Flashbacks from 1975 Chronicles

In February 1975, the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle evolved from the merger of the Moreno Valley Lantern and Red River Prospector. Following are memories gleaned from that year.

<strong>February 1975</strong>

Publisher Joe Gallagher announces the Red River Prospector and Moreno Valley Lantern “have passed the way of their 19th and 20th century predecessors. Yet…their presence will remain in a new publication: the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle. The Chronicle will continue to focus primarily on the Moreno Valley and Red River Valley the first Friday of each month.”

Moreno Valley voters consider a recall of County Commissioner Joe Campanella of Cimarron, the valley’s representative, for failure to accept the responsibilities of his elected office…including adequate snow removal.

Moreno Valley resident Tom Mutz has been retained by the Cincinnati Reds as a catcher.

Bill Hickman and Gretchen Sammis of Cimarron are elected to the Cimarron School Board. Moreno Valley voters favor both as protectors of the Eagle Nest Elementary School.

Eagle Nest Chamber board unanimously approves director Robert Sullivan’s proposal to revive the traditional fish fry originated by Eagle Nest (Therma) pioneer T.D. Neal.

Angel Fire assistant ski school director Mickey Greenwood wins the men’s title of the First Angel Fire Cup giant slalom race. Race director Herbert Kofler said the winning racers will challenge neighboring ski areas.

Former Cleveland, Ohio residents Paul and Sue Atzberger are purchasing the old Shamrock service station property and plan to lease it to Autry Ivins and Lloyd Brooks as a Texaco self service station. Non-leaded gasoline will be available.

Red River Chamber secretary Jo Ann Sewell notifies president Wayne Kidd she must resign, but she and Dan will continue living in Hidden Valley outside Red River.

Glen A. Calhoun Real Estate is offering 20 condominiums for sale in Red River, with 2 bedroom units starting at $26,900.

<strong>March 1975</strong>

Drew Judycki of Red River Ski Area and Herb Kofler, ski school director at Angel Fire Ski Basin, place in the final round of the professional dual slalom races at Sierra Blanca Ski Area.

Powder Puff Ski Area’s Judy Miller says a certification clinic for the popular GLM (graduated length method) of teaching skiing will be offered this month.

Newly elected officers of the Moreno Valley Mounted Patrol are George Block, Wayne Harrison, Robert Sullivan, John Mackey and Bob Ely.

John and Linda Hoag’s Sundance Lodge & Mexican Restaurant in Red River offers 9 carpeted, double rooms, each with private bath. Rates starting at $12 for double occupancy.

<strong>April 1975</strong>

A request by Red River residents to release the town from the Questa Independent School District is refused.

Colfax County Deputy Ben Burt plans to eradicate the canine problem in and around Eagle Nest. “Dogs without tags running in the streets will be disposed of according to the laws of the state.”

Longtime area residents Woody Harney and Teddy Terry are teaming up to reopen the La Fonda Tavern in the historic La Fonda hotel on Taos Plaza.

Tommy and Joe B. LeBus are advertising custom made jewelry in Eagle Nest.

An Elkhart, Kansas skier wins a free lift ticket on Easter Sunday morning as the 37,000th skier. The 1974-75 season recorded over a 100 percent increase over the previous year’s 16,527.

Richard Cordova, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julio Cordova, receives a Heroism Award from New Mexico Governor Jerry Apodaca and a check from Silver Spruce Club president Nona Gimson for saving the life of young Charlie Miller, who was trapped on the second floor of a burning building in May 1974 in Eagle Nest.

Ski New Mexico president Bill Burgess announces that the Silver Dollar Weekend at ski resorts statewide was a great promotional success.

Kate & Garyʼs Lounge in Red River says it has great barbecue ribs and sandwiches and “all our prices are happy prices.”

Beta Sigma Phi sorority snow queen for 1975, Sandra Samuels, is feted at a banquet held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Ashcraft.

