Edgewood Chamber Friday Blast 6.13.14

  Friday Blast
    June13 , 2014
The Edgewood Chamber
…working for you!

 

 

DON’T MISS OUR JUNE
Mixer

Thursday June 19
Hosted by Sigala’s
Martial Arts
at George Court
(to the back on the right)
Begins at 5:30 to 7pm.
Welcome our almost newest Chamber members, who had their Ribbon Cutting
last Saturday, June 7.

They put on a very entertaining show.
Don’t miss the mixer…and please bring your cards!


 Economic Development

Edgewood residents and businesses are filling out the Economic needs study!  Thank you to all who have taken a few minutes to fill out this important study for the future of our community! If you haven’t done it yet, please 

 

Click below:

Economic Development Survey

 

Tell folks you know that the survey is available on the Edgewood Chamber website, and on the Town of Edgewood Website under Economic Development as well as here.

Deadline for the survey information
June 30.

After the data is gathered, we will prepare an Economic Impact Preparation Recommendation Report which will be used by our committee and leaders to help determine what’s next for Edgewood!

 

Leadership Edgewood

 

Our last class for the year will be held in June, with Arts, History and the IRS.

Graduation will take place on July 18
at the beautiful home of

Peggy and Skip Mead.

We’re hoping to announce our very special guest speaker next week.

LEADERSHIP EDGEWOOD 2015
BEGINS IN JANUARY 2015!

 

 

Coming Soon!
Chamber decals for members to place in your windows to announce that you are serious about your business and have joined the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce!

 

 

 

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     Area Happenings

This Friday Blast Section is reserved for your events or happenings in the area!  If you have an upcoming event or a special happening that you would like to see in the Blast, please email it to the office by Wednesday. Approved information will be reviewed and inserted in the Blast on the following Friday. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling people of all ages who love to have fun

while doing something worthwhile!

On June 14,

Kingdom Krafters
is hosting their very first

Make It & Take It Craft Day

Join the fun from 1-4pm
at the pavilion & soccer fields
located off 344 in Edgewood.

We’re going to raise money for

Rivers of Mercy Orphanage

in Juarez, Mexico!

Pay $3 per person or $10 per family to make quality crafts
you can take home.
(Think painted ceramics and other unusual handmade items…
Not your typical pipe cleaner &
cotton ball event!)

Crafting not your thing?
Take part in our mega raffle
to appreciate what someone else has made!
Whether you’re looking for the perfect
Father’s Day gift
or just need a way to relax, you’re bound to find something you love among our
unique raffle items.
For fun refreshments,
visit our concession stand.

Just follow the signs and keep your eyes open
for fields of people having fun!

Find out more from our website or Facebook page!

www.kingdomkrafters.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/760603517303800/?ref=22

Or call (616)916-1757. Ask for Rachel or Jeremy! 

 

 

The Bethel Community Storehouse

is in need of volunteers.

Many positions are available in the

food pantry, thrift store, donation intake and sorting areas.

Volunteer orientation is held every Thursday at 10 am for ages 14 and up.

You choose the day, time and project.

Bring a friend, or come and make new friends.

Call 832-6642 for more info.

 

 

 

 Wildlife West Nature Park

   Begins our Saturday Night
Chuckwagon BBQ

this Saturday evening at 6pm at
Wildlife West!

Live Cowboy Band,  BBQ Feast,
Live Raptor Show
now through August 30!

Covered seating rain or shine!

Adults $15

Seniors $23

Age: 5-11 $12

Under 5 FREE
Call for Group Rates

Wonderful way to entertain your summer visitors!

Make reservations by 2pm day of show.

Call 505-281-7655, or 1 877 981 WILD

 

New Mexico Horse Rescue at
Walkin n circles Ranch
in celebration of the year of the horse

FOURTH ANNUAL
CHUCK WAGON DINNER

SATURDAY JUNE 21, 2014
Gates open at 4pm
Dinner 5:30
Dancing 7-10

Authentic Chuck Wagon Dinner
Dancing to the Pat Reyes Band
Silent Auction and Ranch Tours
Live Chain Saw Carving by Mark Chavez
Natural Horsemanship Training Demos

Tickets $35 per person
Sponsor table for 8 $400
Children 6-12 $15
under 6 FREE

CALL 505-286-0779 for Reservations

 

 

 

 

-Bear Barn Art Gallery

is open daily 10-5:30 every day except Tuesdays.

Stop by and help support our local artists. Located at Wildlife West Nature Park and Rescued Wildlife Zoo in Edgewood, 87 North Frontage Road past Hunter Building Materials.

Contact Gayle Bone at; 610-8073. gogobone59@copper.net


 

RETRO 66 Meetings:

-RETRO; 18 June, 2014, 1-2:30 PM at Moriarty Civic  Center; 202 S. Broadway

-RETRO; 16 July, 2014, 1-2:30 PM at Edgewood Community Center; 27 N. Frontage Rd just East of Dairy Queen

 

Light Pole Banners

If you are interested in a banner advertising your business along Route 66 or State Road 344 in Edgewood, you can still order yours!

