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Ritch Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Pat Ritch as auxilian of the month for February. Ritch joined the auxiliary in January 2008. She volunteers in the gift shop.

Tire shop, restaurant still open after drug raid

Freedom New Mexico An operator of Victor’s Tire Shop on Wednesday expressed “shock” about Tuesday’s Portales drug raid and wants customers to know the shop and attached La Paz restaurant remain open for business. The three men arrested, including tire shop owner Victor Olguin, are the only ones accused of being involved with the drugs, […]

Three arrested in raid on Portales tire shop

Christina Calloway The owner of Victor’s Tire Shop and two other men were arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges during after police raided his shop on North Chicago Street. Victor Olguin, 50, of Portales arranged for cocaine to be delivered to his shop Tuesday with the intention to distribute it out of his shop, according […]

Melrose residents holding benefit for restaurant, tire shop

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Kevin Wilson It’s first and foremost a business, but longtime owner Dale Bigler would also say that the Melrose Tire Service was just as much a labor of community service. “I get a lot of phone calls, people wanting to know if I’m going to build it back,” said Bigler, whose tire shop, restaurant and […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Cop food, a beauty pageant and a day of infamy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Shop with a cop The Clovis Police department has three events planned Thursday to help raise money for Shop with a Cop, their annual project for kids. Officers will be taking donations for doughnuts at Daylight Doughnuts in Clovis from 6 a.m. until 8 […]

Grant: Life saving matter of taking control

A guy came in the bicycle shop the other day. We got to talking and it turns out we have something in common: We’re both Eagle Scouts, the high rank of the Boy Scouts of America. It got me to reminiscing. To be an Eagle Scout one of the things you have to do is […]

Grant McGee: House guests always welcome to pitch in

A lady came by the bicycle shop the other day. She was there to pick up a grandkid’s bike. After we settled up we had a chance to sit and visit. She got to talking about a bunch of relatives coming to town for a family get-together. “A lot of them are staying at my […]

McGee: Casual conversations

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist When folks come in to the bicycle shop I get to talking to them about other stuff besides bicycles. I might ask if they grew up here on the High Plains. If they didn’t, I might ask where they’re from. It’s all part of being conversational but it also takes […]

A day at the rodeo: Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping event in seventh year.

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds ride and rope, and hope they cash in when it’s time for the Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event at the Curry County Event Center. In one form or another, everybody goes through the elements of the four-day undertaking: ••• When you arrive, you’re a spectator until you see secretary Crystal Garrett. […]

Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping

• What: Seventh Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping • What’s it about: The annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping features ropers at everylevel, including some of the top-ranked calf ropers in the world. • When: 9 a.m. Thursday through Sunday; 1 p.m. main event Sunday • Where: Curry County Events Center • Admission: Free except […]