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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: Little Pekinese dog found about a mile north of the Village of Placitas, off Camino de San Francisco and Camino de la Rosa Castilla on September 10. Beige with a litle black, wearing a green collar. Male dog who got away a few days later. #3796.


2 DOGS; 2 great big dogs seen running stray off Calle Chamisa in western Placitas (La Mesa) on September 8. #3793 & 3794.

2 DOGS: Big Brown & White Hound and a little smaller dog seen running loose in front of the old Windmill Mercantile, just west of the Village of Placitas on Highway 165 on September 14. #3797 & 3798

2 DOGS: 2 Black Lab Mix dogs seen in Apache Mesa (across from Homesteads Village Shopping Center in Placitas on September 17. Look to be Lab and Pit Bull mixes. 1 male, 1 female. No collars. #3799 & 3800.

MINIATURE HORSE: Miniature horse reported on Highway 165 between the 8 and 9 mile markers (near Perdiz Canyon Road) this month. Brown horse with a halter on, reported by more than one person, to be standing in the middle of Highway 165, just asking to be hit by a car. Reported September 24. #3803


Animal News

Lalo’s pet prints:



“Sweet dreams, dear ‘Ruby.’
You were a good girl (even though some people thought you were a hedgehog).
Peace to you.” —photo by Barb Belknap

“Time for your bath, ‘Iris,’” —photo by Annie Gross

Two picnic areas and a trailhead temporarily closed due to bears on Sandia Ranger District

—Ruth Sutton

The Cienega Canyon Picnic Ground, Sulphur Canyon Picnic Ground, and the Cienega Horse Bypass trailhead area of the Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands will be temporarily closed effective September 1. “We are closing the area to protect public health and safety due to the increased risk of dangerous interactions between bears and humans,” said Sandia District Ranger Cid Morgan.

The order will remain in effect until October 31 or until rescinded—whichever comes first. To read the closure order and review the map, go to and click on the Alerts and Notices section.

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