 If there is a vacant spot or if the Town occupies a spot you wish to occupy along Route 66 and 344, you  

can order through the town office,
only $90.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

We welcome re-posting of the Friday Blast,with the understanding that the Edgewood Chamber is an independent organization of local business members.

Statements and beliefs on other sites may not be construed as views or positions to which we adhere or agree.
  

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Board Meeting

Monday July 7 at 6:15pm
Chamber office

 

Luncheon

Thursday July 10

11:30 am
Edgewood

Community Center
Come celebrate
Mayor Howard Calkin’s 90th Birthday.
We will hold a surprise reception,
honors and perhaps even a roast for him
from 1 to 3 after the regular luncheon at the Community Center.
Please don’t tell him… (he isn’t online, and won’t see this).

 

Mixer

Thursday June 19
Hosted by Sigala’s
Martial Arts

 

Triple Crown Corporate Partners for 2014

RICH Ford Edgewood
EPCOR Water
Wal-Mart
The Independent
SASS

 

Executive Director:

         Madeline Heitzman


Board of Directors

President:
Chris Hopper       2015

Vice President
Robin Markely      2014
Secretary:
Babara Ormand   2015

Treasurer:
Martha Eden          2014   

 

Board Members at Large:

Ray Seagers                  2015

Saul Araque                   2015

Howard Calkins              2014
Tom Torres                    2014

Julie Bassett                  2015

Committees:
Economic Development:

Tom Torres – Jim Bouton

Ambassadors:

                   Howard Calkins

Political Affairs & By Laws:
Ray Seagers

Events:         Robin Markley

Education:   Julie Bassett
Programs:    Staff/Committee
Luncheon:     Martha Eden
Leadership Alumni Group
Kathy Courreges

RETRO Route 66:  

               Madeline Heitzman

Town of Edgewood
Meetings:

meets First and Third Wednesdays of the month
at 6:30pm
Edgewood Community Center
  Planning & Zoning meets First and Third Tuesdays of the month at 6:00pm Edgewood Community Center.

Other Chambers:
East Mountain Chamber meets
the first Thursday of the month  Call 281-1999 or

info@eastmountainchamber.com

 

Moriarty Chamber meets
at noon the third Tuesday of the month at the Moriarty Civic Center.  Call 832-4087

 

Mountainair Chamber meets the first Tuesday of the month at 11:30am. 847-2975  or
mcc@mountainairchamber.com

 

About Us 
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday
       9am – 5pm

Fridays by appointment.
Since we’re a one person office, when we have other meetings or members to visit, we’re not here. Call 850-2523  and we’ll be sure to meet you!

Location:

95 State Road 344 Ste 3
(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico

Phone Number

     505-286-2577
e-mail:

info@
edgewoodchambernm.com

 

 

 

 

 

If you are a chamber member,
you can leave your business cards, rack cards and flyers at the Visitors center inside the South door to the Library. Be sure to get your information over here.
It’s part of your benefit as an Edgewood Chamber member!

Stop by the office to see
Madeline if you have
any questions ,
or call my cell 850-2523.

2012 Edgewood Chamber of Commerce – All rights reserved Address:PO Box 457 Edgewood

PO Box 457, Edgewood, NM 87015, USA

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Sig Silber: What Would NM Look Like As A Nation

I hope everyone will read the article found below and take seriously what may happen to this great state.  There are serious issues with which to deal. If people of this state continue to lollygag around, we could find ourselves without a viable economy.  There is already a serious rumor Intel will leave in 18 months, there is always a danger Los Alamos and Sandia could shutdown with little warning and some of our military installations could be candidates for the dustbin.

I’m sure there are other options which will not bode well for this large state with the small economy.  We thank Mr. Silber for allowing us to use his work and unless he pulls permission for our use you can expect much more from him on this blog, and others maintained by us and other conservative organizations.

Mr. Silber’s article was originally published in The Global Economic Intersection or http://econintersect.com/b2evolution/blog2.php/2014/01/21/the-nation-of-new-mexico-1

English: Seal of New Mexico

English: Seal of New Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Nation of New Mexico

January 21st, 2014
in Op Ed, syndication

Random Thoughts from the High Desert: What if New Mexico became an Independent Nation with its own Central Bank?

Written by

The land area which today we call New Mexico was part of the new nation of Mexico until it was basically seized In 1848 and became the United State Territory of New Mexico in 1850 and a State in 1912. It is the fifth largest state by land area in the U.S and has abundant natural resources. I am not advocating secession but simply wondering what the implications of nationhood would be for the people of New Mexico. Also this is an exercise in understanding how states within the U.S. are in many ways similar to nations within the Eurozone i.e. those Members of the European Union which do not have their own currency but instead use the Euro.

When considering the impact of being a separate nation one way to begin is to ask what the pros and cons are of so doing. The table below is one way of looking at it.

