Eagle Nest, Raton, Taos, and Philmont Scout Camp (with an equal partner focus). To me that’s pretty impressive.

So as Rick Sprott, Chairman of the committee says, “Reducing waste and increasing recycling just makes sense.” I totally agree! Please join the efforts!