March 20, 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.

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.

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!

Employment Opportunities

Angel Fire Resort

We are now accepting applications for a Membership Assistant to join the Membership team and bring excellent customer service and organization skills to the Membership Department.

For more info or to apply please visit https://www.angelfireresort.com/careers/membership-assistant/.

SkiTech Ski Rentals

Positions are available for 2 ski techs, over the age of 18. Apply in person at 52 North Angel Fire Road, Angel Fire, NM 87710. See Mary Harms.

The Bump Coffee

We are still searching for someone to join our team. Minimum of 3 days during the week (26+ hours). The perfect person will be with us for the long haul, you have job security through the off season. Great pay + tips. Apply in person at 3375 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire, NM 87710.

We Love Our Members!

Thank you to all our members of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce!

24/7 Automotive Performance
AAA Anytime Towing
Above the Rest Mountain High Retreat
Accounting Associates of Indianola
AF Snowpushers & HomeCare
Almost Home Condos
Alpine Lumber
Always Loving Mankind Food Pantry (ALM)
Angel Fire Airport
Angel Fire Appraisers
Angel Fire Bike Park
Angel Fire Chiropractic
Angel Fire Community Foundation
Angel Fire Computer Guy
Angel Fire Family Dentistry
Angel Fire Garden Club
Angel Fire Golf Course and Country Club
Angel Fire Nordic Center
Angel Fire Mini Mart
Angel Fire Resort
Angel Fire Resort Mountain Rentals and Property Management
Angel Fire Resort Ski & Snowboard Mountain
Angel Fire RV Resort
Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital
Angel Fire Sweet Shirt Company
Angel Fired Pizza
Apok Technology
Art Up Northern New Mexico
Arthur Insurance Agency
Aspen Mountain Woodworks
Association of Angel Fire Property Owners
Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair
Best Care Pharmacy
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region
Blue Dawg Furniture
BMWS Investors, Ltd
Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures
Brenda’s Property Management
Cabin Comforts of Angel Fire
Canyon City Landscaping
CFT Ddecor & Gifts
Chase’s Extreme Builders
Chianti’s Pizzaria
Chris’ Plumbing
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church
Chisum Realty Group a Keller Williams Company
Cove Development Center
Creating My Choices, LLC
David Westphall Veteran’s Foundation
Discover Angel Fire Central Reservations
Eagle Nest PTA
Elements Fine Dining & Lounge
El Jefe – Margaritas Y Mas
El Monte Sagrado
Elk Horn Lodge
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Energy Worldnet, Inc.
E Town Tours
Far Flung Adventures
FNB New Mexico/Angel Fire Branch
FNB New Mexico/Raton Branch
Flamingo Roads Shops & Storage
Friends of Eagle Nest Lake & Cimarron Canyon State Parks
GGH Wagon Mound, LLC
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails
Golden Eagle RV Park & Campground
Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue & More
Holy Angel’s Catholic Church
Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe
International Bank
It’s All About Satellites
J. Binford Bell Studio & Gallery
Jeanette’s Food Cart
Jeanette Sanchez, Associate Broker ReMax Mountain Realty
John LeVeque
John R Sutton, General Building Contractor
Kathy Dunbar’s Body Mechanics
Kit Carson Electirc Cooperative
Kit Carson Energy
Kite Construction
Laguna Vista Lodge, Historic Restaurant & Saloon
Land & Home Services
La Sierra Planning Group
Legend’s Grill
Lisa Sutton Real Estate
Lowe’s Valley Market
Lost Eagle RV Park
Los Rios River Runners
Luna Community College/SBDC
Mammoth Mountain Construction Company
Mammoth Mill Company
Mattress Mary’s Mountain Lifestyle
MiKuna Grill
Monte Verde Realty
Monte Verde RV Park & Campground
MoonRE- Catherine Moon Realtor
Moore Excavation
Moore Homecare
Moreno Valley Community Church
Moreno Valley Health Care Clinic
Moreno Valley High School
Moreno Valley Ministerial Alliance
Moreno Valley Pest Control
Mountain Home Services
Mountain Sports of Angel Fire
Mountain Supply
Mountain Supply True Value
Music From Angel Fire
National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire
New Mexico Mountain Properties
New Mexico River Adventures
North Country Outfitters
North Country Property Management
North Country Real Estate
North Eastern Construction
Northern New Mexico Gas Company
Pacheco’s Landscaping and Nursery
Par and Grill
Phil Long Ford of Raton
Piedra Lumbre Excavations
Pioneer Title/Law Office of Richard Norris
Pizza Stop
Red Cloud Ranch Retreat
Red River Ski and Summer Area
Red River Stables
ReMax Mountain Realty/Mike Woolley Qualifying Broker
Resort Properties of Angel Fire
Roadrunner Tours
Rogers Lanon, ReMax Mountain Realty
Rotary Club of Angel Fire
Samuels Construction
Sangre de Cristo Homebuilders Association
Shall We Dance
Shuter Library
Sierra Bonita Cabins & RV Park
Ski Tech
Slopeside Sports
Snowball Lodge
St. James Hotel, Restaurant & Bar
Southwestern Soaps
SS Rocks Y Mas
Subway Sandwich Shop
Taos Lifestyles
Taos Net, LLC
The Bakery & Cafe @ Angel Fire
The Bump Coffee
The Lift Coffee House
The Retreat at Angel Fire
The Taos News
The Trailhead Ski & Bike Shop/Enchanted Gifts
This Moment in Time Photography
United Church of Angel Fire
Vi’s New Mexican & Giant Burgers
Village Haus
Village of Angel Fire
Village Ski Shop & Rentals
Wanda Lucero/State Farm Insurance
Wende Woolley Photography
Wildflower Bed & Breakfast
Winter Sports
Zebs Restaurant & Bar

