August 21, 2019

Archives for January 2013

Angel Fire Garden Club

af-garden-clubJoin us at the Angel Fire Garden Club.

We meet the second Monday of every month at various locations throughout Angel Fire.

Check the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle for the next date and location.

5th Annual Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance & BBQ

kim-caballerosJoin us for the 5th Annual Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance & BBQ!

When: Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Music by Kim Caballeros.

Sponsored by Holy Angels Mission Church.

Adults: $25
Youth: $15
Children 6 and under Free

Call 575-377-3332 for additional information.

All proceeds go toward Holy Angels Building Fund.

Angel Fire Resort Children’s Ski & Snowboard Center Says “Flaik Knows Jo, Do You?”

afr-kids-01By Jo Mixon

Robin & Deborah May

Wow oh wow oh wow, has the Angel Fire Resort come flying onto the top of the field in technology! Let me introduce you to Flaik (pronounced; flake). It is a GPS system first launched in the 2009-2010 season by Steve Kenny and his team at Steamboat and Copper Mountain. This system now implemented at the Angel Fire Resort Children’s Ski and Snowboard School allows real time tracking of ski and ride students, instructors, and whole classes. It provides an unprecedented level of safety and security allowing that extra peace of mind for instructors, parents, and the resort.

Invaluable IT employee, Alex Dos Santos, took the Flaik program and personalized it to meet the needs of the Children’s Ski and Snowboard Center. All sales, beginning with Mountain Reservations, are populated into the Flaik program. Each child’s age, shoe size, level of ability and even allergies and special medical information are keyed into the program when a reservation is made. Nothing is missed. When a child attends the class, their information is already in the system. Deborah or one of her trained ski school supervisors scan the children into specific classes. Each child is assigned a Flaik, as is his or her instructor. And the instructor is provided the information on each of his or her students. Every child and every instructor wears a Flaik GPS at all times. It is securely fitted into a wrap around band worn on the leg or the arm. Then the fun begins!

The entire ski area is imposed on a master google map. This map is monitored on a computer screen inside of the Children’s Ski and Snowboard Center. Each Flaik, with the name of the child or instructor it has been assigned, beams onto the map. (If you have ever driven with GPS you can visualize the concept.) These “beeps” show up in all zones over the entire mountain. With this technology there is no separation of students and instructors which means no lost child, no lost instructor….ever! The Flaiks work on a separate stand-alone system that sends a signal. Global satellite and cellular systems work together to pinpoint each Flaik. The GPS updates every three seconds. Classes are updated every five minutes. There have been over 200 students a day this season and each one of them have been tracked at all times.

And it does more! At the end of the day parents are given a code to use online. They are able to see a map of the runs their children skied or boarded that day along with the vertical feet. Deborah uses this information when she is developing classes for the following day. She can access what trails the young skiers and boarders have run and place them each into the appropriate class level for the next day. She said before the season opened, they buried a Flaik in the snow to see if it could be tracked. It could! So if anyone wearing a Flaik were to have an accident or get lost, his or her whereabouts would be beamed to the map immediately. Isn’t that awesome? Nor can the unit itself be lost or stolen. Why? Because it transmits a signal no matter where it’s located, even out of state or if it’s turned off. Very clever!

Robin and Deborah May have been back at the Angel Fire Resort since 2009. Robin is the Director of the Ski and Snowboard Department and Deborah is the head of the Children’s Ski and Snowboard Center. Together they are committed to bring new and positive changes to their departments. They actually met as young ski instructors working for the Angel Fire Resort. A few years later they were married on the mountain, in a blizzard! Their daughter Elke, now a senior in high school, earned her Level 1 PSIA Instructor Certification at 16 years old, becoming one of the youngest people in the United States to do so! We are blessed to have them all.

Robin and Deborah are passionate about teaching the love of skiing and snowboarding to each of their students as well as the instructors they hire. The addition of the GPS Flaik system on top of their already infectious desire to teach with excellence is a win-win situation for everyone! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Angel Fire is THE BEST place to play in the snow! Whether you are three years old or ninety years old, whether you have never been on the snow or are an expert. Come on up and play!!For more information go to Watch the live cams, and then make your reservations early!

Enchanted Landscaping & Nursery

enchanted-landscapingNeed firewood? Stranded in the snow? You need Enchanted Landscaping & Nursery!

We have firewood bundles! We also provide all types of snow services! Plowing, shoveling, pull-outs and cinders (for traction and snow melt).

Satisfaction guaranteed! Call us at the office at 575-377-6341 or text us at 575-613-6961.

We are fully license and insured. Check out our website at

Enchanted Landscaping
12 Agua Road
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Free Cat Fridays!

free-cat-fridaysYes, you read correctly! Stray Hearts Animal Shelter’s cattery has too many furry little purr-boxes who need homes, so for the next 2 Fridays, adult cats (over 6 months old) can be adopted with NO adoption fee! (Of course, donations are welcome)

Adoptions include spay/neuter and vaccinations. Approved adoption applications are still required, and cats must be spayed/neutered before leaving the Shelter.

When: January 4 & 11, 2012 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Come see us at the Shelter, 1200 St. Francis Lane, Taos, New Mexico, call us at 575-758-2981, or visit us on the Web at

Reflections Of 2012

reflections-of-2012-01By Jo Mixon

Nancy Burch owner/operator of Roadrunner Tours

I cannot believe another year has zoomed past so quickly. It seems I was just writing my reflections of 2011 and here it is time to reminisce about 2012! In writing the “I Know Jo” stories about members of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, I had the privilege of spend the year meeting the most interesting people, plus I have been able to promote their businesses to you. Our members are an awesome group!

