August 18, 2018

May 2018 News & Updates

By Jo Mixon

What’s Happening at the Chamber of Commerce?

When I came to work at the Chamber in May 2011, there was a very simple generic way of tracking and documenting the calls and visits made to the Chamber. The result of that was x amount of phone calls and x amount of walk in visitors counted. Being a marketer, I felt that it was very important for us to capture a more detailed accurate summary of the business referrals we were giving out on a day to day basis to our members for several reasons. One being that our businesses could see proof of numbers, that it is a great benefit to them to be members of the Chamber. So I came up with a more in depth form of tracking and we have spent the better part of 2011 and every year since then, tracking, in great detail, all of the inquiries that come into the Chamber of Commerce office. It gives us much better documentation of the referrals sent to our members. These inquiries are either phone calls, inquiries sent to us through our web site, or actual foot traffic through the front door of the Chamber.

We have further broken each into categories as to who calls, emails, or walks in the door and what they are requesting. (We keep notebooks with the numbers for those members who will find it interesting.) We’re finding that even in our off season times of the year, the Chamber still has a good volume of calls and walk-in inquiries. Obviously the numbers spike higher in the summer and winter seasons, but add to this total our website inquiries and it looks promising to me that Angel Fire is attracting visitors on a steady stream, even in our “off seasons”. Granted not as many during a non-snow winter, but they are coming to visit.

In this manner, we keep up with the direct referrals we send to our member businesses, and we also have a misc. category. This is because some of the calls we get really keep us on our toes! I wanted to share a few examples:

In early August one year a lady called to tell us that a big black steer was walking down the street and backing up traffic on the road to Taos Pines and would we do something about it?

Another lady wanted to know if we had Lime’s disease in Angel Fire because she had acquired a tick while out hiking and wanted us to tell her how to remove it from her groin area.

A lady called early one September asking when the leaves were going to change. We told her the approximate time per past experience. She then said that she was coming several weeks earlier than that date and wanted to know if we could please make the leaves change at that time.

We got a caller looking for someone who he had been friends with for a lifetime but didn’t know where the friend lived… could we be so kind as to find him?

Another lady called on New Year’s eve one year wanting a pastor who would marry her and her fiancee at midnight, that night… which we found!

Remember when there was a topless cleaning service in town (for a very short time) and the Chronicle ran an article about it on their front page? A man then called us to ask if clothing was optional in Angel Fire… “you know like is Angel Fire a nudist colony or something?” Yikes!

When Johnny Depp was here filming the Lone Ranger, we received a letter from a lady asking if we would tell him that she had been trying to contact him for years and she knew they were soul mates. She also included unclothed photos of herself for us to pass along. We did pass them along… to the local authorities.

We got a call from an elderly gentleman who wanted to know if we could tell him where his ancestors were buried… he thought it was somewhere in Black Lake, but he couldn’t remember.

A young man came into the office and wanted to know how much he would have to pay on a traffic ticket he received. We told him there is usually a number on the back of the ticket where he could call… he said, yeah but I really don’t want to talk them.

A part time resident called wanting to know the exact date the hummingbirds would arrive because she didn’t want to put her feeders out until the day they arrived.

Caller: Would you please come pick up our trash, it is over flowing out on the driveway.

We get many calls from people wanting to know what the weather will be like during the Christmas holidays or spring break or the exact dates the leaves will change in fall. And we get a few telling us if we would move the elk crossing signs from the highway the elk would not be able to cross the road to cause accidents!

I’m not sure why we get some of the serious yet hilarious calls and questions we receive other than the Chamber is known to have the answers. Hmmm, sometimes we just google it! But no matter the content we are happy to take the call, happy to visit with our tourists and happy to answer the questions to the best of our ability!

If you are not yet a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, we would love to have you join. Come by, have a cup of coffee, and let us explain more of the benefits of our membership. We are proud to be a service oriented Chamber for the businesses in our membership and we are very proud to promote Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley. I personally believe there is no where better to live. People spend thousands of dollars to vacation with us, we have the privilege of waking up to this beauty every morning! And now that we’ve packed away our skis and snowboards and unpacked our golf clubs, bicycles, hiking/running shoes and fishing gear. We cannot tell you how excited we are to be in Angel Fire!

To keep up with dates and times of events happening this summer visit www.angelfirechamber.org, www.angelfireresort.com, and www.angelfirefun.com. We all keep running Calendars of Events. Between the three websites, hopefully we’ll cover everything that is happening. And please forgive me if I’ve missed anything. If you want your events added to our calendars, email manager@angelfirechamber.org. Send flyers in jpg format.

