Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Family, Ranch Feud Over Claim.

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

Brothers Seek Site's 100 Acres

ROMEROVILLE Six brothers Eduardo, Ricardo, Carlos, Daniel, Estevan and Antonio represent only the latest generation of Montoyas fighting legal battles over disbursement of property from the Tecolote Land Grant in San Miguel County.

"I tried to get away from it, but my father continued to believe in fighting for this old (Mexican) land grant," said Eduardo Montoya Jr.

The battlefield under heaviest fire these days: the Charles R. Ranch southwest of Las Vegas, N.M.

Owned in part by Martin "Mike" Koldyke, the huge cattle ranch includes a small notch of land less than 100 acres that the Montoya brothers say belongs to them. Koldyke is a founder of a Chicago investment firm with a hand in an effort to bring a new professional baseball team to Albuquerque.

The ranch, a limited liability company, filed a complaint in district court in 1998 to clear all claims on the title of the property.

The complaint was sparked when another family not the Montoyas moved a mobile home onto a part of the ranch and began living there. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.