September 20, 2019

Archives for May 2018

Balloons Over Angel Fire 2018

Make plans to spend your Father’s Day Weekend, June 15 -17, 2018 in Angel Fire.

Mass Ascensions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 7:00 am at the Angel Fire Airport. There will be a Balloon Glow on Saturday evening at dark (9:00 pm). Admission is free.

Friday, June 15, 2018

  • 7:00 am – Mass Ascension
  • 7:00 am to 10:00 am – Angel Fire Rotary Burrito Breakfast
  • 7:00 am to 11:00 am – Balloon Vendors open
  • 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Friday Night Scramble, Angel Fire Resort Golf Course
  • 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm – Cool Summer Night Free Concert in Frontier Park featuring The Knotty Woods

Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • 7:00 am – Mass Ascension
  • 7:00 am to 10:00 am – Angel Fire Rotary Burrito Breakfast
  • 7:00 am to 10:00 am – Pilot Challenge Game sponsored by Enchanted Circle Pottery
  • 7:00 am to 11:00 am – Balloon Vendors open
  • 4:00 pm to 11:30 pm – Festival Eclectica Music Festival sponsored by the Shuter Library of Angel Fire @ the Angel Fire Airport ($40.00 ticket fee)
  • 7:00 pm – Balloon Launch Field opens
  • 9:00 pm – Balloon Glow – bring your flashlight and camp chairs

Sunday, June 17, 2018

  • 7:00 am – Mass Ascension
  • 7:00 am to 10:00 am – Angel Fire Rotary Burrito Breakfast
  • 7:00 am to 11:00 am – Balloon Vendors open
  • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Art & Farmer’s Market in Frontier Park


Fore more information visit

Outside Fires & Open Burning Is Prohibited!

Fire Chief John Murtagh

To: Residents of the Village of Angel Fire and Surrounding Communities
Re: Outside Fires and Open Burning is Prohibited!

The prohibition is due to the lack of precipitation, high winds, and the continued drying out of fuels throughout the Village of Angel Fire. (Although low temperatures and reasonable humidity minimize the risk of fire danger, the remaining factors have greatly influenced this ban.)

Included in the burn ban are:

Outdoor smoking, bonfires, burning of explosives, campfires: charcoal broilers, barbecue grills, and coal-burning stoves used outside of a private dwelling are classified as campfires and are prohibited, ceremonial fires, outdoor cooking fires, outdoor heating fires, ignition of rocket motors, open burning, open flames, timber and forest management, disease control, outdoor welding and hot torch burning, above ground detonation, agricultural burning, controlled burns, research and development, slash piles, and weed burning.

Exceptions in the burn bane are:

Cooking and heating devises that use kerosene, white gas or propane as fuel if used with adequate fire protection and defensible space; commercial grade smokers with adequate fire protection and defensible space; commercially constructed personal smokers with adequate fire protection and defensible space; smoking that is restricted to designated areas within structures or inside vehicles equipped with ashtrays.

Keeping Your Families Safe & Using Prevention From Wildfires

Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

Discussion on what is happening at the Chamber and updates on where the village is on the recycle issues brought up during the March Candidate Forum.

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: 3407 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Breakfast is free for Chamber members, $5.00 for non Chamber members.

2018 Memorial Day Weekend Events

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

50th Anniversary Commemoration – 11:00 am

50 Years: May 22, 1968 Con Thien, South Vietnam – May 22, 2018 Angel Fire, NM.

(1968 photo below thanks to Martin D’Giff who survived that battle)

Please join the David Westphall Veterans Foundation, family members of the fallen 1st Bn. 4th Marines, and survivors of the May 22, 1968 Ambush. We will gather to commemorate the 50th Anniversary on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, at 11:00 am. The ceremonies will focus on the men who died and on those next of kin and battle survivors that they left behind. The public is invited.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

POW MIA Candlelight Vigil – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

We welcome all to attend the POW-MIA Candlelight Vigil (including the Missing Man Ceremony) in the amphitheater at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM. Vigil will be held outdoors if at all possible, so coats and blankets recommended.

Monday, May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)

Flag March – 9:00 am to 10:00 am

The Flag March starts at the intersection of US Hwy 64 and NM Hwy 434 under the blinking light at 9:00 am and proceeds up the hill to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Angel Fire, NM. The public is invited to participate.

Memorial Day Ceremony – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

All are invited to attend the Memorial Day ceremony at 11:00 am in the amphitheater at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM. The keynote speaker and other details about the ceremony will be posted soon.

Angel Fire Bike Park Downhill Race Series

1st of Fire 5 Downhill Race Series

The Fire 5 Downhill Race Series is back for 2018! Angel Fire Bike Park’s Fire 5 is the premier downhill race series in the Rocky Mountains. A series of five unique downhill races held at Angel Fire Bike Park throughout the bike season.

When: May 26-27, 2018

Where: Angel Fire Bike Park

Amateurs and pros alike are invited to join us for one or all five races. Cash and prizes awarded for each race and overall series winners. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places in all categories. Series Champion will be determined by most points earned in 3 out of 5 races in the series.

Angel Fire Bike Park Demo Daze

Join us at Demo Daze, presented by Angel Fire Bike Park, for the only lift-access Summer bike demo in the southwest. This is a free event.

