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Archives for October 2012

Halloween Trick Or Treat Maps & Trunk Or Treat

If you intend to have candy at your home for Trick or Treat please come into the Chamber office starting Monday, October 8, 2012 to put your address on our Trick or Treat Map and to pick up a ribbon to tie outside your home to show that you are on the Chamber Map. These maps will be available for anyone to pick up at the Chamber, 3407 Mountain View Blvd, October 29 to 31, 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Maps will also be available at the TRUNK or TREAT EVENT at the Cove Arts Building October 31, 2012. Sponsored by Rotary’s Interact High School Organization They want to invite everyone to fill your trunk with candy and come park at the Cove Arts Building Parking Lot 5:00 to ?? Halloween, October 31, 2012.

Enjoy the carnival atmosphere of Trunk Or Treat and up for a scare? Visit their on site haunted house.

Halloween Costume Parties

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am

Where: Legend’s Grill

21 & Older Only, No Cover Charge, Live Music w/ The Rudy Boy Experiment

When: October 26, 2012 from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am

Where: Zeb’s

Live Band, No Cover Charge

Wheeler Park Cowboy Fellowship

Christian worship country-gospel style! Join us for down-home food, fun and fellowship!

Everyone welcome! Bring family and friends. Come as you are! Non-denominational.

When: Every Wednesday night, 5:30 pm – pot luck, 6:00 pm – music starts

Where: United Church of Angel Fire Fellowship Hall

Crash The Course 8K Walk/Run

Join us for an end-of-season Chamber Fun Run on the golf course at the Angel Fire Resort Golf & Country Club. Strollers, kids and dogs* are welcome. Proceeds to benefit Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. Pre-register at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce or register at the event. Special thanks to Angel Fire Resort and the Golf & Country Club.

When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 9:00 am (Registration begins at 8:30 am)

Where: Angel Fire Resort Golf & Country Club

$10 per person, $30 per team of 5 members ($5 each additional), $2 per dog, children 10 and under are free.

I Know Jo Membership Contest Winner

Congratulations to Samantha Weeks of Pioneer Title/Law Office of Richard Norris.

Over the past 6 weeks we have been running a membership contest at the Chamber. One rule: The Chamber Business who brings in the most new memberships will win! The prize: Tag along with Jo on an “I Know Jo”. Samantha Weeks brought in three new business members, so she and one person from each of the new business members will accompany Jo on a mystery trip to “learn hands on” about another business member.


  • Samantha Weeks – 3 new members
  • Debra Coscia – 2 new members
  • B.J. Lindsey of Angel Fire Homes – 1 new member
  • Diane Peterson of Angel Fire Garden Club – 1 new member
  • Mike Liddle of Kit Carson Energy – 1 new member
  • Mary Harms of Ski Tech – 1 new member
  • Mari Lindsey of Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce – 1 new member

Warm welcome to these 10 new members during the contest:

  1. Lisa Sutton Real Estate
  2. TimberRidge Electric
  3. Eagle Nest PTA
  4. Allegria-Medi Spa in the Mountains
  5. Concepts in Building
  6. Lindsey Custom Builders
  7. Shall We Dance
  8. New Mexico Unidos
  9. The PUB n’grub
  10. The Health Mill

Winner will receive 2 free zipline tours!

24/7 Automotive Performance

Now Available Stocking & Selling Car Batteries!

We live up to our name!

Highway 64 right before the Taos Canyon.


Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Susan S. Gaffney D.V.M

This week my visit was at the Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital with Dr. Susan Gaffney and her staff of professionals. The first thing that stood out to me was that it’s a happy place! Cheerful, fun, and extremely devoted to the care of the animal patients they tend. As I followed Dr. Gaffney around we talked about her work, her background, and her family; and I witnessed her wash her hands over and over, “thousands of times a day,” she said. Dr. Gaffney runs the Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital with one full time employee (Hospital Manager Marcy Archer), and three part-time employees (Vet Tech Holli Faulker, CVT-RVT, and Vet Assistants Tonda Dale and LaKeisha Sayer). And most important are the resident cats, CEO (Cat Executive Officer) Blinky and his sidekick Ted.

Dr. Gaffney graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She was licensed to practice in Oklahoma and Colorado because she and her family were planning to move to a resort town in Colorado. But after they had vacationed a few times in Angel Fire and discovered the people to be so friendly, she got her New Mexico License; and they reset their priorities. So in 1996 with a ten-month-old and a three-year-old, she and husband Tim made the move to Angel Fire. Until February of 1997, she made house calls and also worked three 24-hour shifts each week at the Santa Fe Emergency clinic. Her philosophy as a veterinarian is to educate her clients to equip them in preventative health care, and to give her clients all possible options from conservative to aggressive when their pets are sick.

While I was in the office, a client came in to have an ID chip placed in his pet’s ear. Dr. Gaffney is a huge advocate for pet identification. She told me a story of a man whose pet had gone missing. He received a phone call from a Vet in another state asking if this was still his dog. The man said yes and the Vet held his pet so that he could go pick him up! Pet ID chips cost $55, and take about ten minutes to insert.

We also talked about the importance of learning how to keep your pet safe in the mountain forest area we share with a variety of wildlife. She says it is routine to treat small pets who have almost become a lunch for predators, or who have been sprayed with porcupine quills. Then she told me heartbreaking stories of people who did not put their small animals on leashes when they went out to potty or for a walk only to have them snatched away by a coyote right in front of their horrified eyes! Educating pet owners in safety is very important. So if I may without lecturing say, please beware and take care that your little animals are not allowed out on their own or far from your body – and always on a leash – when they are outside!

I asked what had been the strangest occurrence she’d had in the hospital. She said she once had to surgically remove a zygomatic salivary gland (upper cheek) from a dog because it kept producing a stone. She had fixed it three times but it continued to happen, causing the dog’s face to swell uncomfortably. So she removed the gland. It never happened again. Then I asked for the funniest thing she had seen in the office. She says hands down when people teach their dogs to talk! I looked at her in disbelief and she assured me there is a dog owner in Angel Fire who has taught her German Sheppard to say “I Love You”.

Dr. Gaffney told me she has tended to bald eagles, fawns, hummingbirds, owls, turtles, crows, and more. She supports the Española Wildlife Center, which has volunteers who come from the center to pick up her often-odd assortment of fauna. And we discussed that the Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital is not an animal shelter. They can scan an animal that you have found for a chip, but Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital doesn’t have room to shelter them. Gaffney notes she wouldn’t have room for her patients if she also sheltered stray animals.

Dr. Gaffney does, however, offer pet boarding. She expanded her services in 2000 by opening a boarding facility located at her residence in Taos Pines. There are nine indoor dog runs and two four-unit kitty condos. For more information and a complete listing of fees, office hours, and pet boarding, please call 575-377-3165 or visit

You can be sure your pets will be in capable hands with Dr. Susan Gaffney!