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Appeals court rules for Montoyas

By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
Las Vegas Optic

The state Court of Appeals has determined that the Montoya family is legally entitled to keep 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the Tecolote Land Grant, dealing a blow to the land grant board which was attempting to nullify nine deeds to that land executed by Jose Maria Montoya to his heirs in 1899.

The Appeals Court opinion, filed in late May, is just the latest chapter in a years-long legal battle between the Montoya family and the land grant board.