September 21, 2018

Archives for January 2017

2016: A Year In Photos

Here’s to making more memories in 2017!

Photos courtesy of Jo Mixon, the Angel Fire Resort, Janet Sailor, Rotary Club of Angel Fire, Kelly Johnson, Eagle Nest PTA, MVHA, Music from Angel Fire, Linda Hughes, Lisa Sanchez, Jamie Bear, Lauren Dean, Laguna Vista, Garden Club of Angel Fire, Friends of Eagle Nest Lake, Katie Goodwin, Virginia Mattingly, Trini Bradley, Diane Peterson & Keith Richards.

Photos courtesy of Jo Mixon, the Angel Fire Resort, Janet Sailor, John and Wendy Hail, Vincent Thome, Black Lake Social Club, Wende Woolley, Michael Turri, Dominic Serna, Art Up Northern New Mexico, Veterans Healing & Wellness Center, Moreno Valley Trekkers, United Church of Angel Fire, Larry and Julie McKelvey & Kari Jaramillo

Ride The Sleigh

Check out our scenic and dinner sleigh rides!

This is the best way to experience the magnificent scenery and wildlife in the Enchanted Circle!

We have winter horseback rides daily. Reservations are required. Please call 575-377-6416.

Nancy Burch
Roadrunner Tours, Ltd.
Elkhorn Lodge / Angel Fire

Give Your Honey The Gift Of Dance

Shall We Dance

Give your honey the gift of dance! We have ballroom dancing and ballet and tap classes beginning soon!

Ballroom Dancing

When: Every Thursday from January 12 to January 26 from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Cost: $60 per couple for 3 weeks or $25 per couple by the class

Ballet & Tap – Kids

When: Every Monday from January 9 to January 30 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for 5, 6 and 7 year olds

When: Every Monday from January 9 to January 30 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for 8, 9 and 10 year olds

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Ballet & Tap – Adults

When: Every Wednesday from January 11 to January 25 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for ballet

When: Every Wednesday from January 11 to January 25 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for tap

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

New students please call Mrs. D at 575-377-2443.

12 Days Of Christmas Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations Charles Wilson!

We at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce would like to express our sincere appreciation for all those who joined in our 12 Days of Christmas Countdown Raffle. It was much more fun and successful than we had imagined from the onset.

Thank you to everyone in the community and elsewhere who bought over 530 raffle tickets and thank you to all of the businesses who donated the awesome gifts we had the honor to give away. The smiles and laughter we encountered on a daily basis was priceless!

It is always fun to play the role of Santa! We had a lot of fun broadcasting the drawings live for 12 days, too. Thank you to everyone who participated in the drawings and in our live mannequin challenge.

Thank you to Mike Woolley and ReMax Mountain Realty for donating the grand prize of $500.00 cash. For a listing of all the sponsors, the gifts they donated and the winners please visit our facebook page at our Angel Fire Chamber Facebook page.

The success of this raffle paved the way for us to add it as an Annual Event, so look forward to it in 2017!

Military WinterFest Business Participation

Dear Angel Fire Business Leaders:

The National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center is hosting its 3rd festival for veterans, organized by veterans — Military Winterfest! Held here February 9 – 13, this festival is the first of its kind in New Mexico that raises awareness & directly
supports veterans who suffer from PTS, the “invisible wounds of war.”

Military Winterfest, a snow-filled celebration for veterans, military serving now & their families, features:

Skiing, snowboarding, tubing & snowshoeing! Former U.S. Army Golden night & double amputee, Dana Bowman’s American Flag Jump-in! Inter-service races! KidFest! Celebratory Dinner. Lessons for vets, taught by vets! Adaptive Program for vets with disabilities! Twilight Colors Retirement Parade. Military Family Expo.

To enhance the experience that this festival will have in Angel Fire, residents, area businesses & local veterans, have joined hands to salute our veterans, active duty military & their families. And, we’re boosting awareness on our website:, on Facebook at and on Twitter @AFWinterfest.

We invite you to participate in Military Winterfest’s success story! There are a number of sponsorship opportunities for the right benefactors that will offer a return on your sponsor investment via advertising, signage, customer interaction, social media, sponsorship access to activities, exclusivity, goodwill & venues for media attention. Contact our Sponsorship Chair Michael Turri (505) 350-3295 or for the complete Sponsor Opportunities Package. He’ll work with you to tailor a package to best satisfy your organization’s needs.

Or, please contact Carla Sides to lend a hand in these 3 easy ways:

1. GIFT BAG CONTRIBUTOR: As a part of their registration package, attendees receive a VIP Gift Bag. This is an opportunity to promote your business/organization & give a friendly welcome to our military guests! Suggested items include: lip balm, mini-sunscreens, t-shirts, magnets, stickers, packaged snack items, restaurant coupons, note pads, Angel Fire mementos, key fobs, water bottles, bottle openers & more.

