We were honored and humbled to receive the Wild West Stampede Legends Award on Saturday, April 27. As one of the oldest rodeos in California, its mission is preserving our western way of life.
We support this mission but are seeing evidence that Placer County has other ideas. A “community center” (read: a 5,250- square-foot private event center) was approved by the (Placer County) Board of Supervisors on April 9 on rural Gold Hill Road in Newcastle.
Only Supervisor (Robert) Weygandt voted against approval. Supervisor (Jennifer) Montgomery was absent but had voted ”no” at a previous hearing. Our Supervisor, Jim Holmes, was a “yes” vote despite the “no” recommendations of the Planning and Agriculture commissions, the Farm Bureau, Placer-Nevada Cattlewomen, Rural Lincoln MAC and the many property owners who wrote letters and testified at the various hearings.
So, yes, we were honored on April 27 but the meaning of the award has been sullied by our supervisors. And if you think it won’t happen to you, think again. We were cited for “those who have spent their lives leaving a legacy of our western heritage” and ironically, right down the road, an event center, not a ranch or farm or grange hall, is being built.
Thank you, Wild West Stampede. We will keep working to preserve our western way of life.
Jack and Carol Owens, Newcastle