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  • Spanish land grant fight puts hundreds in Arroyo Hondo in limbo

    A for sale sign last month on a property on the Arroyo Hondo Land Grant, the historical Northern New Mexico Spanish land grant. Heirs and homeowners are locked in a dispute after a land grant board filed a warranty deed in an attempt to reclaim 20,000 acres of private land originally granted by Spain’s colonial government to Arroyo Hondo’s founding families. The fight is preventing homeowners from selling property, refinancing mortgages, or getting insurance policies while the courts struggle to unravel the conflict. Russell Contreras/The Associated Press

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:09 pm | Updated: 6:59 pm, Thu Apr 25, 2013.

ARROYO HONDO — Fernando Martinez’s family has lived on the Arroyo Hondo Land Grant for more than two centuries, passing property from generation to generation in the popular area near Taos.

For the past couple of years, though, it has become impossible for Martinez or hundreds of others with homes in the mountainous Northern New Mexico enclave to do much of anything with their properties.

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  • henry griswold posted at 11:05 am on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

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    i thought most of the land grants were lost to inability to pay property taxes. so land-granters just kept what they could afford.....

     
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