Pros

Cons

1. More flexibility in deciding on the legal framework under which one is governed.

2. Separate currency facilitating adjustment of competitiveness without waiting for wage rates to adjust

3. Ability to increase or decrease the money supply

4. Perhaps increased borrowing power since debts become sovereign debt

1. Relinquish or need to renegotiate aid from existing Federal sponsor

2. Need to assume certain functions currently performed by the existing Federal sponsor.

3. Increased vulnerability to foreign attacks.

4. Increased vulnerability to anything that impacts the economy of part of a smaller nation.

How does New Mexico fit within the above framework?

First of all let us look at the data on the transfers of taxes to the Federal Government and the receipt of funds from the Federal Government. For New Mexico, it looks like this:

Federal Taxes 1990-2009, $bn

Federal Spending 1990-2009, $bn

Taxes minus spending, $bn

GDP

2009, $bn

Federal taxes minus spending. 1990-2009, as % of 2009 GDP

New Mexico

115.7

316.6

(201.0)

76.9

(261)

The fact that New Mexico is substantially supported by the rest of the U.S. is very apparent. Thus New Mexico can not afford to lose its Federal sponsor. This sponsor provides essentially $5B a year to New Mexico over and above tax receipts received from New Mexico taxpayers which is equivalent to our State General Fund.

Some of the Federal spending is for two National Labs and multiple military installations which we could do without but currently provide income for many New Mexico residents. I have not gone through the exercise of netting out those Federal Expenditures which are in some ways intended to benefit the entire U.S. not just New Mexico so perhaps they can be subtracted from the receipt of funds to New Mexico.

But we have many other funding requirements including the management of forests and other Federal Land, management of many of our reservoirs, assistance to Native Americans, social security payments, Medicaid funding, etc. In many ways, New Mexico is not really a State but a very expensive Territory for the U.S. to maintain.

So New Mexico can not afford to be an independent nation. When you are too small to survive, one solution is to get larger. So what about what the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) calls the “Southwest” which is Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona.

The send/receive ratios for the Southwest and other states are shown in the following map:

https://i2.wp.com/media.economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/original-size/20110806_WOM959_0.gif
Source: Census Bureau; International Revenue Service;The Economist estimates

Because the map is difficult to read if printed in black or white, I have also included a table of the data in that map for the states of the Southwest.

Federal taxes 1990-2009,$bn

Federal spending 1990-2009, $bn

Taxes minus spending,$bn

GDP 2009,$bn

Federal taxes minus spending, 1990-2009 as % of 2009 gdp

New Mexico

115.5

316.6

(201.0)

76.9

(261)

Texas

2,738.6

2,348.8.

389.8

1,146.6

34

Oklahoma

385.0

434.3

(49.3)

142.4

(35)

Arizona

424.9

631.7

(206.8)

249.7

(83)

Total

3,664.0

3,731.4

(67.3)

1,615.6

(4)

Uneven Economic Performance

But even if the sends and receives from the former Central Government would be essentially balanced out in the new Nation of The Southwest, the relative performance of the four economies have recently diverged as shown on this map.

https://i2.wp.com/agorafinancial.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/5min_WhatDiff_123113Big.png
source: Census Bureau

You can clearly see here the recent poor performance of New Mexico and Arizona as compared to Oklahoma and Texas. Thus we could easily see a difficulty emerging between a prosperous East Southwest and a deflationary/depressed West Southwest. In some ways the Southwest might resemble Europe.

Of course we know why Oklahoma and Texas are doing well. It is called fracking and horizontal drilling. These are concepts which are culturally anathema to many in New Mexico and Arizona so that could be an obstacle to confederation. But a good public relations campaign might overcome this and there exists some uniform culinary preferences of the residents of the Southwest and similar attitudes towards oppressive Central Government.

There may even be some reason for thinking that part of the northern tier of Mexico might fit in nicely with this new possible nation. There already exists pretty much free movement of people back and forth across the border between Mexico and three of the states in the Southwest. There is also considerable integration of the river and reservoir systems between the Southwest and Mexico. There is also to some extent for a substantial part of the population of the Southwest a shared language, religion, and cultural values. But I will leave the expansion of the discussion on the potential merger of the Southwest with part of Northern Mexico for a subsequent article.

We may want to look at some other characteristics of this potentially new nation.

State

Land Area Square Mile

Popu-lation 2010 Census in 1000s

Annual Precip-itation in inches

Proved Oil Reserves 2011

Millions of Barrels

Government

owned

land

%

Personal Income tax rate single person moderate income %

Sales tax state plus local

%

New Mexico

121,589

2,059

14.24

866

34.7

4.9

7.26

Texas

268,581

25,145

35.0

7,014

1.8

0

8.14

Oklahoma

69,898

3,751

37.62

879

1.6

5.25

8.67

Arizona

113,998

6,392

11.5

Small

42.3

4.24

9.16

Total

574,066

37,348

About the same as Mexico.

16.9

Did not calculate

Did not calculate

Total U.S.

3,794

308,745

Conti-nental U.S. 30

Perhaps 20 – 25 Billion

Overall the New Southwest would have generally lower personal income tax rates but higher sales tax rates than the residual U.S. This would tend to create income inequality. As sales taxes are regressive and low income tax rates often are associated with higher property taxes. To be complete I should have considered corporation tax rates.

