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Archives for May 2013

Chile Challenge MTB Race

chile-challengeCome out and race the classic Chile Challenge Pro GRT/ Oso High Mountain Bike Race. This action packed weekend will include a Downhill, Dual Slalom and an Oso High Omnium Cross Country consisting of a standard XC, Hill Climb and Short Track XC.

When: June 7 – 9, 2013

Where: Angel Fire Bike Park, Angel Fire, NM

All pre-registered riders will receive a FREE Chile Challenge t-shirt and the lowest price possible to compete in any event.

Qualifier for the USAC Gravity Nationals! A $4,000 pro cash purse and USAC Points will be awarded for the downhill competition.


Declaration of Drought Emergency in the Village of Angel Fire

afnmDeclaration of Drought Emergency in the Village of Angel Fire
Proclamation 2012-01


Water Conservation

Emergency Situations:

1. Authority To Proclaim Emergency: Whenever an emergency exists by reason of a shortage of water due to inadequate supply, limited treatment of distribution capacity or failure of equipment or materials, and that the village water system is unable to or will, within thirty (30) days, become unable to supply the full commercial and domestic needs of the users thereof, including adequate fire protection as determined by the water department, the governing body is authorized to restrict or prohibit the use of the water from the village water system by emergency proclamation.

2. Issuance Of Proclamation: Upon the determination that a water shortage emergency exists, the governing body shall issue a proclamation declaring the emergency and setting out an order restricting use of water from the village system. Depending on the severity and duration of the water shortage, restrictions and prohibitions shall be tiered on four (4) levels:

b. Level two, blue flag:

(1) Two (2) days per week outdoor watering restrictions. Odd street addresses are allowed outdoor watering on Wednesdays and Saturdays; even street addresses are allowed outdoor watering on Thursdays and Sundays. Outdoor watering on designated days shall only be allowed between the hours of six o’clock (6:00) A.M. and ten o’clock (10:00) A.M. and six o’clock (6:00) P.M. and ten o’clock (10:00) P.M.

(2) Planting of new sod or turf is not recommended.

(3) The filling of hot tubs is not recommended.

(4) Water is not allowed to run unattended or to run off property in a wasteful manner.

(5) Cleaning of outdoor hard surfaces (streets, driveways, sidewalks, buildings) is prohibited.

(6) Vehicle washing is discouraged and prohibited for fundraising events.

F. Violation; Penalties:

1. Violation: Any person who, in any manner, directly or indirectly violates or permits others under his supervision, custody or control to violate any term of a duly published proclamation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Each separate day of water use in violation of such proclamation shall constitute a separate offense, and each separate offense and each separate prohibited use on the same day shall constitute a separate offense.

2. Penalties: First violation will receive a warning; second violation will receive a citation with a fine up to, but not more than, twenty five dollars ($25.00); third and subsequent violations will receive a citation with a fine up to, but not more than, five hundred dollars ($500.00). (Ord. 2011-02, 1-11-2011)


For Item # 5 – Cleaning of outdoor hard surfaces (streets, driveways, sidewalks, & buildings) is prohibited.

This exemption is for the permitted use of such cleaning by local contractors/owner builders who in their day to day operations need to fulfill such activities.

Permits are available at:

Planning & Zoning Department at Village Hall 575-377-1389
Mon through Thurs 7:30-5:30 (closed from 12:00 – 1:00) and Fri 8:00-12:00
Public Works Department 575-377-2305
Mon through Fri 7:00-3:30
Located on 18 Services Rd. (next to the Transfer Station)

Victory Ranch Says “It’s Shearing Time & Jo Knows How It’s Done, Do You?”

shearing-01By Jo Mixon

Last Friday marked one of the most memorable to date of my “I Know Jo” ventures. Darcy Weisner McGill, her husband Brian along with her Mom Carol Weisner invited me into the inner circle of alpaca shearers at Victory Ranch. These adorably cute fleeced animals are sheared once a year. Alpacas were first domesticated and bred by the ancient tribes of the Andean highlands of Peru, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia specifically for their natural fiber. It was known as “The Fiber of the Gods,” and was used to make clothing for royalty. Their fiber today is spun into yarn then woven into a variety of items including sweaters, shawls, socks, blankets, ponchos, and hats. Victory Ranch is now the largest alpaca yarn retailer in the United States. Darcy told me on my last visit that alpaca fiber does not contain lanolin like sheep wool, so it never has to be chemically treated. It is as natural as it gets. Most people who are allergic to wool do not experience those symptoms with alpaca garments. Plus it is softer, lighter, and warmer than wool.

