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Reported Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) Sightings, Abductions, Unusual Animal Death reports (UAD), Unexplained Occurrences and Suspected Military Activity

Greater San Luis Valley CO-NM

Including Colorado Counties:

Saguache, Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Huerfano, Custer, Chaffee, Fremont

New Mexico Counties:

Taos, Rio Arribas, Mora, Colfax

with Date, Time, Location, County, Vallee’ Classification, Type of Report, (Investigator(s), Type of EVIDENCE, media coverage) SAME DAY/NIGHT and è tmv subjective highlights. Suspected Unexplained phenomena, UFO sighting dates / times and UAD discovery dates in BOLD Suspected military activity in ITALICS. Regional reports listed when concurrent SLV activity. TMV Editorial Selections highlighted as KEY CASES
[Compiled and listed by: Christopher O’Brien / <> PO Box 223 Crestone, CO USA 81131]

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NOTE: Witness last names withheld unless previously published in the public domain

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The following accounts are confirmed reports of unexplained mundane and extra-mundane events witnessed and reported in the Greater San Luis Valley, Colorado (unless otherwise noted). Relevant regional Colorado and New Mexico cases listed when applicable to greater SLV activity.


I received the following reports on May 24, 2003 from a reliable skywatcher who lives just south of the CO/NM border, in the foothills 1000′ above the east side of the San Luis Valley floor. Last September a Taos, NM resident visiting friends just south of Questa, NM inadvertantly shot some late afternoon video footage of Ute Mtn (located about 15 miles west from her location–across the Rio Grande Gorge) that captured a formation of 9 anomalous objects. She did not notice them during filming.

Later, at home when she viewed the footage, she noticed something streak across the screen at extremely high speed. Luckily she had shot at hi-speed and was able to slow the 2 1/2 second section of footage down to get a better look at what she apparently taped flying by north-to-south.

My contact (who has sent me a 2nd generation copy of the footage) described a group of 8 objects that appear to “blink their way along” at extremely fast speed, across the field of view, followed closely by a 9th object. This object appears to dip/blink (?) downwards as it follows behind. The cylindrical-shaped objects appear to be at least 50′ long and are travelling between 8 and 10,000 above the valley floor. Their movement characteristics are described as pulsing in and out of view w/ a hopping motion and there appears to be a dark line like “a fuzzy energy field” around the the objects. The witness does not think they are “rods”” but rather something at least 2 miles away from the camera.

This roughly N X NW to S X SW corridor running down the eastern side of the Sangre de Cristo foothills is where numerous sightings of objects have been reported “headed down the Sangres” for decades. My skywatcher is going to forward my contact info to the videographer with an offer to have the footage analyzed.

Our observant skywatcher also related an interesting “sighting” he and his son experienced 2 years ago that sounds like some kind of military flight activity in an area of the valley where a “scoping range” for laser-aided bombing practice was proposed (and not enacted???) in the late 90’s by the military.

They were outside their home in the late afternoon (located at the foot of the Sangres near Questa, NM) when the son’s attention was drawn to a flash to the SE just above the mountains. A “pencil-shaped object” streaked overhead–headed NW out across the San Luis Valley. The “missile” appeared to be about 20-25′ long and it arced toward the ground and struck the side of a low hill west of the Rio Grande gorge.

Aided by binoculars, they watched a small “mushroom cloud of dust” rise up from the point of impact that was about 16 miles away. The stem of the mushroom cloud quickly disappeared as the upward travelling cloud slowly faded. Later, they attempted to drive over to the location but were unable to access the area which is not close to any roads or jeep trails, but they claim they know exactly where it hit. The witness estimated the object travelled 16 or so miles-per-second and impacted around 20 miles north of the Rio Grande Gorge bridge.

654 Nov 22 2002 5:30 to 6:00 Presidentials Mtns W of Buena Vista, Chaffee County AN1

Tim Edwards, his daughter and her cousin, both 14 yr olds, witnessed an object that appeared to Tim described the object as being just like the “main craft” he videotaped over Salida, CO in August 1995. The cigar shaped object was a “long way away 40-50 miles over the Presidentials” W of Buena Vista . Appeared and stayed at a constant 30 degrees above the horizon. “We first noticed it because it stood out, it was so bright.” A first sight, they were travelling W on Highway 24, 3 to 4 miles down Wilkerson Pass –Object appeared over the 25-30 min drive W toward Hartsell. “There was no movement, no vapor trail, no nothing. We never could seem to get closer it.” On the “2 to 3 minute videotape footage; w/ 20 optical zoom” There appeared other objects that “look like 2 bar-bells connecting main object, like 1st page SOHO image.” Tim described them as looking like a plasma field that seemed to appear around the main craft.”. Tim described the craft as looking w/ the naked eye as “2 or 3 X brighter than the 20 or so vapor trails that came and went . . . The object never moved.” As they were just south of Antero Res. On 24, the object dimmed out slowly in “about 15 seconds . . . in the area of the sky that a jet seemed to pass through a minute later.”

Tim says Kent Steadman will have the video footage on his web-site. MORE AS IT DEVELOPS

(Chaffee County/Edwards VIDEOTAPE, Filer’s Files)

653 Wed February 6 2002 6:30-7:00 PM RUMOR

Moon-shaped object seen by father and son over Huerfano—large, bright halogen light w/ jets buzzing around. Another witness “Woods” Yellowstone Road called David Perkins same night w/ cryptic message there’s something here you ought to see.”

652 November 2001

Thur November 2, 2001 9:15 PM Baca Grande Development Saguache County AN1

Betty Nichols reported watching an “irridescent large green ball” that hovered low in the sky over the Center, CO area before slowing drifting toward the western edge of the SLV. She described the object as “a lot larger than a full-moon” and located approximately 25 degrees above the horizon. She estimated she watched it for 3 to 4 minutes before it seemed to slowly turn a pale yellow and fade out. (O’Brien)

October 2001 NO REPORTS

September 2001 NO REPORTS

August 2001 NO REPORTS

July 2001

650 Sun July 29, 2001 1: 45 AM Crestone CO Saguache County MA1

Same 2 witnesses again witness three unusual manuevering lights above the Sangres for several minutes. One light was described as larger than the other two. (O’Brien)

649 Sat July 21, 2001 2:00 AM Crestone, CO Saguache County MA1

Two witnesses observe 3 or 4 strange lights hovering over the Sangres. The planet-sized lights appeared to be pulsing at each other and alternated between white red and green. Event lasted around 4 to 5 minutes before they descended out of sight behind the mountains. (O’Brien)

Wed July 18, 2001 Medano Ranch Saguache County RUMOR MUTE

Woman calls to report seeing a mutilated buffalo on the Medano Ranch. Ranch denied any knowledge of the case.

June 2001 NO REPORTS


April 2001 NO REPORTS

March 2001

646 Fri March 2, 2001 4:05 PM Road T Moffat, CO Saguache County FB1

Baca residents “Tony,” his wife and young child were travelling east on County Rd T, 2 miles east of Moffat, CO when they observed “a small cigar [-shaped] UFO . . . the size of a small [Cesna] plane” fly by right in front of their car. The craft was flying “north-to-south–headed toward Blanca.” At first we thought it was a plane but it didn’t have a [vertical stabilizer] tail.” They noted that ” . . . it was travelling to slowly to be a [conventional] plane.” The witnesses estimated the object was less than 1/4-mile away and was flying at an altitude of “100 feet.” They watched the craft fly by “right in front” of the car for about 9 or 10 seconds when, to their surprise, “it blinked out” and disappeared! “We couldn’t believe our eyes–it just vanished.” They described the craft as being “dull silver” in color and noted it may have had “stubby little wings” extending out from the fuselage. At the time of their sighting there was no wind and the sky was clear over the valley floor with some broken clouds over the Sangres which are located 15-miles away to the east of the sighting location. The witnesses reported they did not discern a cupola or cockpit or see any identifing markings. They did not hear any sound–even though they were travelling in a small sedan with a quiet 4-cylinder engine. A low-flying F-16 flying by much further away is plainly audible over the engine sound of even a loud 8-cylinder vehicle. Seconds after the fly-by “Tony” who is normally quiet and low-key excitedly called me on his cell-phone to file their report. (O’Brien)

February 2001

645 Thur February 8, 2001 4 am to 6:30 am Baca Grande Dev Saguache County HUM

[e-mail report from a female Baca Grande Dev resident]

“I was awakened with a very low vibration–a droning hum. It just about drove me berserkers. It stayed around most of the day yesterday, although it was subdued by the daysounds. This morning, it seemed to shut off around 6:30 am. It was not coming from within the house — I checked EVERYWHERE. I could also hear it faintly when I went outside. The effect of it [the sound] is like someone’s put me in a bag, tied a knot in the top and is carrying me somewhere. It makes me feel roaring mad.” (O’Brien)

January 2001

January 11, 2000 9:30 PM Eastern Colorado/Western Nebraska REGIONAL

Witnesses Wonder about Mysterious Light in the Night Sky

Jan 12, 2000 Story by Paola Farer (Denver, Colorado)

“A lot of people are still wondering what the fireball was that lit up the skies of eastern Colorado and western Nebraska Thursday night. Witnesses say it was a blue flash of light that dropped below the horizon around 9:30 p.m. The crew of a medical helicopter that was airborne when the object streaked across the sky, said it was so bright, it lit up the inside of the cockpit. They were flying to Scottsbluff after transporting a patient to Denver. The helicopter crew spotted the fireball while flying about 30 miles east of Greeley, Colorado. The light came from the east, around the Nebraska-Colorado border. Drivers traveling along Interstate 80 between Kimball and Sidney, Nebraska at first reported seeing a blue flash of light drop to the horizon. Similar reports were made near Chadron and in the Denver area. A number of viewers called and e-mailed 9NEWS Thursday night curious about the light. Viewers said the light was in the northeast part of the sky and very low to the ground. The station received calls from viewers living as far apart as Flagler and Glenwood Springs. Motorist J-L Schmidt says the ball of light appeared to have dropped near the Sidney airport, but the Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Department is reporting no evidence of a meteorite or anything else in the area.”

644 Fri January 5, 2001 9:40 PM Crestone, CO Saguache County AN1

Phone call from a neighbor reporting two unusually bright lights; 1 to the south and another to the west. Lights were only visible for 2 to 3 minutes before fading out. (O’Brien)

Fri January 5, 2001 8:30 PM Baca Grande Dev, CO Saguache County AN1

Phone call from a Baca resident reporting an unusually bright multi-colored light hovering low, east-by-southeast–just above the Sangres. Position did not correspond to Sirius rising. I could not see it from my vantage-point in town. (O’Brien)


December 2000

641 Mon December 18, 2000 7:10 PM Moffat, CO Saguache County AN1

A woman and her daughter were traveling west from Moffat headed toward Saguache, CO when they caught sight of a “big yellowish-while light” traveling slowly south over Moffat, CO. They watched the light for 2 to 3 minutes and called on their cell-phone to a relative in Moffat to run outside and confirm their sighting. The initial witnesses reported the light was moving to slowly to be a low-flying plane and that it did not exhibit normal FAA lighting. They estimated it was flying at or under 500 feet in altitude. Their mother, in Moffat, was unable to spot the object. (O’Brien)

640 Sun December 17, 2000 10:35 AM Baca Grande Development Saguache County MA1

A visiting Buddhist monk, while out walking in the Baca Grande Development, heard a “sonic boom.” She looked up to locate the source of the sound and observed a hovering “pencil-shaped” object between her vantagepoint and the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The object was a ruddy reddish color and she described it as being around 15 to 20 feet long and about 3 to 4 feet wide. I heard the initial boom sound while watching t.v. but thought it was an airforce pilot breaking the sound barrier. (O’Brien)

639 Wed December 13, 2000 CO/NM border by San Antonio Mtn, Taos/Conejos County

I received a call from a witness located just south of Alamosa, CO who called to say he was watching “a large bright light” he described as being located “3/4s up San Antonio Mountain,” which is located 10 miles south of Antonito, CO. The witness was about 30 miles N of the border. I made a couple of calls to get confirmation of the sighting from other skywatchers near Antonito, but by the time they went out to observe the light, it had faded out. (O’Brien)


638 UNCONFIRMED Rio Grande County Evening

Rumors of anomalous light activity over the Del Norte, CO area surfaced with two separate second-hand reports the following week. A night-shift Rio Grande County deputy and the log did not list any reports but the deputy told me an interesting story related to him by a relative stationed at Ft. Carson involving NORAD detection capability. (O”Brien)

November 2000

637 Thur November 2, 2000 9:15 PM South-Central Saguache County MA1

Baca resident “Betty” looked out over the valley and observed a “large, irridescent green ball’ that appeared to be “low in the sky to the west” over the Center, CO area (25 miles SW of the Baca). Initially, the ball was about 25 degrees above the horizon but seemed to slowly sink. She described the object as being “a lot larger than a full moon” and remarked that it appeared “. . . luminscent green at first, but as it slowly drifted down [toward the horizon] it turned pale yellow” in color. She estimated her sighting lasted 3 to 4 minutes. (O’Brien)

October 2000

644 October 20, 2000 around 9:30 AM North of Mesita, CO Costilla County

“An unmarked black helicopter came over our land from the south (near Ute mtn) and flew slowly at about 500 ft. He looked at it with binoculars and there were no identifying marks on it (O’Brien)

643 October 20, 2000 around 9:30 AM North of Mesita, CO Costilla County

“An unmarked black helicopter came over our land from the south (near Ute mtn) and flew slowly at about 500 ft. He looked at it with binoculars and there were no identifying marks on it. It went in the direction of the lights the previous night” (O’Brien)

642 October 19, 2000 around 9:30PM North of Mesita, CO Costilla County

“At about 9:30pm, my husband saw an orange glow coming from a road northeast of our parcel ( 3 miles northwest of Mesita). It was moving slowly to the south and he heard cows making a big ruckus. He said it wasnt just moo-ing, they sounded really agitated and dogs were barking pretty furiously. It was probably a mile, mile and a half from us. He couldnt see the source of the lights because they were in the distance which is on the other side of low hills from us. He said they were too orange to be headlights. The next morning at about 9am an unmarked black helicopter came over our land from the south (near Ute mtn) and flew slowly at about 500 ft. He looked at it with binoculars and there were no identifying marks on it. It went in the direction of the lights the previous night. The following morning another helicopter repeated the same process.”


636 1st Hunting Season–2nd week of October Great Sand Dunes Nat Mon FB1 Saguache County

Linda Schmidt (daughter of Ben King, niece of Harry King and Nellie Lewis) witness a flyby of a “green light . . .that flew right in front of [my] car” as she traveled back to her home near the Uracca Cemetary located between Blanca Pk and the Great Sand Dunes. (UNDER INVESTIGATION O’Brien)

September 2000

Tue September 26, 2000 EVENING??? I-40 40 miles E of Alburqurque, NM REGIONAL

E-Mail from Mike Harmon <>

“I had a chance to interview my brother-in-law this past weekend about a sighting he had on September 26, 2000. My brother-in-law told me that on 9/26/2000 while driving on I-40 somewhere between 30 to 50 miles south-east of Albuquerque New Mexico, he started hearing talk on the CB radio about a huge triangle being observed by several truckers in the area. One of the truckers stated that he could clearly see the triangle, and could also see bright white lights on each corner of this triangle with a red light in the center. He pulled the rig over and grabbed his 12×50 binoculars and observed the object for several minutes (about an hour). He told me it looked fairly large in his binoculars viewable area. One of the truckers, talking over the CB, said the unidentified object was about 10 stories wide and 20 stories tall. Making it look taller than wide. My brother-in-law said it looked to him like it was slightly curved on the top with the point pointing down and the curved end on top, or what he thought was the top of the object. He also said that the object he saw seemed to be glowing orange white, similar to how a light bulb would look like if it was turned on out in the daylight.”

