LUJAN v. DEL MEDIO

No. A-1-CA-40325.

2024-NMCA-043

CORLINDA H. LUJAN, IDA M. LUJAN, and PABLO LUJAN, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. ACEQUIA MESA DEL MEDIO, a New Mexico Community Ditch Association; TEODORO (TED) CHACON, Individually and as Mayordomo of Acequia Mesa del Medio; JOSE LEANDRO MARTINEZ; MAGDALENA L. MARTINEZ; RICHARD (RICKY) MARTINEZ, Individually and as President of Acequia Mesa del Medio; STEVEN D. SALAZAR, Individually and as Treasurer of Acequia Mesa del Medio; LUIS TOBIAS (TOBY) VELASQUEZ, Individually and as Secretary of Acequia Mesa del Medio, Defendants-Appellees, and ELISE P. BENSEN; HELEN M. CHACON; HENRY CHACON; CONNIE GARCIA; ESTELLA GARCIA; RICHARD GARCIA; MARY ANN J. GONZALES-LUJAN, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Angie M. Romero, Deceased; LEVI HERRERA; TOMASITA (TOMMIE) HERRERA; ROSE LOVATO; PATSY LUCERO-MAESTAS; IDA MADRID; RON R. MAESTAS; BELARMINO MARTINEZ; GLORIA MARTINEZ; CONSUELO V. MEDINA; FRANK MEDINA; ANNETTE MORFIN; BENITO MORFIN; JOAQUIN MORFIN; LEONARD MORFIN; CLEOTILDE SALAZAR; LEO SALAZAR; MARIA ELENA SALAZAR; SANTANA SALAZAR; ELAINE VALDEZ; LARRY MANUEL VALDEZ; MARK W. VALDEZ; SANDRA VALDEZ; VALDEZ, INC., a New Mexico corporation; GABRIEL A. VELASQUEZ; RUDY BEN VELASQUEZ, JR.; TOMAS A. VELASQUEZ, JR.; WAYNE D. VELASQUEZ; and SAMUEL H. YOUNG, Defendants.

Court of Appeals of New Mexico.

Filing: March 5, 2024.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Montgomery & Andrews, P.A., Randy S. Bartell , Santa Fe, NM, Ida M. Luján , Santa Fe, NM, for Appellants.

Humphrey & Odé, P.C., Mary E. Humphrey , Connie Odé , El Prado, NM, for Appellees Acequia Mesa del Medio and Teodoro (Ted) Chacon, Richard (Ricky). Martinez, Steven D. Salazar, and Luis Tobias (Toby) Velasquez.

Peter B. Shoenfeld, P.A., Peter B. Shoenfeld , Santa Fe, NM, for Appellees Jose Leandro Martinez and Magdalena Martinez.

New Mexico Legal Aid, David Benavides, Matthew Baca, Santa Fe, NM, for Amicus Curiae New Mexico Acequia Association.


OPINION

{1} This appeal pertains to a dispute about the rights that several landowners have to irrigate their properties with water from the Acequia Mesa del Medio (the Acequia) and the role of the governing body of the Acequia, Defendant-Appellee Acequia Mesa del Medio (AMM), in the distribution of...

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