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Archives for September 2013

Angel Fire Computer Guy Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

af-computer-guy-01By Jo Mixon

Kevin Robnett

Kevin always worked for someone else. He liked to work for someone else. He really never wanted to be self-employed. But after experiencing unemployment for over two years, out of necessity, Kevin moved to Angel Fire and became self-employed last June. It’s funny how life sometimes makes changes for us. Originally from Texas, he had taken a job in Chicago with its fast pace work ethics and international mentality. He worked IT for a manufacturing firm. He was the go-to guy. His boss had a way of asking him, “What if an asteroid hits tomorrow? Will our computer system survive?” Therefore Kevin spent a lot of time designing computer data disaster recovery plans to make that possible. After having spent fifteen years in the IT department, he couldn’t however, design a plan that would keep the company in business and thus lost his job.

His parents bought a home in Red River six years ago, so he moved to New Mexico to regroup. In 2012 he met Scott Cooper through a fellow church member, Stan Samuels. Scott hired him to do part time computer repair work. Then no sooner had that happened, Scott offered him his business. Deciding to give it a six-month trial period, Kevin moved to Angel Fire. He has been working six days a week since the move! A friend of his in Red River asked why he was moving and he laughingly replied, “I’m the Angel Fire Computer Guy.” The man said, “I like that. The Angel stands for good and honest, the Fire means you’re speedy and with your years of experience, computer guy stands on its own. Great name!” Kevin liked it, too. He even designed his logo around its meaning. The angel on his logo is a power button because he works on anything with a power button! Remember that, anything with a power button.

The goal of Angel Fire Computer Guy is to get his client’s computers to a level that they are comfortable with and running smoothly. I asked what he had to offer over any other computer repairmen and he told me a story. His first job was as a tutor in college. He had a professor with a dream. The dream was to open a center where any student could come and get help with anything. The dream came to fruition through grant monies and Kevin was the first employee. His job was to listen to other students and learn their problems. Then it was his job to figure out exactly what they really needed and come up with a solution to help them accomplish it. He uses this in computer repair and web design. First he asks his client a lot of questions. What do you really want? He doesn’t tell the client what they need, he allows the client to tell him. Not only does he bring his experience to their problem while figuring out the solution, he even goes a step further. While he is working on the solution, he engages his client and explains what he is doing. He says it’s a tutoring process. He wants the client to be able to comfortably work on their own computers, to know all their passwords and be able to have the confidence to utilize and move around their own web pages. He said, “Everyone should be in control of their own computer. I will teach them as I go. I don’t keep secrets; they should know what I am doing. What if I were to die tomorrow? I’d want them to know how to get into everything to continue their work.”

Kevin is happy to be in Angel Fire where he feels engaged in life. First of all he joined the Angel Fire Rotary Club. He likes to meet people and be a part of their service organization. Give him a call when you need assistance. He will repair your computer, perform virus removal, build and maintain PHP scripting and web design and maintenance. In this computer age we live in, Kevin believes the more business he can generate for your business through web design, search engine utilization and smooth running computer systems, the more business it will be for him. It’s a win-win situation. Sounds right to me!

Visit or call 575-737-8822.


New 2014 Phone Books Have Arrived

2014-phone-bookAvailable in the foyer of the office at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

3407 Mountain View Blvd.
Centro Plaza
Angel Fire, NM

Business After Hours

png-bahWhen: Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: The Pub n’grub, 52 N. Angel Fire Rd.

Food, fun and networking! Bring your business cards to be eligible for door prizes!

Also, join us at Village Hall as we light the Village Christmas Tree and get into the holiday spirit!

When: Thursday, December 5, 2013

Angel Fire Holiday Lighting Contest

girl-lightsContest rules and entry forms will be available at the Chamber of Commerce October 1, 2013. Start planning now!

There are 3 categories:

  1. Commercial
  2. Residential
  3. Miscellaneous

D.L. Frey Design Group Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

frey-design-01By Jo Mixon

Danny Frey Owner/Designer

Danny Frey designed a floor plan for his ideal home when he was just ten years old. The home was complete with water features running from the inside to the outside and a fireplace large enough for an adult to stand up in. He still has this floor plan taped together on the original scrap paper. I suggested he frame it! Always having that desire, his sites remained on the beauty and value of architectural planning. At eighteen his Dad hired him as a draftsman to design pharmacies. Within a few years he was hired to design medical equipment like x-ray machines. (While at his Dad’s business, he redrew the plans for his childhood home. His Dad has used this plan in several remodels to date.)

With a few partners on board Danny’s business soon evolved into home design. He covered the entire process. He designed the houses, worked closely with the building contractors, staged and sold the houses, and gave the owners one year in follow time. During this time he learned the mentality of a job site and how to work with construction crews. His home designs quickly began winning awards on a yearly basis. He even won a Grand Prize in Tarrant/Dallas County, one of the nations largest home shows. Ask him the story about Kelly Clarkson. After winning American Idol she chose his design for her first home. (He didn’t know who she was at the time!)

