From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 11:24:24 -0500 Fwd Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 11:24:24 -0500 Subject: UFOs Spotted! Source: Kamloops This Week - British Columbia, Canada http://tinyurl.com/257ncv Feb 04 2007 UFOs Spotted! By Markus Ermisch Staff reporter UFO activity has been light as of late in the skies above Kamloops. The last sighting of a "boomerang-shaped object" was reported at 1:02 a.m. on April 24, 2006. Many UFO sightings, however, are unreported, according to Fred Legace, manager of Kamloops Airport. "I think there are unidentified flying objects, lots of them, because there are quite a few movements that are not tracked by civilian air traffic control." These UFOs are usually military overflights which, according to Legace, "fall into the unexplained category, because no one is out there telling you what they are." Another source of UFO reports is the fact Kamloops lies along the landing approach of airplanes heading to Vancouver International Airport. This leads to quite a bit of activity, especially at night, according to Legace, as planes already fly at a lower altitude. Yet despite rational explanations, UFO sightings contain a mysterious and unexplained element. Brian Vike is a man who is all too aware of that. Working from his Houston home, the hobby astronomer has spent more than two decades recording UFO sightings from across the continent, including Kamloops. "Hello, Brian. Last night at 1:02 a.m. my girlfriend and myself saw a boomerang-shaped object fly over our home in Kamloops," states the April 2006 report posted on Vike's HBCC UFO Research website. "It appeared to be grey-white with an illuminated edge." Said object was visible for about 30 seconds, and then it vanished in the night sky, with a flash "like flipping a coin in the sun." Vike disputes none of the reports he posts because, after all, how can one dispute something that has not been identified? "Open your mind up a little bit," he said. "All these people who are saying they're seeing something - that doesn't mean it's an alien craft. It just means that it's a UFO, an unidentified flying object. It could be an aircraft, but at the time, we don't now." Back in 2003, when the wildfires laid waste to the forests in the southern Interior, UFO sightings in the Thompson and Okanagan soared, and Vike's expertise was hotly sought. "There was a lot of stuff going on back in 2003," he said. "I honestly can't explain it. But that year? Why that year?" Vike said he realizes numerous aircraft, including water bombers and helicopters, were flying over the burning area. Plumes of smoke, as well as fires, obstructed visibility. Yet Vike said most sightings were credible. "The period of time down there was just bizarre," he said. To date, the proof of the existence of UFOs consists of blurry photographs or shaky film footage, but Vike said he hopes that at some point there will be a first encounter. Once that first encounter happens, however, that UFO would cease to be a UFO. But there will be others, including here in Kamloops, and Vike will continue to faithfully record them all.
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