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Archives for June 2012

Angel Fire Resort Upcoming Events

Movies Under The Stars

Captain America: The First Avenger, PG-13

When: July 6, 2012

Free at the Angel Fire Resort Country Club every Friday in July. Concessions and cash bar available.

Huck Finn Day

When: July 7, 2012 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join us for a fun day at Monte Verde Lake! $25 per person, $15 for kids ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and under. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm barbecue lunch, burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon, lemonade and iced tea. 11:00 am to 2:00 pm live music featuring Los Amigos. Contests include biggest fish, costume and longest distance cast. Winners announced at 1:30 pm. Get your tickets in advance by calling 575-377-3055. Walk-ups welcome.

Movies Under The Stars

Every Friday in July. Movies begin at dark.

This popular summer family event is back with another great season of FREE outdoor movies. Bring your chairs, jackets, blankets and join us on the Country Club lawn for four weeks of Friday night movies in July. Free popcorn available. Concessions and bar available for purchase. For last minute weather cancellations, please call 575-377-6401.

2012 lineup includes:

July 6, 2012 – Captain America: The First Avenger, PG-13
July 13, 2012 – Rango, PG
July 20, 2012 – Iron Man 2, PG-13
July 27, 2012 – Tangled, PG

Family Cowboy BBQ

When: July 29, 2012 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Enjoy a roundtrip scenic chairlift ride on the Chile Express. At summit there will be a BBQ, live entertainment featuring Cowboy Bob (a cowboy poet and musician) and horse wagon and trail ride provided by Roadrunner Tours. $48.50 for adults ages 13 and up and $38 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for kids ages 5 and under. Member discounts apply. To book, please call 575-377-3055.

Red Cloud Ranch Says, “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Red Cloud Ranch Bed & Breakfast

You know, every week when I visit one of our Chamber member businesses, I think it is the greatest place I’ve ever been. But the next week comes around and I find yet another member whose business is absolutely magical! This week my grandson Greg and I had the privilege of spending time with Stevie Bass and her husband Ken Gallard at the Red Cloud Ranch, their little piece of heaven on earth. Nestled in the forest high on the mountain between Angel Fire and Taos, is the Red Cloud Ranch Retreat, a rustic working cattle ranch that they open to the public in June, July, and August as a Bed & Breakfast. Serene, secluded, and sacred are the words that came to mind as they toured us around the grounds.

Twenty-two years ago, Ken and Stevie purchased the 220 acres and began restoration on an old hunting lodge, the only building on the property at the time, which dates back to the 1930’s. With their two young children in tow, they spent the first few summers living in tents as they renovated the cabin, turning it into what is now the Welcome Cabin, where guests are served a gourmet breakfast, as they look out over a brook fed trout pond to the majestic Wheeler Peak and the Sangre de Cristos Mountains.

They spent their first six years at the ranch without water or electricity! It is obvious that this ranch is a labor of love! They now have two other guesthouses, which are available for rent in the summer months. A perfect place to relax and unwind from the fast paced stress of city life, they want your stay to be a “rejuvenating and healthful experience”. With an emphasis on serving healthy natural foods, Stevie cooks using fresh organic items from her garden whenever possible. She serves only hormone free meats and no trans fats. The real secret treat I discovered is that Inn Keeper Stevie is a well-known nationally published food stylist and recipe creator. Better Homes and Gardens featured the food of Red Cloud Ranch in a June 1996 18-page spread. In my opinion, you might not want to miss her breakfast!

They also put emphasis on keeping their land as a traditional wildlife habitat. Land stewardship is what Ken calls it. No motorized vehicles are allowed past the cabins. All of the work on the ranch is done on horseback. We took a hike on the Nature Trail Stevie and Ken have cleared. It is a family friendly interpretive nature-hiking trail, complete with 55 stations along the way, with descriptions and explanations of the flora and fauna which give environmental facts about the forest. Greg’s favorite was the Ponderosa Pine Tree, or as Ken called it, the Ice-Cream Tree. A few years ago, he and Stevie were horseback riding in the forest and an aroma filled the air. They could not explain the phenomenon. He said it smelled like Jamocha Almond Fudge ice cream. Ken said he finally got off the horse and stuck his nose into the bark of the Ponderosa Pine, and sure enough, this was the source of the smell! With a little caution Greg stuck his nose to the tree and let out a joyful giggle and said, “It does!” So I had to try it, too. They are absolutely right, Jamocha Almond Fudge. I swear I could even smell the waffle cone! Also dotting their trail are many whimsical creatures that Stevie has artistically created out of wood she has found in the forest.

As an added personal pampering touch for her guests at the Ranch, Stevie provides monogrammed robes both for adults and children. And they photograph their guests, sending them the photos after their stay. This brings me to another fascinating fact I learned about our hosts. Ken has his own internationally known “sideline”. His extreme ski and lifestyle photography is published in many magazines in the US and Canada. I googled him later and found his photography to be beautifully breathtaking.

