November 11, 2019

Archives for September 2012

Oktoberfest 2012

Join us for an authentic Oktoberfest feast at Elements!

When: Saturday, September 2012 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

To make a reservation, please call 575-377-3055.

Crash The Course 8K Fun Walk/Run

Please join us for this end of season fun walk/run close down the golf course. Proceeds go to benefit the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

Pre-register at the Chamber of Commerce or register at the event.

When: Saturday, October 29, 2012

Where: Angel Fire Golf Course

  • 8:30 am registration
  • 9:00 am start
  • $10.00 per person

$30.00 per team of 5, each additional team member $5.00, $2.00 per dog on a leash, children 10 & under FREE if in costume.

Angel Fire Resort Chili Cook-off Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Chili Cook-Off Judges

Tuesday morning on the lawn of the Angel Fire Resort Country Club, I joined four other distinguished iron-stomached comrades chosen to act as judges for Angel Fire Resort’s employee Chili Cook Off and end-of-season event. The judges included John Burt, Elle Walls, and Alberto Cisneros Chacon from the Resort, as well as Mayor Barbara Cottam, and myself.

The executive table they set up for us was well equipped with water, milk, and crackers so that we could cleanse our palates between tastings. Raine Williams and Christy Germsheid gave us instructions. Our rules were to judge each chili on its own merit, not to compare it to another entry. We were to use a new spoon for each taste and to pace ourselves. (This one we soon learned was very important!) We were asked not to talk to our fellow judges about the chili or to compare notes. Each chili was to be judged on a 0-10 point system with 10 being the best for Aroma, Color, Consistency, Taste, and Aftertaste. Great chili should look good, smell good, and taste good!

And so we began. They brought us each a small cup of chili marked A, gave us each a ballot marked A, and the judging began. I took very serious my desire to gain the essence of the aroma, see the visual appeal of the color, and then pick out the blend of spices and peppers as I savored each bite. Did one taste dominate another? Was it consistently pleasing to my tongue and my tummy? Did it have a nudge, a kick, or an overpowering knock-you-on-your-bum aftertaste? So much to determine for each individual chili! Some were very traditional in color and taste, others a new culinary experience. After cup C or D (I can’t really remember), I took the instructions for pacing myself quite to heart as I wiped the sweat off my brow! One of our judges had told us before we began that he is a connoisseur of chili. After my delicious term as a chili cook off judge, I think that I can say that too!

After we had completed our judging duties, we were anxious to know the identity of the secret chefs who prepared our chili choices. So we stayed for the announcement of the winners. First place went to Mark Ricketson, head of the IT department. Second place was awarded to Amber Burns of Legends Bar & Grill at the Lodge. And third place was a tie between Lisa Mitchell of Accounting and Earlene Lade of the Par & Grill at the Country Club. Congratulations to all the winners! But I tell you all nine entries were absolutely delicious, and I had a great time participating. It has made me think we need to have a Chili Cook Off fundraising event for the Chamber in the near future. Yum!

Allegria Medi-Spa In The Mountains Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

Dawn Guenthner, RN Allegria Medi-Spa In The Mountains

I love hangy thingies such as chandeliers, wind chimes, and sparkling doo-dads, but I really, really do NOT like the hangy, saggy neck lines, chin jowls, and under-eye baggies that seem to result from my aging process. Lucky for me (and you), we have a Chamber member who specializes in the rejuvenation of skin and spirit. Dawn Guenthner, RN, sole proprietor of Allegria-Medi Spa in the Mountains, is an expert in tightening, pigment, and wrinkle reduction. This week I was treated to the first of three laser facial treatments that will tighten some of my personal hangy places and make me feel better about myself. After having spent the time as I did with Dawn, I learned this is exactly what her goals are – to help people feel better about themselves, to like the way they look, to relax and enjoy who they are and maybe even gain a little sass and smile!