Whatever you choose to do, or if you choose to do everything, be safe, have fun, and breathe in the fresh mountain air! We hope to see you this summer in Angel Fire!

Angel Fire Family Dentistry Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Does the thought of seeing a dentist invoke those crazy feelings of anxiety, sweaty palms and fear? If so, I have the perfect solution for you! Dr. Strider McCash at Angel Fire Family Dentistry. Your smile is his top priority and his entire staff is dedicated to providing you with personalized, gentle care.
Last week I had the privilege to sit down and speak with Dr. McCash and his charming wife Daniela. (He is helping me to overcome MY fear of the dentist!) I found him to be confident, highly qualified, soft spoken, and personable. I asked him why he chose to be a dentist. He quickly replied that he always wanted to help people smile!

From early on in his life he knew he wanted to be in the medical profession and he wanted to be in a small mountain town, maybe in Colorado. After having come to Angel Fire, he fell in love with this area, bought the property, built his office from scratch then started his practice here in 2001. He shared with me the joy he finds from the business part of his practice as well as the patient side of his practice. He loves the stories and life history he shares with them. He said he has patients who he started seeing when they were children who have grown-up, married, and now have children of their own who are his patients. He cares about his connection with them all.

“A New Mexico native, Dr. McCash grew up in the Albuquerque area. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of New Mexico. Subsequently, he attended Creighton University, in Nebraska, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He graduated in the top third of his class, as well as scoring in the top third of all three, national dental board exams. While he was in Nebraska, Dr. McCash was a resident dentist at two practices, was an instructor of Crown & Bridge at the Creighton Dental School, and was an on-call dentist for Emergency Dental. Dr. McCash has over 13 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. In his commitment to his patients, Dr. McCash remains in the forefront of dentistry through continuing education, skillful techniques, and advanced technology. When Dr. McCash is not practicing dentistry, one can find him spending time with the three lights of his life: his wife Daniela, and his two children, Durin and Bree. His love of the outdoors includes whitewater kayaking, downhill skiing, bicycle touring, mountain biking, mountaineering, backpacking and traveling to exotic places with his family.”

Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full mouth restoration or anything in between, you can trust Dr. McCash and his team of professionals! They are dedicated to providing you with exceptional care as they enhance the natural beauty of your smile! If you go to their website www.angelfirefamilydentistry.com and click on the testimonial page, you will see that their patients agree and give them amazing reviews!

Some of the procedures provided by Angel Fire Family Dentistry are dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, crowns, fillings, extractions and education on proper tooth care: Cosmetic dentistry including, implants, laser, porcelain veneers, bridges and whitening: also dentures, root canal therapy and treatment for periodontal diseases. Plus Botox treatments. They will be happy to provide you with options for your dental care.

Call 575-377-1383 today to make your appointment!

Angel Fire Family Dentistry
27479 Highway 64
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Angel Fire Family Dentistry is now accepting new patients.

Insurances accepted include: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care Credit, Delta Credit, Medicaid, United Concordia and many more!

Do you think if I am extremely quiet, the doctor will forget I am here?

Pictured from left to right (Staff): Cherokee Renfroe- Dental Assistant, Jennifer Maestas- Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Kelina Powell- Dental Assistant, Dr. Strider McCash DDS- Dentist, Meredith Comtois- Dental Hygenist, Kara Castillo- Lead Dental Assistant, Daniela McCash- Chief Financial Officer, Kathy Guerrero- Dental Hygenist, Ashley Castillo- Office Manager, Loki- Office Therapist

Chamber Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

Enjoy coffee and breakfast, a short informative meeting and great networking opportunities!

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

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

KWK Events Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

KWK Events will help you put on the most amazing event you have ever had. They will take the stress out and put the fun in! Family reunions, corporate team building, youth group events, fundraising events… you name it. And they specialize in weddings!

Owner, Karen Kelley, has always had a passion for weddings. She worked as a marketer in the Ski Industry for over 30 years. Ultimately she would either start or be a major part in the wedding planning process at every Ski Mountain and Resort fo whom she was employed. In November 2017, she decided to funnel her passion by opening KWK Events. To date she has 32 weddings and events on the books, but she says there are still hundreds of dates available.

The contacts she has made by living and working, first in Angel Fire for 5 years and now Red River for 6 years, have helped to fuel her excitement. For many years she has envisioned these awesome events at various places all around the Enchanted Circle. First she toured the venues, businesses, and properties she thought would be good places to hold her events. Then she began to put them together. Because of this, she has partnered with the perfect people and venues to make any event a success. Her services are a one-stop shop so to speak.

