Wooden Nickel Ranch May Close

The Press Enterprise reports that Riverside County code enforcement officers are trying to stop the Wooden Nickel Ranch from hosting future...

The Press Enterprise reports that Riverside County code enforcement officers are trying to stop the Wooden Nickel Ranch from hosting future events, such as the civil war reenactment, benefit concerts, motocross events, and little league fundraisers.

At issue are two things...

  1. Tom Fuhrman, the owner of Wooden Nickel Ranch, didn't obtain permits from the County

  2. Wooden Nickel Ranch hosted a topless photo shoot
Apparently, Steven Lennertz, the pastor of Eagle Ridge Church, doesn't like topless photo shoots.

Wooden Nickel Ranch is a 23-acre parcel of land, surrounded by hills and trees, such that no one can see in from the outside. You had to have snooped in on Fuhrman's property to see any bare boobs during that shoot. Yet, Lennertz doesn't believe that Fuhrman has a right to do what he wants on his own property.

Fuhrman did obtain permits from some events, and not for others. The way I see it, Furhman is not a businessman, but just a property owner who wants to help the community by offering his property for use. If he didn't obtain necessary permits, it was an honest mistake, and was he was not trying to cheat the county out of any money. Wooden Nickel Ranch should not be shut down.

Wooden Nickel Ranch is one of Menifee's local attractions, and has done plenty of good for our community. They help raise money for our youth sports teams and our local firefighters.


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  1. Sounds like the city folks are at it again. This is a country town, with horses, cows and goats. They were here first. If you don't like it, why on eath did you move here?? It should stay, and the unhappy people that do all the complaining should get together and live in a cement jungle.

  2. Number one Steve, you DON'T have kids.

    Number two, you have "BOOBS" on another of your web sites.

    Hence, perhaps you are not the best person to be judging what is good or right for us "parents" in Menifee.

    The Wooden Nickel Ranch has had many problems in the past. I think we all know about permits that need to be obtained from the county. They serve alcohol and take money for rental of the property. For you to call it an "honest" mistake is ridiculous.

    We all know for firearms to be discharged with folks around that you have taken an entrance fee from...also requires a permit.

    Serving food to people at events requires a permit too.

    These permits are expensive. But, they serve a purpose. It is so someone like Tom can't decide what he thinks is right or good.

    Steve, I would say that your comments caught me off guard, but your lifestyle and other sites should have given me the heads up.

  3. To call out a person like you did on your site is sad to say the least.

    "Apparently, Steven Lennertz, the pastor of Eagle Ridge Church, doesn't like topless photo shoots."

    Is a pastor supposed to like topless shots??? What am I missing.

    And as far as the ranch doing "good" for Menifee, my money is on the church and the good it does. Not some run down piece of property that hosts illegal gatherings at best.

    One last comment, if he obtained permits for some events and not others....he KNEW to obtain them for all of the events. Please don't call it an honest mistake. A mistake yes, but an intentional one. Mostly because he knows the permits he did not obtain would have been DENIED.

    Come on, are we really saddened over the fact that the ranch got their hand slapped and the big bad church is moral?

  4. Maybe he can sell his land to a church. We don't have enough of those in Menifee/Sun City already.

  5. My "lifestyle" anonymous?

    Tell me exactly, what is my lifestyle?

  6. Ahh, the old "If you don't like it go back to the OC" comments. They never get old.

  7. To the commenter who mentioned Steve's other web sites, please elaborate further. If yo are suggesting that the other web sites are sexual in nature, I would like to know so I can not visit this site any more and tell others also. Thank you.

    The pastor did good. There are plenty of places that peddle filth, you can go there Steve. We don't want that type of stuff here in Menifee. We want there to be some places that still are safe and clean from pervs. Simple principle: Less filth, less pervs.

  8. If you are going to leave comments on here, make sure you know how to spell and that your sentences make sense.
    Look on Megans Law, there are plenty of Perv's in Menifee already.

  9. The Wooden Nickel Ranch is a great place and their Civil War program has benefited thousands of school children. A Topless photo shoot on privet property? You have got to be kidding me that anyone is angered by that. It was on PRIVET property!!!! Why should you care? Unless you are the type who JUDGE others about moral and pure lifestyles. Go on throw the first stone. Steve, thank you for the information.

  10. If a individual owns their property who are we as citizens to tell them if they can be nude on it or not. If the property is not viewable by the general public it is the same as a person being nude in their home. No one can tell you what to do in your home, or if you can be nude or not in it so it really does not matter. People need to mind their own business and be concerned with bigger issues in this country.

  11. Instead of whining about ungodly bare breasts!...Just stop for a moment and think what would have become of this historical property if not for efforts of Tom Fuhrman. I suppose the memory of World War 2 hero Audie Murphy would be better served by obliterating any trace of him from the property. Should it have been reduced to generic, developed suburbia instead? Personally I say thank God for Tom Fuhrman. Yes I said God! Since he was the one who created breasts and Audie Murphy! And I thank it is safe to say he has pride in both those creations. Stop the silly threats and nonsense! Menifee should do what it can to communicate, work out it concerns and do everything it can do to help Tom Fuhrman preserve this great historical property. It is a one of a kind attraction! Please lighten up! Do it for the good of Menifee. For all kids present and future so they can learn about and celebrate the memory of one of this countries greatest HEROES Audie Murphy!