Approximately ten years ago, Danny was asked to design a vacation home in Angel Fire for the friends who had financed his Dallas/Ft. Worth venture. They wanted him to come on site prior to his design. He told me he had never been to this part of New Mexico, so he loaded up his two children and the dog for an adventure trip. As they rounded the corner, coming out of the Cimarron Canyon where it over looks Eagle Nest Lake, he had to pull the car over. The beauty was so over whelming it took him a minute to catch his breath. He told his children, “I don’t know where Angel Fire is, but I hope it looks like this.” To his pleasant surprise it was just as stunningly majestic.

For the next three and half years, Danny designed homes in the Angel Fire area mainly with Richard Sutton as his General Building Contractor. When the opportunity arose for him to move his business full time to Angel Fire, the decision was easy.In the three years he has lived here, his home designs have consecutively won the Grand Hacienda Award in the Parade of Homes for builders of the Sangre de Cristo Homebuilders Association. (All three are pictured below) As a home designer, Danny works closely with his clients. He takes into consideration their wishes and budget. He told me that 80% of his designs get built. Some will be revisited when his clients are truly ready to build.

Danny works well with and truly appreciates all the local building contractors, but wanted me to give special recognition to Richard Sutton. Richard gave him the confidence to move to Angel Fire. He feels blessed that his dream of being able to reside and make a living here has turned into reality and that there is never one day he takes it for granted!

Another tidbit I found out about Danny; he’s a drummer. He started playing the drums in fifth grade. By junior high school, he and his friends formed a classic rock and roll band that played gigs together in the Dallas/Ft Worth area for twenty years. He is both artistically and musically talented!

When you are in the market to build or remodel your home, I am happy to recommend D. L. Frey Design Group! You can see his homes in any of the past three years Parade of Homes magazines. Call him at 505-603-7271 or email

Angel Fire Visitor Guide 2014

af-visitor-guideIf there’s one place for Angel Fire to advertise, this is it!

This is the primary marketing piece for Angel Fire. It includes a four-season guide and is distributed year-round at visitor centers, chambers of commerce, high traffic tourist spots and nationwide.

Rate Sheet – Display Rates

  • Full Page – 7.625″ W x 10.125″ H, $2,625.00
  • 2/3 Page – 5″ W x 9.875″ H, $1,680.00
  • 1/3 Page (Vertical) – 2.375″ W x 9.875″ H, $945.00
  • 1/3 Page (Horizontal) – 5″ W x 4.8″ H, $945.00
  • 1/6 Page – 2.375″ W x 4.8″ H, $525.00

Ask us about our specialty pages.

Ad space is limited – CALL EARLY!

Payment Due: Upon ad approval

Ad Sales: Joe Haukebo, 575-595-0575

Contact: Lesley Cox, 575-776-8224,

School Board Meetings

“100 Years of Excellence 1910-2010”

School Board Meetings

When: September 11, 2013 beginning at 6:30 pm

The School Board Meeting will meet in the CEMS Board Room# 215. The School Board Meeting Packet is now available on the School District website at

Notice: Special Meetings

When: Tuesday September 24, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Moreno Valley High School

When: Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Cimarron Elementary/Middle School Cafeteria in Cimarron

These are open meetings and the citizens of the Cimarron Municipal Schools District are invited to attend.

1.0 – General Meeting (No action will be taken)

This is a Community Forum for the Discussion and Input for the Proposed School District Bond Election to Build Classrooms at Moreno Valley High School and Other School District Needs.

125 N. CollisionAve
Cimarron NM, 87714
800-539 5680
575-376-2442 Fax

Board of Education

  • Valorie Garcia, President; Owen McCulloch
  • Vice-President; Ronald Anderson
  • Secretary; Bret Wier
  • Member; Annie Lindsey
  • Member; Adán Estrada, Superintendent

Angel Fire Fall Clean-Up Day

clean-upGet your teams together! Meet at Village Hall for coffee and donuts and to pick up trash bags.

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9:00 am to Noon

Hot Dogs will be provided for all who participate at Village Hall.

Sponsored by Angel Fire Proud and the Village of Angel Fire.

Angel Fired Pizza

angel-fired-pizzaHours: Tuesday through Sunday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Dine-in or carry-out.
  • Daily specials.
  • Dairy free available.
  • Follow us on Facebook.
  • Udi’s gluten free options.

It’s Time To Get On Board

get-on-boardExpand your Angel Fire App listing compliments of the Village of Angel Fire.

Add your logo, website, email and up to 100 words of text about your business.


Angel Fire App users will be able to click through directly to your website. Include in your text extra phone numbers, reservation instructions, whatever you want visitors to know about your business.

Angel Fire App user sessions during August 2013 totaled 7,323. As ski season nears, even more folks will be seeking vacation information on the App. Make sure they can find you.

Email text and other info to App hours at the Visitor Center are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm or call 575-377-6555 for a special appointment time.