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: Female German Shepard mix. She is two years old, spayed and micro chipped. Last seen near Goff and Bridge in the South Valley on September 4. #4015

DOG: Female Heeler that is white with black spots, with a long tail. She does not look like a Heeler. She is six years old and has really bad skin allergies. #4016


DOG: Light brown, medium-sized dog. Looked, kind of, like an Airedale, curly hair. Dog was picked up on September 14 west of Presbyterian Church in Placitas at 10:15 a.m. by Animal Control. #4017


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

Hi, Lalo—The bobcat family on my back porch says Hi. Hey, wha! 
—Laura, Oli, Raya & Tate, Placitas

Hi, Lalo—“My brain is just a jellyphish in the ocean of my mind."
—Luv, “Vassar” Hammack

Nongame hunting, coyote-killing contests prohibited on wildlife management areas


The New Mexico State Game Commission prohibits coyote-killing contests and the hunting of nongame species, including rabbits, prairie dogs, or coyotes on its Wildlife Management Areas. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish manages New Mexico’s Wildlife Management Area system and promotes wildlife conservation throughout the state.

Only one Wildlife Management Area, Water Canyon, allows hunting for nongame species as a management tool for the non-native Himalayan Tahr, a large ungulate related to the wild goat.

Commission-owned properties such as Edward Sargent, Heart Bar, Lake Roberts, Pecos Canyon properties, and the Rio Chama provide wildlife safe places during crucial breeding and wintering times. They also give visitors opportunities to access some of the most beautiful and wild places in New Mexico. Visitors to these areas must abide by all restrictions and posted notices.

Learn more about Wildlife Management Area activities and closures by visiting under “Conservation.”

Forty thousand bees invade Hyatt Regency Tamaya


Bees can bring to mind sci-fi like headlines, and thoughts of painful stings. In reality, honeybees are crucial pollinators of all the fruits and vegetables that we eat. Earlier this summer, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa added two colonies containing twenty thousand bees each to its grounds, furthering Tamaya’s mission of being an environmentally friendly resort.

Honeybees are the major pollinators of the resort’s many flowerbeds and its on-site orchard, vegetable, and herb gardens. It’s estimated that in the first year, these bees will produce seventy to eighty pounds of honey as well as beeswax. While the bees will need much of this honey for the winter months, as much as 25 to thirty pounds will be harvested by the resort and used in the Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon and in the resort’s kitchens. According to Colleen Kareti, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Tamaya, “We happily welcomed our little buzzing friends to the resort, and our human guests can rest assured that there is virtually no danger of being stung by these bees.” Why? They are too busy gathering pollen and nectar. As a side note, honeybees rarely sting.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya has a “Green Team” of volunteer employees who receive ongoing training on the care and handling of the bees from a locally contracted bee expert who visits regularly. In addition to the bee colony, this environmentally conscious team is responsible for planting and maintaining the veggie garden, herb garden, and orchard. They support the kitchen and landscaping teams harvesting herbs, and work with the Santa Ana Pueblo’s Department of Natural Resources to maintain the resort grounds near the Rio Grande.

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