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Found It in Red River

Found It in Red River

  The scavenger hunt is in the grand tradition of treasure hunting in Northern New Mexico. From the time of the Spanish conquistadors, through the Anglo gold lust of the 1800s and the oil wells and uranium mining in the 1950s, the search for treasure is part of the legacy of the Land of Enchantment. You may have heard of Forrest Fenn, the Santa Fe art dealer who claimed in 2010 that he had hidden a carved wooden chest laden with gold, diamonds and rubies somewhere between Santa Fe and the Canadian border. No one has found it yet, or if so, they’re not telling! A great way to explore the town, see the wildlife, mountain vistas, wildflowers and fall colors, is a new and creative approach that proves treasure hunting is always in style. Everyone is invited to participate. This summer the Town of Red River will introduce the “Found It in Red River” Scavenger Hunts. These treasure hunts provide families yet another fun and adventurous activity during...

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River Restoration Completed

River Restoration Completed

  The New Mexico River Stewardship Program provides funding to restoration projects that enhance the health of rivers by addressing the root causes of poor water quality and stream habitat. Through such projects, the River Stewardship Program aims to restore (or maintain) hydrology of streams and rivers to reduce flooding downstream, while simultaneously enhancing economic benefits of healthy river systems for local communities. In Red River, there are three such projects. Phase One began in 2006. “Young’s Ranch Reach” runs through the east edge of town and was a priority due to heavy damage from flooding in the spring of 2005. Phase Two, “Red River Westside Fishing Park,” also known as Anglers Park, runs through the west edge of Town and was completed on a very fast timeline. The third and final phase of the Red River Restoration, “Town Reach Restoration Project,” was completed in October 2016. Running through downtown by the Conference Center and the River Walk, it was funded by the State of New Mexico Environment Department’s...

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The Hideaway Shoppe

The Hideaway Shoppe

  There is an old adage that says “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” There are always new businesses and activities in Red River to replace the ones that disappear, but somehow the roots of the community, the souls of the people who live here or just come to visit, remain familiar. “Everyone desires that mountain magic and escape yearly. The Hideaway Shoppe wants to share just that magic that we continuously experience here and we were gifted the minute we were welcomed into the Hideaway. We can’t wait to welcome you, too!” The name of the Shoppe comes from the Hideaway Cabin at Tall Pine Resort, where Haley Lynn’s family always stayed when visiting Red River. That explains the basic philosophy that has brought Haley to live and work in Red River and the mountains. The Hideaway Shoppe is located at 421 E. Main St – next to the Dairy Bar on Highway 38. “I guess we are introducing new artists that really have...

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What’s New This Summer?

What’s New This Summer?

  • After a long and honored career in law enforcement, former Red River Deputy Marshal Jeff Jones has started a business working with leather.  Jones Custom Boots & Saddles specializes in beautiful local handmade custom leather, as well as repair work. Contact him at 575-740-0565 / 806-393-5036 or at stich51jones@gmail.com . • Located behind the Hideaway Shoppe and the Dairy Bar at the end of the driveway – look for the windmill – Rustic Mountain shop owner Debbie Folger has a “unique gift emporium” with an eclectic collection of vintage gifts: one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, home and cabin decor, fine arts, antler home accents, and a few surprises. Featured watercolor artist is Lisa Lobb who has exclusive items in Red River and in Irving TX. • Selling a great product with quality ingredients has resulted in the need to expand. After nearly three years, Anchovies Pizzería has moved to a new location at the corner of High Street and Jack & Sixes Trail. Pizza maker Trinity West will continue...

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What Do You Like Most?

What Do You Like Most?

  The Town of Red River recently posed a question to its Facebook Friends: “WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RED RIVER? We’d like to know so we can post what’s most important to you when you can’t be here!” Responses came quickly, as is the way of Social Media. Some responded with photos that communicated their feelings: wildlife, mountain vistas, flowers, fall colors, time with grandkids, and snow-covered mountains.  One response said it in three words: All of it! It’s not unusual to meet and talk with someone who wishes they could live in Red River. Many of these good folks are quick to say that they have been coming to the high country for years. Many faces are familiar because they come to town every year and, in some cases, they come several times, summer and winter. It’s a common story. People came at a young age with their families, mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters and cousins. It is not uncommon...

