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: Male, Brown Tabby. "Tiki" is neutered and micro-chipped. Lost August 23 from Anasazi Meadows in Placitas. (see photo above) #4046


Dog: Male, Shepherd mix. He is brown, medium size, weighing approximately thirty pounds. No collar or tags. Found August 17 at 1.1 miles on Camino de Las Huertas. (see photo above) #4042


Parakeet: Yellow. Think it is a male and seems to have been out a while. Seen August 16 in Desert Mountain Subdivision in Placitas. #4043

Dog: Male, medium size, older German Shepherd Mix. He did not appear to have a collar or tags and is not neutered. Seen August 19 near Rotary Park in Bernalillo and August 21 near Don Tomas and Calle Montoya. #4044

Dog: Male, American Pit Bull mix, white with brown spots. No collar. Seen August 20 on Calle Montoya and San Luis in Bernalillo. #4045


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

“The Flash”—Rufous hummingbird stands guard.
—Photo by Michael Sare

Dear Lalo, I guess this bear hasn’t read last month’s Signpost or he would know that he was supposed to go back up into the Sandias and that he was only supposed to hit birdfeeders at night! —Photo by Audrey Petzold

Wanagi Wolves at Placitas Library

~Michael Milone

On September 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Placitas Community Library will host an extraordinary event. Stephanie Kaylan of Wanagi Wolf Fund and Rescue will talk about wolves, wolf-dogs, and her efforts to rescue them. What makes this event even more wonderful is that two of her pack members, Angel and Bindi, will join her. If you come to the event, you will have an opportunity to meet both of these ambassadors. How many times in your life will you get to hug a wolf?

Featured in ABQ the Magazine, the Albuquerque Journal, and other media outlets, Stephanie established her rescue site in Tijeras after a career as a musician in Southern California. "It's the most rewarding thing I've ever done in my life," she says sighing, "but also one of the most challenging." With the help of some dedicated volunteers, she maintains the pack, transports rescued wolves, and wolf-dogs, and raises funds to support her efforts. The program, which is fun and informative, is tailored to appeal to both children and adults.

Pooch Plunge, pet adoption, donation drive

The Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department’s annual Pooch Plunge event will take place on September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Haynes Pool, 2006 Grande Boulevard.

The event is a day of swimming exclusively for dogs. It is the final activity held at the pool before closing for the season. All dogs must be current on vaccinations, have a copy of the vaccination records, accompanied by an adult, and have a collar and leash to and from the pool. All dog owners and spectators may go ankle deep in the water only (no swimming).

The cost to take part in the event is $5 for the first dog, $10 for two dogs, $12 for three dogs, and $16 for four or more dogs. Payment (cash or check only) will be accepted the day of the event at Haynes Pool.

Also taking place at the adjacent Haynes Park during the Pooch Plunge is an animal adoption event and donation drive for animal shelters coordinated by Pet Food Gone Wild. Recommended donation items include pet food, cat litter, gently used blankets, towels, newspaper, paper towels, and clean toys. For questions about either event, call 891-5015.

Feasting bears close part of Sandia Mountains

~Signpost Staff

An abundance of acorns, choke cherries, bear corn, and popular drinking water spots with black bears has led the Cibola National Forest to close three trails, a forest road, and three picnic areas on the east side of the Sandia Mountains.

The closure order signed on August 11 by Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman extends until October 1 unless it is rescinded earlier. "The purpose of this order is to minimize the potential of a dangerous bear/human encounter," she wrote.

The closure area begins near Sandia Park and extends toward Sandia Crest taking in the Doc Long, Sulphur Canyon, and Cienega Canyon picnic areas as wells as Forest Road 190 and the Cienega Spring, Bill Spring, and Sulphur Canyon trails and the horse bypass of Trail 266 west to Faulty Canyon.

The Crest Road remains open. Violation of the order is considered a federal misdemeanor.

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