Dr. Robert Gordan
Ed & Ana McCracken
Chuck & Consuelo Howe
Barbara Jones
Henry & Kathy Mayes
Jo Mixon
Gordon & Debby Cox
Ciff & Lynne Teinert
Michael & Johnese Turri
Bob & Sandy Hestes
Ray Murray & Larry Lowry
Jacque Boyd
Bill & Lucy Humbert
Bill & Linda Hughes
Fred & Johnnie Diem

A Few Legislation Updates

SB 106 “AirBnB” Lodgers’s Tax Bill has been sent to the Governor’s desk.

On the “Rocket Docket”, SB 106 which was vetoed last year, has already passed the Senate and passed the House Thursday, January 31, on a vote of 56-9. The Chamber has strongly supported this measure both in this and past sessions.

The bill will eliminate the exemption from lodgers tax for those renting one or two rooms for less than 30 days, thus requiring all short term room rentals (VRBO, AirBnB, Booking.com, etc.) owners/providers to pay the same tax as all of the licensed resorts, hotels, and property management businesses. The lodger’s tax is used by communities mainly for tourism marketing. Web platforms like AirBnB have already agreed to collect the tax. This bill is now on the 4th floor for consideration/signature by Governor Lujan Grisham.

Minimum Wage Bills We Are Watching

We do believe a minimum wage bill will be passed this year. The question is, which one?

HB 31: The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee gave a do-pass on a party line 5-4 vote to HB 31, Friday. This bill would raise the minimum wage to $10/hour in July 2019, $11.00 in 2020 then $12.00 in 2021. The wage rate would then be indexed to grow in line with the national consumer price index for urban consumers (CPI-U) every year thereafter. There is no cap in the legislation on the percentage by which the wage rate could rise in a given year. The bill would also end the practice of exempting tipped workers. Before the final vote, the committee hearing turned into a marathon, with dozens of advocates and opponents testifying for hours before the committee even began debate on the bill. Finally, three hours after the sponsors first sat at the table, the committee took a vote and rolled all other legislation on the day’s schedule to this week. HB 31 now goes to the House floor.

HB 46: This bill would increase the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour effective Jan. 1, 2020. Then, starting January 1, 2021 and continuing January 1 of each succeeding year, there would be yearly cost-of-living increases based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI). HB 46 caps these yearly increases at four percent in any given year. It does not authorize decreases in the minimum wage if there are decreases in the cost of living and it eliminates the separate minimum wage for tipped employees, who will be entitled to the minimum wage of $15 per hour regardless of tips received. This bill also requires the workforce solutions department (WSD) to publish by November 1 of each year the adjusted minimum wage rate that will take effect the following January 1. This bill has yet to be heard in committee and no scheduled hearings as of today.

