http://www.afgov.com/ http://www.afgov.com/news/ Angel Fire Village News From the Angel Fire Fire/EMS Department http://www.afgov.com/news/article/155/From-the-Angel-Fire-FireEMS-Department <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">SAFETY INFORMATION FOR VISITORS</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Thank you for visiting the Village of Angel Fire. We would like to provide you with a few tips to help with your stay here.</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">MEDICAL EMERGENCIES;</span></strong> In the event of an <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Emergency</span></strong>, please <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Dial 911</span></strong>. We provide Fire and Emergency Medical Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are renting accommodations, please be able to tell the dispatcher your <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Address and Unit#</span></strong> &nbsp;(especially if you are staying in a condominium). If you feel that you do not need an Ambulance, but are not feeling well, call us anyway. We will be happy to help guide you to the closest medical facility.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">FIREPLACE ASHES; </span></strong>&nbsp;Each year, The Angel Fire Fire Department responds to fires that are caused by improper disposal of hot coals or ashes from fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, grills or mobile fireplaces designed for use on decks or patios.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p>Coals and ashes from fires can remain hot enough to start a fire for many days after you believe the fire is out. The exact amount of time for complete extinguishment and cooling depends on many factors such as how hot the fire was, what was burning, how much unburned fuel remains, etc.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>To be safe, simply treat all ashes and coals as hot even when you think they had time enough to cool.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">To properly dispose of ashes or coals we recommend the following:</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p>&bull; If possible, allow ashes and coals to cool in the area where you had the fire for several days.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; These devices are designed to contain their heat safely.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&bull; When it is time to dispose of the ashes, transfer them to a metal container and wet them down.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&bull; Keep the metal container outside your home and away from any combustibles until the refuse is hauled away.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&bull; DO NOT place any other combustibles in the metal container.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&bull; DO NOT use a combustible container</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>We hope you enjoy your visit to the Village of Angel Fire.</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>John Murtagh</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Chief of Fire/EMS</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Village of Angel Fire</em></strong></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/155/From-the-Angel-Fire-FireEMS-Department Camino Real District Announces Plan for Fall 2018 Prescribed Burns http://www.afgov.com/news/article/154/Camino-Real-District-Announces-Plan-for-Fall-2018-Prescribed-Burns <div class="WordSection1"> <p><strong>Taos, NM (September 17, 2018) - For Immediate Release. </strong>Fire managers on the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest have announced locations where they plan to complete prescribed fire projects starting in October and continuing through November of 2018. Approximately 1,442 acres could be eligible for treatment, but the implementation of each project will only occur when weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal conditions are within the defined prescription parameters.</p> <p><strong>Borrego Mesa</strong>: The Borrego prescribed burn is located 3 miles north of Penasco, and &frac14; mile west of Hwy 518 off of FS road 468. The unit, predominantly Ponderosa Pine, will be a broadcast burn of up to 456 acres. The objective is to reduce slash remaining from green fuelwood units by at least 50 percent. Smoke may be visible from Taos, Vadito, Hwy 518 and the surrounding communities of Penasco.</p> <p><strong>Taos Pines and Bull Springs</strong>: These prescribed burn units are located off Hwy 64 at Palo Flechado Pass. Taos Pines consisting of 410 acres, is adjacent to the community of Taos Pines and FS road 5. Bull Springs prescribed burn is 576 acres and is south of State Hwy 64 along the A1 spur of the Elliott Barker Trail, extending south to the meadow near Bull Springs. Once ignitions start it may take up to a week to complete the burn.</p> <p>These units were thinned in 2014 and subsequently utilized as fuelwood areas. The plan is to burn the remaining wood to create defensible space near the communities of Taos Pines and Angel Fire, restore forest health, and improve wildlife habitat. Smoke may be visible from Hwy 64, Angel Fire, Taos Canyon, Eagle Nest, and Black Lake.</p> <p>These prescribed fires will help reduce fuels created from previous thinning and associated fuelwood removal activities. Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These prescribed fire mimics natural fires by reducing accumulations of hazard fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Borrego Mesa, Taos Pines and Bull Springs prescribed burns are designed to help mitigate risk of high-severity wildfire, provide community protection and promote watershed and forest health. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health&rsquo;s website</p> <p>at <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://nmtracking.org/fire"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">https://nmtracking.org/fire</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span></a></span></strong></p> <p>For additional information about these prescribed burns, contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/154/Camino-Real-District-Announces-Plan-for-Fall-2018-Prescribed-Burns Carson National Forest - Area Fire Update http://www.afgov.com/news/article/153/Carson-National-Forest---Area-Fire-Update <div class="WordSection1"> <p>Lightning-caused wildfires are a common occurrence during the monsoon season. Recent lighting storms started two new wildfires on the Carson National Forest. These fires are minimal in size and monsoon moisture is expected to continue in the area so growth potential is expected to be minimal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Tetillas Fire, located approximately 3 miles east of Ranchos de Taos in the Rio Chiquito drainage was discovered on August 6. The lighting caused fire is approximately 1 acre in a remote steep inaccessible terrain. The fire appears to have been smoldering and creeping for several days before being discovered. Local Forest Service firefighters with assist from a State engine are working their way in to actively begin suppressing the Tetillas fire. We want the public to know that we are being responsive even with fires spread across the West and reports</p> <p>of resources are thin throughout the nation at this time. Smoke may be visible in the Rio Chiquito area.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Rito Primero Fire is burning in the Rito Primero Canyon within the Latir Peak Wilderness northeast of Questa. This fire was discovered on August 6. The lightning-caused single tree fire is about 200 yards from a ridgeline and estimated to be 1/10 acre. The fire was moderately visible last night in the communities of El Rito, Cerro and Questa.</p> <p>The Big Snag Fire is another single tree lighting-caused fire. It is a large snag that fell sometime this afternoon and fire personnel constructed line around it. The fire is estimated to less than 1/10 acre.</p> <p>Local fire personnel also reported putting out two abandon campfires, one inside the fire ring at Cebolla Mesa and one outside the fire ring at Trampas Trail. Forest users are reminded to make sure the fire is completely out prior to vacating the site.</p> <p>The Sardinas Canyon Fire, located 18 miles southeast of Taos, New Mexico remains 50 percent contained. Due to steep and inaccessible terrain, the northeast portion of the fire perimeter will not be fully contained until substantial rainfall occurs over the fire area. Forest Road 76 and 442 and the area closure around the fire is still in effect for public safety. Forest officials will continue to evaluate when these roads can be re-opened for public use after the monsoons.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smoke impact to local communities at this time is low, however, smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease should be prepared to exercise precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health&rsquo;s website at <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://nmtracking.org/fire">https://nmtracking.org/fire<span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span></a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://nmfireinfo.com/">https://nmfireinfo.com/</a></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">http://www.twitter/CarsonNF</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/CarsonNF">http://www.facebook.com/CarsonNF<span style="text-decoration: underline;">,</span></a></span> or contact the Public Affairs Office at (575) 758 6303.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/153/Carson-National-Forest---Area-Fire-Update GO Bond Update from Village Manager Rick Tafoya http://www.afgov.com/news/article/152/GO-Bond-Update-from-Village-Manager-Rick-Tafoya <p>Message from the Manager:&nbsp; GO Bond Update</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On Friday, July 27, Village staff and HDR Engineering opened the bid for the Core Infrastructure Project.&nbsp; Only one bid was submitted for the project and came in at quadruple the amount available.&nbsp; The only reasonable pathway forward is to re-evaluate the scope of the project refocusing the bid request and then begin a new request for proposal.&nbsp; Although the bid opening was disheartening and clearly delays the timeline for getting work started; we remain hopeful that by refocusing the scope of the bid request that we can obtain bids that are realistic and actionable.&nbsp; Because of this outcome, we are all left asking a few questions:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Why was there only one bid?&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>&nbsp;Lack of available contractors &ndash; most local/regional contractors are full to capacity with their current work load.</li> <li>&nbsp;The size of project is too large &ndash; Requesting bids for the total scope of work that needs to be completed is too much for the amount of available funds.&nbsp; So although the Village needs to have a total scope of work in order to make a plan, requesting that size of project for the bid ended up ruling out many of the smaller scale contractors.&nbsp; We are hopeful that downsizing the project request will make it available to more contractors.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Why was it so high?</p> <ol> <li>Lack of available contractors &ndash; Proximity of available Asphalt contractors seems to be playing a significant role in the high expense.&nbsp; Since more locally available companies are currently at capacity with work, it causes the area to be extended causing cost to increase with distance.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>What is next?</p> <ol> <li>&nbsp;Re-scale the project size and re-bid &ndash; The next step will be to size the project to the budget, creating a new bid request.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>How does this impact the timeline?</p> <ol> <li>&nbsp;It seems reasonable to project work beginning in spring of 2019.&nbsp; </li> <li>One reason is time will be needed in order to re-scope and rebid the project.&nbsp; </li> <li>An additional reason is to save costs.&nbsp; It seems advantageous to begin the project work in the spring in order to avoid mobilizing/de-mobilizing costs.&nbsp; </li> <li>This could also allow time for more contractors to become available.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As much as we all love living in the mountains, the reality is that it creates a number of significant issues when it comes to providing infrastructure and roads.&nbsp; The terrain itself is part of the issue, the distance from resources is another issue, and the small tax base is yet another factor. These three factors create an unusual puzzle that requires atypical approaches for solving problems that when compared to other places seem easy to remedy (flat land, large population centers, tax base in proportion to service area).&nbsp; The Village staff appreciates your understanding and support in providing for the needs of our community.&nbsp; We remain committed to finding the best quality solutions we can for the funds available.&nbsp; If you have any further questions, you can call me at Village Hall, 377-3232.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Rick Tafoya</p> <p>Village Manager</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/152/GO-Bond-Update-from-Village-Manager-Rick-Tafoya Carson National Forest implements Stage 3 Restrictions http://www.afgov.com/news/article/151/Carson-National-Forest-implements-Stage-3-Restrictions <p>The Carson National Forest (CNF) will implement Stage 3 Restrictions, over most of the forest, effective Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 6:00 a.m.&nbsp; Effectively immediately the Camino Real Ranger District is closed.&nbsp; This immediate closure of the Camino Real District is strictly precautionary, the Sardinas Canyon Fire is not threatening structures nor is it expected to do so.&nbsp; The remainder of the closure, which includes the Questa, Tres Piedras, El Rito and Canjilon District goes into effect June 27, 2018 at 6:00 A.M. This partial closure will remain in effect until the forest receives significant moisture and conditions have improved.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The <strong>Jicarilla Ranger District will remain in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and is</strong><strong> </strong>exempt from the forest closure.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The closure order prohibits all recreational activities on the CNF.&nbsp; Campgrounds, trails and trailheads, and National Forest System roads will be closed to the general public.&nbsp; County and state roads that cross Forest Service lands are not under the Forest Service&rsquo;s jurisdiction and will remain open to vehicular traffic.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have had exceptional compliance from the public and partners, but even with this help the conditions have reached a level that a closure is warranted.&nbsp; In addition fire activity across the country is increasing which means there would be fewer resource available if we had more fires,&rdquo; CNF Forest Supervisor James Duran said.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to government employees on official duty, firefighters and private property owners, the order may include additional exemptions for special use permit holders, contractors, Native American tribes and others whose business on Forest Service lands does not raise the risk of wildfire.&nbsp; However forest officials will ask partners that can pause non-essential work to do so until conditions improve.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Violations of the closure order carry a mandatory appearance in federal court and are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations and/or by imprisonment for not more than six months.</p> <p>Know before you go.&nbsp; The order imposing fire restrictions this Wednesday will be posted under <a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices">Alerts and Notices</a> on the Carson National Forest website.&nbsp; Fire restrictions in New Mexico can be found at&nbsp;<a href="https://firerestrictions.us/nm/">https://firerestrictions.us/nm/</a><strong> </strong>and fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at&nbsp;<a href="file:///C:/Users/julieanneoverton/Documents/SFNF%20Closure%20May%202018/www.nmfireinfo.com">www.nmfireinfo.com</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, call the Carson National Forest, Jim Gumm: 575-491-6748.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/151/Carson-National-Forest-implements-Stage-3-Restrictions Sardinas Canyon Fire in Carson National Forest http://www.afgov.com/news/article/150/Sardinas-Canyon-Fire-in-Carson-National-Forest <p>On June 24<strong> </strong>firefighters responded to the Sardinas Canyon Fire on the Camino Real Ranger District, Carson National Forest.&nbsp; The fire is currently 75 acres and is burning in steep, rugged terrain, 5 air miles southeast of Pot Creek in Sardinas Canyon.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Resources on scene include 1 hotshot crew, 4 engines, 1 air attack, 2 dozers, and 5 helicopters.&nbsp; No structures are threatened at this time.&nbsp; Forest Service Road 442 is closed to protect public safety.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mora, Chacon, Holman, and other local communities may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health&rsquo;s website at <a href="https://nmtracking.org/fire">https://nmtracking.org/fire</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Carson National Forest is currently in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in order to reduce human-caused fires and protect public safety.&nbsp; Forest conditions and the availability of resources will be re-evaluated tomorrow for other potential closures.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire.<strong> </strong>Unauthorized use of unmanned aircraft (also known as &ldquo;drones&rdquo;) in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters and is strictly forbidden.<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Never fly unmanned aircraft over or near a wildfire whether there is a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) in effect or not. It is always dangerous to fly over or near a wildfire<strong>. If you fly, someone could die!</strong> Visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nifc.gov/drones/">https://www.nifc.gov/drones</a> and <a href="http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/">Know Before You Go</a> for more information on drones and wildfires.<br /> &nbsp;<br /></p> <p>Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at <a href="https://nmfireinfo.com/">https://nmfireinfo.com/</a> and on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/%40CarsonNF">@CarsonNF</a> and Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CarsonNF/">www.facebook.com/CarsonNF/</a>.&nbsp; For more information, contact Carson National Forest, Jim Gumm at (575) 491-6748.</p> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/150/Sardinas-Canyon-Fire-in-Carson-National-Forest Colfax County bans Fireworks within the unincorporated county http://www.afgov.com/news/article/149/Colfax-County-bans-Fireworks-within-the-unincorporated-county <div class="WordSection1"> <p><strong>COLFAX COUNTY COMMISSION RESOLUTION 2018-16</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A RESOLUTION TO PROCLAIM EXTREME OR SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WITHIN COLFAX COUNTY AND TO BAN THE SALE AND USE OF CERTAIN FIREWORKS IN THE UNINCORPORATED PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY.