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Archives for February 2016

Shuter Library Book Launch

book-signingScott Archer Jones Book Launch

Nosh, Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks, Reading, Book Signing

When: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Shuter Library of Angel Fire
11 S Angel Fire Rd
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Night Skiing

night-skiingAfter dark, the mountain lights up to provide 50 acres of lit skiable terrain including beginner, intermediate and freestyle features for skiing and snowboarding.

When: March 13-20, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Night skiing tickets are sold separately from day skiing tickets. Cost is $24.00 per ticket or add on $12.00 to an existing day ticket.

Polar Coaster Tubing

polar-coasterThe Polar Coaster is a 6-lane tubing hill at the Angel Fire Resort for family fun. It is open daily from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Extended hours, during weekends and holidays, are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. It is open select evenings for night tubing.

Tubing is offered in 1 hour blocks for $20.00 per person. To reserve a tubing block call (844) 218-4107.

Angel Fire Resort reserves the right to change the schedule and/or cancel sessions subject to weather and guests on the mountain.

  • Tubers must be at least 42″ tall and sign a release.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tickets must be worn like a lift ticket on your person
  • Season passes and membership passes are NOT valid for tubing.
  • Tubing may close at any time due to changing track conditions.

Winter Wonderland 2016

wonderland-01Here are some photos of locals playing in the snow. This is one of the main reasons we live here!

Henrik & Lone (See Right)


Michael & Johnese


Ski Team / USASA Competition January


Coryee On Hole 15




Larry & Julia


Kyle & Barbie


Kari & Dan


Rob, John, Tom & John


Fitch Photo Bomb


We live a vacation in Angel Fire!

Angel Fire Resort Spring Break 2016

afr-adventureIt’s our Family Fun In The Sun celebration with live music, themed days, cool contests, and great spring skiing and riding.



Saturday, March 5: NM(X) Sports brings its Saturday Night Flava Terrain Extravaganza party to our Terrain Parks! Plenty of prizes for men’s ski and snowboard, as well as women’s ski and snowboard. Dress up in your best disco outfit and come shred with us! PRIZES for best run, best trick and slickest outfit. Prizes include cash, goggles and sunglasses courtesy of SPY Optics, and swag from NMX Sports and others! Get down and show off your best moves under the lights as DJ FLO spins those groovy Disco Jams!


Saturday, March 5: Calling all Ski Bums! The party will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Village Haus & the Ski Bum King & Queen will be crowned at 6 p.m. Come out and enjoy this fun kick-off to a week of celebration.


Offered Nightly from March 5-12: Night skiing on the front side of the mountain from 4-8 p.m. for $24 (or $12 with a same-day ticket). Terrain includes 50 acres of groomed trails as well as a few terrain park features.


Offered Daily from March 5-12: Want to make your first turns before anyone else? Join our Guest Services for First Tracks at 7:45 a.m. Availability is limited, so please sign-up with Angel Fire Resort Guest Services either at the office in our Base Area or by calling 577-377-4357. Tickets are only $20 with the purchase of a lift ticket or season pass & FREE for all Members. (Members without ski privileges will still need to purchase their lift ticket for the day or have a season pass before joining the group.)


Tuesday, March 8: Hawaiian Shirt Day! Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and ski the mountain like a pro!
Wednesday, March 9: School Pride Day! Get decked out in your best school colors to show your pride!
Thursday, March 10: Retro Day! Come dressed in your best 80’s or 90’s ski apparel – sweet ski suits encouraged!



Offered Nightly from March 13-20: Night skiing on the front side of the mountain from 4-8 p.m. for $24 (or $12 with a same-day ticket). Terrain includes 50 acres of groomed trails as well as a few terrain park features.


Offered Daily from March 13-20: Want to make your first turns before anyone else? Join our Guest Services for First Tracks! Availability is limited, so please sign-up with Angel Fire Resort Guest Services either at the office in our Base Area or by calling 577-377-4357. This only costs $20 with the purchase of a lift ticket or your season pass & FREE for Members. (Members without ski privileges will still need to purchase their lift ticket for the day or have a season pass before joining the group.)


Monday, March 14: Sign-up to shove your face into a pie and eat as quickly as you can! All ages can compete. This event takes place on the deck in front of Mountain Reservations at 1:30 p.m. Photos from this event are priceless…


Monday, March 14: Hawaiian Shirt Day! Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and ski the mountain like a pro!
Tuesday, March 15: School Pride Day! Get decked out in your best school colors to show your pride!
Wednesday, March 16: Retro Day! Come dressed in your best 80’s or 90’s ski apparel – sweet ski suits encouraged!