Access to Federal lands would provide Southwest with a substantial amount of land currently owned by the U.S. Federal Government. This includes over 61 million acres or approximately twice the size of New York State. This might but would not necessarily spur development and increases in property tax receipts. U.S. control over subsurface oil and gas extends in some case beyond the amount of surface land owned by the U.S. and many minerals such as gold and silver are controlled by the U.S. Federal Government with the ability of citizens to stake and patent claims.

A small percentage but still significant amount of Federal Land is used as military installations and if these military installations and their equipment were included with Southwest, it would be among the World’s major nuclear powers which is not surprising since the atom bomb was developed and tested in New Mexico.

How this land became Federal Land is interesting as to some extent it is land stolen from the Mexican settlers who became U.S. Citizens as a result of conquest by the U.S. of Northern Mexico. In the case of New Mexico the ownership of land was by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo intended to remain with those living in the conquered land but key entrepreneurs and other scoundrels enticed the Federal Government to essentially steal the land from the Hispanic citizens. This is a process that continues to this day.

The Central Bank of the Southwest.

There are many reasons to have a Central Bank. Many nations in Europe have learned the hard way what it is like to not have a Central Bank, not be able to issue currency, and to depend on a Central Bank over which you have very little control.

Although one could argue that the major benefit of having a Central Bank is the ability to generate money out of thin air which can often be convenient, perhaps the major benefit of having a Central Bank is to have ones own currency. For the Southwest I have decided that our currency will be called the Desert Tortoise or Tortoise for short. For some short time there would be interchangeability of one Tortoise per U.S. dollar. After that transition period, the Tortoise would float against all currencies.

The advantage of having ones own currency is that it is a lot easier to adjust in a world market by having ones currency appreciate or decline in value relative to other currencies than it is to have price levels adjust to allow one to achieve a balance of trade.

It does not matter whether this is trade with another nation or trade with another state. Well it would not matter except if one was receiving subsidies or paying subsidies or other transfer payments to allow ones trading partners to be able to afford or tolerate their relationship with you.

The U.S. provides foreign aid to Egypt and Israel among others and we have examined earlier in this article the very different ratios of money sent to D.C. versus what is returned.

One way or another, everything that enters a state within a nation or a nation must be paid for. That payment can be by money, borrowing, or seizure. To the extent it is money, workers must be willing to work for sufficiently low wages to make their products attractive to ones trading partners and wages must be sufficiently attractive to entice workers into the labor force. The U.S. is doing a poor job of handling this balancing act. Perhaps a smaller unit such as the Southwest would be able to achieve better performance.

There are many reasons to manipulate ones currency but a major reason is to impact your trade surplus or deficit. Some explanation of this is provided below:

Economic Variable Impacted by Current Account

Current Account Deficit

Current Account Surplus

Savings Rate as Compared to Investment Rate

Decrease

Increase

Employment

Decrease

Increase

Household Income

Higher

Lower

Inflation

Lower

Higher

Interest Rates

Lower

Higher

GDP Growth

Lower

Higher

Thus the devaluation or currency appreciation is the use of currency adjustments in lieu of other mechanisms to manage the trade balance. This occurs both naturally in the marketplace and by policy i.e. the Central Bank of the Southwest which I would structure to be a full service bank i.e. it would deal with both the state chartered banks and individual citizens. Thus if there was a need to stimulate the economy of the Southwest, there would be the usual option of stuffing money into the banks but also the option of bailouts directly of residents.

  • Too much foreign debt denominated in Tortoises, devalue the Tortoise.
  • If wages are too high, devalue the Tortoise.
  • If too much hot money is entering the Southwest, cause the Tortoise to appreciate.

It is not clear what the trade balance of the Southwest would be. In terms of manufactured goods and food it would be a net importer. On the other hand, it would be a significant net exporter of energy for now hydrocarbon based but long term to include solar and wind energy.

Presumably part of the motivation would be to improve the economy of the Southwest and create job opportunities and a better qualified work force than exists currently. This means enlightened fiscal and monetary policy. In general monetary policy is more effective than fiscal policy so having a Central Bank and ones own currency is critical.

This of course only will work relative to the Residual U.S. and the rest of the World. It would not address imbalances within the Southwest.

Without the ability to have a currency that adjusts relative to the relative competitiveness of the Southwest relative to the residual U.S. and the rest of the World, adjustments would have to be made by prices rising or falling to avoid non-competitiveness.

But there remains the issue of legacy debt. Some residents of the Nation of the Southwest would owe money to others denominated in U.S. Dollars and some would own loans denominated in U.S. Dollars. So devaluing or appreciation the “Tortoise”,the new currency of the Southwest, would have certain implications. In general it is likely that the Remaining U.S. will be in a debtor position relative to the citizens of the Southwest who own U.S. Treasury obligations and will be exempt from any obligations with respect to the U.S. National Debt which clearly would not be very popular in D.C.

Economic Potential of the Southwest

Between the arid settings, mountain air, and saltwater locations, the potential for providing medical services, and tourism as well as being a retirement destination all of which is facilitated by having abundant low-cost land, the economic growth potential of the Southwest would appear to be significant.

