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Archives for May 2015

Binford-Bell Studio Supports The Arts Activity Center

binford-bellFrom now through June 15, 2015, 50% of the proceeds from my artwork sold in thirty days will be donated to the campaign to fund a permanent location for the arts and art activity in the area by the Moreno Valley Arts Council and Artists Guild of Northern New Mexico.

See my work at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, the Angel Fire Visitor’s Center and of course my studio.

Jacqui Binford-Bell
Binford-Bell Studio
Black Lake, New Mexico

Please note that some restrictions may apply.

Trash To Treasures 2015

trash-to-treasuresVolunteers are needed to collect donations, set-up and for the actual sale.

Collection dates are Wednesday, May 27 and all Wednesdays in June from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Unit #7 (Behind Post Office).

Setup dates are July 1, 2 & 3 (various times) at Angel Fire Community Center.

When: July 4 & 5, 2015

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

If you can volunteer, please sign up at the library or call Georganne Fore at 575-377-6282.

Angel Fire Day Camp 2015

day-campAges 5 to 12 years old. $25 per day per child. Multiple child discounts. Weekly rates available.

When: June 8, 2015 to August 7, 2015 from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

For more information or to signup please contact Shay Tibljas at 575-377-1544.

Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

baileys-chimney-01By Jo Mixon

Justin Bailey & Jo

The morning I spent with Justin Bailey was so education I thought my head was going to burst! This guy really knows his business! His business? Your chimney and your safety. Did you know that only 3% of people with chimneys use the services of a certified chimney sweep? With my head down, my hands behind my back, looking at my shoes, I admit, I was one of the 3%. But after having spent time with Justin, never again will I fall into that category.

Included in the cost, every time Justin and his staff of CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Technicians clean a fireplace, they also scan your chimney with a video inspection system. This Smart-Scan system uses an iPad and a camera that they send up the chimney. If a problem is found, they can provide your insurance company with a power point presentation of the video. He says, “Our investment in training, certification credentials, and constant improvement represents our commitment to conducting our business in such a way that will improve the standing of the chimney service industry in the areas where we work for years to come.”

The home owner of the first appointment I tagged along on, wanted diagnostic information. They were concerned with smoke and ash coming into the house and staining their rock fireplace. A friend of theirs recommended Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair because he is the expert in diagnosing chimney problems. Justin told the homeowners when we walked inside, seeing the visible stains, that smoke on the inside rock is obviously a problem. Not only could it be a sign of danger in the chimney, it could also mean that it isn’t drafting properly and smoke and ash blowing in can poison the air quality in your home, leading to health problems. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be critical.

He then immediately went to work. I stood back as he set up his work area. He told me that he was not interested in leaving a mess, he respects his customer’s living space. He covered a large area before he brought in his equipment. He told me about common problems and issues with cracks inside chimneys as he set up his equipment and went to work. I got to see the inside of the chimney via his video scan system while he looked at each of the joints inside, where the pipes came together. He explained to me that dangers can happen when the seams are jarred loose even by unknowing chimney sweeps. In this particular chimney, he found no breaches in the seams with his scan. He continued to sweep and clean. Next he needed to inspect the outside chimney. As you well know, the homes in our mountains are usually two or three story structures. This one was no exception. I saw a steep metal roof….yikes! I wasn’t sure I could watch as he quickly started carrying ladders from his truck making preparation to climb. He secured the first ladder, then carried another ladder up that first ladder. He secured them to the roof and went back for yet another one. He expertly shimmied across the very high, very steep roof, moving ladders and hauling tools. About now, I was holding my breath and praying for his safety. He smiled at my queasiness and assured me, he and his staff follow OSHA guidelines when approaching roof work. His every movement was cautious and exact. With a past hobby in rock climbing, Justin finds this part of his job fun. He says it keeps it interesting! On the ground I thought to myself how I had expected to witness a regular chimney sweep that day. They come in without a word, clean quickly and get out, but that isn’t at all what I was witnessing. He reminded me more of a “chimney surgeon”. Communication with his customer was key. He spent extra time educating them and stressed safety issues.