At Victory Ranch, shearing time is a huge event. Friends, community, family, and clients return to lend a hand year after year. Some come thousands of miles to volunteer their services! I learned quickly that it takes a village to shear an alpaca. The master shearer, Tom (I did not get his last name) comes annually from Colorado. The rest of the crew has duties, which they go about diligently with joy.

Carol walked me through the entire process. First the alpacas are brought into an exterior pen adjoining the barn. Each one is cleaned with an air hose and thoroughly brushed to remove any grass, dirt and debris from their coats. During this stage, Darcy, (having studied homeopathic and allopathic medicines handles 90% of the veterinary services herself), gives them a full check-up. Her goal is healthy animals with high quality fiber. One at a time the alpacas are then led into the barn, placed upon a table by a handful of volunteers and held gently yet securely as Tom shears. Two of the volunteers retrieve the finest of the harvested fiber and place it in bags. Darcy provides labels with the name of each alpaca to tag the bags. When their fiber is spun and sold, each skein is labeled with the name and photo of the alpaca it came from adding a personal touch. Some of the fiber is spun in Mora, some given to volunteers and some of it remains at Victory Ranch. Even the fiber that falls on the floor is swept up and sent to a gentleman who turns it into rugs. None of it is wasted. Darcy always puts the finishing touch on her babies by cropping their bangs! Once off of the shearing table more volunteers treat the alpaca’s ears to fend off mites and spray their sleekly groomed bodies with sunscreen. These little creatures are happier to leave than they were to enter. It reminded me of my little dog and how she would not go willingly for her haircuts, but once she was groomed, she was a happy camper!

Carol told me that a neighbor cooks lunch for the entire group and delivers it daily during shearing. She said it is all of the people coming together that truly makes shearing a memorable event year after year.

The shearing started on Friday and runs until 4:00 pm today. By days end 300 alpacas will have been sheared. There is still time for you to get in your car and take the beautiful 40-minute drive through the canyon to Victory Ranch. You will take a tour complete with Alpaca 101, be invited into the field to hand feed the alpacas and then get to glimpse the shearing process. Next go shop in their 3000 sq. ft clothing and gift shop. Forty local artisans are represented in the gift shop. Plus during shearing they are running a “Buy One Get One Free Sweater Sale.” And don’t forget to say hello to the large gentle Great Pyrenees dogs, considered family members, who protect the alpacas from predatory wildlife as they freely roam the acreage of the ranch. It’s a fascinating fun way to spend the day!

As I shared last year, Darcy and Brian run the entire Ranch operation on organically sustainable principals, learning the shearing process is done with the same care made sense. They compost (and sell) waste from the animals and the kitchens, and they catch rainwater to re-water their fields when possible. They even sell eggs from their organically raised chickens! They sell alpacas with expert follow-up support and they board with 0% financing.
Victory Ranch is open daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you can’t visit today plan to visit during the months of June thru October when the babies, known as crias, are born. You may even be around to help name one. The way I see it, you have no reason Not to make a trip to Victory Ranch!

Visit them on Hwy 434 just outside of Mora. Or go to their online store at; email them at and LIKE their facebook page for updates.

Pancakes In The Park

pancakesWhen: Sunday, May 26, 2013 from 8:00 am 11:00 am

Where: Olympic Park

Donation: $7.00

Children 4 and under free.

Thank you!

“Service Above Self is the Best Work of Life”

New Mexico Alcohol Servers Class

afrThe New Mexico alcohol servers class is coming to Angel Fire Resort.

Alcohol Server Certification

When: May 30, 2013 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Resort, Conference Room A

Cost: $30.00 per person, payable via cash, check or money order

Requirements: Students must be at least 19 years old and present a government issued I.D.