<strong>May 1975</strong>

Eagle Nest Lake was clear of ice by April 30 and concessionaire Bill Gallagher says the lake will open for boat fishing only on May 23. $4 per fisherman, private boats $12/day.

Red River golfers Bill Gill and Jack Emory are pictured relaxing in their cart following 18 holes on the Angel Fire course.

Wayne and Marsha Kidd of Red River proudly announce the arrival of son Colby, born April 15, 1975 in the La Jara, Colo. hospital.

Johnny Miller, son of John and Judy Miller of Red River, has been awarded a full tuition scholarship to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he will major in electrical engineering.

Angel Fire’s Pat Burgess is opening Therma Dry Goods Co. in the old T.D. Neal Mercantile building in Eagle Nest. He will offer a wide variety of arts and crafts, including macrame by Debbie Larkin and handicrafts by Irene Lewis.

Angel Fire’s Pat Burgess is opening Therma Dry Goods Co. in the old T.D. Neal Mercantile building in Eagle Nest. He will offer a wide variety of arts and crafts, including macrame by Debbie Larkin and handicrafts by Irene Lewis.

Eagle Nest incorporation efforts are snagged after attorneys said legal fees could run $1,000 to $3,000.

La Mesa Park race track in Raton announces improvements and a new look for the opening of its 30th season.

Cimarron’s Domingo V. Archuleta, known to people in western Colfax County as “The Wrangler,” or “the driver,” and “most frequently as a friend,” died suddenly April 4, 1975. He was 40. Domingo had been employed by The Baca Grande Corp at Angel Fire and was renowned for his bulldozing skills on the lift line-ski run that is now his namesake, Upper and Lower Domingo.

<strong>June 1975</strong>

An Eagle Nest Incorporation Committee has been established, after the Chamber of Commerce directors voted to withdraw from the future incorporation efforts. “The Chamber is not permitted to become involved in political issues,” remarked president Joe Gallagher. Don Nation of Eagle Nest will chair the committee.

Red River Kiwanis Club teamed with the Las Vegas Kiwanis to host a weekend outing in Red River for 17 underprivileged boys who were treated to chairlift and jeep rides, fishing at Rainbow Lake, skating at Black Mountain Playhouse, and more. Kiwanis president Don Buchanan thanked “all the business people, and wives and families of Kiwanis members, who made the outing enjoyable for the boys.”

The Moreno Valley Fish Fry revival by the Greater Eagle Nest Chamber of Commerce is a “community success.” More than 250 people ate Mountain Mullet, cole slaw, beans and rolls.

A recreational softball league, established in summer 1974, with12 teams from Taos, Arroyo 19 and Angel Fire announces its June schedule of play. “Angel Fire Cowflops” will face “La Cocina Louts” June 22, 2 p.m.

Red River Kiwanis elect John Miller president, John Fischer secretary, and Jerry Henson treasurer for the coming year. Among the directors elected:  Bill Grindstaff, Gene Addision, Earl Stults and John Brandenburg.

Angel Fire gets a post office, June 3, 1975, at the Country Club. Angel Fire resident E.O. “Buzz” Clemens has been hired as postmaster and hours are 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily.

Devil Oil Co. of Amarillo has contracted Dave Heck Builders of Ute Park to build a “mini-general store” and service station in Angel Fire. Featuring flared sides and sweeping wings, the modern pueblo style structure has been designed by an Amarillo architect. A mid-July completion is expected.

Directors of the Idlewild Community Center have announced plans to hold their annual membership meeting on Sunday, July 27, at the Fellowship Hall in the Worship Center Area. A number of cabins in Idlewild were vandalized during the winter months and though apprehended, those responsible have not been charged, angering a number of homeowners.

Red River Womenʼs Club elected Martha Stephens president, “Babe” Robinson vice president and Lois Revell, secretary-treasurer. The women enjoyed a tour and lunch at Tinnieʼs Palace in Raton, restored by oilman R. O. Anderson.

Newly appointed State Tourism official Bill Kundrat toured Angel Fire and visited with local business proprietors about tourism. Among issues discussed:  current problems surrounding access into the Sangre de Cristo recreation area and the need for completion of State Road 38 south to Ocate and Mora.