I learned and I quote Justin from his website, “Chimney work is a trade, like plumbing or painting or electrical. A lot of people don’t understand that. I know the codes, I have the skills and the expertise to make sure your house doesn’t burn down.” and,”Dryer vents are one of the leading causes of house fires, so I decided we should become the experts in preventing that kind of danger. We got certified in dryer vent technology and were the first company in New Mexico with that credential.” Plus he attends the National Chimney Sweep Institute National Conferences to keep abreast of the latest technologies and issues. Justin grew up in Taos and has grown his business into the surrounding areas. He runs two trucks out of Santa Fe /505-988-2771 and one out of Taos /575-770-7769. (I suggest you book your chimney and vent cleaning and repair service at least two weeks in advance during peak seasons.)

When I asked why he decided to become a chimney sweep, he answered with an endearing story about his grandfather. I hope that you will take the time to visit his website and read it for yourselves! And take note that safety, value, integrity, and professionalism strongly represents, not only his company, but the character of Justin Bailey. Give him a call!





















Bike Park & Mountain Activities Opening Day

bike-parkAngel Fire Resort Bike Park & Mountain Activities Opening Day

Mountain biking, ziplining and summer mountain activities all open Thursday (weather permitting).

When: May 14, 2015

For reservations, please call 575-377-4320.

5th Annual Community Wide Flea Market

flea-market-01Book your space now! Entertainment and fun!

When: Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Cove Arts Center

As a vender: All cash proceeds are yours to keep!

As A shopper: Crafters, food venders and garage sale items.

Call 575-377-6353 for information.

Turquoise Trout Fishing Tours

troutBook your fishing tour now with Turquoise Trout!

For information on trips, available dates, and rates please call Jeremy @ 575-224-0511 or send him an email at

Trips for 2015 are booking fast, call to get the dates you need soon!

Jeremy Jines
Turquoise Trout
Guided Fishing Tours

Crafty Camper Activity Center

Golden Eagle RV Park invites you to the grand opening of the Crafty Camper Activity Center. On Sunday, May 24, 2015 the Golden Eagle RV park will be opening their new community center arts and craft building. The Crafty Camper Activity Center is located on the upper deck of the RV park.

From 10:00 am to Noon, Golden Eagle will be hosting a meet and greet with some of this season’s friendly instructors where you can view a selection of the wide range of projects that will be available for all skill levels. Everyone is welcome!

When: Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 10:00 am to Noon

Where: Golden Eagle RV Park – 540 W. Therma (Hwy 64), Eagle Nest, NM 87718

For information call 575-377-6188 or email

Angel Fire Spare Part Art Auction

spare-part-artBy Jo Mixon

I am so excited to be a part of this inaugural event in Angel Fire. As a member of the Village of Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, I’d like to stress that the members of this committee work extremely hard behind the scenes to promote and educate sustainability as a lifestyle! Not only do we promote recycling but we educate about options and ways to keep Angel Fire and our majestic mountain home a healthy beautiful place to live, play and visit. The goal that it remains pristine far into the future!

We decided to have fun with it. Turn your toss out items into works of art! Think outside of the box. Recycle anything. What will you create and donate? An awesome yard-art sculpture, a planter, a fountain, a garden bench, a chandelier? Will you use tin, metal, old crates, bottles, keys, tools, car parts, or assorted old objects? Maybe material or clothing you thought were rags? Shoes, lamps, what about unusable sinks or toilets? (Don’t forget to disinfect first…hehehe!)

Anything destined for the dump is fair game for you to turn into a thing of beauty! Thank you ahead of time. Now get creative, and we also need everyone to bid and buy a one-of-a-kind unique masterpiece at the auction! Hope to see you there!

When: June 13, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: 3375 Mountain View Blvd, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Be a part of the first Spare Part Art fundraiser and art silent auction.

Recycling old junk not only benefits the environment, it breathes new life into old objects that were once destined for the landfill. Roll up your sleeves and make one person’s trash into another person’s treasure. Everyone is invited to enter a piece of recycled art. Everyone is invited to purchase a piece of artwork! Participate in this unique art auction while listening to live music. Proceeds benefit the Village of Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, The Moreno Valley Arts Council and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call Louise at 214-437-1362 or Jo at 575-377-6353.

Sponsored by The Village of Angel Fire: Angel Fire Proud Committee, GGS Wagon Mound and Keep New Mexico Beautiful.

Business After Hours – H2 Uptown

h2-uptownEnjoy appetizers, networking, door prizes and a cash bar!

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: 48 North Angel Fire Rd, Angel Fire, NM 87710

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