</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 60-2C-8. l , <strong>NMSA </strong>1978, a part of the Fireworks Licensing and Safety Act, the governing body of a county may issue a proclamation declaring extreme or severe drought conditions within the unincorporated portion of the county affected by extreme or severe drought conditions, and</p> <p>WHEREAS, the Colfax County Commission finds that the most recent National Integrated Drought Information System report indicates that Colfax county is experiencing EXTREME OR SEVERE drought conditions, and</p> <p>WHEREAS, the Colfax County Commission further finds that the most recent NOAA/NCDC Palmer Long Term Drought Indices Conditions show Extreme drought conditions for Colfax County, and</p> <p>WHEREAS, the danger of range, brush, grass, forest and structure fires is extremely high in Colfax County, and</p> <p>WHEREAS, responding fire and emergency resources in Colfax County have been heavily burdened by the recent Ute Park Fire, and</p> <p>WHEREAS, current fire conditions such as low humidity, weather and fuel content make fire immediate and potentially disastrous possibility, and</p> <p>WHEREAS, the health, safety and welfare of the citizens are in danger as a result of such conditions, and</p> <p>WHEREAS, the discharge or use of fireworks and, in particular, the discharge or use of fireworks that are not under the absolute and complete control of the persons using them and retained within an area</p> <p>where there are no combustible materials of any sort whatsoever, is likely to cause the ignition of a fire that could cause death, injury or serious property damage within the County,</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NOW THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HEREBY RESOLVES AND PROCLAIMS AS FOLLOWS:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>The sale and use of missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets and ground audible devices are banned within the affected drought area which shall include all unincorporated portions of Colfax County.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>The use of fireworks not banned listed above is limited to areas that are paved or barren and that have a readily accessible source of water for use by the homeowner or the general public.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>The use of all fireworks within the wildlands of Colfax County are banned, after consultation with the State Forester.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Display fireworks may be banned or restricted if current conditions persist.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>This Resolution and Proclamation shall be effective for 30 days from the date below, but may be reissued if extreme or severe drought conditions warrant. Further, this Resolution and Proclamation may be modified or rescinded within the 30 days of their effectiveness if the Board of County Commissioners, after conducting a hearing, determines that weather conditions have improved.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>SEVERABILITY CLAUSE: Should any section, paragraph, clause or provision of this Proclamation be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the invalidity or unenforceability of such section, paragraph, clause or provision shall not affect any of the remaining provisions of the Proclamation.</p> </div> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="5" height="321">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/149/Colfax-County-bans-Fireworks-within-the-unincorporated-county Message from the Manager: An update on important issues to Village Residents http://www.afgov.com/news/article/148/Message-from-the-Manager--An-update-on-important-issues-to-Village-Res <p>Over the past several years the recycling program offered by the Village of Angel Fire has seen many iterations.&nbsp; This is due to a number of factors, most of which have to do with the wider recycling industry and the availability of buyers for recyclable materials.&nbsp; Since the term, &ldquo;Think global, act local&rdquo; was coined, it has continued to develop as part of our collective consciousness.&nbsp; The present timely application of this ideology is brought to light through China&rsquo;s recent embargo in receiving U. S. recyclable waste.&nbsp; The way that local entities handle their recycling in real and responsible ways has a true quantifiable global impact.&nbsp; Over the years China has received the world&rsquo;s trash, primarily American, without question or much inspection.&nbsp; Now that China is trying to clean up their act, they are requiring that the recyclables coming into their country are in fact clean enough to use.&nbsp; This embargo highlights the fact that most of the items that we put into the recycle bin do not qualify; therefore, The National Recycling Coalition published a press release this week stating, &ldquo;that it is important to remind your residential customers now that they should ONLY recycle the items on their LOCAL recyclables list&hellip;When in Doubt - throw it in the trash! (For reference to the entire article, go to:&nbsp; https://www.recyclingproductnews.com/article/28218/national-recycling-coalition-comments-on-china-crisis) Even though that is not what most of us want to hear, it is the current reality of the situation throughout the United States, items are either being stockpiled until another processing facility is found or items are diverted back into landfills.&nbsp; Ultimately, recyclables are an industry and when there is not a market for receiving those materials, there is nowhere for them to go except for the landfill.&nbsp; Unfortunately, The Village of Angel Fire is not in any different situation than the rest of the country. Although this is a sobering reality, we have to deal with it realistically and not continue to &ldquo;wishfully recycle&rdquo;. &nbsp;&nbsp;The single most impactful action available to all of us is that of, &ldquo;Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,&rdquo; keeping in mind that recycling is at the bottom of that list because it requires more energy and materials to turn waste back into a usable product.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Village of Angel Fire is continually evaluating and seeking recycling options; however, when there is not a buyer for the material or when the expense of preparing the material heavily outweighs the revenue it creates an unsustainable system.&nbsp; Presently, cardboard, iron and aluminum have proven to be sustainable commodities; whereas glass, paper and plastic prove more problematic.&nbsp; Daily, we continue to evaluate better options for our community than what are currently available because we do believe that recycling is an important aspect to waste managment; however, we need to ensure that whatever we endeavor is ultimately sustainable.</p> <p>As an update, we would like residents to look out for the new signage that will be going up along Highway 434.&nbsp; Because these signs will be posted along state highway, it is the domain of the NMDOT.&nbsp; Currently, the signs are still in the approval phase within the State DOT.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have any further questions on the issue, please contact Brian Bredthauer, Solid Waste/recycling Superintendent or myself, Rick Tafoya, Village Manger by calling Village Hall at 377-3232.</p> Mon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/148/Message-from-the-Manager--An-update-on-important-issues-to-Village-Res Carson National Forest issues fire caution http://www.afgov.com/news/article/147/Carson-National-Forest-issues-fire-caution <p><strong>TAOS, NM &ndash; April 17, 2018 &ndash; </strong>Due to very dry forest fuel conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, Carson National Forest officials urge the public to be vigilant while operating in and around the forest.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While conditions do not meet all the criteria necessary to enter into Stage I fire restrictions, Carson National Forest officials caution all forest visitors to be very careful with all campfires by limiting them to developed campsites, ensure campfire rings are properly built, and that no fires are ever left unattended. For example, put out campfires so they are &ldquo;cool to the touch&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Fire managers on the Carson National Forest are taking added precautions as well.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;All planned prescribed burns are on hold until conditions allow,&rdquo; said James Duran, Carson National Forest supervisor. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re hopeful the monsoons forecasted for July will arrive and allow us to resume prescribed burn operations later in the year. In the meantime, however, the public can still access and enjoy the forest.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;All we ask is that the public ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the forest for everyone by practicing good fire prevention,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including fire activity levels, current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, and the availability of firefighting resources. Fire restriction criteria is routinely evaluated and restrictions could be implemented at any time. Therefore, forest visitors should check with the local district office in the area they plan to visit to see if fire restrictions are in effect.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Know before you go. Fire restrictions in New Mexico can be found at <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://firerestrictions.us/nm/%20">https://firerestrictions.us/nm/ </a></span></strong>and fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at <a href="http://www.nmfireinfo.com/"><strong>www.nmfireinfo.com</strong></a>. For other information, contact the Carson National Forest public affairs representative at (575) 758-6345.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/147/Carson-National-Forest-issues-fire-caution Earth Day event planned http://www.afgov.com/news/article/146/Earth-Day-event-planned <p>Wheeler Peak Progressives (WPP), in partnership with Angel Fire Garden Club, the Moreno Valley Trekkers and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, are hosting an Earth Day event in Angel Fire, Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m., rain or shine.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Moreno Valley neighbors are welcome to bring clean and dry glass and Type 1 and 2 plastics to the front of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, 3407 Mountain View Blvd for recycling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As well, the community partners are planning a wetlands clean up that includes part of the trail system (Sendero del Sol) which extends from the Visitor's Center to behind the Fire Station. Long poles or walking sticks might be necessary to get some of the trash out. Bring the family or a friend. Leashed dogs welcome.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>April 22 marks: the 48th Anniversary of Earth Day. &nbsp;See www.earthday.org/.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/146/Earth-Day-event-planned Community Wildfire Planning Meetings Set http://www.afgov.com/news/article/145/Community-Wildfire-Planning-Meetings-Set <p>The Angel Fire Fire Department will be hosting a series of community meetings to discuss the wildfire danger in and around the Village of Angel Fire. These meetings will concentrate on prevention, preparation, planning, and evacuation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Topics for discussion will include our community needs, the current ordinances, and how we will respond to a wildfire in the Moreno Valley.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The meetings are scheduled for <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">March 15, March 29 and April 12</span></strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>They will take place at <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Village Hall at 6:00 pm</span></strong></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/145/Community-Wildfire-Planning-Meetings-Set Controlled Burn in Carson National Forest http://www.afgov.com/news/article/144/Controlled-Burn-in-Carson-National-Forest <p><strong>Taos, NM (February 23, 2018) - For Immediate Release. </strong>Fire managers on the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather to conduct prescribed burns sometime between February and April.</p> <ul> <li>East La Jara: This will consist of burning of slash piles west of Taos Pines, 2 miles northwest of Angel Fire. The unit is 20 acres located off State Highway 64 and State Highway 434. <ul> <li>Smoke may be visible from the following areas: Taos Canyon, Shady Brook, Valle Escondido, State Highway 64, Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, and State Highway 434.</li> <li>Ojo Sarco: This will consist of burning of slash piles south of Ojo Sarco. The unit is 182 acres located off State Highway 76. <ul> <li>Smoke may be visible from the following areas: Ojo Sarco, State Highway 76, El Valle, and Las Trampas.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>The purpose of these burns is to reduce fuels created from previous thinning and associated fuelwood removal activities. This will help reduce the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and natural resources in the Wildland Urban Interface area that surrounds the communities.</p> <p>Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire- adapted ecosystems. A prescribed fire mimics natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.</p> <p>Smoke from the prescribed burns will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department&rsquo;s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health&rsquo;s website at <a href="https://nmtracking.org/fire">https://nmtracking.org/fire.</a></p> <p>For additional information about these prescribed burns, contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255.</p> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/144/Controlled-Burn-in-Carson-National-Forest Getting to Know the Angel Fire Village Council Candidates http://www.afgov.com/news/article/143/Getting-to-Know-the-Angel-Fire-Village-Council-Candidates <div class="WordSection1"> <p>The following has been provided by the Wheeler Peak Progressives, a non-partisan, citizen action group. These are unedited candidate provided profiles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Angel Fire&rsquo;s municipal election will be held Tuesday, March 6. Three candidates will vie for two 4-year Village Council positions: incumbents Rogers Lanon and Chuck Howe, and newcomer Jo Mixon. For the single 2-year-term council seat, incumbent William (Bill) Humbert, who was appointed Nov. 7, 2017 to replace resigning member Brinn Colenda, will compete against newcomers John Hail and Dafydd (Dave) Pritchard.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In an effort to give the public a chance to learn more about the candidates, each of the six contenders were asked three questions to help convey their motivations, qualifications and goals. <strong>Why are you running for Village Council? What are your qualifications? What do you hope to accomplish? </strong>Their unedited responses are here.</p> <h1>Candidates Seeking 4-Year-Term</h1> <h2><strong>Rogers Lanon</strong></h2> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>I've been a village councilor for the last 4 years. In that time we have gotten the audits caught up to the state for the village. We have gotten our financial house in order putting monies back for rainy days and as of last summer the village has a double A credit rating again. I've been an independent business owner most of my life and have lived in the area for quite sometime and know the villages history very well. I've also in the last 4 years taken the time to become a MOLI graduate for the municipal league for elected officials.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We have started some things in the last few years that I want to see through or most of the way through like we started paying off all long term debt over a 10 year period and I really want to make sure that stays on track. For those who have been here awhile you</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="WordSection2"> <p>Know Angel Fire has had some challenges in the past but I think we have a very bright future and I would like to be a part of that if given the chance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Jo Mixon</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Why are you running for Village Council? </strong>I am running for Village Council because I care for and am committed to the people, businesses and area of Angel Fire.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What are your qualifications? </strong>I have been President/CEO of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce since 2011. I represent our businesses in the community, county and state level.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I am the 2018 President of the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association which represents over 10,000 businesses and Chambers all over the state. We join together as one voice to have a stronger presence during legislation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have written and been awarded grants for the Village of Angel Fire from the State Tourism Department. I was instrumental in getting Angel Fire moved from the Northeastern State Tourism District which included only plains areas, into the North Central State Tourism District, with the other alpine ski areas of the state.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I am President of Art-Up Northern New Mexico representing artists of all genres.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I am one of the top 5 nominees for the State of New Mexico Ethics in Business Award to be announced April 25th. Over 300 people were nominated.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What do you hope to accomplish? </strong>Open, honest, service! I&rsquo;d like to find a solution to alerting the community prior to the council&rsquo;s vote on issues that might be crucial. We are in this as a team. You can trust me to work with integrity and transparency in making decisions to enhance our quality of life and pave the way to a better future in the Moreno Valley.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Chuck Howe</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I am running for Village Council because I want to continue to build on my past efforts to move the village forward. We need one or more Councilor&rsquo;s with extensive experience both in local government and in Santa Fe at the legislature. I have the historical knowledge regarding our past efforts and our short and long range plans to include becoming debt free in ten years. There is also a lot of synergy at the legislature between the veteran&rsquo;s activities I support and the village.