SB 437: This bill would would raise the state’s minimum wage to $10/hour by April of 2020, after which the Legislature and Governor would have the ability to revisit the matter to determine if further increases are warranted. The minimum wage would not be indexed, meaning that it would not rise automatically over time, as is indicated by HB 31. It would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to $3.00/hour (from $2.13) and create a new minimum wage for students regularly enrolled in high school of $8.50/hour, asked for by the Restaurant Association, for the hiring of tipped workers and students. It’s important for students to continue to have access to entry-level positions in our state, and this bill would ensure that the higher minimum wage doesn’t crowd them out of our workforce. The first hearing of this bill has yet to be scheduled.

Voter Rights Bill Agreement to Elect President by Popular Vote

HB 55 allows New Mexico to enter into a multi-state compact to award states presidential electors to the winner of the national vote. The Secretary of State shall determine which presidential and vice presidential candidates received the most nationwide votes and certify the appointment of electors for those candidates.The compact would take effect when states possessing a majority of the electoral votes (270) have joined the compact. HB 55 passed the house on Friday, Feb. 1 on a vote of 41-27

Bill Updates

The Senate shot SB 106, sponsored by Senator John Sapien (D-Bernalillo and Sandoval), off the rocket docket on Friday, January 24, 2019 launching it to the house on a vote of 36-5.

The bill would eliminate the exemption from lodger’s tax for those renting one or two rooms for less than 30 days, thus requiring all providers of short-term room rentals to pay the same tax.

The lodger’s tax is used by communities for tourism marketing. The measure is commonly referred to as the AirBnB bill. Web platforms like AirBnB and VRBO
have agreed to collect the tax.

The Chamber is a big supporter of this legislation as it will bring a more fair playing field into, not only Angel Fire, but all New Mexico communities.

It will capture Lodger’s Tax money to help fund advertising for much needed events that bring tourism into our village.

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Also last week, Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D – Santa Fe) announced that -instead of simply allocating the House’s portion of capital outlay equally among all Representatives, which has for decades led to under-funded projects and smaller-scale projects rather than a focus on larger investments in state infrastructure – will pool a portion of each Rep’s funds into an $80 million large-scale infrastructure investment bucket. Each House member would be giving up a little more than $1.1 million to a centralized fund that could be flowing into some major statewide projects if the Speaker’s plan is carried out. However, those legislators will still likely end up with more than the approximately $600K they’ve each been averaging the last several years due to the revenue spike this year, so this may be a win-win situation.

Dipping into legislators’ individual capital outlay allocations has been a bit of a third rail in New Mexico for some time now. Governors of both parties have for years called for capital outlay reform, and the Chamber has long supported investing capital dollars on bigger projects with regional or statewide implications. The state should be undertaking projects that help solve big problems that span various local communities that those local governments can’t fund on their own.

Stay tuned.

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HB31 PHASED IN Minimum Wage Bill

HB 31 introduced at NM Legislation would raise minimum wage from $7.50 an hr to $10.00 per hr July 1, 2019 then to $11.00 in 2020 then to $12.00 in 2021. It would increase yearly to keep up with the cost of living. It would also remove the minimum wage exception for tipped employees who currently make less
than minimum wage. We will be watching the outcome.

Charter School Enrollment Cap Stripped

In a major victory for our students at Moreno Valley High School (MVHS), the charter school enrollment cap was stripped from major education legislation.

Friday, the Senate Education Committee removed a provision from a large education funding bill (SB 1) that would have imposed an arbitrary enrollment cap on the number of students attending charter schools in New Mexico. Alongside other organizations and partners, the Chamber testified in opposition to an enrollment cap earlier this week. The removal of the cap is good news and should allow for the continued growth of high-quality charter schools like MVHS in our State. The Chamber thanks the members of the committee.

Following the removal of the student enrollment cap and the adoption of a few other changes to the legislation, the Committee passed SB 1 to its next committee. SB 1 will provide significant new funding to public education, increase the targeting of education dollars to at-risk students, raise teacher salaries, and expand a proven program that extends the school year and delivers extra instruction to certain students and schools across the state.

