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Archives for April 2012

Garden Club 2012 State Convention

Attention, you are cordially invited to attend the 63rd Annual New Mexico State Garden Club 2012 State Convention.

The event will be hosted by District II, North Central Region in Angel Fire, New Mexico. It will be held May 29 to 31, 2012 and early registration will end May 11, 2012.

For more information and a list of activities and meetings please call Fannie Mackie at 575-613-6518 .

Convention posters are on sale at The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce and The Angel Fire Visitor Center.

Also stop by both businesses to see the beautiful display of hand painted cowboy boots, by local artists to be given as door prizes
at the convention.

If any business would like to donate or contribute door prizes or items for the silent auction please call Maria Beck at 575-377-3404.

Director Jacque Boyd Says “I know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

This week’s featured I Know Jo member is Moreno Valley High School.

Jacque Boyd told me that it is the goal of Moreno Valley High School, now in its tenth year, to enable each of the eighty young people who make up the student body to become lifelong learners and responsible, productive citizens. She said, “We want to give our students the skills to thrive in the world after they graduate from MVHS in whatever it is they choose to accomplish. And our graduation rate is phenomenal!” She went on to tell me that the school, being a charter high school, has a little more freedom than other public high schools. They are required to follow the same rules as other public high schools, but they are more project and presentation based. They use the Paideia Program which, according to the MVHS website, is a curriculum that embodies three approaches to teaching: Socratic Seminar, Academic Coaching, and Didactic Instruction. MVHS supports innovation, critical thinking and active student participation. Also, as a charter school, there are no enrollment boundaries; as a result over 1/3 of the students travel to MVHS from places like Taos, Red River, and Questa.

We discussed the wide range of advance placement classes offered, including art and music and the school’s philosophy of Fitness for Life. The students get actively involved in community service projects.

(If you haven’t visited the school bus garden, it’s worth a trip!) School is in session from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday. The four-day school week was started many years ago in New Mexico as a rural energy saver, but the schedule is as intensive as a five-day per week program. Plus it leaves room for Friday Ski Day, which in a resort town like Angel Fire is a great incentive.

Then as usual, I asked Jacque what it was that had attracted her to Angel Fire. She and her husband had purchased land here in 1988 because of the sheer beauty of the Valley, and because the airport had a 9,000-foot runway. Since they were both pilots, the long runway appealed to them. One thing led to another, and after her husband’s death, Jacque found herself spending more and more time here.

Angel Fire was a big difference from the airport in Ft. Worth, Texas where she lived. I thought I had mistaken what she said, and asked again. Yes, I had heard her correctly; Jacque lived in her hanger at an airport with her airplane! She said her grandchild had once been accused by a pre-school teacher of fabricating stories because she was telling everyone that her Grandma lived in a hanger and could walk outside her front door, get into her airplane, and fly anywhere in the world. The teacher was surprised to learn it was not a fabrication, but the truth!

Jacque shared with me that she has had her pilot license since she was 24 years old. When she decided to move to Angel Fire full time in 2002, her first employment with MVHS was as an aviation teacher. During her first three years at MVHS, she saw directors come and go. When the timing was right she decided to apply for the position. She has now been the Director at MVHS for five years, and recently signed on for at least another three. She and the 14 faculty and staff members do a fabulous job.

We are lucky to have MVHS in Angel Fire, NM, and I am asking each of you to take the time to personally express your appreciation to Jacque for her dedication.

Check out the MVHS website at Remember them during fundraisers! Get involved, attend their many events and show your support!

Darth Up For Adoption

We have not had anyone respond to claim ownership of “Darth”, as we have dubbed him! Dr. Gaffney neutered him this week and gave him all of his vaccines. So, he is now for adoption.

He weighs 24 lbs, may be a skipperkee/chow mix, but has a very calm demeanor. He walks well on a leash and pretty much ignores our 2 office cats. Not sure how he would do with other dogs.

If you would like to provide a fun, loving home for “Darth”, please contact us at 575-377-3165.

Thank you.

Marcy, Hospital Manager
Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital

2nd Annual Community Flea Market

Save the date! It’s time for you to start going through and sorting! Clean out your attic, your closet, your car! What to keep, what to sell.

When: June 30, 2012

Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

You do not have to be a Chamber member to reserve a space. Small fee for space, you keep the money you earn on your sales!

