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A Taos Close Encounter of the Hunters and Aliens Kind

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Article by Staci Matlock                        September 9, 2019                          (taosnews.com)

• Bow hunter Josh Brinkley (41) of Santa Fe, New Mexico (pictured above left with his friend Daniel Lucero) often hunted for elk at Cerro de la Olla, also called “Pot Mountain”, near Ute Mountain in the Taos Plateau Volcanic Field in northern New Mexico. Brinkley has hunted the area for fifteen years. Brinkley’s friend and co-worker Daniel Lucero (26) had never been up to Pot Mountain. So they both went to scout the area a couple of days before the September 1st start of elk bow-hunting season.

• On September 1st, 2019, the two men set up along the tree line on different sides of a field and waited. By 9:30 am Brinkley got restless and began walking through the woods looking for elk. He walked up the mountain to the crater-caldera at the top of the collapsed volcano and stood at the southwestern side of the crater’s edge. Brinkley then noticed two tall figures standing side by side about 35 yards away, staring at him. Brinkley walked around a bush, looked again, and they were gone.

• Brinkley described the figures: “The shape that would be like their heads, it looked like they had huge hoods on. It looked like two ribbons coming off either side to a point at the top and bottom (like a banana). The right side was black, left side was white and a little shiny. Torsos were kind of black, I couldn’t see many details. It definitely looked like clothes. In middle of the oval was just gray.”

• Brinkley went back to where Lucero was still waiting. Brinkley told Lucero that he’d seen a couple of hunters who probably scared off the elk. He didn’t mention the men’s strange appearance. Said Brinkley, “I was a little weirded out.” Once they reached their campsite, Brinkley finally told Lucero what he saw. “I told him what I saw was weird. They were too tall, their heads were too big to be hunters,” said Brinkley. “Anyone who knows me knows I don’t tell these weird stories.”

• On September 2nd, they again set out in the morning looking for elk. But they couldn’t figure out why there weren’t any in the area. At 2:30 in the afternoon, they drove their Jeep to the other side of the mountain but saw no signs of wildlife or anyone who might scare the animals away. Suddenly they saw what they thought was a movie production base camp. They are both employed as builders for movie sets. Brinkley described what they saw: “It’s this big tent structure, like a circus tent, 50-60 feet tall. Coming off the left of it was this long building, almost like what you would build for an archery lane for target practice. It was a third the height, but really long, maybe a couple hundred feet.”

• They were about a quarter mile away and couldn’t see the bottom of the structure. They watched it for about a minute as they drove. Driving around trees, they lost sight of the structure for five seconds, Brinkley said. “When we topped the hill, it was gone. Just gone.” Lucero said, “There was no dust, there was nothing.” The men drove around the area searching until dark, but found nothing.

• When they reached a place with a cell phone signal, they contacted Peter Davenport, the longtime executive director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Washington state. Davenport called the incident “profoundly unsettling.” Davenport said that of the thousands of calls he gets every year about alien sightings, they rarely describe seeing aliens on the ground. Brinkley and Lucero said they weren’t drinking and weren’t on drugs. After listening to some 350,000 phone calls over 25 years, Davenport thinks he can tell those that are credible. This was one of them.

• Brinkley said he didn’t believe in UFOs, but “I sure do now.” “People probably think we are insane.” Lucero said he doesn’t know about aliens. “I just know I’ve never seen anything that big just disappear.”

 

Bow hunters Josh Brinkley and Daniel Lucero, dressed in camouflage gear, looked a little uncomfortable sitting in chairs at a local newspaper.

The Santa Fe County residents had just come into Taos after several days in rugged terrain near Cerro de la Olla, also called Pot Mountain, northwest of town near Ute Mountain.

           Tao County, New Mexico

They had a strange tale to tell and they weren’t sure of their reception.

“We’re a couple of guys that don’t believe in much, but we believe now,” Brinkley said.
They went hunting for elk.

They encountered aliens or something else so strange they don’t know what to call it.

Sketch made by Josh Brinkley of the strange beings

Brinkley, 41, said he’s been going to the Pot Mountain area hunting for 15 years. He had never seen anything particularly odd.

He said he works construction and on movie sets. He’s a family guy who doesn’t want anyone to think he’s crazy.

