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).


If you see me, call the Animal Hotline.

Dog: Male, three-year-old Pit Bull/Mastiff mix. “Blue” has no collar, is not neutered, and is blue with white paws and a white patch on his chest. He was lost January 22 in Peña Blanca. If found, contact Animal Hotline. [See picture, left.] #4082

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Cat: Female, grey-and-brown Tabby (tiger striped). She is very sweet and affectionate. Found in Ranchos de Placitas off Cienga Canyon Road in Placitas on December 29. If she is yours, or you want her to be yours, contact the Animal Hotline. [See picture above.] #4083


Dog: Medium-to-large, rust-colored dog. No collar or tags. Seen wandering near intersection of Camino Manzano and the Frontage Road (Sundance Mesa Subdivision) in Placitas. Seen on December 28. Animal Control was called for pick up by reporting person. #4078

Ferret: Not a Black-Footed, so it appears to be a pet and not wild. Seen on January 11 on Camino Empresa East of the Village of Placitas. #4080

Dog: Short-haired, Greyhound cross. White with Black spots on ears, saddle on back, and patch on the tail. The ears appear to stand up, but flop at the tip. Dog has been around for three months, appears neighbors are feeding it. Seen on Camino de la Casa in Placitas on December 29. #4079

Dog: Female, Golden Retriever. Seen near the Placitas Post Office on January 15. Person reporting contacted Animal Control for pick up. #4081


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“3 Jan 2016: Goldfinch Polar Bear Club! (35F = 1.6C)”
—Michael Sare, Placitas

“Cold Bunny” 
—Nancy Bennett, Placitas

“Bunny Conga Line” 
—Todd Rennecker, Placitas

“Hi Lalo, I was greeted with this smiling face the morning after a recent snowstorm.”
—Rich Barnett, Placitas

Rio Grande Silvery Minnow

Federal judge rules in favor of MRGCD in Silvery Minnow case

—Tom Thorpe, Public Information Officer, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District

In regard to an Endangered Species Act lawsuit filed by the WildEarth Guardians (WEG) against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alleging that those agencies were not consulting with regard to actions needed to avoid jeopardy to the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow (RGSM), a motion to dismiss by the agencies has been ruled upon by United States District Judge, Robert Brack.

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) joined the lawsuit as an intervenor when WEG claimed in its suit that the BOR should be regulating the MRGCD when it came to water delivery to farmers in the middle Rio Grande valley.

“The Federal Judge in this case recognized that the Conservancy District is doing its job in accordance with all laws and regulations,” said MRGCD CEO/Chief Engineer Mike Hamman. “The District will continue to work with all partner agencies in an attempt to secure the future of the Minnow while continuing our mission of supplying water to our irrigators.”

Judge Brack also ruled that how Federal agencies exercise their discretion in developing a biological assessment with regard to species management of the RGSM was not something over which the Federal Court has jurisdiction. The result was to dismiss those aspects of the case having to do with delivery of water by the MRGCD to irrigators.

The judge did, however, refuse to dismiss those aspects of the case relating to actions of the Federal agencies in implementing an existing biological opinion from 2003. Those issues will likely be moot because a new biological opinion will be issued in early 2016. The judge also refused to dismiss WEG’s claims that the Corps of Engineers is violating the ESA by not consulting on its own water operations.

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District has been promoting sustainable agriculture for the past 75 years. The District delivers water to about 70,000 acres of cropland in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. That water is reused time and time again. It waters crops, sustains the cottonwood bosque along the Rio Grande, helps sustain the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow, and recharges the aquifer. The District owns 30,000 acres of bosque in the valley, a stretch of land that provides unprecedented recreational opportunities and an irreplaceable swath of greenbelt in New Mexico largest metropolitan area. The District was formed in 1925 to alleviate flooding and to reclaim farmland in the valley. Its boundaries stretch 150 miles from Cochiti to the northern boundary of the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, running through Sandoval, Bernalillo, Valencia and Socorro Counties. It operates more than 1,200 miles of canals, laterals and drains, which are used to convey water to and from cropland. The District is funded by water service charges and property assessments on the benefited lands within its boundaries.

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