After offering assurances that it would rescind a warranty deed that is disrupting real estate transactions on 22,000 acres in and around Taos, the board of trustees for Cristóbal de la Serna Land Grant now says it will take it's time in getting the deed off the books.

"It's not exactly that easy," board president Elden Torres told The Taos News Thursday (March 3). Torres said the board discussed the issue in executive session after the normal meeting and decided to seek additional advice before acting.

"We're going to look into legal help and see what needs to be done in that regard, or if it even can be done," Torres said.

The board met Wednesday night (March 2) and faced several questions regarding the deed, which was filed in December 2010. The deed asserted to pass ownership of the entire grant to the sitting board of trustees, and it has stalled several real estate transactions because it potentially clouds title to all properties within the grant boundaries.

Francisco "Comanche" Gonzales, who does not sit on the board but who spoke for much of the meeting on behalf of the board, said repeatedly that the problem would be fixed.

"That part is going to be cleared and taken care of," Gonzales said.

Other board members agreed, insisting that they were only interested in a 7,000-acre section of the grant know as the "lineas." The board said it hopes to bring the lineas under its control to preserve what open space remains for the heirs of the original settlers there.

But when interviewed Thursday, Torres said the board was concerned that revoking the deed for the entire grant would hurt its chances of one day reclaiming land that it considers the rightful property of grant heirs.

"If this deed comes off, where does that leave us?" Torres said. "Do we just get pushed to the bottom of the books, with no recognition? Obviously, I'm not looking at it as a leverage point, but we want people to listen to us and not just get pushed away."

At last night's meeting, Roberto O. Gonzales — the man who filed the infamous warranty deed — said he put his name on the paperwork that was filed with the clerk in order to draw attention to the board's activities.

Torres said he was open to working with local officials in finding a solution to the issue.

"I'm not trying to do this vindictively, or take away people's property or hurt the county," Torres said.

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betz
betz

Well Mr. Gonzales.....and Mr. Torres....you have come upon the age old 'law of unintended consequences'. Its too bad you took this route to get 'attention'. Anyone whose property sale falls out of escrow and or incurs financial hardship or loss as a result of your actions, should sue you for knowingly filing a false deed and the state/county for allowing false deeds to proceed into the county record. Getting 'attention' in this manner should have its consequences on the filer.

CulturalEnergy
CulturalEnergy

Cultural Energy has posted a collection of radio stories on La Serna, Land Grants & Miranda Canyon Preserve subdivision. http://www.culturalenergy.org/serna.htm It is important to understand some of the history & background of this issue. The Tejidos Culturales segment & Bob Romero's Historia de Taos give you a good introduction.

King of the World
King of the World

The actions of this board are causing harm to people, their property, and the County. All of those affected should not hesitate in filing a lawsuit against the Board, its officers, and it's members for damages and legal costs.

Tonyo
Tonyo

Sounds like time for a counter suit on these fools. Make them pay big time for this stupid folly.

betz
betz

I agree with Tonyo. The longer they drag this out, the worse it is for the real estate market, which will drive down prices. The assessor already warned...."when the tax base goes down, the tax RATEs go up to make up the difference." Even if you arent planning on selling your property or borrowing against it.... this will impact EVERYONE who pays taxes in this county. This needs to STOP! Why cant someone talk some sense into these people before it is too late for us all?

betz
betz

Maybe a class action suit on behalf of all tax payers in the County VS the boards and two signing parties of the bogus Land Grant deeds.

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