651 Sat September 3, 2000 10:45 PM Moffat, CO Saguache County AN2

Steve Anchell and 2 passengers observed a low flying red light that paced their car all the way east from intersection of Highway 17 and Road T, through the S curves until it vanished headed north near Road 65. Light appeared to be “taillight-sized” and located north of them about 1/10th of a mile. Light never blinked and was about 15′ off the ground.


August 2000

647 Sun August 20, 2000 1:30 PM Como Lake Rd/Blanca Pk Area Alamosa County BIGFOOT

[e-mail report to BFRO Web-site]:

“We had made it past Lake Como and to the end of the Jeep road, where we fished for a while and ate our lunch. When we left the last lake, it was about 1:30 p.m., with my uncle and me in the lead on our four-wheelers. We had gone about a half a mile when my uncle and I spotted both something that looked like a dead, burned tree stump that was about 7 to 8 feet tall. We didn’t think too much of it–until it moved. It stood upright and walked like a man. At first, we thought it was a hiker but it was all the same color, from head to toe. It walked about 15 yards before it walked into the trees. My uncle and both stopped to make sure we saw the same thing. But we drove down the road about 300 to 400 yards before we decided to go look for it. We walked into the trees about 200 yards and came to a small meadow. My uncle was looking the other way when at the other end of the meadow it ran through. I yelled, “There it goes”! We took off after it, on foot. This time I got a little bit better chance to look at it. The creature was a light to a medium brown and had shaggy long hair, it stood about 7 feet tall. When we reached the end of the meadow, each of us went in an opposite direction. My uncle went the same direction as the bigfoot, and I went the other way in case it double-backed on us. But we didn’t see the creature after that. We did find a few footprints, but didn’t have any plaster to make a mold. So we went back down the mountain. I know what I saw that day and no one can tell us otherwise.

ALSO NOTICED: Prior to the incident, on our way up about 11:30 a.m. and on our way back we smelled what seemed like celery in the exact same place.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: When we saw the creature it was about 1:40 p.m. It was cloudy, and starting to drizzle rain.

ENVIRONMENT: It was where a forest opens up into a meadow, it is about 11,000 to 11,500 feet or at about timberline. Where we decided to chase the creature down, there was a big flat rock about 100 feet long and kind of stuck out of the bank.


FOLLOW-UP: Witness said when the animal crossed the meadow in front of him, it was only 15 or 20 yards away. He said the animal was swinging its long arms and moving in “either a fast walk or a slow run,” but “didn’t bend its knees much.” Witness added the animal’s long fur appeared to be matted.

Aug 6, 2000 County Rd T 10:00 AM ANOMALOUS OBJECTS?

“Prairie Dragons” captured on film?

July 2000

635 July 29, 2000 at 7:45 PM and 10:00 PM Mountain Home Reservoir/ Costilla County, CO

At 7:45 PM, two witnesses, part of a larger group of four campers at Mtn Home Reservoir observed a “highly-reflective object sitting off to the west” over the SLV. Disappeared after a matter of seconds. They thought nothing of it, figuring it was the setting sun reflecting off a high-flying plane. Then later, at 10:45 PM, two of the group noticed “rapidly-flashing, vivid blue and red lights– just east of Blanca Peak” that initially appeared to be a single object jumping 1.5 to 2 degrees–back and forth. Watched display for around 20 minutes and agreed that it was two objects. Then, a third (and/or fourth) light(s) appeared; arriving from the east (La Veta MOA) light(s) they were “purplish-colored” and “jumping around erratically.” Ist two light(s) headed west as the third light stayed over Blanca for about another 5 minutes. “Something was different about the new light(s). . . behavior and color seemed different.” Third/fourth light(s) pulsed rhythmically more slowly and were closer together. “We all agreed we never saw anything like these lights before!”


634 At 2:00 AM, a witness reported seeing a strange streak that traversed in front of “Casiopia.” The witness remarked, “It wasn’t like any shooting star I’ve seen and I’ve seen a lot of them here.”

633 Thur July 27, 2000 at 9:30 AM Villa Grove/Hayden Pass Saguache County MILITARY

Villa Grove resident observed a large, silent black jet that flew low over Hayden Pass and headed SW at tree top level over Highway 285. Witness called the craft, “the strangest looking plane I’ve ever seen.” A couple of minutes later, two fighter jets followed the course of the first plane down the Valley. (O’Brien)

632 Wed July 19, 2000 Baca Grande Development 10:20 AM Saguache County MILITARY

Multiple witnesses observe an extremely low-flying gunmetal colored 4-engine jet power cargo plane. One witness called it “C-17” that he thought was a new NATO plane that is “replacing the C-4.” The plane arrived at tree-top level from the north, made a dangerous low left-hand turn, just above the treetops on N.Crestone Creek. Plane “seemed unusually quiet fro a jet,” and was between 100 and 200 feet in altitude. (O’Brien/OSA/FAA)


631 9:00 PM Crestone, CO, Saguache County FB1

(e-mail report) I had stepped outside to look at the stars, not many up yet, and there was one very bright star I noticed moving in the west, and not high up, like a satellite is…watched it and ran over to Dan’s to get him, but could hear he was on the phone, came back, it had continued travelling fast, from the northwest to the southeast, and it was brillaint white, no flashing, even from behind it looked the same ! It was well into the Southeast when I heard a rumble, in the northwest, like a jet would make, but I honestly don’t believe it to be a jet, as there were no flashing lights, it was brilliant white light, like an intense star, from the side, and from behind !!” (O’Brien)

630 Fri July 14, 2000 at 3:12 PM Near Mesita, CO Costilla County

[e-mail report] “Would you have any idea why a large, black, flat-bottomed, seemingly *armed* military helicopter would be out here in the middle of the day? At about 3:12 PM we were on our way into Alamosa. Had just turned off Road K in Mesita, north onto Road 10 when we noticed it coming out of the north/northeast heading for Ute Mountain area, south/southeast. It could not have been more than 100 feet above the top of my truck, and if he’d been going any more slowly he would have had to land. There were no other craft in sight either in the air or on roads or pasture. Perhaps it was just an exercise, but as far as I know, this is a rare occurance.” (O’Brien)

629 Wed July 12, 2000, 1:00 to 1:45 AM, Crestone, CO Saguache County AN1

A witness while skywatching east of town observed seven or 8 blinking lights. They alternated green, red and white and were in a spherical formation, approximately 15 degrees above the western horizon. The formation of lights seemed to be hovering out over the Valley and after approximately 20-30 minutes appeared to lights slowly lights west. Then they appeared to stop and start heading back east toward his vantage point. The witness estimated the light formation was about 10 miles away when he first noticed them. At one point mid way through the sighting a helicopter “approached from the west, flanked the formation to the NE and then headed east over the Sangres.” The chopper was flying at an altitude of of approximately 15,000 feet. (O’Brien)

628 Sun July 1, 2000, 9:00 AM, Willow Lake, Rio Grande Nat Forest, Saguache County FB1

Two hikers sitting at the base of Kit Carson Pk; at about 11, 200 feet; above Willow Lake, observed a “sausage-shaped, light grey colored” object, below them in altitude out over the valley, fly over the Baca Grande Development; west of their location. It appeared to be about 10 feet in length, had no decernable appendages and was silent as it moved south-to-north at a speed less than that off a conventional aircraft. Duration: 20-30 seconds. (O’Brien)

June 2000

627 Thur June 15, 2000 5:15 AM Baca Grande Dev/Baca Ranch NO SEARCH & RESCUE REPORTED

Large low-flying military chopper criss-crossed the area for around 10 – 15 minutes. No apparent missing climbers or hikers at the time. (O’Brien)

626 Mon June 12, 2000 north of Moffat, CO NOT CONFIRMED

Two witnesses report finding a mutilated cow near Rd AA and CR 60

625 Sun June 11, 2000 about 2:40 to 2:45 PM Highway 17, Great Sand Dunes Nat Mon

(e-mail from witness) “we were hiking the sand dunes sunday afternoon, and we saw several planes leaving short contrails. we heard a loud jet flying directly over, so i looked up. it was flying low, no contrail, not military. what caught my eye at that point was ANOTHER object higher above the plane in the sky, moving to the W/SW, round in shape, and leaving no contrail. Funny coincidence, huh? like, “okay, look up NOW!” well, it was a nice sighting. it seemed to be moving about as fast as a jet at that altitude, but even through binoculars there was no fuselage or wings, just a round shape. Dull metallic colour, and if you hadn’t looked right at it you would have missed it against the blue sky. it just so happened i looked up because of the low-flying jet.” (O’Brien/Tussel)

624 Wed June 10, 2000, Crestone, CO Nocturnal Anomaly

Two individuals camping above Crestone woke up at 3:00 AM or so by a extremely brief “huge wind” that shook their separate tents, only lasted a few seconds then became quiet. One of the campers; a woman woke up w/ 3 triangle arrayed puncture marks; one behind the left ear, one on back of right thigh, and three puncture marks on main vein of right arm, just below crease of elbow. Other experiencer, a teenage boy, aged 13, also experienced wind and felt something strange was happening. (O’Brien)

May 2000

623 Wed May 24, 2000 10:30-10:45 pm Maxiville near the Rio Grande N of Monti Vista

2 waitresses watch a brilliant low flying light zig-zagging between La Garita Pk and the old Del Norte Airport. Witnesses were sure silent light array was not a conventional craft. Following day a dead calf was discovered in the area w/ an unusual hide scrape and small cut along the backbone.

622 Thu May 25, 2000 west of Chama, NM Rio Arribas County NM

Campers find 2 freshly mutilated cows. One w/ no head; the other with the tongue missing. Nearby were 4 elk legs and hanunches w/ no head, neck or torso last weekend.


April 2000 NO REPORTS

March 2000

621 March 23, 2000 3:00 PM Rd 6N east of the San Luis Lakes

Witness stopped van to observe “a temporary airtraffic control tower.” Then 3.1 miles east–toward the San Dunes turnoff, she observed 2 low-flying triangle-shaped objects (about 20-25 ft long) “zip by” north to south. Close behind “chasing them,” were 3 low-flying jet fighters. She was then stopped and checked for “minute’ traces of radiation” by two men who produced “NSA badges.” (O’Brien)

620 March 17, 2000 at 3:00 p.m. Highway 285 Alamosa County

“Chuck” was driving southbound just north of Antonito, when he witnessed “a metallic sphere at about the 1:00 position and about 30 degrees up. It did not move in any extraordinary ways but it sure didn’t look like any airplane I’ve seen.”





619 Mon November 29, 1999 at 12:05 to 12:10 PM Sangre de Cristos Saguache County

Thirty minutes after discussing the Jan ’93 “antique yellow-helicopter” case, myself, and witness, Corri Langill, observed a yellow (w/ two vertical blackstripes n the tail) jet helicopter fly up the Sangres south-to-north at about 11,000′ in altitude–1/2 mile from the mountains. (O’Brien)

[Go figure!!!–tmv]

620 Tue November 23, 1999 at 9:00 PM, Rd X and CC Rd 55, Saguache County (O’Brien)

Scott W., his 21 year-old daughter and 9 year-old son experienced for ” 2 to 3 seconds, a really loud whirring sound, like the “prop wash of a helicopter,” flying directly over their car. “Right away we looked out the windowshield above the car but we didn’t see or hear anything . . . it was real distinctive–we could hear it over the sound of my car engine which is pretty loud.” He described the whirring sound as ” . . . having no other sound associated with it–like an engine or a motor sound.” The witness told a relative (who lives 1/2 mile away from the event location) about the incident and was told the man had heard a similar sound fly over the house a couple of days ago. . “It had to be really close, we called it a UFN” [unidentified flying noise]. The car experienced no mechanical problems and the rest of their 20-mile trip was uneventful.

620 Mon November 22, 1999, Canon City, CO MA1 Teller County, (Edwards)

Two witnesses watch a globe of light pass their house (down in a valley/depression) at a high rate of speed, stop and rotate like a small spoked wheel and then take off at a right angle up and out of the valley and out of sight. The whole event took about 7 to 10 seconds. They saw it again the next night but this time it traveled the length of the valley several times at high speed before turning and going out of sight.

614 Mon November 15, 1999 at 4:15 PM, Sangre de Cristo Mtns, Saguache, & Chaffee Counties (O’Brien)

I observe a wingless white craft/plane headed north-to-south up the Northern San Luis Valley flying the western perimeter of the La Veta MOA. Craft/plane appeared to be @ around 17,000 feet–3-4000′ directly above the Sangres. The distance appeared to be six to seven miles away at closest point. No visible commercial traffic was present at the time of sighting, however, before and after sighting, commercial traffic higher up and further away was plainly audible; this craft was silent. Under 30X power binoculars, I was unable to discern wings, but the vertical stabilizer fin was apparent–even with unaided vision. The tail appeared to be higher, wider and extend further up the topside of the fuselage (toward the front of the craft) than a normal commercial jet–similar in look to the NASA space shuttle. It appeared to be black on bottom, and white on top. Craft headed at normal conventional jet aircraft speed directly north-by-northwest up the Sangres toward Leadville, CO.

The Aurora?

[From Tim Matthews July 3rd 1999

“An interesting snippet from Thursdays Daily Telegraph which may be of interest to some.”

Over the years there have been many air-to-air sightings of the plan from the

North Sea to North America and even as far afield as Turkey.” In spite of the large number of in-flight sightings, no report has been published of sightings on the ground. “The project exists “and they must have built at least five or six prototypes,” said Beaver.A slip-up by American defence officials may have confirmed the existence of a new stealth reconnaissance aircraft.

DARO, the American Defence Airborne Reconnaissance Office, issued a report in 1997 concerning unmanned aerial vehicles, or robot aircraft. The report makes a fleeting reference to a vehicle called the “Air Force Special Platform”.

According to Janes’ International Defence Digest, DAR commander Major-General Kenneth Israel recently admitted that the report reference was to “a covert reconnaissance aircraft – in the classified world.” Paul Beaver of Janes said: “It appears to be quite a large, delta winged manned aircraft that uses conventional jet power to cruise in excess of Mach 2. It could be the aircraft which has been dubbed Project Aurora, or another project called ‘Senior Citizen’. [is that what we’ve been seeing here in the SLV off and on since 1995?–tmv]

613 Mon November 15, 1999 5:30-6:10 PM, Del Norte, CO AN1 Rio Grande County (O’Brien)

Strange bright multi-colored observed over the Sangres and reported by Keith C. in Del Norte, CO. Light appeared to be pulsating and did not rise w/ planets and stars.

