November 13, 2019

Archives for July 2016

Summer 2016 Photos

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Photos courtesy of Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

Help Wanted For Alpine Gifts

help-wantedMature individual needed for 1-2 days starting mid September. I will train 4 hours a week until September. Individual needed must be honest, reliable and personable to assist clients.

Please apply in person to Judi Feffer at Alpine Gifts – 3365 Highway 434, Angel Fire, NM 87710.

For more information please call 575 377-6181.

Pioneer Title Has Moved

pioneer-titlePioneer Title & Escrow / Law Office of Richard Norris has moved!

We are still located in Centro Plaza but we have moved to unit 9 next door to Hodge Podge Box and the Chamber of Commerce.

2nd Annual Spare Part Art Fundraiser & Silent Auction

spare-part-artBe a part of the 2nd Spare Part Art fundraiser and silent auction benefiting Angel Fire’s Sustainability Committee, Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce and Art Up Northern New Mexico.

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.

Create and donate Spare Part Art and/or participate in the silent auction.

When: September 3, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Where: By Angel Fired Pizza in Plaza

A percentage of Angel Fired Pizza’s September 3, 2016 proceeds will be donated to the fundraiser. Come eat, drink and bid on your favorite art pieces at this fun, great event.

Contact Louise Herfel at 214-437-1362 or at to register your donated art.

Go Bond Election Community Forums

af-logoThere will be three (3) Community Forums held on the GO Bond Election:

1st Forum
Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Angel Fire Community Center Rotunda

2nd Forum
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Angel Fire Community Center Rotunda

3rd Forum
Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Angel Fire Village Hall

These forums are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.


A GO Bond is a common type of municipal bond used by the Village of Angel Fire and other cities throughout New Mexico and the United States. The issuer (Village of Angel Fire) pledges part of the ad valorem tax rate from all assessable property within its jurisdiction to provide timely repayment of the debt. Cities use GO bonds, because it is a low-interest financing tool that helps pay for much needed capital improvements. GO bonds must be used for capital projects.


The Election will be Mail Ballot Only. You may drop off your ballot at Village Hall Tuesday, September 13, 2016 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.


Anyone who is a registered voter residing within the boundaries of the Village of Angel Fire. Also, anyone who is a registered voter in Colfax County and owns property in the Village of Angel Fire can obtain a certificate to vote from the Village Clerk. If you have any questions, please call the Village of Angel Fire Clerk’s office at 575-377-3232.


The Village of Angel Fire has over 120 miles of roads. Virtually all of these roads are in need of maintenance and many need to be rebuilt. 40 years of erosion and blading have taken a significant toll on the roads leaving them full of pot holes and unsound. In addition, much of the water and wastewater systems have exceeded their useful lives. They are in need of significant improvements to meet today’s standards and demands. To address these public safety issues the Village Council is presenting the community with a $4,500,000 General Obligation Bond proposal that will be used to start a 20 year master project designed to address these important community needs.


Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $3,000,000 of general obligation bonds, to be repaid from property taxes, for the purpose of constructing, repairing or otherwise improving municipal streets and public roads, including purchasing capital equipment for such projects?

Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $1,500,000 of general obligation bonds, to be repaid from property taxes, for the purpose of constructing, repairing or otherwise improving the Village’s water and wastewater system?

Village of Angel Fire | 575-377-3232 |

For more information about the forums or the election please call 575-377-3232 x122 or x111.

Saddle Up To The Grill

red-riverIf you want a new experience in Red River try “Saddle Up To The Grill” a sizzling culinary adventure which includes an hour horseback ride presented by Red River Stables on a trail around the Red River Ski & Summer Area to the Grill at the Lift House where you will be served your choice of a legendary steak seasoned to perfection, savory salmon fillet seared with lemon herb spice, or a drunken Cornish game hen.

All entrees will be grilled to your liking right before your eyes. Your sides consist of leafy green mix with homemade dressings, pasta salad, garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetable medley and artisan bread rolls.

You will also be tempted with your choice of dutch oven blackberry cobbler including homemade ice cream, bourbon chocolate pie, or New York style cheesecake with caramel or raspberry sauce.

Rides meet at the Lift House Guest Service office at 3:30 pm. For those that do not ride ask to join your family that have at 5:00 pm for the dinner only. There is a 6 person minimum. Cost is $99 for adults and $65 for children ages 4 to 12.

Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling 575-754-2223 x 202 or book online at

Outdoor Worship

United Church of Angel Fire invites you to attend outdoor worship and congregational picnic.

When: Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 11:15 am

Where: The Pavilion @ Olympic Park

Fried Chicken and water will be provided. Please sign up for a side dish, salad, or desert in the northex at UCAF.

Bring your own lawn chair and drinks if you prefer any other drink than water.

3rd Angel Fire Road Runner Charity Run

Join us for the 3rd Annual Road Runner Charity Run. The 5K/10K run and walk will take you through a mapped route throughout Angel Fire.
This healthy, fun event will draw runners, moms and dads, and kids of all ages. And this run has the most prizes per runner of
any event in New Mexico.

