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Archives for August 2013

2014 Angel Fire Visitor Guide

afnmWe, the Village of Angel Fire, are working on the 2014 Angel Fire Visitor Guide (print and online), to be printed in October. Limited advertising space is available. To place your ad please call Joe at: 575-595-0575 or email Lesley at

The theme for this years Visitor Guide will center around the 2014 New Mexico True Campaign which is true “Stories” about your adventures and cultural experiences while visiting, living and playing in New Mexico. If you have an interesting story or anecdote about Angel Fire, please call Joe at 575-595-0575. Please make your placements early.

Rotary’s Pancakes In The Park

rotary-pancakesAnnual Labor Day Weekend Fundraiser

When: Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am

Where: Olympic Park Pavilion

$7 donation. Children under 4 are free.

Service Above Self is the Best Work of Life

TrailHead Annual Labor Day Party

trailheadParty hardy at the TrailHead Bike & Ski Shop.

When: August 31, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: 48 North Angel Fire Road

Food and fun! Live music by Warning Shot.

The 7th Annual Parade of Homes

7th-annual-parade-of-homesSangre de Cristo Homebuilders Association presents the 7th Annual Parade of Homes.

When: Saturday, August 31, 2013 and Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

This is a free event. Self guided tour through eight entries. Pick up your maps at the Angel Fire Visitors Center – 3365 Mountain View Blvd.

To view homes visit

Moreno Valley Arts Council Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

mvacBy Jo Mixon

Missoula Children’s Theater

The Moreno Valley Arts Council is one of the oldest organizations in Angel Fire. Bettes Loving and eight other members of the community who wanted to create an arts presence started it over 30 years ago. This same group of founding members had the forethought to begin the Chamber of Commerce, the Angel Fire Arts Foundation and even the incorporation of the Village of Angel Fire.

The mission statement of this non-profit 501(c) 3 organization says, “It is the stated mission of the Moreno Valley Arts Council to foster rural economic development by promoting the arts and humanities in order to enrich the lives of our residents and visitors.”

They are all about arts! Membership has grown to almost 300 in this time period. The programs and events they sponsor truly do enrich our lives and are designed to support, educate, and promote the arts. The “Angel Fire Arts Festival,” now in its thirty-third year, is held the second weekend in July. This annual event continues to attract many talented local and traveling artists. It was originally held in the outdoor “Garden Court” at the Angel Fire Resort. It moved for a few years to the Community Center and has evolved back into the now enclosed “Garden Court Room” again. When speaking with Moreno Valley Arts Council’s Executive Director, Katherine McDermott, she said, “The Garden Court room is so beautiful when filled with all of the art!” The Friday night premiere for this event has been replaced with the successful “Noche de Rancho” dinner event.

“Arts About Town” is another annual event held during the Labor Day weekend. It also draws artisans and shoppers from all over the area and state. Held mainly in the foyer and under the portal of Centro Plaza you don’t want to miss it. In 1998 the Moreno Valley Arts Council began the “Angel Fire Holiday Market.” This event has since been turned over to the Community Center and continues to be a profitable fundraiser for area artists.

Another way they promote our local artists is to co-sponsor the First National Bank Featured Artists program. Together with the First National Bank and the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, local artists are interviewed and chosen on a quarterly basis for display. The Moreno Valley Arts Council Board of Directors conducts the interviews, chooses the artist and writes a story about them. The Chronicle publishes the story and the artist’s work is then featured at the First National Bank for three months.

Although most well known for these major events, the Moreno Valley Arts Council promotes much more! They provide exceptional year round programs for the delight of our children. Since 1981, Missoula Children’s Theatre summer program has touched the lives of hundreds of Moreno Valley children. Then, in 2001 “Art Days and Conversations in Art” was introduced into our local elementary and high schools. The motto of the youth arts program is STEAM. Add an “A”(for Arts) to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to get the STEAM to move AHEAD! This program operates during the school year to bring artists, musicians, culinary artists, theater artists, etc. etc. into the schools by means of workshops and performances. The council also helped sponsor the development of the Angel Fire Community Center playground by purchasing hands-on-arts related items like the stone animals and musical instruments for permanent installation at the playground.

