News & Updates

Business Spotlight
The Hotel & Shops

Owned by Joe Kanocz with management help from Sian Lindemann, The Hotel & Shops has become a favorite place to stay, especially for train enthusiasts, and a favorite eatery. Across from the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Dept, it hosts 18 rooms featuring lovely decor ensuring guests have an enjoyable and relaxing time while in Chama, NM. Additionally, The Hotel & Shops provides room service for guests and in house dining! The restaurant serves delectable food such as lamb chops, crab crepes, shrimp scampi, smoked bacon wrapped meatloaf and more! There is also a bakery and ice cream parlor with homemade baked goodies and multiple flavors of ice cream. Stop by and see Joe and Sian, you won’t be disappointed.

Board Meeting Agenda

November 9, 2021

  1. Call to Order: President, Roseann Talamante
  2. Approval of Agenda: President, Roseann Talamante
  3. Approval of July 10, 2021, Minutes; September 14, 2021, Minutes; October 12, 2021, Minutes: President, Roseanne Talamante
  4. Financial Report: Treasurer, Anna Pobar
  5. Village of Chama Representative
  6. CTSRR Representative: Abigail Martinez
  7. Committee Reports
    • Welcome Center Update: Kim Smith-Casford
    • Advertising Update: Bud Harris
    • Membership Committee: Karlee Phippen
    • Office Report: Leah Phone
  8. Old Business:
    • Scare-Fest Drive-In Movie Marathon
    • Business After Hours: Northern New Mexico Welcome Center
  9. New Business:
    • Membership Benefits 
    • Chama Christmas Village
    • Chama SnoBall Balloon Rally
    • Snowmobile Poker Run
  10. Motion to Adjourn: Next Meeting, December 14, 2021

Board Meeting Updates

November 2021

The Chama Valley Chamber had its board meeting on Tuesday, November 9th. The Chamber has officially launched its new website! We are excited for this digital make-over where we can showcase our members beautifully. We have also released some new benefits for our members! These include a few additional free benefits, as well as some low-cost additions to help promote our members’ businesses. Our new website also provides news and updates, upcoming events, and job postings. If you want to see our new website or find out more information about what the Chamber can do for you, please visit 

If you haven’t heard, Chama will be having its very own Christmas Village on December 11th. The Chama Valley Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Chama Valley Arts Coalition, will be presenting the “2021 Beary Merry Christmas”. Children and adults can enjoy a visit with Santa, craft stations, caroling and live musical performances, a stationary light parade, Christmas stories, lots of delicious food and beverages, craft vendors, and a tree lighting ceremony with Santa! Be on the lookout for more information from the Chama Valley Rotary Club to learn more about this incredible event! I can’t wait to see you all there; it will be fun for the entire family!

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