16 February 1994
(Kingman Daily Miner, Arizona)
The article reports on the UFO/animal mutilation research work of Crestone resident Christopher O’Brien.
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“And at night, some say, the UFOs come out.
‘I’ve seen all kinds of odd lights in the sky at night,’ says Brian Norton, Rio Grande County undersheriff. ‘Just about everyone has, but they don’t call us about them anymore, not more than once or twice a week anyway.
This matter-of-fact attitude confounds O’Brien.
‘Look, I’m a skeptic,’ he said. ‘I assume that everything has a mundane explanation, and 99 percent of the time that’s the case.
‘But in my database, I’ve collected over 600 unexplained UFO sightings in the valley (San Luis Valley), some witnessed by 30 or more people. And it’s not just a modern phenomenon. This place was considered sacred by the Indians, and the first European explorers reported seeing lights in the sky. This place is what I call high strange.’
O’Brien is in one of his favourite UFO watching spots near the huge Baca Range, a few miles from Crestone. It’s a clear and windy night, and he can see 100 miles in any direction.
O’Brien works with a pair of Army surplus Starlight binoculars that enhance night vision. They date to the Vietnam War, but it is the best equipment he can afford.
‘It allows you to see commercial craft 60 miles away that would be invisible otherwise,’ he says.
Tonight, he is looking for the anomalous lights that dance over the valley in ways no commercial aircraft could.
And around 8 p.m. they appear.
Hovering over the Great Sand Dunes National Monument a few miles to the southeast are orange and white globes of light. They do zig-zag maneuvers in formation, break apart and then reassemble. Sometimes, they come to a full stop and just sit in the sky.
And although the occasional commercial plane fills the valley with the rumbling sound of its engines, these craft are silent. The only sound is the wind over the desert.
‘My guess is what we’re seeing is some kind of helicopter technology being tested,’ O’Brien says. ‘Maybe some top secret black budget project. But we’ll never know.’
David Jaramillo has been the UPS delivery driver in the San Luis Valley for 21 years. He’s also a small rancher. Like most residents of the valley, he says he’s seen incredible lights in the sky and, once or twice, has seen them land and take off.
Last fall, he took his family up to the cabin he keeps in the Sangres at 10,000 feet. They found a cow nearby that had been killed and mutilated with surgical precision.
Nearby, Jaramillo says he found circles pressed into the ground, each 4 feetin diameter, about 15 feetapart, forming a triangle. He guesses it’s where some sort of craft landed.
‘It’s impossible to get here by road without cutting through my gates,’ he says. ‘And besides, this place is in the middle of nowhere. It’s impossible to find.’
Cattle mutilations are old news most places, usually ascribed to natural causes such as predators. But they happen with alarming regularity in the San Luis Valley.”
Satellite photo of Crestone, Colorado (tageo.com)