Nicer weather means rodeo season in the Village of Tijeras. It’s a decades-long tradition, but some neighbors are growing frustrated with the traffic, noise and litter it brings.
“They started with a small rodeo way back and it’s morphed into a big concert venue,” says Greg Smith.
Smith says he’s been living next to the rodeo at the NM 217 and NM 337 for the past 20 years. During the warmer months, the Bar Diamond S rodeo grounds hold weekend events. For nearly two decades, Smith says he wasn’t bothered by the rodeo, until now. Over the last several years, he says it’s gotten out of hand.
“The peace of our homes is really being destroyed. I’m not just talking about outside, it comes into our homes. The noise and the vibrations,” he says.
Smith says trash has also become a problem.
“The trash we see on the grounds and along the road include alcohol bottles and cans,” he says.
It doesn’t stop there.
Smith says last weekend, the first rodeo of the season ended with gunfire. “Often times, gunshots. Last weekend we had three gunshots,” said Smith.
By phone, other neighbors in the area voiced these same concerns to KRQE News 13. A spokesperson with Bernalillo County said they are aware of the complaints.
However, the county says the owners of Bar Diamond S have a permit for these events and have never been cited. The county says the conditions for the permit issued include keeping noise to a minimum, picking up trash, and following parking requirements.
Officials will keep an eye on the rodeo as the season progresses. Smith says it boils down to a lack of courtesy to the neighbors and the whole Tijeras community.
“Be a good neighbor. All of us are out here to live a quiet life, including them, I’m sure,” he says.
The owners of Bar Diamond S refused to comment on this story.