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Archives for February 2015

Angel Flowers By Layna

layna-valentines-01Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!

Pre-ordering that special bouquet or the very popular cake pops is preferred. We can custom make any bouquet to fit any budget. Also available are stuffed bears that can be added to any arrangement. Chocolate covered strawberries or custom made gift baskets are also available as well as fruit edible arrangements and candy bouquets.

Call 575-377-5827 today to pre-order your special arrangement. Also, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/angelflowersnm.

Angel Flowers by Layna


Roadrunner Tours Valentine’s Day Special

roadrunner-valentinesDinner & Sleigh Ride


Call For Reservations!

The Elkhorn Lodge Along With Roadrunner Tours Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

roadrunner-tours-01By Jo Mixon

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Linton.

Nancy & Bill Burch have joined together to offer a truly unique winter experience in Angel Fire. At the Chamber Business after Hours last Thursday night, they treated us all to horse drawn sleigh rides, followed by a sampling of delicious foods by Chef Baden Whitehead.

Nancy is pleased to have Baden on their team. Not only is he an accomplished cowboy, he also has a degree from the Florida Culinary Institute. The man can cook! All winter, the Roadrunner Tour Sleigh Ride and Prime Rib Dinner will be based out of the Elk Horn Campfire Cafe. Book now by calling 575-377-6416. You won’t be disappointed!

Stop by the Campfire Cafe inside of the Elk Horn Lodge. It has re-opened for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. During peak seasonal times, they will be open seven days a week. Chef Baden will serve you a meal to remember!

And don’t forget to visit their newly remodeled website at www.rtours.com.










Executive Director Chat

By Jo Mixon

The 52nd Legislature of the state of New Mexico, 60 day Session, convened in Santa Fe, on January 20, 2015. As your representative of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce (and because I find it helpful and interesting) I spend many hours reading and researching bills and legislation. I attend the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association for a three day legislative conference, listening to secretaries of state and deciding, with other state chamber executives, which bills and budget requests we as the collective chambers of commerces and our thousands of business members, will back or oppose at legislation. I work closely with our Board of Directors in making our final decision.

This year at NMCEA conference, we were honored to hear from Keith Gardner, Chief of Staff Office of Governor Susana Martinez; Secretary Jon Barela, NM Economic Development Department; Cabinet Secretary Tom Clifford, NM Department of Finance and Administration; Secretary Brent Earnest, NM Human Services Department; Secretary Hannah Skandera, NM Public Education Department; Secretary Rebecca Latham, NM Tourism Department; and Secretary Tom Church, Department of NM Transportation.

Plus Steve Maestas, NAI Maestas & Ward gave a presentation on the “Closing Fund” (LEDA), Quinn Lopez, Vice President & General Counsel of NM Mutual, discussed Worker’s Compensation, and David Buchholtz, Rodney Law Firm, led a discussion on “Right-to-Work”.

During the remainder of the 60 day session Angel Fire will be well represented. Michael Turri, Chamber President; Rogers Lanon, Chamber Past President/Angel Fire Village Councilor; Michael Dean, Chamber Board Director; Johnese Turri, Chamber Ambassador Team Leader; Mayor Barbara Cottam; Mayor Pro-Tem Chuck Howe, Village Councilor Brinn Colenda; Village Manager, Rick Tafoya; Jimmy Linton, Visitor Center/Tourism Manager and myself are scheduled to attend various different activities, receptions, and conferences. (Please note, anyone who wants to get involved is always welcome to join us!)

I thought I would share the following. It is a bit lengthy but if you are interested, it is “the short version” of how a bill becomes law. During legislative session, I receive the daily Albuquerque Chamber Legislative Round-up. This is their easy to understand explanation:


Standing And Interim Committees

Which is which and what are they for? While the Legislature is in session, committees are appointed to consider the bills introduced and recommend whether they should be passed, passed as amended, do not pass or be laid on the table. Both the House and Senate have standing committees that are generally organized around subject matters. For example, the House Business and Employment and the Senate Corporations committees handle legislation related to business practices and are closely monitored by the Chamber.

When the Legislature is not in session, that period of time is referred to as the interim. Joint interim committees, consisting of both House and Senate members, are appointed for two fundamental purposes: first, to oversee operations of government agencies and, second, to consider issues that may require legislation in the next session and to sponsor such legislation. Interim committees have more time to consider issues than do standing committees that are flooded with legislative proposals while the Legislature is in session.

Standing Committees – Policy and Fiscal

Since we are in a legislative session, let’s look a little more closely at the standing committees. Essentially, there are two kinds: policy and fiscal. Bills usually are referred to at least two committees and frequently three.

Policy committees deal with the substance of what’s being proposed. For example, let’s say there’s a bill introduced in the House seeking to require stricter regulation of horse drawn buggies and the State Police are being directed to enforce the new regulations. The policy questions are whether horse drawn buggies need stricter regulation and whether the State Police is the proper enforcement agency. The fiscal questions are how much is it going to cost, is the cost worth it and how does that expenditure stack up against other needs in the state.