When: July 30, 2016 from 7:00 am to 11:00 am

Where: Mountain Sports of Angel Fire, 3375 Mountain View Blvd., Angel Fire, NM 87710

This year, the benefit will be raising funds for a nine-hole disc golf course which will be donated to the Village of Angel Fire, giving everyone another activity that takes advantage of the breath-taking beauty of our community.

Runners get excited about this new 10K route. 500′ elevation gain all in mile 2 after that it’s as flat a route as you get in the mountains. This is a charity race with Amazing Goodie bags and prizes and multiple age levels.

Garmin Connect – 2016 Road Runner 10K

This course was created on Garmin Connect. Make your own today.


Red River Ski & Summer Area Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

red-river-ski-logoBy Jo Mixon

Can you spell fun with a capital F-U-N? Well that is exactly what we experienced when we were invited over to play on four summer adventure features at Red River Ski & Summer Area. First we visited Bob and Casey at the Pioneer Flyer. They strapped us into this two person chair and pulled us backwards up 70 feet over the pond and Pioneer Rd. to a tower on the face. We lingered there for a bit enjoying the scenery, then went flying back to the base at about 35 mph. We screamed and laughed all the way down. It was great!


Me and Karen Kelly, Director of Marketing and Guest Services @ Red River Ski & Summer Area


Pioneer Flyer


View from the top

Next we went for summer mountain tubing. It’s like snow tubing but on a fast track instead of snow. It’s a blast! We rode the Gold chairlift up and raced down the two 800 foot trails. I have to admit it was crazy fun! It went much faster than I had anticipated and my tube went round and round and round until I was laughing hysterically. We’d get to the bottom, grab our tubes and head back up the chairlift. It seems we all brought our inner child with us!


Gold Chair to Summer Mountain Tubing




The Hidden Treasures Aerial Ropes Course was next. It has three sections. The first is 20 feet off of the ground, 2nd level is 40 feet off of the ground and the top and hardest level is 60 feet off of the ground. First there was “Ropes Course 101” as we geared up and snuggled into the harnesses that were to be our safety devices. The crew made sure we were all tightly wrapped and sturdy with a hard hat upon our heads. Then off we trekked for this adventure.

I have to be honest….at the moment I stepped off of the steady secure base of this course, onto the wobbly small wood-footing, reaching for the first rope, I began talking to my 61 year old self, “Self, what were you thinking?!?” I understood immediately why they call this a Challenge by Choice. It is challenging, you do push yourself to limits you might not normally go and it is completely your own choice to take that first step! I also now understand why it can be used as a team building exercise. The comradery of all of us on the course became instant and bonding! We cheered for each other when one would accomplish a section at a time, as did the crew. We encouraged each other, we laughed and struggled and even showed fear together as we challenged ourselves to finish. And once we did finish, we all high fived with excessive jubilance! We did it! I cannot express how awesome that feeling was! You just need to go challenge yourself!



Team One: Gabrielle Nelson, me, and Wende Woolley


Team Two: Harley Farris, Kimber Glover, John Hail,
Greg Langham (my grandson), me, and Karen Kelly (Director of Marketing and Guest Services at Red River Ski & Summer Area)


Proper Footwear for the aerial park!





Yes, we are 60 feet in the air!





Zipping to the end!


Some of the Awesome crew at Hidden Treasures

Karen Kelly has been at Red River Ski & Summer Area going on four years. She is so excited about all of the new and fun features. She invited us because she wanted us to experience the actual hands-on activities. We talked about the team spirit of the ropes course as we lunched together. Karen agreed and said the UNM Lobos Ski team does the course as well as many corporate boards and company staffs. And for us, we felt like family when it was completed because we shared a common success! I learned that Red River Ski Area was born in the 1950’s. There were a few owners prior to, but in 1988, Drew Judycki, a young skier from Massachusetts became sole owner. He had been with the Red River Ski Area for three decades. He put his heart and soul and muscle into the business! After Drew’s untimely passing in 2008, it continues as a family-owned and operated business, managed by a senior management team that includes Drew’s son Linton, daughter Lauren, and his brother Denny. The Red River Ski & Summer Area is focused on exceeding the expectations of each guest. They are working on expansions and improvements and continue to retain their small ski village charm that was its trademark when the doors opened 50 years ago.

We ended our day in Red River with a nice serene ride up the chairlift to the top of the mountain. There were many trails to wander and hike. They are building a new quad that we watched from a distance. After a refreshing drink at the The Lift Restaurant, we slowly and pleasantly rode back down to end a perfect day of adventure in Red River!