612 Sun November 14, 1999, 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM between Howard and Penrose, CO, Fremont & Teller County (O’Brien)

“The bright pulsating light” [apparently] was back (see next day’s report). Mary O. called and informed me “the light was back,” but appeared to be further east and lower in the sky. It was only visible from her Bonanza location for several minutes and upon venturing outside, I was unable to see the light which was apparently being blocked by the Sangre de Cristos. Mary’s husband (who was 20 miles north at the County Bounty restaurant in Salida, CO, on Highway 50); along w/ 3 additional witnesses, was able to observe the bright pulsating light for around twenty minutes before it was joined by a second smaller blinking white light. The second light seemed to accompany the larger light slowly “north toward Denver

611 Sat November 13, 1999, around 3:00PM Del Norte, CO, Rio Grande County (O’Brien)

Keith C. called to ask if “anything unusual has been going on?” He nonchalantly mentioned watching a ” . . . table rise 2′ off the living room floor for several seconds . . .” He also mentioned seeing “strange shadows going across the wall.” [the witness seemed sincere and I have no reason to disbelieve this report in light of the day’s activities–tmv]


610 3:00 PM

A large silent unmarked white aerial craft was reported “gliding” south-to-north up the Northern San Luis Valley. “There was something weird about it, I should have heard something.” the witness remarked. ” . . . It was really low–maybe 3 thousand feet above the valley floor and I couldn’t see any wings, just the vertical tail . . .” [see Nov 15 report and tmv comment]

609 3:15 PM

I was returning from Colorado Springs on Highway 285, near Johnson’s Village when I too, observed an usual-looking silent white craft that did not appear to have wings. It was headed north by northwest, up the upper Arkansas River Valley headed toward Antero Reservoir in South Park. I estimated its altitude at 2500-3000 feet. I was intrigued enough to pull over and get out of the car to observe it w/ binoculars. I thought it was strange and was greeted by the additional report on my answering machine as I arrived home at 4:30. [Was it the same craft as earlier sighting?–tmv]


608 6:15 PM-7:30PM Over Salida/Howard Area, Chaffee and Fremont Counties (O’Brien)

Bonanza, CO residents Mary and Roger O. reported watching a very bright pulsating light hovering just south of Salida, CO. They described it as being like a “brilliant strobe light, pulsing red, white and blue.” They contacted a neighbor who also observed the object(s). Mary estimated the large light’s size as 2 to 3X as bright as Venus. They also observed the light “going up and down,” when it was joined by “three smaller blinking white lights that almost looked like satellites” appeared to ” . . . mill around the larger light” before they accompanied the larger light slowly off to the NE at around 7:15. The smaller lights “seemed to be further away” [to the east] than the larger light.

607 Wed November 10, 1999 6:20 PM Baca Grande Grants (O’Brien)

I observed a 6′ tall form dart, from left-to-right across the front of a large plate glass window facing west. Form appeared to glide rather than bound.

606 11:30 pm Observed a prairie-dragon like form enter the porch through the dog door. A second witness simultaneously saw a “beige form enter” through the dog door, which was only 2 feet away from us, and heard what sounded like a “whine.”

605 Sun November 7, 1999 10:40 AM to 10:55 AM San Luis Valley (O’Brien)

Eight large 4 engine jets flew over the SLV northwest-to-southeast @ about 20,000 feet. Four planes appeared to break formation just east of Blanca Pk and appeared to head NE. Remaining 4 jets continued directly east. [I have never seen, nor had a report of an eight, 4-engine jet formation overflying the San Luis Valley–tmv]

616 November 7, 1999, at 3:00 AM, Boulder, CO CE-2 Boulder, CO, (MUFON/Curta)

“The witness was walking up Canyon Boulevard, headed west into the foothills. He became aware of a low humming noise with static electricity type sounds. Suddenly he was engulfed in a bright light from overhead causing his thighs to spasm from the adrenaline jolt. He could see an elongated cylinder above him with its bright white light gradually fading to red. He had been in the 101st Airborne but this was not like any craft he had ever seen. The witness states, ‘I could see the object quite clearly because it blocked out the stars.’ Abruptly the craft flew straight up and vanished. ‘The next day, my fingernails had thickened and I had a nice sunburn on all exposed flesh, even inside my ears.'” [Thanks to MUFON’s State Director Michael Curta/Filer’s Files]

617 November 6, 1999, at 11:00 PM, Canon City, CO AN1 (Edwards/O’Brien VIDEO)

4 Witnesses see bright light hovering over Penrose (to the north) Videotaped object which at times appears to break into three-then four different lights. Analysis is being done, but EP speed may prove difficult for detailed analysis.


604 Sat October 30, 1999 4:15 PM, Between Moffat and Saguache CO Rd X

Two witnesses observe 3 cargo planes flying south-to-north over the center of the Valley toward Crestone Pk. Formation turned northeast and flew above the mountains the wrong way up the MTR toward Salida. One plane broke formation and dipped behind the Sangres; reappeared and resumed formation. Then 2 planes did a counter-clockwise loop around Hayden Pass. Planes headed north then appeared to curve toward the east around Poncha Pass. [this is a highly unusual flight pattern in the Northern San Luis Valley–tmv]

603 Fri October 13, 1999, 1:00-1:30 AM, Sangre de Cristo Mountains/Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Saguache, Alamosa Counties, (O’Brien)

Two separate reports of a loud, nauseatingly low hum, or vibration. A group of campers at the Great Sand Dunes Nat Monument Campground reported “hum” and observed signs “vibrating from the sound.” Next morning an unmarked white van and a white sedan w/ government plates were seen. Sixth witness in the Baca Grande called me at 1:15 and reported hearing the strange sound. I was unable to hear anything unequivocal.

615 October 13, 1999 around 12:00 PM Gunnison County REGIONAL (O’Brien)

“At lunch, we were sitting out on the south deck, in the glorious sunshine. I noticed something I took to be a big plane off to the south, but there was something strange about it. Maybe it was the color, or maybe it was just the fact that it seemed to not be moving. . . .Then it just disappeared! There was nothing in the sky that could be called a cloud, just some haze here and there. No sign of the plane. A bit later it was back. Since I was leaning against the south wall of the house, and sitting on the deck, the railing gave me an excellent reference. It was in the same spot! Again it disappeared after a few seconds. That’s the last I saw of it. I never did make out a shape. It seemed kind of dark, but my first impression was of a silvery object. I am guessing it was just about above Almont, [CO–between Gunnison and Crested Butte] a few miles to the south, and 3 to 5,000 feet up. If any of the half-dozen other guys saw it, none said anything. If a person looked up and saw it and then did not watch it, they would have just thought it was a plane. Just as the lunch break was over, the electrician pointed out a bald eagle soaring over. What a sight! The sun illuminated the white feathers, and the rest of the bird looked like the inside of an abandoned coal mine at midnight! I think it is the first time I have seen a ‘baldy’ flying, at least anywhere nearby.” [e-mail interview–tmv]



August 27, 1999 Southeast of Mt Sherman, CO Park County ANOMALOUS SOUND

Debbie: “The earth literally moved under us. Camped at Weston Pass. I went out to Westson Pass on Nov. 30 and did not see anything out of the ordinary (crushed bushes, marks, rings ect.)

However we did go up to the airport and watched as they tested a new chopper that was flying backwards. Some men in an S.U.V. drove beside it as they tested and it appeared to be a very powerful chopper. Just as we were getting ready to leave saw a Black chopper coming in for a landing as we watched discovered 5 government black choppers were parked at the airport. So for what ever reason it seams the Leadville airport is involved with the government/military/testing.”

JULY 1999

616 Sun July 4, 1999 9:30 AM Rosita Hills, Custer County FB1 (O’Brien)

“My wife & I own a 3 acre site in Rosita Hills (south of Westcliffe, CO). We spent the 4th of July weekend camping there with two other couples. On Sunday morning at around 9:30 my friend who’s a serious bird watcher (never goes anywhere without binoculars) spots 4 small shiny metallic objects flying fast and low heading north out in the valley just east of the Sangres.

At a point 2 or 3 peaks north of Crestone they turned into one of the gulches and headed into the mountains. It was at this point that myself and another friend was able to see them. That particular morning the very tops of the Sangres were capped with clouds but was sunny out in the valley. The three of us expected the 4 objects to circle behind one of the mountains in front of the Sangres and come back out into the main valley but we never saw them again after that. We were quite some distance away and didn’t hear any sounds, but the three of us agreed that these 4 objects were not flying like any airplanes we had ever seen. I’m the only person in the group that has read your book (TMV) and what came to my mind immediately was the object you saw on highway 69 north of Gardner in daylight.” [E-mail Interview]

602 Sat July 3rd 1999, at 9:20pm, off Hwy. 150 between road 4S and 6N Alamosa County (O’Brien)

“We were about 5 miles off 150 up towards the mountain range. At approximately we both spotted what appeared to at first be a possible satellite. It was moving at a very rapid rate from the south east, tracking parallel to the mountain range. We watched this pin of white light for about one minute. It then stopped directly overhead. Without warning it expanded into an orb of intense blue light which remained white in the center. My wife compared it to the color of a flame on a propane stove. (The size comparison, both at arm’s length, when first spotted would be that of a led light on a piece of electronic gear. When it appeared to transform into an orb the diameter would be that of looking into a standard flashlight.) Before I could raise my video camera and hit record, the light instantly disappeared. In retrospect, I think the object may have descended at an incredible rate of speed which would account for part of the size expansion. My wife feels whatever it was, may have been attracted by our small campfire. Either way it is an experience we will not soon forget.”

Fri or Sat July 2nd or 3rd 1999 late night/early evening, TWO UAD Moffat, CO Saguache County (Saguache County Sheriffs Office/O’Brien)

Saguache county Undersheriff Mike Norris investigates two unusual horse deaths on July 5. Norris estimated time of death to be July 2nd or 3rd. Both animals appeared “to have been shot w/ a shotgun loaded w/ bird shot” in the neck and brisket area. Both animals were missing their tongues and 1/2 of an ear. Rear-ends were possibly scavenged. The apparent shot gun wounds produced dozens of small holes w/ rivulets of blood. (Sauche County SO/Norris)

JUNE 1999

618 Tue June 29, 1999 at around 12:00PM Pikes Peak, Teller County (Ryszka STILL PHOTO)

On June 29th, the two witnesses drove up Pikes Peak and decided to take some pictures. One witness decided to take one photo of the Southwest skyline–looking toward the Sangre De Ctisto Mountains and the Huerfano Valley. He noticed a bird flying about 30 feet away from him lifted his camera and took a photo. “There were no visible objects in the sky. No aircraft, balloons, skydivers, nothing except for the bird. When the photo was developed, two objects appeared.” Center object was the bird, but the second object is unidentified.

MAY 1999

601 Thur May 14, 1999, approx 9:40 pm, 8 miles S of Las Animas on Colo. Hwy 10, Los Animas County MA1 (Resel/O’Brien)

I received the following from Larry Resel “. . . several witnesses and I saw a large orange light come out of the south as a B-52 or a C-130 would do with it’s crash lights on. (this a MOA operated by Lockeed/Martin [this is news to me–tmv]), it seemed to be about 500 feet + off the ground. The closer it got we could see it was 1 single light, not several as on a aircraft. It was coming straight down the range, it stopped in mid air & decended to the ground & it went out slowly. We were approx. 4 miles away from it to the no. on 101. Usually the military aircraft will fly on by to the north. I have been watching military aircraft in our area for about 3 years, so I am able to spot the regular jets,etc. This was not one! The reason for the email is to see if you know of other activity in Southern Colorado last night that fits this style, orange light, landing etc. ? Jim Nelson is checking w/ other radio watchers to look for unusual activity for last night.. . .”

forward to your info.”

600 Thur May 14, 1999, approx 10:00 PM, Baca Grande Development AN1 Saguache County (O’Brien)

Pricilla B. reported a “fill-moon sized object” with a visible tail “go by so fast, I couldn’t study it . . . . [the object] went by awfully fast, in less than a second.”


MARCH 1999

[[Tue Mar 9, 1999, 5:30-6:00 AM Crestone, “Olde Town.” Three buildings in Crestone Olde Town catch fire and burn to the ground]


599 Tue Mar 9, 1999 SLV 12:10 PM Saguache, Alamosa, Rio Grande County (O’Brien)

4 Jets N to S down the eastern SLV La Veta MOA MTR. 2 F-16s went over Blanca, 2 went down west side of SLV toward Greenie Ridge

598 12:20 PM

a “large jet, cargo plane” headed toward Greenie from NW SLV.

597 1:45 PM

2nd cargo plane heads toward Blanca after 1st 2 fighters.

596 4:30 PM

Jet “vibrates” the Baca headed N toS down the Sangres.

595 Mar 8, 1999 at 8:30 PM, Black Lake, NM; Colfax/Mora County (O’Brien)

A bright white light [similar to the lights in the Feb 19 sighting] appeared to rise from behind the mountains (just to the south of their location), to the altitude of a passing jet. The light “paced the plane–sitting 15 miles behind it” as the two headed south toward Las Vegas, NM.

594 Thu Mar 4, 1999 at 11:00 PM North of Del Norte, CO Airfield AN1 Rio Grande County (O’Brien)

A couple that live near the Del Norte, CO airstrip call to report watching “a large straw-colored light hovering over Jeep Hill,” 1/4 mile away to the SW of their house. They estimated the size of the light to be “15 feet in diameter.” Craft/object/light then turned on a spotlight which illuminated the area below it. Witnesses told me this was the second sighting of a similar light/event in the area; the first event occurred in the late Fall ’98.


593 Sun 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”–tmv]

592 Fri Feb 19, 1999 between 9:30 PM and 10:00 PM, 1/4 mile south of Black Lake, NM–about 23 miles SE of Taos, NM, CE1 Duration: 5-10 minutes Mora/Colfax Counties (O’Brien)

A couple w/ a south facing house witness 2 objects (each w/ a single brilliant white light) rise from the Coyote Canyon area NE of Chacon, NM., about 2 miles south of their home. Lights viewed under binoculars were “rapidly oscillating as if they were rapidly spinning.” Woman witness described the lights as being between their vantage-point and the mountains– 2 miles away. The lights were described as being ” . . . so bright they left an after-image” when the witnesses looked away. Within minutes of the commencement of the sighting the first two objects/lights were joined by 4 similar lights/craft. 1st two objects stopped out “in front of the living room window” and “began bouncing around like they wanted our attention.” Then, the group of lights headed down to the lake for several minutes before 2 of the objects went straight up and the other 4 “drifted off over the mountains to the south.” No sound was associated with the entire episode and in the witnesses estimation, there was “no way they were helicopters.” Woman estimated they were less than a mile away at their closest approach and completely silent. The following day a truck driver told the couple he had been returning up NM 434 after a delivery; at the same time as the couple’s sighting, and had also witnessed the 6 unusual lights.

591 Sat Feb 13, 1999 at 3:05 PM SLV, north of Center, CO MA1 Saguache County (O’Brien)

Two witnesses observe an 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 fighters 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.

590 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.

589 Fri 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.”

588 Thur 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.”

587 Thur Feb 4, 1999, 9:30-10:00 PM San Antonio Mountain, Taos County NM KRZA transmitter goes down for five days.


586 Fri 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 took 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 two objects.” 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 there.” 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 herexperience. Brad didn’t remember a car passing by him as he stood outside his car watching the object.

585 Tue Jan 26, 1999 at 8:15 – 8:32 PM, La Veta, CO-Huerfano County/La Veta MOA CE1 UNDER INVESTIGATION (Perkins)

“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 be a wing w/ no fuselage 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. There were two brilliant, ruby-colored lights—one on each wing tip.

Witnsses watched 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. The object appeared to be flickering like “… . their cloaking devise was broken….” After observing the object for several minutes, the red lights detached from the wings and flew off. The craft then slowly flew away. Prior to this sighting there had been a 10 day period of high winds in the Huerfano Valley..



584 Sat November 14, 1998 at 9:15 AM Over the Smith Reservoir area-west of Blanca, CO Alamosa County AN1 (Walkley/O’Brien)

Junne Walkley was returning from dropping her relatives off when, while driving south on Rd 106, she noticed “a great big silver V” hovering over Smith Res. She stopped the car and watched for around a minute. She estimated it was about 10 miles away to the east and estimated its size as a quarter held at arms length. After watching for a minute the object appeared to go straight up and out of sight in “a couple of seconds.” She is amazed nobody else reported the craft. She is sending a sketch of the object which is similar to the October 18 sighting at 6:15 AM on the west side of the Valley. [Junne and her husband Virgil are two of my very best and observant skywatchers–tmv]

583 Wed November 17, 1998 At Sunset over Greenie Mountain FB1 MULTIPLE OBJECTS Rio Grande County (Walkley/O’Brien)

A relative of the Walkleys, “a strong skeptic,” witnesses three object hovering over the San Juan Mountains near Greenie ridge. The objects appeared to be reflecting the setting sun and sitting “still.” Then, the witness “was amazed” when the objects disappeared instantly. [Very similar to the Arimijo three-object video footage from January 1996–tmv]


582 Wed November 17, 1998, Over Greenie Mountain FB1 Rio Grande County (O’Brien)

“My wife and I were heading west on the [County Rd] 10 south road towards Greenie. My wife was driving and I was watching the vapor trails left by the jets flying overhead, when I noticed a bright silver looking object heading south by northwest just south of Greenie. I watched the object for a few seconds to insure I was seeing what I was seeing. There was a few scattered clouds in the sky, which were part of a front that was suppose to be in the next two days. This object, I would say was flying as high as any one of the jets that were flying in the same area. But two things were different about this object.

