September 20, 2018

Archives for January 2017

Gross Receipts Training

Teaming up with the Taxation and Revenue Department, the Small Business Development Center at Luna Community College will be hosting a “Gross Receipts Training” for businesses in Angel Fire.

For the purpose of surveying:

How many are interested and would be able to attend?

When: March 28, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Luna Community College

Please email before the end of this month to let us know.



Annual Membership Dinner Meeting

We invite you to attend our annual membership dinner meeting.

When: Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Where: H2 Uptown

5:30 pm – Beer & Wine & Pirating, Live Background Music

6:15 pm – Dinner, Short Meeting After Dinner, “Discovering Local Treasures”, Pirate Dress Encouraged But Not Mandatory

Tickets are $48.00 for a couple or $26.00 each. Purchase at the Chamber office, call 575-377-6353, email or purchase online.

Purchase early, there is limited seating.

2017 Art Competition Guidelines


Entry Deadline: March 20, 2017


On January 14, 2017 Music from Angel Fire launches its third annual juried art competition. One artist will be selected and the winning work will be featured on the cover of the Summer Festival program book, a publication distributed at all festival concerts, August 18-September 2. The work may also be used for an annual MFAF poster if that is re-instated. The competition alternates each year between artists residing in Colfax and Taos counties. In 2017, entries may be submitted by part or full time residents of Colfax county and will be judged by a panel of jurors. The submitted work must have been completed in the last two years and artists are invited to submit artwork created in 2D or 3D, including, but not limited to, painting, photography, pottery, and sculpture. The winning artist will have the opportunity to display and sell their work at the Angel Fire Community Center throughout the festival. Application fee is $20 per medium. Competition opens on Saturday, January 14 and closes March 20, 2017. Questions, please contact Jennifer Cavan by email at or by phone at 505-954-1640. Email is preferred.


The 2017 Music from Angel Fire Art Competition is open to any artist (at least 18 years of age) who is a part or full time resident of Colfax county. All applicants will be asked to provide a Colfax county address, as well as the number of months per year the artist spends in the county. Winner may be asked to submit documentation to provide proof of residency. All submitted entries should be original works of art completed in the last 2 years and must be for sale. Artists who have been a featured MFAF artist in the last 5 years are not eligible to submit.
Up to 3 submissions per medium.


Beginning January 14, applicants may apply at Up to 3 entries per medium per artist. To complete the application process, you will need to provide the following:

– Contact information
– Brief artist bio and statement (300 words or less)
– Brief statement about the work (100 words or less)
– Image of the original work
– Credit card information for the $20 entry fee

You may log into your application and make modifications as many times as needed. When you are ready to submit your application, you will be directed to pay the entry fee and press the “submit” button.


The nonrefundable entry fee is $20 per medium (up to 3 images).


The winning artist will be notified by April 10th. Artwork will be featured on the cover of the Summer Festival program book, may be used for the poster image (if the poster is reinstated). It will also be featured on the MFAF website and other print materials. The winning artist will be acknowledged from the stage and receive an invitation to the opening night post-concert reception. The artist will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the festival opening nights in Angel Fire and Taos. The winning artist will have the opportunity to display and sell their work throughout the festival at the Angel Fire community Center and the artist retains 100% of the proceeds of all pieces sold, with the exception of the winning work. The winning piece will be on display and available for bidding at each festival concert and will be sold to the highest bidder. MFAF will retain 40% of the proceeds for the winning piece.


The image of the original work should be square or vertical and should be able to be proportionally reduced or enlarged to fit on an 8.5 by 11 cover. Horizontal images may be considered but, if one is chosen as the winning piece, it will require artist’s approval of cropping the image.
Each applicant may submit up to 3 images.

Each image must be in JPEG (.jpg) format, at a minimum resolution of 150 DPI, a maximum height of 11 inches and a maximum file size of 2 MB. It should not include text info or borders that are not part of the work. Filename should be “Piece name, Year of completion” (e.g. Snowy Sunset, 2013).

If selected, the artist will need to provide a high resolution image (600 DPI) of the piece as well as a headshot and bio.