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A Coming Attraction

A Coming Attraction

  Michael Calhoun grew up in Red River and has plans to move back to town from his current home in Los Alamos. He also has plans to see a dream realized when the Red River Brewing Company – RRBC – opens its doors in 2017. The “first and only” brewery in town will be located at 217 West Main Street – next to Lifts West Condominiums – at the corner of Bunker Hill and Main. The location is currently occupied by a 1950s era service station that is marked for removal. “It’s a restaurant and brewery and it’s a Calhoun family business,” says Michael who will be the General Manager. “It’s something that came together with my brother Brian (Calhoun) – the architect of the project –  and Linda, Beau and Katy, and our spouses. “We’ve been getting involved in the craft brewery scene in New Mexico and Colorado. We started looking into a brewery (for Red River) and it just made a lot of sense. The timing...

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Breathe Happy!

Breathe Happy!

  You can’t miss the Essential O2 Oxygen Bar – it’s the only little red train caboose at 400 West Main Street Red River! Oxygen bars are designed to release a high percentage of pure oxygen into your bloodstream. It may be good for altitude sickness at 8,750 feet. Open since July 1 of this year, they provide pure oxygen infused with 6 different varieties of essential oils to tantalize the senses and provide health benefits – for recreational use only! They also have O2 to go! Walk in or schedule an appointment by calling...

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Behind the Scenes – RRSA

Behind the Scenes – RRSA

  Meet Red River’s Walt Foley. He was honored October 21, 2016, by Ski New Mexico and the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame as Mountain Operations Director of the Year. Seen here on the right with John Garcia, former NM Secretary of Economic Development and an avid supporter of skiing in the Land of Enchantment, Walt is the Deputy General Manager and Director of Mountain operations at the Red River Ski & Summer Area. Ski New Mexico gives awards annually for the Best of the Best in 4 categories: Operations, Customer Service, Ski Patrol and Ski Instructor. Walt has over 30 years of experience in the ski area business. He first became a part of the Red River Ski Area family in 1992 and served in various capacities, including head of Ski Patrol. His desire is to see skiing as a fun and safe form of recreational entertainment. It was Walt who made helmets mandatory for all RR Ski Patrollers, a move that saved the life of more...

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Down by the River

Down by the River

  It’s been a private home since it was built several years ago but it is now called Double Dog Inn. Overlooking the river at 421 River Street, it is a high end B&B, with seven rooms, each with its own theme, gourmet breakfast and an indoor hot tub. It is a nightly rental. Chad Mantz, new owner of Red River Real Estate who handles the booking for the new owners, says “There are two rooms with private balconies overlooking the river. It’s amazing: some of the rooms boast over 300 square feet! Mantz recently acquired Red River Real Estate and will focus on property management/nightly rentals. He’s not interested in selling real estate. His goal is to improve the overall experience for owners and...

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Stayin’ the Night?

Stayin’ the Night?

  Reservations Unlimited LLC, a long established property management company located at 312 West Main Street has a new owner in the person of David Wilcox. His mother Pam Thompson is holding down the front desk. He is no stranger to Red River, first visiting in the mid-1980s before becoming the owner of several properties in town, including one managed by the previous owners of Reservations Unlimited. David plans to step up the business to meet the needs of 21st century visitors. “My goal is to provide a better guest experience while they are in town. We’re going to provide quality supplies: facial tissues, soaps, shampoo, conditioners, lotions, coffee, WiFi where possible, USB plugs.” He plans to be a little more aggressive in marketing locally and nationally and plans to be in Red River a long...

