September 18, 2019

Archives for March 2019

2019 Bike Park Season Passes On Sale

Don’t miss out on the best pass prices of the 2019 season, this weekend only!

Now until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 24, 2019, adult passes will be available for $249 and junior passes for $159!

Saturday and Sunday only, available in person and online.

BUY NOW

2019 Opening Day

Angel Fire Bike Park is aiming for a tentative opening date of May 17, 2019. We’ve got big plans for this summer with new races, Demo Daze, and The Return of The Burner. One thing is for sure, this will be a summer to remember!

Legislative Session Is Over

Legislative Session, until 2020, is over- SINE DIE!!!

The 1st session of the 54th Legislature launched into action with the rapid passage of 42 bills from the aptly named “rocket docket.” In slightly less than three weeks, on February 4, the Governor had signed these measures, which, for the most part were bills passed in previous sessions but vetoed by the Governor. By January 30, the House had begun evening sessions and had its first Sunday session on February 17. And, on March 6, the traditional Hoops for Hope Senate-House basketball game was interrupted by a call of the Senate – that has never happened before.

But now the work just begins for the Governor. She has until April 5 to act upon the large amount of legislation headed her way. After that date, if she has not signed a bill into law, it is deemed pocket vetoed.

Here is a quick recap of a few of the items on her desk:

House Bill 6, this session’s major tax bill, is headed to the Governor.

  • The working families tax credit was increased to 17%
  • Internet sales will now be taxed
  • A significant portion of revenues from the motor vehicle excise tax will now be sent to the road fund – for state and local construction projects
  • Market-based sourcing and a reasonable form of mandatory combined reporting for corporations remained in the bill
  • The capital gains deduction was reduced from 50% to 40%
  • The motor vehicle excise tax is increased a full percentage point
  • A top tax bracket of 5.9% will be established for married couples filing jointly and earning at least $315,000, married couples filing separately earning $157,000 or more, and single individuals earning $210,000 or more.That’s a big shelf being created between those paying 4.9% and these so-called “high-earners” who will pay 5.9%. However, this rate increase goes into effect ONLY IF revenues to state government grow by less than 5% between FY19 and FY20. If revenues grow more than 5%, then the tax code stays like it is. (It’s not really a conventional or optimal way to set tax policy. Establishing long-term tax rates based on the amount of revenue growth in one particular year is really unusual. But, that’s what the legislative compromise produced and it leaves everyone in New Mexico – again – hoping that oil and gas revenues continue to grow and other industries pitch in to help out.)
  • Cigarette taxes will go up, and e-cigarettes will be recognized as tobacco products and taxed at 12.5% of market value at the wholesale level.

FY20 BUDGET AND CAPITAL OUTLAY

General Fund

Unprecedented oil and gas production set the Legislature up for a spending problem – how to spend all the money. Many veteran budget writers say it’s more difficult to set a budget when there’s lots of money. With over a billion dollar surplus and more of the same expected next year, the budget swelled to $7.1 billion, up more than 11% with $1.4 billion, or 20%, to be set aside in reserves.

Public Education

In light of the Yazzie lawsuit, public education got the lion’s share of the increase, receiving a $449 million (16%) increase bringing total spending on education to $3.25 billion or about 47.5% of the total general fund spend. SB 1 and HB 5 provide the structure for dispersing most of the new funding with an emphasis on boosting the allocation factor for at risk students, supporting extended K-5 learning, increasing teacher salaries and building up pre-K programs. The Chamber was highly supportive of these increases.

Economic Development

  • LEDA was augmented to the tune of $60 million with the possibility of going to $75 million with a further uptick in revenues.
  • JTIP was just slightly underfunded at $10 million.
  • Both the Economic Development and Tourism Departments received a 20% lift to their budgets.
  • Spending for roads and related infrastructure was given $250 million from the general fund along with $89 million for maintenance projects and $50 million for local road development, for a total of $389 million.
  • Through SB 2, the nearly $200 million backlog of film credit tax credits will be paid down over the next two years. The film cap was raised from $50 million to $110 million. New incentives were put in place to encourage long term post production facilities to locate in the state which offer full time jobs. Incentives were also established to hire New Mexico workers and to film outside the Santa Fe – Albuquerque corridor.