As just one example, it might be able to become a healthcare center especially if the U.S. were to accept Medicare claims filed with the Southwest or under current rules (http://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11037.pdf) there may be opportunities to develop medical centers close to the borders of the Southwest with the Residual U.S. Providing free or highly discounted medical services to U.S. Legislators might lead to the proper rules being put into place.

And the nation of Southwest might easily become an onshore/offshore sanctuary for those concerned about the safety of their U.S. Dollars.

As an aside, secession is not the only way to create economic subregions within the U.S.. States can cooperate and negotiate Interstate Compacts that supersede State Laws and are enforced by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is not out of the question to create regional currencies and there may be other ways to achieve the same benefits without having separate currencies i.e. indexing of compensation of government employees to the trade balance of the region to make adjustments less difficult than the current process of using Detroit-style financial collapse to force a decline in labor rates.

With respect to governance, the concept of dividing Texas into a larger number of smaller states might have some appeal. Texas at one time might have had that right as part of their Treaty with the U.S. when they joined the Union but apparently they have over time surrendered that right and it is prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. But of course that would no longer be a constraint within a new nation of Southwest.

Border security is an issue partly related to the large amount of U.S. owned land and sparsely settled Native American land near the border with Mexico in New Mexico and Arizona.

This New Nation of the Southwest would have many miles of shoreline along the Gulf of New Mexico including deep water ports. But border security would be a problem. Here is what the situation looks like today.


Source: U.S. Geological Survey Jacquieline v. Notan, Cartographer 21 September 2011

The large amount of Federally Controlled land complicates achieving border security in Arizona and New Mexico. Decisions on the former Federally held government land would have to be reviewed to determine the best use of this land. I have to assume that the citizens of the Southwest would prefer to have those decisions made locally rather than in Washington D.C.

We may want to look at some of the other chacteristics of this potential new nation.

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We Just Received This Today: Chamber Blast For 4/13/13

  Friday Blast
             April 12, 2013

Got a few calls, and yes, I did not send out the blast.  It was ready to go,
but I never cued it up to send.   Sorry…. So here it is, a few days late…
M.

    Your Chamber,
Working for you…
Don’t Miss our Mixer
Next Thursday
April 18
Hosted by
Hug a Horse Thrift Store
(across from Domino’s on RT 66)
Hug A Horse is the fundraising
arm of
Walk N Circles Ranch
Horse Rescue
We’ll be there from
5:30 to 7:30
Bring your business cards
for this excellent chance to network.
 
COW A BUNGA  IS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 18 AT RICH FORD!
WIN UP TO $2000
if Ethel the real Cow
leaves a “present” in your square.
Only 500 squares will be sold…
Enjoy Cow Patty Bingo with a twist!
Tickets are only $10 for your chance at up to $2000 CASH!
Get your ticket from any Chamber Board member, Mail and Copy,
Or call 850-2523.
 
Mixers for 2013. 

We are looking for hosts for our Mixers which take place on the third Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 7pm.  Hosts provide some refreshments and have the opportunity to offer information about your business to all of your guests.
Please call or email if you would like to host a mixer.
850-2523

 
Teacher Star Awards:
Thanks to sponsors for March,
Lisa Vigil of Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, The Independent,
Bob Brittain of Creative Concepts, and
Michaela Allen Handcrafts.  
April Nomination forms at
Sandia Labs Federal Credit Union
Edgewood Office.    

    Area Happenings

This Friday Blast Section is reserved for your events or happenings in the area!  If you have an upcoming event or a special happening that you would like to see in the Blast, please email it to the office by Wednesday. Approved information will be reviewed and inserted in the Blast on the following Friday.

  

 
The Edgewood Lions sponsoring the
Melodrama Masters
 production of
Hagar the Horrible –  the musical.
 It is a free program for all kids from ages 10 to 18.
 We have been performing
for 22 years and our motto is,
 “22 YEARS OF BEING BOOED.”
 The play will be performed at
Wildlife West,

Saturday and Sunday
April 27 and 28.
 
There will be two shows in the afternoon.
 For further information call 281-2428 Jo White. 

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Get a $20,000 car for
 just $260 per month
 with financing from
Sandia Laboratory
Federal Credit Union!

SLFCU is offering no payments or interest for  90 days on auto loans through
August 31, 2013.
And rates as low as 2.39%apr apply to
all of our loan terms, including our longest
term of 84 months for new or
almost new vehicles.
If you’re not in the market for a new car,
refinance your auto loan from another
lender to take advantage of this offer.
Apply online,  call 505-293-0500, or ask for
SLFCU financing at the dealership. If you’re  not already a member of SLFCU, talk to us about
how you can join. Members of Entranosa
Water & Wastewater Association and Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative are eligible.
Learn more online call
800-947-5328, or stop by the Edgewood
branch at 150 State Road 344, Suite B.
For offer details go to

https://www.slfcu.org/Auto_Loans_39.html

It’s that time of year again! 