By submitting the online application to the Music from Angel Fire Art Competition, Artist agrees that the digital image submitted for jurying is original work. If Artist’s artwork is chosen as the winning image, Artist agrees to allow MFAF to publish it on the 2017 Summer Festival program cover, the festival website, a possible festival poster, and other advertising materials, and does not expect any compensation. Artist understand that if their artwork is chosen as the wining image, Artist will be asked to sign an agreement acknowledging understanding and acceptance of these terms.


January 14: Competition opens
March 20: Submission deadline at 11:59 pm
April 10: Artist notification
April 12: Public announcement
August18: Music from Angel Fire Summer Festival opens

53rd Legislative Session

Dr. Jennifer Fitch (Vice Chairman/Incoming Chairman 2017 of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce) and I spent the first part of last week with twenty other members of the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association (NMCEA) being briefed from Governor Susanna Martinez’s top-tiered staff, on the state of various state departments and their respective legislative priorities. The NMCEA is an organization of chamber executives from across the state who work together to improve the business climate in New Mexico while developing ways to enhance the quality of life in the communities we each represent.

The briefing was part of a two-day Annual Legislative Conference. This conference is held to bring chamber executives together to discuss their own legislative focuses and create a comprehensive legislative agenda reflecting efforts in such areas as public safety, education, economic development and the state’s budget.

“To truly have an impact on the business environment statewide, it’s valuable for us to come together to talk about the important issues facing our individual communities,” said Terri Cole, President and CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. “We have chamber execs here from Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Angel Fire, Los Alamos Gallup, and many, many others. We know that our communities are not isolated, they impact one another greatly so its key for us to have a discussion around these issues together.”

Speakers included Cabinet and Deputy-Cabinet Secretaries from the departments of Education, Children, Youth and Families, Economic Development, Public Safety, Tourism, Finance and Administration, and the Governor’s Legislative Director. The conference wrapped up with an NMCEA Board meeting on Weds., then concluded with a two hour meeting at the round house with the Governor on Friday.

The 53rd Legislative Session begins on January 17, 2017 and concludes on March 18, 2017.

Left to right: Scott Weaver, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, Barbara Brazil, Deputy Secretary of the Economic Development Department, Rebecca Latham, Secretary of the Tourism Department, Hanna Skandera, Secretary of the Public Education Department, Monique Jacobson, Secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department and Jeremiah Ritchie, Legislative Director for Governor Martinez.

Angel Fire Resort Celebrates 50 Years

Angel Fire Resort will mark its 50th anniversary in January 2017. Paying tribute to the resort’s legendary pedigree and family-friendly mountain, the celebration is not to be missed.

When: January 19 to January 22, 2017

On January 19th, 2017 Angel Fire Resort will be starting it’s celebration with a cocktail welcome party and featuring selected pieces displayed showing our rich history over the last 50 years. Such a hallmark milestone provides an opportunity to reflect upon the storied opening of the resort in 1966. Angel Fire Resort known for highlighting its stunning natural surroundings, the resort has always perpetuated a distinct sense of environment and nature, both in design and service.

50th Anniversary Savings

  • Stay 2 Nights & Enjoy the 3rd Night FREE*
  • Book two nights, we’ll give you that third night for free when you stay with us anytime between Tuesday, January 17 – Monday, January 23.
  • Book the 50th Anniversary Celebration package price online or by calling (800) 633-7463.
  • *3 night stay required. Taxes & fees not included, not combinable with other offers. Subject to availability. Must be booked 24 hours in advance. New reservations only.
  • $5.50 Lift Tickets 1/21 & 1/22 – While Supplies Last

In addition to lodging discounts, we will be rolling back the prices to 1966 and selling lift tickets for $5.50 to first 550 bought each day Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22.

Limited quantities are available for pre-purchase with the above lodging package. Otherwise, get here early to score yours at the Ticket Window each morning!