“Junior” Bills Augment Base Budget

In a year of abundance, “junior” budget bills were resurrected – we haven’t seen these since the Richardson administration. Both the Senate and House ran junior bills.

SB 536 the Senate “junior” budget bill contains $30 million in spending and splits half to recurring and half to non-recurring projects or programs. Individual Senators designated a wide range of appropriations. Each Senator received $714,000 to spend as they saw fit.

Below are some of the justice reform appropriations provided by the Senate “junior” bill:

  • $218,500 to expand pre-trial services across the state, which will help prepare criminal histories of defendants for judges and monitor defendants who are released prior to trial
  • $307,000 to expand law enforcement-assisted diversion programs in Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Dona Ana counties
  • $397,000 to the New Mexico Sentencing Commission to help create a criminal justice data-sharing network; a key historical impediment to efficient crime-fighting has been an inability or unwillingness to share, integrate, and use data to differentiate offenders and tailor interventions
  • $257,000 to the second judicial district attorney’s office to hire prosecutors and staff to focus on diversion programs and specialty courts

HB 548 the House “junior” budget bill and contains $30 million in appropriations, half in recurring and half in nonrecurring. Each House member received approximately $428,000. Below are a few reform appropriations provided by the House “junior” bill:

  • $485,00 to support pre-prosecution diversion efforts
  • $300,000 to deploy more fingerprint machines statewide and connect them to the Department of Public Safety
  • $510,000 to improve the collection, integration, and sharing of criminal justice system data by the New Mexico Sentencing Commission
    HB618- $145,000 in the bill to fund the STEM boomerang program, which is designed to bring homegrown top talent who have left the state back to our workforce in New Mexico.

Capital Outlay

SB 280 appropriates $935 million for a variety of capital outlay projects in this bill. $385 million is for statewide projects, $250 million is for Governor sponsored projects and $300 million is for Legislature projects. The Senate and House each get $150 million, which breaks down to about $3.6 million per Senator and $2.2 million per Representative.

Minimum Wages

SB 437 will raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour over a four-year phase-in with no indexing to the CPI. The bill keeps tipped wages at a lower level of $3/hour and adds an $8.50 per hour student wage to promote hiring of students.

PRC Reform

A constitutional amendment will be placed before the voters to change the PRC from a five member elected body to a three member Governor appointed commission. The new structure focuses on a judicial like selection process and underscores experience and qualifications over politics. If approved by the voters, this should go a long way towards improving the poor reputation of New Mexico regulation.

Energy Transition Act

SB 489, Act to transition New Mexico electrical generation to 100% clean energy by 2050. The bill uses a unique low interest bond financing mechanism to pay down the debt generating plants in San Juan county while using a chunk of the bond proceeds to provide economic development and job training support to the community. Replacement power will be constructed in San Juan county to help bolster the property tax base of the local school district. The Chamber supported this bill as it balances many needs in an integrated and thoughtful manner. It has already been signed by the Governor.

Early Childhood Department

SB 22 A new state department to pull together all early childhood programs from four separate departments to bring greater focus and accountability has already been signed by the Governor.

PUBLIC SAFETY

HB 267, deals with predicated evidence based findings and addresses:

  • Expanding pretrial services;
  • Pre-prosecution diversion programs;
  • Attraction and retention of personnel;
  • Public defender services in rural areas and to improve social work case management;
  • Creation of a data sharing network;
  • Establishment of pre-trial diversion programs;
  • Providing transitional re-entry homes for those released from correctional facilities, and;
  • Increased funding for behavioral health services and personnel.

HB 342, deals with offenders with behavioral health issues and addresses:

  • Offenders with behavioral health diagnoses receiving target interventions;
  • Immunity for those assisting with overdose cases;
  • Procedures for pre-prosecution diversion programs;
  • Requirements for crime victims’ reparations;
  • Accurate Eyewitness Identification program, policies and training provisions;
  • Duties of the N.M. Sentencing Commission.

