From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2007 08:41:16 -0500 Fwd Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2007 08:41:16 -0500 Subject: Artist Takes Credit For Sand Circles Source: The El Paso Times - Texas, USA http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_5341659 03/02/2007 Human, Not E.T., Takes Credit For Sand Circles By Louie Gilot El Paso Times The sand circles discovered in the Rio Grande in the Upper Valley are not the work of aliens after all but of a local artist named Michael Alford. Alford said he spent a month and a half digging up the concentric circles with the help of students from the El Paso Country Day School. "Art is a mystery, but this mystery is man-made, not alien- made," Alford said. This afternoon, dozens of people went out to the site to see the circles for themselves. The set of previously unexplained circles was found this week in the middle of a dry Rio Grande. The largest circle contains three other circles, each made by 8-inch deep trenches on a sand berm between Artcraft and Borderland roads in the Upper Valley. Yesterday, Antonio Padilla, of Sunland Park, said he first learned of the circles from a co-worker at a plant in nearby Santa Teresa. Padilla said he is not a believer in UFOs, but the set of unexplained circles found this week had him wondering. He added that a friend of a friend claimed to be walking in the area Tuesday night when he saw a mysterious light. The friend could not be reached for comment. "This guy was saying all day that he had seen something land and take off right away. We thought it was bull ...", Padilla said. To settle the argument, the group went to the supposed landing site during their lunch break and discovered the circles. El Paso police spokesman Javier Sambrano said there were no reports to police of strange lights. The largest circle contains three other circles, each made by 8- inch deep trenches on a sand berm between Artcraft and Borderland roads in the Upper Valley. The sand circles -- no crops involved -- could of been a sign of aliens in the borderland or a not-so-elaborate hoax in a spot of dry riverbed in the Upper Valley of El Paso, until today when Alford explained its creation. They are next to a subdivision under construction, and bicyclists ride along the river levee as ducks frolic. A stiff dead cat lay on a levee road. In either case, the majority (36.82 percent) of the people who voted in The El Paso Times poll about this issue, believed it to be a hoax. But, people who believed the circles to be UFO related were right behind the skeptics in the poll with 32.38 percent. Tales of strange lights in the sky and bizarre occurrences are not uncommon in the vast lands of West Texas and New Mexico, which is home to the most-famous UFO incident in the purported UFO crash site near Roswell. The Roswell incident celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Local UFO investigator Yolica Stone was skeptical yesterday. Stone hasn't seen the Rio Grande sand circles yet but she has seen her share of hoaxes. Stone used to be a member of the now- dissolved El Paso chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, or MUFON. The only UFO sighting in El Paso listed on the MUFON Web site was on Sept. 9, 2001, when a person leaving the Sam's Club on North Mesa spotted an object that looked like a "bucket or cylinder hanging in the sky and it glowed and appeared to have flames from the top." There haven't been any recent UFO reports, but they are not uncommon along the fields and farms roads of Upper Valley. "There are a lot of sightings over there," Stone said. Louie Gilot and Daniel Borunda contributed to this story may be reached at lgilot.nul; 546-6131 and dborunda.nul; 546-6102.
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