For more information please call 800-446-8117 or visit

Angel Fire Spring Clean Up

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12, 2012 for the annual Spring clean up.

We will meet at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce at 8:30 am to sign in, pick up trash bags and gloves.

We will also be having a Bar-B-Que cook out to follow at Noon.

Thanks for your participation to help keep our town beautiful!

The Trailhead Says, “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

This weeks featured member is Altitude Cycles at The Trailhead.

Stan Samuels has embarked upon yet another fun adventure in Angel Fire. With his recent purchase of The Trailhead Gears Rentals and Tours, he is excited to be ramping up for summer cycling. He’s looking at the addition as a viable venture that will enhance his North Country Real Estate, Property Management, and Outfitter’s businesses.

Stan intends to keep The Trailhead open year round. During the summer season it will be transformed into “Altitude Cycles at the Trailhead,” one of the first complete bike shops to open in Angel Fire. They are investing in tooling and working with vendors to be able to provide a full-service bike shop complete with sales, maintenance, repair, and rentals. Stan has hired Kurt Schweitzer who, with 25 years of experience in ski and cycling retail, speaks “Bike Geek”, to manage the shop.

Kurt told me that, with all the improvements Angel Fire Resort has made to their Bike Park, Angel Fire has become a premier mountain bike destination, and with the mountainous terrain in and around the valley for street bike enthusiasts, he sees Angel Fire wide open for growth in the cycling industry. He even intends to compete in the Double Bounty Ultra Endurance event himself. The bike shop will be open for business May 14 followed by a Grand Opening Business After Hours on May 17.

Not only will they have the full-scale bike shop, but they will also be booking hiking, rafting, hunting, and fishing adventures. Then in the winter The Trailhead will revert back to Ski and Snowboard rental and sales. They intend to upgrade the existing stock with newer equipment. The staff working with Kurt will continue to be buyer Melanie Davis, head ski tech Andrey Santistevan and Ezra Medina.

Stan Samuels has been in the Moreno Valley for 40 years. He told me that when he first came here he “didn’t know nothing about nothing, but now he knows a little about a variety if things.” In 1972, he moved here as a district forester and made Angel Fire his home. Since then he has been actively involved with helping to build the community.

Stan has worked at many endeavors over the years. He has built over 500 homes in and around the area and created seven subdivisions in Angel Fire as a private developer. He was even one of the founding fathers of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, and has been a member for about 25 years. But one of the things I found most interesting when talking with Stan is that he is a native New Mexican, born and raised. His family came to New Mexico in the 1880s. His grandfather, George E. Moffit, was one of the signers of the New Mexico Constitution. Interesting bit of historical trivia, don’t you think? Plus I bought a really cute pair of jeweled sandals during my visit at the Trailhead, at a bargain price!

For more information about Stan’s many businesses stop by North Country Real Estate, 15 Halo Pines Terrace, 575-377-6651 or stop in and shop after May 14, Altitude Cycles at The Trailhead, 48 North Angel Fire Road. Call them at 575-377-1010, or visit

Male Dog Found

Over Easter weekend Dr. Gaffney found a male dog running on the property between the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial and the Hite Ranch (toward the blinking light). The dog is not neutered, weighs about 25 pounds, is black and had a harness on.

If you are the owner, or know who this dog might belong to, please contact our office at 575-377-3165.

Thank you,

Marcy, Hospital Manager
Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital

Female Dog Lost

“Peak-a-Boo” is a 10 year old female and greatly missed. She was last seen on April 8, 2012 near the Pizza Stop on North Angel Fire Rd. If you have any information please call Nancy at 575-377-6416.

Hatcha’s Grill Spring Hours

The Hatcha’s family thanks you for your business, support, and choosing Hatcha’s Grill!

Spring Hours

  • Open – Tuesday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Closed – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

We will be extending summer hours and open to you on May 26, 2012.

3453 Mountain View Blvd.
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Day Before Tax Day Party

Join us at Laguna Vista Lodge Saloon the bay before tax day.

When: April 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Where: 51 E Therma Dr, Eagle Nest, NM

Visit our Saloon for free hot dogs, s’mores and socializing. “Screw-me-over-drivers” for only $4.00!

We will have a fire going in the fireplace in the Courtyard for you to cook your free hot dogs and the supplies to make an old favorite s’mores.

We all have to file taxes. Why not spend some time with friends and act like a kid again. Escape the stress of tax day for a few hours.