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Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival Results

tamale-01By Jo Mixon

We had an awesome turn out for the first annual Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival!

When: August 8, 2015

Where: Angel Fire, New Mexico

People stopped by the voters booth and the Chamber of Commerce to tell us they came from Albuquerque, Gallup, Farmington, Springer, Santa Fe, Espanola, Belen, Clovis, Carlsbad, Taos, Raton, and Eagle Nest in New Mexico. Amarillo, Lubbock, Georgetown, Austin, Witchita Falls, and Dallas in Texas. And from Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, North Carolina, and New Jersey. And most of them said they intend to come again next year!

The Oklahoma Kid, Marty Tipton, the trick roper who performed and entertained said he never imagined Angel Fire was this beautiful and breath taking. He also told me it was one of the nicest trips of his career!

We apologize for running out of tamales so early but we were not expecting to sell 1215 tamale tasting tickets before 1:30 pm! We will certainly be more prepared for the size of the crowd next year!

Reigning over the 1st Annual Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival Crowned as Wally & Molly Tamale


Molly and Wally Tamale 2015
Diane & Kevin Doherty

Four of the best tamale cooks in the state of New Mexico entered the competition. The judges had a hard time deciding between them because as one judge said, “All of them were excellent. These are the best of the best!”

1st Place Traditional Tamales went to Annette Duran/Rogue Traditional Tamales of Santa Fe, New Mexico


Pictured: Chamber President: Wende Woolley,
Winner: Annette Duran,Rogue Traditional Tamales
Cook-off Judge/HK Advertising:David Hayduk

1st Place Gourmet Tamales for her Young Guns Green Chili Cheese is Angel Fire’s own Wendy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue


Pictured: Chamber President: Wende Woolley
Winner: Windy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue
Cook-off Judge/HK Advertising: David Hayduk

Winner of the People’s Choice Award for her Young Guns Green Chili Chicken also Wendy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue Angel Fire, New Mexico


Photo courtesy of John Hail
Winner: Wendy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue

Winner of the Tamale Eating Contest Eating 18 Pedros tamales in 3 seconds came all the way from New Jersey to enter!


Len from New Jersey

Tamale Cook-off Judges


Photo courtesy of Janet Sailor
Pictured from left to right: Eric Hoffman,
Margarita Howard, Chico Howard, and David Hayduk

Featured Entertainer Trick Roper Wild West Comedian The Oklahoma Kid, Marty Tipton and Tamale Eating Contest Hostess KKTC Radio Personality Elle Hoover


Photo courtesy of Wende Woolley

Music by Ry Taylor


Photo courtesy of Michael Turri



























And then they were gone…


See you next year!

Photos courtesy of Janet Sailor, Wende Woolley, Michael Turri, Leland Hopson, David Hayduk. For more photos and videos check out some of these Facebook pages: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, Janet Sailor, Angel Fire Fun and many individual pages.

Thank you for Sponsoring Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival 2015



Vicki & Rogers Lanon





Mike Woolley/Broker


Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make Habla Tamale a huge success!

Thank you to these volunteers for helping set-up for the event, helped during the festival, and/or helped with breaking down after the event and cleaning up!

Darrell Failing, Brenda Johnson, Michael Turri, Johnese Turri, Larry Laydon, Dominic Serna, Daniel Serna & Crew, Adam Muery, Melissa Duregge, Georgeanne Fore, Ted Thrasher, Dorothy Thrasher, D.J. Geoffroy, Nancy Leinneweber, Martin Leinneweber, Michael Dean, Dave King,
Layna Harvey, Bailey Driskill, Dolly Gilcrease, Sandy Jones, Lauren Dean, Mike Liddle, Joe Sterling, David Hayduk, Margarita Howard, Chico Howard, Eric Hoffman, Abigail Hoffman, Wende Woolley, Rogers Lanon, Vicki Lanon, Leland Hopson, Lysa Hopson, Simone Mills, Donna Klassen

Thank you to Janet Sailor with Access Media for designing our logo and taking photos at the event!

Thank you to Adam Muery, Wheeler Peak Press and the Moreno Valley Community Church for donating the tables and chairs!

Thank you to Acorn Graphics for the awesome banners!

