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Archives for May 2016

Business After Hours – Angel Fire Chiropractic

angel-fire-chiroNetworking, food, drink, and door prizes. You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to attend!

When: Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: 3379 Mountain View Blvd., Angel Fire, NM 87710

Dr. Jennifer Fitch invites you to attend! Casual networking fun!

Hidden Treasure Aerial Park

red-riverHidden Treasure Aerial Park (Ropes Course & Ziplines)
Red River Ski & Summer Area

Opening Day June 10, 2016

“An aerial high five experience” for you and your family to enjoy. Our aerial park offers thrilling adventures for the whole family while promoting active and healthy lifestyles.

We offer three levels: The First Level Course the Second Level Course (More Difficult) and the Third Level Course (Most Difficult).


There are two zip lines: The First Level Zip Line is available to all participants. Third Level zip line is available to participants weighing at least 50 pounds. The grand finale at the end of the Third Level Zip Line is the Ultimate Decent from the tower to the ground! It is truly a thrill!

Minimum weight: 35 pounds
Maximum weight: 265 pounds

Participants weighing 35 pounds to 49 pounds – $35
Participants weighing 50 pounds to 264 pounds – $45

We have 5 sessions every day. Each session is approximately an hour and a half long. Please book now to secure your Hidden Treasure experience. For additional information please call 575-754-2223.

AAFPO Weekend

aafpoThe Association of Angel Fire Property Owners welcomes all property owners for a fun-filled weekend.

When: June 10 to 12, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Welcome Reception at Angel Fire Resort Country Club Patio

Saturday, June 11, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Taste of Angel Fire at the Angel Fire Community Center
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – AAFPO Annual Meeting at the Angel Fire Community Center

Sunday, June 12, 2016
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Family Picnic at Angel Fire Resort Base Area Deck

Visit for more information.

Red River Ski & Summer Area Pioneer Flyer

red-riverOpening May 28, 2016

Introduced in the Spring of 2015, the Pioneer Flyer is a must for the itinerary. Starting at ground level, the two seater ride pulls you backwards 750 feet over the Pioneer Corridor, with a brief pause for viewing. Then gravity takes over and you are released at approximately 35 miles per hour back down to the loading deck, soaring over the fishing ponds from The Face.


The Flyer will be open for weekends only from May 28 through June 10. It will be open for daily operation from June 10 until September 4.

Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Weather Permitting)

Participants must be at least 42 inches tall to ride. Single cart maximum weight capacity is 250 pounds. Double cart maximum weight capacity is 450 pounds.

Pioneer Flyer Single Ride: $10.00
Flyer 6-Pack: $50.00
Flyer 10-Pack: $80.00

Meet Your 2016 Executive Board Of Directors

directorsMeet Your 2016 Executive Board Of Directors
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Left to right: Past President: Wendee Woolley, Treasurer: Nita Jones, Secretary: Brenda Johnson, Vice-Chairman: John Hail, and Chairman of the Board: Michael Dean
Not pictured: Directors: Rogers Lanon and Dr. Jennifer Fitch

Tuesday morning, May 10, 2016, at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce quarterly membership breakfast meeting, the 2016 Board of Directors took their oath of office. The Chairman of the Board gavel was passed from Wendee Woolley owner of Wende Woolley Photography to Michael Dean, Ranger for Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. Michael says he is ready to step up to the plate and knows he has big shoes to fill!

John Hail co-owner of Hail’s Holy Smoked Bar-B-Que & More, was voted Vice-Chairman. This position is incoming Chairman of the Board for the year 2017. Brenda Johnson owner of Brenda Johnson Property Management and Real Estate was elected to serve as Secretary and Nita Jones of FNB New Mexico was elected to serve as Treasurer. Rogers Lanon of ReMax Mountain Realty and Dr. Jennifer Fitch owner of Angel Fire Chiropractic also serve as Directors on the Board.

Vacating board positions are Donna Klassen, who has earned a promotion with FNB New Mexico and will be moving to Raton in July, Jim Anderson, who resigned his position at the RV Resort to take his choice of positions on the west coast, and Michael Turri with the Angel Fire Visitors Center. We will miss the leadership rolls these people have faithfully served for many years. They have been assets to the Chamber and to the village of Angel Fire! (Michael promises he will still be very active with the chamber!)

Heartfelt appreciation goes out to each of these men and women who volunteer their time to serve on the Angel Fire Chamber Board of Directors. The biggest lie ever told is “You won’t have to do anything when you get on the board!” Serving on the Board of Directors is a rewarding and important responsibility. Their job is to advance our non-profit organization’s mission and purpose, write policy and procedure, be visionaries for the future and to promote the chamber’s image. Plus the board has the responsibility for the fiduciary soundness of the chamber. Giving countless hours of dedicated leadership without complaint, these guys are AWESOME!

Biking Across America

steve-garufiAuthor Event: Biking Across America
Saturday, May 28, 10:30AM
Shuter Library of Angel Fire

Steve Garufi, author of Under a Triumphant Sky will share stories about his cross country bike ride and sign copies of his memoir.