Thursday, March 17: Celebrate the Irish on the slopes and get dressed up in a lot of green, shamrocks or Irish-themed gear and then wrap-up the day at the Village Haus for music, give-a-ways and good times.


Saturday, March 19: Bring your fat tire mountain bikes and dress in your favorite St. Paddy’s Day outfit for some friendly competitions and Brew Ski as the snow season ends and the dirt season begin

Municipal Council Candidate Forum

voteThe Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum for two Angel Fire Municipal Council positions.

When: February 24, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center, 15 C.S. Ranch Rd., Angel Fire, NM

Sponsored by the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. Elections will be held March 1, 2016.

The candidates are listed in alphabetic order. These candidates provided us with their photos and written information.

Brinn Colenda


Four years ago when Barbara Cottam and I were elected, the Village finances were in serious disarray. The finances were in disarray. The Village couldn’t pay its bills and was wallowing in debt-there was something like $1.3 million in past due accounts payable. Some venders would not accept Village credit. The Village had difficulty making payroll. Worse, Village audits were years behind which meant that Angel Fire was ineligible for most state sponsored grants and loans. To top it off, the region was locked in the recession, meaning Village tax revenues were declining.

What did we do about it? The Mayor and Council decided that fixing the Village financial situation was our number one priority. We came up with a plan. It was painful, but we cut spending, let some staff go and froze wages. We set out to get our audits current. We deferred maintenance on some of our infrastructure. And we initiated a payment program to eliminate our past due debt.

Where are we now? We are currently on track to pay off that overhanging debt by the end of this fiscal year. On December 15, 2015, we turned in our 2015 audit to the state, the first audit turned in on time in twelve years. And immediately received a grant/loan package from the state for nearly $600,000 for upgrades to our wastewater treatment plant.

Where are we going in the future? We plan to continue to concentrate on Village finances. We’ve brought in a financial expert to help evaluate consolidating or refinancing outstanding debt.

We will continue to apply for more grants and loans, which will allow the Village to speed up work on infrastructure projects. For example, we just applied for a $50,000 grant for a preliminary engineering report of repairs to our water system.

Finally, we are looking at infrastructure needs and planning how to best make roads and water system improvements.

During the past four years of progress, the Mayor and Council worked well together. These changes were a collaborative effort among the Mayor, Council, Manager and staff with input from citizens.

I ask for your vote for reelection so that I can continue to be part of the team that has brought and will continue to bring positive, forward thinking changes to the Village of Angel Fire. Thank you.

Leonard “Bubba” Davis


My wife and I have been full-time residents of Angel Fire for over 12 years. I am employed by Angel Fire Rentals managing rental properties, property management and home care. This work allows me to interact with home owners and renters every day, so I am keenly aware of the items that are of concern to them.

I previously worked for a developer in Park City, Utah where I was on a team responsible for building and maintaining a new gated community that included installation and maintenance of all infra-structure. In this role, I was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar budget.

Home is where your heart is and I believe if your heart belongs to the community in which you live, you should invest time and effort in helping your community make forward progress. Small communities, especially, need people to volunteer and get involved. I am an active participant in Village Council meetings and have been for the past 5-6 years. I have been a volunteer for our Fire Department for 12 years, where I now serve as a Lieutenant. I am currently President of our Association of Angel Fire Property Owners and a member of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan committee. I have previously served on the Architectural Control Board. I do these activities because I think Angel Fire is a great place to live and work.

While we do have challenges that are unique to a resort community, we also face challenges that are pretty standard in towns throughout America. I believe there is nothing that cannot be overcome when good people pull together, focus on what’s good for the community as a whole and put aside any personal agendas.

I am honored to live here and call so many of you friends and it would be a privilege to be a member of the Village Council to represent you.

William “Bill” Humbert


I am Bill Humbert and I am running for Angel Fire Village Council. My wife Lucy and I first bought a Home in Angel Fire in 2000 and for many years we spent several months each year here. As my work situation changed, we spent more and more time in Angel Fire. I retired for a second time in 2013 and we began to consider moving here full time. In 2014, we moved here and have been full time residents for one and a half years.

I graduated from Baylor University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and English. I have Master and Doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Curriculum & Instruction with minors in Public School Administration.