When I arrived at Allegria-Medi Spa in the Mountains, Dawn immediately sat me in a fabulous massage chair, and I filled out a medical questionnaire while I relaxed. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Dawn’s extensive training. I immediately knew I was in good hands! As stated on her web page biography:

Dawn is a registered nurse and moved to Angel Fire in 1998. She was employed in the Holy Cross ER for approximately 10 years before taking a position in Colorado Springs with Briargate Surgery/Skin Care Center. She worked for 4 1/2 years with this group in pre-op, OR and pediatric dental cases, including cataract, cornea transplant, upper and lower blepharoplasties, and face-lifts. Dawn trained on the Syneron laser she currently uses with certified Syneron trainers, attended several Beauty Boot camps at The Broadmoor, put on by some of the top physicians in the laser and dermatology field. She also was fortunate enough to work with Dr. Jack Zamora, an associate professor for Boston College, who is a national trainer for injectables and laser liposuction. Her current Medical Director is Lesa Fraker, MD, PhD from Vanderbilt University.

I chose a non-ablative (yes, that’s a real word) laser treatment that helps to remodel collagen, while also helping to rejuvenate and return a more youthful glow to skin that has had sun, stress, age and dry climate damage. I can tell there is a difference, especially on my neck area, after just one treatment. I am excited to see how much better I will look and feel after the third treatment! I promise to post before and after photos then!

Along with the facial laser treatments for tightening, pigment, and matrix for wrinkle and indention reduction, Dawn also provides laser hair reduction, laser vein treatments, enzymatic seaweed facials, retinoic acid peels, Botox, Juvaderm, scalp treatment massages, manicures and pedicures! Wow, take a day or two and treat yourself at her spa! She even does special-occasion makeup. And she is now the Angel Fire Resort Preferred Spa!

Allegria Medi-Spa in the Mountains is located in the Cove Arts Building, 12 Crestview Dr. Ste. 2E. She is open Tuesday through Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday by special appointment. For a private aesthetic consultation, call Dawn at 719-355-9195 or visit her webpage

Lost Dog – Millie

Millie Is Lost, Please Help Find Her!

Millie Harrell is a miniature Australian Shepherd and was lost on Sunday, September 16, 2012.

If you see her please call one of the numbers below. Thank you!

Forest Road 76
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Go With Jo On An “I Know Jo” Membership Drive Contest

By Jo Mixon

Membership Drive Contest Go With Jo on an I Know Jo

Why am I having all the fun! Enter and win the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce contest described below, and you can go with Jo on an “I Know Jo!” I took it serious when you have asked me, “Why can’t I go on an I know Jo?” Here’s your chance! There is just one more week left in our Go with Jo on an I Know Jo Membership Drive Contest, so hurry in to win!

Since the Chamber of Commerce is a member-based organization, the contest is all about new memberships! The rules are very simple. It began Monday, August 20, 2012 and is running through next Friday September 21, 2012. The person bringing in the most new memberships to the Chamber of Commerce will win an absolutely fabulous, fun-filled tag-along, go with Jo on an “I Know Jo!” Oh, and did I tell you? The new members you sign up will get to go, too! And you, as well as your new members, will be featured in an “I Know Jo!” article of your own!

Do a mental inventory of your business friends and acquaintances, and ask them to join the Chamber! Let them know one of the first benefits could be a “secret” surprise welcome, guaranteed to be fun! Don’t wait or hesitate. Stop by the Chamber office today to pick up a few new member applications and start rounding up those new members. Maybe you will go with Jo on an “I Know Jo!”

To tweak your interest and boost your memory, the photos below are all taken from past I Know Jo adventures. Once again I ask, Why should I be having all the fun? Join me!!

Angel Fire ArtSpace Closing

Only 5 days left.

Closing sale 10-30% off most items.

10:00 am to 4:30 pm daily except Sunday.

By appointment Sunday.


Business After Hours

Join us for food, fun and networking! Bring your business card to be eligible for door prizes!

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: First National Bank of Angel Fire

Hosted by the First National Bank of Angel Fire.

See you there!

Johnny Depp & Armi Hammer Do NOT Know Jo, Do You?

By Jo Mixon

But Johnny knows Dana!

And Armi knows Carolyn!

