- After a numbing 8 weeks off-line dealing
w/ a nasty cyber-virus and a nearly trashed computer, I am back on-line.
- First off, Enter The Valley (St. Martin's
Paperbacks ISBN 0-312- 96835-3), the second of four books examining the
San Luis Valley, has finally been published. If ETV is not available at
your favorite bookstore, please let me know. Any comments and feedback
will be warmly appreciated.
- Reports of unusual aerial activity in
the greater San Luis Valley area have increased dramatically during the
first two months of 1999. The following are several of the more compelling
- Tue Jan 26, 1999 at 8:15 - 8:32 PM, La
Veta, CO-Huerfano County/La Veta MOA CE1 UNDER INVESTIGATION (Perkins)
- PRELIMINARY REPORT "Seven witnesses"
see a large craft hovering over golf course near the town of La Veta, CO
in the center of the La Veta, Military Operations Area. Two witnesses claim
they were between "1/8 and 1/4 mile" away from the "600
foot" craft which was described as "hovering" over small
lake located on a golf course across the street from their store. First
witness, a woman, had walked outside as she and her husband were closing
up shop and was startled to see what she initially thought was "a
747 landing." Immediately she realized it wasn't moving. The unconventional-looking
craft appeared to have wings and bright lights in the front. It was described
as translucent- looking and was accompanied by a low humming sound. Initially
structure was not visible. Then, after summoning her husband, they both
observed "orange-colored portholes" appear on the side. Witnsseswatched
as the object shot a probe-like beam downward toward the lake. Trees obscured
their view of the lake surface, but they assumed the beam or tube was going
down into the water. More details will be provided after further investigation.
- Friday Jan 22, 1999 between 10:00 and
10:30 PM 2 miles S of Costilla, NM turnoff MA1 (Paye/O'Brien) Two motorists
traveling north on NM 522 in separate cars, 9 miles south of the CO/NM
border, Taos County NM, claimed to have separate but simultaneous unusual
experiences. Brad Sleep, a UNM college student was following his girlfriend,
Sarah Fisher when he witnessed what appeared to be a large meteor descending
straight down toward the ground. The object was white colored and had a
short tail. After descending quickly for a couple of seconds, the object
abruptly stopped, changed color to a reddish white and hovered in a stationary
position for "45-60 seconds" at about "35,000 to 40,000'
feet in altitude. He observed this directly in front of him to the north.
He slowed his truck and Sarah, who didn't observe the aerial object, continued
on. Sleep pulled over to the side of the highway, turned off his engine
and climbed out of his pickup truck as the object began a series of 12
to 15 , 6 degree wide lateral figure-eights. Each figure eight tok approximately
3 seconds to complete. Then the object headed to the SE, directly overhead,
toward Taos. The craft had a roar similar to a jet plane but sounded different.
"There was a reverberating hum that was different." Sleep observed
that a single object ". . . seemed to be responsible" for the
event, noting "if it was one craft, it sure wasn't conventional."
He also said the event "could have been some kind of exchange between
- Sarah, meanwhile claims that when she
had proceeded "about a mile" up the road from the time Brad stopped,
a strangly lit car went by that "was all lit up on the sides by light
that wasn't supposed to be thre." As soon as the lit-up car had passed
her, headed south, several small objects rained down on the upper part
of the driver side windshield. She thought the two events were strange
and after they had driven the remaining three miles to town Brad told her
of his sighting and she related her experience. Brad didn't remember a
car passing by him as he stood outside his car watching the object.
- Thursday Feb 4, 1999, 9:30-10:00 PM San
Antonio Mountain, Taos County NM
- KRZA transmitter goes down for five days
- Thursday Feb 4, 1999, 9:30-10:00 PM between
San Isabelle and N. Crestone Creek Saguache County AN1 (O'Brien)
- Two witnesses driving south on Highway
17 observe "a brilliant orb of white light" hovering around 200'
off the ground to the east of them. At one point during the 35 to 40 second
sighting one witness (a retired career Air Force officer) noted the object
shot a beam of light at the ground "like it was looking for a place
to set down." There are no roads in the area where the object was
spotted. The following morning at 7:45 AM, the ex-Air Forcer observed a
dark grey van with smoked windows and government plates headed into Crestone.
He noticed that the van had "no other markings . . . which seemed
odd." He instantly connected the van with the previous night's sighting.
He felt ". . . they were looking for whatever we saw the night before."
- Friday Feb 5, 1999 Baca Grande Development,
CO Saguache County I attempt to interview government scientists in grey
van at a stop sign. They claim they were "with the National Weather
Service" and decline to divulge why they were in the area. I counted
8 people in this particular van. They were dressed in dress shirts and
slacks and looked like scientists. Another Crestone resident claims to
have seen a second government van that morning, but it was "dark blue."
- Tue Feb 9, 1999 9:55 to 9:58 PM Northern/Middle
San Luis Valley CO FB1 (O'Brien)
- Myself and another witness observe a
fast moving unblinking dull- orange orb travel NW to SE over the SLV. Object
seemed to be below 5,000' in altitude and was 2 to 3X the size of Venus
(at setting). Covered the 100 mile distance in about 3 minutes.
- Saturday Feb 13, 1999 at 3:05 PM SLV,
north of Center, CO MA1 Saguache County (O'Brien)
- Two witnesses observe a erratically moving
silver reflection that was visible three times--each time for several seconds.
Object seemed to be below 2,000' in altitude and made sharp twisting turns.
One witness described it as looking like "a fishing lure in the sky."
The second witness was able to focus a pair of binoculars on the object
and described it as being "kind of rectangular-looking, but with no
wings." 12 to 15 minutes later, a flight of 4 fightrs buzzed the area
headed north, the wrong way up the SLV, instead of down. The jets flew
over the same area where the object had been seen.
- Sunday Feb 21, 1999 at 10:15 AM Westcliffe,
CO FB1 Custer County (O'Brien) Two witnesses (one of them a pilot) report
two jet fighters, one in front of the other) flying W to E at 50,000' in
altitude at between 1,000 and 1,500 mph. Pacing the the second jet was
an object that seemed about 10,000' below the jets. This object was rounded
and was reflecting a goldish color. The jets left contrails the third object
did not. The pilot/witness was puzzled by how fast all three craft were
traveling. "They were definitely flying faster than the speed of sound."
- These are several of the more compelling
reports I have fielded these past two weeks. I am also investigating a
claim by a local law enforcement officer that "the guys on graveyard
were seeing weird meteor-like objects nightly for two weeks" (The
first two weeks in January.) More on these events later . . .
- Christopher O'Brien