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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).

If you see us, call the Hotline.


DOG: Brown female Chihuahua with mohawk on neck lost the evening of July 4. Five years old, has under bite, is micro-chipped. No collar. #4005.

DOG: Black Lab with white on chest and face. Five-to-six years old. “Really fat." Last seen near Gringo Gulch on July 24. #4006.

2 DOGS: White Labrador “Baron.” Golden Retriever “Sunshine.” Tagged and micro-chipped. Went missing August 6. #4007.

CAT: Male Red Tabby "Flash" with gold eyes, long tail, short front legs and long hind legs. Missing since evening of August 14 from Roadrunner Trail, Placitas. Micro-chipped. #4008 (see photo).

CAT: Female, spayed, seven year old, Calico Tortie mix "Dory-Boot." Short hair with a smooth coat. Went missing August 22, around Camino De La Buena Vista, Placitas. Primarily black with white boots on her back legs, white on her chest with spotting of gold. #4012 (see photo).

2 DOGS: Male Red/White Husky "Gir", and a female Black/Tan Doberman "Lily." Missing July 18 from Rio Rancho near Chayote Dr. and Foxmoore Ct. Both have on shock collars and are micro-chipped. Husky has his HomeAgain microchip tag, and a name tag. Doberman has none. Doberman has a distinctive mark on her stomach. Husky has very distinctive eyebrows and eye color. Owner offering a $250 reward, no questions asked for their return. #4009 (see photo).


CAT: Small grey-and-white kitten found at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the Village of Placitas on August 8. #4010.

DOG: Chocolate Lab/Pit bull/boxer cross, nine-to-ten months old. Found at the point of Camino Redondo & Arroyo Venada on July 26. #4013


DOG: Male leopard-spotted Catahoula. No collar. Seen August 2 near Calle del Sol in Placitas Homesteads, heading north towards the S-curves. #4011.

CAT: Small Calico cat. She has been hanging around Calle del Arroyo in Placitas. Cat is very sweet, but could not approach. #4014


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

Thanks so very much, Signpost!!! Happy news!!! “Flower” was returned home yesterday because of the ad in the Signpost. Remarkable that she was rescued from the freeway near the exit for Sandia going north on the southbound lane. There's a story there that I sure would like to know more of.
—Sally Moore, Bernalillo

Hey, Lalo, How’s this for a kitty burrito?
—”Sophie” Carter-Priester, Placitas

First 2014 case of equine West Nile virus confirmed in NM

—Ray Baca

State officials are recommending mosquito control measures to protect both humans and horses after lab tests confirmed the state’s first known case of equine West Nile virus this year. The horse, which resided at a property in Albuquerque’s South Valley, had to be euthanized last week after developing West Nile virus. The animal had not been vaccinated against the disease.

The case comes two months into New Mexico’s monsoon season, which has given rise to mosquito populations that can carry West Nile virus and transmit it to horses and humans alike.

There have been no human cases of West Nile virus infections in New Mexico this year. The state typically sees most of its West Nile virus cases in both humans and horses in August and September.

“West Nile virus remains an important disease in unvaccinated horses,” said New Mexico State Veterinarian Dr. Ellen Mary Wilson, whose office is co-located with the New Mexico Livestock Board. “Annual vaccination of horses for West Nile virus, conscientious mosquito control, application of mosquito repellant, and minimizing horse exposure during peak mosquito feeding periods will all decrease the risk of infection.” 

The City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County operate a joint mosquito control program, aimed at reducing populations of mosquitoes to protect public health and livestock.

 “We encourage all Bernalillo County residents, including those in unincorporated parts of the county, to report mosquito problems by calling 311,” said Dr. Paul Smith, a manager for the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department. 

In people, common West Nile virus symptoms are fever, nausea, headache, and muscle aches. If someone has these symptoms, they should see their health care provider. In rare cases, West Nile virus can infect the brain and cause meningitis or encephalitis, which can have lasting effects.

You can minimize the risk for both human and horse cases of West Nile virus by eliminating water-holding containers where mosquitoes lay their eggs, such as old tires, as well as regularly changing the water in birdbaths, wading pools, and pets’ water bowls. Make sure rain barrels are tightly screened.

For more information, including fact sheets in English and Spanish about how to protect against West Nile virus, visit

New bighorn sheep herd to be established in Santa Fe National Forest

—Rachel Shockley

The Department of Game and Fish plans to reintroduce Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep into historic bighorn sheep habitat near Cochiti Canyon in the Jemez Mountains of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Several dozen department staff and volunteers will conduct a capture operation on August 11 to August 14 near Wheeler Peak in the Carson National Forest. The sheep will be released in the treeless burned area created by the Las Conchas Fire in 2011, which has become ideal bighorn sheep habitat.

The department hopes to capture thirty to forty adult sheep and their lambs using drop nets and then transport the sheep via helicopter to a staging area where they will undergo a health evaluation. After receiving veterinary care, they will be transported by trailer their new home.

This will be the 10th Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd the department has established since beginning to restore the species in 1978. Biologists anticipate that the herd will expand into Bandelier National Monument and the White Rock Canyon area, and will increase opportunities for New Mexicans to see bighorns in the wild.

As part of a long-term study, the department will place radio collars on all of the adult sheep. Twenty of the collars will have GPS technology that will give wildlife biologists new insights about the sheep and their daily routines.

The department has used the herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep near Wheeler Peak, established in 1993, as a source for starting new herds since 2003. The department most recently transplanted sheep from the herd of about 350 in 2012.

“More than 170 bighorn sheep have been trapped from the Wheeler Peak population since 2003, and every time is different,” said Eric Rominger, bighorn sheep biologist for the department. “Success is never guaranteed, but we are hoping for the best.”

Hikers in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness may see a helicopter carrying equipment and possibly bighorn sheep as the department conducts the sheep trapping and relocation project. The department and the U.S. Forest Service have agreed that using helicopters is the least disruptive method to accomplish bighorn trapping operations in wilderness areas, which normally are closed to all motorized vehicles.

For more information about New Mexico’s bighorn sheep and the state’s bighorn restoration projects, visit the department website at

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