He and Lucero have worked together for eight years.

They say they aren’t prone to seeing things and didn’t particularly believe in aliens.

Odd figures

Opening morning of bow hunting season was Sunday (Sept. 1). The two men had gone a couple of days early to scout the area for elk. Lucero, 26, had never been there.

      Taos Plateau Volcanic Field

They set up along the tree line on different sides of a field and waited. After three hours and no elk, Brinkley became restless. It was about 9:30 a.m.

“I take off walking, creeping around through the woods, looking for elk,” Brinkley said.

He reached the top of the mountain where there’s a caldera, a kind of wide bowl left behind by a collapsed volcano. He went to the edge on the southwest side. As he walked to the edge he noticed two figures on his side of the caldera. He thought at first they were hunters. But, they were “very tall shapes of these beings, standing side by side, staring right at me,” he said.

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UFO Sightings Frequently Reported Across Western Pennsylvania

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Article by Stephen Huba                      July 27, 2019                      (triblive.com)

• Retired journalist Bob Gatty, 76, originally reported on the Kecksburg UFO incident for the Greensburg Tribune-Review, when on December 9th, 1965, people across six states and Canada reported seeing a fireball streak across the sky before crashing into a wooded area in Mt. Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania, a southeastern suburb of Pittsburgh. (Note: The Army and State Police cordoned off the area, and claimed that they found nothing there in the woods. But locals have come forward to say they saw a military truck removing an acorn-shaped object the size of a Volkswagen Beetle with hieroglyphics on it.)

• The Kecksburg UFO sighting has become part of local lore, but Gatty says, “It’s not going away. Whether you believe or don’t believe in this stuff, the fact remains there is a lot happening for some reason.” Reports of unexplained aerial phenomena are getting serious attention from Congress, the U.S. military and longtime UFO watchers. “Congress apparently is taking this stuff… seriously,” says Gatty.

• UFO researcher Stan Gordon, 69, has spent the past 54 years investigating the Kecksburg incident. Gordon says that there has been a recent “surge” in sightings of unexplained phenomena in Western Pennsylvania. Says Gordon, “We’ve had a surge of UFO and Bigfoot activity in the area in the last couple of weeks. Many of these sightings are very detailed reports… from credible people that you cannot easily dismiss.” Most end up in the growing repository of unexplained phenomena, with no conclusive explanation.

• Gordon continues to report UFO sightings in Pennsylvania on his website, StanGordon.info. Pennsylvania is ranked seventh in total UFO sightings in the U.S., with 3,937 UFOs reported since 1947. There have been 84 sightings so far in 2019, which already matches the total for 2018. The most recent was a sighting over Greensburg on July 5th of a red/orange round object moving across the sky at night, lasting about six minutes.

• On July 4th, an orange-red sphere was spotted at night in both Erie and Cecil, in Washington County. On June 28th, a shiny silver saucer was seen over Mt. Lebanon. After about 15 minutes, it disappeared. On June 23rd, an Elizabeth resident reported seeing five amber-colored, circular shapes move in all directions in the sky, and then form an arrowhead shape before disappearing after about 4 minutes.

• Peter Davenport, director for the National UFO Reporting Center, has been collecting UFO data for 25 years. In 2004, Davenport presented a paper to the Mutual UFO Network on the use of “passive radar” for detecting UFOs in the near-earth environment. This was acknowledged by the CIA and the FBI. Davenport says that the US government has known about the UFO phenomenon for a long time. Solving the mystery of UFOs will require “a government that still serves the people”.

• UFO sightings by Navy fighter pilots have reached the highest echelons of the US government, according to the ‘To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science’. Former Pentagon intelligence official Christopher Mellon, an adviser to the Academy, wrote in the Washington Post in 2018 that the existence of UFOs is no longer in question. What is lacking is a commitment from the Defense Department to investigate the growing body of evidence from the military. Said Mellon, “It is time to set aside taboos regarding ‘UFOs’ and instead listen to our pilots and radar operators.”

 

While the Kecksburg UFO sighting has become a quaint part of local lore, more recent reports of unexplained aerial phenomena are getting serious attention from Congress, the U.S. military and longtime UFO watchers.

reproduction of Kecksburg “acorn” UFO

“It’s not going away,” said retired journalist Bob Gatty. “Whether you believe or don’t believe in this stuff, the fact remains there is a lot happening for some reason.”