SB 173, made it to the Governor’s desk, will allow towns with less than 10,000 population the option of dissolving a municipal court and transferring local ordinance matters to a magistrate court upon the approval of the Supreme Court. Often caseloads are so small that two separate courts aren’t necessary. The related measure was a constitutional amendment, SJR 8 that sought to allow closure of probate courts in smaller towns and transfer of cases to state courts, died in House committee.

HB370, the Expungement of Criminal records would completely wipe out arrests and many types of convictions from a person’s public criminal record. While expungement of lower level offenses has some merit, this bill goes way too far by allowing arrests and convictions for very serious crimes to removed from public record – as though they never happened. This puts employers in the position of being unable to do a thorough background check on potential employees. Would we want a kidnapper employed in a day care center? Or a forger keeping the books? We think not and urge the Governor to veto this bill and come back with a bill that truly erases minor crimes and arrests that might block an otherwise good citizen from getting employment. Both Governor Richardson and Governor Martinez vetoed similar legislation in the past and we hope this Governor will do the same so that a better approach can be achieved. We strongly opposed this bill at the Chamber, but is sitting on the Governor’s desk.

SB 323 will make possession of one ounce or less of cannabis an infraction, like a parking ticket, but not a crime. This for us is a valid workforce issue in that a youngster may have been caught with a small amount of marijuana and now has a criminal conviction, which could block that person from getting a job or advancing. Getting qualified workers is always a challenge and this impediment should be removed. This bill is also awaiting action by the Governor.

A few bills we were following for interested people that were defeated are HB51: Abortion Bill, HB356: Recreational Marijuana Bill and both bills pertaining to Daylight Saving Time. So once again we will change our clocks back an hour in the Fall.

Many gun control bills passed, many more educational bills, bills dealing with liquor laws, land issues etc. passed For a full list of all of the bills that passed please visit Complete List of Legislation 54th Session.

Fast Facts About New Mexico

  • Chile is the No. 1 cash crop in the state, and New Mexico grows more chile than any other state with over 120,000 tons produced annually.
  • The state’s elevations range from 2,871 feet at Red Bluff Lake to 13,161 on Wheeler Peak.
  • New Mexico has six of the seven life zones found in the world – classified by vegetarian type and varying by altitude and orientation to the sun.
  • New Mexico is known as “The State of the Arts” because it is home to more working artists, open studios, artist-owned galleries and specialty and artisan-oriented shops than any other state per capita.

Explore New Mexico’s Scenic Byways

Originally created by congress through the funding and authorization bill ISTEA (1991), the National Scenic Byways program was intended to foster economic development through furnishing the upfront capital costs associated with developing transportation related tourist amenities throughout the United States. Subsequent funding allocations were made through SAFETEA-LU (2005). MAP-21 (2012) effectively ended the program, and the current funding and authorization bill, the FAST Act (2015), did not reinstate it. Over the life of the Scenic Byways program, numerous scenic drives throughout the Land of Enchantment have been embellished. These byways showcase the intrinsic scenic, historical and cultural qualities of our state while adding to its economic well-being.

Maps

Angel Fire Resort Closing Day 2019

Closing Day on the Angel Fire Resort Ski & Snowboard Mountain

When: March 24, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Resort

Angel Fire Resort 3/23 Announcements

3″ of Spring Snow

Good morning! Angel Fire received 3″ of snow in the last 24 hours, 6″ in the last 48 hours giving us a season total of 174″! Today is forecasted to be a beautiful blue bird day with fresh powder and corduroy. First chair temperatures start at a cool 19˚ but warmup quickly to the low 40’s. Get out there early and don’t miss getting those first tracks.

Chilly Bike Challenge

An epic downhill bike race on the snow. It’s not too late to register. Registration takes place at the Village Haus from Noon to 3:00 pm, race begins at 5:00 pm. Join us for the awards and after-party at 5:30 pm with DJ Oliver Knight. Let’s wrap this year up right.

We have the best lift ticket prices of the year on closing day – this Sunday conditions will be fantastic with lift ticket prices to match! The walkup rate will be $55, so there’s no excuse not to celebrate closing day at Angel Fire Resort!