Expect this bill to get referred to at least one policy committee (let’s say the committee dealing with business matters) and the fiscal committee (in the House, that’s House Appropriations and Finance and in the Senate, Senate Finance). However, since we’re dealing with horses, the committee that deals with agriculture also wants to examine the bill. So, this bill gets three committee referrals. (If the bill had no fiscal impact, it wouldn’t be referred to a fiscal committee). In the House, the Speaker determines to which committees a bill is referred. In the Senate, the Majority Floor Leader makes the assignments.

Committees At Work

Generally speaking, legislative committees do the heavy lifting. In the committees, bills are examined in detail and attempts are made to resolve problems or to find a middle ground among all the parties that are interested in the bill, often with some parties in support and others in opposition.

Before A Bill Is Heard

Before a bill is actually heard in a committee, different staffs analyze the bill. The Legislative Finance Committee staff looks at the fiscal impact and issues a “Fiscal Impact Report” or (FIR). Committee and partisan staffs analyze the bill. State agencies and lobbyists examine the bill. Committee members are “lobbied” on the bill, each interest expressing its support or opposition, and perhaps, offering amendments to make the bill acceptable to them.

Set For Hearing

At last, the bill is “set” for hearing on a certain date. Each committee produces an agenda identifying which bills are to be considered that day. The order in which the bills are heard may be different than the way they’re listed on the agenda. The sponsor of the legislation (Representative or Senator) “puts the bill on,” i.e. explains the bill to the committee. Often one or more expert witnesses accompany the sponsor and may present testimony or answer questions.

Hearing From All Parties

After the sponsor has presented, depending on the Committee Chair’s method of operating, questions from committee members may ensue or the Chair may ask whether there is any support or opposition to the bill. Lobbyists and citizens attending the hearing will then raise their hands and the Chair will call on them. If there are many wishing to testify, the Chair may limit the number speaking for or against in the interest of time.
Committee decision

After all the points of view have been heard and questions of the committee members answered, the sponsor may conclude testimony. The chair will then ask what is the pleasure of the committee. At this point a motion is made to pass, to amend, to do not pass or to lie on the table.


If amendments are proposed (and the sponsor may propose amendments to his or her own bill), then the amendments are dealt with first. Each amendment is voted on separately by either voice or roll call vote. The committee secretary is responsible for recording votes and keeping track of amendments considered.

The Legislative Council Service must draft amendments so they are presented in the correct form. If an amendment is adopted that is not available in the correct form, the sponsor of the bill will agree to have the amendment prepared correctly, thus ensuring that the bill is properly amended before being considered by the next committee or the legislative body itself.

Final Action

Once all amendments are considered and acted upon, the bill is ready for final consideration. A member of the committee will then make a motion and the motion is then voted upon either by voice or roll call vote. Sometimes, bills are “held over” until a subsequent hearing in order to allow time for the sponsor to meet with interested parties to see if problems can be resolved. Also, fiscal committees may hold bills until the budget picture becomes clear.

On The Floor

If the bill survives the gauntlet of committees, it is then considered on the floor of the house in which it originates where it can pass as amended (assuming there were amendments), be further amended or defeated. Our horse drawn buggy regulation bill has passed all three committees with no amendments and has been passed by the House.

Off To Committees Again

When the Senate receives our bill, it is referred to three committees, and it is amended in a Senate Committee but reaches the floor of the Senate.

To The Senate

The Senate has the same options as the House. They can pass the bill as now amended, add further amendments or defeat the bill. The Senate simply passes our bill as amended. Whew, now the Governor can sign it into law, right?

Not So Fast

Before the Governor can receive a bill from the Legislature, both houses must agree on identically the same bill. Our bill was amended in the Senate, so the version the House approved is not the same as the Senate approved – back to the House.

Concurrence In Amendments

The House is now asked whether it agrees with the Senate version of the bill. If it does, it is said to have concurred in amendments. If it refuses to concur, the bill is sent back to the Senate, which can either withdraw its amendments or notify the house that a “conference committee” needs to be appointed to work out the differences.

Our bill gets concurrence in amendments and is off to the Governor for her decision to sign or veto (please Governor, sign it, we really need to crack down on these horse drawn buggies).

And, that’s the short version of what committees do and how a bill works its way through the legislative process to the Governor’s desk.

Music From Angel Fire – Summer Festival 2015

mfaf-summerWhen: August 21 to September 6, 2015


Music From Angel Fire Announces 1st Annual Juried Art Competition

When: January 6 to March 16, 2015

The Music From Angel Fire Summer Festival seeks entries for its first annual juried art competition. One artist will be selected from Colfax County (New Mexico) in 2015 and the work will be featured on the cover of the Summer Festival program book, a publication distributed at all festival concerts, August 21 to September 6, 2015. Entries may be submitted by part of full-time residents of Colfax County. All work should have been completed in the last two years and artists are invited to submit artwork created in 2D or 3D (painting, photography, pottery and sculpture). The winning artist will have the opportunity to display and sell their work (up to 10 pieces) at the opening night concert, August 21, 2015 in Angel Fire, NM.