Maya Lengerich
Human Resources
10 Miller Lane, PO Box 130
Angel Fire, NM 87710
575-377-4217 (Phone)
575-770-0972 (Mobile)
575-377-4219 (Fax)

Jacqui Binford Bell Studio & Gallery

binford-bellI am offering all my “LITTLE GEMS” on cradled board at 50% off thru June 3, 2013. Churches, cactus flowers, and even a poppy or two. They range in size from 6″ x 6″ to 11″ x 14″.

William Victor Higgins (1884-1949) called his little paintings “Little Gems”. He sold them for $250 and they are now worth $30,000.

Call 575-377-3602 to check if I am home before coming out. But I am there most afternoons!

Pub ‘n Grub Special Event

pub-n-grubJoin us for a night of creative fun. We provide all the ingredients you need to enjoy a very special night; all the art supplies (canvas, paints, brushes, etc) a local artist to instruct you through your painting and The Pub ‘n Grub will provide the perfect venue and drink specials. Our classes are set in a fun and relaxes atmosphere where you can create your own masterpiece. You will walk out of the 2 hour class with your own painting you can hang on your wall.

When: Friday, May 24, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: The Pub ‘n Grub, 52 North Angel Fire Road

Paining: Eagle Nest Sunset

Artist: Katerine McDermott

Cost: $35

For more information please call 866-922-3658 or visit

Monte Verde Lake Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

monte-verde-lake-01By Jo Mixon

Resort employee / Monte Verde Lake attendant Doug Adamski.

Monte Verde Lake, a wonderful summer amenity of the Angel Fire Resort in Angel Fire, New Mexico, is now OPEN and well stocked with rainbow trout!

The longer I live in Angel Fire, the more I realize how blessed I am. How many people live in a place like this? Our little village is nestled at the base of a ski mountain that transforms into a premier mountain bike park in the summer, sharing the mountain’s summit with a high altitude disc golf course, and the first-and-only zip line in New Mexico. The resort also owns and operates a gorgeous 18-hole golf course and country club with majestic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Monte Verde Lake. Plus – all of these are within walking distance of one another! It doesn’t get much better than this.

Monte Verde Lake is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm until June 1, then the hours will be 7:00 am to 8:00 pm until the lake closes in the fall. The lake is located on Hwy 434 a little south of the Angel Fire Resort Golf Course. Daily permits are required for the activities on the lake. After signing in at the dock house, resort members fish free and non-members pay a small fee. There is a four-fish limit with a catch-and-keep rule. My grandson caught his first fish in Monte Verde Lake a few years ago. (I added the photo below because it’s such a good memory!)

Lake rentals include paddle boats, row boats, trolling motors, and fishing poles. And boat storage is available for the entire season.

This year Scott Lawrence, who oversees the lake, will be holding Fly Fishing Clinics every Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm beginning June 2 and ending September 20. These clinics will be free to resort members; guests will pay a $10.00 fee.

When I was at the lake talking to Doug, we watched a family of ducks waddling around the banks and got excited when the trout began jumping! I decided I should go to Monte Verde this evening after work and catch my dinner. I love fresh trout! Join me!

Business After Hours

Join Hound Dog Events, LLC & The Trailhead for a fun filled evening of networking, door prizes, food and live music by WARNING SHOT.

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Where: The Trailhead, 48 North Angel Fire Road

Also, mark your calendars for upcoming scheduled business after hours:

  • June 6, 2013 – Keller Williams Realty Angel Fire
  • June 20, 2013 – Enchanted Landscape
  • July 11, 2013 – Lindsey Custom Builders, Angel Fire Homes Real Estate & Construction, Angel Fire Homes Property Management, D.L. Frey Design Group

There are 3 open dates still available. One in July and two in August. If you are an Angel Fire Chamber member in good standing and would like to host a Business After Hours this summer contact Jo at 575-377-6353.

3rd Annual Flea Market

flea-market3rd Annual Flea Market Sponsored by the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

When: June 29, 2013

Where: Centro Plaza Parking Lot

Reserve your space today – $10.00 for Chamber members or $25.00 for non-members.

10′ x 20′ spaces and tail gate spaces available.

Come by the office to mark your spot!

3407 Mountain View Blvd.
Angel Fire, NM