Sandoval Signpost
An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988
Dave Harper

If you lose or find an animal in Placitas (and the surrounding area) please call the ANIMAL HOTLINE! 867-6135. The Hotline is a nonprofit service to help reunite lost & found pets. Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a FREE Service. (You can sometimes even include a photo!) Call Dave & January at 867-6135. You can also email the Animal Hotline at, but call, also.



DOG: Corgie, male, tan with long hair, lost in Bernalillo from behind Walmart (Sheriff's Posse Rd) on August 28. He is just over a year old. #3674

Lost Airedale (#3697). If you see her, call Dave!

DOG: Airedale Terrier, black & tan, 50 lbs. female, lost from just north of the Village of Placitas off camino de las Huertas on October 25th. She got away wearing a green collar with her leash attached. #3697 Reward if found, call 867-5373. [See photo above.]


CAT: Yellow cat (possibly striped) seen in Ranchos de Placitas off Juniper Rd, near Canon del Agua and Cholla Lane since late September. #3672

5 DOGS: Five dogs seen running loose in the very west part of Placitas (just east of I-25, by the Piedra Lisa Dam) on Oct.17.

3 DOGS: 1 brown dog, 1 black dog (lab looking) and 1 smaller (border collie looking) dog spotted running loose on Highway 165, near the Placitas Library, and in Rainbow Valley on about September 18-20.

Animal News

Lalo's Pet Prints

Lalo’s Pet Prints

Email your pet photos to “Lalo” at:
Or mail prints to: Signpost, P. O. Box 889, Placitas, NM 87043.
He’ll post a photo or two each month in the Signpost.

“Junie In The Drain,” by Barbara Rockwell


“Chloe on Mousekovitz’s Chair,” by Gary Priester

People’s Forum Panel requests public input

Wendy Keefover

The People’s Forum Panel on Public Lands Trapping requests that New Mexico citizens submit comments on the issue of trapping in New Mexico. The Panel will synthesize the comments and issue a report to the public and decision makers. New Mexicans can submit written comments to:

In July, the New Mexico Game Commission voted to expand trapping across the State and lifted the trap ban in the range of the Mexican wolf. The Commission had received 12,000 citizens’ comments that had requested a ban on traps on public lands in New Mexico.

“The People’s Forum Panel is holding a new public comment period because we want to ensure good governance and encourage democratic decision making in New Mexico,” stated retired Judge Peggy Nelson.

On September 14, the TrapFreeNM Coalition held the People’s Forum—a panel of seven citizens with a history of community and civic involvement took recorded testimony at a public hearing organized by four non-governmental organizations.

Over 130 people attended, and approximately forty testified, including Prof. Dr. Robert Harrison, a small carnivore expert. In addition to the oral testimony, the panel determined to allow additional public comments for those who could not attend the event and have their voices heard.

Former legislator Nathan Cote said, “Having heard the testimony, it was clear the state had not pursued its due diligence obligation. The People’s Forum Panel seeks to gather more input on this charged debate and ensure much better public transparency.”

The comment period opens October 4 and closes on November 5 at 5:00 p.m. New Mexicans can submit written comments to

“It was clear to the panel after hearing the testimony, that the state had not conducted policy making in the light of day, nor considered the complexity of the trapping issue,” Judge Nelson added. “A survey is now open to the public, and we look forward to receiving robust comments.”




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