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: Male, seven-year-old Husky that is tall, slim, and all white, with black and grey spots. He has ice blue eyes, and his left eye has brown specks in it. No collar, neutered, with microchip. The microchip was not transferred to the current owner. Lost Thursday, February 5, off Caroline Drive in Bernalillo. #4038


Dog: Male Rottweiler-Pit mix without collar. Very  well-behaved. Found in the Village of Placitas on February 3. He is now neutered. If owners not located, would love to find him a new home. #4039. (See picture below)

Found dog. Needs new home. Call the Animal Hotline to adopt.
If you have lost, found, or seen a lost pet, call Dave or January Harper at 867-6135.


 Cat: Young, Calico kitty that appeared to have a problem with right eye. Last seen February 11. #4040

If you have lost, found, or seen a lost pet,
call Dave or January Harper at 867-6135.


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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

Mr. Northern Flicker enjoying a suet snack in Placitas!
—23 February, 2015, Michael Sare, Placitas

Men convicted of unlawful hunting

—Clint Henson

Eight Clovis men will pay penalties and fines totaling $7,189 dollars after pleading guilty to numerous poaching, and other, charges, including killing a deer and turkey out of season and hunting without licenses.

Department of Game and Fish officers caught the men hunting on the Elliott Barker Wildlife Area north of Cimarron on November 10, 2014, when the area was closed to hunting. The men appeared before Raton Magistrate Warren Walton on February 4 and pleaded guilty to 13 of an original 34 charges, which included unlawful hunting, unlawful killing, and illegal possession of a deer and turkey. Penalties included fines, court costs, civil penalties, and donations to Operation Game Thief.

A hunter who had been scouting in the area alerted officers after he saw a large hunting camp with a deer hanging from a tree. The hunter knew that the area had no current hunting seasons open at that time and called the Operation Game Thief hotline. Officers went to the area and found eight men, all with rifles, actively hunting.

There were many other charges filed in the case, including negligent use of a deadly weapon due to drinking while hunting. The party also was driving on closed roads with off-highway vehicles.

If you have information about unlawful hunting, fishing, or trapping, contact the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline, (800) 432-4263. Informants can remain anonymous and may be eligible for rewards if information leads to charges being filed.

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