</p> </div> <div class="WordSection3"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I believe I am well qualified based upon the number of years that I have served including ten years as Mayor Pro Tem, having been elected by my peers. I am either Chair or Vice Chair of a number of Regional organizations including the Angel Fire Airport Advisory Board and the Intergovernmental Council of the Enchanted Circle (IGC). I represent the interests of the Village of Angel Fire at a number of Boards and Committees in Santa Fe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the biggest things that I am working on right now is to coordinate regional economic development and regional infrastructure around the Enchanted Circle. We must work together and coordinate our efforts if we are going to grow. Tourism is our business and it is mandatory for us to create a center of mass to attract our summer and winter visitors. We also need to revitalize our airport to attract more visitors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>Candidates Seeking 2-Year-Term</h1> <h2><strong>Dafydd (Dave) Pritchard</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Why are you running for Council? </strong>I am running so that we can put some much needed ethics back in Village Council.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If an elected official can promulgate a &ldquo;Revenge List&rdquo; with impunity. We Need Change.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you ask your Council Member to represent you and they don&rsquo;t. We Need Change.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When you have proof of Council Members using their position for personnel financial gain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We Need Change.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When a basic revue of the financial side of the GO Bond tells you it is not possible. We Need Change.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What are your Qualifications? </strong>I served with distinction in the Military Special Forces. I studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Cape Town</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="WordSection4"> <p>I did my Post Graduate and Specialization in England for my Masters Degree. I went to Bristol College to obtain my Master of Vessel (Ship&rsquo;s Captain)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have worked as an Engineering Project Manager in over 20 Countries</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What do you hope to accomplish as Village Councilor? </strong>Day one will be to whistleblower the current Council Members who are illegally benefiting from being on Council.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It really is time for somebody to stand up and say Enough is Enough as this has been going on for so long and nobody in Angel Fire seems to care what&rsquo;s happening in our towns Village Hall and who else that is running is better suited or has the temerity to stand up and put a stop to this gravy train the we call Village Hall.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You wonder why some Council Members are running again and ask yourself what did they do in their first term? Some have been there over 10 years feeding at the trough of your tax dollars. &ldquo;Today This Stops&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>My Special Forces Unit&rsquo;s Motto was &ldquo;De Opresso Liber&rdquo; which loosely means; &ldquo;To Liberate the Oppressed&rdquo; It is a creed I have valued for a very long time. And I Will Stand Up!!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>William (Bill) Humbert</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Angel Fire is my home. I've had a residence here since 2000 and have lived here full-time since 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have a strong record of community involvement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Served as Chairman of Angel Fire Proud.</li> <li>Ran for Village Council in 2016 and received the highest number of votes next in line of the elected officials.</li> <li>Appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission and served on P&amp;Z until I was appointed to the Village Council in November 2017 to complete the term vacated by Brinn Colenda.</li> <li>Appointed to the Music from Angel Fire Board in 2017 and chair the Education committee.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I am a military veteran and have 45 plus years in public and university education; overseeing large programs and budgets. As incumbent to the Village Council since</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="WordSection5"> <p>November 2017, I&rsquo;ve seen it is crucial there be efficient and effective oversight with the General Obligation Bond. This is a major undertaking for the leadership of the Village. With my experience, I know what it takes to move our Village forward! I would like to continue being a part of the team that will help our community excel.</p> <p>If selected, these are my three major goals:</p> <ol> <li>Stay informed and engaged in the GO Bond so I may keep the public informed.</li> <li>Work toward the Village having quarterly Town Hall meetings for effective flow of information.</li> <li>Be available to network with legislative and state officials in order to secure funding.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>John Hail</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Why are running for Village Council? </strong>I want to serve the community to ensure the right path that Angel Fire is on continues through honest, transparent, and accountable leadership. This position is not about power or personal advancement. It is about the best interest of Angel Fire and the people living, working, and playing here. In reality, goals are not met over night. But through planning and responsible resource management building blocks can be put in place to progress toward the success of goals and accomplishments.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What are your qualifications? </strong>Living in Angel Fire 6+ years and business owner for 5+ years, I understand the nature of our community with seasonal workforce, rollercoaster revenues, and dependence on weather &amp; tourism. Tapping into the potential resources can progress us the direction make our community more economically stable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Community involvement includes: Elder at Moreno Valley Community Church, Board of Director of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce serving as Vice-chairman, Chairman, and Past Chairman, and Moreno Valley High School Community Advisory Committee.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What do you hope to accomplish as Village Councilor? </strong>I hope to accomplishment three things. Stronger relationships. Understanding resources. Enhanced communication.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Build Relationships between the Village:</li> </ol> <ul> <li>Residents and Tourist</li> <li>Businesses &amp; community groups</li> <li>Resort &amp; Chamber</li> </ul> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Understand Logistics</li> </ol> <ul> <li>Gain knowledge of village departments and their contribution to village mission</li> <li>Weigh out possible industry development <ul> <li>Recognize the Resort and Chamber&rsquo;s resources and opportunities to work together</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ol> <li>Communicate the logistics</li> </ol> <ul> <li>Develop communication paths</li> <li>Resident and Tourist input</li> <li>Village feedback</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A public forum entitled <strong><em>Candidate Forum 2018: A Community Coming Together</em></strong>, will be held Monday, February 26, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Moreno Valley High School. Award- winning journalist, Guy Wood will serve as moderator.<strong><em> </em></strong>The forum is hosted by Wheeler Peak Progressives, in partnership with Moreno Valley High School, Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, Angel Fire Resort, Colfax County Republican Party, Shuter Library and Angel Fire Rotary Club.</p> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/143/Getting-to-Know-the-Angel-Fire-Village-Council-Candidates Water & Wastewater Emergencies http://www.afgov.com/news/article/142/Water--Wastewater-Emergencies <p><span>For After Hours and weekend Water &amp; Wastewater emergencies, call dispatcher at 575-754-6166.</span></p> <p><br /><br /><span>For Water emergencies only between the hours of 8 AM - 5 PM Monday through Friday, call Julie Kulhan at 575-377-3232 ext. 117.</span></p> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/142/Water--Wastewater-Emergencies Certification of Candidacy for 2018 Municipal Election http://www.afgov.com/news/article/141/Certification-of-Candidacy-for-2018-Municipal-Election <p><strong>PUBLIC NOTICE</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>January 11, 2018</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I, Terry Cordova, Municipal Clerk for the Village of Angel Fire, do hereby certify the following candidates for the regular municipal election to be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.&nbsp; This notice is not in the order that the candidates will appear on the ballot.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Two (2) Positions of Councilor for a four (4) year term</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; D. Rogers Lanon</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 33 Pine Valley Drive</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Angel Fire, NM 87710</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Charles Chuck Howe</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 299 El Camino Real</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Angel Fire, NM 87710</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jo Mixon</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 31 Broadmoor Way</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Angel Fire, NM 87710</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>One (1) Position of Councilor for a two (2) year term </strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>John Ervin Hail, Jr.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 22 Tyler</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Angel Fire, NM 87710</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; William L. Humbert</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 12 Pinon Circle</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Angel Fire, NM 87710</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dafydd Pritchard</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 80 Calle de los Indios</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Angel Fire, NM 87710&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>_______________________________</p> <p>Terry Cordova , CMC Clerk Village of Angel</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/141/Certification-of-Candidacy-for-2018-Municipal-Election Snow Removal Policy adopted by Council http://www.afgov.com/news/article/140/Snow-Removal-Policy-adopted-by-Council <p>At the Tuesday, December 12, 2017 meeting of the Angel Fire Village Council, the Council adopted the following policy regarding snow removal on Village streets:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>SNOW REMOVAL POLICY&nbsp;&nbsp; 2017-49</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Streets Department normal work hours are between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM. All available personnel will work their normal shift during an inclement weather event. Street personnel may continue to work past their normal stop time at the discretion of Streets Department Superintendent or Village Manager.</li> <li>During off duty hours, personnel will be called in for snow removal at the discretion of the Streets Department Superintendent or Village Manager.</li> <li>Calls for service during normal working hours will be handled by Streets Department Personnel. Calls for service during off hours will be handled by the Police Department. (Notification of unsafe or high accumulations of snow above 5 to 6 inches shall notify the Streets Superintendent.)</li> <li>Different procedures may be followed depending on the severity or type of weather.</li> <li>Snow events will be monitored for accumulation. Once accumulation reaches 4 inches personnel will be dispatched for snow removal.</li> <li>The preservation of the gravel roadway surfaces is paramount over snow removal. Once the gravel or base course road surfaces are determined to be sufficiently frozen, the Village streets department will begin snow removal on Village roadway with subsequent snowfall. (Ref. Ord.2007-06 Section 7406.2 and 7406.3}</li> <li>Driveways and Sidewalks are the responsibility of the adjoining property owners to the public right of way. The Village is not responsible for snow removal on any private improvements or any damage to structures that may be in Village right of way during snow removal. The Village is not responsible for residual/snow berms that may land on private driveways or sidewalks.</li> <li>To place snow from a private property onto a public right of way is considered a nuisance violation that will result in a citation. The Streets Department will document violation and remove snow from right-of-way. Subsequently the Village may pursue a nuisance complaint in Municipal Court against the property owner, property management company and private contractor.</li> <li>Parking not to obstruct traffic or maintenance. No person shall park any vehicle upon a street in such a manner or under such conditions as to interfere with the free movement of vehicular traffic or proper street maintenance.</li> </ol> <p>10.&nbsp; It is a violation to park any vehicle on a residential right-of-way. Vehicles parked illegally during snow removal are subject to fines, towing and storage costs at the owner's expense. (Ref. Traffic Code. 12-6-6.3 and 12-6-6.1)</p> <p>11.&nbsp; If an illegally parked vehicle impedes snow removal, the snow plow operator may make a determination not to remove snow in that vicinity.</p> <p>12.&nbsp; Order of Street Plowing Priorities.</p> <ol> <li>The Village Commercial Core and roadways determined to be Emergency Evacuation Routes.</li> <li>Village's principle business areas and the high density residential areas.</li> <li>All Collector Roads.</li> <li>All other Village-maintained roadways.</li> </ol> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/140/Snow-Removal-Policy-adopted-by-Council Maintenance Notification from PSN website http://www.afgov.com/news/article/139/Maintenance-Notification-from-PSN-website <p>Payment Services Network (PSN) handles the online payments for utility billing of the Village of Angel Fire. The website will be down for maintenance on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 9 AM-10 AM. PSN does not anticipate this to disrupt your online services.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Should you encounter a problem with your account, or have questions about this maintenance, please contact PSN Support at ITsupport@PaymentServiceNetwork.com.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/139/Maintenance-Notification-from-PSN-website Municipal Election Set http://www.afgov.com/news/article/138/Municipal-Election-Set <p>On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the Village of Anegl Fire Council authorized a municpal election to be held on March 6, 2018. The election is held to elect two Village Councilors to four-year terms and one Village Councilor to a two-year term.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The designated polling place for the election is the Angel Fire Community Center, 15 CS Ranch Road in Angel Fire. Polls will be open on March 6, 2018 from 7 AM to 7 PM. All voting will be recorded on ICP Electronic Voting Tabulators.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All Declarations of Cadidacy must be filed on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM. Candidate Packets are available at the Village Clerk's office beginning, Wednesday, November 29, 2017.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Registered Voters of the Village of Angel Fire may obtain an application for absentee voting from the office of the Village Clerk. All applications for absentee ballots must be recieved in the Clerk's Office prior to 5 PM on March 2, 2018. All unused absentee ballots will be destroyed by the Village Clerk after 5 PM on March 2, 2018.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Early Voting, by paper ballot, will be conducted in the office of the Village Clerk during regular business days and hours beginning Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 8 AM and ending on March 2, 2018 at 5 PM.</p> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/138/Municipal-Election-Set Village Council Passes OHV/ATV Ordinance http://www.afgov.com/news/article/137/Village-Council-Passes-OHVATV-Ordinance <p>The Governing Body of the Village of Angel Fire, New Mexico, hereby gives notice of Final Adoption of:</p> <p><br />&nbsp; &nbsp;1.<span> </span>AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2010 UNIFORM TRAFFIC CODE (UTC)</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; 2.<span> </span>AN ORDINANCE FOR USE OF RECREATIONAL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;AND ALL &ndash;TERRAIN VEHICLES&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <p>Notice is hereby given that the above mentioned ordinances have been duly adopted and approved by the Village Council of the Village of Angel Fire, New Mexico, on October 10th, 2017.&nbsp; Complete copies of the Ordinances are available for public inspection during the normal and regular business hours of the Village Clerk in the office of the Village Clerk, Angel Fire, New Mexico.&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <p>Barbara Cottam, Mayor<br /><br /></p> <p>Terry Cordova, Village Clerk<br />Post:&nbsp; 10/11/2017&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <p>THE ORDINANCE MAY BE VIEWED AT:&nbsp; http://www.angelfirenm.gov/assets/documents/Ordinance201707OHVATVOrdinance-633b52f8cc.pdf&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/137/Village-Council-Passes-OHVATV-Ordinance County Commission to form Airport Advisory Committee http://www.afgov.com/news/article/136/County-Commission-to-form-Airport-Advisory-Committee <div class="WordSection1"> <p>Colfax County is seeking letters of interest for seats on the Angel Fire Airport Advisory Committee.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Voting members who are registered voters in Colfax County will include;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>County Commissioner from that area</li> <li>County Manager</li> <li>Representative appointed by the Village of Angel Fire Council to be approved by County Commission</li> <li>Representative appointed by the Angel Fire Resort to be approved by County Commission</li> <li>Member At Large</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Non-Voting members who are not registered voters;</p> <ol> <li>member</li> <li>member</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Letter of interest for the &ldquo;At-Large Member&rdquo; and non-voting members may be submitted to County Manger Kern at</p> <p>Colfax County Manager&rsquo;s Office PO BOX 1498</p> <p>Raton, NM 87740</p> <p>Or email to <a href="mailto:mlkern@co.colfax.nm.us">mlkern@co.colfax.nm.us</a>&nbsp; By Oct. 17th, 2017 by 4:00 pm.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please contact the Village of Angel Fire and Angel Fire Resort for their contact information.</p> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/136/County-Commission-to-form-Airport-Advisory-Committee Prescribed Burn Possible Near Angel Fire http://www.afgov.com/news/article/135/Prescribed-Burn-Possible-Near-Angel-Fire <p>Fire managers on the Camino Real District of the Carson National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather to conduct a prescribed fire in La Jara Canyon near Palo Flechado Pass sometime between October 15 and November 23, 2017.