Thank you to the Tamale Cook-off contestants!

  • Rouge Traditional Tamales, Annette Duran, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Wendy Hail – Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue & More Angel Fire, New Mexico
  • Guillermo & Cecilia Solano, Yaguis HotDogs, Belen, New Mexico

Kathy Serna, H2 Uptown, Angel Fire, New Mexico

Thank you to the all of the festival vendors!

Survey: Legislative Issues Affecting Your Tourism Business

survey-logoLet your voice be heard! By participating in this survey you’ll help the Village of Angel Fire and the New Mexico Hospitality Association (NMHA) hone in on key issues that affect the growth of our businesses.

This survey is a step closer to getting favorable government and legislative results for your business. Take this survey to voice your issues and concerns.

Take Survey Now!

How Will This Survey Help Your Business?

By spending 10 minutes to take this survey, we will collect the responses to facilitate discussion with our legislators at roundtables* in Taos, Albuquerque and Las Cruces (scheduled at the end of September/early October).

At the roundtables, you will also be invited to vocally express your concerns. In turn, during the upcoming legislative session in early 2016, we will be able to carry your issues and concerns to the legislature and fight for your concerns.

* FREE to NMHA members. Non-members pay a registration fee to attend.

Don’t Delay – Survey Ends August 12, 2015

This survey is open for two weeks and will end on August 12, 2015. Make sure you voice your concerns and take this survey today!

Your opinion matters and we are eager to hear and get candid responses from those in the lodging and tourism industry.

If you know of someone else who is impacted by tourism legislative issues, please forward this survey to them! Your help is greatly appreciated!

The Village of Angel Fire is a member of the New Mexico Hospitality Association. For more information, or to join this statewide organization, check out their website HERE. if you wish to receive the New Mexico Hospitality Association newsletters, click HERE.

Village of Angel Fire | PO Box 610 | 575-377-3232 |

Thank You To Wheeler Peak Press

wheeler-peak-pressThank you to Wheeler Peak Press for Sponsoring Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival

Kids Corner

  • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Paper Mache Workshop with the Muery’s
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Face Painting with
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Birdseed and Bubbles

I also wanted to share with you a story, with permission, that was published about Adam Muery and Wheeler Peak Press in the Austin American Statesman, in Austin, Texas.

Publcation: Austin American Statesman Date June 28, 2015; Section: Metro & State; Page B1

By John Kelso

Angel Fire, NM – Who says newspapers are dying? A couple of Texas Attorneys just started up a new one in the little northern New Mexico mountain town where I spend my summers.

Adam Muery, publisher of the Wheeler Peak Press and an Austin native, worked for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott when Abbott was attorney general and Adam was the counsel for the office of special investigations. When Rick Perry was governor, Muery ran the U.S Border Patrol Operations Center.

Life has changed significantly for Muery. On Wednesday, he was on the road to Las Vegas to pick up some used newspaper racks, as well as to Los Angeles for some used rack parts. That’s one difference between your big-city newspaper and your small-town version: At a big-city newspaper, the publisher doesn’t have to track down newspaper racks.

Muery and his wife Merissa, the newspaper’s editor, moved here in April to beat the Texas heat and to help their son, who has autism. The Angel Fire area provides more advantages for him, Merissa said. The Wheeler Peak Press has printed three editions so far, and Merissa has been working her tootsies off. The staff consists of three people, with a fourth on the way. Merissa and news editor Michelle Duregger write the bulk of the stories. The paper has covered everything from improvements at the airport to a rib cook-off benefiting injured bears.

I haven’t had a day off since we started, said Merissa.”Michelle and I had a couple of all-nighters to get the papers done, so they could go to the printers.

Then there’s the pay cut factor for the Muery’s, both graduates of the University of Texas Law School, where they met. There are no billable hours when you run a small-town newspaper. And if there were, they’d get about 3 cents an hour.

The Wheeler Peak Press isn’t trying to compete with the New York Times. The Press is loaded with community news the Times would ignore- like the front-page story about which kids made the Little League and the T-ball all-star teams. It’s a welcome change from the coverage of the Islamic State beheading.

