October 17, 2019

Archives for February 2019

More Legislative Updates

House Bill 206, or the Environmental Review Act, sponsored by Representative Gail Chasey (D – Bernalillo) and Senator Mimi Stewart (D – Bernalillo), was significantly slowed in the House State Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs Committee on Friday. The bill, which would add a significant environmental review process to both publicly and privately financed projects over $2 million and substantially inhibit economic development, faced strong opposition from business groups, energy companies, and local and municipal governments that view the legislation as an unfunded mandate from the state. The committee also heard concerns from Representatives Daymon Ely (D – Bernalillo) and Representative Greg Nibert (R – Chaves and Lincoln) regarding the lack of funding for the nearly $2 million appropriation (and whether that amount was sufficient to cover the bill’s requirements) and whether business was adequately involved as a stakeholder in the development of the bill. The sponsor asked that the bill be rolled over for another committee substitute and an updated Fiscal Impact Report from the Legislative Finance Committee.

House Bill 2, a $7 billion budget representing a double-digit year-over-year increase in spending, passed the House. The vote was 46-23, with all Republicans voting no except for Representative Jane Powdrell Culbert (R-Sandoval). Republicans, led by Jason Harper (R-Sandoval), presented an alternative budget that was rejected on party lines by a vote of 44-24. The House-approved FY 20 budget, now on its way to the Senate, proposes to spend $7 billion of general fund revenues, a 10.8% increase over FY 19. The lion’s share of the new money goes to public education, which increases $449 million or 16%, largely in response to the district court decision in the Yazzie/Martinez case. The general fund reserve sits at $1.6 billion or 22.4% of recurring revenues. A key shortfall continues to be the lack of new funding for LEDA, the closing fund that currently only has $17.5 million in HB 2 funding, far less than the $75 million requested by the Governor to secure major investments in the state. The state’s job training fund, JTIP, also remains underfunded.

SB489 was given a do pass recommendation on a 5-3 vote. Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-Bernalillo), along with cosponsors and a panel of expert witnesses and backed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, explained the carefully constructed provisions of SB 489 to the Senate Conservation Committee Saturday. If enacted, the bill would vault New Mexico into a new era of electric generation, replacing, in phases, reliance on coal plants with 100% renewable energy, such as wind and solar, by 2045.

HB 31 and SB 437, Minimum Wage Bills Senator Clemente Sanchez, is sponsoring SB 437 and Representative Miguel Garcia is sponsoring HB 31, which has already passed the House. Both were heard on Saturday. Key differences between the two were the tipped wage credit for those receiving more than $30 per month in tips. HB31 eliminates the tipped wage credit while SB437 maintains it. Garcia offered amendments today on Saturday that restored the tipped wage credit to HB31, at a slightly higher amount than SB437 and it is indexed to the cost of living. Now the two key remaining differences are the amount of increase and indexing. In two steps, SB437 would raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour by April 1, 2020. HB31 would step wages up to $10 on July 1, 2019; $11 on July 1, 2020 and $12 on July 1 2021. Starting July 1, 2022, the wage would be indexed to cost of living increases. SB437 contains no indexing leaving the decision about future increases in the hands of the Legislature. It also provides for an $8.50 minimum wage for high school students to encourage employers to give young people a place in the workplace.

HB 356, the Cannabis Regulation Act: This bill would legalize possession of small amounts of cannabis for people over the age of 21, tax and regulate sales of cannabis, and erase prior convictions for cannabis possession. The bill was approved by the committee after a lengthy debate on a vote of 7-3, and heads now to the House Floor. The 140-page bill has broad implications for employers, particularly in the absence of testing technology that would allow for employers to determine whether an employee testing positive for cannabis use is impaired. Representative Greg Nibert (R – Chaves and Lincoln) proposed an amendment to the bill inserting clear language ensuring that none of the bill’s provisions would impact an employers’ right to establish written drug free workplace policies and terminate or otherwise discipline employees testing positive for cannabis in accordance with those policies. The amendment was adopted unanimously, and while this potentially serves to address one of the concerns of the Chamber, but impaired driving continues to be a significant concern. This continues to be one of the most significant pieces of legislation moving through the Roundhouse this session.

Night Time Rail Jam

USASA Rail Jam

All participants must have a current membership to the USASA. We highly prefer that you join online, but membership will also be available onsite as well.


All participants must register for the event. We highly prefer that you register online (closes at midnight on Thursday), but you may register onsite as well.