And going into its fourth year is the “Artistic Vista’s & Treasures Trail.” A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the State of New Mexico created Art Trails of New Mexico. The first one was the Fiber Art Trail. There are art trails now in various places over much of the state. Our trail runs from Raton up Hwy 64 through Cimarron, Ute Park and Eagle Nest winding its way through to the far end of the Taos Canyon. It also turns onto Hwy 434, runs through Angel Fire and Black Lake as far as Hwy 120. You can enjoy and experience eighteen studios and galleries on the Artistic Vista’s & Treasures Trail!

As a member based organization the Moreno Valley Arts Council is supported by membership dues, donations, event revenues (ticket sales and booth rentals), and grants. They are funded in part by the New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the state of New Mexico, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Village of Angel Fire Lodgers Tax. They are interested in bringing even more events and programs. One in particular is a “Plein Aire Painting Competition” that will bring artists from across the country to Angel Fire hopefully in the fall of 2014. Much of the council’s budget includes marketing, brochures, and advertising and their behind the scenes work is spent on the promotion of the arts and events in the Moreno Valley to help bring financial support for our artists.

The Board of Directors are: President, Cyndi Simon; Vice-President/Secretary, Roz Garland; Treasurer, Linda Trujillo; and Directors John McDermott and Wende Woolley. They would like to invite you to join. An individual membership into the Moreno Valley Arts Council is only $20.00 per year. $30.00 a year will purchase a couple or family membership and $100.00 a year is the dues for a business. Memberships help to ensure the council’s sustainability and their continued expansion of programs and events that directly benefit our local community, the surrounding Moreno Valley communities and our guests. Visit for more information.

Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

2014-phone-bookWhen: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: Angel Fire Chamber Foyer

Guest Speakers

  • Ryan Hodge; Angel Fire Mini Mart Owner – “Let’s Market Angel Fire”
  • Tim Hagaman; Community, Business, & Rural Development Representative – New Mexico State Economic Development Department – “Your State Partner in Rural Business”

New 2014 phone books have arrived. Available in the foyer of the office at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

3407 Mountain View Blvd.
Centro Plaza
Angel Fire, NM

100th Birthday Celebration

100-birthdayYou are cordially invited to attend the 100th birthday celebration honoring Victor Westphall, Ph.D., born October 13, 1913 and the founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Chuck Howe, President
David Westphall Veterans Foundation

Kit Carson Electrical Co-op Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

kit-carsonBy Jo Mixon

Luis A. Reyes, Jr : Chief Executive Officer

Electricity, one of the services we really take for granted! That is until it’s out and we’re left in the dark. Then it becomes a whole different story. Last month I faced a few outages and was somewhat irritated by the inconvenience. But that is also what led to this story; and now I have to tell you, I have a change of heart. The truth is, my electricity IS on the majority of the time. Never, during those times, do I normally think, “I am happy to have electricity today.” I just expect it. Instead, when there is an outage, my feathers get ruffled.

I met with Luis Reyes, Chief Executive Officer of our local/area electric company, Kit Carson Electric Co-op. He began our interview with a little bit of history that I found very interesting. (This is paraphrased, so bear with me if it isn’t exactly historically correct).

The electric company came into being in 1937 as Eagle Nest Electric. Residents in the Moreno Valley had found that prior to the formation of Eagle Nest Electric, no large electric company would service the area. So a few families applied to the federal government and obtained permission for a start-up electric company. Completely investor owned, they had limited resources but lots of needs. They hired a development corporation and selected, due to the tremendous costs involved, the most cost-effective ways to install the electric lines.