When: May 18-19, 2018

Where: 10 Miller Lane, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Whether you ride DH, XC, Enduro, or a mix of mountain bike terrain, Angel Fire Bike Park is bringing together bike vendors from near and far for you to test ride to your heart’s content. Please note lift tickets are not included with attendance to this event and will need to be purchased if you’d like to test out a bike in the Bike Park.

Run For The Wall

The 30th Annual Run For The Wall ride – Central Route, will arrive in at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM on Friday, May 18th on their way to Washington DC. Time TBA but usually they arrive around in the late afternoon.

When: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

We invite and encourage everyone who can to come up to the Memorial to welcome and honor the Run for the Wall riders. They will spend the night in the Moreno Valley and will be welcomed for dinner in Eagle Nest.

Run For The Wall is the largest organized cross country motorcycle run of its kind in the USA. Their Mission is to promote healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world.

Angel Fire Bike Park Opening Day

Come celebrate the official beginning of the downhill biking season in the Rocky Mountains at Angel Fire Bike Park!

When: May 18, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Our lifts start spinning at 9:00 am. For more information please visit

Angel Fire Golf Course Opening Day

The Angel Fire Resort Golf Course opens for the 2018 season! Tee off at 8,500 feet on our par 72, 6,653 yard, 18-hole golf course surrounded by the southern Rocky Mountains in Angel Fire, New Mexico. To book a tee time, please call 575-377-4488 or visit

When: May 16, 2018

The public rate for 18-holes on opening day is $73, which includes green fees, shared cart and range balls.

An eBlast From The Past

With the resurrection of the “I Know Jo” series, I have decided to add another level. Once a month, in the first Monday Newsletter eBlast edition, I will be featuring “AN EBLAST FROM THE PAST”.

I will randomly pull one of your favorite “I Know Jo” stories from past eBlasts, dating anytime from 2012 to 2017 and re-run them for your enjoyment!

This “Kids Camp” story is from six years ago, the summer of 2012. Please note this is the original story and photos. Employees, activities, classes and dates may have changed, but Kids Camp is still going strong. For updated 2018 classes and activities at the Angel Fire Community Center see the calendars at or

Kids Camp at the Angel Fire Community Center Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon June 2012

It’s that time of the year again when Greg, my grandson from Texas, comes to visit me for a month. We lovingly refer to this time as Camp Memaw! This summer while he’s visiting he has also chosen to attend Kids Camp. The first day he was here, upon referral from my friend Nancy Burch, who owns and operates Roadrunner Tours, we went to the Community Center to talk with Shay Tibljas about the camp. Shay, who is the Community Center Coordinator, started Kids Camp in 2010. We looked at the schedule and Greg was immediately ready to sign up!

He has attended three days this week. Under the supervision of Karen Kelly and her assistant Jake Colenda, Greg and the kids at Kids Camp have gone horseback riding with Nancy, swimming at the country club, taken an art class with Carol Rupp at White Dog Studio, been mountain biking up the greenbelt trails and at the Resort Bike Park. They also played disk golf, euro-bungied, hit the climbing wall, and hiked down Heading Home. All of this in three days … kid heaven! And if you look at their calendar at, you will see this is not all Kids Camp has to offer.

One of the great things about how Shay has Kids Camp set up is the parent/child option to choose the days they want to attend based around the activities planned for each day. Greg has picked out all of the days he wants to attend for his entire visit in Angel Fire. Kids Camp is open June 4 through August 9, 2012. They meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is room for up to 23 kids, ages 5 to 12. McKenna Hedgepeth and Brooke Perry are called in to help on days when the camp is full. Fees for attending are $23 per day for locals, with multiple-child discounts or a flat weekly rate. The fee includes lunch and snacks. Shay told me about the great partnerships the camp has with other venues in the village that make it possible to keep the per-camper costs down. She also said she refers those with kids ages 2 to 5 to Mountain Day Care Camp at the Resort.

Then I talked to Shay about other activities at the Community Center, which is open year round. Each month a calendar is posted on both their website and ours, with schedules for exercise classes, bridge groups, bible studies, pickle ball, open gym days and much more. She would like to get a basketball team together. If you’re interested call her at 575-377-1544. Although Shay must charge fees for usage of the Community Center, the facility is not a profit-making venue. The goal is to break even so that it can be adequately maintained and remain available for use. Call to book weddings, reunions, dances, etc.

Eventually I asked how Shay came to Angel Fire. While they were residents of Colorado, she and her high school sweetheart (now husband) Rob, decided they wanted to live and raise their children in a small mountain community. Rob’s grandmother was one of the original settlers in Eagle Nest, so he had spent many childhood summers in the area. They chose Angel Fire 10 years ago, never wanting to go anywhere else.

My advice: enroll your kids or grand kids in Kids Camp in Angel Fire this summer. They’ll make memories for a lifetime and have way too much fun!

FYI: My grandson Greg who this story refers to is now almost 17 years old. He still spends most of his summers in Angel Fire working as a Jr. Wrangler at Roadrunner Tours. Last summer he came home from work one day and told me he had saddled up the kids from Kids Camp today. He thought it was pretty cool because he had been one of the kids from Kids Camp excited to ride the horses and now he was one of the wranglers, taking the excited kids for a ride!

If you want your past “I Know Jo” story to re-run or you want to schedule your first story email