The Mountain View Telegraph is putting together the 2013 edition of “Explore!”.  Our annual visitors’ and locals’ guide to the East Mountains and Estancia Valley is scheduled to publish on May 23rd !

As usual, “Explore!” will be inserted into our weekly publication and be distributed throughout the East Mountains and Estancia Valley at more than 65 newspaper outlets and via mail subscription. The guide will also be inserted into the Albuquerque Journal within the Mountain View Telegraph circulation area, and still more copies will go out to the rest of New Mexico and across the United States.

 To reserve your ad space we recommend you call us by April 25.

Mountain View Telegraph  505-823-7109

Support YOUR Community Storehouse
Help Bethel

The Bethel Community Storehouse is holding it’s Springtime Food Drive now.

All non-perishable foods are needed. Can goods, flour, sugar, box foods, peanut butter, cereal, dessert items etc… also Easter hams are appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at Bethel Monday – Saturday 10-5. Call 832-6642 for more info.

 

Edgewood Civitan Club
meets first and third Tuesdays at the
Edgewood Chamber of Commerce at 6pm.
 
The East Mountain Toastmasters Club meets every Thursday
from 6 to 7:30 at the Edgewood Chamber offices.
                     
About Us 
Hours of Operation:
We are in the office and around town meeting members every day. If you want to see Madeline, or would like an appointment, please call 850-2523.  We would hate to miss you!Location:
95 State Road 344 Ste 3
(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico
Phone Numbers:
505-850-2523

e-mail:
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Executive Director:
Madeline Heitzman
Board of Directors
 
President:
     Robin Markley                  2014
Vice President:
     Saul Araque                      2013
Treasurer:
      Martha Eden                    2014
Secretary:
       Lisa Vigil                         2014
Board Members at Large:
Patrick Thompson                 2013
Ray Seagers                          2013
Misty Miller Moonshine      2013
Howard Calkins                    2014
Chris Hopper                        2013
Committees:

Ambassadors:
Chris Hopper /  Howard Calkins
Political Affairs & By Laws:
Ray Seagers
Events:               Committees
Education:          Lisa Vigil
Programs:         Brenda Murray
Luncheons:       Martha Eden
/Linda Thomas
Leadership Alumni Group
Kathy Courreges
Route 66:  
                  Madeline Heitzman
  
       
Edgewood Chamber

Board Meeting
Monday May 6
6:15pm
Chamber Offices
Luncheon
Wednesday May 8
11:30am
Edgewood Community Center
 
MIXER
Thursday April 18
at
 Hug A Horse
Thrift Store
on Highway 66
across from Domino’s
Join us for a great
Networking time!
 
 
Triple Crown Corporate Partners for 2013:

Rich Ford
SASS
 
WalMartEPCOR Water

   Town of Edgewood
Meetings:

 meets First and Third Wednesdays of the month
at 6:30pm
Edgewood Community Center
 Planning & Zoningmeets First and ThirdMondays of the month at6:00pmEdgewood Community Center.

Other Chambers:
East Mountain Chamber meets
the first Thursday of the month at
11:30am.  Call 281-1999 or
Moriarty Chamber meets
at noon the third Tuesday of the month at the Moriarty Civic Center.  Call 832-4087
Mountainair Chamber meets the first Tuesday of the month at 11:30am at the Shaffer Hotel. 847-2975 or
mcc@mountainairchamber.com
 If you are a chamber member, you can leave your business cards, rack cards and flyers at the Visitors center inside the South door to the Library. Be sure to get your information over here. It’s part of your benefit as an Edgewood Chamber member!
Stop by the office to see Madeline if you have any questions , or call my cell 850-2523.
2012 Edgewood Chamber of Commerce – All rights reserved
Address:
PO Box 457 Edgewood NM 8701

Edgewood Chamber Friday Blast (3/22/13)

  Friday Blast
             March 22, 2013
    Your Chamber,
Working for you…
Our website has been undergoing a complete renovation to make it easier to navigate and find information.
We are taking extra time to make our Membership Directory more comprehensive, and available in alphabetical as well as category order.
Please be patient, we’re almost there.
  We expect to do the final launch within the next couple of days.  Please stop by and give it a look.  If your information in the directory is either missing or incorrect in any way, please send us an email so that we may correct it as soon as possible.
We’d love to hear what you think.
Check in by early next week
 
 
Mixers for 2013. 
We are looking for hosts for our Mixers which take place on the third Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 7pm.  Hosts provide some refreshments and have the opportunity to offer information about your business to all of your guests.
Please call or email if you would like to host a mixer.
850-2523
RETRO  RElive The ROute 66
We are working hard to revitalize
our Route 66.  The committee
has been meeting regularly and great plans are underway to create a strong local p
resence in our neighborhood.
 Town Hall meeting
Saturday April 6 from 10am to Noon
at the Edgewood Elementary auditorium.
Please make an attempt to attend.
This is something you can get involved with that will make a big difference in our community’s growth!
 