Gaining more support, the company moved to Questa in 1939, then eventually to Taos in 1944 when the Kit Carson Electric Co-op was formed. Infrastructure grew during the ensuing the decades, and expanded significantly throughout the Moreno Valley when the Village of Angel Fire became a municipality in the 1980s. In 1984 the co-op put together a five-, fifteen-, and thirty-year plan to bring Angel Fire’s electric grid up to par and take advantage of technological advances. Luis told me the installation and cable design of today is totally different than what was originally placed in our valley. We are still living with some of those design flaws. And mapping of the lines was done poorly prior to the 80s . They weren’t always where the crews were told. The map might say the lines are on the west side of the road but in digging the crew hits one on the east side of the road. This in itself can cause errors and outages. Plus, in Angel Fire, all the electric lines are underground. Miles and miles and miles of underground lines. Discovering where an outage happens is a little more time consuming than if the lines are hanging above the ground.

Kit Carson continues to work toward providing us with better quality electrical services. A lot of the problems we still face are poor workmanship from the original installation and are also age related. Others are due to the work happening now – adding fiber optic lines, which will bring broadband to the mountains. These fiber optics will enhance communications for every technical aspect of our modern daily lives. It will give us 4G! Cell phone coverage, GPS, high speed internet, ATM’s, the schools, the banks, the medical facilities, many area business systems – even your GPS golf cart will receive indirect benefits from the new lines.

Luis and I talked about the benefits of having a locally-owned electric co-op. Local has value, even if you don’t have 100% satisfaction 100% of the time. Being a member of the co-op gives you a voice. Officials listen, educate, and let you know you are not alone or forgotten. Hopefully this new endeavor will increase revenue for the co-op and help stabilize electric rates for the members. In this area of New Mexico, there exists a unique situation. The communities of Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, and Ute Park have approximately 5,000 electric meters. Of these meters only (approximately) 1,300 are full time residents. Therefore, the full time residents have to support all 5000 meters even though the bulk of them are idle most of the year. But due to the nature of being a co-op, Taos, Peñasco, Red River, even Questa also support the rural “vacation” areas. It’s all about neighbors helping neighbors. I really learned a lot during my visit with Mr. Reyes.

I then asked the question everyone has: Are you local? Luis grew up in Taos. He went to New Mexico Military Institute, then to New Mexico State, graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He came back to Taos and went to work for Kit Carson Electric Co-op. He has been there ever since! Luis has held almost every position at the company including eight and a half years as an engineer and has been manager for 20 years. He has seen growth, weathered the storms during bad times, and is witnessing good progress being made today and looking forward to even more progress in the future. He said he has worked every outage in Angel Fire for over 30 years. He has worked with every Angel Fire administration and every Resort owner. Wow, I’d call him a very local, local! He has been married for 28 years. Together he and his wife have three children and two grandchildren.

Luis wants to know if you have a problem, and invites you to call him at 575-758-4890 or email him at And maybe let him know what you think is good about Kit Carson while you’re at it. As for me, the next time I have an outage, I will purpose to remain calm, think about all the time my electricity works, and maybe have a glass of wine!

Arts About Town!

The Moreno Valley Arts Council presents Arts About Town and artistic vistas and treasures trail! Many studio and gallery specials!

When: Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm & Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where: At, In & Around Centro Plaza, 3407 Highway 434

Look for the flags and signs!arts-about-town

Angel Fire Chamber Ambassadors Say “I Know Jo, Do You?”

ambassadors-01By Jo Mixon

Ambassador Team:

Bottom row left to right: Johnese Turri, Lisa Morales, Dominic Serna.

Back row left to right: Mike Liddle, Jo DeKeuster, Jo Mixon, Brinn Colenda.

Volunteer, verb – To choose to act in recognition of a need, with an attitude of social responsibility and without concern for monetary profit, going beyond one’s basic obligations.

Volunteer, noun – from the perspective of the doer: Someone who gives time, effort and talent to a need or cause without profiting monetarily.

Volunteer, noun – from the perspective of the recipient of service: Someone who contributes time, effort and talent to meet a need or further a mission, without going on the payroll.

