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Archives for July 2012

Family Cowboy BBQ

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 rides provided by Roadrunner Tours. Kids 5 and under are FREE!

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

Kids (6-12) $38, Adults (13+) $48.40

To book, please call 575-377-3055.

Reservations strongly encouraged. Member discounts apply. Meeting place is at the ticket office next to the Chile Express. Please be advised that children must be able to sit unassisted on the chairlift by themselves – no sitting in parents laps.

Helping The Planet Through Recycling

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce is raising funds and helping the planet through recycling.

Recycle your inkjet cartridges and old cell phones by bringing them into the chamber offices at 3407 Mountain View Blvd.

Buy recycled! Go to to purchase high quality recycled inkjet cartridges and 10% of your purchase goes to help fund the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce!

Laguna Vista Lodge Historic Restaurant & Saloon Says, “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

This weeks featured member is Bert Clemens of Laguna Vista.

Although now a peaceful relaxing place with remodeled rooms and majestic views of Eagle Nest Lake and the mountains beyond, the Laguna Vista Lodge Historic Restaurant and Saloon takes you a step back time. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit this week with Bert and Karel Clemens learning about the rich historical value their business represents. They have owned and operated this amazing property with its main street boardwalk in Eagle Nest, New Mexico for the past 33 years. Bert and Karel moved to Eagle Nest from Washington D.C. after purchasing the 5-1/2 acre, 32,000 square foot complex because Bert saw it as “the land of opportunity.”

With over 110 years of history, the Laguna Vista, first named the El Monte, was an illegal gambling casino and hotel of ill repute, frequented by politicians and other well to-do elite, as well as outlaws, gold miners, and mountain men. It is said that some of these visitors and ladies of the night still remain in ghostly form.

Located above the restaurant is the old hotel. A few years back, Bert had the hidden staircase to the upstairs rebuilt. During our tour, I mused about the stories these rooms could probably tell! Keeping with the original wall papers and designs, the Clemens have replaced the beds with antique dinning room tables, so you can now request your meal be enjoyed in one of the upstairs rooms – that is if you don’t mind being joined by a ghost. Imagine the adventure! The restaurant, Calamity Jane’s, is leased to Jane and Frank Saloris. I caught Jane in the kitchen making one of her much-sought-after pastries.

The Laguna Vista includes a hotel with 25 newly remodeled rooms, half of which have full kitchens. Also on site is a meeting room/dance hall available for reunions, weddings and events, a 50-foot outdoor stage equipped with cookers and kiva fireplace, as well the historic restaurant and saloon. The Laguna Vista Saloon still houses the original bar purchased in 1890. It was built in Chicago, then put on a train to Denver before finishing its journey to Eagle Nest via horse-drawn wagons. Bert says they have received many awards and recognition for the work they have done to preserve the historical value of the Laguna Vista. The Saloon was voted “Best of the West Saloon” in 2005 by True West Magazine, the restaurant and lodge were rated as “Best Restaurant and Lodge” in the valley by Frommer’s Travel Guide, and featured in the Sunset Magazine 2002 edition.

I asked Bert and Karel if they had any favorite stories to share in their years as innkeepers. He said he wished he had kept a diary of all the interesting stories through out the years. An episode of the “Late Show With David Letterman” was filmed there, and various dignitaries and celebrities have visited throughout the decades, but he spoke mostly of loyal guests who have come back year after year after year to stay with them. I personally believe one of the reasons they keep coming back, besides the great accommodations and friendly staff, is the unique gift found in every room. Bert and Karel put a trademark little yellow rubber duck as a gift in every room. These ducks are theme related. They have farmer ducks, mechanic ducks and ducks representing many other trades, as well as ducks representing every branch of the military. All the holidays are represented with rubber ducks, and if a wedding is booked the guests get bride and groom ducks! Bert said one guest has told him she keeps coming back because she wants to own the entire collection! Not only that, but Laguna Vista Lodge being a pet-friendly hotel, gives each four legged guest a pet convenience gift bag at check in. They really go the extra mile at the Laguna Vista!

During the years Bert has been in the Valley, he has served on many state boards, and has been instrumental in getting bills passed at the state level for the benefit of the Moreno Valley. He served as President of the State Liquor Board in 1989 and is past chairman of the Restaurant Association of New Mexico. But something very important I want to share about the Clemens, who are pillars of the Moreno Valley in so many ways, is that Bert was one of the founding fathers of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce in 1983. The Laguna Vista has been a continuous member since that date. He told me that he was President of the Board when we moved into the space we now own in Centro Plaza. I say, “salute and thank you!”

For more information or to make a reservation at the Laguna Vista, call 800-821-2093, email, or visit

Be sure to tell them you know Jo!

Business After Hours

Come join us for a great opportunity to network with other businesses and friends! Bring your business cards. Food, fun, and door prizes!

When: Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, 3407 Mountain View Blvd.

We are asking everyone that would like to donate food trays, drinks, or door prizes to please contact Jo or Mari at 575-377-6353. Thanks! See you tonight!

Lost Dog – Shank

Shank was lost on July 21, 2012 a few miles east of the ski mountain. He is a blue Heeler puppy and is 5 months old. If you have seen Shank please call 575-737-1600 or call the Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital at 575-377-3165. There is a reward for his safe return.

Thank you.

Marcy, Hospital Manager
Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital

Angel Fire Garden Tour

Hosted by Angel Fire Garden Club. Registration is from 8:00 am to 9:30 am at the Visitors Center.

When: Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tour and luncheon at the Roasted Clove $25, limited to the first 150 people. Reservations needed by July 14, 2012. Silent auction, no credit cards, tour only $10.