Contribution – Any amount is helpful but we’re anticipating more than 600 vets & their families.Sufficient quantifies of your item OR $100 cash value minimum.

Benefits Acknowledging Your Support

A specially designed Military Winterfest sticker for your window or signage for your storefront saying you are “A Proud Supporter of Military Winterfest 2017!” Your gift in each attendee’s VIP Gift Bag. Your business listed on our website. You’ll be included in the “thank you” news release upon the festival’s conclusion.

2. LOCAL ENTRY-LEVEL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: With your donation, you can help our community ensure the festival projects a positive image of our community to all our veteran visitors as well as enhances economic impact to our community & businesses.
Contribution – $50

Benefits Acknowledging Your Support

A specially designed Military Winterfest sticker for your window or signage for your storefront saying you are “A Proud Supporter of Military Winterfest 2017!” Your business will be included in a listing of all supporters in their VIP Gift Bags. Your business will be listed WITH YOUR LOGO on festival website with details of your offering. (Consider offering something “special” to festival visitors, such as: 2 for 1 lodging, 25% off rental equipment or selected merchandise, discounts on menu items, offer a complimentary add-on to their purchase; or offer a BOGO.)

3. LOCAL BUSINESS DISCOUNT LISTING: Still want to reach out to our special visitors but don’t have the budget this year? Your goodwill will be appreciated by offering participants a special discount.

Benefits Acknowledging Your Support:

Your business will be listed on festival website with details of your offering. (Offer something “special” to those festival visitors frequenting your establishment. Ideas include: 10% or greater military discount; pay their sales tax for them; offer a complimentary add-on to their purchase; or offer a BOGO.)

All direct donations or value of discounted goods or services are tax deductible and the Center will provide documentation of donations to all participating businesses or individuals.

On behalf of the Military Winterfest Committee, thank you for your generosity in supporting our active duty and veteran military families. We’re sure our businesses and community will also benefit from their visits.

Angel Fire Community Foundation

Want to help the greater Angel Fire community this year? There’s still time to make a tax-deductible contribution to the 501 (c) 3 Angel Fire Community Foundation.


Angel Fire Community Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in the Moreno Valley.

The Foundation helps connect donors’ charitable giving goals with vital community needs while taking advantage of optimal tax benefits.

Ways to Give

There are a variety of methods and forms of charitable giving. In all cases, the donor can direct gifis to general areas of interest or to specific charitable organizations.

Ways to Receive

The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit community based organizations for projects in the Moreno Valley communities.

For more information please see

AFCF Grant Aids MVHS Completion

When Moreno Valley Education Foundation President Carl Nelson approached the Angel Fire Community Foundation board last June requesting funding to meet a $30,000 shortfall for badly needed landscaping at the beautiful high school expansion, there was initial hesitation.

The community foundation’s mission has been “…to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in the Moreno Valley” with emphasis on yalley health. “How does ‘landscaping’ fit that mission,” the board wondered. A discussion continued, the thought began to surface, isn’t mental health and well being part of the valley health emphasis? And, won’t a pleasant, attractive, inviting front yard to the new high school buildings contribute to the positive educational experience of our yalley students, as well as new-found pride in the community at large?

With those thoughts, the board approached the Jeffrey Loying Memorial Fund, advised by Andy and Penny Loying, to consider a $30,000 matching grant to the Moreno Valley Education Foundation, thereby making a $60,000 bid from Gecko Landscaping, Inc. of Taos come true. The Lovings liked the grant proposal and the AFCF board voted unanimously to award the grant, which enabled Moreno Valley Education Foundation to accomplish its mission to help support secondary schools, staff and students from the Moreno Valley.

Today students, faculty, staff and the Angel Fire community at large can be very proud of the welcoming, warm ‘front door’ to our high school. As Nelson’s grant application described, “the xeriscape project will provide irrigation, prevent weeds, thistles, mullein, etc. from overwhelming the campus, minimize erosion and help create a better environment for the students.” Now completed, “everybody loves it — students, teachers and staff,” Nelson said.

The courtyard, with its own wind-sheltered microclimate, is even used for class instruction on warm days. Do the students notice, or care? Senior Amelia Hoffmann smiled, “It’s great, a fun place to gather. Now we often eat lunch in the courtyard whereas before we drifted off or drove to town.”

The Angel Fire Community Foundation is pleased and honored to have helped fund the high school landscaping budget shortfall. For more information about the Foundation, please see the accompanying color box or go to:

Together #2 MVHS