For 31 years I was involved in public school education plus two years spent in the military. This involved being a middle school and high school biology and science teacher for 14 years, high school curriculum coordinator for 2 years, an elementary principal for 5 years and the Director of Curriculum for 10 years for Corsicana ISD in Corsicana, Texas, a school system with a little over 5,000 students.

During my last year with public school education, I also taught as an adjunct with Texas A&M University-Commerce. Following my retirement with public school education, I continued to teach with the university. After a year as an adjunct, I became the director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce partnership program with Navarro Community College in Corsicana, Texas. I served as Director of the program for 10 years and helped the program grow to over 1000 students.

After resigning as director of the program, I became a full time faculty member and continued teaching for the university until 2013 and my second retirement. I have over 45 years in education and continue to teach an online class each semester for the university.

Why am I running for village council? Having a home and spending a great deal of time here for over 15 years and moving here full time in 2014, I am aware of many of the major problems facing this community. I began to attend village council meetings and have found a dedicated and competent governing body who is trying to address the problems the village is facing.

For the first time since coming here, I see a village, resort, and chamber working together. I would like to be a part of the team that is trying to address the needs of the village in order to help improve this community.

Steve Larson


Seven years ago, Steve and his wife Shelley decided to make Angel Fire their permanent home. Soon after, they purchased the old Yu Garden location and set about remaking the space into the Pub n grub. After opening they were able to convince Chef Jarred Johnson to move to Angel Fire and join them as a partner in their restaurant venture. While Shelley operates and manages the Pub, Steve brought his machine design and build manufacturing business to Angel Fire and has visited many foreign countries where he has installed his machines that create tooling using Nano grid structures for security, optical, and electronic applications.

His early work experience included pioneering work in the holographic industry and was fortunate to have done work for NASA, Hughes Corporation, General Dynamics, as well as several foreign corporations involved in this new technology that was evolving in small laboratories at the time. His early work dealing with holographic Nano structures is the basis of his designs of machines he builds today.

Following a lifelong dream Steve is soon to open a production craft brewery with taproom on Sage Lane. He plans to produce craft beers for consumption in the taproom, kegs for restaurant distribution, and packaging for retail sales. He hopes to use the venue to support tourism events in Angel Fire and surrounding areas.

Steve is currently a counselor on the Planning and Zoning commission and the Chairman of the Village Economic Development Group under the direction of Mayor Cottam. His focus on these committees is to bring controlled, beneficial change for growth in Angel Fire.

He is also a board member of the NM State Rural Economic Development Council where he reviews legislation and provides feedback to the State Secretary of Economic Development and NM Legislative assembly on changes to upcoming legislation and changes to legislation that will help Rural Communities.

Steve graduated high school in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and is a 1970 graduate of Coe College in Iowa with a BS degree majoring in business and economics.

Angel Fire is confronted with several pressing challenges including roads and infrastructure, debt management, tourism including village/resort relations, business development, and affordable housing. Steve is running for Village Council to be instrumental in working with the mayor, manager, finance director and village staff and the Resort to construct a working plan to identify the priorities and determine the path and timeline to solving these issues.

Public Meeting Regarding Broadband

public-meetingThis is a public notice that there will be a public meeting with Kit Carson regarding the issues with broadband.

When: February 19, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Louis Reyes with Kit Carson will address issues with broadband service.

If you are an individual who is in need of any auxiliary aid or service to attend the meeting please contact the Village Clerks Office at 575-377-3232 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Village of Angel Fire
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Angel Fire Garden Club Meeting

garden-clubPlease join the Angel Fire Garden Club for our 1st meeting of the year!

When: Monday, March 14, 2016 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Where: FNB New Mexico (First National Bank) Community Room

Program: Decorative Gourds by Becky McMurphy

9:30 to 10:00 am – Social Time

10:00 to 11:00 am – Business Meeting Johnese Turri, President

20 years of growing and decorating hundreds (probably thousands) of gourds certainly qualifies Becky McMurphy as an expert. Becky will share her experience and talents on cleaning, drying, storing, preparing and decorating gourds. Her display of gourds, in various stages from just picked to birdhouses ready to be hung, will be available for your viewing. This promises to be a fun program not to be missed! If you have any questions, please call Johnese Turri at 505-250-7150.

