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Aztec Symposium Explores Mysteries

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 18:14:02 -0400
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Subject: Aztec Symposium Explores Mysteries

Soure: The Durango Herald -  Colorado, USA


March 25, 2007

UFO Symposium Explores Mysteries Of Unexplained

By Ted Holteen
Herald Staff Writer

AZTEC, N.M. - Only the truly uninitiated would come here to the
10th annual UFO Symposium expecting to see little green men or
to even meet someone who believes in such things.

"These people are serious researchers - we're not a dog-and-pony
show," said Katee McClure, the event planner for the symposium.

The UFO Symposium has become part of Aztec's identity since its
inception in 1999 and is the largest fundraiser for the Aztec
Public Library. McClure said this year will bring between 200
and 300 people throughout the weekend and raise more than $6,000
for the library.

Aztec's place in paranormal lore was secured in March 1948 when
witnesses reported hearing and seeing a crash about 10 miles
northeast of town in Hart Canyon. The story, as first published
in 1950 by Frank Scully, maintains that the craft was a circular
disk made of a foreign metal 100 feet in diameter, and inside
were found the charred remains of 16 human-like bodies. A full
recounting of the story is available at www.aztecufo.com.

Dennis Balthaser, who has attended and been a speaker at all 10
symposia, believes there is little doubt that something
happened, but reminds truth seekers that a UFO is in fact an
unidentified object until it's identified.

"I'm one of the few researchers who won't say 'this is what
happened,' but I will look at the possibility that it could have
happened," Balthaser said. "At first I wasn't too sure about
Aztec, but the more research that's being done, the more I
believe something actually did happen here."

Balthaser believes the military recovered whatever crashed and
took it to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio where the
bodies were kept in cold storage and the craft analyzed. He
compares the Aztec incident to the more famous Roswell incident,
which happened 10 months earlier in 1947.

"My theory on both Roswell and Aztec is that whatever crashed,
we don't know what it was, we don't know where it was found, and
we don't know how it operates. Witnesses said it wasn't ours
(the United States) and it wasn't Russian. At that time in
history, there's really no one else it could've been," Balthaser

McClure has been fascinated with the Aztec crash site since she
moved to the area in 1998 from Hollywood. After attending the
first UFO Symposium in 1999, McClure purchased 10 acres of land
in Hart Canyon near the Bureau of Land Management parcel on
which the crash was alleged to have occurred. She now lives just
more than a mile from the crash site.

"You used to able to see the broken and bent trees," McClure
said. "And people found garbage buried 18 inches underground
that was military rations. How can anyone say nothing happened

The Hart Canyon crash, while a dominant topic at the symposium,
is not the sole subject. Speakers covered a range of topics
including abductions, ancient civilizations and their
technologies, crashes, sightings and government cover-ups. While
many debate if the origins of UFO mysteries are terrestrial or
otherwise, most agree that official information is in short

"I think cover-up has become a way of life in the U.S.,"
Balthaser said. "They cover up and lie about so many things, it
will be hard for them to ever tell the truth. I think our only
hope is to have deathbed confessions."

The UFO Symposium concludes today with a noon screening of Roy
Forbes' film "Fallen Angels," which documents an incident in
Kingman, Ariz., as well as the Aztec crash. The film will be
followed by a panel discussion with many of the weekend's

Also speaking today is Christopher O'Brien, who gained national
prominence for chronicling a series of unexplained sightings in
Colorado's San Luis Valley in the 1990s.

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