Thank You Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Gold Members

Thank you with great appreciation to our Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Gold Members:

  • Alpine Lumber
  • Angel Fire Mini Mart
  • Angel Fire Resort
  • Lowe’s Valley Market

We Appreciate Alpine Lumber Company & Their Amazing Employees!

Alpine Lumber Company
3433 New Mexico Highway 434
Angel Fire, NM 87710
800-221-0975 (Toll-Free)
575-377-2333 (Phone)
575-377-3220 (Fax)
Monday to Friday – 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday – Closed

We Supply. You Build.

From basic home repair… to supplying materials for a brand new custom home… Alpine Lumber Angel Fire has you covered. We are a full service retail lumber, hardware, and paint operation. Located at an elevation of 8500 feet in the heart of the Southern Rockies, our highly experienced staff and a diverse delivery fleet allow us to service the Moreno Valley, as well as remote parts of the county and deliver to neighboring towns such as Taos and Red River. Beyond supplying building materials, the employee owners of Alpine Lumber place high importance on giving back to the community that supports us. We are involved in many charity events that benefit our local schools and the Village of Angel Fire. Please stop in and meet your neighbors at Alpine Lumber.

We Appreciate Angel Fire Mini Mart & Their Marvelous Employees!

Angel Fire Mini Mart
3394 Mountain View Boulevard
Angel Fire, NM 87710
575-377-2598 (Phone)
Open Year Round
Open Daily – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

We provide convenience! Groceries, beer, wine, liquor, self service gasoline pumps, Charley Biggs fried chicken, hot fast food and drinks to go. Quick and easy shopping.

We Appreciate Angel Fire Resort & Their Incredible Employees!

Call 800-633-7463 or 575-377-6401 for reservations year round or make your reservations online at www.angelfireresort.com.

During the winter season at Angel Fire Resort you’ll enjoy a mountain of unspoiled, uncrowded ski and snowboarding for every ability level. The experience is painted brighter by startling blue skies chased by legendary sunsets. Short lift lines guarantee you’re back up the mountain before your heart beat returns to anything resembling normal. Come to the stunning Southern Rocky mountains for some of New Mexico’s best skiing and snowboarding. Enjoy tubing at the base of the mountain. First time on the snow? Our ski and snowboard classes, held on our terrific teaching terrain,are a great way to learn or to sharpen your skills.With our professional friendly instructors leading the way, you’ll leave with confidence and the skills to back it up. Fun for all ages! For more information visit www.angelfireresort.com.

We Appreciate Lowe’s Valley Market & Their Customer Service-Oriented Employees!

Lowe’s Valley Market
3373 Mountain View Boulevard
Angel Fire, NM 87710
575-377-2354 (Phone)
Open Daily – 7:30 am to 10:00 pm

We are Angel Fire’s full-service supermarket. Complete line of groceries, fresh produce, wine, beer, liquor, health & beauty aids, house wares, gifts,
24-hour gasoline/diesel fuel at competitive prices with friendly service! Plus an on-site Subway sandwich store.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Survey

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Reduce, Reuse, Recycle committee’s plastic bag subcommittee has been conducting a survey among shoppers at Lowe’s Valley Market and at the Moreno Valley High School. They are researching ways to reduce the use of plastic bags in the Valley and were interested in your opinions.

They talked to a total of 76 people. 42 were residents and 34 were visitors or part timers.

Their answers are as follows:

1: Do you routinely use single use bags?

  • Yes: 50
  • No: 24

2: What would you think if there was a small charge (5 or 10 cents) for each bag?

  • Great Idea: 42
  • Good Idea: 10
  • No Opinion: 5
  • Not Good Idea: 7
  • Terrible Idea: 3

3: If reusable bags could be purchased for a small fee ($1 or less) would that change your response?

  • Great Idea: 3
  • Good Idea: 19
  • No Opinion: 10
  • Not Good Idea: 3
  • Terrible Idea: 4

4: If reusable bags were free would that change your response?

  • Great Idea: 44
  • Good Idea: 11
  • No Opinion: 5
  • Not Good Idea: 8
  • Terrible Idea: 1

5: Do you think Angel Fire should do more in terms of recycling glass, paper and or plastic?

  • Yes: 71
  • No: 4