Want to ride a ski lift up the mountain and get married with breathtaking views as your backdrop? Want to get married in a remote location with all of your guests arriving on horseback? Want to get married on a covered bridge that crosses your favorite fishing stream? Want to enjoy a fabulous romantic reception on the banks of a mountain creek, in a gazebo on the grounds of a fabulous venue, or inside a theater? You know, the things that make wedding day dreams come true for the happy couple? “Endless venue opportunities await you in Red River and throughout the Enchanted Circle with KWK Events coordinating your destination wedding or any special event and it will be managed with every detail expertly executed.” KWK Events is there for you. And as it says on her website, “There is no better place to host your special event.”

Karen says no budget is too small or too large. It always starts with your budget and an assemblence of order. Let Karen become your event concierge and she will help to make your wedding (or any other event) an incredible memory! When it is something so very important, trust an expert, KWK Events!

Karen chose to stay in this area after she retired, she said “Bob and I love living in Red River, we are retired… but not really!” Then she laughed. I’d say not really, they are anything but retired in their retirement, as both are two of the hardest working people you will ever meet. And the great thing about Karen is, you will never see her without that gorgeous smile! Give her a call. Book your next event and let KWK Events handle all the details with flawless execution! You will be so happy you did!

KWK Events
612 W. Main St.
Red River, NM 87558
575-595-1971
www.kwkevents.com
info@kwkevents.com

The Advocate Corner

Mission Statement of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to strengthen the local economy through the promotion, support, and encouragement of positive business growth and to represent and advocate for our membership in community and state affairs.

In keeping with our mission statement there will be a new section in the eBlast discussing more openly our willingness to represent and advocate for our membership in community and state affairs. When things are happening within the Village that could adversely or positively affect our business community, we will do our best to keep you informed. We encourage everyone to get involved. Attend the Council and committee meetings. Also attend the Chamber membership meetings. The decisions made in all of these meetings have direct influence on your businesses and the quality of life for our community. We encourage our members to email concerns and/or positions on the matters we will cover and/or matters you would like for us to cover in this section.
Plus we are planning to bring back an Angel Fire legislative delegation. More information will follow as we roll this out, prior to the 2019 Legislation Session.

Thank you,

Jo Mixon, President & CEO and the Board of Directors of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Winter Season 2017/2018 Photos

Here are a few fun photos from the 2017/2018 Winter Season.

Photos above courtesy of Angel Fire Resort, Moreno Valley Trekkers, Melody Costa, Michael Gilcrease, Shuter Library, Military Winterfest 2018, Melissa Grassmick and Village Church.

Upcoming Important Village Meetings

Please plan to attend these upcoming important village meetings.

Friday, March 23, 2018
Lodger’s Tax Committe Meeting
10:00 am at Village Hall
Angel Fire, NM

If you want to see events such as Cool Summer Nights Concerts, Habla Tamale Cookoff and Festival, The Angel Fire Studio Art Tour, Military Winterfest, RoughRiders Double Century Bike Race, and many other events that depend upon lodgers tax grant money to be able to put on and advertise their events, to continue this year in Angel Fire, please voice your opinion to the Lodgers Tax Committee. We were told the village has decided not to give lodgers tax grant money to any non-profits/events this year, but hopefully that is still up for discussion. Ballons Over Angel Fire is safe because it is run by the Village, but every other event is in jeopardy.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Village Council Meeting
Time TBD at Village Hall
Angel Fire, NM

IMPORTANT ANGEL FIRE (REGULAR) VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING,
Article courtesy of the WPP

UPDATE ON TIME — TBD! (Terry Cordova, the Village Clerk was contacted March 19 at 8:50 am and she said they are setting the time and agenda this week. So, stand by!)

Angel Fire Village Council will be discussing the Village Hall needed repairs, police department space requirements, and the status & future use of the old Alpine building. This will be outlined in the upcoming agenda that will be published on March 22. (So far it has not been published. They have until 72 hours prior to the meeting to publish.)

It’s expected councilors will be pressed for an expenditure on a new location for Village Hall. But, Angel Fire residents, I ask you to please consider: Village Hall is paid for; and the Alpine building is paid for. Though Alpine is partially occupied, it will need a build out for the remainder of the space, as those who attended the Feb. 26 Candidate Forum discovered.

Village Hall is in need of repairs and the staff would like to operate elsewhere while these repairs are being done. Some, though, would like move to a new building permanently and then find a new purpose for the current Village Hall. In this commercial real estate market, I wonder how long it would sit empty!

At this meeting, the Council will be presented with some options that they asked for at their last work session in 2017. These will be important to help form a rationale direction for our village! At the beginning of the regular council meeting, ANYONE can fill out a request to speak. This must be a statement no longer than 3 minutes long. There is usually no response from council members. (Please note this is an important time to convey your concerns, your wish for a solid vision and plan, etc)

A work session following the Regular Council meeting is also open to the public. Council members will more openly discuss the matters at hand. Audience participation is encouraged during this type of meeting!!