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Angel Fire Resort 3/22 Announcements

Good morning! 3″ of snow overnight to start the weekend!

More snow is expected to fall through late afternoon. Temperatures will remain in the mid to high 20’s with wind picking up as the day progresses. So dress warm and get out on the slopes early to enjoy the fresh powder.

Local Tip: To navigate the crowds, stay on the back of the mountain. Don’t be worried about challenging terrain, there are green runs accessible with less people.

Register today at the Village Haus for the Chilly Bike Challenge, it’s an epic downhill mountain bike race on the snow. Celebrate the changing of the season, into mountain biking season that is… all you need is a bike (snow bikes are not allowed), helmet and the willingness to have fun in the snow. Check out this link for more information.

We have the best lift ticket prices of the year on closing day – this Sunday conditions will be fantastic with lift ticket prices to match! The walkup rate will be $55, so there’s no excuse not to celebrate closing day at Angel Fire Resort!

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Angel Fire Resort 3/15 Announcements

30″ of snow in the last 5 days and 9″ overnight!

It’s been an epic spring break thus far! It’s going to be a blue bird day on the mountain with 9″ of fresh snow. First chair at 9:00 am is expected to be slightly chilly at 8˚warming up to 35˚ by mid afternoon. If powder isn’t your thing, don’t worry! We have over 30+ groomed runs for you to enjoy the corduroy.

Looking for other things to do while in Angel Fire. Here is a quick list of a few of my favorite options:

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Angel Fire Resort 3/14 Announcements

Good morning! Angel Fire received 10″ of snow in the last 24 hours with 2-3″ additional expected throughout the day making the season total over 13 feet! Winds will be calm today with snow starting back up around 11:00 am making today’s conditions epic. Get out there early and hit the fresh powder. For the best terrain this spring break, get on the mountain early and stay on the back.

It’s not too late to come and enjoy the beautiful snow conditions! Book your stay by going to angelfireresort.com.

Join us for this year’s epic downhill bike race on snow, March 23rd is our 2nd annual Chilly Bike Challenge. Click here for more information.

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Check back tomorrow to see your updated snow totals! We’ll see you on the slopes!

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Angel Fire Resort 3/13 Announcments

5″ inches of snow over night and it’s still coming down!

Last night’s rain turned into snow, covering the mountain with a fresh coat of powder. Another 4-5″ is expected throughout the day. First chair’s temperature will be a little chilly at 18˚ and will reach the low 30’s by mid afternoon. Get out there early and hit the back side where powder conditions are at their best!

Check back tomorrow for your updated snow totals.

Join us today for Countryfest. Live music begins at 3:00 pm on the snow stage, weather permitting. If snow continues as we hope, the event will be moved to the Village Haus.

Click here for more information.

Never been skiing or snowboarding? First time in Angel Fire or at Angel Fire Resort? Let us help walk you through some of our most frequently asked questions, how to get around like a local, and make the most of your winter vacation! Click here for our “First Timer’s Guide.”

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Angel Fire Resort 3/12 Announcements

Good morning from Angel Fire Resort!

We had 6″ of new snow over the last 24 hours. There was mixed precipitation across the mountain, heavy snow at the top and on the back, and rain/sleet conditions at the base. For the best shredding this morning, get out on the Chile Express early and spend your day on the back! Forecasters are calling for another 1-3″ throughout the day! So get out there and enjoy the fresh snow!

Come out and enjoy live music tonight at the Village Haus from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with Country artists Melissa Brooke and David Grace. Click here for a full list of performances.

Come ski & ride under the stars.

Angel Fire Resort offers New Mexico’s only night skiing & snowboarding on the front side of our mountain on weekends and holidays from shortly after 5:00 pm. We close the mountain briefly from approximately 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm to allow time for our mountain crew to do a Ski Patrol sweep and a courtesy groom. Terrain includes 50 acres of groomed trails. We thank you for your patience while our Ski Patrol makes sure that all guests are safely off the mountain and our groomers make night skiing a great experience with fresh corduroy.

The cost is $24, or if you already have a day ticket, you can add Night Skiing for an additional $12.

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Check back tomorrow with your updated snow totals! We’ll see you on the mountain!

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