First of all it was not leaving any vapor trail behind, Second of all I asked my wife to pull over a few minutes so I could check it out a little bit closer. This object was not moving slow like a single engine aircraft would be. It was moving at such a rate that it was out of sight in just seconds from the time we pulled over. Also, it was not moving in a straight line like most aircraft would move in the sky. Due to the altitude, the speed and the way it moved through the sky, I do not believe it to be a chopper or small engine aircraft. It could have been a jet aircraft leaving no vapor trail, but I have my doubts.” [I received this report December 13 via snail-mail–tmv]

581 Thur November 18, 1998, 11:15 PM Over Blanca Peak MA1 Alamosa/Huerfano County (O’Brien)

An ex-career member of the Air Force called to report “a multi-colored light yo-yoing up and down–like on a string.” Two other witnesses were told and they also watched the strange light. One witness reported the light stayed there “almost an hour . . . before blinking out.”

October 1998

580 Thur October 8, 1998 10:30 PM, Highway 160; 4 miles west of Blanca, CO MA1/FB1 Alamosa County (O’Brien)

R.A.L. West, while headed east on Highway 160 (near the curve 4 miles west of Blanca, CO), observed an amber colored “hemispherical-shaped” light hovering over the Blanca Massif. She estimated the lights size as around Venus-sized. After a few seconds, the object appeared to jump approximately 20 degrees upward. West pulled off the road and parked (with her engine running) to carefully observe the light. The witness is confused and could not completely remember how long she watched, but she guessed “several minutes.” The next thing she clearly recalled was the craft flying at a high rate of speed above her car;headed NE to SW. She described a “triangle-shaped array of white and amber lights” blinking in sequencially in “patterns” on the underneath side. She could not estimate the crafts altitude, nor was she able to make out the craft’s shape or structure. She did not hear any sound except her car engine running. No other cars were on the road in the immediate vicinity, and I have not received any other reports of this event. West mentioned another sighting that m ay have been military related on August 5, 1998 [see August Report section–tmv]

579 Tue October 13, 1998, 9:00 PM Crestone/Baca Developmnt, CO Saguache County AN1 (O’Brien)

A “weird amber-colored light” was observed by four witness moving north-to-south. The object appeared to be “way up in the sky,” but “. . . was larger and moving faster than a regular satellite.”

578 Wed October 14, 1998, 11:30 AM, Los Cumbres Golf Course, Crestone, CO AN1 (O’Brien)

Golfer on the par four, fourth hole fairway observed a “silver-colored disc hovering over Mt Adams,” (a 13,000′ mountain just north of Crestone Peak), about 8 miles north of his location. Object seemed to wobble, but did not appear to be headed anywhere. Golfer made his second shot and could still see the craft. He headed toward the green watching it. After making his third shot the object had disappeared. He estimated the object was visible for at least 5 minutes.

577 Sat October 24, 1998, Just before sunset, Highway 17 near Mineral Hot Springs, Saguache County AN1 (O’Brien)

Motorist observed “two large glowing white objects” that fell at a high rate of speed toward the ground “over Alamosa,” (45 miles south). The witness at first thought the objects were meteors, but realized the sun was still up and it was still light out, and the objects did not resemble normal meteors; they were “. . . not as bright.” Duration “a couple of seconds.” [Large daylight meteor sightings?–tmv]

576 Tue October 27, 1998, 9:30 PM Center, CO Saguache County, AN1 (O’Brien)

Fabian Sauvo reports a anomalous unblinking bright red light directly north of Hooper, CO. The light at times appeared to hover, but seemed to be traveling slowly SW-to-NE. Calls me real-time and I am able to see the object from my roof.


575 Tue October 27, 1998, 9:30 PM Baca Grande Development, Saguache County AN1 (O’Brien)

Sauvo after several minutes on the phone to me, was able to describe the above red-lights location, and I observe the light for several seconds before it disappeared into a cloud bank. I waited for awhile, but it never emerged from the cloud. The light seemed to be between 4 and 5,000′ above the ground and over the Sand Piles on Highway 17; between Hooper and Moffat, CO. [Rare to get a call and be able to simultaneously see an anomalous object a UFO (or military craft?) while on the phone with another witness!–tmv]

574 Fri October 29, 1998, Baca Grande Development Saguache County (O’Brien)

Resident reports small objects hitting her roof. No hail or rain was present at the time. House is out in the Valley and has no tall trees within a quarter-mile. Activity is tip of the iceberg. Small hooded figures (about 4′ tall) on a couple of occasions, have been seen (during the preceeding two weeks), running past the windows. Heavy footsteps have been heard in the house, but no one is there. A tapered “hairy-pig” was reportedly seen outside running past the house. [there are no wild/hairy pigs in the SLV to my knowledge. This sounds like a “Prairie Dragon” sighting–tmv] Witness claims they were “slammed into a door” be an unseeen force several days earlier. The event left “a bruise on her cheek” and was witnessed by a painter working in the house several feet away. This particular house has a history of unusual dimensional-sounding activity by prior residents, but has beenapparently dormant for two-years until the last two weeks in October ’98.

573 Sat October 30, 1998, at 11:00 PM, same location CE1 (O’Brien)

Same witness observes a foot-long oval-shaped object enter through her back door and slowly head up the hallway toward her. She described the anomaly as being “milky-looking with a reflective band around the rim.” The band appeared to be like chrome. The witness was so startled she stopped looking at the object which apparently then disappeared. She estimated, at it’s closest, it was 10′ away from her as it came toward her down the hallway. [I’ve been waiting for the new owners to report unusual activity in this house. They’re BACK!–tmv]

572 Tue Sept 1, 1998, 9:40 AM, Highway 17 and 160 Alamosa, Alamosa County, CO (O’Brien)

I was headed to Alamosa, CO, when I happened to follow a red late-model Cadillac wirth Oklahoma license plates onto Highway 17 off of Road T, headed out of Crestone/Baca Dev. The caddy sped off south and caught up with a CO State Patrol Vehicle; driving in an unmarked semi’s blind-spot, on Highway 17. I caught up with the three of them 5 miles north of Hooper, CO, and followed them all the way into town. The caddy tail-gated the State Patrol and Semi the entire 30 miles into Alamosa, where all three turned into the Loaf & Jug truck parting lot at the corner of 160 and 17. Then, less than a minute later two blocks east, an unmarked sedan with alternating-flashing head and tail lights (w/ a heavy-set man in a dark suit at the wheel) dashed around traffic, and headed toward Loaf & Jug. I then noticed a Haz Mat response van a block later. During the trip south on 17, several obvious speeders went by and the Patrol car ignored them all. He also kept right on the semi’s tail, even when the truck traveled way under the speed limit. The caddy stuck less than 30 feet from the patrol car for over 30 miles. Coincedence? As I returned down Road T, at 11:20 AM, I noticed a white unmarked Bronce w/ US Government plates sitting at the Road 65T enterance of the Baca Ranch. [Go figure . . . When the convoys appear aerial reports usually follow–tmv]

SAME NIGHT [why am I not surprised?–tmv}

571 10:15 PM to 10:25 PM North Central San Luis Valley Saguache/Alamosa/Custer County, CO (O’Brien)

Large craft with alternating pulsing white lights heard and/or spotted by numerous Crestone/Baca Grande residents. A loud, low-pitched rumbling sound rattled windows and alerted residents to the crafts presence. One witness noted “it shook all the needles on trees around him.” Several versions stated the craft’s sound took between 5 and 10 minutes from start to finish, although the sighting lasted “about a minute “to cross the Valley, from west to east, and illuminated the clouds over the Sangres as it just passed over the range.


DATE UNCONFIRMED East of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, CO UAD (BLT Research/Linda Howe)


David Perkins heard about this recent mutilation report which “was mentioned in the Ranchland News.” The rancher may have obtained fresh forensic and/or soil samples for testing by WC Levengood and BLT Research

September 1998

570 Mon Sept 14, 1998, at 6:15 AM Highway 285-North of Monte Vista, CO AN1 Rio Grande/Saguache County (O’Brien)

A Monte Vista, CO resident, while headed north on 285 witnessed a “V-shaped craft hovering over the tops of the mountains to the west.” The sun was above the horizon and seemed to reflect off the object “like the sun reflecting on an airplane wing,” but the object’s structure was still plainly visible to the witness. The witness described the object as looking like “2 big rectangular pillers put together in a V-shape. . . the size of three (commercial jet) airliners.” The witness observed the craft for over ten minutes before he traveled to far north and left it behind him–still hovering over the mountains. No one else driving on 285 seemed to notice the object which puzzled the witness because, “it was so big.”

August 1998

569 Thur August 6, 2:30-2:35 AM, Over the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, AN1 Alamosa County (O’Brien)

Four witnesses on their ranch in SW Saguache County report a “UFO” hovering over the Sand Dunes area. An additional fifth witness, a neighbor, mentioned observing the light to the other witnesses the following day. They noted that the anomalous light seemed larger than a star or planet and was described as “multi-colored”. Object appeared to be moving slowly to the SE and was visible for around 4-5 minutes before it blinked out. The primary witness, a woman rancher, mentioned that they had discovered, the previous morning, the gate on the horse corral inexplicably off its hinges and lying on the ground. This was highly unusual because the gate was very difficult to open–let alone take off the hinges. The horse was still in the corral.

568 Thur August 6,1998, Sunset, near Granite, CO REGIONAL AN1 (O’Brien) UNSUBSTANTIATED

Texas tourist sees an unusual object over the mountains.

567 Sat August 8, 11:00 AM Villa Grove, CO Saguache County (O’Brien) UNSUBSTANTIATED

Same Texas tourist sees a black unmarked Blazer “skidding up” to a store where he was getting gas. Two camo-clad individuals “stared” at him and one took off his “wrap-around shades” revealing “he had no eyelids.”

Fri August 21, 1998, 10:23 AM, Englewood, CO, Jefferson County STATE

“This morning at 10:23am MST I [Bob Hetsko] was watching the sky and observed a bizarre object for exactly 15 minutes. I was wearing my glasses, and have vision correctible to greater than 20-20. There were three witnesses. I looked up and saw a bright glimmer, something along the lines of a planet visible during daytime (this does occur with Venus). It caught my eye, and I looked closer at the object. It was bizarre in that it was a black object, and that it would brighten to a silvery glimmer for a second or two, and go back to black, and back to silvery glimmer. It was black about 90% of the time according to two witnesses. Third witness was disinterested and passed it off as a piece of paper. The other 10% of the time it was bright and shining (reflective or luminous). It could have been rotating. There was no apparent pattern to the phasing of black and light. The object was first observed from the north side of Arapahoe Road, about the 10,000 block east. Object was first observed at SSE, nearly in line with the Centennial airport tower, about 30 degrees up (Distance between thumb and forefinger held at arms length). It went up, causing me to suspect it was a balloon, but it soon descended. There were clouds at 5-10k, and this object passed in front of them. Angular dimension was small, so distance was hard to determine. We suspect between two miles and one mile. That is a guess. It started to go east, although there was a mild ground wind of 5 mph from the north. It was observed to go to the ESE marker (approx). There were no apparent sudden motions. We tried to stabilize tour view by using a light pole as a reference. It cold have been debris in a thermal, but that would not explain the luminosity. Once again, we did observe hawks in the area, as there are always birds of prey in the area. They were riding thermals all day long. This object was very black. It would shine very bright. We lost it and found it several times. Any similar reports please forward.”


Fri August 21, 1998 at 5:35 PM, Englewood, CO, Jefferson County, (Hetsko) FB1 REGIONAL

“At 5:35 pm I [Bob Hetsko] observed a black object passing from south to north in the same area. I see balloons every day, as this is near a dealership. They have characteristics that are recognizable. They wobble and follow the wind. We had a huge thunderhead in Parker, and gusty winds, at least 15-25 mph. The wind was blowing from the SE. Object was going S-N and not moving like a balloon in the wind. It did not seem to gain altitude or distance for a while. With winds like that , it would be unlikely that a balloon would be observable for the five minutes I saw it. It should be pointed out that winds on the ground are not the same as winds at 1000 feet in Colorado. We often see clouds at different altitudes going in different directions. Conclusion: Object could be a balloon, although black is not used commonly by dealers. It’s motions were not consistant with the weather. Given the sighting of 7 hours earlier, could be an unknown. I will bring my binoculars tomorrow and report anything unusual. [Reported by] Bob Hetsko Ovni Hill Research Center.”

566 Sat August 22, 1998, at 8:30 AM Englewood, CO Jefferson County (Hetsko) AN1 REGIONAL

“We had a repeat of yesterday, at 8:30 in the morning for about 45 seconds. One witness observed same object as yesterday, black with about 10% of the time silvery mettallic. At 1: 30 pm I [Bob Hetsko] spotted a silvery object looking north, about 80 degrees over the north horizon, or 10% from the zenith. I am hoping there is an explanation for these objects. This is the largest amount of activity I’v seen here. I’m not terribly excited, since these objects are small, except for the Friday 5:30 pm sighting. That object was measureable.” [Reported by] Bob Hetsko Ovni Hill Research Center.”

565 Sat August 22, 1998, Near Elizabeth CO. Elbert County, (Hetsko) CE1 REGIONAL

“I was talking to some folks today that live in a remote area of Elbert County, near Elizabeth Colorado. The mother had told me that their son had seen a “triangle” floating about during the night from his window. The parents were not witness to the triangle, but the witness was a very sharp and truthful 6th grader. I had conversed with the son briefly during our meeting (which had NOTHING to do with UFO’s), and was impressed with his maturity and intelligent responses to our conversations. As we parted, I handed them a business card for UFO investigation and the mother was shook up and her cheerful demeanor changed. She told her son to describe to me what he saw last night 24th. He was almost embarassed, and said he saw a triangle floating in the air, and was not able to explain it. I asked him how large it was at arms length, and he said it was about 2-3 inches. I asked him to estimate a distance, and he pointed to a tower almost 2 miles away. This would have to be a large craft. It is sheer luck I was able to get this report, and I believe that the kid was telling the truth. Evidently, the parents had to console their son as he was shook up. As he described the event, he was very somber. He was worried about physical harm. Sighting activity is evidently high SE of Denver this week. [Reported by] Bob Hetsko Ovni Hill Research Center.”

July 1998

564 Tue July 7, 1998 at 6:00 a.m., Baca Grande Development Chalet 1 ANOMALOUS SOUND UNSUBSTANTIATED Saguache County (O’Brien)

Female witness is awakened in bed by a “five-second” vibration that permeated her house. Witness then noticed an extremely-low, low-volume vibration that cycled in intensity for “20 minutes.”