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Smile For The Camera

Smile For The Camera

  Red River has a rich mining heritage with just a touch of the Wild American West tossed in for good measure. While it’s been in town a few years, the Lucky Shot Photo Parlor, purveyor of the Old Time photo experience, has settled into its new location at 107 Golden Treasure Trail. Just one block from “the Y,” it’s the place in Red River City to get a historic photo souvenir of your trip to the mountains. Like a time machine, Andi the proprietor has costumes to make you an Old West gunfighter or a pistol-packing saloon girl ready to dance the night away. Lucky Shot is available for weddings, parties, reunions and corporate gatherings. It’s also a great place to get into the Mardi Gras spirit by exploring a photo look perfect for the MG theme for 2017, Nightmare on Main...

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Change in OHV/ATV Regs

Change in OHV/ATV Regs

  In the past, the town of Red River did not allow ATVs and OHVs to operate on the streets, nor did the NMDOT allow such vehicles on paved state highways such as NM 38, which is also known as Main Street. The 2016 NM Legislature passed a bill that would allow ATVs and OHVs to travel on paved roads but stipulated that municipalities and governmental bodies have the option of allowing paved highway use within their jurisdiction. This would allow riders to drive to trail heads from their lodge or home. The Town of Red River is currently working on a proposal that would allow street use within city limits. Marshal David Smith says, “Red River is actively seeking ways to accommodate our tourists by approaching the NM Transportation Commission to use the highway in a effort to afford riders with a lodge-to-trail access. “Prior to operating in town, they should check with the Red River Marshal’s Office or the Red River Visitors Center (Conference Center) to see...

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Big Changes at RRSA

Big Changes at RRSA

  The biggest news is that The Grill at the Lift House opened late last December, just in time for Christmas visitors to experience a new chapter in social entertainment at RRSA! The project took over a year, with the major remodeling of the bar and restaurant facility – inside and out – including a new outdoor deck which doubled the seating capacity. It still offers a fabulous view of The Face, the Platinum Chairlift Ride and the river, providing a wonderful place under the open sky to relax and enjoy a cool Red River day. The facility will be open throughout the summer and will feature great food and beverages for all ages. The Red River Ski & Summer Area will again present their popular Music On Top concert series at The Tip Restaurant on Saturdays, featuring the finest in local and regional entertainers. It’s on the deck and performances are free. A new law which allows the RRSA to serve alcohol anywhere within the boundaries of their...

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Nature Discovery Camp

Nature Discovery Camp

  Nature Discovery Camp is something fresh and exciting this year and is set for June 27-30, from 9-11:30 am. It is designed for ages 6-10. Children will experience the wonders of nature that surround Red River! They will use their senses to learn about birds, bugs, flowers, trees, water, weather, and more through a variety of hands-on outdoor and indoor activities. There is no fee for the camp. Enrollment is limited, however, and pre-registration is required. Go to RedRiverCommunityHouse.org for quick and easy sign-up. Camp participants will receive a free T-shirt and other goodies, not to mention an experience they are not likely to...

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A Connoisseur of Color & Life

A Connoisseur of Color & Life

  Upon entering the historic Sundance Restaurant on E. High Street, the first things you’ll notice are the aroma of fresh Mexican food – it is a restaurant – and the wood-paneled walls adorned with bright and bold paintings. Both the food and the original art work are the product of the efforts of longtime resident and Sundance Restaurant founder Linda Hoag. She and husband John started the eatery after a stint as a cook at the Red River Ski Area. Though her daughter Sara and her husband Bruno now handle the kitchen and business aspects, many of the dishes on the menu are Linda’s recipes. The paintings are the result of a newer passion which got its start in the mid 1990s. It is apparent that Linda loves color, for her works draw the eye to vivid scenes of the high country, many of them portraying the surrounding Red River Valley and the Rio Grande landscape of Northern New Mexico. She also has a recent series of work...