First my son, the staff, and I were all treated to an authentic Cowboy Dinner in the Carson National Forest, homemade by Nancy Burch of Roadrunner Tours. We arrived at the campsite in a horse drawn sleigh, over the brilliance of fresh fallen snow, as we bundled up under the stars with buffalo hide blankets. Then my sister and I took a watercolor lesson from local artist, Jacqui Binford-Bell. Both of us walked away with treasured paintings! I joined the pros at the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle to learn how the newspaper was put to press, I was educated in the art of making a great martini at Elements Bar on Martini Night, and I was given a solo dance performance by the Ranchita’s, (also know as Taps on Fire) prior to the State Garden Club Convention hosted by the Angel Fire Garden Club.

Next I was encouraged to recycle and go green by the Angel Fire Sustainability Committee. I learned how to stamp and print on a t-shirt by Janet Sailor of Access Media. I spent time with owner Jeff Einhorn at Computer Systems of Taos, who has kept our computers running this year and it was an honor to be invited to the Governor’s residence in Santa Fe where I had the privilege of meeting Governor Susana Martinez to discuss tourism in Angel Fire. If that’s not enough Studio 434 invited me to a day of work out and pampering. It started with a rigorous cycling class taught by Lisa Sutton, next a relaxing massage by Jesse Serrano, and ended with a hair cut and style from Annie Lindsey. Then I learned what all goes on behind the scenes of Rotary Club of Angel Fire and the services they provide plus I introduced you to Mari Lindsey, our then new addition to the staff at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

At Victory Alpaca Ranch of Mora, I was given a tour of the facility, met the adorable alpacas and learned from Darcy Weisner McGill about the family history behind her business. I went to the Moreno Valley High School and learned what capable hands our students are in, under the direction of Dr. Jacquie Boyd and staff. I took beading classes from Anita George at All Things Twisted and made a beautiful pair of earrings. I learned how all my bicycle needs could be met at Altitude Cycles in the Trailhead and I visited with the Max and Ernestine of Pacheco’s Nursery and Landscaping, learning what plants will grow and thrive in our mountain paradise.

When my grandson Greg made his annual visit to “Camp Memaw”, we enrolled him in Kids Camp at the Angel Fire Community Center. His days were fun filled and adventure packed. He helped as we decorated a float sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and rode in the Eagle Nest 4th of July Parade. And the next week we headed out to meet with Stevie Bass and husband Ken Gallard at the Red Cloud Ranch Retreat, a heavenly serene bed and breakfast venue high above the Taos Canyon. Screams of delight were uncontrollable as I joined the rank of thrill seekers on Angel Fire Resort’s new Zipline Tour, I received a golf lesson from golf pro Don Willingham at the Angel Fire Country Club, and learned the rich historical significance of the Laguna Vista Lodge and Saloon from owners Bert and Karel Clemmons.

I was treated to many tours in the late summer and early fall. First Michael Dean took me on a personal tour of the Elliott Barker Girl Scout Ranch explaining all the improvements they have underway, Chuck Howe enlightened me on the successes of the David Westphall Foundation as we toured the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and I toured spectacular homes designed by Marie Kowalski of All About Design, built by husband Bob Kowalski of Sticks and Stones Custom Builders. Eric Hoffman, of Mammoth Mill & Log Homes and President of the Sangre de Cristo Homebuilder’s Association, gave me the grand tour of homes on the 2012 Parade of Homes Tour they sponsored.

Then the Walt Disney production of The Lone Ranger rolled into town and not from lack of trying, but Johnny Depp did NOT know Jo! I was however treated to my first of three facials by Dawn Guenthner of Allegria-Medi Spa in the Mountains, my taste buds were tantalized when I was asked to judge Angel Fire Resort’s employee Chili Cook off, and I met Blinky, the CEO cat, Dr. Susan Gaffney and her staff while learning the valuable services provided by the Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital, for the cherished pets and sometimes, the wounded wild life of Angel Fire. And in October we closed down the golf course with the 2nd Annual Crash the Course 8K fun Walk/Run. I was enticed to read more and join a book club at the Shuter Library.

Diane Peterson of Shall We Dance tried to teach me ballet and tap. She even gave me ruby red tap shoes! The High School Interact Club sponsored by the Angel Fire Rotary Club spooked me in their haunted house, and Wheeler Peak Cowboy Fellowship welcomed me to pot luck fixin’s and afterward lifted my spirits with their praise and worship team. I reported on all of the job openings available for the winter season at the Angel Fire Resort’s job fair and then had the pleasure of interviewing Brinn Colenda, Associate Broker with Monte Verde Realty about his book release, The Cochabama Conspiracy.

And one of my favorites was the impromptu Snow Dance led by the Chamber’s talented Board of Director’s at the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Dinner! I am pleased to report that it worked! What an interesting and tremendous time I have had this past year getting to know so many of the businesses that support the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. With our membership growing and all the new things happening at the Chamber, next year is looking just as positive and exciting. I want you to know it has been an honor. So if I haven’t featured your business or you want to join the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, give me a call at 575-377-6353. We’ll put you on the schedule! Happy New Year!

Below I have added a few photos from 2012 “I Know Jo” articles.