I highly recommend a stay at the Red Cloud Ranch. Included in their rates is a four-day special with the fourth day at half-priced, and a week special, with the seventh day free. Spend your days in the relaxing untouched beauty of the ranch as you hike, bike, bird watch, fish or canoe in the pond; or simply enjoy the solitude while you soak in the hot tub. Visit their website, for a virtual tour. Call Stevie at 575-751-0015. Tell her Jo sent you!


Angel Fire ArtSpace Kick Off

We’re kicking off the summer event season with a special feature:

Debbie Flood from Belfast, Maine.

When: Thursday, July 5, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Wine and cheeses will be available. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you then!

Special Workshop Event @ The Roasted Clove

Katherine McDermott will be teaching a 2 hour workshop in partnership with the Arts and Carafe organization (Taos). The painting workshop will use acrylic on canvas to paint a poppy very similar to the one pictured. It’s a great deal for those wanting to learn and for those who’d just like to watch! The workshop will be on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at The Roasted Clove. Workshop fees are only $40 and include all materials. Wine and beer will be available for purchase by the glass and appetizers as well (yum!). Click the image to go to the sign up site, and mark the date to just show up, have a glass of wine, and watch! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Moreno Valley High School Art Department.

Stray Hearts Adoptathon & Barbecue

Angel Fire… have we got a deal for you?!

When: Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Flea Market, Centro Plaza Parking Lot, Hwy 434

Now is a great time to adopt! And the shelter is still full! Even better special adoption prices now through the end of July!

Adult dogs $35, puppies $60, adult cats $15, kittens $20 each or 2 for $35.

Adoption fees include spay/neuter, vaccinations, bag of food and one month of pet insurance.

Also, join us at the Annual Stray Hearts 4th of July Barbecue

When: July 4, 2012 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: KTAOS Solar Center

Featuring music by Lonesome Town and games for the kids. Plus Thom Wheeler’s famous BBQ, all you can eat!

Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50. Kids age 8 and under are free.

For more information and to buy tickets contact Stray Arts Gallery, 113 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, 575-758-9780.

Come see us at the Shelter:

1200 St. Francis Ln.
Taos, NM
Monday to Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Missoula Children’s Theatre 2012 Tour

The Moreno Valley Arts Council presents the 2012 Tour for Missoula Children’s Theatre

Performance: Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Registration: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

Where: Moreno Valley High School

Scholarships are available, contact MVAC at 575-377-6273.

This program funded in part by New Mexico Arts, a Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by The National Endowment for the Arts.

Kids Camp Says, “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Kids Camp at the Angel Fire Community Center

It’s that time of the year again when Greg, my grandson from Texas, comes to visit me for a month. We lovingly refer to this time as Camp Memaw! This summer while he’s visiting he has also chosen to attend Kids Camp. The first day he was here, upon referral from my friend Nancy Burch, who owns and operates Roadrunner Tours, we went to the Community Center to talk with Shay Tibljas about the camp. Shay, who is the Community Center Coordinator, started Kids Camp in 2010. We looked at the schedule and Greg was immediately ready to sign up!

He has attended three days this week. Under the supervision of Karen Kelly and her assistant Jake Colenda, Greg and the kids at Kids Camp have gone horseback riding with Nancy, swimming at the country club, taken an art class with Carol Rupp at White Dog Studio, been mountain biking up the greenbelt trails and at the Resort Bike Park. They also played disk golf, eurobungied, hit the climbing wall, and hiked down Heading Home. All of this in three days… kid heaven! And if you look at their calendar at, you will see this is not all Kids Camp has to offer.

One of the great things about how Shay has Kids Camp set up is the parent/child option to choose the days they want to attend based around the activities planned for each day. Greg has picked out all of the days he wants to attend for his entire visit in Angel Fire. Kids Camp is open June 4 through August 9, 2012. They meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is room for up to 23 kids, ages 5 to 12. McKenna Hedgepeth and Brooke Perry are called in to help on days when the camp is full. Fees for attending are $23 per day for locals, with multiple-child discounts or a flat weekly rate. The fee includes lunch and snacks. Shay told me about the great partnerships the camp has with other venues in the village that make it possible to keep the per-camper costs down. She also said she refers those with kids ages 2 to 5 to Mountain Day Care Camp at the Resort.

Then I talked to Shay about other activities at the Community Center, which is open year round. Each month a calendar is posted on both their website and ours, with schedules for exercise classes, bridge groups, bible studies, pickle ball, open gym days and much more. She would like to get a basketball team together. If you’re interested call her at 575-377-1544. Although Shay must charge fees for usage of the Community Center, the facility is not a profit-making venue. The goal is to break even so that it can be adequately maintained and remain available for use. Call to book weddings, reunions, dances, etc.