</p> <p>This will be a broadcast burn of up to 709 acres in two different areas. The north unit is adjacent to the community of Taos Pines and Forest Service Road 5. The south unit is located south of State Highway 64 along the A1 spur of the Elliott Barker Trail and extends south to the meadow near Bull Springs. Once ignitions start it may take up to a week to complete the burn.</p> <p>These units were thinned in 2014 and subsequently utilized as fuelwood areas.&nbsp; The plan is to burn the remaining wood to create defensible space near the communities of Taos Pines and Angel Fire, restore forest health, and improve wildlife habitat.</p> <p>The public is welcome to participate in a tour of the planned burn area on Saturday, October 14<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Please meet at Palo Flechado Pass on State Highway 64 at 9:30 a.m. If you would like to participate on the tour and need special accommodations, please contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255 by October 10<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>In order to ensure public safety, we discourage the use of a portion of the Elliott Barker Trail that goes from Apache Pass north to the intersection with the loop trail.&nbsp; Please be aware if you plan on using the portion of the Elliott Barker Trail that loops around, you could be impacted by smoke. As an alternative, you may want to consider using the trail system around Angel Fire.</p> <p>Smoke may impact the following areas: State Highway 64, Angel Fire, Taos Pines, Eagle Nest, Taos Canyon, Black Lake, Valle Escondido, and Taos. Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department&rsquo;s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met.&nbsp;Ignitions will take place between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to provide adequate time for the smoke to disperse. Patrols will take place during the night to make sure the fire holds within the planned perimeter.</p> <p>Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health&rsquo;s website at <a href="https://nmtracking.org/fire">https://nmtracking.org/fire</a><span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span></p> <p>For additional information about this prescribed fire, contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/135/Prescribed-Burn-Possible-Near-Angel-Fire Questa and Camino Real Ranger Districts Plan Prescribed Burns This Fall http://www.afgov.com/news/article/134/Questa-and-Camino-Real-Ranger-Districts-Plan-Prescribed-Burns-This-Fal <p>Fire managers on the Carson National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather to conduct prescribed burns sometime between October 1 and October 31, 2017.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Borrego Mesa: This will be a broadcast burn up to 165 acres, 3 miles northeast of Pe&ntilde;asco, 1 mile west of State Highway 518, &frac12; mile north of State Highway 75</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smoke may be visible from the following areas: State Highway 518, State Highway75, Pe&ntilde;asco, Vadito, Ojo Sarco, El Valle, Chamisal, Tres Ritos, Sipapu, Picuris Pueblo, and Rio Lucio.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Taos Ski Valley: This will consist of burning of slash piles at the Taos Ski Area. The first unit is approximately 1 acre at the end of the Deer parking area. The second unit is located at Ernie&rsquo;s and North American ski runs and is approximately 25 acres. The third unit is located in the Wild West Glade area and is approximately 15 acres. The fourth unit is located near the Spencer&rsquo;s area and is approximately 5 acres.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smoke may be visible from the following areas: Taos Ski Valley, State Highway 150, Arroyo Seco, Arroyo Hondo, Red River, and Taos.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as thefirst priority.Smoke from the prescribed burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department&rsquo;s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health&rsquo;swebsite at https://nmtracking.org/fire. For additional information about the Borrego Mesa prescribed fire, contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255. For additional information about the Taos Ski Valley prescribed fire,contact the Questa Ranger District at 575-586-0520.</p> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/134/Questa-and-Camino-Real-Ranger-Districts-Plan-Prescribed-Burns-This-Fal Village of Angel Fire Council considers OHV / ATV Ordinance http://www.afgov.com/news/article/133/Village-of-Angel-Fire-Council-considers-OHV--ATV-Ordinance <p>The Village of Angel Fire gives notice of a regular Village Council meeting for Tuesday, October 10<sup>th</sup> ,2017 at the hour of 5:30 p.m., at the Village Hall.&nbsp;At this meeting, the Village Council will hold a public hearing concerning and will consider for adoption the ordinance described below</p> <ol> <li>AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2010 UNIFORM TRAFFIC CODE (UTC)</li> <li>AN ORDINANCE FOR USE OF RECREATIONAL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES AND ALL &ndash;TERRAIN VEHICLES&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;ORDINANCE NO: 2017-07</strong></p> <p><strong>ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE OPERATION OF RECREATIONAL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES AND ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES ON PAVED STREETS OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY THE VILLAGE OF ANGEL FIRE AS SET FORTH IN THIS ORDINANCE.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WHEREAS,</strong> the New Mexico Legislature amended Section 66-3-1011 NMSA 1978 to allow the operation of recreational off-highway and all-terrain vehicles on a paved street owned and controlled by the authorizing entity, subject to certain conditions;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>WHEREAS, </strong>the Governing Body of the Village of Angel Fire has adopted by reference the 2016 Compilation of the New Mexico Uniform Traffic Ordinance, which rewrote section 12-7-9.2 to allow the operation of recreational off-highway and all-terrain vehicles on a paved street owned and controlled by the authorizing authority, subject to certain conditions;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WHEREAS, </strong>the governing Body of the Village of Angel Fire now deems it desirable to allow the operation of recreational off-highway and all-terrain vehicles on paved streets owned and controlled by the Village of Angel Fire, subject to certain conditions;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE VILLAGE OF ANGEL FIRE, NEW MEXICO:</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>SECTION 1. PURPOSE. </strong>The purpose of this Ordinance is to allow the operation of recreational off-highway and all-terrain vehicles on a paved street or highway owned and controlled by the Village of Angel Fire, as authorized in this ordinance.</p> <p><strong>SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS. </strong>As used in this Ordinance:</p> <ol> <li>&ldquo;All-Terrain Vehicle&rdquo; is a type of off-highway motor vehicle. An all-terrain vehicle means a vehicle fifty inches or less in width, having an unladen dry weight of one thousand pounds or less, traveling on three or more low-pressure tires and having a seat designed to be straddled by the operator and handlebar-type steering control, or as otherwise defined in Section 66-3-1001.1(E)(1) of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>&ldquo;Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle&rdquo; is a type of off-highway motor vehicle. A recreational off-highway vehicle means:</li> </ol> <p>(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A recreational off-highway vehicle is a motor vehicle designed for travel on four or more non-highway tires, for recreational use by one or more persons, and having:</p> <p>(a)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; a steering wheel for steering control;</p> <p>(b)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; non-straddle seating;</p> <p>(c)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; maximum speed capability greater than thirty-five miles per hour;</p> <p>(d)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; gross vehicle weight rating no greater than one thousand seven hundred fifty pounds;</p> <p>(e)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; less than eighty inches in overall width, exclusive of accessories;</p> <p>(f)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; engine displacement of less than one thousand cubic centimeters; and</p> <p>(g)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; identification by means of a seventeen-character vehicle identification number; or</p> <p>(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; By rule of the Department of Game and Fish, any other vehicles that may enter the market that fit the general profile of vehicles operated off the highway for recreational purposes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SECTION 3. OPERATION OF RECREATIONAL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE OR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE ON&nbsp;</strong><strong>PAVED STREETS OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY THE VILLAGE OF ANGEL FIRE.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>A person shall not operate an off-highway motor vehicle on any</p> <p>(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; limited access highway or freeway at any time; or</p> <p>(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; paved street except as provided in Subsections B, C, D, E, and F below.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Off-highway motor vehicles may cross streets or highways, except limited access highways or freeways, if the crossings are made after coming to a complete stop prior to entering the street. Off-highway motor vehicle shall yield the right of way to oncoming traffic and shall begin a crossing only when it can be executed safely and then crossing in the most direct manner, as close to a perpendicular angle as possible.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; C.&nbsp;&nbsp; A recreational off-highway vehicle or all-terrain vehicle may be operated on a paved street owned &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; and controlled by the Village of Angel Fire, if:</p> <p>(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; the vehicle has one or more headlights and one or more tail-lights that comply with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act, Chapter 66, Article 3, NMSA 1978;</p> <p>(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; the vehicle has brakes, mirror, and mufflers;</p> <p>(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; the operator has a valid driver&rsquo;s license, or permits as required under the Motor Vehicle Code and off-highway safety permits as required under the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act;</p> <p>(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; the operator is insured under the provisions of the Mandatory Financial Responsibility Act (NM 66-5-2-5) and the operator must be able to show proof of the insurance or have proof of financial responsibility. The proof of insurance or proof of financial responsibility must have the vehicle identification number of the vehicle being operated clearly shown on said proof. A home owner&rsquo;s policy will not suffice under this ordinance; and</p> <p>(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; all ROVs and ATVs must be registered under NM 66-3-1003. Registration can be obtained at the MVD office at Village Hall if you are a resident of NM;</p> <p>(6)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; the operator of the vehicle is using eye protection that comply with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act; and</p> <p>(7)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;a person under the age of eighteen shall not operate an Off-Highway motor vehicle or ride upon an Off Highway motor vehicle without wearing eye protection and a safety helmet that is securely fastened in a normal manner as headgear and that meets the standards established by the department and comply with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act; Chapter 66, Article 3, NMSA 1978.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>A person shall not operate an off-highway motor vehicle on state game commission-owned, state game commission-controlled or state game commission-administered land, except as specifically allowed pursuant to the Habitat Protection Act, Chapter 17, Article 1, NMSA 1978. </li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>A person shall not operate an off-highway motor vehicle on land owned, controlled, or administered by the state parks division of the energy, minerals and natural resources department, pursuant to Chapter 16, Article 2 NMSA 1978, except in areas designated by and permitted by rules adopted by the secretary of energy, minerals, and natural resources. </li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Unless authorized, a person shall not:</li> </ol> <p>(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Remove, deface or destroy any official sign installed by a stated, federal, local or private land management agency; or</p> <p>(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Install any off-highway motor vehicle-related sign.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>SECTION 4: SPEED LIMIT.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong>A.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>The speed limit for recreational Off-Highway motor vehicles operating within the Village shall be the posted speed limit.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SECTION 5: PASSENGERS.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <ol> <li><strong>A.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>A person operating a recreational off-highway vehicle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a recreational off-highway vehicle unless such vehicle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat, if designed for two persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the recreational off-highway vehicle at the rear of the operator. <strong></strong></li> </ol> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>SECTION 6: OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC LAWS REQUIRED. </strong>Any person operating an off-highway motor vehicle shall obey all traffic laws, rules and regulations and shall be subject to the provisions of Articles 1 through 8 of Chapter 66 NMSA 1978 [except 66-7-102.1 NMSA 1978].</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SECTION 7: SEVERABILITY. </strong>In the event that any clause, sentence, paragraph, section, or other portion of this Ordinance is found by any Court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, it is the intent of the Governing Body that the remaining portions of the Ordinance be given full force and effect. It is the expressed intent of the Village Council to adopt each section, phrase, paragraph and word of this Ordinance separately.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SECTION 8. REPEAL. </strong>All ordinances, or parts of ordinances, in conflict herewith are hereby repealed to the extent they conflict with this Ordinance.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/133/Village-of-Angel-Fire-Council-considers-OHV--ATV-Ordinance What Happened with our Water Service? http://www.afgov.com/news/article/132/What-Happened-with-our-Water-Service <p>Recently, Angel Fire experienced a water outtage for some of the residential area. Below is an explanation of events that occurred.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Chain of events</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Leak</span> &ndash; Leaks are normal utility failures as a system ages and undergoes continued stressors.&nbsp; Prevention is essentially impossible, making repair a normal part of routine maintenance in any water system.&nbsp; This leak was on a transmission line; which is a line delivering water from the well to the tanks. When repairing the damaged portion of line, the leak must be isolated, meaning water is shut off to that area during the time of repair.&nbsp; So, in this circumstance, the line was shut off on Friday to stop the leaking with the plan to fix the line during non-peak demand on Monday, using the secondary well as the temporary back up through the weekend.</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Well failure</span> - The complicating factor was a large golf tournament happening during the weekend.&nbsp; Without shutting off supply to the transmission line, the golf course would have been flooded.&nbsp; The plan was to supply the temporarily shut down area from another well. That well experienced a failure.&nbsp; Even though, the Superintendent got the well back on line Sunday morning, the well could not supply the demand during this high peak weekend; therefore, the transmission line had to be re-energized even with the leak still present.&nbsp; </li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Re-energize system</span> &ndash; The re-energizing needed to happen slowly to minimize sediment agitation and excessive air in the lines.</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Leak repair</span> &ndash; Once demand on the system lessened, crews could go back and fix the leak.</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sediment</span> &ndash; Sediment is a natural occurrence in well water.&nbsp; It is primarily comprised of sand and minerals.&nbsp; Typically, it settles out in the tanks which are periodically cleaned.&nbsp; Once agitation has occurred it takes time plus demand on a system for sediment to settle and/or flush out.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Water system challenges:&nbsp; </span></strong></p> <ul> <li>All utilities have challenges, outages will happen.&nbsp; We have a 24 hour/7 day a week staff schedule that uses an on-call dispatch system to assist with response to problems. </li> <li>small use base for size of system</li> <li>Over 100 miles of water lines </li> <li>20+ pressure zones </li> <li>Aging system</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Outside of Business Hour Communication</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Challenges: <ul> <li>Land lines &ndash; Not many customers still have land lines.&nbsp; </li> <li>Only one social media administrator within the Village</li> <li>After-hours customer notification</li> <li>Dispatch provider</li> <li>Response: <ul> <li>One Call system &ndash; this situation pointed up the need to investigate and establish a One Call system that can send out voice/text/email notifications for users within the database.</li> <li>Social Media &ndash; Allow more than one administrator.</li> <li>During an &ldquo;outside of normal business hours&rdquo; event, the crews responding to the emergency are only able to focus on fixing the problem at hand and cannot take the time to do notification themselves.&nbsp; Therefore, the Village is implementing a chain of command to execute the one call and social media notifications.</li> <li>As of August first, the Village re-established dispatch services through Red River, hopefully providing better response due to having a smaller service area.