When: March 2, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Resort

Entry Fee: $25 online / $35 onsite / Kids 9 and under are free

Lift Tickets: $40

Tentative Schedule

  • 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Registration
  • 5:00 pm to 5:50 pm – Practice
  • 6:00 pm – Rider’s Meeting
  • 6:10 pm to 6:30 pm – Heat One (Kids 9 and under)
  • 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm – Heat Two (Skiers)
  • 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Heat Three (Boarders)

Mardi Gras Celebration

Angel Fire Mardi Gras Celebration

March 1, 2019 at 8:00 am to March 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Friday, March 1, 2019

  • 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Live Music from Toe-Up @ Chianti’s
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Art & Carafe Class in Legends

Saturday, March 2, 2019

  • 11:00 am to 2:00 pm – Gumbo in the Zia Bar
  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Mask Making at the Village Haus
  • 4:00 pm – Make S’mores on the outdoor deck
  • 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm – Dance Fundraiser in the Garden Court benefits the Moreno Valley High School Rotary Interact Club
  • 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Mardi Gras Kick Off Party at the Village Haus, Live Music provided by Bus Tapes from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Toe-Up from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Kids Play Zone in Conference Rooms A & B on the 2nd floor mezzanine in the Lodge

Sunday, March 3, 2019

  • 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Mardi Gras Parade on N. Angel Fire Rd & Vail Ave
  • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm – Wine Tasting & Live Music from Cory LeBert in Legends
  • 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Village Haus Après
  • 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm – Live Music from Toe-Up in Chianti’s

Monday, March 4, 2019

  • 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Village Haus Après
  • 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Mardi Gras Ball “Once Upon A Time” theme at the Angel Fire Resort Country Club- Tickets $55/person by calling 575-377-6755 more information @ www.shuterlibrary.net, Dress as your favorite story book character to enter Costume Contest, Wine Pull, Silent Auction, Live Music by Jimmy Stadler Band (The Mardi Gras Ball is not kid or animal friendly)
  • 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm – Live Music from Toe-Up in Chianti’s

Tuesday March 5, 2019 (Fat Tuesday)

  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Kids Crafts at the Village Haus
  • 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm – Fat Tuesday Party in the Garden Court, Live Music by Toe-Up from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and The Rudy Boy Experiment from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Kids Play Zone in the Conference Rooms A & B on the 2nd floor mezzanine in the Lodge

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

  • 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Village Haus Après
  • 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm – Live Music from Toe-Up in Chianti’s

Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce 37th Birthday Party

Save the date because The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce is celebrating our 37th birthday, and you are invited to the party!

When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Zeb’s Restaurant & Bar

Tickets: $37.00 per person

Enjoy dinner, music, fun, games, and birthday shenanigans!

A cash bar will be available.

The Shuter Library Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser

The Shuter Library Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser Presents Once Upon A Time…

When: Monday, March 4, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Country Club

Tickets: $55 per person, $60 per person if you are reserving a table for 4-12 people

Buy your tickets now at the Shuter Library of Angel Fire or by phone 575-377-6755.

Come dressed in your finest or in costume to match the theme “Once Upon A Time….” (any fairy tale or storybook character).

Full cash bar, live entertainment, a fabulous buffet, and a plethora of activities for your enjoyment!

We are currently soliciting donations for the Wine/Bottle Pull, Silent Auction, and Online Auction.

Be a Ball Sponsor and get special advertisement and goodies depending on the sponsorship level. Contact Melody at the library for more information.

Thank you for supporting your library! Our doors stay open because of you!

2019 New Mexico Legislation In Session


The official tally for the number of bills introduced is this session is 1,563. 778 in the House and 785 in the Senate. This compares to 1,473 introduced at the last 60 day session in 2017. We estimate there are about 100 dummy bills dropped. What is a dummy bill? At the bill introduction deadline, several bills are introduced in each house that generally are entitled “to protect the public peace, health and welfare.” These are what are known as dummy bills. Think of them as just placeholders or a shell into which a real bill can be dropped at some point in time. They are given to the leadership of both parties and committee chairs for their use or the use of their colleagues as they see fit. Dummy bills come in very handy after the bill introduction deadline has been crossed. If something comes up for which a bill is needed, presto, stuff it into a dummy bill and it’s suddenly a smart bill. As of today, only about 10% of the bills have passed the first house and less than 3% have passed both houses, not surprising for this stage of the session, in fact, the “rocket docket” has boosted this percentage compared to previous sessions. In past sessions, about 35% of bills introduced passed their house of origin, about 12% passed both houses and about 9% actually reached the Governor’s desk (even though both houses have passed them, it may be that time ran out before concurrence in amendments could be obtained, etc.) and normally about 7.5% are signed into law. In other words, slim chances that a bill makes it to the Governor’s desk and is signed into law.

