- DULCE, NEW MEXICO -- Close
to 120 people showed up for the first "underground base" conference
ever to be held in Dulce, New Mexico on Sunday, March 29.
- The event made a rather tumultuous start at the Best
Western Jicarilla Inn at 10 a.m. By that time the entire bar lounge area
began to be filled beyond capacity. And by the time the first speaker (former
Dulce ranch owner, Edmund Gomez) began his presentation, many people had
to stand and wait in the adjacent restaurant area. It was then that the
Fire Department issued a warning saying that the conference must immediately
be moved elsewhere.
- Halfway through the speaker's fascinating presentation,
the Fire Department issued a stern second warning saying that the number
of people inside the conference room far exceeded its capacity. Panic then
began to be felt by the event's organizer, Norio Hayakawa of Rio Rancho.
- Hotel employees frantically made phone calls to find
out if there were any other locations available for the conference to go
- It was then that Hoyt Velarde, former Dulce police officer
and head of Public Safety Department, suggested to Hayakawa that the conference
be moved to a civic hall inside a small shopping center across the street
from the hotel. With Velarde's swift assistance in making the arrangement,
and after a short intermission, the entire Dulce Base: Fact or Fiction?
conference and public forum finally resumed and continued the rest of the
day at the new location.
- As an interesting side note, on Sunday morning when it
was still dark outside, many guests at the Best Western Jicarilla Inn were
awakened shortly before 6 a.m. by a thunderous roar of blades of helicopters
above. Local residents nearby reported that there was a rare low flight
of two military helicopters above Dulce. In the afternoon session of the
conference, two local residents also testified that they witnessed the
military helicopters circling above Dulce and that they passed slowly above
the hotel. They told Hayakawa that there are occasional appearances of
military helicopters over the town but the flights were never as low as
what they saw early Sunday morning.
- As organizer and moderator of this conference, Hayakawa
several times alluded to an allegation that the government, beginning in
the early 1970s and lasting till the early 1980s, may have conducted clandestine
operations in the area involving experiments with bovine diseases, anthrax
and other substances as part of biological warfare research.
- He also alluded to another allegation that there may
also have been some illegal dumping or storage of toxic chemicals and other
bio-hazardous materials in the nearby areas.
- Hayakawa stated that he tends to support a theory that
the government may have purposefully created some 'convenient' cover stories
(underground alien base concept) to conceal those clandestine activities
and may even have staged a series of fake 'UFO-type' incidents in the area,
utilizing high tech equipment such as holographic projection devices.
- However he also stated that he cannot deny any possibility
that there may indeed be some unknown interdimensional phenomenon in the
area which happens to be filled with fascinating cultural and spiritual
beliefs of the Jicarilla Apache nation.
- The speakers at the conference and their main points
expressed were as follows:
- Edmund Gomez, spokesman for the entire Gomez family who
owned a large ranch in Dulce said that their ranch lost more than 17 cows
during the height of cattle mutilations incidents and experienced substantial
financial loss over the years. Gomez stated that gas masks were found near
the mutilation sites and that specific cows were each tracked with phosphorescent
markings a few days before the mutilations actually took place. He is convinced
that this was done by the government and that no aliens were involved.
He asserted that the government was conducting some type of germ warfare
experiments. He concluded by stating that there is definitely a governmental
underground facility there.
- Hoyt Velarde, former Dulce police officer and head of
Public Safety Department asserted that he has not located the base yet
but it is an undeniable fact that there have been (and still are) many
UFO sightings in the area. Velarde even suggested that he is willing to
organize an escorted group expedition soon for the public to the top of
the Archuleta Mesa if such a request is made in earnest. He surprised the
attendees also by saying that another conference on this topic could even
be held next time in the conference hall of the Police Department there.
Hayakawa said that he may consider this offer.
- Gabe Valdez, former New Mexico state patrol officer in
charge of the Dulce area stated that he investigated numerous cattle mutilation
cases in the Dulce area from the mid 1970s to the early 1980s. He declared
that this has nothing to do with aliens but that there is something there
that is too sensitive for discussion and refused to further divulge what
- Christopher O' Brien, researcher of paranormal activities
in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado asserted that Dulce may be
a diversion for what is more importantly taking place in the San Luis Valley
just north of northern New Mexico.
- Dr.. Michael E. Salla, initiator of "exopolitics"
and author of a book entitled EXPOSING U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICIES ON EXTRATERRESTRIAL
LIFE expressed his belief that there is a joint US/alien underground bio-lab
beneath the Archuleta Mesa and that this must be addressed as a serious
human rights abuse issue.
- Greg Bishop, author of PROJECT BETA, a book in which
he describes in detail his investigations of the claims of an Albuquerque
scientist by the name of Paul Bennewitz, said that Bennewitz was the initial
source behind the rumors of the underground base in Dulce. Bishop asserted
that Bennewitz was side tracked by an unofficial disinformation campaign
to get him to look away from evidence of sensitive military projects going
on in 1979 inside Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. However, Bishop
surprised everyone when he said at the end that he is now beginning to
doubt his initial doubt about Dulce and concluded that there could indeed
be something there.