 
Teacher Star Awards:
Deadline for March award is today
Stop by the Sandia Labs Federal Credit Union at Dinkle and 344 to enter your favorite teacher.Help to honor a local teacher who is deserving of recognition!
Teachers in Moriarty, Edgewood, and East Mountain area are all elegible.
Call the office 850-2523 with any questions. Deadline for March’s nomination is Friday March 22. Take your completed form to  Sandia Laboratory Credit Union Edgewood Branch, or your local chamber office.
    Area Happenings
This Friday Blast Section is reserved for your events or happenings in the area!  If you have an upcoming event or a special happening that you would like to see in the Blast, please email it to the office by Wednesday. Approved information will be reviewed and inserted in the Blast on the following Friday.
 

FAMILIES:
MARCH 24
THE TOWN OF EDGEWOOD’S
SECOND ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
AT THE ATHLETIC FIELD (Soccer Field)
Volunteers, Stuffed Animals, Plastic Eggs and candy
would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact Traci at the Edgewood Police Department for more information or to help! 281-5717
This event was a huge success last year,
and the Edgewood Chamber supports
this wonderful family event.
The Edgewood Lions sponsoring the
Melodrama Masters
 production of
Hagar the Horrible –  the musical. 
 It is a free program for all kids from ages 10 to 18.
 We have been performing
for 22 years and our motto is,
 “22 YEARS OF BEING BOOED.”
 The play will be performed at
Wildlife West,

Saturday and Sunday
April 27 and 28.
 
There will be two shows in the afternoon.
 For further information call 281-2428 Jo White.

.  

 
April 6
First Annual
“Notorious Nick” Durant
Memorial Shotgun Match
will be held at SASS
Founder’s Ranch   Proceeds will benefit the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
If you would like to sponsor part of the match,
or for more information, please
call 505-934-2533 or

Get a $20,000 car for just $260 per month with financing from
Sandia Laboratory
Federal Credit Union!

SLFCU is offering no payments or interest for  90 days on auto loans through
August 31, 2013.
And rates as low as 2.39%apr apply to
all of our loan terms, including our longest
term of 84 months for new or
almost new vehicles.
If you’re not in the market for a new car,
refinance your auto loan from another
lender to take advantage of this offer.

Apply online,  call 505-293-0500, or ask for
SLFCU financing at the dealership. If you’re  not already a member of SLFCU, talk to us about
how you can join. Members of Entranosa
Water & Wastewater Association and Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative are eligible.
Learn more online call
800-947-5328, or stop by the Edgewood
branch at 150 State Road 344, Suite B.
For offer details go to

https://www.slfcu.org/Auto_Loans_39.html

It’s that time of year again! 

The Mountain View Telegraph is putting together the 2013 edition of “Explore!”.  Our annual visitors’ and locals’ guide to the East Mountains and Estancia Valley is scheduled to publish on May 23rd !

As usual, “Explore!” will be inserted into our weekly publication and be distributed throughout the East Mountains and Estancia Valley at more than 65 newspaper outlets and via mail subscription. The guide will also be inserted into the Albuquerque Journal within the Mountain View Telegraph circulation area, and still more copies will go out to the rest of New Mexico and across the United States.

 To reserve your ad space we recommend you call us by April 25.

Mountain View Telegraph  505-823-7109

Support YOUR Community Storehouse
Help Bethel

The Bethel Community Storehouse is holding it’s Springtime Food Drive now.

All non-perishable foods are needed. Can goods, flour, sugar, box foods, peanut butter, cereal, dessert items etc… also Easter hams are appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at Bethel Monday – Saturday 10-5. Call 832-6642 for more info.

 

Edgewood Civitan Club
meets first and third Tuesdays at the
Edgewood Chamber of Commerce at 6pm.
 
The East Mountain Toastmasters Club meets every Thursday
from 6 to 7:30 at the Edgewood Chamber offices.
                     
About Us 
Hours of Operation:
We are in the office and around town meeting members every day. If you want to see Madeline, or
would like an appointment, please call 850-2523.  We would hate to miss you!
Location:
95 State Road 344 Ste 3
(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico
Phone Numbers:
505-850-2523

e-mail:
info@ edgewoodchambernm.com
Join us on Facebook
Executive Director:
Madeline Heitzman
Board of Directors
 
President:
     Robin Markley                  2014
Vice President:
     Saul Araque                      2013
Treasurer:
      Martha Eden                    2014
Secretary:
       Lisa Vigil                         2014
Board Members at Large:
Patrick Thompson                 2013
Ray Seagers                          2013
Misty Miller Moonshine      2013
Howard Calkins                    2014
Chris Hopper                        2013
Committees:

Ambassadors:
Chris Hopper /  Howard Calkins
Political Affairs & By Laws:
Ray Seagers
Events:               Committees
Education:          Lisa Vigil
Programs:         Brenda Murray
Luncheons:       Martha Eden
/Linda Thomas
Leadership Alumni Group
Kathy Courreges
Route 66:    Madeline Heitzman
  
       
Edgewood Chamber

Board Meeting
Monday April 8
6:15pm
Chamber Offices
Luncheon
Wednesday April 10
11:30am
Edgewood Community Center
 

 
 
Triple Crown Corporate Partners for 2013:

Rich Ford
SASS
 
WalMartEPCOR Water

Town of Edgewood
Meetings:

 meets First and Third Wednesdays of the month
at 6:30pm
Edgewood Community Center
 Planning & Zoningmeets First and ThirdMondays of the month at6:00pmEdgewood Community Center.