Have any of you dreamed of running away, of heading out to the highway, never looking back, and getting away from it all? Steve Garufi, author of “Under a Triumphant Sky: A Bike Across America Story”, had those dreams and fulfilled them by pedaling across America twice in 2008 and 2011.

At the Shuter Library of Angel Fire, Garufi will do a presentation with maps, photos, and his bicycle, while answering questions about what it’s like to ride cross-country and how to do it.

Hear the story about how his bicycle was stolen in Phoenix, Arizona one week into his first trip — and how he overcame. Learn about how Steve “lost all sanity” when he had four flat tires — yes four! — in a single day in Mississippi.

Be inspired by stories of so many good people he encountered: friends who drove hundreds of miles to meet him on his route; to bike mechanics who refused to charge for their services; and strangers who give Garufi tours of their towns.

Signed copies of his book will be available for $15 after the event.

More information about Steve’s book can be found on Amazon.


Sonny Brown Business Of The Year Award

hails-bbqCongratulations John and Wendy Hail of Hail’s Holy Smoked Barbecue & More of Angel Fire, New Mexico!

They were awarded the Rotary International Club District 5520, Sonny Brown Business of the Year Award in the small business category.

District 5520 is made up of the entire state of New Mexico and West Texas. Angel Fire’s Rotary club is one of the strongest in the District. With awards like Medium Club of the Year and Gold Presidential Citation for 2015-2016 to prove it.

The Sonny Brown Award was established in 2005, Rotary’s Centennial Year, to honor Past District Governor Sonny Brown for his many years of service to Rotary International, District 5520, his outstanding leadership skills, and on-going support.

The Award recognizes businesses in District 5520 that exemplify The High Ethical Standards of Rotary. The business must demonstrate excellence in the following areas: a. Employee relations b. Quality of product and/or service representation
c. Community involvement by both management and employees.

The Small Business category is the largest of about 2000 nominees. The Hails said it was an honor just to be nominated. With such a large area they never expected to win. They feel Angel Fire is blessed with so many businesses that deserve recognition for their part in our great community.

Angel Fire Rotary President Debby Welker interviewed John and Wendy by asking guideline questions. Her synopsis of the interview is as follows:

Hail’s Holy Smoked Barbecue has been the venue for our Wednesday lunch meetings for three years. They conduct their business in a very ethical manner and have dedicated their main dining room to our meetings at no extra charge. We even hold our Board meetings there after lunch once per month and they have granted us storage space for our meeting supplies such as our banners, badges and meeting bell. About once per year they donate back to our club all proceeds from one of our lunch meetings. We even awarded them a Club Presidential citation after their first year of serving us so faithfully.

They deserve the Sonny Brown award for far more than their great service to our club. They only have themselves as full time employees but they hire from 3 – 5 part time employees to help them in the rush periods. Everyone who has ever worked for the Hails’ would applaud them for how well they are taken care of. They compensate their employees very fairly and they flexibly manage their work schedules around other priorities they may have – be it family duties, another job or other responsibilities they may have in the community.

Hail’s never says “No” when asked to contribute to worthy causes in the community. They give away at least $ 1000 every year in gift certificates for various fund raisers. In fact, they have donated a gift certificate for our District Conference auction. At our community’s annual “One Nite to Unite”, an evening of praise music put on by all the churches in the area, Hail’s donates, cooks and serves all the hot dogs for the event serving over 300 people for free. They also provide free meals for emergency purposes to individuals or families who have hit hard times, may have been involved in an accident, or suffered a death in the family. Wendy also prepares breakfast burritos every Friday morning for the Men’s Prayer breakfast at 7:00 AM.

Both Wendy and John are also personally invested in several community activities. John is on the Board for the Chamber of Commerce and Wendy serves on the Lodgers Tax Board. John is also an elder in their local church. They also host an annual “All You Can Eat Ribs” contest in memory of my deceased husband, Don Welker, a past Rotary President and Angel Fire Village Councilor. By the way Don still holds the record for the most ribs consumed in a single meal.

Hail’s has been the number one ranked restaurant in Angel Fire by TripAdvisor and Yelp for the past three years. They have also been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for three years in a row from TripAdvisors – a distinction that is only granted to two restaurants in the area each year. They have received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Girl Scouts. They were both the Peoples’ Choice award winner and the first place gourmet award winner at our Habla Tamale Festival.

John and Wendy realize that awards are giving for hard work and recognition. But they owe their success to God, the community of Angel Fire, loyal and faith friends and family, and of course the passion to service you! They thank each of you.