37th Annual World Championship Shovel Races Winners

winners-01Congratulations to the winners of the 37th Annual World Champion Shovel Races at the Angel Fire Resort

Pro Men’s Division

  • 1st Place: Rob Tibljas @ 71.21 mph
  • 2nd Place: Jeff Hamblin @ 70.96 mph
  • 3rd Place: Severino Gonzales @ 69.89 mph

Pro Women’s Division

  • 1st Place: Kelly Haukebo @ 67.98 mph
  • 2nd Place: Paloma Gonzales @ 66.34 mph
  • 3rd Place: Hattie Belichick @ 63.64 mph

Open Men’s Division (18+ years old)

  • 1st Place: Jeremy Jines @ 67.12 mph
  • 2nd Place: Mike Schmitz @ 66.51 mph
  • 3rd Place: Ty Davis @ 66.47 mph

Open Women’s Division (18+ years old)

  • 1st Place: Angie Schmitz @ 63.68 mph
  • 2nd Place: Ellie White @ 63.36 mph
  • 3rd Place: Karen Lawrence Turnmire @ 62.24 mph

Master Men’s Division (45+ years old)

  • 1st Place: Lee Pirnie @ 66.25 mph
  • 2nd Place: Jeff Breault @ 66.21 mph
  • 3rd Place: Jeff Weeks @ 64.41 mph

Junior Division (14-17 years old)

  • 1st Place: Tanner Tibljas @ 67.98 mph
  • 2nd Place: Samuel Jacquez @ 65.53 mph
  • 3rd Place: Alexandria Serrano @ 64.12 mph

Youth Division (10-13 years old)

  • 1st Place: Wyatt Breault @ 63.72 mph
  • 2nd Place: Trey Tibljas @ 63.01 mph
  • Ryan Pirnie @ 59.13 mph

Little Scoops Division (6-9 years old)

  • 1st Place: Blake Moore @ 48.61 mph
  • 2nd Place: Lily Stadler @ 47.20 mph
  • 3rd Place: Noelle Comtois @ 46.91 mph

For all results visit 2016 Shovel Race Results.













Photos courtesy of Shay Tibljas, Angel Fire Resort, Ellen Goins, KOB, Jamie Bear, Angel Fire Resort, Samantha Weeks, Lynda Perry, and Carolyn Allen.

How Do You Market Angel Fire?

market-01By Jo Mixon

Who is responsible for marketing Angel Fire? Thank-you, I’m glad you asked! I hear many different people in many places say, “It’s not MY job to market Angel Fire.” My normal response is, “Really?” I say, “But you do market Angel Fire. When you mention a person or a business in Angel Fire, even if you aren’t in Angel Fire, you are marketing, negatively or positively.” If you own a business or work at any job in Angel Fire, serve on a committee, are a member of an Angel Fire organization, ski, golf or bike in Angel Fire, attend school in Angel Fire, or own property in Angel Fire…..You ARE the marketer!

I’ve heard many negative comments recently all over the state. We’ve heard discusssions at council meetings about not wanting certain businesses to come into town. I’ve been told that some people do not see the relevance of exisitng businesses. Instead, shouldn’t we all work together to positively promote one another? Work together to keep the doors open of all existing businesses and welcome new businesses for economic development? I’ve even read articles and face book postings that make us sound uninviting and unintelligent on various subjects. And yet, I can’t quite comprehend this mind set.

The way I see it, we live in a paradise! Every morning I am blessed to wake up with the beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains out my window. I don’t choke on smog, I breath fresh clean mountain air. The snow this year is amazing. I don’t leave my house an hour early to fight traffic on the way to work. With the exception of an occasional herd of elk crossing the road, my commute down the mountain is non-stressful and breathtaking, every season of the year! Our crime rate is a smidgen compared to cities.

I can ski or snowshoe or walk or hike or bike or fish our lakes and streams alone, without fear of being accosted, as can everyone else who shares this mountain. I couldn’t do that in the city. And the people I have met in Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley – actually the entire Enchanted Circle – are the friendliest, most caring, helpful and awesome people I have ever had the privilege to know! On a normal day or in an emergency situation, they quickly, without hesitation, become family. I can’t think of any reason NOT to positively promote this area and the people in it. In all honesty, in my opinion, there is never a bad day on the mountain. We should all take that to heart.

We depend on tourism to pay our bills. We depend on tourism to make it possible for us to continue to live in this little piece of heaven on earth. We depend on each other. So my idea is, we are all marketers for Angel Fire. Look around you. Take a deep breath and really consider all the positive aspects to living and playing in Angel Fire. See if you can do that without a smile crossing your face!

The Angel Fire Resort Motto – “My Job is Better Than Your Vacation” – is true! Our main problem? When you live in such an awesome place, where do you go on vacation?