562-563 Fri-Sat July 10, or 11, UAD Ofir Creek Rd., near promentory of Greenhorn Pk. Huerfano County (Perkins/O’Brien STILL PHOTOS)

Two Longhorn steers and one cow found “mutilated” by passing motorist. Two steers had “perfect 6″ inch incisions” around penile area. Cow was not touched. Additional witnesses observed “a bear and two coyotes” near one of the carcasses, but the cattle carcasses remained intact i.e., no apparent four-legged scavenger action (other than some bird interest). Witness was surprised at seeing a bear and coyotes at the site, and noted that they left the cattle intact. Either this steer died in agony of poison plants, or somebody or something dropped it on it’s head. Photo to the right is a close-up of the penile excision. If this was caused by scavengers, they used a compass!

561 Fri July 10, 1998 at 7:00 pm, Blanca CO, AN1 Costilla County

(Aragon/O’Brien) Parents of three school-aged boys report the three saw “a half-full moon-szed” shere hovering to southwest. When two boys went to get their parents, third boy watched the object disappear. They described the shphere as being”red on top and dull silver-colored on the bottom. and watched the object for “around 2 1/2 to 3 minutes”

560 Fri July 17, 1998, at 9:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. South end of the San Luis Valley AN1

[Fridays are now the day/night of choice!–tmv]

“Thought I would let you know that I observed a very large cylinder\cigar shaped craft hovering over the south end of the valley. I spotted it twice, once around 9am and the other around 11:30 am. It was very high in the sky and as I said motionless. It was too far away to see details, however it did remind me of the video at Tim’s Edwards house in Salida. [signed] Roger”

[E-Mail message from San Luis Valley resident}

[From: UFO ROUNDUP Volume 3, Number 32 August 9, 1998 Editor: Joseph Trainor ]

Sat, July 18, 1998, at 10:02 p.m.,Longmont, Colorado REGIONAL

L.B. and his family “drove west away from the Wal-Mart in Longmont, and spotted a craft flying to the southwest of our area and moving westward across our field of view.” “It seemed to have a great many red pulsating lights with some white lights in the central area,” L.B. reported. “It descended towards Longmont airport but it did not follow the usual flight pattern, and was actually going down towards the farm fields south of the airport. We lost sight of it behind the trees as I drove.” “Five minutes later, we were driving north towards the west end of the airport when we spotted a craft that looked like the first one. The craft looked like a very large plane rising from the west end of the airport. It was moving shakily. The lights appeared to be 50 or 60 feet high.” The UFO “slowly flew over the road about 50 feet above the ground. I commented that it was lit funny because it appeared to be box-shaped in that the rear showed two red lights, one above the other, and the front of the craft had two more red lights in a vertical column. The craft ascended slowly to the westward to about 120 feet above the ground. Then it stopped and appeared to hover.” “Because the lights did not change orientation, we assumed that the craft was still going west even though the craft was now growing larger. Suddenly, we realized it was heading back towards us.” “It passed over the road about 170 to 200 feet above the ground. As it seemed to rise, three people in the car saw that the craft was shaped like a triangle with three equal sides. Along each of the side angles, there were long tube-like lights, like neon tubes and these were a yellowish-white. The tubes curved upward near the west end of the craft and came to sharp points.” “Near the apex of the triangle, the eastern tip, was a large red recessed hole in which was a light blue light. While the red lights had been pulsating earlier, as the craft was flying west, now all the lights were continually bright, not blinking or pulsating. The light provided enough illumination to allow viewers to see that the craft had a large triangular hull. We quickly tried to pull over onto another side road so we could get a better look…Then the craft changed course and headed north until it was hidden by the trees.” Longmont is on Colorado Highway 287 about 27 miles (43 kilometers) north of Denver. A similar dark triangle-shaped UFO was seen there back in April. (Many thanks to Bill Bunch of Supernews for this report.)

June 1998

559 June 1, 1998, 12:05 am, Crestone, CO. Military Formation Saguache County (O’Brien) Witness sees a vertical formation of three diagonally-arrayed blinking lights; flying from east to west, just minutes after witnessing a large “Fourth of July sparkler . . ..”-looking object streak up and out of sight.

558 Wed June 10, 1998 at 10:20 pm Road T, across from Baca Ranch, Crestone Saguache County (ISUR) AN1

“[ISUR Investigators] . . .spotted a bright steady light rising slowly out of the Northwest. I called it and everyone got their eyes and/or binocularss on it, confirming for me that it was rising. It seemed to accelerate towards the southwest. Then several of us noticed that there was at least one dimmer object flying in formation with it. Another [investigator] confirmed that at least one of the dimmer objects seemed to be not in perfect formation but cutting back and forth behind the brightest. By the time everyone [7 witnesses] had a good lock on them, They faded out near zenith.”

557 Fri June 12, 1998 at 11:30 pm, just south of Spanish Creek, Baca Grande Development (SOLVED) Saguache County (Peterson/O’Brien)


Light was CSETI’s Laser being used during a training session

Two witnesses report a brilliant “stoplight green. laser-like” light at, or just above ground level. The light seemed to be sweeping the Wagon wheel Rd./Spanish Creek area, about a quarter-mile North of their location. Twice the light seemed to hit them and the witnesses ” . . . had to look away because it hurt” their eyes. The y drove quickly to the area, but observed nothing. No cars were visible near the site.


556 11:40 pm, over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, over the southern end of the Baca Development Huerfano/Saguache County (O’Brien)

Witness 5 miles east of Gardiner, CO, spots a “bluish-white fireball w/ no tail streak from the east, over the Sangres, toward Crestone.”

555 Mon June 15, 1998, around 10:00 PM. Between Ute and San Antonio Mountains AN1 Taos County, NM (Paye/O’Brien)

Two witnesses near Mesita, CO spotted large light which appeared to be alternating between orange and blue was observed over Ute Mtn–drifting to the west. It appeared to travel across the SLV “up and over San Antonio Mtn.” Light was visible around 15 minutes before it “flashed red a couple of times–then disappeared.”


554 12:15 am west side of the Blanca Massif near Zapata Falls ANI Alamosa County (ISUR)

“. . . We [7 investigators from ISUR, and 5 other witnesses] were way up on the west side of Mt. Blanca . . . I believe each of us saw faint lights flickering in the darkness of the mountainside, almost as if they were some coldblooded fireflies. My first thought was that I was suffering from the lack of oxygen at 9000 feet, and that what I was seeing was merely a phenomenom resulting from my not being accustomed to the altitude, but then others who were acclimated to the air (by virtue of having lived there for some time), were seeing the same thing. Once I discarded that theory, I wondered if perhaps there was a high altitude firefly, as they lights seemed to flicker on and off in a similar manner. But no sooner did I think that, when some of the lights began to stay on, uninterupted for as long as 30 seconds before going out. And then they stopped altogether. . .”


553 Baca Grande Development UNCONFIRMED Saguache County (CSETI)

CSETI training group may have experienced [an] anomalous event(s).

552 Sun June 21, 1998 at 10:00 p.m., near 5-Mile Rd, North of Monte Vista. FB1 Alamosa County (Frye/O’Brien)

Two witnesses observe two anomalous lights. The first light was described as bluish-green and hovering over Center, CO. The first light then started heading toward the Blanca Peak area. The second light was described as a light amber color which followed behind the first light-headed east.

May 1998

551 May 2, 1998, County Rd. 10, 12 miles east of Alamosa CO. UAD VIDEO/STILLS (Walkley/O’Brien)

Junne and Virgil Walkley were returning home from a friend’s house 15 miles east of Alamosa, CO, when they happened upon a “mutilated bull” that appeared to be “dropped on a fence line.” The animal, which turned out to be a cow, had apparently cleanly from around the lower teeth, up and around the jaw, and back under the lower jaw around to the lower teeth. The rear end and lower internal organs had been reamed by coyotes and scavenging birds. At this time, the owner of the animal has not been established and no report has been made to Alamosa or Costilla County authorities. This investigator conducted a thorough investigation of the crime-scene and was unable to locate any further clues as to the identity of the perpetrators. Because of the untimely nature of the report, no forensic samples were obtained.

This latest case extends the defined line of “mute” cases east from the Alamosa River where a number of cases have been reported and investigated since 1994. This makes seven cases in a perfect crescent-line along the Alamosa River.

550 Sun May 3, 1998, 11:00 pm to 11:20 pm, Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, E of Villa Grove, Saguache County (O’Brien) AN1

Witnesses traveling south on Highway 17 from Poncha Pass to Moffat watch “Hollywood Premier-type spotlights shining up into the sky from the tops of the mountains.” The large spotlights appeared to be sequencing from south-to-north. Lights were described as “white and red-colored.” Witness did not think lights were auroral, or atmospheric phenomenon.

549 Sun May 10, 1998, 10:30 pm to 10:45 pm, Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, E of Villa Grove, Saguache County (O’Brien) CO AN1

Motorist traveling south on Highway 17 from Poncha Pass to Moffat watches spotlights shining up from the mountaintops.” The large spotlights again appeared to be sequencing from south-to-north. Lights were described as “white and red-colored as they progressed north.” Witness did not think lights were auroral, or atmospheric phenomenon.

548 May 17, 1998 at 1:30 pm, Near La Veta Pass-Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Huerfano County, CO FB1 (O’Brien)

Two witnsses traveling west on Highway 160, down the western side of La Veta Pass, spot a clearly visible silver colored cigar-shaped object, over the Sangres, during a thunderstorm. The object was seen flying in and out of the clouds for several minutes before becoming obscured by the storm.

547 Sun May 24, 1998, 11:50 pm, Crestone, Saguache County CO (O’Brien) AN1

Witness driving east on Rd. T sees a “green fireball arc over town.” Witness was, ” . . .sure the object was below mountain” ridge-line.


546 Mon May 25, 1998, 1:10 am, Crestone/Baca Grande. Saguache County (O’Brien) AN1

Witness at the White Eagle Village sees a “bluish-white, one-third full-moon sized orb descend over the Baca Ranch

545 Sun May 24, 1998, Smith Res. 5 miles west of Blanca, Alamosa/Costilla County (O’Brien)

A-10 spotted flying low and slow near Walkley MUTE site and Smith Res.


544 May 31, 1998, 8:00 am, 1 mile east of Smith Res.Alamosa County (O’Brien) UNCONFIRMED MUTE

Two fisherman on their way to Smith Res., see possible mutilated sheep, two miles east of Smith Res. Carcass had been removed by late afternoon. No official report filed w/ sherif or investigators.


543 Sun May 31, 1998 11:55 pm, Crestone, Saguache County (O’Brien) MA1

Crestone resident sees an “object like a Fourth of July sparkler” streak up and over the Sangres–headed east. Object was 1 1/3 full-moon size and grew smaller as it traveled away from the witness. Witness claimed that the object started at “just above treetop level” before shooting straight up at appx a 45% angle.

April 1998

Photo of object seen south of Los Vegas
One of the still pictures taken by Nick Schmidt

542 April 3, 1998, 20 miles south of Las Vegas, NM AN1 Mora County (O’Brien)

Five daylight photos were taken of an object south of Las Vegas NM, by Nick Schmidt. Duration: minutes

March 1998

Tue March 10, 1998 RUMOR Rio Grande County (Perkins)

mute image

Couple claim to have seen a convoy of semi’s with three trucks carrying “large underground exploration tunnel boring equipment.” Trucks were seen on Highway 160, near South Fork, CO.

Miller Horse Case

Mar 6, 1998 NIGHT South of Alamosa, UAD

Kim Miller finds a mutilated horse. Rare near or below zero degrees case. Horse found in remote part of pasture was the only white-colored horse of a 15 horse-herd. Had been running as was covered in dried sweat. Found 13 feet from it’s own tracks. Fist sized hole in brisket, clean manible incision with long winter hair cut to 1/8″ and missing up side eye cut out around outside of socket. No blood or tracks found on ground. Body cavity had pooled blood and fluids.


February 1998

541 Sat February 28, 1998, at 11:30 am Highway 17 between Moffat and Hooper, CO. AN1

Passenger in a southbound vehicle witnessed a “hovering metallic gleam” toward the SW in the distance. Witness estimated the “object” was roughly over Alamosa, CO. The “pinhead-sized gleam” was visible for around “two minutes,” before blinking out.

540 Fri February 27, 1998, 7:30 pm North end of SLV Sagauche/Chaffee County (O’Brien)

Two passengers in a car traveling on Highway 17 witness a “large pulsing white light” over Poncha Pass. Light pulsed around “20 times”as it appeared to descend, then rise, descend, then rise, then traveled slowly toward the West.


Fri February 27, 1998, Around 9:00 pm. Highway 161E of Blanca Pk Alamosa/Huerfano County (O’Brien)

Motorist traveling west on Highway 161 spots a “formation of 3-4 orange lights” hovering over Blanca Pk. Lights seemed to fade out, then fade in–like clouds were obscuring them. Witness stopped car–got out and realized there were no clouds and the “sky was perfectly clear.” He stopped 2 more times to watch. As he approached his home at the base of Blanca Pk, the lights had disappeared.

538 Thur February 26, 1997, 11:00 pm Highway 17, North end of the SLV Saguache County (O’Brien)

An large, unusually large and slow “shooting-star” seen traveling Sw to NE at the north end of the San Luis Valley, by two passengers in a car traveling north on Highway 17. Duration: around four-seconds.

Art Bell Covers Colorado Fireball Stories

Art Bell show guests tonight [ Feb 26] reported that the Air Force closed off an area in the Black Forest in Colorado near Colorado Springs on Jan. 10, following reports of a a fireball in the sky in the area. [see extensive coverage later in Current Reports on these events–tmv ] Air Force personnel said the road closure was for “contamination research.” Witnesses reported odors of “cotton candy and rotten eggs,” which may indicate jet fuel. A report also came in Thursday evening (Feb. 26) of a large glowing blue light in the sky that persisted about four minutes, according to a caller to the National UFO Reporting Center.

January 1998

537 January 23, 1998, 9:00 pm Near Cotapaxi, CO, Arkansas River Canyon, E of Salida, CO AN1 Chaffee County (Tim Edwards/Jim Roberts)

“Jim Roberts said he viewed a orange, salmon colored globe from his house in the Cotapaxi area 1-23-98, 9:00 pm sharp. Object was hovering, dimming and brightening to the west and he thought it might have been viewed in Salida. No feedback on anyone else seeing it. Jim also reported a trianglar shaped object circling under the sun last week moving in circles with lights. He went in to get his camera and then couldn’t pick it back up.”

536 January 22, 1998, 7:25 to 7:45 pm, State Highway 96 and Rosita Rd., 13 miles east of Westcliffe, CO., Military Activity

Westcliffe resident Myrna Schrader filed this report: “I saw a total of 8 small planes, or helicopters, over a 20 minute period. None were flying high enough to be commercial jets. All were moving very slowly. All were totally silent. Five of them were heading west/northwest [toward the Salida/Northern SLV area–tmv] Three of them were heading South/Southeast. There were always at least of them visible with my naked eyes, during the entire 20 minutes. All had blinking red taillights, and steady yellow, or white, front lights. As I watched, they came closer to one another and one of them raised their altitude [sic] . . .I figured it was no coincedence that all these odd, silent aircraft were all in the same region at the same time on a cold January night. . .weather was clear, no clouds. Temperature approx. 10 degrees. . .”

Custer County (Schrader/O’Brien)

535 January 20, 1998, 6:00 pm south of the Great Sand Dunes AN1

Hooper resident reports watching a “big star doing some big twists.” Object/light was described as flashing “red-green and blue.” Witness described the multi-colored light as hovering for five or so minutes just south of the Sand Dunes Oasis. At around 6:15 pm, I witnessed two low flying jets headed from the east, over the Sangre de Cristos, south toward the location where the light was observed. Jets were flying under 3000 feet above the Valley floor. Witness claimed the object was not Sirius rising in the east. He claimed the “object” two times larger than the brightest planets, was 5 degrees north of Sirius the heaven’s brightest star,which he was able to identify.