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/132/What-Happened-with-our-Water-Service US Hwy 68 Summer Construction Project http://www.afgov.com/news/article/129/US-Hwy-68-Summer-Construction-Project <p>New Mexico Gas Company will be realigning and installing a larger natural gas pipeline on US Highway 68 along the Rio Grande Gorge starting at Pilar, NM and going 6.2 miles south to Rinconada, NM.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Construction will began on August 1, 2017 and ends November 2017. Crews will work 12 hour days in one-mile segments using pilot cars. Delays will be from 15 to 30 minutes.</p> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/129/US-Hwy-68-Summer-Construction-Project Kit Carson Electric Board Meeting http://www.afgov.com/news/article/131/Kit-Carson-Electric-Board-Meeting <p>Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees will hold it's June meeting on May 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Angel Fire Community Center, 15 CS Ranch Road.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Board of Trustees will be rotating thier monthly meetings throughout different communities in their service area.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The public is invited to attend.</p> Wed, 31 May 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/131/Kit-Carson-Electric-Board-Meeting GO Bond Report to Council - April 25, 2017 http://www.afgov.com/news/article/130/GO-Bond-Report-to-Council---April-25-2017 <div class="WordSection1"> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Village of Angel Fire 2017 General Obligation Bond</h1> <p><strong><em>Council Update Report</em></strong><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>4/25/2017</em></strong><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Schedule of events:</span></em></strong><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Attached (attachment "A") is a schedule of events that took place prior to&nbsp; clos ing&nbsp; the&nbsp; General Obligation Bond sales. This process was required prior to moving forward with GO Bond expense unless&nbsp; approved&nbsp; by Village Council. <ul> <li>Attached (attachment "B") is a schedule provided by HDR engineering with the proposed schedule for the Village Core Area Street &amp; Utility project and the Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrade project . <ul> <li>With all planning and design work completed this calendar year; construction would be able to move forward at the beginning of the next construction year 2018.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="120" height="0">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Streets ($900,000)</span></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong> <ul> <li>Legal {Modrall) -- $13,391.43</li> <li>Consultant (RBC Capital) - $11,469.05</li> <li>Engineering {HDR) -- $48,270.78 Core Area Study <ul> <li>Asphalt Zipper --$131,490</li> <li>Total contracted to&nbsp; date $204,621.26</li> <li>Remaining $695,378.74 <ul> <li><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Water/&nbsp; Wastewater (1,000,000)</span></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong> <ul> <li>Legal (Modrall)&nbsp; -- $15,122 .25</li> <li>Consultant (RBC Capital) - $10,170.67</li> <li>Engineering (HDR) -- $48,270.78 Core Area Study</li> <li>Engineering&nbsp; {HC&gt;R)-- $65,000 Wastewater&nbsp; Treatment PER</li> <li>Engineering&nbsp; {HDR) -- $49,252&nbsp; Water Tank PER <ul> <li>Vac Trailer --$86, 311</li> <li>Total contracted to date $274,126 .70</li> <li>Remaining $725,873.30</li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="WordSection2"> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">GO Bond Project&nbsp; Implementation Schedule 2017-2018</span></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Core Area</span>:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Information Gathering: Dec 2016 - March 2017 <ul> <li>Field Data Collection: March 2017 <ul> <li>DRAFT Improvement&nbsp; Projects&nbsp; Recommendation/Prioritization Study: April 2017</li> <li>Final Improvements Project Recommendat ion/&nbsp; Pri orit izat ion&nbsp; St ud y: May 2017 <ul> <li>Design Initial Improvement Pro ject : June/July/August 2017 <ul> <li>Bidding Initial Improvement&nbsp; Pro&nbsp; ject : August/September/October 2017</li> <li>Earliest Construction Preliminary Initial Improvement Project Items (drainage, utility work, street repairs , field construction&nbsp; su rvey,&nbsp; et c.): September/October/November 2017</li> <li>Groundbreaking Initial Improvement Proj ect : Spring 2018</li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Wastewater Treatment Fa cility :</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Information Gathering: Feb 2017 -April 2017</li> <li>Treatment Process Alternatives&nbsp; Modeling: April 2017 -&nbsp; May 2017 <ul> <li>DRAFT Preliminary Engineering Report : May 2017</li> <li>Final Preliminary Engineering Report: July 2017 <ul> <li>Design Bar Screen and Disinfection Impro vement s: June/July/August 2017 <ul> <li>Bidding Bar Screen and Disinfection Improvement s: August/September 2017</li> <li>Equipment Lead Time &amp; Pro curem ent : 3-6 months</li> <li>Groundbreaking Bar Screen and Disinfection Improvem ent s: Spring 2018</li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="WordSection3"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>FINANCING&nbsp; SCHEDULE</strong></p> </div> <div class="WordSection4"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>VILLAGE OF ANGEL FIRE, NEW MEXICO GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2017</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>NEW MEXICO FINANCE AUTHORITY PURCHASE </strong><strong>(Loan </strong><strong>No.</strong><strong> </strong><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></strong><strong>-PP)</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> <p><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Village</span> Council &nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Meeting</span> Dates</span></p> <div class="WordSection5"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph"><strong>DATE</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph"><strong>ACTION</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </td> <td width="123" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph"><strong>RESPONSIBLE PARTIES</strong><strong></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Thursday, December 8, 2016</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Village Council adopts Reimbursement Resolution</p> </td> <td width="123" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Village</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Tuesday,</p> <p class="TableParagraph">December 13, 2016</p> <p class="TableParagraph">-</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">First Reading of Bond Parameters Ordinance; adoption of Finance Authority Application Resolution by Village Council</p> </td> <td width="123" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Village</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Wednesday, December 14, 2016</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Post Notice of Intent to Adopt Bond Parameters Ordinance in public locations in Village</p> </td> <td width="123" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Village Clerk</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Thursday, December 15, 2016</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Submit Notice of Public Hearing and Intent to Adopt Bond Parameters Ordinance to <em>Taos </em><em>News </em>for publication on Thursday, December 22, 2016</p> </td> <td width="123" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Modrall</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="WordSection6"> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph"><strong>DATE</strong><strong></strong></p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph"><strong>ACTION</strong><strong></strong></p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph"><strong>RESPONSIBLE PARTIES</strong><strong></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Thursday, December 22, 2016</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Publish Notice of Public Hearing and Intent to Adopt Bond Parameters Ordinance in <em>Taos </em><em>N</em><em>ews</em><em></em></p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Newspaper</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Tuesday,</p> <p class="TableParagraph">January&nbsp; 10, 2017</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Second Reading/ Adoption of Bond Parameters Ordinance by Village Council</p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Village RBC</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Modrall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Wednesday, January 11,2017</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Submit Notice of Adoption of Bond Parameters Ordinance to the <em>Tao</em><em>s </em><em>N</em><em>ews </em>for publication on Thursday, January 19, 2017</p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Modrall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Wednesday, January&nbsp; 11, 2017</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Post Notice of Adoption of Bond Paramet ers Ordinance in public locations in Village</p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Village Clerk</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Thursday, January 26, 2017</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Finance Authority Board approves purchase of Bonds</p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">NMFA</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Village RBC</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Friday,</p> <p class="TableParagraph">January 27, 2017</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Distribute draft Sale Resolution</p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Modrall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Friday,</p> <p class="TableParagraph">February 3, 2017</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Comments due on draft Sale Resolution</p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">All</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Monday, February 6, 2017</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Interest Rates Finalized</p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">NMFA RBC</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Monday, February 6, 2017</p> <p class="TableParagraph">-</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Distribute&nbsp; final Sale Resolu tion</p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Modrall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Tuesday, February 7, 2017</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Distribute draft Closing Documents</p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Modrall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Monday,</p> <p class="TableParagraph">February 13, 2017</p> </td> <td width="322" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Comments on draft Closin g Documents due</p> </td> <td width="124" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">AU</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph"><strong>DATE</strong><strong></strong></p> </td> <td width="321" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph"><strong>ACTION</strong><strong></strong></p> </td> <td width="122" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph"><strong>RESPONSIBLE PARTIES</strong><strong></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Tuesday,</p> <p class="TableParagraph">February&nbsp; 14, 2017</p> </td> <td width="321" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Village Council adopts Sale Resolution</p> </td> <td width="122" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Village</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Tuesday,</p> <p class="TableParagraph">February&nbsp; 21, 2017</p> </td> <td width="321" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">30 day limitation of actions period expires</p> </td> <td width="122" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">All</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="185" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Friday,</p> <p class="TableParagraph">February&nbsp; 24, 2017</p> </td> <td width="321" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">Closing</p> </td> <td width="122" valign="top"> <p class="TableParagraph">&nbsp;</p> <p class="TableParagraph">All</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/130/GO-Bond-Report-to-Council---April-25-2017 Colfax County Assessor Meet-n-Greet http://www.afgov.com/news/article/126/Colfax-County-Assessor-Meet-n-Greet <p>The Colfax County Assessor's Office will be at the Village of Angel Fire, Village Hall on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 10 AM-2 PM.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Assessor's office personnel will be available to anser questions pertaining to Head of Family, Veteran's and Disabled Veteran's exepmtions, 65 &amp; Older/Disabled at any age valuation freeze, Property valuation protest, property owner account information.</p> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/126/Colfax-County-Assessor-Meet-n-Greet NM 434 Roadway Improvement Project http://www.afgov.com/news/article/128/NM-434-Roadway-Improvement-Project <p>The New Mexico Department of Transportation has updated thier information regarding the NM 434 Roadway Improvement Project between Angel Fire and Mora. This update is regarding the roadway between mile marker 17 to mike maker 21. (coming north from Mora)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A 10' width restriction is in place.</strong> This means vehicles wider than 10' will need to seek an alternate route. Only passenger vehicles will be able to travel through this section of NM 434 and larger vehicles will have to seek an alternate route. The critical area is between mile marker 19 and mile marker 21.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This restriction will be effective until December 2017.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, call NMDOT Public Information Officer Yvonne Aragon at 505-454-3622 or email yvonne.aragon@state.nm.us</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/128/NM-434-Roadway-Improvement-Project Angel Fire Recycle Park is moving http://www.afgov.com/news/article/127/Angel-Fire-Recycle-Park-is-moving <p>Effective today, February 15, 2017 the Angel Fire Recycle Park has a new home. The park has been relocated to 27 Halo Pines Terrace (the former Alpine Lumber Building). Both Recyclabes and household trash receptacles are in place at the new location.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/127/Angel-Fire-Recycle-Park-is-moving Colfax County Going to a Four-Day Workweek Monday through Thursday Work Schedule http://www.afgov.com/news/article/125/Colfax-County-Going-to-a-Four-Day-Workweek-Monday-through-Thursday-Wor <p>Beginning March 1, 2017, the Colfax County Court House and administrative offices will extend its official work hours to include early morning and evening times Monday through Thursday. Residents can conduct County business at the Courthouse anytime between 7:00 am and 5:30 pm.; Monday thru Thursday. All offices will be open through lunch. These additional County hours will allow residents to maximize their time with more flexible hours to visit the County offices. Colfax County prides itself on offering residents progressive services and is proud to be first in the county area to implement this exciting new initiate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Colfax County administrative office will be closed on Fridays. However, public safety departments will remain operational which include Colfax County Sheriff and the Vigil Maldonado Detention Center.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Assuring seamless customer service is a top priority for the County and we will continue providing community services that are needed. Without making this change, the County will be faced with other cost saving measures ie layoffs and furloughs. Either of these options would reduce our ability to maintain current service levels. Even with this action, the County will face other challenges to maintaining our service level depending on what the State does to the local governments in the State budget cycle. Colfax County Management is making every possible effort to be proactive in the face of budget cuts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Extending our customer hours beyond the traditional 8:00 am to 5:00 pm workday will make Colfax County Government more accessible to our residents; and, the change will especially benefit our working residents, who will now be able to take care of business at the Courthouse without having to take time off during their busy work days. Additionally, with all offices staying open thru lunch, the public will have access two additional hours a week above the previous schedule. County employees will continue to work 40 hours a week.</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/125/Colfax-County-Going-to-a-Four-Day-Workweek-Monday-through-Thursday-Wor Recreation Partnerships Summit http://www.afgov.com/news/article/124/Recreation-Partnerships-Summit <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>The Carson National Forest invites you to discuss challenges and opportunities regarding recreation,&nbsp;and to determine shared priorities and goals moving forward. &nbsp;This community meeting is hosted by the National Forest Foundation and Carson National Forest Recreation staff.</p> <p>The Recreation Partnerships Summit will be held on&nbsp;Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, from &nbsp;3:00 to 7:00 PM&nbsp;at the KTAOS Solar Center in Taos, and Saturday, February 4th, 2017, 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Ghost Ranch in Abuquiu. &nbsp;</p> <p>RSVP to <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.nationalforests.org/CarsonRecSummit">www.nationalforests.org/Cars</a></span></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.nationalforests.org/CarsonRecSummit">onRecSummit</a></span> and feel free to share this announcement with other folks interested in or involved with recreation on the National Forest.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/124/Recreation-Partnerships-Summit Veterans Services set to take over operations of Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park http://www.afgov.com/news/article/123/Veterans-Services-set-to-take-over-operations-of-Vietnam-Veterans-Memo <p>After almost a year of discussions, the New Mexico State Parks division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department of the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Veterans Services Department have agreed that the daily operations of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park be turned over to the NM Department of Veterans Services.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mission statements of both state departments helped in coming to this conclusion. This change will become effective July 1, 2017, if the New Mexico State Legislature approves a Joint Resolution that is set to be presented during the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session beginning on January 17, 2017. The property will still be owned by the State of New Mexico and the only change will be in the responsibility of the daily operations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Change will be a smooth transition. Currently the NM State Parks division is searching for a new Park Manager that is preferred to have veteran status and would be eligible to carry forward as manager after the transition. NM Veterans Services will also be allowed input into the candidate selection for the position.