What’s the UFO truth?
I always have liked what Dave Barry says at times in his columns: “I don’t make this stuff up, folks.”
Well, I didn’t make this up either, but some of it might have been embellished a tad by the reporting persons.
The entire time I worked in the New York City Police Department I never had anyone report an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) or an extraterrestrial. In a city with as many whackos per capita as New York, you might think the opposite might be true. Not true.
Now for the true stuff.
I do not believe in UFOs or extraterrestrials. Never have and never will. However, my problem has been that I have actually seen a few.
I was on my way home after a graveyard (12-8) shift with the Lakewood Department of Public Safety in the late summer of 1970, when I saw a large shiny object hovering above some high power lines on the top of South Table Top Mountain in Golden. I stopped my car and watched it for a few minutes. It lifted off, straight up and out of sight. Since then, I have read about UFOs being seen around power lines. One theory is they are recharging their batteries.
However, not in Colorado. These things only happen in Northern New Mexico around Roswell. Right?
Several instances were reported in the mid 1980s in Summit County. When I was at the Sheriff’s Office we had regular reports that large black helicopters were landing at the landfill near Keystone. We would go check it out and never see anything. I did note, however, there are high power lines and a substation on the east side of the landfill site.
I was driving across the dam road at night around the same time when I saw a large black object flying close to the water toward the landfill. It had many red, green and blue lights, but no headlights. It was going at a very high rate of speed. I turned around and went in a very high rate of speed in the other direction.
We had the most publicity when the sheriff, at the time, and one of the county commissioners drove north to Ute Pass Road on a report of several clusters of UFOs flying in the area. Another deputy also was on scene. The trio watched the display for awhile until the UFOs flew off and disappeared. I was asked by the sheriff to go along that night, but I thought it would be better for me to stay in Dillon Valley in case he was abducted and carried off into space. This one made the front page of the National Inquirer. I am not making this up.
Probably the most unusual and strange event was in the 1980s when dispatch received calls that an object was flying through the air in Ten Mile Canyon at a very high rate of speed. Several witnesses confirmed this. The object flew down the canyon to Copper Mountain, made a right turn to the top of Vail Pass and continued down I-70 through Glenwood Canyon and points west. All of the law enforcement phones lit up along the route with calls from eye witnesses. To the best of my knowledge, this has never been explained.
Are we in the epicenter of something going on in Summit County? Should we increase our visitor counts to account for the people who never stick around and buy a burger or a T-shirt? Should we ask for a recount of our census numbers to account for these unknown persons?
Gary Lindstrom is a Summit County Commissioner and regular columnist for the Summit Daily News.
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