The last few weeks have been full of chatter and excitement as the Walt Disney production of “The Lone Ranger” moved into the Moreno Valley. With it came over 200 cast and crew members. They stayed in hotel rooms, homes, and condos all over Angel Fire and Eagle Nest, providing a welcome boost to the local economy. And although they were all fed breakfast and lunch on the set, they spent their money in area restaurants, retail stores, bars, grocery stores, and gas stations. I was told that the store in Ute Park sold more knives in two weeks than they had sold in a year!

Area residents were in a constant state of “celebrity sightings.” Although I thought it would really boost Johnny Depp’s ratings to do an “I Know Jo” with me, obviously his publicist didn’t understand! Still, it was so much fun to have something out of the ordinary to anticipate, to laugh and talk about. Almost daily we heard people say things like, “I saw Johnny Depp at the Mini Mart;” “I saw Armi Hammer having lunch at Zebs;” “I saw Jerry Bruckheimer having dinner at The Roasted Clove.” One day a woman showed us a photo on her cell phone of herself and Johnny Depp, cheek to cheek. She said had seen him in the Walgreen in Taos. With great curiosity, we watched the steady stream of jets flying in and out of the Angel Fire airport, wondering each time who might be on them. There was a daily parade of semi trucks, white vans, and large black vehicles driving to the sites where they filmed in the Cimarron Canyon, the canyon behind the Angel Fire Resort Stables, and a tree up Halo Pines Road.

As much fun as I had giggling about the “star factor,” for me personally, it was a family affair. That’s really the reason I was so giddy. My nephew Justin Geoffroy is Video Assistant for the Jerry Bruckheimer film. He has worked on many movies filmed in New Mexico for years, but this is the first time he has filmed at home, in Angel Fire. He was able to bring his wife Christina and three-month-old son Henry to stay with his parents D.J. and Edd for the two-week time period. (I am his favorite Aunt, you know!) But I was mostly excited that my son Marcus was hired to be an extra on the film set, which meant he would fly here from California and spend two weeks at home with me! Since Marcus doesn’t really aspire to work full time in the movies, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him and his cousin to work together on a film.

Marcus spent a couple of weeks experiencing first-hand the long hours and attention to detail each split second scene in a movie of this caliber entails. On set, he met Johnny Depp (playing Tonto), Armi Hammer (playing the Lone Ranger), and Barry Pepper (playing one of the bad guys in the film). Marcus was a stand-in for Pepper. Marcus, along with other locals Brinn Colenda, Britt Vanderlei, Canion Cavazos, Tim Wilson, Jennifer Anderson, and Delhia, ( I’m not sure of her last name, but she works at the Roasted Clove!) were daily directed by Gore Verbinski. Marcus told me Verbinski made each of them feel like they were an important part of the filming, even though they are not really actors. And maybe (if the scenes don’t end up on the editing floor) we’ll get to see them in the movie when it hits theatres in July of 2013! Could it get any more exciting?

As many as fifty other locals were also hired as production assistants who worked as road crew, stopping traffic, keeping people away, and essentially locking down the set while the movie was being filmed. It might be strange to see a scene in the movie where at the back, in the trees, is a tourist with a Hawaiian shirt, hiking boots, camera draped around his neck, waving! Cut!!

Although I personally did not get to meet the actors, my brother-in-law Edd Geoffroy, who owns Angel Fire Homes Real Estate, Construction, and Property Management, was called to find suitable lodging for Depp, Hammer, and a several other cast members. (Lucky for him his son is Video Assistant!) The photo above with Dana Cavazos and Johnny Depp was one of the perks she and Dr. Avery Rush received for renting their vacation home in the Valley of the Utes to Depp and his security entourage. The second photo is Carolyn Macias, co-owner of Zebs Restaurant and Grill, with Armi Hammer. He would have lunch at Zebs on his days off.

We want to say thank-you to the New Mexico Film Industry and Walt Disney Productions! What a privilege that Angel Fire and the Cimarron Canyon were chosen to be an on-site location for the filming of “The Lone Ranger.” We’ll anxiously await the film’s opening next summer. It will be a treat to all go together and pack the theatre!
See you at the movies! Hi Ho Silver, Away!