Alamosa/Saguache County (O’Brien/Vitoria)

534 January 17, 1998 8:00 pm South of Ute Mountain, Northern New Mexico/SLV

A bright light, high in the sky, was spotted by Thomas Paye in Mestia, CO; just north of the NM/CO border. The bright light was stationary for ten minutes, then headed west, before he and his girlfriend lost sight of it in the clouds. Taos County (Paye/O’Brien)

January 11, 1998, 12:15 am Front Range of Colorado REGIONAL

By Jim Hughes Denver Post Staff Writer Jan.- 12 – 1998

A mysterious object lit up the night sky up and down the Front Range early Sunday then startled witnesses with a deafening explosion. There was no official explanation about the object Sunday. Military spokesmen denied the object was a military aircraft. Local scientists speculated it could have been a meteor or an illegal firework. Douglas County resident Gunter Harz witnessed the phenomenon around 12:15 a.m.

“All of a sudden, there was an impact that shook our house and then a double explosion immediately after the impact,” Harz said. “I don’t know if a meteorite makes that noise, but I do know that my house was shaking.” Residents from Colorado Springs to Denver flooded area police dispatchers and military operators with calls about the object. But the phenomenon was not related to activities at any of the military installations around Colorado Springs, according to spokespeople for U.S. Space Control at Cheyenne Mountain and Peterson Air Force Base. “There was nothing that would have created a loud noise or explosion,” said Lt. Jason Medina, a Peterson Air Force Base spokesman.

Katy Garmany, director of the University of Colorado’s Fiske Observatory in Boulder, said the object could have been a meteor. But meteors normally burn up 20 to 40 miles in the sky and don’t emit any sound. “You have to consider the possibility that somebody was shooting off some high-grade illegal fireworks,” [Cheap Fireworks?-tmv-] she said. Jack Murphy, curator of geology for the Denver Museum of Natural History, said he thinks the object may have been one of the rare meteors that infiltrates the atmosphere and burns up closer to the ground. And if that was the case, scientifically valuable pieces of the meteor may have landed in the area, he said.

The loud sound many people heard probably was a sonic boom, he said. Murphy said it would probably take him a few days to identify the object. “It’s going to complicate my life for a few days,” he said.

The last big fireball that came this close to the ground in Colorado was recorded by a security video camera in Colorado Springs in 1995, he said. That same camera recorded Sunday’s event, too, he said. The videotape, combined with testimony from witnesses, should help scientists figure out precisely what happened, he said.

He is hoping that witnesses – particularly people east and west of Colorado Springs – will call his office. If fireworks were the cause, they were bigger than most found at Fourth of July celebrations, said Atom Abbott, who said he saw the phenomenon shortly after midnight from Downtown Denver. “It was a big, blue fireball,” he said. “I thought it was a plane crashing, at first.”

Abbott’s visual report was confirmed by others who claimed to see a white or blue light speeding through the sky early Sunday morning. Larry Sanders of Denver said Sunday morning’s event was more dramatic than meteors he has seen before, he said. He was driving in Weld County after midnight when he saw what he described as “a very large bright light that lit up the clouds and several smaller, secondary explosions.” Although a variety of military installations monitor the skies over Colorado, nobody other than the occasional astronomer looks for incoming objects from space, said Cmdr. David Knox of the U.S. SpaceCommand unit at Cheyenne Mountain outside of Colorado Springs. “I don’t want to say it was a meteorite, because I don’t know,” he said. “All I can say is it wasn’t one of the 8,000 objects that we track.” The agency monitors all objects “bigger than a softball” in Earth orbit, he said.

[How interesting the January 11th object’s glow, as it passed over, was again a captured by the same security camera that cauught last year’s “meteor” in the same location. And how interesting last October’s huge New Mexico Western Texas “meteor” occured on the same flight path–almost a year to-the-day– from a similar object seen on the same flight path last year—tmv]


Fireball, sonic boom tied to meteor breakup

By Mike Patty Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer
A spectacular fireball and sonic boom startled residents along Colorado’s Front Range early Sunday, an event scientists say was probably the breakup of a large meteor. According to witnesses, the brilliant flash of light was seen about 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

“We don’t know much right now except that it appeared that the object came from the west and may have broken up somewhere around the El Paso and Elbert county line between Castle Rock and Colorado Springs,” said Jack Murphy, geology curator for the Denver Museum of Natural History. “It was accompanied by a terrific sonic boom and rumbling sound that witnesses say continued for a relatively long time. This supports the theory that the object broke up and meteorites may be on the ground.”

Murphy said the event was the most spectacular reported since November 1995, when a meteor streaked over the same area. “Ironically, that event was captured on a security video camera in Colorado Springs and the same camera captured this one last night,” Murphy said. Scientists are asking witnesses to call 370-6445 so they can get a better idea of where the meteorites may have landed.

“It would really be helpful to get eyewitnesses from outlying areas such as Limon, Pueblo, Cripple Creek and so on,” Murphy said. Posters likely will be made up and distributed describing what to look for and perhaps offering a reward. “It would be a coal black rock, probably no bigger than a tennis ball or baseball,” he said. El Paso/Elbert County (Rocky Mtn News January 12, 1998/ Larry@ISUR)

[Interesting the way these fireballs keep dropping out of the thin Rocky Mountain sky lately. Anyone else think these report clusters are strange? Thanks to Tim Edwards for putting these articles and reports together. .–tmv]

533 Thur January 8, 1998, 5:20 pm Costilla County, SLV CO AN1

“Just last night my daughter and her friend and parent were coming home from basketball practice and mentioned that on Thursday night [Jan 8 ’98] the notice two lights emanating from the sky in the approximate location where the carcasses were discovered. She mentioned this before I told here about the discovery of the pigs.” Arnie V. Costilla County (Arnie V./O’Brien)

532 Thur January 8, 1998, 5:20 pm Over the Baca Ranch, 2 miles east of mile marker 93 on State Highway 17 SLV CO MA1

Two witnesses driving north on Highway 17 noticed a brightly blinking small light two miles to the east of their location. Observed a “150 foot diameter disc” with a small, low cupola, light was on underside. Object was plainly visible in dusk lighting. Appeared to be at “between 1500 to 2000 feet ” in altitude and traveling down the center of the SLV south by southwest. One witness estimated the speed at between “500 and 600 mph.” Two other cars on 17 may have also witnessed object.

Duration of sighting about “30 seconds.”

Saguache/Alamosa County (O’Brien)

531 Wed January 7, 1998, 4:45 pm to 3:00 am Near Farasita, CO La Veta MOA

530 Sat January 10, 1998, at dusk Huerfano County La Veta MOA

529 Sun January 11, 1998, Huerfano County La Veta MOA

528 Mon January 5, 1998, Costilla County SLV CO MUTES

Three pigs discovered in a mutilated condition by two San Luis, CO ranchers. A local San Luis, CO., man named Arnie V., contacted me with the following report:

“I wanted to follow up on our conversation regarding the pig mutalations. Upon speaking the the man who discovered the carcass’ it turns out there were three mutilated pigs each about 100 to 150 pounds, white in color and each with a cored out rectum and other round holes in the abdomen. Apparently they had been discovered three days before I saw them. There were only two when I saw the on Thursday. Bob Green from La Sierra News paper went out to take some photos with a digital camera. You might check with him for prints. I think he will run a story in his paper this coming week”

Costilla County (Arnie V./O’Brien) [No conclusive evidence of a high-strange case–tmv]Wed

December 1997

Mutilated horse image

Gardiner/Alamosa River Case

527 December 17, 1997, at 10:30 a.m. 5 Miles SW of Alamosa, CO MUTE

Rancher Ron Gardiner discovered a dead gelding 5 miles SW of Alamosa, CO, in the San Luis Valley So-Cen CO/No-Cen NM. The animal was still warm and the rancher estimated the animal was killed and mutilated sometime around dawn. The horse was missing it’s penis and an 8 inch circular patch of hide behind the sheath– which was intact. The rear-end was neatly cored out in a slightly elongated circle to a depth of 8 to 9 inches. Eyes and tongue were intact. The animal was found lying on it’s right side at the bottom of a dry, 7 foot deep irrigation canal channel. There was evidence of a struggle i.e., broken chimisa bushes and thrashing marks, but besides the unfortunate gelding’s tracks, there were no other tracks present. No apparent scavenger interest noted and two horses in the small herd seemed curious and unafraid of the carcass. The carcass did not bloat. No downside incisions or additional evidense noted by the rancher, this investigator, or the Alamosa County Sheriff investigator, but a 5 inch shallow gash in the hide was present on the neck. Several drops which appeared to be blood were found in snow about 60 feet away over the fence and across the road. Alamosa County (O’Brien/Alamosa Sheriff, Valley Courier VIDEO/STILL/FORENSIC)

526 Sun December 14, 1997, from 1:15 to 1:40 a.m at 12S road near Mesita, CO

Large object seen slowly crossing the SLV from Questa, NM toward Chama, NM. Took 25 minutes to traverse approximately 50 miles Costilla/Taos Counties (Paye/O’Brien)


524-525 Sat December 13, 1997 7:30 p.m., 2 miles north of La Jara, CO

Two reports; 7:05 p.m.,and & 10 p.m., looking east on Highway 285 just north of La Jara, CO Sighting locations are and twelve miles from gelding death location. Alamosa County (O’Brien)

November 1997

Mutilated claf image

Hooper, CO UAD

523 Sun November 30, 1997, around 5:30-6:00 am, SW corner pasture on Saguache County Road 61 and County Road C MUTE.

1 and a half miles west, 2-miles north of Hooper, CO, a calf “mutilation” was reported by ranchers Bill Knopfman, Jack Kuntz and their foreman, Ted Ruggles. A report was filed with the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office, who also investigated the calf death. The 10-month old female calf, in a herd of approximately 40 cattle, was discovered with it’s right side mandible completely exposed with all hide and tissue removed. That morning, a dense fog blanketed the entire center portion of the SLV and the temperature was around 10 degrees.

The apparent facial incision extended up and over the eye socket. Eye was removed. Tongue was intact. Rear-end coring 10″ in diameter. Apparent removal of reproductive tract to a (approximate) depth of 18″. Drop of blood observed on one teat. Uniform 4 to 5 inch snow cover over the entire pasture. Animal found lying on left-side. No down-side incisions noted. Calf was facing head to the south. Nearest dwelling about 400-450 yards away south by southwest of carcass. Only tracks observed were the victim animal’s own tracks. No additional evidence noted, i.e., blood, tissue, footprints, tire tracks, disturbed snow or vegetation. No known observation of attendant lights or sounds in the vicinity of site at time of death. Residents of nearest dwelling reported their dogs barking at around 5:30 to 6:00 a.m. Rancher’s dogs showed an interest in the carcass and evidently widened the rectum-coring shortly after calf’s discovery. Magpies and crows were observed on the calf at time of discovery. Some bird scavenging was noted, i.e., eye-socket and optic nerves scavenged. Tissue underneath incisional area showed some signs of being pecked at, but no observed scavenger action on hide at or on actual incisions. Three sets of samples were obtained for separate forensic testing.

Saguache County (Saguache County Sheriff/O’Brien SLV Publishing Papers, Valley Courier VIDEO/STILL/FORENSIC)


522 Sat November 29, 1997, 11:10 pm Over Northern SLV MA1

Four witnesses in the Baca watch a multi-colored light move slowly from center of the Valley toward the north. Saguache County (O’Brien)

October 1997

521 Mon October 13, 1997, 7:52 pm-8:00 pm, SW of Mt Ouray near Marshall Pass AN1

Two witnesses observe a bright orange light, about the size and brightness of Venus. Light, 5 degrees above the horizon to the NW, was seen from approximately 20-30 miles away. It blinked out quickly from left to right. Witnesses did not think the light was aircraft landing lights. Light appeared to be hovering in the same region as the October 4 sighting.

516-520 Week of October 5, 1997 Salida, CO MA1 AN1 FB1

Tim Edwards is receiving numerous daily reports of silver discs, and/ or orbs, cigar-shaped craft and anomalous light sightings. These reports are currently under investigation.

Chaffee County (Edwards)

Image: Disc Object seen south of Alamosa 10-97. Greenie Mountain in the background
Disc Object seen south of Alamosa 10-97. Greenie Mountain in the background

515 Sat October 4, 1997, at 6:45 pm, Mesita, CO MA1

Mesita, CO resident Thomas Paye was driving home from Costilla–west on County Road 159 when he noticed a “silver cylinder” hanging in the western sky reflecting the setting sun. He said, “It looked like an average-sized jet, but it didn’t have any wings or a tail.” He arrived home and grabbed a pair of powerful binoculars and ran back outside to observe the object which was still hovering over the La Jara Reservoir area of the San Juan Mountains. “I watched for awhile then noticed it was heading back east toward the center of the [San Luis] Valley. According to Paye, at this point the object morphed into a brilliant “red dot,” then began to slowly descend. As it decended, “it turned into a “large silver metallic ball, like a hot air balloon,” but with no basket hanging underneath “. . . it looked like a giant ‘steely’ [ball bearing] hanging in the sky.” The dull silver-colored object continued descending into what Paye estimated was the Osier Park/Fox Creek area–10 miles west of Antonito, CO, 15-20 miles north of the Colorado/ New Mexico border. (This is where two mutilations were found last October with landing marks near the carcasses.) Paye’s sighting lasted from 6:45 pm to 7:53 pm. Duration: 53-54 minutes. This Conejo County sighting is probably related to the following report.

Conejos County (O’Brien)


514 7:30 pm to 7:50 pm, Center, CO

Resident Fabian Sauvo was out in his yard when he noticed three “red balls” of light hovering over Del Norte [CO]. One broke formation and began approaching Center, CO from the SE. “It was coming from over Del Norte and moving really slow. It flew right over the house–headed north” toward the Crestone area. Sauvo claimed the object was flying fairly low, and was not a satellite. During this time, the other two red lights were moving up/down, left to right, over Del Norte. Then Sauvo watched a fourth red ball of light appear over the Del Norte area, near the two hovering in tandem, and streak after the one that had broke formation. “It flew real fast chasing the first light. . . It was like a streak. It only took 4 or 5 seconds for it to fly across the whole Valley” [about 65 to 70 miles]. Duration of sighting 7:30 to 7:40 pm. No calls were logged Sat night by the Saguache or Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Offices. The Conejos County Sheriff’s office did not receive a Saturday report, but a report was logged Fri night of a unusually “low flying plane” that flew over Antonito, CO, at around 9:00 pm.

Conejos/Rio Grande/Saguache Counties (O’Brien)

September 1997

511-512 September 22, 1997, 9:25 pm to 9:40 pm, the Northern end of the San Luis Valley

For 15-20 minutes, blinking objects (choppers?) were seen escorting a very large, slow moving, orange/red globe west-to-east about 45 miles north of witnesses. This formation of four-to-five blinking lights, low over the mountains, was observed traveling from west-to-east over the Marshall Pass and Poncha Pass areas. Further south, around Villa Grove, at a higher elevation, a bright light hovered, flashing red and green. This larger/closer light then drifted north. Under nightvision, the two larger lights/objects appeared unusually bright. Two reports were filed with the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office. I was able to get up to the roof and see these object/lights. This area is not part of the low-level La Veta Military Operations area, or an official VTR flight corridor.

Saguuache County (O’Brien/Saguache County Sherrif)

510 Thursday, Sept 11, 1997, at 8:30 pm, West of Mesita, CO MA1

Two Mesita, CO witnesses observed two large craft, each with a row of six whiteish-orange lights, moving in unison. The craft, each estimated as being “a little longer than a [C-131] transport plane,” slowly drfted south over the South Pinon Hills, then stopped around the border and headed back north. After traveling north for about ten miles, they slowly began drfting west across the SLV, between Antonito and Romeo, CO. At no time did the objects travel faster than an estimated 40 mph. Duration of sighting: about 40 minutes.