HB 31, Minimum Wage Bill was brought to the House floor late Wednesday night. The House passed the amended bill 44-26, it now goes back to committee and if it passes will head to the Senate floor. The bill would increase the statewide minimum wage from $7.50 per hour to $10 per hour on July 1, 2019; to $11 per hour on July 1, 2020, and; to $12 on July 2, 2021. Beginning on July 1, 2022 and every year thereafter, the wage would be adjusted upwards based on the consumer price index for urban areas (CPI-U). Wages would not fall should the cost of living decline year over year. It also includes that tipped wage earners would be raised to $5.00 per hour July 2019 with increment adjustments until July 2022, when all tipped employees shall not be paid less than the minimum wage rate. SB437 would raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour by 2020 with no indexing and create a separate minimum wage for high school students. This bill has not yet been scheduled to be heard.


HB 356, was given the green light by the House Health and Human Service Committee on a vote of 5-2, D’s in favor, R’s opposed. The bill next moves to the House Judiciary Committee. What the bill does. The bill is a 140-page product that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis and establish a regulatory framework for licensing and taxation. While 140 pages, there are still many issues to be dealt with. Here is a summary of the bill: Persons must be 21 in order to purchase and consume cannabis or to work in the industry. A 9% state excise tax is imposed at the retail level but does not apply to medical cannabis sales. Cities and counties may each impose up to a 3% excise tax. By 2023, $33.9 million of state revenue would be generated and $22.2 million of local government revenue if all local governments imposed the maximum tax rate. In addition, the gross receipts tax is applicable. State revenues are distributed to several funds to help medical users, to do research on use, to local DWI programs, community reinvestment and the balance to the general fund. The Regulation and Licensing department bears the burden of determining those qualified for licenses and issuing licenses. A new Cannabis Control Division is created in the department, which also would regulate health and safety standards, advertising and packaging, quality control, etc. Licenses would be issued January 1, 2021. Local governments may control hours of operation and place of operation rules and may prohibit local sales at the retail level. Personal possession and consumption is limited to two ounces of cannabis or 16 grams of extracts. Different types of licenses are to be issued for cannabis: couriers, testing laboratories (which can hold no other license), manufacturers, micro-businesses, producers, retailers and personal producers. For conduct allowed under this act or the medical cannabis act, employers may not take adverse employment actions against an employee not acting in a safety-sensitive position but does not require an employer to commit any act in violation of federal law. Workplaces must have signs posted of potential impairment effects of cannabis.


HJR 1, was approved by the House Friday night by a vote of 41-27. The measure, which is a proposed constitutional amendment, now goes to the Senate for further consideration. If approved by the Senate, the proposed amendment would be submitted to voters for their consideration in 2020. The Governor has no formal role in the enactment of constitutional amendments but has indicated her strong support for this measure.


Proponents want to draw down an additional $150 million a year for expenditure on early childhood programs. They argue that there’s plenty of money in the fund and that New Mexico’s children need the money now. By paying for early childhood services, they assert that money will be saved in the long run from less crime, less public assistance and increased economic activity from a better educated workforce.


Virtually no one opposes increased funding for early childhood services and the Legislature has increased funding to over $300 million for this purpose over the last several years. In this session, it’s likely that hundreds of millions more could be added. The debate, therefore, is not about the value of early childhood programs but rather the method of funding. Those who oppose the measure believe that reducing the growth of the permanent fund that supports public and higher education is not the right course to pursue.

How the Permanent Fund works

The Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF), also known as the school permanent fund, receives revenues from oil and gas production, which are invested to provide ongoing financial support for public and higher education, providing some $800 million per year. Under the current state constitution, the annual payout is 5% of the average of the last five years value of the fund. HJR1 would increase that payout to 6% per year. The philosophy behind the fund is to maintain a financial reservoir that will forever grow and provide money for education, long after natural resources like oil and gas, are gone. Countless financial advisers have determined that a 5% payout rates is the maximum prudent payout rate – higher rates of payout will drain the reservoir over time.


SB 229, known as the School Support and Accountability Act, would replace the A-F system with a new “dashboard” to present data about student performance (and other factors) at schools across the state. The State Department of Education is also proposing to end the A-F grading system by administrative action as part of revisions to the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan, which must be approved by the US Department of Education. Having already passed the Senate Education Committee, a bill that would replace the state’s current school grading system passed unanimously out of the Senate Public Affairs Committee Friday afternoon.

