Sandoval Signpost


An independent monthly newspaper serving the community since 1988

Dave Harper

If you lose or find an animal in Placitas area, call the Animal Hotline at 867-6135. The Hotline is a nonprofit service run by Dave and January Harper to help reunite lost and found pets. Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a free service courtesy of the Signpost—we can sometimes even include a photo. Call Dave and January at 867-6135 or 263-2266 and leave a detailed message, or email the Animal Hotline at: (but call, too).


DOG: Female Husky that weighs approximately 40 lbs. "Kiera" has one blue eye and one brown eye. She was wearing a blue collar that has her name on it (“Kiera”) and owner’s phone number. Got out between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. off Tecolote in Placitas, NM March 22.  #4086


CAT: Small, Female, all Black. She is spayed. Found March 24 near former Windmill Mercantile in Placitas, NM.  #4087


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Lalo’s pet prints:

Lalo loves to receive your pet and animal photos to print in the Signpost.
Email them to “Lalo” at:
Or mail prints to: Signpost, P. O. Box 889 Placitas, NM 87043

Hey, Lalo—It always surprises me to see raccoons on my property with no water nearby. The Rio Grande’s at least six miles West of me. Cool to see them though!
—Todd Rennecker, Placitas

Here is a photo of a screech owl for you. The story is that a couple of years back, Ruth Wheeler dropped off at the winery a couple of nesting boxes built by Jim Harris. I installed the one in this photo in a cottonwood at the entrance to the winery. Back in February, I looked up one morning to see that a Western Screech Owl had moved in. I have seen the owl almost every day since, so I think it has come to stay. 
—Jim Fish, Anasazi Fields Winery, Placitas

Hi, Lalo—“Smokie” is a wonderful friend to all. He loves people, and he is a great guy.
—Sue Williams, Rio Rancho

Comments sought on Gila trout restoration project

—Karl Moffatt

The Department of Game and Fish, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is seeking public comment on a proposed project to restore native Gila trout to 24 miles of Whitewater Creek and its tributaries in the Gila National Forest and Wilderness.

The project aims to expand public angling opportunities while improving conservation of native fish species. Competing non-native fish would be removed from the creek to accommodate the repopulation of native fish. The creek would be treated with rotenone, a naturally occurring substance that affects only gill breathing animals and poses no threat to humans, but is very effective at killing fish and degrades rapidly after treatment.

Once all non-native fish have been eliminated from the creek, it will be stocked with native Gila trout and anglers will be allowed to fish for them with a daily bag limit of two. The project includes rebuilding trails to provide good public access to the creek.

The project is part of an ongoing effort to restore pure-strain Gila trout to southwestern New Mexico in an effort to produce a thriving population that no longer needs federally mandated protection. The species currently is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. The department’s previous efforts have restored Gila trout to 62 miles of streams.

To view the project proposal and learn how to submit comments, visit the department’s website at

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