Costilla and Conejos County (O’Brien)

500 Sat Sept 13, at 3:30 am, Road T, one mile west of Crestone

Dennis Neuhaus was resting in his car on the side of Road T, about a mile west of Crestone, when he was awakened by “a roaring sound that sounded like an old train.” At first the witness thought it was a jet flying over, but the sound was steady and did not diminish. He rolled down his driver side window and listened, and could make out “clanking sounds, like a train” traveling on train tracks. He rolled down his passenger window and could tell the sound was coming from the southwest, out on the Baca Ranch. He got out and looked around, but could see nothing he could attribute the sound to. There was no aerial traffic present. Interestingly enough, I have received “phantom train” reports from this general area where a train used to run in the early 1900’s. It ceased operation and the tracks were torn up in the early 1930’s.

Saguache County (O’Brien)


499 Friday, Sept 12, 1997 at 11:30 pm, Baca Grande Development AN1

Two witnesses in the Baca Grande Development (north of theCO/NM border about 90 miles) claim to have watched a “huge craft hovering over the center of the [San Luis] Valley.” They described unblinking red and green lights that seemed to be arrayed around the object.

Saguache County (O’Brien/Dennis)


498 Friday, Sept 12, 1997, at 10:40 pm Baca Grande Development AN1

I see a blueish cheap firework go down between me and the Sangres. Appeared to travel about 1/4 mile

Saguache County (O’Brien)

Image: ARCO Plant Sheep Mtn Near Malacite, CO
ARCO Plant Sheep Mtn Near Malacite, CO

497 The first or second of September, 1997, Malacite, CO, North of Sheep Mountain

(there is some confusion as to the exact date) a C-131 transport plane was seen dropping a “huge box” just north of the Atlantic Richfield CO2 plant (located between Sheep and Little Sheep Mountains) in Huerfano County, near the towns of Red Wing and Malacite, CO. Locals in the area witnessed the “drop” and set off to investigate and search for the box. Three separate reports of the following events have emerged. In one report, locals witnessed two men with “jet-packs on their backs flying up and down, around and between” Sheep and Little Sheep Mountain, apparently looking for the box. Other witnesses claim they saw a craft, a short time later, that had the appearance of a large clear bubble. From the bottom of the bubble sparks were being emitted with a “clattering sound” from square objects that were described as “magnets.” A witness (in true Colorado fashion) evidently fired a gun at the strange-looking object as it passed overhead and later that evening the man was confronted and then accosted by three men. He told neighbors he was wrestled to the ground and one of the men grabbed him and “snapped his neck” and he immediately was rendered unconscious. Another report claims personnel were seen searching ranches and barns north of Sheep Mountain later that night, or early the following morning. A number of locals witnessed this apparent search by these unknown craft and personnel.

Huerfano County (Perkins)

496 Thursday, Sept 11, 1997, at 8:30 pm, West of Mesita, CO MA1

Two Mesita, CO witnesses observed two large craft, each with a row of six whiteish-orange lights, moving in unison. The craft, each estimated as being “a little longer than a [C-131] transport plane,” slowly drfted south over the South Pinon Hills, then stopped around the border and headed back north. After traveling north for about ten miles, they slowly began drfting west across the SLV, between Antonito and Romeo, CO. At no time did the objects travel faster than an estimated 40 mph. Duration of sighting: about 40 minutes. Costilla and Conejos County (O’Brien)

495 Sept 13, at 3:30 am, Road T, one mile west of Crestone

Dennis Neuhaus was resting in his car on the side of Road T, about a mile west of Crestone, when he was awakened by “a roaring sound that sounded like an old train.” At first the witness thought it was a jet flying over, but the sound was steady and did not diminish. He rolled down his driver side window and listened, and could make out “clanking sounds, like a train” traveling on train tracks. He rolled down his passenger window and could tell the sound was coming from the southwest, out on the Baca Ranch. He got out and looked around, but could see nothing he could attribute the sound to. There was no aerial traffic present. Interestingly enough, I have received “phantom train” reports from this general area where a train used to run in the early 1900’s.It ceased operation and the tracks were torn up in the early 1930’s.

Saguache County (O’Brien)


494 Friday, Sept 12, 1997 at 11:30 pm, Baca Grande Development AN1

Two witnesses in the Baca Grande Development (north of theCO/NM border about 90 miles) claim to have watched a “huge craft hovering over the northeastern [San Luis] Valley.” They described unblinking red and green lights that seemed to be arrayed around the object.

Saguache County (O’Brien/Dennis)


493 Friday, Sept 12, 1997, at 10:40 pm Baca Grande Development AN!

I see a blueish cheap firework go down between my vantage point and the Sangres. Appeared to travel about 1/4 mile. Duration: 2 seconds.

Saguache County (O’Brien)

August 1997

492 August 22, 1997, between 8:30 and 9:00 pm over the Rio Grande River at the CO/NM Border MA1

Three witnesses watched two lights that one witness reported looking like” huge car headlights” that were intermittently visible to the west in a “large thunderhead.” Then they also watched a large golden colored light that appeared low to the south by the border. Duration: about ten minutes. One of these witnesses, Thomas Peay, claimed to have then experienced three concurrent nights of lucid dreams featuring “aliens” and being “taken out through the window and aboard a small ship” which took him “up to a larger ship.” After the first night’s dream, the witness claimed “he knew they were coming back before he fell asleep.”

Costilla County (O’Brien


June 1997

491 Fri June 20th, 1997 5:00 am, north of Villa Grove near Poncha Pass

A convoy of all-white vans and vehicles was seen, by a rancher hauling cattle, headed out of the Valley, on Highway 17–north of Villa Grove. Saguache County (O’Brien)

490 Tue June 17, 1997 One-half-mile northwest of Alamosa, CO

All white convoys of vans, Suburbans and trucks–10 to 12 vehicles seen on (w/ State Patrol rear-escort) headed into Alamosa, the back way. Alamosa County (O’Brien)

489 Fri June 13, 1997, near Villa Grove, CO (MUNDANE?)

Received a sighting report from the NW part of the Valley by a witness headed north on 17. Said it was a reddish, flashing blue light, slightly bigger than a planet. Just hovered. Arcturis or Vega setting?

Saguache County (O’Brien)

488 Tue June 10, 1997 12:00 Wet Mountains, Custer County La Veta MOA

Apparent military flight activity, no anomalous lights. Custer County (Joseph Murphy)

487 Mon June 9, 1997 Wet Mountains, near Florence, CO La Veta MOA

Heavy military flight activity all day, and two black helicopters and one yellow one.


486 8:45 – 9:20 pm Wet Mountain, near Florence, COs

Lights were back and plane activity was high.

Custer County (Joseph Murphy)

485 Sat June 7, 1997 One-mile north of Alamosa on Highway 17

I saw a pick-up, on 17, the next day, just before 5:00 p.m., meandering up and down driveways a mile north of Alamosa. It had one of these space-gun looking things mounted in the back on the truck bed. The guys were in an unmarked brand-new Ford F-350, and they were just meandering around up and down driveways. I couldn’t stop. I wish I had now, because I mentioned it to a shop-keeper just minutes later and she was the one who told about the semi the night before. Both the semi and the pickup were brand-new looking; had blinking large pale yellow rectangular lights. I made some calls and everyone I’ve talked to has never heard of anything like these things.

Alamosa County (O’Brien)


484 Sat June 7, 1997 10:30 pm Near Florence, CO La Veta MOA

Strange orange glow on ground about 10 miles south of the small town of Coal Creek, near Florence. Lasted six minutes after we saw it. Seemed to be near the Coal Creek water tank.

Custer County (Joseph Murphy)


483 Sat June 7 at 2:00 am, Highway 17 & 160 Alamosa CO

A woman saw a semi parked at the intersection of highways 161 and 17, in Alamosa, with ten “Buck Rogers’ ray-gun-things on a flat-bed.” They were round 12″ cylinders, w/ a front that looked like a SR-71 jet engine scoop; a back end w/ handles, they were about 5 to 6 feet long and mounted an a 360 degree/moveable pedestal, like a 50-caliber machine gun. They had a bunch of hi-tech-looking gadgets on them. She said they had just taken the tarps off them, and all ten were lined up on the bed.

Alamosa County (O’Brien)


482 Sat June 6, 1997 Near Florence, CO La Veta MOA

Apparent military flight activity Custer County (Joseph Murphy)


481 Fri June 6, 1997 La Veta MOA

Same two lights were back at about 8:30 pm. This time about 20 miles southwest, to the right, from where they were seen before. (Same pattern)

Custer County (Joseph Murphy )

480 Thur June 5, 1997, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Near Florence, CO La Veta MOA

Military flight activity. 3 big planes circled 50-mile radius around the mountain range.

Custer County (Joseph Murphy)


479 2:00 am, Poate Lake, about 20 miles south of South Fork, CO

I received a call-in on my NPR/ Mysterious Valley Report radio show from a camper with a group near Poate Lake. They saw what caller described as a large, bright orange light just over the mountains, headed southwest. (Interestingly, Archuleta Mesa/Dulce Base is a scant 35 miles away to the southwest of Poate Lk).

Archuleta County (O’Brien)

478 Wed June 4, 1997, about 8:30 pm, near Florence, CO, La Veta MOA

Noticed a light flashing red light, moving strangely in an odd pattern above and around the San Isabel Range (in the La Veta Low-level Military flight operations area).

Custer County (Joseph Murphy)


477 8:45 pm near Florence CO, La Veta MOA

Strange light still there. We watched as it moved all across the mountains and switched from flashing red to a constant glaring white and them back to red again. It did this several times as it moved. What seemed to be a searchlight followed on the ground below it. Another light then appeared and they pulsed and glared white in sync with each other. The other light which appeared grounded at the base of the range about 15 miles from the original light at a southeast angle. Custer County (Joseph Murphy)


476 9:15 pm near Florence CO, La Veta MOA

The first light came toward us and went toward the Pikes Peak area. The second light completely vanished. During the entire episode, we heard not a single sound; no engines, no propellers, nothing until the first light was directly even with us. Then it was like it just turned on. We decided it sounded almost like a jet, but it wasn’t quite right. From what we could make out in the darkness it seemed very large. (**Report included drawing of a sharp-pointed triangle shape) It couldn’t have been a plane because it just hovered over the mountain range and did vertical drops and then hovered more and so on. It seemed to be looking for something. 15 minutes, or so after it was no longer in sight, we looked outside again and both lights were back. Custer County (Joseph Murphy-drawing)




January 1997

475 Thur Jan 16, 1997 at 6:30 pm Western Slope of Colorado AN1 (1 after HM)

According to Durango CO investigator Davina Ryszka, multiple witnesses report an unusual bright orange globe, or glow in the western sky. At the center was a brighter light. Several reports noted an accompanying “northern-light” type phenomenon. Object appeared to have Grand Junction radio station KUBC receives over “100” phone-calls with about 50% of the calls referring to other sightings from prior three week period. Ryszka has contacted 17 out of the 100 callers and is compiling first-hand accounts. Radio DJ Melody announced on-the-air that she had seen the object and no way was it a missile. Ryszka found that reports indicate several weeks of heightened activity in the Montrose-Grand Junction-Paonia CO area of the state. Reports from this period include: A female teenager, near Gunnison, was followed by a low-flying object that prompted her to drive “100 mph” to try and escape it. Some high school kids claim they witnessed an object above the school. Residents of Paonia CO reported unusual military activity during the time period. More information as it arrives. Montrose/Delta/Mesa/Gunnison Counties (Ryzska/Edwards/O’Brien)

474 Thur Jan 16, 1997 at 6:30 pm Road T Crestone/Moffat CO AN1 (1 After HM)

While 3 or so miles east of Moffat, witness driving west witnessed a “bright light much larger than a star or planet blink on just above the western horizon in the direction of La Garita. Light was visible for 2 or 3 minutes before extinguishing. “The people in the car ahead of me must have seen it because they hit their brakes right when it came on; just like I did.” Light appeared to have a defuse glow around it that Dennett initially thought was “the moon setting,” however, the moon was behind him to the east. Object appeared to “light up the clouds” around it before disappearing. Saguache County (O’Brien)

Christmas to Jan 16 Activity Montrose to Grand Junction, from UT border to Gunnison. UNCONFIRMED Durango CO investigator Davina Ryszka found that reports indicate several weeks of heightened activity in the Montrose-Grand Junction-Paonia CO area of the state. Reports from this period include: A female teenager, near Gunnison, was followed by a low-flying object that prompted her to drive “100 mph” to try and escape it. Some high school kids claim they witnessed an object above the school. Residents of Paonia CO reported unusual military activity during the time period. Montrose/Delta/Mesa/Gunnison Counties (Ryzska/Edwards/O’Brien)

December 1996

473 Sun Dec 29, 1996 at 12:30 am Baca Grande Chalet 1 FB1 ( 5 after FM)

Stephanie V. is awakened by an “annoying, almost nauseating low-pitched drone” that “permeated” her house. She immediately looked out her east-facing bedroom window and observed a “bright white light” flying from SW to NE over the mountains. The light “didn’t look right,” and was unblinking. She spent an hour trying to locate the source of the sound inside and out, but was unsuccessful. After awaking in the morning, she noticed that the sound was still occurring. She called Whitney Strong, who arrived at her house at 9:15 am, and they both listened to the sound until it ceased at about 9:40 am. No other calls reporting this sound. Witness also reported hearing this sound “a few days before.” Saguache County (O’Brien)


472 12:45 am Highway 17 between Hooper and Moffat CO

My brother Brendan and I observe a bright white light high up the mountains behind the Baca Development. Light flared on for several seconds before going out. Light was observed at least 1000 feet above any road, just below treeline. We decide to go to a viewing location.


471 1:15 am Baca Chalet II

Brendan and I are sitting at the top of a cul-de-sac with a panoramic view of the valley when we notice a droning hum-like sound. At first we thought it was a large truck coming up the hill, but quickly ruled out this explanation. Later, I learn we were less than one-half mile from Vevea’s house. We move S one mile to a new viewing location.


470 2:00 am Baca Chalet II

We witness what appears to be a meandering bright orange light, out over the valley, about four miles distant, that appears to be looking for something. Light had ability to move several hundred yards instantly and was approximately 25 to 50 feet off the ground. Light was visible meandering around for almost 40 minutes. We attempted to track it down in the car, but we were unsuccessful. Saguache County (O’Brien’s)

469 Sat Dec 7, 1996 at 7:15 pm FB1 (3 before NM)

Douglas H. observes a solid, unblinking orange light traveling S to N. Light never blinked and exibited no standard FAA anti-collision lights. Hawk also noticed an unusual amount of nocturnal small airplane traffic the following night. Alamosa County O’Brien

November 1996

468 Wed Nov 20, 1996 at 7:12 pm San Luis Valley

Numerous witnesses report a “boom” that seemed to come from the ground. Sherry Maxwell, BrendanO’Brien, Monti Collins, Isadora and Brisa Storey all reported the boom which was probably a sonic boom from a military jet going super-sonic. Central and Northern SLV (O’Brien)

467 Mon Nov 18, 1996 Over the Baca Ranch area MA1 (HM)

Amy S. sees “a triangle of white lights fly over the SLV headed west. Lights “broke apart and descended diagonally toward the ground.” Saguache County (O’Brien)

466 Thur Nov 14, 1996 at 7:12 pm Alamosa, CO

Historian and Open Space Alliance Advocate Pat Richmond sees 12 unmarked white vehicles with red-lights in Alamosa. She thought the vehicles looked “suspicious” Alamosa County (Richmond)

465 Wed Nov 13, 1996 at 6:28 pm AN1 ( 2 after NM )

I received four calls, in quick succession, reporting a “huge ball of white light” that fell straight down to the ground for 2 to 3 seconds toward the SE-side of the SLV. Object was described by witnesses as “larger than a full-moon.” Each caller was positive the object came down in the valley. The fireball was seen from the extreme northern end of the valley to the CO/NM border. One woman, S of Antonito, CO, claimed she was sure “it fell right next to” her car. Alamosa Sheriff received 2 calls, Saguache County received 4 calls, Custer County received a call, and the CO State Patrol received 2 calls. NORAD and Peterson AFB received “no calls.” Descriptions of the object at the northern end of the SLV said it was whitish-blue, but as the various observer’s location headed to the S, descriptions were of a “rainbow color.” The woman witness on the border claimed she saw a faint trail behind the object.