The Press features man on the street interviews, complete with mug shots, in which the residents were asked, “When was the last time you left town and why?”
I was hoping the cowboy in a big hat would say, “When the sheriff chased me up Highway 64.” Instead Andrew Grine said he’d been to Taos the night before for dinner.

My favorite section is the police blotter, which quickly lets the reader know this isn’t Chicago. Some cattle got loose. Loud noises were coming out of the back of a building, but nothing happened. There was a case of indecent exposure: An old guy wearing a broad brim hat, a dark shirt and khaki shorts “was observed urinating in a public place.” At least he was a snappy dresser.

The Wheeler Peak Press’ predecessor, the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, printed its last regular edition late last month. Adam Muery thinks the Chronicle’s problem was financial mismanagement. But a couple of people in town who know the ropes here tell me the Chronicle ran into money problems after running an article that displeased the local resort. The article apparently didn’t exactly pump up tourism, so the resort dropped its advertising, a major blow. Although the Chronicle can still be found online. For now.

“Everybody was very stressed about not having a community paper,” said Merissa, who wrote for the Chronicle before starting up her own paper. “A town needs a community paper. And we thought if we let it die, it would not be the same community. So we decided to give it a shot. So here we are.”

There’s a certain amount of anonymity that living in the city provides. But in a small town, everybody knows whats happening. And they talk about it. But if you put it in the paper, to coin an old army phrase, you might be pooping in your own mess kit. Years ago I had a good friend who ran a small-town paper in Michigan. He was writing about funny business in the police chief’s office. Then somebody shot my friend’s dog. I doubt the same sort of fate will follow the Muery’s, who don’t strike me as rabble-rousers. But publishing a small-town weekly takes a delicate balance. Sure, the readers want to read local dirt, but the advertisers don’t want to be the dirt.

John Kelso’s column appears on Sundays. Contact him at or 512-445-3606.


Merissa Muery (standing by the pole)
Adam Muery (standing on the chair)

Ragnar Trail Angel Fire

ragnarRagnar Trail Angel Fire-NM presented by Salomon is nestled in the heart of the Enchanted Circle. It’s here that Ragnarians will free their inner wild as they Run. Camp. Sleep? Repeat. over two days and one night. Grab seven of your friends (or three of your crazier friends) to form a team, and get ready to run on world class single-track trails. We promise unforgettable, not easy. Over three different trails Ragnarians will experience breathtaking views of the Moreno Valley, the Sangre de Cristo range and Wheeler Peak – New Mexico’s highest peak! Back at Ragnar Village the party will come alive under billions of stars, live music and bonfires. Add Angel Fire to your adventure getaway radar – this is one race that shouldn’t be missed!

When: August 28 to 29, 2015

Register Here

Music From Angel Fire 2015

music-from-afWhen magical music fills the air!
“An American in America”

When: August 21, 2015 to September 6, 2015

Visit our website for more information.

Oldie’s Dinner, Dance & Auction

oldiesFeaturing Time Machine, a Taos Oldies Band

When: August 8, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for ages 7 to 17, Kids 6 and under free with adult!

  • Live & Silent Auctions
  • Ticket Price Includes Dinner & Dance
  • Cash Bar – Beer & Wine

Buy tickets at the Chamber of Commerce, Angel Fire Visitor Center or at the door or call Larry Layden at 575-377-2743.

Presented by Holy Angels Catholic Church. All proceeds benefit Holy Angel Angels Building Fund.

Chamber Newsletter August 2015 Updates, Invites & News

By Jo Mixon, Executive Director

I am so proud to be part of this organization, the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, because of the exceptionally professional mix of business members we represent! Over the past four years, as director, I have focused on making positive changes, revitalizing our organization and becoming more service oriented toward our membership. As a non-profit organization, funded entirely by our membership dues, some of the changes were a leap of faith! We immediately restructured our membership dues, not raising dues, but actually cutting out the extra fees we had charged in the past, which meant the Chamber would take a cut in funding, but our members would benefit. We did this as a service, believing it would pay off in the long run. Another change made that first year, was the decision not to continue the Best of Awards. After much thought and council, the Board of Directors agreed the Village of Angel Fire is too small to represent a Best of Contest. The Chamber is here to represent all of its members equally, not pursue which one is favored over another. We instead provide opportunities between our members for other recognition. We believe all of our members are the Best of Angel Fire!