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Another Fun Season in Red

Another Fun Season in Red

  Just because there may be snow on the ground and the temperature can be anywhere from the 40s to subzero doesn’t mean that the fun and excitement stops in Red River. In fact, for those lovers of snow sports and roaring blazes in the fireplace of a cozy cabin, winter in Red River is a major life experience and a celebration of living. The Alpine ski season begins on the day BEFORE Thanksgiving, as the Red River Ski & Summer Area turns on the lifts and opens the trails. Christmas is a magical time in the winter wonderland and Red River has an award-winning Mardi Gras in the Mountains celebration. January is Winter Carnival time, with competitive snowmobile hill climbing and a dramatic new pulse-pounding event called “Skijoring.” The name is derived from the Norwegian word “skikjøring” which means ski driving. The practice of being pulled by a horse, dog or reindeer may be as old as snow itself, but historians believe that the first races were held...

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Peak Fitness About Wellness

Peak Fitness About Wellness

    It’s been nearly two years in the making, but Rachel Lang held on to her goal of providing a place to help people enjoy a healthy life in the mountains by staying fit year-round. A cancer survivor, she knows the value of eating right, exercise and physical conditioning. Peak Fitness – phone 575-377-5817 – is located at the corner of Main Street and Bunker Hill Trail, next door to the Lifts West Condos. It offers an opportunity for a workout on top-notch gym equipment in Red River at your convenience. Peak Fitness is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! It has memberships available for locals, but also has plans designed for visitors who will only be in town a few days, but who would like to maintain a workout regime. It is also a good opportunity for skiers to get in shape for a run at the mountains. “For instance we have a Ladies Only Circuit Training,” says Phil Yarbrough, Certified Trainer and co-owner,...

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Sigi Joins NM Ski Hall of Fame

Sigi Joins NM Ski Hall of Fame

    He’s been a fixture at the Red River Ski Area since 1963 and he has no idea of how many people have learned to enjoy skiing because of his efforts to share the joy and wonder of going downhill with skis strapped to their feet. He really wasn’t interested in keeping track, but long-time friends in the ski industry have estimated that as many as 10,000 people may have benefitted from his knowledge and passion for the sport. Red River’s Sigi Klein was inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame by Ski New Mexico on October 24 during the Hall of Fame Banquet at the International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque. Sigi and Benny Abruzzo, whose family has owned Sandia Peak and Ski Santa Fe for many years, were honored before a large crowd of New Mexico ski industry representatives. Abruzzo joins his father, Ben Abruzzo, who was inducted into the HoF in 2003. Sigi takes his well-deserved place with Red River Hall of Famers Drew...

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Dally Up Trio Having Fun

Dally Up Trio Having Fun

    Dally Up Events is the name and owners Jodee Thayer, Shena Cannon and Sponsorship Coordinator Patricia San Roman are happy to talk about current plans and future possibilities. “It’s a roping term,” says Thayer. “When you’ve dallied up, you’ve wrapped things up. When a cowboy ropes a calf, he dally ups and wraps the rope around the (saddle) horn. “To us it signifies tidying up and an attention to details and it sort of fits the culture of our area.” Dally Up is a new company, with its first successful events during Red River’s Oktoberfest this past fall. The company is involved in event planning and management of corporate retreats, family reunions and vacations, social gatherings, romantic getaways, weddings, and tourist events. Jodee, Shena and Patsy love the equestrian aspects of Red River, so it’s natural that Dally Up Events is organizing the first Red River Skijoring competition January 15-17, during the weekend of Winter Carnival. (See www.redriverskijoring.com). In addition to the Skijoring event, they will be...

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Farewell Mr. Wally

Farewell Mr. Wally

    When Walter “Wally” Dobbs was inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame in 2012, he was the only inductee. Ski New Mexico, organizers of the event, usually induct two to four NM ski industry standouts. Wally was special. Ask any of the 300 people who turned out that night to drink New Mexico wine and eat funky baked chicken and they will regale you with Mr. Wally stories, born of personal encounters with a Texas native who loved skiing in New Mexico and wasn’t shy about telling people about it all. You can also ask anyone who ever saw him in his Willys Wagon in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana and flagged him down to talk about skiing in New Mexico and, in particular, Red River. He had many jobs at the Red River Ski Area but his years heading up the Ski School and as Marketing Director are considered a Golden Age. His passing in July of 2015 brought many tears, but also many smiles...

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