Eventually I asked how Shay came to Angel Fire. While they were residents of Colorado, she and her high school sweetheart (now husband) Rob, decided they wanted to live and raise their children in a small mountain community. Rob’s grandmother was one of the original settlers in Eagle Nest, so he had spent many childhood summers in the area. They chose Angel Fire 10 years ago, never wanting to go anywhere else.

My advice; enroll your kids or grandkids in Kids Camp in Angel Fire this summer. They’ll make memories for a lifetime and have way too much fun!

Noche Del Rancho

An Event of the Moreno Valley Arts Council

When: Friday, July 13, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Trails End Ranch

A fiesta for the arts, get your tickets now!

Gourmet dinner, wine by Vivac Winery, live music by Reynaldo Maestas and the Buenaventura Mariachi Band. Prizes, fine food, fabulous music for the arts.

Couples $200, individuals $150, special rates for ArtsFest artists.

Call ArtSpace Gallery at 575-377-6273 for more information or visit

Angel Fire Wellness Fair 2012

When: Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Free breakfast burritos! Door prizes!

Blood drive by United Blood Services! For appointment call 575-377-3301. Blood donor walk-ins welcome.


  • Free cholesterol testing
  • Other labs at reduced cost
  • BP, pulse and BMI calculation
  • Chiropractic info
  • Acupuncture info
  • Pediatric BP screening
  • Dental health info
  • Eye health info and screening
  • Substance abuse info
  • Diabetes and obesity info
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Pediatric developmental
  • Screening
  • Safety and fire prevention


  • Taos Chiropractic Health Center
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • Angel Fire Physical Therapy
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Yoga – Debbie Halpern
  • Children’s Workshop
  • Red River Family Dentistry
  • J. Van Antwerp – Shiatsu Massage
  • Kathy Dunbar – Massage
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Ken Swengel – Home Environmental Testing

Sponsored By

  • Angel Fire Community Foundation
  • Moreno Valley Healthcare Clinic
  • Angel Fire Fire Department
  • RealEyes

Pacheco’s Landscaping & Nursery Says, “I Know Jo, Do You?”

I have spent a couple of very relaxing visits this week at Pacheco’s Landscaping and Nursery. The minute you walk inside the greenhouse structure a peace quickly falls upon you! It must be a mixture of the various color arrays, the stillness, the beauty, and the aroma of the plants. The first day I was there the Angel Fire Garden Club ladies were celebrating National Garden Week. Max and Ernestina Pacheco both told me how important the Garden Club has been to them over the years. They have helped to educate not only the Pacheco’s themselves but the residents of the Valley as to what plants truly do survive in our Zone 3 to 4 climate.

The next day I sat with Max and Ernestina asking them about their business. I found out that Max had been working as a landscaper here since 1987. The Pacheco’s live in Chacon but move to Angel Fire for the summer seasons. They began their nursery by leasing Wheeler’s lot next door to the car wash about eight years ago because Max grew tired of hauling his equipment up and down the canyon pass. At that time it became a family affair involving Ernestina and their children, and they have been at the current location for the past four years. Max says their main business is landscaping but they also provide irrigation systems, tree thinning, drainage systems, retaining walls, water features, and they have added cost effective patios made out of riccobene stone. Ernestine turns her main attention, – at least when its not on the grandkids, the kids and Max, – to tending the nursery. She designed the greenhouse herself. She made it specifically so that plants could be housed early in the season, and would not freeze.

The next day I visited again, this time to learn how to pot a basket to hang over a deck. Daughter-in-law Lisa is the key arrangement botanist. She explained to me in detail the mixture of the soils to use and how to make an appealing arrangement. I got my hands in the dirt and loved it!

But my favorite story from the Pacheco’s came when I asked them how long they had been married. Max said, “We got married in 1981, how long is that?” Ernestina giggled and they told me how they met in 1978 when she was 17 and he was 19. He worked at a gas station in Mora and she worked as a waitress while going to school. He said she drove a hatchback Nova and every day would come into the gas station for $2.00 of gas. He told me he had to wash a lot of windows to get her attention! He wanted to ask her out but didn’t know where she lived, and she would only tell him that she lived across the river. Finally he asked a friend where this beautiful mystery girl in the hatchback Nova lived because he wanted to date her. Max found her house and went to the door, but Ernestina’s aunt mistook him for his older brother who was married and had two children so she ran him off. Ernestina cried. When her Dad arrived home to a crying daughter, he clarified to them that he believed they had the wrong brother. He was sure that the brother who worked at the gas station was the younger single Pacheco boy. And the rest is history!

The time to plant is now, so go see the Pacheco family at 3635 Mountain View Blvd, almost to the blinking light. They support the community of Angel Fire giving 10% discount to locals, 15% discounts to businesses, and 20% discount to contractors. They will take your orders early for fall, spring, and summer planting. The phone number is 575-377-1161.