Application fee is $15. Competition opens on Tuesday, January 6 and closes March 16, 2015. Visit www.musicfromangelfire.com/artcompetition for complete submission guidelines. Questions? Contact Loretta Lamothe at ljlamothe@scbglobal.net or 817-988-8309.

Dummy Launch 2015

dummy-launchBuild your creation, watch if fly, WIN!

When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Free To Enter | Cash Prizes

For more information and to sign up visit angelfireresort.com.

World Championship Shovel Races 2015

shovel-racesWhen: February 6-7, 2015

Where: Angel Fire Resort


  • 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Registration at the Village Haus
  • 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Practice day will be at the top of the course
  • 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Ry Taylor Band at the Village Haus
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Tom Perry in Legends Grill


  • 8:00 am to 9:00 am – Registration at the Village Haus
  • 9:30 am – Little Scoops First Run
  • 9:45 am – Little Scoops Second Run
  • 10:00 am – Women in Media First Run
  • 10:45 am – Youth (10-13 Years) First Run
  • 11:00 am – Junior (14-17 Years) First Run
  • 11:15 am – Youth (10-13 Years) Second Run
  • 11:30 am – Junior (14-17 Years) Second Run
  • 12:45 pm – Adult Women Pro First Run
  • 1:00 pm – Adult Men Pro First Run
  • 1:15 pm – Adult Women Pro Second Run
  • 1:30 pm – Adult Men Pro Second Run
  • 1:45 pm – Adult Women First Run
  • 2:00 pm – Adult Men First Run
  • 2:15 pm – Adult Masters First Run
  • 2:30 pm – Adult Women Second Run
  • 2:45 pm – Adult Men Second Run
  • 3:00 pm – Adult Masters Second Run
  • 4:30 pm – Dummy Launch
  • 5:30 pm – Awards Ceremony in Village Haus
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Jimmy Stadler Band, Shovel Race Party in Village Haus
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – David Smith in Legends

Cimarron Independent School District School Board Candidate Forum

voteCimarron Independent School District School Board Candidate Forum

When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

4 board seats are up for election:

Position #1: Vice President
Candidates: Ronald Anderson/Eagle Nest; incumbent and Laura J. Gonzales/Cimarron

Position #2: President
Valorie C. Garcia/Cimarron – Unopposed

Position #3:
Member Annie J. Lindsey/Angel Fire – Unopposed

Position #5:
Member Misty Ogata/Cimarron- Unopposed

The election is scheduled for Tuesday February 3, 2015.

If you will not be able to vote on election day, please call the Colfax County Clerk @ 575- and ask for an absentee ballot. They will send you an application which you will fill out. It is to be mailed back to the county clerk, after which your ballot is mailed. This ballot must be received in the county clerk’s office by Friday January 30, 2015 to be counted.

Military Appreciation Ski Weekend

ski-weekendWe need your help. This appreciation weekend could bring in a few thousand veterans, active military, and their families. Key to making this a successful event is for participants to know how much Angel Fire values them and their service. we want to do this in tangible benefits and personal welcomes.

When: February 20-22, 2015

Where: Angel Fire Ski Resort

The Resort has extended extraordinary discounts, but we want visitors to enjoy our entire community. We encourage businesses to participate tangibly in one of three ways:

1. Provide at least a 25% discount generally or for some lead product or service, e.g. equipment rentals, entrees, popular gift items, etc

2. Provide up to 1,000 small items we could place in “Swag Bags” that will be given to each family, e.g. your branded chap stick, coupons, stickers, buttons, etc.

3. Cash donations. If the first two are not convenient, funds are still needed to support weekend activities. In future years, we will seek major funding from more regional and national enterprises so we don’t have to ask local businesses for direct financial support.

All businesses that provide any of the above will be provided an American flag to display at your business so participants can easily spot where they will get great deals or who has supported them.

The most important outcome is how we welcome our military guests. We have done this naturally for decades so we know all of us who work in the village will excel!

Your donation is tax deductible. Not Forgotten Outreach is a 501(c)(3) (IRS #46-2052184) and is managing the finances at both locations. If your support is financial, please annotate “Military Ski Weekend” on your check to NFO.

Thank you,

Mike Liddle
Fundraising Chairman for Angel Fire Weekend

Business After Hours – Elk Horn Lodge

elk-horn-lodgeBusiness after hours are great networking opportunities to meet and greet, mix and mingle.

When: Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Elk Horn Lodge – 3377 Mountain View Blvd.

Meet at the Elk Horn Lodge and be treated to a free 15 minute sleigh ride! Rides will be from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm, sponsored by Roadrunner Tours. Then come inside by the fire and meet Cowboy Chef Baden. Enjoy appetizers, hot chocolate, or a glass of wine. Hear what new things are in store for the Elk Horn Lodge this year!

You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend this family friendly event!