The official tally for number of bills introduced is 1,563, 778 in the House and 785 in the Senate. This compares to 1,473 introduced at the last 60 day session in 2017. We estimate there are about 100 dummy bills dropped. You can think of dummy bills as just placeholders or a shell into which a real bill can be dropped at some point in time. These are given to leadership of both parties and committee chairs for their use or the use of their colleagues as they see fit. Dummy bills come in very handy after the bill introduction deadline has been crossed. In case something comes up for which a bill is need, presto, stuff it into a dummy bill and it’s suddenly a smart bill (we guess that would be the alternative).


SB1 the Senate’s attempt to respond to the district court ruling in what is known as the Yazzie/Martinez lawsuit. The court found that New Mexico was not sufficiently funding its public school system. Addressing this court ruling is one of the key tasks ahead of the Legislature this session.

HB 5, the House version of the bill, was considered by the House Education Committee in a special hearing held in the House Chamber. Like SB 1, the House legislation has a number of elements – an across-the-board pay increase for teachers, counselors, and principals; an increase in the minimum salaries for each educator license level; an increase in funding for programming that extends the school year for grades K through 5; and adjustments to the school funding formula to provide more funding for at-risk students – all these provisions directly address elements of the district court’s ruling.

These elements have broad support and are likely to proceed quickly through the legislature, though concerns were raised about the adequacy of the nearly $500 million in the LFC budget proposal to cover the bill’s requirements.

However, not everything in HB 5 attracts broad consensus. For example, the measure contained a charter school enrollment cap that was stripped out of SB 1 after concern from charters, families, and the Chamber during that bill’s hearing in Senate Education. Thankfully, the sponsors of HB 5 heard that concern as well and removed this onerous cap also.

There’s another controversial issue, not directly related to the Yazzie ruling, included in this education package. The bill proposes to phase out the small school size adjustment in the school funding formula for mostly non-rural schools. This would take away a funding mechanism that helps small schools and districts compensate for not having the economies of scale that the larger districts in the state enjoy. It also is what supports many charter schools – and charter schools are not happy.

Since the hearing was held on a Saturday, many charter school leaders were able to attend the hearing and express their concern about the impact that losing small school size adjustment funding would have on their schools. Several, stated that their school would not be able to survive without this funding.

Despite these objections, the bill passed out of the committee on a 9-2 vote, and now heads to House Appropriations and Finance (HAFC) for alignment with the budget bill. From HAFC the bill would go nest to the House Floor. Meanwhile, SB 1 is sitting in the Senate Finance Committee. Both HB 5 and SB 1 are the outgrowth of interim committee work by both the Legislative Finance Committee and the Legislative Education Study Committee. We would not expect to see either measure move much further until the budget is resolved by both houses.

For those interested and want to search for and keep up with bills, watch live webcasts, find committee schedules, contact information for legislators, etc. etc. visit New Mexico Legislation. Further, if there are bills you would like the Chamber to follow, for or against, please email Jo at manager@angelfirechamber.org.

Friends Of Eagle Nest Lake & Cimarron Canyon State Parks Annual Meeting & Potluck

Please plan on attending the Annual Meeting & Potluck for Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks.

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Where: Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center

Bring a dish to share. Paper plates, plastic ware, coffee & ice tea provided by Friends. Review past year’s activities, suggestions for this year’s activities, nominate and elect three board members.

Detailed agenda below.

  1. Everyone serves themselves to potluck meal. After everyone served:
  2. Call to Order and Approval of Agenda
  3. Introductions
  4. Update, Requests & Reports from Cimarron Canyon State Park
  5. Update, Requests & Reports from Eagle Nest Lake State Park
  6. New Business
    • Discuss/Action regarding request from NM State Parks to partnership with NM State Parks to assist with a Girl Scouts National Campout at Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks on July 13, 14, 15.
    • Discuss/Action Photo Contest to generate more photos for Friends website and Facebook pages.
    • Discuss/Action regarding invite by Gateway Museum to co-sponsor Paddle It! June 22-23, 2019.
    • Discuss/Action regarding renewal of Cooperative Agreement with NM State Parks that expires in April 2019.
  7. Brief overview of scheduled Programs/Activities by Friends of Eagle Nest Lake & Cimarron Canyon; discussion/action as needed:
    • New Year’s Day 2019 Polar Bear Challenge Events – Janet Alton
    • January 27, 2018 – Ice Fishing Tournament – Roy Sinclair
    • Disc Golf Course at Eagle Nest Lake State Park
    • May 11, 2018 – Children’s Fishing Derby at Gavel Pit Lakes, Maverick Campground, Cimarron Canyon State Parks – Need Chairperson
    • June 2018 TBA – Eagle Nest Lake Shore Cleanup – Janet Alton.
    • June 2018 TBA – National Trails Day – Janet Alton.
    • June 22-23 – Paddle It! – See New Business #c above
    • July 2018 TBA- Summer Membership Meeting/Potluck 5:30 PM at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center.
    • August 3, 2019 – River Roundup on Cimarron Canyon River – is chairperson needed?
    • Eagle Fest – Friends Participation?
    • Gift Certificate program – Agnes Gibson Overview
    • Firewood for 2019 – Overview
  8. Financial Report
  9. Membership Report
  10. Audience Participation
  11. Nominations & Election to fill three (3) Positions on Board of Directors for Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks. NOTE: This item is limited to participation by members of Friends of Eagle Nest Lake & Cimarron Canyon State Parks.
  12. Next Meeting:Determine date to elect officers and conduct other regular business.
  13. Adjourn