- Gabe Julian, former Dulce police officer who worked under
the late Raleigh Tafoya, former Dulce Police Chief described his encounters
with three metallic, oval-shaped object hovering at a tree-top level at
a ranch in Dulce. He described how he was dispatched to the ranch house
of a woman who claimed that small people with strange boxes emitting light
were harassing her. Initially skeptical of what his radio dispatcher told
him, he drove over to the area and was shaken up when he witnessed those
hovering objects there.
- Dennis Balthaser, a well-known UFO researcher from Roswell,
New Mexico expressed his conviction that there is a US/alien joint biological
laboratory and base under the Archuleta Mesa.
- Keith Ealy, a researcher with a fascinating interpretation
of Dulce as being a space time portal for interdimensionals amazed the
audience with his close-up satellite imagery of Dulce Elementary School
building. He told the audience that the contours of the parking lot resemble
an ancient stone scupture in Bolivia. He concluded that the Dulce area
is filled with interdimentional phenomenon, a topic similarly shared by
world famous researchers, Dr. Jacques Vallee and John Keel.
- The Albuquerque Journal had a front page story today
(March 30) about the conference. The headline which appeared at the bottom
of the front page was "UFO Hunters Debate Underground Base".
And on page 3 the headline for the continuing story was: "Secret Alien
Base in N.M.?"
- Norio Hayakawa
- Here is an excellent report about the Dulce Base conference
and its conclusion:
- Dulce underground UFO base conference ends
- March 30,
- By Michael Salla, Ph.D.
- Paul Bennewitz photo of UFO entering Archuletta Mesa
- Paul Benewitz photo of UFOs entering Archuletta mesaYesterday
a conference was held in the small town of Dulce, New Mexico to discuss
evidence of an underground extraterrestrial base at the nearby Archuleta
Mesa. Organized by Norio Hayakawa, a retired funeral director now living
in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, The Dulce Base: Fact or Fiction Conference brought
together local and outside speakers with knowledge of events at Dulce.
The conference began at the Best Western Jicarilla Inn but the venue had
to be changed to the local civic meeting room after the first session since
not all the audience could fit inside. Approxiately 100 people came from
as far away as Pennslyvannia and Hawaii to attend the conference. Hayakawa
hoped to end speculation about the existence of an underground extraterrestrial
base. Speakers and locals were divided over the presence of extraterrestrials
at the base, but most agreed that strange events were happening at the
Archuleta Mesa. Most speakers believed that some kind of underground base
existed, but this was related with classified military projects, and had
nothing to do with extraterrestrials. Some locals joined two of the speakers
in accepting evidence pointing to an extraterrestrial presence at Dulce.
- The first speaker, local rancher Edmund Gomez, explained
how the Dulce mystery began in June 1976 with the discovery of cattle mutilations
on his ranch. Evidence was gathered pointing to military involvement in
some kind of biological testing program that was highly classified. Gomez
explained how physical evidence he gathered would regularly dissappear,
and that his family had to eventually sell his ranch due to cattle losses.
While Gomez believed that claims of extraterrestrials and UFOs related
to Archuletta Mesa was disinformation, he did find evidence of classified
military activities and an air vent to an underground facility during a
1988 expedition. His discovery and photo of the vent was the first concrete
evidence that an underground base does exist at Dulce.
- The next speaker, Chris O'Brian was skeptical of the
Dulce undergound base hypothesis. He believed that claims of an undergound
base at Dulce were a distraction from anomalous events at the nearby St
Luis Valley which were more significant in his opinion. The retired Dulce
Director of Public Safety, Hoyt Velarde said he had never found evidence
of an underground facility at Dulce, but did confirm that UFOs were seen
over the town of Dulce. Gabe Valdez, a retired New Mexico State Trooper,
said that there were indeed sensitive events happening at Dulce which he
did not want to discuss, but that stories of extraterrestrials were not
- Greg Bishop next spoke and explained his research on
Paul Bennewitz, a deceased (2003) electronics expert who was the first
to claim that an extraterrestrial undergound base existed at Dulce. He
explained how Bennewitz had captured physical evidence of UFOs near Kirtland
Air Force Base and connected this to claims of an underground base at the
Archuleta Mesa. Bishop explained how in his book on Bennewitz's claims,
Project Beta, that he doubted the existence of an underground base. He
had concluded that Bennewitz was side tracked by a disinformation campaign
to get him to look away from evidence of events at Kirtland. Bishop revealed,
however, how after the 2005 publication of his book that a number of insiders
had confided to him that an undergound base does exist at Dulce. Together
with the discovery of a vent to an underground facility, this led to him
now changing his position and doubting his former skepticism.
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