November 13, 2019

Archives for February 2015

Angel Fire Resort Announcement

Angel Fire Resort Childcare and Preschool announced today they will cease spring through fall operations effective May 1, 2015. The resort plans on providing winter childcare (December-March) moving forward for employees, locals and visitors, along with Snow Bear Camp and the 3 Ski Program.

Angel Fire Resort Childcare and Preschool has been in business for over 30 years. During this time Judy Vallier, Director of Childcare and Preschool, has created a safe and nurturing environment for our children and achieved a highly acclaimed, four star rating for their Preschool program.

The decision to close the summer services was an exceptionally difficult one for resort management. For me it has been very personal. My involvement with developing childcare goes back to when it was called “Lil’ Angels” and was housed in the former portable building as part of the Children’s Center. After all these years, it came down to the reduction in the number of year-round participants necessary to keep the operation financially viable. Despite a number of attempts over the past ten years to restructure the operations and create financial sustainability, the resort has subsidized business losses of over $300,000.

We are extremely grateful to the dedicated Childcare staff along with the families that have utilized the childcare and will work closely with them on this transition. We hope our treasured employees will choose to keep working at Daycare for the winter seasons and every effort is being made to find summer employment for those who want it.

Should you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Robin May
Director of Ski and Snowboard School
Ange Fire Resort

Upcoming Business After Hours

Save the date for these upcoming Business After Hours.

Business After Hours are great networking opportunities to meet and greet, mix and mingle and advertise your business!

You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to attend!

The Trailhead
Friday, March 20, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

H2 Uptown
Thursday, May 7, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Shuter Library
Thursday, May 28, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Wildflower Bed & Breakfast
Thursday, June 25, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Music From Angel Fire & Keller Williams Realty of Angel Fire
Thursday, August 13, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the life line behind many if not all of the events that take place in Angel Fire.

The Village of Angel Fire and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce are working together to form an Angel Fire Volunteer Alliance.

Our goal is to bring all of the organizations, all of the event planners, and all of the volunteers together as one united unit.

There are many fun events on the calendar for 2015.

We are in the process of organizing now.

We want to include everyone! Both full time residents and part time residents.

And all clubs and organizations:

  • Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
  • Village of Angel Fire Angel Fire Resort
  • Angel Fire Garden Club
  • Angel Fire Proud
  • Rotary Club of Angel Fire
  • Hound Dog Events
  • Shuter Library
  • National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center
  • Eagle Nest PTA
  • Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails

Anyone who puts on events or who volunteers to help at events.

We invite you to become a part of the Angel Fire Volunteer Alliance!

More information will follow soon!

Pack 62 Pinewood Derby

pinewood-derbyAngel Fire Appraisers invites you to attend the Pack 62 Pinewood Derby.

When: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Noon

Where: Angel Fire Community Center, 15 CS Ranch Rd, Angel Fire, NM

Races start at noon. Concessions will be available for lunch.


Last years Cub Scout winners.

Smiles: Priceless!

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Members Breakfast Meeting

bakery-cafeWhen: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: The Bakery & Cafe @ Angel Fire, 3420 Mountain View Blvd., Angel Fire, NM

Enjoy burritos or donuts while we have a short informative Chamber member meeting.

This is a members only meeting.

Powder Refill In Angel Fire!

Ramp It Up Ole Man Winter! Powder Refill in Angel Fire!

19″ of snow in the past 48 hours and it’s still falling. Enjoy a few shots of life in the mountains.

Saturday during military appreciation weekend, double amputee Dana Bowman, parachuted out of a plane with a gigantic American flag and then led a flag parade down the front ski run, Exhibition. It was an awesome sight to behold!



Above photos courtesy of Michael Johnstone and Wende Woolley


Brian and Mari Lindsey snowmobiling



36 deer came to snack at Jennifer Cavan’s house


Alpacas loving the snow at Victory Ranch




Photos courtesy of the Angel Fire Resort


Photo courtesy of Olga Shiropaeva


Photo courtesy of Tara Chisum

Laguna Vista Lodge On The Travel Channel

Contact Decrepit, Old Bert Clemens
575-377-6110 or 575-770-0265
51 East Therma Drive
Eagle Nest, New Mexico 87718

The Laguna Vista Lodge, Historic Restaurant & Saloon will be featured episode on the Travel Channel Tuesday, March 3, 2014, at 7:00 AM MST.

Resort Rescue descended upon us last August with Shane Green and a crew of 31. After one week of fourteen-hour days, they had a one-hour episode wrap. We have no idea what hit the cutting floor nor do we know how reality television will betray either the Village or us.

“Resort Rescue” follows world-famous hospitality consultant Shane Green as he helps hotel and resort owners figure out what’s going wrong inside their establishments. Green watches every move through hidden surveillance footage taken across the premises. Afterwards, Green reveals his findings to the owners and shows them how to fix these lingering issues. “Resort Rescue” is produced by Relativity TV for the Travel Channel.