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Once the transition is completed, Veterans Services officers will maintain an office on the Memorial grounds. The Memorial will maintain the full-time and seasonal staffing it has had in the past.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The David Westphall Veterans Foundation that has contributed major support in the past will continue its support and is in support of this change of operation.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/123/Veterans-Services-set-to-take-over-operations-of-Vietnam-Veterans-Memo NM Legislature to begin 2017 Session http://www.afgov.com/news/article/122/NM-Legislature-to-begin-2017-Session <p>The New Mexico Legislature will begin their session at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. At that time, the Angel Fire Village Council and staff will begin the process of shepherding legislation through during the 60-day session that will help Angel Fire business and citizens in the future. This year, there is legislation that will affect the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, alcohol sales for local restaurants, taxation of internet leased housing for tourist and much more that we will be following. Feel free to speak with your Mayor and Council regarding all fo the issues that will be addressed during this legislative session.</p> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/122/NM-Legislature-to-begin-2017-Session Notice of a 30-Day Public Comment Period and Community Meeting http://www.afgov.com/news/article/121/Notice-of-a-30-Day-Public-Comment-Period-and-Community-Meeting <p>The New Mexico Environment Department's (NMED) Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) is inviting the public to comment on the withdrawal of the 2004 dissolved aluminum "total maximum daily load" (TMDL) document for Cieneguilla Creek (Eagle Nest Lake to headwaters).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During the 2009-2010 triennial review of New Mexico's surface water quality standards for interstate and intrastate surface waters, SWQB proposed to replace the dissolved aluminum water quality criteria (WQC) for aquatic life with hardness-based total recoverable aluminum WQC. The Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) approved the hardness-based total recoverable aluminum WQC on October 14, 2010, and USEPA approved these WQC on June 18, 2012 for surface waters with pH &gt; 6.5. As a result of this water quality standards change, the dissolved aluminum standard no longer applies.</p> <p>Therefore, SWQB is proposing the withdrawal of the dissolved aluminum TMDL.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 30-day comment period on this document will open January 4, 2017, and will close February 3, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST). Formal comments for inclusion in the public record must</p> <p>be submitted in writing preferably by email (wa 1&bull;ne.urbonas@state.nm.us );or by mailing to Wayne</p> <p>Urbonas &nbsp;NMED SWQB, P.O. Box 5469, Santa Fe, NM,87502; or faxing to (SOS) 827-0160, ATTN: Wayne Urbonas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A public meeting will be held to summarize the information and to provide a forum for interested parties to ask questions and provide comments. The meeting will be held in Angel Fire on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, from 4:30-6:30pm at Village of Angel Fire's Council Chambers, 3388 Mountain View Blvd., Angel Fire, NM. Following the close of the comment period, copies of the Response to Comments appendix will be:</p> <ul> <li>&bull; mailed to all persons who submitted written comments during the public comment period; and</li> <li>&bull; available electronically on the bureau's website or by contacting the bureau at the address above.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The SWQB plans to present the Cieneguilla Creek TMDL withdrawal proposal at the Water Quality Control Commission's (WQCC) regularly scheduled meeting on April 11, 2017. WQCC agendas are available at: https:<a href="http://www.env.nm.gov/wqcc/">//www.env.nm.gov/wqcc/.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Persons having a disability and needing help in being a part of this process should contact Vince Velarde at least 10days before the event, at the NMED, Human Resources Bureau, P.O. Box 5469, 1190 St.</p> <p>Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87502, telephone 1-800-219-6157. TDY users please access his number via the New Mexico Relay Network at 1-800-659-8331.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, please contact Wayne Urbonas at (505) 827-2820 or <a href="mailto:wayne.urbonas@state.nm">wayne.urbonas@state.nm.</a> us.</p> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/121/Notice-of-a-30-Day-Public-Comment-Period-and-Community-Meeting Controlled Burns along US Hwy 64 http://www.afgov.com/news/article/120/Controlled-Burns-along-US-Hwy-64 <p>The Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest plans to take advantage of fall weather conditions to conduct several prescribed pile burns. &nbsp;These pile burns are the result of thinning and piling contracts completed from 2012 to 2016 in Wildland Urban Interface areas (WUI) east of Taos along east NM Highway 64.&nbsp; These burns will only occur when conditions such as weather, winds, and resources are favorable and each burn will only last one or two days.</p> <p>Name: <span style="text-decoration: underline;">East La Jara piles</span></p> <p>Location:&nbsp; two miles north and east of Angel Fire, one mile west of the community of Taos Pines.&nbsp;</p> <p>Size:&nbsp; 147 acres</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Name:&nbsp; <span style="text-decoration: underline;">North Shady Brook piles</span></p> <p>Location: Taos Canyon, north of the Shady Brook area</p> <p>Size:&nbsp; 80 acres</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Name:&nbsp; <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Taos Pines WUI piles</span></p> <p>Location:&nbsp; three miles north and east of Angel Fire, east of Forest Road 5 next to the community of Taos Pines.</p> <p>Size 100 acres</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.&nbsp; Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives.&nbsp; These pile burns are being conducted to reduce the risk of high intensity running crown fire and therefore offering greater protection to the communities of Taos Canyon, Angel Fire and Eagle Nest. &nbsp;Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.</p> <p>Smoke may be visible from the communities of Taos Canyon, Shady Brook, Valle Escondido, Angel Fire and Eagle Nest.&nbsp; Motorist are encouraged to use caution when smoke is present along NM Highway 64 and Hwy 434.</p> <p>Smoke from these pile burns will be monitored, and the information will be available to provide health advisories as necessary.&nbsp; Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found at the New Mexico Department of Health website at <a href="https://nmtracking.org/fire">https://nmtracking.org/fire</a>.</p> <p>For additional information please contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/120/Controlled-Burns-along-US-Hwy-64 MVD NM Mobile Unit to visit Village Hall http://www.afgov.com/news/article/119/MVD-NM-Mobile-Unit-to-visit-Village-Hall <p>The Motor Vehicle Department of New Mexico will have the Mobile Unit available at the Angel Fire Village Hall on November 2-4, 2016 to assist people with vehicle and drivers licensing questions and needs. All of the regular Motor Vehicle Division services will be available with a person available to answer your questions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Office hours will be November 2 &amp; 3 from 8 AM to 5 PM and November 4 from 8 AM to Noon.</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/119/MVD-NM-Mobile-Unit-to-visit-Village-Hall Black Lake Prescribed Burn Public Meeting http://www.afgov.com/news/article/118/Black-Lake-Prescribed-Burn-Public-Meeting <p>The Forest Stewards Guild, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, Moreno Valley Fire Department &ndash; Black Lake Station, Angel Fire Fire Department, and others plan to burn 200 &ndash; 500 acres in the next few weeks (weather conditions permitting) on state trust lands near the community of Black Lake south of Angel Fire.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>An open-house public meeting will be held on Wednesday September 28th at Angel Fire Fire Department Station #2 on Cabillo Lane from 6-7:30 pm.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Come ask questions and learn about the benefits of prescribed fire in <em>your </em>area.</p> <p>If you have questions, please contact Matt Piccarello at 505-470-9725 or matt@forestguild.org. Please visit www.forestguild.org/controlledburning for more information.</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/118/Black-Lake-Prescribed-Burn-Public-Meeting Voters pass GO Bond http://www.afgov.com/news/article/117/Voters-pass-GO-Bond <p><strong>ANGEL FIRE, NM., September 14, 2016 &ndash;</strong> The $4.5 million General Obligation Bond for improvements to the Village roads and water and wastewater systems was approved by voters on September 13<sup>th</sup>, sending a clear message that the public, undoubtedly, is supportive of infrastructure improvements to the Village of Angel Fire.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The votes were canvassed on Wednesday, September 14<sup>th</sup> by Village Clerk, Terry Cordova and a canvassing committee. Results of the canvass were as follows:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>1. Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $3 million of general obligation bonds for the purpose of improving municipal streets and roads?</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yes&nbsp;&nbsp; 273&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 85</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>2. Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $1.5 million of GO bonds for the purpose of improving the Village&rsquo;s water and wastewater system?</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yes&nbsp;&nbsp; 256&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 73</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Now that the bond issues have passed, an engineering study will be conducted by HDR, the Village engineering consultants, to give an overall view of the needs of the Village, set priorities for the water system, wastewater plant and road upgrades, and begin to implement the program. It is important to note that the construction will be managed by HDR, the company that was the lead engineer for the recent PID construction. The Village staff will manage HDR. Most of the construction will be performed by experienced contractors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There will be another election in three years to renew the program and issue a further $4.5 million with no increase in taxes. This pattern of elections will occur every three years until the project is complete. If the voters disapprove at any election point, the program will end and taxes will revert back to current tax levels. The total project for improvements is expected to be $31.5 million and will take about twenty years to complete.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/117/Voters-pass-GO-Bond Community Wildfire Protection Plan updated http://www.afgov.com/news/article/116/Community-Wildfire-Protection-Plan-updated <p>On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, the Angel Fire Village Council approved the updated 2016 Community Wildfire Protection Plan.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Special thanks for the hard work goes to the Angel Fire Community Wildfire Protection Plan Committee with help from the New Mexico Association of Counties and The Forest Guild.</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/116/Community-Wildfire-Protection-Plan-updated General Obligation Bond White Paper http://www.afgov.com/news/article/115/General-Obligation-Bond-White-Paper <div class="WordSection1"> <h1>2016 General Obligation (GO) Bond Issue</h1> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Executive Summary</strong></p> <p>In the past four plus years, the Village has made enormous strides in cleaning up its financial balance sheet, paying off more than $1 million in overdue accounts payable, creating a reserve account, refinancing NM state loans and getting audits current. It is now in a financial position to move forward in addressing infrastructure needs.</p> <p>The annual budget is not sufficient to undertake the required rebuilding and repairs of the water/wastewater system and the roads. Additional funding is required. The Village proposes a General Obligation bond election be held as soon as feasible to raise the funds required and take advantage of historically low interest rates. Funds raised would be used to hire an engineering company to prioritize needs, design and supervise the program. The Village would hire a construction firm to do the actual work. Village Public Works staff would continue to repair and maintain the remaining roads and water systems.</p> <p>By state law, a special bond election must be conducted as a single issue election, thus it cannot be joined with any other election such as the upcoming presidential election. The bond election date of September 13, 2016 was chosen because the next available date would be spring 2017. If the election were to be put off until then, any work on the infrastructure would be delayed until spring 2018, the loss of an entire year. Failure to pass the bond this year will delay any significant improvement in water, wastewater and road infrastructure for at least two years</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>Background</h1> <p>Over the past twenty-five years, there have been significant improvements to the Village infrastructure. In the late 1990s, the Community Center was built, the water/sewer system was transferred from Angel Fire Resort to the Village, the lagoons were eliminated and a wastewater treatment facility was built outside downtown. The Village expanded significantly by annexing subdivisions beyond the Village &ldquo;core&rdquo; downtown. This transferred over 100 miles of roads from Colfax County to the Village for a total of nearly 130 miles of roads to maintain. By comparison, Taos has only about forty-five miles of roads with as significantly higher tax base. Angel Fire&rsquo;s water system is also one of the most complex in New Mexico with about 130 miles of water lines and forty pressure relief valves scattered through ten pressure zones. Taos has only four PRVs and two zones.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The early 2000s evidenced a far less successful track record. Plaza del Sol (Liberty Square) was partially developed and then abandoned. The 434 SAD was created between the downtown &ldquo;core&rdquo; and the &ldquo;blinking&rdquo; light in anticipation of economic development along this corridor. The only significant development to date has been the RV Resort.&nbsp; The Resort developed Valley of the Utes with a significant sewer system that has not as of yet been connected to the Village wastewater system. An additional road was built to connect Valley of the Utes and the Chalets with Highway 434.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During the current decade, the PID program brought roads, water, electricity and sewer to disadvantaged areas that had been overlooked by previous Resort owners. The expense of construction was borne by the property owners, not the Village or the Resort (with the exception of Resort-owned lots). Village water infrastructure was improved by the addition of a one million gallon storage tank near downtown and sporadic road improvements.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>The Present</h1> <p>In 2012, the Village faced some major challenges. Finances were a mess. The Village had over $18 million in debt and struggled to make payroll. There was over a million dollars in past due accounts payable, coupled with no reserves. Most importantly, Village audits were years behind, making the Village ineligible for most federal and state loans and grants. The infrastructure was suffering from deferred maintenance. Specifically, the chip- sealed roads had amassed a significant number of potholes. The wastewater treatment plant was limping along, under-utilized and significant upgrades were needed to stay in compliance with the EPA. The water system was leaky with pipes approaching the end of their useful lives.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Council and Mayor decided to get the financial house in order before attacking these other problems. Spending was cut, personnel changes were made, and paying off outstanding accounts payable and long-term debt became a priority. Multiple audits were conducted. On December 15, 2015, the Village submitted its 2015 audit to the state, the first one turned in on time in at least twelve years and was immediately rewarded with a state sponsored grant/loan package of $582,500 to help upgrade the wastewater plant. The Village just received an additional grant/loan package from Drinking Water Revolving State Fund for $427,000 for repairs to the water system. The Village intends to aggressively pursue more of these awards but the reality is that competition for these monies is fierce.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Village is now in a good position to move forward with other priorities. As of June 30, 2016, it has paid off all the overdue accounts payable and is current on all A/P accounts now. At the end of June, the Village paid off seven loans, including the mortgage on Village Hall, and reduced long-term debt to $12 million. The Village implemented a plan to pay off all current debt within eleven years. The Village balance sheet shows almost</p> <p>$375K in reserves and in addition maintains two pay-periods worth of cash at all times.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>The Program</h1> <p>The portion of The Program attributable to bond issuance is expected to be $31.5 million and will take about twenty years to complete. The initial phase of the proposed program is for three years and $4.5 million. There will be another election in three years to renew the program and issue a further $4.5 million with no increase in taxes. This pattern of elections will occur every 3 years until the project is complete. If the voters disapprove at any election point, the program will end and taxes will revert back to current tax levels.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Special Bond issue proposed for September 2016 is broken down into two questions on the ballot: Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $3 million of general obligation bonds&hellip;for the purpose of &hellip;improving municipal streets and roads; and&hellip;Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $1.5 million of GO bonds&hellip;for the purpose of&hellip;improving the Village&rsquo;s water and wastewater system? Although voters will be able to vote on each question, it will be impossible to complete the program without both options.