Tickets at Angel Fire Visitors Center, Chamber of Commerce, Alipine Gardens, Pacheo’s Nursery.

Mail checks to AFGC Tour, PO Box 503, Angel Fire, NM 87710. For further information please call 575-377-9917.

Enchanted Landscaping 20% Off Sale

20% Off Sale, Discount Valid Thursday, July 19, 2012 to Thursday, July 26, 2012

Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs & House Plants

Hanging Baskets – Petunia, Ivy Geranium, Calibrachoa, Lobelia, Verbena

Annuals – Geranium, Petunia, Impatience, Gazania, Lantana & More

Perennials – Peony, Larkspur, Echinacea, Windflower, Hardy & Day Lily, Yarrow, Corral Bell, Primrose, Hosta, Bleeding Hearts & More

Shrubs – Austrian Copper Rose, Russian Sage, Pink Beauty Potentilla, Butterfly Bush, Canada Cherry, Honeysuckle, Old Gold Juniper & More

House Plants – schefflera, Asparagus Fern, Impatience, Spider Plant, Devils Ivy, Geranium, Fern & More

Also, 50% Off Select Items… Come See What You Can Get For 1/2 Price!

12 Agua Rd
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Volunteer Opportunities

The Angel Fire Visitor Center has openings for volunteers.

Are you a full time resident? A part time resident? Do you love meeting people and promoting Angel Fire? This could be the perfect opportunity for you to volunteer!

We are asking for at least four volunteers willing to promote tourism at the Angel Fire Visitor Center. Each shift is four hours, you choose am or pm. We have openings on Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information see Jimmy at the Visitor Center in Frontier Square or call 575-377-6555.

3rd Annual Dog Days Of Summer

Mattress Mary & Mollydog Productions Presents the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer

When: Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where: KTAOS Solar Center

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets available at KTAOS, Taos Lifestyle and Stray Arts Gallery.

There will be a benefit convert for Stray Hearts Animal Shelter featuring Billboard Award Finalists Saints of Valory, Local Face Bone Orchard, and Kate Mann & The Muddy Mountain Orchestra. Plus check out the raffle, silent auction and optional chuck wagon BBQ, $15 all you can eat.

Don’t forget now is a great time to adopt! The shelter is still full and special adoption prices continue 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.

Come see us at the shelter.

1200 St. Francis Lane
Taos, NM 87571
Monday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Angel Fire Resort Country Club Golf Pro Don Willingham Says, “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Don Willingham, Head Director of Instruction at Angel Fire Resort Country Club Golf Course

First rule of thumb is to cradle your left thumb in the hollow of your right hand (if you’re right handed), then interlock your pinkies, line up your center knuckle, and pinch in with your right forefinger and right thumb to set your grip on the golf club. I’m not certain if this is the exact terminology or if this is the only way to grip the golf club, but I hope you get the picture. And I am pleased to say I really learned a lot in my golf lesson with Don Willingham, Head Director of Instruction, at the Angel Fire Resort Country Club Golf Course. Since I haven’t really played golf except on miniature golf courses, I was excited to be invited for a lesson with Angel Fire’s new Golf Pro. To my surprise, it wasn’t as hard or complicated as I had envisioned.

Equipped with golf clubs and a bag of balls, Don set me at ease from the very beginning. He explained that if I were to be a serious golf student, he would begin with a few lessons on the putting green to learn shorter chipping, putting, and pitching techniques. These are the most important swings, the score breakers so to speak and its good to start there. But he fast-forwarded me with the information of probably four to five lessons so that I could get the feel quickly.

Don taught me how to be comfortable with the grip as well as how and where to stand in proximity to the golf ball. We started with short swings and progressed into longer swings. He taught me the proper wrist action and how to follow through with my body position. I have to tell you, after hitting a few balls I can understand why this game of golf could become very addicting! My first time out was a great enjoyable experience. Maybe with more lessons and a lot of practice I might be able to become a sophisticated golfer. (No telling how many more lessons and how much more practice that would take!)

Don came to Angel Fire in May 2012 from Granbury, Texas. He has a degree in golf management, and has been a Class A PGA member since 1980. I asked about the degree. He said golfers wanting to get into the field of Golf Management could actually attend one of 20-plus schools which specialize in that field to get a four-year degree. Or they can go through a play-and-ability process to obtain a golf management degree. Courses can be taken online once they have qualified and still takes approximately four years.

PGA professional Don Willingham is more than happy to help you learn the game of golf or help you improve your game by enhancing your natural swing ability. Don’s golf lessons are available to the public, Resort guests and Resort members. He offers one-on-one private lessons and private group lessons for up to four people, as well as junior clinics. After my lesson he taught a junior golf clinic. There were nine participants ages six and up. These young people made it look really easy!

Taking full advantage of the breathtaking Sangre de Cristo Mountains setting, the Angel Fire Golf Course offers amazing views, rolling fairways, meandering streams and plenty of bunkers to challenge every level of golfer. The golf course is open from May 18 to October 21 this season, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. It is recommended to reserve your lessons. Always call ahead for tee times, although normally single walk-ups can be accommodated. Bill Maitland, who manages both the golf shop which includes both retail and rental lines, told me they are currently offering a large range of demos including Taylor Made, Callaway and Ping.

So whether you are a seasoned player or a beginner like me, the staff of professionals at the Angel Fire Golf Course will provide you with fun instruction and results to boost your playing ability. Demonstrate your prowess by signing up for the weekly “Beat the Pro” challenge.

For more information visit the Angel Fire Resort Country Club Golf Course website at, or call 575-377-3055 or 1-800-633-7463.