                Bob Gatty

Gatty, who originally reported on the Kecksburg incident for the Tribune-Review in 1965, recently noted on his blog NotFakeNews.biz that the Navy has issued new guidelines to fighter pilots regarding UFO sightings, and members of Congress are seeking more frequent briefings on the subject.

“Congress apparently is taking this stuff — at least the Navy reports — seriously,” said Gatty, 76, a former Sykesville, Jefferson County, resident who lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Meanwhile, longtime local UFO researcher Stan Gordon said there has been a “surge” in sightings of unexplained phenomena in Western Pennsylvania — whether extraterrestrial or not.

Stan Gordon

“We keep getting reports of very strange things that people see around here,” said Gordon, 69, of Greensburg. “We’ve had a surge of UFO and Bigfoot activity in the area in the last couple of weeks. Many of these sightings are very detailed reports.”

While sightings usually spike in the spring and summer, when people are outside more, reports in 2018 and 2019 have been more consistently year-round, he said. Sightings are mostly of unexplained things in the sky or of earthbound cryptids — animals such as Bigfoot, whose existence is unsubstantiated.

Gordon has spent the past 54 years investigating the Kecksburg incident, when on Dec. 9, 1965, people across six states and Canada reported seeing a fireball streak across the sky before crashing into a wooded area in Mt. Pleasant Township.

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Washington Man Spent Last 25 Years Running National UFO Reporting Center

by Dave Somers and Ian Smay                   January 31, 2019                    (krem.com)

• Peter Davenport is the Director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Harrington, Washington, which tracks sighting of UFOs across the country and compiles data relating to reported UFO sightings. He has served in the position for the last 25 years. (see 5:20 minute KREM 2 News report on Peter Davenport below)

• Davenport relates that we started calling these phenomena unidentified flying objects, or “UFOs”, in 1947. “We are being visited routinely about these things,” Davenport said.

• “I developed an interest in UFO work when I was very young, probably six years of age I estimate it was,” he said. “I saw a UFO on the outskirts of the St. Louis airport, seen by hundreds, possibly thousands of other people. Even though that was 1954 … the image of that object remains imprinted on my brain clearly, indelibly.”

• Davenport thinks these happenings are very important to humanity, as he talked about when describing a UFO sighting in Phoenix, Ariz. in 1997: “It was immense and it was hovering motionless over the witnesses,” Davenport said. “If this is true, if there is even a shard of a possibility this is true, it is the biggest scientific question confronting mankind.”

• One such occurrence happened in Spokane on Dec. 30, 2018. The UFOs were described as orange circles that made no sound. Another recently reported UFO sighting happened in Chewelah, Wash on Dec. 14, 2018. This one was much shorter, only lasting one to three seconds and described as “a big, bluish green sphere” that lit up the sky and was the size of a football field.

• “What worries me even more than the presumed aliens themselves, is the fact that our government is not sharing that information with the American people,” says Davenport. “This is wrong in my opinion.” He added that the press has not pushed the government hard enough to release information relating to UFOs and that the media needs to cover UFO sightings more often.

 

A man in Harrington runs the National UFO Reporting Center, which tracks sighting of UFOs across the country.
Peter Davenport is the Director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Harrington, Wash. He has served in the position for the last 25 years.

    Peter Davenport

The center records and compiles data relating to reported UFO sightings.

He said that we started calling these phenomena “UFOs,” or unidentified flying objects, in 1947.

“We are being visited routinely about these things, that since 1947, we’ve called UFOs,” Davenport said.

One such occurrence happened in Spokane on Dec. 30, 2018. The UFOs were described as orange circles that made no sound.

Davenport thinks these happenings are very important to humanity, as he talked about when describing a UFO sighting in Phoenix, Ariz. in 1997.

“It was immense and it was hovering motionless over the witnesses,” Davenport said. “If this is true, if there is even a shard of a possibility this is true, it is the biggest scientific question confronting mankind.”

5:20 minute video of KREM 2 News report on Peter Davenport,
Director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Harrington, Washington

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