Entire SLV (O’Brien, Undersheriff Norris, Patrolman W. Williams)

464 Sat Nov 9, 1996 at 5:15 pm Crestone, CO AN1 (2 before NM )

Stace T. and her daughter were headed E on Highway 50, near Cotopaxi, CO, when they observed a “yellow light” which reminded Stace of “light shining off an airplane, but different.” The light flared on for only “1 or 2 seconds,” before vanishing.

Chaffee County (Tussel/O’Brien)


463 7:00 pm Baca Grande Development FB1 (2 before NM )

I was driving out into the Baca Grants to watch the Tyson/Holyfield fight when I noticed an unusual amount of conventional air traffic. I stopped in the driveway of the house were I was headed and watched 2 groups of 2 blinking lights headed E to W over the Valley. Then I noticed 4 other lights in a similar formation further south toward Mt. Blanca. In between these formations, around the Hooper, CO area, I saw a bright, unblinking orange light, 5-6 X the size of Mars headed west at a conventional rate of speed. I alerted 3 other witnesses joined me outside to watch the orange light disappear to the west.

Saguache County (O’Brien)


462 9:30 pm Baca Grande Development FB1 ( 2 before NM )

I went outside to have a smoke, and again noticed an unusual amount of conventional aerial traffic. This time, 4 lights headed N up the range, 3 lights over Poncha Pass were headed W, and again 4 lights were headed over the valley to the W. Again, an orange light was observed headed W over the Hooper, CO area. I again alerted everyone, and they came outside to take a look. The whole Valley appeared ringed by these conventional lights.

Saguache County (O’Brien)


461 11:10 pm Baca Grande Development (2 before NM)

I was leaving the Grants when I AGAIN, observed what appeared to be extensive military flights over the SLV. This time the 13 lights (total) were not accompanied by an orange light

Saguache County (O’Brien)

460 Fri Nov 8, 1996 5:15-5:25 pm NW San Luis Valley MA1 (3 before NM )

Marge S. and friends were out walking and noticed a “line of lights” on the western horizon. The “three white silver things” were strung out around 7 degrees above the La Garita area. After several minutes they moved to a vertical position, one on top of the other. After 10-minutes, the line of lights disappeared to the west and a 4th light appeared to the north, hovered for a minute then it also disappeared.

Saguache County (O’Brien)

459 Sat Nov 2, 1996 Burns, CO Bull UAD Classic ( )

Susan N., (referred to me by Colorado State Livestock Board/Todd Ingles) discovered an 1800 lb., six year-old, black-angus seed-bull laying on it’s right side, “mutilated,” in a 60 acre pasture on a snow-covered portion of the Nottingham ranch near Burns, CO. The professional (15-year) cattle-rancher noted that the animals genitalia, rear-end, eye, ear, and left-side of it’s muzzle had “obviously been sliced off.” No obvious cause of death apparent. A line of thrNearee 2-inch abrasions were noted on the belly in front of the penile incision. A report was made to Eagle County sheriff A.J. Johnson, who along with sheriff’s deputy James Van Beck and a local veterinarian, investigated the case. There were no signs of a struggle and no additional clues around the animal that lay in a “marshy section” of the pasture. Tracks indicated that coyotes had circled the carcass 25 feet away. Scavenging birds showed an interest in the carcass but refused to land near the animal and no bird droppings were observed on or near the carcass. No unusual herd reactions were noted. Photographs and three complete sets of forensic samples were obtained along with complete soil and flora samples. Rancher mentioned hearing a low-flying helicopter in the early AM “a few days before” the animal was discovered. No other reports of unusual activity in the area made to the sheriff.

Eagle County (Ingles/Johnson/Van Beck/O’Brien PHOTOS/FORENSIC)

October 1996

458 Tue Oct 26, 1996 7:30 – 8:45 Road 66T & Baca Ranch MA1 ( )

Myself, Rocky Mtn. News Reporter Alan Dumas, and RMN photographer Steve Nickerson were skywatching just inside the Baca Ranch when we observed a solid, unblinking orange light appear fairly low in the SE, headed NW. Object was traveling approximately 200 mph. Craft did a loop and headed back toward the E displaying standard FAA lighting. Then several minutes later, two craft, in formation, came over the Sangres from the E, headed W. One craft did a loop, and headed back to the E. The other hovered for several minutes over the Great San Dunes. Several minutes later, we observed a formation of 7 to 9 lights flying over the La Jara Reservoir area. Then, a bright orange light appeared out of the W, headed E. Craft was unblinking. It headed E, turned and headed S. Then it turned again and started heading N. Then it turned, again, and headed back E. It did this zig-zag, box-type maneuver several times. When it was finished, it seemed to greatly increase it’s speed and disappeared directly S.

Saguache/Rio Grande County (O’Brien/Dumas/Nickerson)


457 6:30 pm Crestone, CO MA1

Two witnesses see a bright object, larger than a satellite, head over the mountains from the E. Object appeared to “shoot” across to the W at a high rate of speed. Witnesses said object could not have been a shooting star, because it went from a slow speed to an extremely fast speed. Witnesses gauged speed by comparing to conventional air traffic which appeared “much slower.”

Saguache County (O’Brien)

456 Tue Oct 22, 1996 around 9:00 am Baca Ranch

3 workers at a construction site see “six fighters (F-18s?) cookin’ down the valley (N to S).” Then three peeled off formation and headed directly S “toward Greenie (Mtn.).” The other three continued down the “VR” around Blanca. 20 minutes later a “huge cargo plane” flew over low the Sangres from S to N. Later, small plane observed flying low over NE corner of Baca Ranch and the workers thought it may have landed between Dead Man’s and Sand Creeks.

Saguache/Rio Grande/Alamosa/Costilla Counties (O’Brien/Richmond OSA)


455 7:45-8:00 pm Center of the SLV, Just N of Center, CO AN1

A bright orange light is observed by myself, my brother hanging over the Center of the (San Luis) Valley. According to Pat Richmond, it had a cigar-shape and did not appear to be moving. Richmond claims she has been seeing the “same orange light” off and on, all summer.


454 8:00 pm Baca Grande Chalets MA1

Four separate witnesses in the Baca looked up and saw an “egg-shaped” sphere that instantly shot over the mountains. One witness had distinct impression that object reacted to her “seeing it.” No known reports to sheriff.

Saguache County (O’Brien/Richmond)

453 Mon Oct 21, 1996 Just after sunset (?) Mountains W of Antonito, CO MA1 ( )

Anonomous call reporting lights west of Antonito, CO. Caller said she would call back. No reports to sheriff’s office.

Conejos County (O’Brien)

452 Sun Oct 20, 1996 at 8:42 pm, north of Monte Vista AN1 (6 before FM)

Report made to the Rio Grande sheriff’s office reporting some “suspicious lights” just north of town near the Rio Grande . Sighting occurred near where a possible UAD occurred August 4, 1996. Rio Grande County (Mark Hunter Valley Courier 10/22/1996)

451 Sun Oct 20, 1996 7:15 pm, La Garita and Center, CO. MA1 (6 before NM)

452 Fabian S. and two additional witnesses were traveling east on State highway 112 when they observed a light “like a red ball,” traveling west “from the Sand Dunes area.” Light appeared around 1000′ in altitude. Light became parallel with them at around junction of 285 and 112. Did not stop truck until five-minutes later at home in Center. Observed for additional 20-30 minutes. Object/light headed toward Del Norte. Then it appeared to turn northwest and head toward La Garita where witnesses lost sight of it. Rio Grande County (O’Brien)

450 Thur Oct 17, 1996 at 11:30 pm Highway 285 10 miles of Monte Vista. (HM)

Steve Whitehead from Del Norte, CO reported he observed a seven truck “military-convoy” headed north on Highway 285 while traveling north. All vehicles were “OD green ” without any apparent markings or license plates. Six of the trucks were semi’s with large boxes on the back. The seventh was an all “aluminum” gasoline-type tanker truck, also with no license plates or even “haz-mat placards.” Rio Grande County (O’Brien)

449 Thur Oct 10, 1996 bet 10:30 – 11:00 pm, Baca Grande (2 before NM) MA1

Group of students attending the Crestone Healing Arts Center were outside and observed a rapidly “zig-zaging” light, high up in the sky-headed W to E and then a group of “many blinking lights” on the western horizon. Witnesses could not tell how many lights were in the group, but guessed 10-12. Duration around ten minutes. Saguache County (O’Brien)


448 Thur Oct 10, 1996 at 12:00 pm, east of Gardiner, CO (2 before NM) David Perkins observed a “huge white (single-prop) helicopter” heading to the NW over the Huerfano/Wet Mountain Valley. Craft had a definite helicopter sound. Huerfano County (Perkins/O’Brien)
447 Thur Oct 10, 1996 around noon, Del Norte, CO FB1

Brian Norton looks up and sees an object that at first, looked like the space shuttle coming in. He then realized that the object “looked like a white cigar.” It had no tail, wings, left no vapor trail and was silent. Norton ran inside to get his spotting scope which confirmed his firstobservation. Wife saw and declined to venture a description.

446 Wed Oct 9, 1996 pm, Baca Grande Development AN1 (3 before NM)

Bertha Gotterub, Judy DeBon and a visiting friend were outside and observed a spherical light that appeared “larger than any (visible) planet.” The object hovered in the western sky and appeared to be “shooting off a blue halo.” They observed no radical movement and the duration of the event was less than threee-minutes before the object faded away. Saguache County (O’Brien)

445 Mon Oct 7, 1996 at 11:15 pm, Highway 17 Villa Grove AN1 (5 before NM) Diane S. was driving south from Poncha Pass when she observed a bright white object approximately “ten times the size of a regular shooting star” travel from E to W. The object had a two-second duration and no trailing tail. Witness was fairly certain that the object went down in the valley judging by the end of its trajectory which was below the tops of the mountains. Saguache County (O’Brien)

September 1996

444 Sun Sept 15, 1996 at 3:00 am, Love Mesa, Western Slope CO (AN1 )

A group of five hunters notice a moving bright white light. Another light was spotted with different colors, but mostly blue. Video was taken of these lights which were hovering in a remote area an hour and a half from Delta, CO. Three other lights then joined the first two. The larger lights were observed and taped over the course of the next two hours.

Mesa County (Ryszka VIDEO)

443 Mon Sept 9, 1996 Near Penasco, NM Classic UAD

1800 lb bull found missing its anus, testicles, intestines, tongue and left ear. The bull’s heart had been removed through a hole

442 Tue Sept 3, 1996 30 miles W of Dulce, NM Classic UAD ( )

Retired San Juan County Deputy Paul Velasquez found a black yearling bull mutilated. Velasquez estimated the animal had only been dead 10 hours. Upon checking his head, he found a second bull mutilated. He believed it was dead almost a week.

Rio Arribas County (Perkins Spirit Magazine)

August 1996

441 *Sat Aug 31, 1996 5:30 am Gallina Canyon near Arroyo Hondo, NM

Jenny Meadowcroft see 3 globes of soft, luminous lights that were white in the front, blue and red toward the rear. They “had a fixed relationship with each other. . . I figured they were part of one craft.” After a moment, “. . .they took off moving south very fast without a sound.”

Taos County (Greenwood Taos News 9-5-96/Perkins Spirit Magazine)

440 Fri Aug 30, 1996 El Prado, NM UAD ( )

A cow was found missing its rectum, and had a large hole in its stomach. Investigator Gail Staehlin noticed a “puncture-sized hole in its neck. Nearby chamisa appeared smashed down and fresh branches had been broken from willow bushes.

Taos County (Staehlin/Greenwood Tao News 9-5-96/Perkins Spirit Magazine)

*439 Sat Aug 17, 1996 at 10:00 pm S Corner of Baca Chalets FB1 ( )

Woman see “string of lights” flying just over the ziggurat, quarter mile from her home.

Saguache County (O’Brien)


438 El Prado, NM Heifer found “showing the classic signs of mutilation.”

Taos County (Staehlin/Greenwood Taos News 9-5-96)

437 Thur Aug 15, 1996 at 1:15 pm Villa Grove, CO

Arlene Shovald and I see military Huey U-68 flying near Hayden Pass, then land at Bonanza turnoff. Told “DEA/County pot eradication flights.” Only federal vehicles present on the ground.

Saguache County (Shovald/O’Brien)

436 Tue Aug 13, 1996 at 10:00 pm Great Sand Dunes Nat Mon near the Amphitheater

Steve Groki observes a “vibrating utility pole.”

Alamosa County (O’Brien)

435 *Sun Aug 4, 1996 Arroyo Hondo, NM near Rio Hondo UAD ( )

Jessie Gonzales finds another cow mutilated. 4-yr-old missing rear-end, udder, and uterus.

Taos County (Perkins/Staehlin Greenwood Taos News 8-8-96)

434 First Week of Aug 1996 Just N of Monte Vista, CO

County Commisioner Bob Shaeffer discovers a “mutilated cow,” near the Rio Grande, just N of Monte Vista. Animal was missing it’s udder from smooth, exact “incisions.”

Rio Grande County (O’Brien/RGSO/Hunter Valley Courier 10-22-96

433 Thur Aug 1, 1996 at 2:30 am La Veta Pass FB1 ( )

Bo and Danny Sewell are returning from the Great Sand Dunes, back to Farisita, CO when they witness a craft they describe as “. . . . over a mile long!” Bo claims the ship “would have covered the whole town of Gardiner, CO.” The ship was lit by three large white lights, and the witnesses could make out the faint outline of a craft. They insist it was not a cloud. They could not ascertain the object’s shape. Duration: 10 minutes

Huerfano County (Perkins/O’Brien)

July 1996

432 Wed July 31, 1996 at 10:30 Great Sand Dunes MA1 ( )

Bo and Danny S. are skywatching w/ several friends when they witness a huge ball of light over the dunes.

Alamosa County (Perkins/O’Brien)

431 Tue July 30, 1996 at 2:30 am Arroyo Seco, NM

Anthony Garcia watches 2 blinking spheres for 25 minutes. One was “. . .red, white and blue, the other white and green-ish-blue.” He said they “were too low, and they weren’t making any noise.”

Taos County (Greenwood Taos News 8-1-96)

430 UNCONFIRMED Tue July 23, 1996 N End of the SLV

Multiple-witnessed sighting near Bonanza, CO.

Saguache County (Knight)

429 *Sun July 14, 1996 at 10:00 am, Hooper, CO Highway 17 MA1

Shari Adamiak and two friends see a “silver disc” glittering high in the sky in the sunlight while traveling on Highway 17, north of Hooper, CO.

Alamosa.Saguache County (Adamiak/O’Brien)


428 2:05 am Baca Grande Development

Bill B. wakes up with a “premonition/compulsion to get up.” Went outside in back and was facing the mountains to the E when he saw a “sphere suddenly appear approximately 45 degrees above the ridge line.” It descended 30 degrees from vertical “not as fast as a shooting star.” The object appeared to be “throwing off sparks,” and left a “slight luminescent trail behind it.” According to the witness, “. . . it seemed to go down this side of the mountains.”


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