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Although the bond will result in a 16% increase in property tax rates, a major reason the percentage is this high is because our current rates are extraordinarily low. Even with this increase the Village will only have the 3rd highest rates for municipalities in the county and will remain in the bottom 20 percentile in the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="WordSection1"> <p>If the bonds pass, an engineering study will be conducted by HDR, the Village engineering consultants, to give an overall view of the needs of the Village, set priorities for the water system, wastewater plant and road upgrades, and begin to implement the program. It is important to note that the construction will be managed by HDR, the company that was the lead engineer for the recent PID construction. The Village staff will manage HDR. Most of the construction will be performed by experienced contractors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>Wastewater</h1> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <h2>Phase I &ndash; 2016 to 2018</h2> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Of the proposed $1.5 million allocated to water/wastewater, about $500K of the bond issue will be expended for upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment facility to meet New Mexico EID requirements. Coupled with loan and grants, this will be the first phase of an upgrade to the facility to bring the facility into compliance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Phase II &ndash; 2019 to 2021, Phase III &ndash; 2022 to 2024</h2> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>A subsequent bond issue will fund the construction of new sewer lines connecting lines near the country club and extend coverage into the Monte Verde and possibly Country Club I subdivisions and the Valley of the Utes. Most of the lots in the first two subdivisions are served by septic systems. Many of these systems are old and failing, especially in the Monte Verdes. New Mexico Environmental Department regulations require inspection whenever a house with a septic system is sold. The current failure rate in Angel Fire is approximately 50%. Replacement cost for these systems is as much as $30K.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Wastewater Treatment facility is currently underutilized, running at only about forty percent of capacity during peak usage between Christmas and New Year&rsquo;s. Additionally, septic systems are leaching into the Village groundwater and into Cieneguilla Creek. Less septic systems and more sewer hookups would be beneficial to the Valley water table as well as homeowners. Residents who now face the replacement expense of their septic systems will connect to the new sewer lines. These new users, as well as present sewer customers, would benefit from the sewer expansion since an increase in users leads directly to a reduction in expense in fees for all users.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>Water</h1> <p>Water infrastructure is directly related to roads and fire protection. Water lines are typically located under the roads. Many of the older water mains within the village are two inches or four inches in diameter as opposed to the six inches required for effective firefighting. They will need to be replaced. Water pipes are most efficiently replaced at the same time as roads are being upgraded.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Water lines are typically buried between six to eight feet beneath the streets to keep them from freezing. Constant plowing has eroded some streets so that the lines sometimes freeze. To prevent that, the Village opens some lines to allow water to bleed out to keep water flowing and prevent freezing. This results in a waste of water during the winter. Upgrades to the water system in many areas involve increasing the depth of the roadways to prevent the water mains from freezing. The number of water bleeders throughout the Village has been reduced from fifty-six to ten over the past several years, largely due to recent road upgrades. Two additional bleeders will be eliminated this year with the goal of eventually eliminating all bleeders.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Other infrastructure programs involve required upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility, repairs to two wells, re-lining existing water storage tanks, and implementing a master drainage plan for the Village core area.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>Roads</h1> <p>The study to be prepared by HDR will lay out Village road priorities, breaking the work areas into specific categories such as the core area, evacuation routes, high-traffic areas (e.g. the intersection of El Camino Real, Vail Avenue and South Angel Fire Road), and severely degraded streets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Village currently maintains nearly 130 miles of mixed gravel, asphalt, dirt, and chip-seal roads of varying quality and condition. The current maintenance plan is clearing out the bar ditches, grading the gravel and dirt roadways, and fixing potholes in chip-seal. The Village has purchased a milling machine, brand name Zipper, to begin to resurface Village roads. It is scheduled for delivery in early August and will be placed into service immediately, with emphasis on severely pot-holed chip-seal roads. There is not a local chip-seal contractor. The Streets Department does not have the equipment required to construct or maintain chip-seal roads at the current time. In the meantime, cold mix must be used to repair the potholes on existing asphalt and chip-seal roads. Bond monies will be used to purchase additional maintenance equipment as required.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, some gravel roads need to be upgraded beyond just adding base course. Some of the gravel roads were built with inadequate base material and base course just needs to be added to them. Other roads will be need to be totally reconstructed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Much of the damage to roads in Angel Fire stems from the run-off from poorly built driveways and the excessive erosion caused by their drainage. During the construction phase of road repairs, the Village will contact owners along the routes and work with them to correct the driveway drainage problems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Following pothole repair to asphalt roads in the downtown core later this year, a contractor will be hired to &ldquo;fog seal&rdquo; North Angel Fire Road. This involves spraying the roads with oil and applying a layer of small rocks similar to chip-seal.&nbsp; The funds have been allocated; the project will begin as soon as the Village gets contracting approval from the State.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>Impact of the Bond Issue</h1> <p>Angel Fire&rsquo;s infrastructure is aging and is in need of many upgrades. The rebuilding requires an infusion of funds that can only be accomplished through a bond issue. Failure to pass the bond this year will delay any significant improvement in water, wastewater and road infrastructure for at least two years</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>Key Milestones for the GO Bond Election</h1> <p>Thursday, July 28th &ndash; Meeting with business owners in the rotunda at the Community Center</p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp; Presentation of the GO Bond White Paper</p> <p>Wednesday, August 10th &ndash; Meeting with residents in the rotunda at the Community Center</p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp; Presentation by HDR Engineering on the process of evaluation of the roads</p> <p>Tuesday, August 16th &ndash; Voter Registration Deadline at Village Hall &ndash; Business Owners and Residents Friday, August 26th &ndash; Ballots mailed to eligible voters &ndash; business owners and residents</p> <p>Monday, August 29th &ndash; Meeting with residents and business owners at Village Hall</p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp; Presentation by RBC Capital on the bond issuance and tax impact Monday, September 5th &ndash; Labor Day</p> <p>Tuesday, September 13th &ndash; Election deadline</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="72" height="0">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/115/General-Obligation-Bond-White-Paper White Paper for General Bond Election http://www.afgov.com/news/article/114/White-Paper-for-General-Bond-Election <p><strong>2016 General Obligation (GO) Bond Issue</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>Executive Summary</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">In the past four plus years, the Village has made enormous strides in cleaning up its financial balance sheet, paying off more than $1 million in overdue accounts payable, creating a reserve account, refinancing NM state loans and getting audits current. It is now in a financial position to move forward in addressing infrastructure needs.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">The annual budget is not sufficient to undertake the required rebuilding and repairs of the water/wastewater system and the roads. Additional funding is required. The Village proposes a General Obligation bond election be held as soon as feasible to raise the funds required and take advantage of historically low interest rates. Funds raised would be used to hire an engineering company to prioritize needs, design and supervise the program. The Village would hire a construction firm to do the actual work. Village Public Works staff would continue to repair and maintain the remaining roads and water systems.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">By state law, a special bond election must be conducted as a single issue election, thus it cannot be joined with any other election such as the upcoming presidential election. The bond election date of September 13, 2016 was chosen because the next available date would be spring 2017. If the election were to be put off until then, any work on the infrastructure would be delayed until spring 2018, the loss of an entire year. Failure to pass the bond this year will delay any significant improvement in water, wastewater and road infrastructure for at least two years</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>Background</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Over the past twenty-five years, there have been significant improvements to the Village infrastructure.&nbsp; In the late 1990s, the Community Center was built, the water/sewer system was transferred from Angel Fire Resort to the Village, the lagoons were eliminated and a wastewater treatment facility was built outside downtown. The Village expanded significantly by annexing subdivisions beyond the Village &ldquo;core&rdquo; downtown.&nbsp; This transferred over 100 miles of roads from Colfax County to the Village for a total of nearly 130 miles of roads to maintain.&nbsp; By comparison, Taos has only about forty-five miles of roads with as significantly higher tax base. Angel Fire&rsquo;s water system is also one of the most complex in New Mexico with about 130 miles of water lines and forty pressure relief valves scattered through ten pressure zones. Taos has only four PRVs and two zones.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">The early 2000s evidenced a far less successful track record.&nbsp; Plaza del Sol (Liberty Square) was partially developed and then abandoned.&nbsp; The 434 SAD was created between the downtown &ldquo;core&rdquo; and the &ldquo;blinking&rdquo; light in anticipation of economic development along this corridor.&nbsp; The only significant development to date has been the RV Resort.&nbsp; The Resort developed Valley of the Utes with a significant sewer system that has not as of yet been connected to the Village wastewater system. An additional road was built to connect Valley of the Utes and the Chalets with Highway 434.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">During the current decade, the PID program brought roads, water, electricity and sewer to disadvantaged areas that had been overlooked by previous Resort owners.&nbsp; The expense of construction was borne by the property owners, not the Village or the Resort (with the exception of Resort-owned lots). Village water infrastructure was improved by the addition of a one million gallon storage tank near downtown and sporadic road improvements.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>The Present</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">In 2012, the Village faced some major challenges. Finances were a mess. The Village had over $18 million in debt and struggled to make payroll. There was over a million dollars in past due accounts payable, coupled with no reserves. Most importantly, Village audits were years behind, making the Village ineligible for most federal and state loans and grants. The infrastructure was suffering from deferred maintenance. Specifically, the chip-sealed roads had amassed a significant number of potholes. The wastewater treatment plant was limping along, under-utilized and significant upgrades were needed to stay in compliance with the EPA. The water system was leaky with pipes approaching the end of their useful lives.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">The Council and Mayor decided to get the financial house in order before attacking these other problems. Spending was cut, personnel changes were made, and paying off outstanding accounts payable and long-term debt became a priority. Multiple audits were conducted. On December 15, 2015, the Village submitted its 2015 audit to the state, the first one turned in on time in at least twelve years and was immediately rewarded with a state sponsored grant/loan package of $582,500 to help upgrade the wastewater plant. The Village just received an additional grant/loan package from Drinking Water Revolving State Fund for $427,000 for repairs to the water system. The Village intends to aggressively pursue more of these awards but the reality is that competition for these monies is fierce.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">The Village is now in a good position to move forward with other priorities. As of June 30, 2016, it has paid off all the overdue accounts payable and is current on all A/P accounts now. At the end of June, the Village paid off seven loans, including the mortgage on Village Hall, and reduced long-term debt to $12 million.&nbsp; The Village implemented a plan to pay off all current debt within eleven years. The Village balance sheet shows almost $375K in reserves and in addition maintains two pay-periods worth of cash at all times.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>The Program</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">The initial phase of the proposed program is for three years and $4.5 million. There will be another election in three years to renew the program and issue a further $4.5 million with no increase in taxes. This pattern of elections will occur every 3 years until the project is complete. If the voters disapprove at any election point, the program will end and taxes will revert back to current tax levels.&nbsp;The entire program is expected to total over $30 million and will take about twenty years to complete.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">The Special Bond issue proposed for September 2016 is broken down into two questions on the ballot:&nbsp; Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $3 million of general obligation bonds&hellip;for the purpose of &hellip;improving municipal streets and roads; and&hellip;Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $1.5 million of GO bonds&hellip;for the purpose of&hellip;improving the Village&rsquo;s water and wastewater system? Although voters will be able to vote on each question, it will be impossible to complete the program without both options.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>New Mexico is 42<sup>nd</sup> in the US in the amount of property tax paid</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>Colfax County is in the bottom 20 percentile in the US for property tax rates</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">If the bonds pass, an engineering study will be conducted by HDR, the Village engineering consultants, to give an overall view of the needs of the Village, set priorities for the water system, wastewater plant and road upgrades, and begin to implement the program. It is important to note that the construction will be managed by HDR, the company that was the consulting engineers for the recent PID construction. The Village staff will manage HDR. Most of the construction will be performed by experienced contractors.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>Wastewater</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>Phase I &ndash; 2016 to 2018</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Of the proposed $1.5 million allocated to water/wastewater, about $500K of the bond issue will be expended for upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment facility to meet New Mexico ED requirements.&nbsp; Coupled with loan and grants, this will be the first phase of an upgrade to the facility to bring the facility into compliance.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>Phase II &ndash; 2019 to 2021, Phase III &ndash; 2022 to 2024</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">A subsequent bond issue will fund the construction of new sewer lines connecting lines near the country club and extend coverage into the Monte Verde and possibly Country Club I subdivisions and the Valley of the Utes. Most of the lots in the first two subdivisions are served by septic systems. Many of these systems are old and failing, especially in the Monte Verdes. New Mexico Environmental Department regulations require inspection whenever a house with a septic system is sold. The current failure rate in Angel Fire is approximately 50%. Replacement cost for these systems is as much as $30K.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">The Wastewater Treatment facility is currently underutilized, running at only about forty percent of capacity during peak usage between Christmas and New Year&rsquo;s. Additionally, septic systems are leaching into the Village groundwater and into Cieneguilla Creek. Less septic systems and more sewer hookups would be beneficial to the Valley water table as well as homeowners. Residents who now face the replacement expense of their septic systems will connect to the new sewer lines. These new users, as well as present sewer customers, would benefit from the sewer expansion since an increase in users leads directly to a reduction in expense in fees for all users.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>Water</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Water infrastructure is directly related to roads and fire protection.&nbsp; Water lines are typically located under the roads. Many of the older water mains within the village are two inches or four inches in diameter as opposed to the six inches required for effective firefighting. They will need to be replaced. Water pipes are most efficiently replaced at the same time as roads are being upgraded.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Water lines are typically buried between six to eight feet beneath the streets to keep them from freezing. Constant plowing has eroded some streets so that the lines sometimes freeze. To prevent that, the Village opens some lines to allow water to bleed out to keep water flowing and prevent freezing. This results in a waste of water during the winter. Upgrades to the water system in many areas involve increasing the depth of the roadways to prevent the water mains from freezing. The number of water bleeders throughout the Village has been reduced from fifty-six to ten over the past several years, largely due to recent road upgrades. Two additional bleeders will be eliminated this year with the goal of eventually eliminating all bleeders.