Let’s give our council & mayor our feedback from the community, as to how we wish OUR money be spent! Let’s get as many concerned citizens there as we can!

Added footnote:

(Consider we have been told it is cost prohibitive for the village to re-cycle, hooking onto the NM public transportation system costs too much, the Village saves x-amount of money by not rehiring a building inspector, etc. but we are being asked to support purchasing another building to house Village Hall?)

Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Mission Statement

Our mission is to strengthen the local economy through the promotion, support, and encouragement of positive business growth and to represent and advocate for our membership in community and state affairs.

In keeping with our mission statement there will be a new section in the eBlast discussing more openly our willingness to represent and advocate for our membership in community and state affairs. When things are happening within the Village that could adversely or positively affect our business community, we will do our best to keep you informed. We encourage everyone to get involved. Attend the Council and committee meetings. Also attend the Chamber membership meetings. The decisions made in all of these meetings have direct influence on your businesses and the quality of life for our community.

We encourage our members to email concerns and/or positions on the matters we will cover and/or matters you would like for us to cover in this section.
Plus we are planning to bring back an Angel Fire legislative delegation. More information will follow as we roll this out, prior to the 2019 Legislation Session.

Thank you,

Jo Mixon, President & CEO and the Board of Directors of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Cash Mob Returns To Angel Fire

Join The Chamber Mobsters!

What is a Cash Mob? And who are the Chamber Mobsters? Glad you asked! A Cash Mob is a Flash Mob only instead of singing and dancing we spend money! In November 2014 at the quarterly Chamber membership meeting we rolled out this program designed to give support and a financial boost, during the between seasons, to our local small businesses. It helps the businesses, it makes people happy, Mobsters get to buy great stuff for themselves or others at local retail businesses, simply taste or stuff themselves at local restaurants, or purchase gift certificates for services provided. You’ll have a great time if you sign up to be a Chamber Mobster. Then you may want to pat yourself on the back afterward for supporting your community! It is a positive win-win program!

There are two categories to the Chamber Mobster Program.

The First Category: Cash Mob-ee

This category is for Chamber business members only. Any member who would like to have a Cash Mob visit their business may sign up. (If you are not a member, come to the Chamber and fill out an application, we’d love to have you join!)

The Second Category: Cash Mobsters

This includes anyone, member or non-member, who wants to participate in the actual Cash Mob. These people all agree, when a Cash Mob is randomly called, they will show up at the business who has been selected and spend at least $25.00 in their establishment. More, if you are so inclined! The idea is to benefit the mob-ee financially. If 20 people sign up and keep their promise to participate, the business is guaranteed at least a $500.00 day! If you are going to be out of town during some of the mobs, you can still purchase gift certificates from them. Last year we did not have enough people sign up to be Mobsters, please this year, let’s help one another out!

How It Works

We put the name of every business who has signed up in the Mob-ee category into a hopper and randomly choose a name every 10 days to two weeks. We will then contact the winner and ask for the best day a cash mob may visit their place of business that week. Next we will contact, by text or phone call, all of the Mobsters. We will give you the Business name, the date, and time frame the cash mob will happen. All Mobsters agree to go to the business anytime during the official Cash Mob time frame, spend at least $25.00 and wish the business well!

The program has been a great success. We are asking that you sign up now by clicking the email link below manager@angelfirechamber.org
Leave your name, your business name if you wish to be mobbed, and your phone number. Also your preference as to how we will alert you… a phone call or a text message.

Cash Mob 2018 will officially begin the first week of April and will continue through May. We’ll break for the summer and start again in mid-September through November. Please join us in promoting our local member businesses and help provide an economic stimulus in Angel Fire! Bring your friends and their money too!

So the first cash mob in 2018 will be… DRUM ROLL…

A Letter From The Chairman Of The Board of Directors

Greetings & Welcome!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome you to our beautiful community of Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley. You won’t find a better place to live and work!

As your chairman, I’m committed to every business to confirm we work together with the Village and Resort to ensure victory for all. Our Chamber supports Angel Fire and businesses in the Moreno Valley – and there are so many opportunities for us to connect and build each other up.

Our success is made possible by the dedication and commitment of our members. We oblige to shop locally, when possible, and share ideas to grow our local businesses. When one of our shops succeed – we all do. We welcome new members with new philosophies and designs to help us continue to thrive and provide all the services and goods we can for Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley.

Thank you to all our current members – new and old – we look forward to serving you!

Dr. Jennifer Fitch