Red River artist Rick Fowler has designed a new flag and masthead for this issue, June 1975, of the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle. Fowler, best known as a member of Three Faces West which appears throughout the summer at The Outpost, has also received awards for his art at the Red River Art Festival.

Red River Inn’s ad proclaims:  “Pamper Yourself. It costs no more”. The inn offers Luxurious Rooms and Apartments and fluffy omelets, blueberry and honey pecan pancakes in its restaurant at 6:30 am. as well as trout and golden chicken for dinner at 5 p.m. “The only 10 cent coffee in town.”

Nona Gimson, president of Silver Spruce Club, wrote in a letter to the editor, “We were overwhelmed at the response to the Elizabethtown Cleanup Day on May 11.” More than 70 volunteers and several area companies helped improve and gravel the access road through the cemetery, repair sunken graves, replace grave markers and remove rubble at the Elizabethtown Pioneer Cemetery, designated for local Bicentennial honors.

Widely acclaimed watercolor artist Mary Allen of Angel Fire will offer her second watercolor workshop at the resort during July.

The Lodge at Red River advertises a “High Country Get Away.” Get Away #1, 3 days, 2 nights, 2 breakfasts and dinners served family style by fireside and candlelight, 1 jeep trip, 1 horseback ride, 1 chairlift ride and 1 motorcycle rental, all for $58 per person.

<strong>July 1975</strong>

Red River Town Council votes to approve a zoning ordinance. Zoning commission chairman Steve Dunphy said the measure will “protect existing businesses and control, in a positive manner, the future growth and development of the town.”

Lifetime resident of Elizabethtown and the Moreno Valley Adolph Mutz died in Albuquerque following a long illness. Survivors include wife Irene, son Phillip and daughter Mrs. Marilyn Piquette.

Red River pioneer Tillie Simeon will be featured in the 4th of July parade.

Ted Gimson of Eagle Nest has been appointed to replace Bob French as area installer for Mountain Bell Telephone.

Kori Myria, first daughter of J.D. and Rene Brandenburg of Red River, was born May 29

 in the La Jara, Colo. hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Heflin of the Moreno Valley announced the birth of their first child, a son, Lannon, June 15 at Northern Colfax County Hospital in Raton.

Representatives of San Angelo, Texas Chamber of Commerce have announced the selection of Nancigail Gill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gill of San Angelo and Red River, to serve as an ambassador of goodwill during the 1975 Fiesta del Concho. Nancigail will be a sophomore at West Texas State University this autumn.

Approximately 12,000 six to nine inch trout were planted in Eagle Nest Lake in June, a part of an experimental stocking program to increase the size of fish being caught.

Ute Park contractor Dave Heck was advertising “Are you planning on building? Go to Heck!”

Photographed at the Angel Fire Country Club bar prior to a rec-pitch softball game were teammates Tom Hoover, Bill Diveley, John Mohler, Joe LeBus and Phil Bateman.

A Mountain Gardening column by Jane Miller describes the Columbine as “The” flower of the Rocky Mountains and instructs on planting.

New Mexico Game and Fish announces approximately 3,000 Rainbow Trout will be planted in the Red River each week to meet the demands of area vacationers.

Narciso Federici, 95, of Cimarron passed away June 23 at Colfax General Hospital in Springer. He is survived by daughters Ann Martin and Emma Rosso and a son, Bill Federici.

Eunice Mutz, 75, died in San Jose, California recently. She is survived by her husband Walter and three sons.

<strong>August 1975</strong>

The Upper Red River Valley TV Association is seeking members and will continue to operate on a 12-month schedule. Dan Sewell is manager of the system.

Devil Oil Company of Amarillo announces the grand opening of a Mini-mart and Phillips 66 self service station. Located in the northwest corner of Angel Fire Village, adjacent to Highway 38, the complex is the first independent commercial project to be constructed at the resort which is not directly associated with lodging.