50th Anniversary Celebration – Schedule of Events

Thursday, January 19

  • Welcome Party at Garden Court with Live Music by Atomic Balm @ 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Native American Blessing
  • Museum Showcasing Angel Fire’s Past on Display

Friday, January 20

  • On-Mountain Scavenger Hunt @ 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
  • Scavenger Hunt Prizes Awarded @ 3pm
  • Live Music in the Village Haus by Felix Y Los Gatos @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • “Gold Hat Party” at Elements with Special Menu & Live Music by Donohoe and Grimes – Doors open at 4:00 pm
  • Call 575-377-3055 to for Dinner Reservations

Saturday, January 21

  • Vintage Ski Suit Day @ 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Outdoor Beer Garden with Live Music by Pigment on the Deck @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Rail Jam presented by the Ski Team @ 5:00 pm
  • DJ Oliver at The Village Haus @5:00 pmto 11:00 pm
  • Past Employee Reunion Dinner @ 5:30 pm to Midnight (Purchase Tickets online)
  • Fireworks @ 7:30 pm

Sunday, January 22

  • Sunday Brunch at Legends @ 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Telluride Mountainfilm On Tour

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour, presented by Angel Fire Resort, brings inspiration and education about important issues to audiences around the world with documentary films that will explore the themes connected to Telluride MountainFilm’s mission of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure.

When: Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Cost: $15.00

Established in 1979, Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about environments, cultures, issues and adventures. Working at the nexus of filmmaking and action, its flagship event is the renowned Telluride Mountainfilm festival, a four-day event held each Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The festival has attracted leading documentary filmmakers, artists, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers, scientists, journalists and explorers from around the world to engage in the festival’s tag line of “celebrating indomitable spirit.”

Mountainfilm on Tour shares a selection of the films from the annual festival with audiences around the globe and offers Mountainfilm for Students, a free educational outreach initiative for K-12 schools at tour locations. Year-round and worldwide, the tour reaches over 40,000 people on five continents. You can now preview the complete playlist for Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour presented by Angel Fire Resort!

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Cocktail Party starts at 5:30 pm | Show Begins promptly at 6:30 pm

For more information please visit the Angel Fire Resort website.

First Tracks

Want to make your first turns before anyone else? Join our Guest Services team Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays of the season for First Tracks!

When: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 7:45 am to 9:00 am

Where: Angel Fire Resort

Cost: $20 with the purchase of a lift ticket or free for season pass members!

Availability is limited, so please sign up with Angel Fire Resort Guest Services either at the office in our Base Area or by calling 575-377-4357.

2nd Annual Snolf Charity Classic

We will be following a 9 hole, 4 person team scramble format.

Heavy appetizers and prizes at Elements Bar after the tournament.

When: Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Resort

Cost: $60.00 Per Player

For more information and registration call the Nordic Center at 575-377-4488.

Discovering Local Treasures

Save the Date Matey

Join us for our annual membership meeting and get caught up with all that is happening at the Chamber. The meeting will include a delicious dinner, live music, and audience participation pirating!

Pirate theme dress is encouraged but not mandatory. Arrrgghh! More information to follow in next week’s blast.

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
Annual Membership Meeting Dinner Banquet
February 2, 2017

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Spirit Of Angel Fire

Veterans Services Set to Take Over Operations of Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park

After almost a year of discussions, the New Mexico State Parks division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department of the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Veterans Services Department have agreed that the daily operations of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park be turned over to the NM Department of Veterans Services.

Mission statements of both state departments helped in coming to this conclusion. This change will become effective July 1, 2017, if the New Mexico State Legislature approves a Joint Resolution that is set to be presented during the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session beginning on January 17, 2017. The property will still be owned by the State of New Mexico and the only change will be in the responsibility of the daily operations.

Change will be a smooth transition. Currently the NM State Parks division is searching for a new Park Manager that is preferred to have veteran status and would be eligible to carry forward as manager after the transition. NM Veterans Services will also be allowed input into the candidate selection for the position.

Once the transition is completed, Veterans Services officers will maintain an office on the Memorial grounds. The Memorial will maintain the full-time and seasonal staffing it has had in the past.

The David Westphall Veterans Foundation that has contributed major support in the past will continue its support and is in support of this change of operation.

Chuck Howe
Board President
David Westphall Veterans Foundation