Scenic summer view of Red River from the chairlift

Art Up Northern New Mexico Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

art-up-01Art Up Northern New Mexico Board of Directors

Back row: Mary Harms-Vice President, Claudette Maitland- Director, Jo Mixon-President, Wende Woolley-Secretary, Bob Bear, Cyndi Simon, Diane Peterson, Julia Margaret Brigham, Dominic Serna- Directors
Front row: Linda Trujillo- Treasurer, Jacqui Binford-Bell & Johnese Turri- Directors
Not pictured: Heather Pritchard, Beth TaFoya & Loretta Tollefson, Directors

Last weekend almost 500 people attended Art-Up Northern New Mexico’s 35th Annual ArtsFest. It was held once again at the Angel Fire Community Center, so that more artists could be added to the venue. Thirty-two talented high-quality artist displayed and sold their works of art. ArtsFest is just one of the many programs sponsored by Art Up Northern New Mexico (formerly the Moreno Valley Arts Council). We are responsible for bringing Missoula Children’s Theatre every summer and we coordinate and sponsor art programs and workshops in the area schools. We are the sponsor of the Artistic Vistas and Treasures Art Trail that runs from Raton into the Taos Canyon, through Angel Fire and out to Black Lake. Many of our local artists do not have store fronts, but sell out of their homes. The Trail gives them added advertising to help drive traffic into their studios and galleries.

Art Up Northern New Mexico is a not for profit 501c(3) membership organization consisting of artists and patrons of the arts. We are committed to promoting artists and artisans, who enrich the area with their diverse talents and skills. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and depend upon multiple volunteers throughout the year to make our programs and events successful. We are financially supported by grants, membership dues, ticket/booth and show fees and donations. These funds provide for promotions, programs, and operational expenses. Volunteer help and donations are always needed and appreciated. Art Up Northern New Mexico wants everyone to be able to express themselves through art. We strive to challenge artists to explore their creativity and stretch their skills and exposure!

What’s Up with Art Up? There are a few fun new items on the horizon for Art Up Northern New Mexico. A fifteen member volunteer Board of Directors has been seated. Each of these directors represent a different genre of art. The scope includes visual art, dance, performing art, written art, fabric art, culinary art, musical art, photography, and patrons of the arts. These people are working tirelessly behind the scenes on some new projects. The first is, trying to bring a Studio Tour to the area, hopefully in the fall when the leaves are changing. And we are going to have Pop-up venues for artist workshops and retail sales in the fall and winter months. But the largest project we are working on is to bring an Art Center to Angel Fire. This Art Center will encompass all of the arts. We have big goals and believe (and invite) the community to get behind these goals to bring this vision to fruition. A Building Committee has been working on this project, with a fund-raising/ building consultant for about a year. We are almost ready to role out our plans to the public. Be looking for the date! We will have a big gala as a kickoff to explain our future plans and continue our fundraising efforts. We hope that you will be as excited as we are! Angel Fire needs a home for the Arts and we are working to make it happen….SOON!

If you would like to join Art Up Northern New Mexico, you may do so by visiting our website at or call 575-377-6273. We have multiple levels of membership participation.

Annual Dues and levels of membership: Artist: $20.00, Art Patron: $35.00, Business Patron/Sponsor: $100.00, Lifetime Membership: $350.00. As a member you will receive 10% off at all events and programs by showing your membership card. Angel Fire Computer Guy will give members 33% off for yearly computer virus cleaning and maintenance. You will receive 15% off all items at Ski Tech. Ask about member discounts at Shall We Dance, and more benefits are added as we gain more member sponsors.

Definitions of the levels of membership: Artist – Producing artist who sells or shows, performs or publishes their own original work. You must be willing to participate in at least one program each year, be willing to teach a class or a workshop, and volunteer. Art Patron – Open to anyone who appreciates and promotes the arts. You must be willing to volunteer for a committee or at least one program each year. Business – Owner membership for the year. Logo on the ArtUP website and receive Sponsorship discounts. Lifetime – Patron membership for life for one individual.

Step Up, Sign Up, Come Up to Art Up!


Best of Show winner Jennifer Cavan and judge Ed Sandoval


Linda, Bob, and Jo with Chris Turri, Metal Sculptor from Corales, NM, who was awarded 1st Place in Fine Craft, the Most Creative Award, and the People’s Choice Award.


Jo and Michael McCullough, Artist from Placitos, NM- 1st Place Fine Arts


Wende Woolley- 1st Place Photography from Angel Fire, NM


Linda, Bob, and Jo with 1st Place in Jewelry winner, Lyra Fiset from Taos, NM


Krystyn Waszak artist from Albuquerque, with a studio in Taos, too.


Jeanette Sanchez with handmade furniture by Angel Fire artist, Ray Renfroe


Local Eagle Nest artist Katherine McDermott with art patrons


Jessica Duke, local photographer from Eagle Nest, NM


The winning booth, Angel Fire artist, Jennifer Cavan


1st Solo performance by Madison Mutz enjoyed by H2 Uptown caterers and ArtsFest Premiere attendees


Kathleen Criswell, JJ Huddleston, Sue Cotton, and Pam Hasford, dance troupe with Shall We Dance and music by Kara Mutz were Premiere night’s entertainment.

Art Up NNm sponsored Children’s Missoula Theatre performance of Pinocchio in June





Photos courtesy of Jo Mixon, Ellen Goins, Wende Woolley, and Michael Turri.