Village Of Angel Fire News

Clean tin cans are now accepted for recycling at the Angel Fire Recycle locations. Please make sure the cans are clean inside before placing in recycle. For more information, call the recycle center at 575-377-6967.

The Angel Fire Police Department has a new home since January 16, 2019. We are now located at 27 Halo Pines Terrace.

The Angel Fire Municipal Court is also now at this address as well as the Motor Vehicle Department. All phone numbers will remain the same.

The Angel Fire MVD office will be open Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in it’s new location. Hours: 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

2019 Angel Fire Chamber Calendar

If you are a Chamber member in good standing and would like to sign up to serve as a Chamber Ambassador, sign up to host a Business After Hours, Sponsor and/or speak at a Quarterly Membership Breakfast meeting, host the Summer Traveling Chamber Chair, or serve on a Chamber Committee or the Board of Directors please call or email Jo at manager@angelfirechamber.org or 575-377-6353.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

2019 Calendar

  • March 28, 2019: Annual Membership Dinner/Meeting
  • March, 2019: Ambassador Program start-up
  • April to August 2019: Business After Hours: To sign your business up for BAH, please email manager@angelfirechamber.org to secure the month and date you want. These fill up fast!
  • April 16, 2019: Quarterly Membership Breakfast meeting: Special Guest Hannah Johnson, Youth Volunteer Recipient
  • June to August 2019: The Summer Adventures of the Traveling Chamber Chair: There will be 12 weeks of play. Sign up now for the Traveling Chamber Chair to come to your business this summer by emailing manager@angelfirechamber.org.
  • June 18, 2019: Quarterly Membership Breakfast meeting
  • July to Labor Day 2019: Chamber Summer 50/50 Raffle
  • August 20, 2019: Quarterly Membership Breakfast meeting
  • October 28, 2019: Ballots mailed to all members to vote on Chamber Board of Director positions
  • November 19, 2019: Quarterly Membership Breakfast meeting/ New Board Members Sworn in/Seated
  • December 5, 2019: Community Christmas Tree Lighting co-sponsored with the Village of Angel Fire
  • December 7-8, 2019: Holiday Market co-sponsored with Art Up Northern New Mexico
  • December 9-20, 2019: Chamber 12 Days of Christmas Live Drawings

If and when more events/meetings/activities are added to this calendar we will post to let you know. Also if you are not a member of the Chamber of Commerce, we invite you to join us!

Angel Fire Resort 2/23 Announcements

Another 5″ of beautiful fresh powder in the last 24 hours!

Good morning, this is the perfect day for all of you powder chasers out there. With a foot of new snow in the last 5 days, the mountain is in pristine condition. Don’t care for powder, no problem! With over 30+ groomed runs, you have enough corduroy to last you the day. Temperatures are slightly cooler than yesterday with first chair beginning at 13˚ with a high reaching 27˚ by about 4:00 pm. Get out there and enjoy the snow!

Help us celebrate the 5th annual Military Winterfest:

The 5th Annual Military Winterfest showcases four days of snow-filled fun, live entertainment, savory food, and exclusive military discounts. Hosted and organized by the National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center Angel Fire, this will be a winter celebration of our military, both active & veterans.

Skiing, Snowboarding, sleigh rides, tubing, family, and off-hill activities. Vet-to-vet ski & snowboard lessons with Adaptive Programs to fit all needs.

Join Never Summer Snowboards on 2/23/19 to demo the latest 2019 boards! Never Summer will be giving away a custom snowboard to one lucky participant at the end of the event!


Demo Today With Never Summer

Test and tryout the new offerings of Never Summer with their snowboards. The demo is free, bring a valid ID.

Conclude your fabulous day on the snow at the Village Haus where they have drink specials and music by Jae Lesley from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you on the mountain!