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).


Puppy: Standard poodle puppy lost from east of the Village of Placitas on October 10. “Roy” is a 13 lbs. red, and about three months old. Had on a blue collar. He has black points and soft red fur. #3925

Dog: six month old, female mix, mostly black with blue heeler. Big ears and white on the tip of her tail. Was wearing a flower collar when lost. #3927

Dog: Black and white Husky mix lost from Bernalillo, off Old Highway 44 (a little west of Walgreens). “Tippy” is 13-14 months old and is microchipped. He may be heading back home to Rio Rancho (near Unser and King Blvds). #393


Cat: Orange and white cat found near Camino de las Huertas, about three miles north of the Village of Placitas (Llano del Norte). Found the last week of September. #3923

Dog: Big white, shepherd-built dog with a collar that says “Bruiser” found October 25 on Tunnel Springs Rd. (near the five mile marker of Highway 165) in Placitas. Male dog. #3929



Two dogs: Found on Highway 165 in Placitas, around the 1 to 2 mile markers. One is a male Blue Heeler, with grey spots and brown ears.

The other is a young, female, black lab. They were found October 27 running along Highway 165 in Placitas.  Both have collars, but no tags. [See photos left.] #3931 & 3932.


Dog: Large, long-legged pit bull mix seen, looking very lost, on Highway 165, just east of the Village of Placitas on October 3. Fawn colored, very good-looking dog. #3924

Dog: Hound dog was seen hanging around just a little west of the Village of Placitas on October 11, near the old Windmill Mercantile. Good size dog that was seen limping. #3926


Cat: Orange cat, adult, probably about two-years-old, available to good home. #3933

Kittens: 2 grey kittens available for adoption. #3934 and #3935


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

I had this bear visit my front yard in the Villas de las Huertas community in Placitas on September 25 around 5:45 p.m.!  —Kara McGee

We've lived in Placitas since 2005. These evening grosbeaks feeding on a seed cylinder sighted on 10/23/2013 were a first for us! —Michael and Jeremie Sare, La Mesa, Placitas

For several days this October, the Townsend's Solitaire in this photo has been singing from the uppermost branches of a cottonwood tree or from high on an amateur radio antenna in my Placitas south yard. provides an audio recording of its song and call. —Zane Dohner

Toxic algae cause of one hundred elk deaths in northeastern NM 

—Rachel Shockley

The Department of Game and Fish has concluded that a toxic algae bloom caused the deaths of more than one hundred elk that were discovered on August 27 in northeastern New Mexico.

Department biologists collected tissue samples from the dead elk and water samples from privately-owned land north of Las Vegas, N.M. A lab found Anabaena, a form of naturally occurring blue-green algae that produces the deadly neurotoxin, anatoxin-a, in a water sample. This potent neurotoxin can cause illness and death within four to 12 hours if ingested.

Department biologists found the dead elk in a one-half mile by three-fourths mile area and suspect that they died within the same 24-hour period.

Although some types of microscopic blue-green algae produce toxins, they seldom cause serious problems. The conditions resulting in the elk mortality existed only a short period of time. Algae blooms occasionally kill livestock and pets and can sometimes be harmful to humans.

No one has reported dead livestock or wildlife in the area since August. Hunters should not harvest animals that exhibit unusual behavior or appear sick and should report anything unusual to the Department’s toll-free information line: (888) 248-6866.

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