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).


Two dogs: Small, black dogs with white markings. Seen on June 15 on the corner of Agua Sarca and Tierra Madre in Placitas. #4037


Animal News


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


Lalo: WHOOOOO are you kidding! I got really lucky to see this baby great horned owl while in Tucson, Arizona, this June. —Todd Rennecker

(The Stick Bug—I believe it's from the Phasmid Family—was on a window screen.

The mantis was heading home with lunch—a wasp of the insect variety.
The hummingbird, a female broad-tailed, was guarding the lunch counter.
Love the Signpost!
—Bill Bailey

NM Poison Center offers snakebite prevention and treatment tips

~Luke Frank, UNM Health Sciences Center

New Mexico has the second highest number of rattlesnake bites annually per capita in the U.S.

New Mexicans beware—we’re quickly warming into snake season. Last year, the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center reported nearly one hundred cases of snake exposure in 23 of 33 New Mexico counties, mostly between May and September. Almost eighty percent of those calls were rattlesnake encounters.

Venomous snakes found in New Mexico include rattlesnakes and coral snakes in the southwestern part of the state. Venomous snakes can be especially dangerous to outdoor workers or people spending more time outside during the warmer months. Most snakebites occur when people accidentally step on or come across a snake, frightening it and causing it to bite defensively.

Be aware that snakes are abundant in New Mexico, respect their right to habitat and space, and use common sense.

If you are bitten, do not panic; keep still and calm. Call the poison center immediately at 1-800-222-1222. If the person who was bitten is having trouble breathing or losing consciousness, call 911 immediately.

Keep the part of your body that was bitten straight and at heart level, unless told otherwise by the poison center specialist. Remove all jewelry and tight clothing. Wash the bite with soap and water, and cover the bite with a clean, dry dressing—if available, and if doing so does not cause delay. Being able to describe the snake to medical professionals can help them decide on the best treatment, so try to remember the color and shape of the snake, but don’t move closer to it. Only take a photograph of the snake if you can do so from a safe distance. You do not need to bring the snake with you in order to get the proper medical treatment.

Note the time the bite happened. Do not do any of the following:

  • Do not pick up, attempt to trap, or kill the snake.
  • Do not apply a tourniquet or attempt to restrict blood flow to the affected area.
  • Do not cut the wound.
  • Do not attempt to suck out the venom.
  • Do not apply heat, cold, electricity, or any substances to the wound.
  • Do not drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages or take any drugs or medicines.

For more outdoor poison prevention tips and resources, visit the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center at or visit the American Association of Poison Control Centers Outdoor Poison Safety site at

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