Don’t you think life would be very harsh and dull if it weren’t for the efforts of many countless generous time-giving volunteers? The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce has been very blessed this year with the newly formed Ambassador program. This program is made up of volunteers from Chamber businesses that have agreed to give their time and energy helping with all things chamber! They have become the backbone of chamber events, they serve on chamber committees, and they help out in the chamber office. Under the direction of Johnese Turri, this team is now one of the most important assets the Chamber has seen to date!

The Ambassador program’s mission is to develop a core group, representative of the chamber membership. Its purpose is to support and promote a sound business environment through the successful retention of members and the attraction of new members. They actively participate at chamber events, they create and implement ideas to help insure organizational strength and they establish rapport among their team to serve the chamber and its membership by example of integrity and good will.

The Chamber Ambassador is a chosen member who volunteers their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber, it’s members, and the community. Ambassadors are in the center of the business activity of Angel Fire. They enjoy rewards of making new contacts, strengthening business relationships and accessing resources to further their own success. They represent the Chamber through referring new members, participating in events and supporting activities.

Meet the members of the 2013 Ambassador team:

Team Leader Johnese Turri, co-owner of Turri Productions. She says, ” I am proud to be an ambassador for the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. The ambassador program in our community helps to promote the chamber’s activities and events which raises the awareness of local businesses. It has been such a pleasure to meet all the wonderful people in our community at the business after hours.”

Lisa Morales, General Manager of the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle was asked why she became an ambassador and she said, “I believe in the mission of the Chamber of Commerce. As an ambassador, it’s a great way to network with other business professionals.” And she likes that she is a part of the “brainstorming”-taking place to help bring events, projects, and tourists to Angel Fire.

Dominic Serna, owner of Hatchas Grill in Angel Fire. He says he takes part in the program to help promote businesses, individuals, and the village of Angel Fire. He said he became a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce because of its positive energy and to reap the benefits to help take his business to the next level.

Jo DeKeuster, Sculpture Artist/co-owner of Enchanted Circle Pottery explained to me that Johnese is one of the “Dirt Divas” who help to fire their kiln at Enchanted Circle Pottery. While firing, she was recruited to be an ambassador. Realizing it would be fun and helpful to the Chamber, she agreed.

Mike Liddle, owner of Mike Liddle Enterprises and employed by Kit Carson Energy, Inc. says, “The Chamber is the best way to promote the community…I appreciate being a part of promoting Angel Fire.”

Brinn Colenda, Associate Real Estate Broker with Monte Verde Realty and Village Councilman joined the Ambassador team because he wanted to help make Angel Fire more fun for our residents and visitors.

I personally want to express my deepest gratitude and say thank-you to each one of these professional business people who are volunteering their time, knowledge and expertise to the Ambassador Program. It has only been in effect for a few months and because of them, it’s already a tremendous success!

And I want to recognize another volunteer, Diane White. Diane has been volunteering in our office at the Chamber for over a year! She answers the phone, she meets the public, she helps in any area needed and she does it without expecting anything in return! Many of you may already have encountered her beautiful smile and sweet character. She and her husband Jeff, individual members, have owned property in Angel Fire for over 20 years. They live between Angel Fire and Texas. Diane loves to be on the golf course, but as soon as they arrive in Angel Fire, she comes to work!In fact, she’s in the office this morning (Aug 12) so if you are out and about, stop by, introduce yourself, and say thank-you!
If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, we need someone to share Diane’s job during the months she is in Texas. Give us a call, 575-377-6353…thank you in advance!

Next on the agenda, the chamber board, along with Richard Safford, Pastor of United Church of Angel Fire, has decided to sponsor a Moreno Valley Volunteer of the Year program. Do you know someone that gives of himself or herself above and beyond? In the coming year start watching and paying attention to your neighbors giving spirit. Soon we will be asking for you to nominate these servant-hearted people, in a variety of categories, both young and old. We are not looking for the one who has the deepest pocket book, but the one who truly goes out of their way to give of themselves. Stay tuned for more information!

In the meantime, find a reason to say thank you. Say it a lot…and mean it! I know I don’t say it enough!

Thank you!