Below is a description of our episode from the Travel Channel website.

Brothel, Bed & Breakfast

Shane travels to Eagle Nest, NM to help elderly owners, Bert and Karel Clemens, who have worked non-stop at the historic Laguna Vista Lodge for 35 years. The small tourist village is tucked 8,300 feet up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where visitors can still experience life in the Old West, including this century-old hotel. Although Eagle Nest used to be a gold rush boomtown, Bert and Karel have never seen any riches from their resort. After meeting Bert and hearing his story, Shane takes over the hotel and has his crew install hidden cameras throughout the hotel. From the surveillance room, Shane and Bert observe the lodge’s restaurant. It has been leased out to a woman named Jane because it became too much for Bert and Karel to manage. Shane notices right away that Jane has spread herself too thin, leading to her underserving the restaurant guests and The Laguna Vista Lodge’s reputation is damaged. However, Shane sees a business opportunity to repurpose an old brothel room into an experience for couples dining in the restaurant. Next, Shane observes a guest’s first impression at the lodge’s front desk and the hotel room. Although both experiences pass Shane’s standards, he notices that the pricing for the rooms is out of the normal range for the area. The Laguna Vista Lodge also has an old saloon complete with batwing doors. The ambiance looks like a total winner until Shane notices that the bartender, Greg, has a rough edge when it comes to customer service. A regular patron, Adrian, steps in as an unofficial bar manager and softens Greg’s abrasive behavior. When Shane confronts the staff, can he show them the error of their ways in order to improve the guest experience? Or are Bert and Karel doomed to work tirelessly at a hotel for another 35 years?

Angel Fire Shovel Races 2015 Results

shovel-races-0186 men, women, and children competed in the Angel Fire Shovel Races 2015.

And the winners are:

Little Scoops Division Co-ed Ages 6-9

  • 1st Place – Ellison Hensley (39.46 mph)
  • 2nd Place – Blake Moore (39.41 mph)
  • 3rd Place – Hayden Weeks (38.42 mph)

Youth Division Co-ed Ages 10-13

  • 1st Place – Alex Serrano (59.41 mph)
  • 2nd Place – Wyatt Breault (56.69 mph)
  • 3rd Place – Duncan Stewart-Jackson (54.74 mph)

Junior Division Co-ed Ages 14-17

  • 1st Place – Dominik Ickes (61.30 mph)
  • 2nd Place – Dalton Breault (58.17 mph)
  • 3rd Place – Samuel Jacquez (57.73 mph)

Women’s Division Ages 18+

  • 1st Place – Emily Thorpe (58.65 mph)
  • 2nd Place – Amy Koch (57.90 mph)
  • 3rd Place – Jessica Weber (56.85 mph)

Pro Women Ages 18+

  • 1st Place – Kelly Haukebo (60.23 mph)
  • 2nd Place – Hattie Belichick (58.92 mph)
  • 3rd Place – Paloma Gonzales (58.65 mph)

Men’s Division Ages 18-44

  • 1st Place – Rob Tibljas (63.27 mph)
  • 2nd Place – Jeff Weeks (61.04 mph)
  • 3rd Place – Caleb bennett (60.85 mph)

Master Men’s Division Ages 45+

  • 1st Place – Lee Pirnie (62.80 mph)
  • 2nd Place – Sam Wilson (62.33 mph)
  • 3rd Place – Scott Hoover (59.20 mph)

Pro Men Ages 18+

  • 1st Place – Jeff Hamblin (65.42 mph)
  • 2nd Place – Jerry Cowan (64.21 mph)
  • 3rd Place – Chad Denney (63.23 mph)

Best Costume

  • Duncan Stewart-Jackson (For the fourth year!)








New Mexico’s Garden Club’s District III Spring Meeting

spring-meetingThe Angel Fire Garden Club will host the New Mexico’s Garden Club’s District III Spring Meeting.

When: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Where: H2 Uptown Restaurant

Registration will be from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. The District III General Meeting will start at 10:30 am. Lunch will be served at 12:00 with a special selected menu.

There is a $25 registration which includes the meeting, luncheon and program. Make checks payable to: Angel Fire Garden Club, District III, PO Box 276, Angel Fire, NM 87710-0503. For questions, please call Penni Davey at 575-377-9917 or Johnese Turri at 505-250-7150.

Joe Distefano, who is the Angel Fire Resort Golf Course and Country Club Manager, will be our special guest speaker.

Mr. Distefano received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomic Sciences with emphasis in horticulture; specifically turf grass management. He has 30 years of experience in golf course management, design and landscape installation. The Angel Fire golf course has been recognized as a Audubon golf course using organic products for the safety of our feathered and furry friends.

Grande Ball @ Angel Fire Resort

mardi-grasFat Tuesday Celebration

When: February 17, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Resort – Garden Court

Featuring the Ry Taylor Band. Dress up, bring your beads!