Wheeler Peak Press Suspends Operations

wheeler-peak-pressBy Adam Muery

I would like to thank everyone who has supported our community’s newspaper over the past year. Unfortunately, Merissa and I have encountered a family emergency and must suspend print operations for the time being. Our website is active and anyone who has a press release may send it to us at

Merissa’s father, who lives in Swaziland in southern Africa where they served for three decades as missionaries, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer related to asbestos exposure. Her aunt is also going through chemotherapy and got an infection while in the hospital and has not yet been released. I followed Merissa and the kids down to Swaziland in the hopes of convincing him (Mickey) to see an oncologist in Houston for a second opinion. The first doctor he had seen told him that he had 6 months to live and treatment would do no good. He did agree to see an oncologist in Johannesburg and to return with me to Houston if the specialist in Johannesburg was not satisfactory. The next morning our 9 year old son Christian was attacked by a guard dog that was supposed to have been locked up.

We spent the next four days in the hospital with Christian and in total he had three surgeries over the next two weeks. He is doing well now physically but is still traumatized by the event. I had originally planned to return in time for the April 7th issue but extended my trip as a result of this incident. I rushed back to try to get the next issue out but when I got into the office at 9 o’clock the night before deadline I found the internet in Angel Fire was down. We can’t publish without internet.

At the same time this was happening with Christian, Merissa’s brother broke his leg. As of yet he has not had surgery but they expect he might. We had four family members in four hospitals at the same time.

To exacerbate things, the family business had been waiting 3 years for approval from government to complete a construction project. They received time sensitive permits to go forward on the project at the same time everyone was in the hospital.

The good news is that Mickey’s prognosis has improved and he is going through chemotherapy and is a candidate for a clinical trial. However, as a result of the treatment he is in bed all but a few hours a day. Brian is on crutches and can’t drive. So I’m going back to Swaziland to pitch in and help with the construction project. Merissa is also helping a great deal with the family’s obligations.

I don’t know how long we will be down there for but we’ll be there as long as we are needed. Our intent is to return in the coming months and continue where we left off printing the paper. Some friends of ours had committed to running the paper while we were gone but they have since had their own obligations arise that makes this impossible.

If any of our subscribers would like a refund, please send us a request including the number of issues you purchased and the number of issues your received. We can then compare that against our own records.

We never anticipated the newspaper making money but saw it as more of a community service. We obtained enough advertising to keep the paper in business but unfortunately many of the advertisers are 10 months behind in paying their bills.

Additionally, we lost the two Taos advertisers that allowed us to break even. So, all that being said, we really can’t afford to pay someone to run the paper in our absence. Ideally, a community organization would step up and take over the paper (temporarily or permanently) and if that happens will be happy to facilitate the transition. The same is true for private individuals wanting to take on the challenge.

We ask for your continued prayers as we face the challenges before us. Please pass this email along to anyone you feel appropriate.


Adam & Merissa Muery

Angel Fire Garden Club Monthly Meeting & Program

bluebirdWould you like to find out more ways to attract beautiful mountain and western bluebirds to your property, as well as contribute to the conservation of these beautiful birds?

Join the Angel Fire Garden Club at our May 9th meeting to hear a presentation by Dorothy Thrasher on establishing a successful bluebird habitat.

She has 4 bluebird nesting boxes for door prizes and lots of information to share.

When: Monday May 9, 2016, 9:30 social time, 10:00 meeting, 10:30 program

Where: First National Bank, New Mexico Bank Community Room, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Two New Gold Status Memberships

We are very excited to say thank you and congratulations to two of our outstanding premium Chamber members who, due to their customer contributions to the Chamber have achieved gold status memberships!

Angel Fire Homes Property Management
Premium Member Since 2009, Now Gold!

Winter Sports
Premium Member Since 1983, Now Gold!

What is a premium level membership and how does a premium become gold? Premium is a level of membership that our businesses may choose to enroll. Dues for a premium membership are $200 per year as opposed to $250 per year for a standard membership. The premium business agrees to voluntarily add and collect a 1/2 of a percent (.005%) chamber fee, from their customers. At the end of the month the fee is passed through to the chamber. Their customers are actually paying for their chamber benefits, not the business itself. This membership comes with added chamber benefits. A standard membership is allowed one business listing. Premium members are allowed up to three business listings, all three businesses receive full member benefits! Premiums are allowed 24 ads in the weekly eBlast instead of the 12 provided with standard memberships.

Once the pass through fees from the business’s customers reach $2500 or more per year, the business automatically is upgraded to a gold membership status. At that time, the chamber will reimburse their $200 yearly dues and their chamber benefits become free. Gold members are allowed unlimited free business memberships and eBlast ads for as long as they are in good standing.

All of the Chamber benefits of a gold membership are FREE to the business for voluntarily collecting the 1/2 percent chamber feee from their customers! No money comes out of the business’s pocket/budget, nor do we invoice them the following year. Isn’t that awesome?

Free is really good! And it is these businesses who pledge to maintain the backbone of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, helping to keep our doors open and our office fully functional.

Thank you again to Kyle Eby, Barbara Eby, Jude Eby, and Edd Geoffroy of Angel Fire Homes Property Management and to Herbert Koffler of Winter Sports. (FYI – Herbert is a foundational member of the Angel Fire Chamber and signed the Articles of Incorporation to start get us started in 1982).

You guys rock!