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).


Cat: Black male 13-year-old Tabby. He was wearing a blue collar with a pink heart charm. He is gentle and graceful and can be shy, but will be friendly and affectionate if he trusts you. Last seen September 28 on Calle del Cerrito in Placitas. Owner will do anything to have him home! #4117 (See photo above).


Dog: Older, male Pit Bull. Wearing an orange collar, no tags or microchip. Found on Highway 165 in Placitas on October 4. #4114

Dog: Female, Hound/Shepherd Mix with no collar. Fixed. Very well-behaved and calm. Found October 14 on La Puerta Trail in Placitas. #4115 (See photo above.)

Cat: Orange male Tabby. No collar or tags. He appears intact and has claws. Very friendly and seems like he used to be an indoor cat because he tries to come in every time the door opens. Found October 18 in Placitas West Subdivision. #4116 (See photo.above.)

Dog: Male, Hound mix and still appears to be a puppy. No collar and unsure if he has a chip. Very sweet and was originally seen around Placitas Realty in Placitas on October 20. Found/ captured and with a foster family October 22.  #4117-2 (See photo above).


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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

The Bird Bath—photos by Todd Rennecker

Prairie-dog pesticide exposure at Acoma School

~Joe Hubbard, E. P. A.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined a New Mexico company for improperly applying pesticides at the Sky City School in the Pueblo of Acoma. B&Y Pest Control had been contracted to address a prairie dog infestation at the school in June 2015. An EPA inspector found the company failed to use tamper-resistant bait stations to minimize exposure to children, pets, and non-target pests, and used a restricted-use pesticide on tribal lands without a federal license, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). “Protecting the health of children is one of EPA’s top priorities, especially preventing their exposure to potentially harmful materials,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “Companies must follow the law to ensure our schools are safe environments for learning and growing.” B&Y agreed to a consent agreement and final order to settle the case and paid a civil penalty of $14,000. The company has since come into compliance with FIFRA by acquiring the proper federal licenses, which any person or company applying restricted-use pesticides on tribal lands must have.

FIFRA governs the registration, distribution, sale and use of pesticides in the U.S. The law requires companies and individuals to apply and use pesticides only according to instructions on a product’s EPA-approved label.

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