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Letter to the Editor - Roger Cisneros

By Staff

Dear Editor,

I have enjoyed La Voz over the years and especially articles written by Ernest Gurule and James Mejia. I have intended to write them but I donít know how to reach them so I am wondering if you can relay the following to them. For Ernest I enjoyed the article written about Taos because I am from Questa which is close to Taos. When people ask me where I am from I tell them from Questa who nobody knows where that is until I tell them it is close to Taos and then everybody knows where that is. Also all the other articles written by Ernest are thought provoking and very educational. In regard to James Mejia his latest article regarding the San Luis Valley because that is close to where I was born and raised. I belong to a book club here at the DAC and recently we reviewed a book about the cancer gene that exists in the San Luis Valley. During that discussion the matter of the Sangre De Cristo land grant was discussed. As you probably know Carlos Beaubien was issued the land grant and one of the provisions was that he had to encourage people to move to that part of the Country and one of the enducement was to allow the people to use the land forever. I had been following the case for the last 30 or some years the ups and downs. Norman Hagland was one of the people I discussed the case with since he was a member of the investment club at the DAC. Interestingly another member of the book club is Mary Mallarkey which you probably recognize as the author of the three cases involving the Land Grant. According to my understanding of the case as it now stands there is nothing else that can be done.

I believe that Judge Alex Martinez analysis of the case in his dissent to one of the findings of the majority express my feelings on this case. But this case dragged on for so long I believe the hunting and fishing rights that they did not get is not going to change.

(The Honorable)
Roger Cisneros





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