Our focus in 2011 was on launching a social media presence. The 32 likes our Face Book page had at that time, has grown to 2308 to date. Depending on what we post, according to the analytics, each of our post reach and engage anywhere from 125 to 6000 people at a time. We also began sending a weekly eBlast featuring news and updates on member activities, state wide news that might affect or be of interest to our members, a special “I Know Jo Story” about one of our businesses, and member ads. This eBlast now has over 7000 subscribers. The analytics we receive show us that each eBlast is opened on an average of 34% to 46% of these subscribers. The analytics also tell us the model average open for any given eBlast is 24%! (We are happy with our numbers!) Plus the “I Know Jo ” stories made national news when featured on the front page of the US Chamber newsletter last year, as an example for other Chambers who might want to up their marketing presence and add benefit to their membership. Even our webpage, as simple as it is, due to our barebones budget, according to google analytics is visited by more than 32,000 people per month. We get constant positive feedback through emails and inquiries from visitors to our page. Social media is a relatively inexpensive way to market Angel Fire and our membership.

As a way for businesses to network together and invite people to come into their establishments, 2012 was the year our summer Business after Hours events took off. The average attendance for a B.A.H still hovers around 70 to 80 people, but it actually reached 135 people when we teamed up with the Village of Angel Fire for a huge birthday celebration!

Wanting to give our members the opportunity to get more actively involved together, in January 2013, we began having quarterly breakfast membership meetings. Our Chamber members have the opportunity to discuss business needs and come together as a whole to look at ways to assist one another, and work together toward economic successes. And our business members are given the opportunity to host these meetings while sharing their marketing information with other Chamber members.

Also in 2013 we rolled out an Ambassador Program. To be a part of the Chamber Ambassador Team, you must be a member in good standing with the desire to increase your business exposure while representing the Chamber. The Ambassadors serve as hosts/hostesses/greeters for Chamber events throughout the year. These include membership breakfasts/luncheons, Business after Hours, ribbon cuttings, the Chamber welcoming program, Chamber special events and receptions, etc. Joining this committee is an option a business member can exercise to increase their commitment to the Chamber while gaining additional business exposure.

During the entire year of 2014, Chamber Cash Mob, was a great success and brought a cash boost to all those who participated. As did the Christmas season, Shop Local, Shop Small contest. With this contest we encouraged everyone to shop local, whether the business was a member of the Chamber or not.

And this year 2015, we decided to try our hand at hosting an event, Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival. It will happen this Saturday, August 8 beginning at 10:00 am. There are five tamale contestants from all over the state of New Mexico, competing for legitimate bragging rights to prove their tamales truly are the best in the state! The winners will be announced at 12:30 pm, with a people’s choice award to be announced at 3:00 pm. Come dressed in festive New Mexican attire and enter to be crowned as our first ever Molly or Wally Tamale! We ask that you enter as a couple; father/daughter, mother/son, best friends, couple/couple, etc. So grab your partner! The Wally & Molly Tamale contest will take place at 11:00 am. Or you can enter to win the Tamale Eating Contest. Hosted by KKTC radio celebrity, Elle, how many tamales can you eat in three minutes! Look for fun workshops at the Kids Corner, peruse the twenty arts and craft booths for treasures, and enjoy performances throughout the day by World Champion Roper and Wild West Comedian, Marty Tipton, also known as the Oklahoma Kid. Admission is free. Family fun for everyone! If you would like to volunteer please give us a call at 575-377-6353, we definitely have something for you to do!

Habla Tamale Cook off Festival Schedule

  • 10:00 am – Gates Open/ Admission is Free
  • 11:00 am – Molly & Wally Tamale Contest
  • 12:30 pm – Tamale Cook-off Winners Announced
  • 1:00 pm – Tamale Eating Contest, Hosted by KKTC Radio Celebrity “Elle”
  • 1:45 pm – “The Oklahoma Kid” World Champion Trick Roper and Wild West Comedian Marty Tipton
  • 3:00 pm – People’s Choice Award

Kids Corner Schedule

  • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Paper Mache Workshop with the Muery’s
  • 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Face Painting with Bailey
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Various Activities