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Other infrastructure programs involve required upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility, repairs to two wells, re-lining existing water storage tanks, and implementing a master drainage plan for the Village core area.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>Roads</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">The study to be prepared by HDR will lay out Village road priorities, breaking the work areas into specific categories such as the core area, evacuation routes, high-traffic areas (e.g. the intersection of El Camino Real, Vail Avenue and South Angel Fire Road), and severely degraded streets.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">The Village currently maintains nearly 130 miles of mixed gravel, asphalt, dirt, and chip seal roads of varying quality and condition. The current maintenance plan is clearing out the bar ditches, grading the gravel and dirt roadways, and fixing potholes in chip seal. The Village has purchased a milling machine, brand name Zipper, to begin to resurface Village roads. It is scheduled for delivery in early August and will be placed into service immediately, with emphasis on severely pot-holed chip seal roads. There is not a local chip seal contractor. The Streets Department does not have the equipment required to construct or maintain chip seal roads at the current time. In the meantime, cold mix must be used to repair the potholes on existing asphalt and chip seal roads. Bond monies will be used to purchase additional maintenance equipment as required.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">In addition, some gravel roads need to be upgraded beyond just adding base course. Some of the gravel roads were built with inadequate base material and base course just needs to be added to them. Other roads will be need to be totally reconstructed.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Much of the damage to roads in Angel Fire stems from the run-off from poorly built driveways and the excessive erosion caused by their drainage. During the construction phase of road repairs, the Village will contact owners along the routes and work with them to correct the driveway drainage problems.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Following pothole repair to asphalt roads in the downtown core later this year, a contractor will be hired to &ldquo;fog seal&rdquo; North Angel Fire Road. This involves spraying the roads with oil and applying a layer of small rocks similar to chip-seal. &nbsp;The funds have been allocated; the project will begin as soon as the Village gets contracting approval from the State.</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>Impact of the Bond Issue</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Angel Fire&rsquo;s infrastructure is aging and is in need of many upgrades. The rebuilding requires an infusion of funds that can only be accomplished through a bond issue. Failure to pass the bond this year will delay any significant improvement in water, wastewater and road infrastructure for at least two years</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2"><strong>Key Milestones for the GO Bond Election</strong></p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Tuesday, August 16<sup>th</sup> &ndash; Voter Registration Deadline at Village Hall &ndash; Business Owners and Residents</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Friday, August 26<sup>th</sup> &ndash; Ballots mailed to eligible voters &ndash; business owners and residents</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Monday, August 29<sup>th</sup> &ndash; Meeting with residents and business owners at Village Hall</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Monday, September 5<sup>th</sup> &ndash; Labor Day</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MediumGrid2">Tuesday, September 13<sup>th</sup> &ndash; Election deadline</p> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/114/White-Paper-for-General-Bond-Election Please take this Survey for the Village http://www.afgov.com/news/article/113/Please-take-this-Survey-for-the-Village <p>A committee for the Village of Angel Fire is currently reviewing the Village Community Wildfire Protection Plan and would like your help in updating this plan. Please take a minute and go to this website to complete the survey:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://goo.gl/forms/fmk0wumXEc2zog432">http://goo.gl/forms/fmk0wumXEc2zog432</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.</p> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/113/Please-take-this-Survey-for-the-Village Carson National Forest Fire Fighting Resources Ready http://www.afgov.com/news/article/112/Carson-National-Forest-Fire-Fighting-Resources-Ready <p><strong>Taos, N.M., June 28, 2016</strong>&mdash;Thanks to forest user vigilance and response by Carson NF fire personnel, wildfires have been kept to a minimum this year. Twenty seven wildfires on the Carson National Forest have claimed a total of 18 acres to date: eleven human-caused fires claiming 3 acres, and 16 lightning fires claiming 15 acres.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Firefighting resources are available and prepared to respond to potential fire situations in and around the Carson NF. Aside from the local firefighting resources are: the Boise Hotshots, Two Initial Attack Dispatchers from the Lewis and Clark / Helena NF, a Forest Duty Officer from the Custer Gallatin NF, an Information Officer from Santa Fe Zone, and a West Yellowstone Smokejumper&mdash;Type 3 IC.&nbsp; The Carson NF is sharing an Air Attack, Type 2 helicopter with a Rappel crew, and the local T3 helicopters with the Santa Fe NF.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Fire prevention and other fire management personnel keep busy this time of year either patrolling the forest; or talking with people on how to prevent catastrophic fires.&nbsp; Some topics Fire Prevention personnel share with the public are, campfire and smoking safety, chainsaw safety (spark arrestors), vehicle parking, defensible space (clearing around homes), red flag warnings, trash or debris burning and of course sharing with children, the beloved Smokey Bear message, &ldquo;Only you can prevent wildfires.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Although scattered rain showers within the Carson NF have helped to reduce fire danger from very high to high, dry conditions remain. The Carson National Forest thanks the public for their continued fire prevention awareness. Enjoy a safe, fire-free Fourth of July weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Fourth of July is around the corner, and you want to go camping? Why not? Carson National Forest Fire officials say, &ldquo;Go out, enjoy the outdoors, try camping without a campfire but if you decide to have one, use campfire safety measures.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We have not imposed fire restrictions on the Forest because of some of the scattered rain showers we&rsquo;ve received and predictions for more afternoon showers over the next few days,&rdquo; said Mike Gagen, Fire Duty Officer, &ldquo;That doesn&rsquo;t mean we can be lax about fires.&nbsp; Our state&rsquo;s just experienced a devastating wildfire near Mountainair; let&rsquo;s not allow that to happen here.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">CAMPFIRE TIPS TO USE AND SHARE</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>If possible use an established campfire ring, clearing of debris if necessary;</strong></li> <li><strong>Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry&nbsp;&nbsp; grass, pine needles and leaves;</strong></li> <li><strong>Pile extra wood away from the fire;</strong></li> <li><strong>Clear the area down to bare soil;</strong></li> <li><strong>Keep your campfire safe and small, especially when its windy;</strong></li> <li><strong>Never leave your campfire unattended;</strong></li> <li><strong>Do not bury your coals as they can smolder and re-ignite later;</strong></li> <li><strong>Drown the fire with water and dirt, stir remains, add more water and dirt, and stir again. If its cool enough to stick your hand in it, it is cool enough to leave;</strong></li> <li><strong>Make sure your fire is &ldquo;dead out&rdquo; before leaving it unattended. </strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Please remember that fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest system lands.</em></strong></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/112/Carson-National-Forest-Fire-Fighting-Resources-Ready Community Partners Team Up Again to Beautify Median http://www.afgov.com/news/article/111/Community-Partners-Team-Up-Again-to-Beautify-Median <p>Tuesday, June 7 Angel Fire Proud, Angel Fire Garden Club and the folks at Keller Williams Angel Fire will partner again to beautify the median strip on North Angel Fire Road. Volunteers from all three organizations will plant, weed and deadhead perennials as a part of an annual community initiative.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The median strip project began in 1991 as the Angel Fire Garden Club&rsquo;s first civic development project. "It has evolved into one of our Angel Fire Garden Club&rsquo;s signature gardens," said Johnese Turri, Angel Fire Garden Club president and member of Angel Fire Proud. The median strip community collaboration won the Garden Club top honors in the Civic Development category in a statewide awards contest this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Village of Angel Fire won a grant from New Mexico Clean &amp; Beautiful to enhance community properties around Angel Fire. The median strip project has received $800 from this grant. Members of Angel Fire Proud and the Angel Fire Garden Club will purchase by a variety of native, water wise, flowering perennials from local Pacheco's High Country Nursery.</p> <p>&nbsp;"The Angel Fire Proud partnership with the Angel Fire Garden Club was a match made in heaven on this on-going project," said Bill Humbert, Angel Fire Proud chairman. "Our mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for our village's beautification. And the participation of Keller Williams, their 5th year, on their annual RED Day*&nbsp;effort takes the median strip to new heights!"</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Volunteers are welcome to help out. Meet at Keller Williams (next to the Angel Fire Center) at 9 a.m. Bring gardening gloves, trowels and your own water. Angel Fire Proud volunteers are asked to wear their blue shirts and Keller Williams are asked to wear their red shirts.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/111/Community-Partners-Team-Up-Again-to-Beautify-Median Plastics Recycling Suspended in Angel Fire http://www.afgov.com/news/article/110/Plastics-Recycling-Suspended-in-Angel-Fire <p>Materials collected in the Village of Angel Fire recycling program are processed, baled and sold. These materials are a &ldquo;commodity&rdquo; and the price for these commodities fluctuates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The last plastics that were picked up for recycling in 2015 received no money to offset the costs of collecting, processing bales and delivery costs. Therefore, the Village of Angel Fire must make the prudent decision to suspend collection of plastics and plastic bottles for recycling. The Village will continue to monitor the market for recyclable plastics so that when/if the market recovers, we will resume collection of plastics for recycling.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Until such time as the market recovers, the dumpsters for recycling plastics will be removed and plastics should be placed in the household waste dumpsters with your household garbage.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have questions, please contact the Angel Fire Transfer Station at 575-377-6967.</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/110/Plastics-Recycling-Suspended-in-Angel-Fire Angel Fire Proud Slates Community Clean Up Day http://www.afgov.com/news/article/109/Angel-Fire-Proud-Slates-Community-Clean-Up-Day <p>Dig out your outdoor work clothes and prepare to roll up your sleeves for Angel Fire&rsquo;s village-wide clean up. The Village of Angel Fire and Angel Fire Proud&rsquo;s (AFP) organizers are hosting their Annual Spring Clean Up, Saturday, May 14, 8:30 &ndash; 11:30 a.m., rain or shine.</p> <p>Following a successful tradition of clean up events in which residents have collected hundreds of pounds of trash, AFP is seeking help with their 2016 spring effort.</p> <p>Neighbors of all ages can join hands with local businesses, community groups, Village leadership and staff to boost civic involvement across the village and improve the quality of life for all residents and visitors. &ldquo;Every pair of hands is appreciated,&rdquo; said Bill Humbert, AFP chair.&nbsp;&ldquo;Working together helps the village look its best and makes us all Angel Fire proud.&rdquo;</p> <p>Also, Angel Fire residents with proof of residency can dump appliances (no refrigerators), slash and more for free at the Angel Fire Collection Center, 55 Camino Grande, east<em> </em>of Highway 434 near the Moreno Valley High<em> </em>School<strong>. </strong>But no tires, paint or commercial and demolition waste. The collection center will be open Saturday 8 a.m. - noon.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CLEAN UP DAY DETAILS:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>When:</strong> Saturday, May 14 beginning at 8:30 a.m.</li> <li><strong>Where:</strong> Meet at the Village Hall, 3388 Mountain View Blvd., for supplies, including gloves, bags and T-shirts.</li> <li><strong>Who:</strong> Neighbors, businesses, community organizations, anyone, everyone!</li> <li><strong>Coffee and donuts</strong>: While signing in and picking up supplies volunteers are welcome to enjoy a morning snack.</li> <li><strong>Lunch:</strong> After the clean up, volunteers are invited to enjoy a free &ldquo;thank you meal&rdquo; at the Village Hall starting <em>after</em> 11:30 a.m. </li> <li><strong>Contest:</strong> A prize will be given to the volunteer who collects the &ldquo;weirdest, most unusual&rdquo; piece of trash.</li> </ul> <p>AFP sponsors this annual event to further its mission to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for our community&rsquo;s beautification. Past clean up days drew more than 100 people. Organizers hope to double participation this year.</p> <p>GGHoldings Wagon Mound, LLC and New Mexico Clean &amp; Beautiful are also among the key partners in this annual program.</p> <p>For up-to-date information see <a href="http://www.angelfirenm.gov/">angelfirenm.gov</a>.</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/109/Angel-Fire-Proud-Slates-Community-Clean-Up-Day North Shady Brook Prescribed Pile Burn (US Hwy 64) http://www.afgov.com/news/article/108/North-Shady-Brook-Prescribed-Pile-Burn-US-Hwy-64 <p>The Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest will begin prescribed burning piles this month in the North Shady Brook project area.&nbsp; This prescribed burn will be conducted on days when wind, relative humidity, temperature and expected weather pattern are favorable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>These piles are located off of US Highway 64 East, in Taos Canyon just north of Shady Brook.&nbsp; This burn will consist of 80 acres of slash piles to reduce the residual fuel accumulations from thinning projects in the area.&nbsp; This fuels reduction will augment the four cross canyon fuel breaks created on private lands through a federal grant know as a Nonfederal Lands Grant (NFL) and the South Shady Brook fuels break project.&nbsp; Thinning was completed in 2013 with the 80 acres remaining to be burned.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives. These piles will be burned to reduce the risk of a high intensity running crown fire and therefore greater protection to the communities of Taos Canyon, Angel Fire and Eagle Nest.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smoke from the prescribed burns will be monitored, and the information will be made available to provide health advisories as necessary. Lingering smoke may be present for up to one week after ignitions are complete. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found, at the New Mexico Department of Health website at <a href="https://nmtracking.org/fire">https://nmtracking.org/fire</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For additional information about these prescribed burns, please contact the Camino Real Ranger District at 575-587-2255.</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/108/North-Shady-Brook-Prescribed-Pile-Burn-US-Hwy-64 2016 Primary Election Voting http://www.afgov.com/news/article/107/2016-Primary-Election-Voting <p>The 2016 Primary Election will take place Tuesday, June 7, 2016.Absentee and Early Voting will begin on May 10, 2016. Early voting takes place in the Colfax County Clerk's office; however, this year, for your convenience, we are offering Mobile/Early Voting in other parts of the County as well. Everyone who is registered to vote as a Republican or a Democrat in Colfax County can vote early at one of the Mobile sites or in the Clerk's office on the dates and times listed below:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Clerk's Office, Colfax County Courthouse - beginning May 10, Monday-Friday 8 AM-5PM daily and Saturday, June 4, 10 AM-6 PM.</p> <p><strong>Angel Fire Village Hall - May 21 &amp; 23, 8 AM-5 PM</strong></p> <p>Eagle Nest Community Center - May 24, 8 AM-5 PM</p> <p>Cimarron Village Hall - May 25, 8 AM-5 PM</p> <p>Springer Luna Community College - May 26, 8 AM-5 PM</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Voting is both a right and a privilege in America. During the Primary, only registered Republicans and Democrats may vote. All registered voters may vote in the General Election to be held on November 7, 2016. Early Voting and Mobile voting dates for the General Election will be advertised at a later date.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please note the dates and times for Early and Mobile Voting and <strong>exercise your right to vote!</strong></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/107/2016-Primary-Election-Voting Village Municipal Elections http://www.afgov.com/news/article/106/Village-Municipal-Elections <p>Unofficial results of teh March 1, 2016 election are as follows:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mayor :</strong></p> <p><strong>Barbara Cottam&nbsp; 172</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Councilor :</strong></p> <p><strong>William Luther Humbert&nbsp; 84</strong></p> <p><strong>Steve H. Larson&nbsp; 118</strong></p> <p><strong>Brinn Frank Colenda&nbsp; 111</strong></p> <p><strong>Leonard Bubba Davis&nbsp; 75</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Judge :</strong></p> <p><strong>Richard Hill &nbsp;174</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;There will be a reorganization meeting and ceremonial swearing in of the new Village Council and Judge on March 15, 2016 at 5:30 PM in Village Hall.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/106/Village-Municipal-Elections VOTE MARCH 1st http://www.afgov.com/news/article/105/VOTE-MARCH-1st <p>The Village of Angel Fire will have a municipal election on March 1, 2016. The voting location is the Angel Fire Community Center, 15 CS Ranch Road. Polls will be open for voting from 7 AM to 7 PM.</p> <p>Candidates are running for election to these positions:</p> <p>Mayor of Angel Fire</p> <p>Two (2) Village Council positions</p> <p>Municipal Judge</p> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:00:00 EST http://www.afgov.com.com/news/article/105/VOTE-MARCH-1st