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When it comes to atmosphere, this new shop is Totally Texas

A sampling of local brands smoked up the hitching post at Totally Texason Saturday.

It's a promotion for the new western wear business at 4800 Crater LakeHighway. It's owned by Tootsi Hagglund, who grew up in Gold Hill.

She was a barrel racer and now rides cutting horses, which herd cattle.Her husband, Don, trains cutting horses.

We live and breathe this atmosphere, she said.

She worked at the Westerner on Medford's Central Avenue for 24 yearsuntil it closed in February.

My husband and I have been talking about doing this for years,she said.

Her store offers western apparel ­ jeans, boots and hats ­ anda variety of gifts and accessories.

I've tried to find a lot of things that aren't really western,but have a western theme, she explained. I have crystal glassin western designs, suckers shaped like cactus and boots and bucking broncowind chimes.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays in the summer and 11-5on Saturday and Sunday. The telephone number is 857-9420.

About two dozen people brought in brands for Saturday's promotion. Thebrands were heated over a propane fire by Alvin Deal of White City, a friendof the Hagglunds.

A couple dozen of Oregon's 12,500 brands were added to the hitching poston Saturday. Visitors may recognize the Running Y, now a destination resortnear Klamath Falls. Other local brands include the Diamond-B, Bar-5, FlyingW ­ You read them top to bottom and left to right, Dealexplained.

Rick Anderson of Eagle Point brought a pair of brands used on his ranch,the dot-A-dot he uses on his own cattle and the Plus-R he uses for partners'cattle.

Deal added his own brand, AD5 to the rail.

The AD5 is for me, my wife and our three children, he said.That may change with the grandchildren.

After a moment's thought, he figured that wouldn't go over real wellwith his cattle.

Alvin Dela, of White City, burns a brand into the fence in front of Totally Texas, a Western apparel store that opened on Crater Lake Avenue in Medford. - Photo by Bob Pennell</P