Other Chambers:
East Mountain Chamber meets
the first Thursday of the month at
11:30am.  Call 281-1999 or
Moriarty Chamber meets
at noon the third Tuesday of the month at the Moriarty Civic Center.  Call 832-4087
Mountainair Chamber meets the first Tuesday of the month at 11:30am at the Shaffer Hotel. 847-2975 or
mcc@mountainairchamber.com
 If you are a chamber member, you can leave your business cards, rack cards and flyers at the Visitors center inside the South door to the Library. Be sure to get your information over here. It’s part of your benefit as an Edgewood Chamber member!
Stop by the office to see Madeline if you have any questions , or call my cell 850-2523.
Apply online
2012 Edgewood Chamber of Commerce – All rights reserved
Address:
PO Box 457 Edgewood NM 8701
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Sylvia Bokar: A Citizen Tries To Be Heard Before A Legislative Committee

 The following is posted with permission of Ms. Bokar and it demonstrates how and why it is difficult and expensive for a citizen to participate in “participatory” government.

 

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 Dear New Mexicans,

Yesterday, February 14, before I left for Santa Fe in order to testify before the HJR 6 committee, I checked the calendar on the Legislature site and read that the hour had been changed to 8:30 A.M.

I envisioned the large committee room that is used for legislation that reasonably expects large crowds. I arrived at 8:19 A. M.

HJR 6 was assigned to an incredibly small room. Taking up about 1/3 of the space was a very large, wide table at which the committee members sat. The public — testifiers, I assumed — were jammed into 2 rows of about 25 chairs smashed against the back wall. Each chair was occupied.

The hall outside the committee room was jammed with about 15 people. In addition, two house staff people manned the door. One policeman and a RoundHouse Security member milled through the crowded hallway. Did the guilty expect trouble?

Those of us in the hall were not allowed into the committee hearings, not even to stand against the wall, Fire regulations were dutifully repeated. Some of us were allowed to enter in order to tell the committee we were present. I also wrote a note to the Committee Chair and asked to be called first on HJR 6.

HJR 6 was third on the list of 4 bills to be heard in that room at that time in those conditions. Preceding it was a bill regarding “Boards of Regents Nominating Committees” and :”Land Grant Fund Distribution.” Following it was a bill regarding “Removal from Public Office for Felonies.”

I hope this gives you — as it did me — a vivid idea of what socialist politicians, such as Miguel P. Garcia, think of business people and the importance of business to the state. Such individuals are aware of but blank out the fact that were it not for business peoples’ earnings their salaries and spending programs would be voided.

As usual, the committee hearings did not start on time, keeping everyone waiting until around 9:20 or so. It took about 15 minutes for the first hearing. I was hopeful.

The Land Grant Bill went on and on. Around 10:45 or so, someone said that the socialists Democrats were deliberately delaying the land grant discussion in order to avoid hearing HJR 6. Could it be so, I wondered. I looked through the door windows. No one in the audience was speaking. The politicians talked and talked. My hopes were dashed.

By 11:20 the hallway had cleared of people waiting to testify, except for myself and two youngsters.

Also waiting it out were Carla Sonntag, President of New Mexico Business Coalition, and Matthew E. Gonzales, Vice-President of Association of Commerce & Industry — both of whom had come to oppose HJR 6.

Around 1130, people started coming out of the committee room. I got ready to enter but was stopped. It was announced that HJR 6 had been “rolled over” — meaning it would be re-scheduled for another day. When I asked why, I was told that the politicians had to go to the floor for a House session. They had run out of time.

Yes, indeed, they surely have.

I went to each of the offices of the Democrat committee members and left a note. My anger had left me. I simply felt empty. My mind was churning with ideas on how to deal with this type of shenanigans.

Since I was able to leave notes only for the socialists on the HJR 6 committee, I wrote a longer note and more personal to the Republicans on the committee.

Here’s my note to each of them.

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Dear Representative (name),

I went to Santa Fe yesterday, February 14, to testify my opposition to HJR 6. I was disappointed that it was rolled over to be heard on another day. Nonetheless, I hope to be able to attend the re-scheduled hearing.

Meanwhile, I trust you will oppose HJR 6 as it is an exceedingly destructive idea to force business people to annually raise the minimum wage.

I have sent you my arguments. I have sent other arguments to a number of different newspapers around the state. I hope that we together — the many New Mexicans opposing this bill and your constituents — will persuade the socialists that their idea is wrong and that we will prevent HJR 6 from getting on the ballot.

Thank you for your attention to this e-mail and for the work you are doing to oppose HJR 6.

Sincerely,
Sylvia Bokor
Whoa1syl@aol.com
Grassroots Ad Hoc Association To  Defend NM Businesses
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Sincerely,
Sylvia Bokor
Whoa1syl@aol.com
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