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Mayor Declares Chilean UFO Region Tourism Zone

From: Karl Rotstan <karl.rotstan@verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 03:20:19 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 21:11:16 -0400
Subject: Mayor Declares Chilean UFO Region Tourism Zone

Source: http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/3463607.htm

Rash of UFO sightings prompts mayor to declare Chilean region
official tourism zone

Knight Ridder Newspapers

SAN JOSE DE MAIPO, Chile - (KRT) - The snowcapped Andes have
long attracted globetrotters, but the mayor of this picturesque
Chilean mountain district insists visitors are coming from even
farther away - other galaxies and solar systems.

Villagers have reported so many UFO sightings during the past
two decades that on Saturday, Mayor Miguel Marquez is declaring
his Maipo River region just outside the capital of Santiago an
official UFO tourism zone.

He plans to erect two observation centers, place signs where
there have been sightings and offer workshops on, among other
topics, how best to photograph alien visitors.

He believes the nearby mountains contain a "natural energy" that
attracts visitors, even those from another world.

"This zone is the UFO capital of Chile," Marquez said in an
interview. "Many people have made sightings, including me

"I'm not going to say I've seen aliens," he added carefully.
"But I've seen objects."

Chile's Corporation for the Investigation of UFOs, a band of
believers based in the capital, approached the mayor with the
UFO tourism concept several months ago.

Since tourists were already coming to the region to relax, the
group's leaders suggested, why not encourage them to scan the
skies for alien beings?

The idea is to have "foreigners come and see this zone for
themselves and speak about UFOs," said Eric Martinez, a Santiago
salesman who heads investigations for the UFO group in his spare

He currently is looking into a report that a Chilean woman was
abducted by aliens, or as Martinez prefers to call them,
"unidentified biological entities."

Martinez said his group has videotape of actual UFOs that will
be released "at the appropriate time."

Mayor Marquez didn't need much convincing from Martinez's group,
having witnessed two UFOs himself. And if you don't believe him,
ask Jose Ruben Guajardo, a truck driver who works for the mayor.

Guajardo, 61, who prefaced his remarks by saying that he does
not drink alcohol, said that on March 26 at 4:30 a.m. he was
riding in a truck near the San Jose volcano.

Coming toward the truck alongside a river, he recalled with
great animation, was a huge object lit up in orange. He drew it
on paper for a curious reporter. It looked like a giant fish
with antennas.

"I didn't tell anyone because no one would believe it. My wife
told me I was lying," Guajardo said. "It was with us for about
half a minute to a minute, then we lost sight of it. Before
that, I'd only seen them (UFOs) at a distance, but this one was
real close."

Up the icy mountain road a few miles in San Gabriel, farmer Beno
Vergara stopped unloading hay for a minute. Yes, he's seen UFOs,

"We wanted to get closer to see it," he said, describing a round
object emitting beams of red, white and yellow light.

Nearby, on horseback and wearing a colorful poncho and wide-
brimmed hat, goat herder Pedro Antonio Tobar was unimpressed.

"I don't believe in them," he said. Then he galloped off.

A conservative country characterized by Germanic discipline and
the British stiff upper lip of its immigrant forefathers, Chile
would hardly seem a nation of UFO spotters.

Yet Chilean newspapers, radio shows and television programs
report UFO sightings regularly and lavishly.

One explanation is that Chile's location far down the southern
hemisphere places it under the center of the Milky Way. This
draws astronomers worldwide to Chilean observatories and gives
the country a certain cosmic consciousness.

In addition, the Southern Lights - just like the Northern Lights
that produce rich colored displays over Alaska and Canada - play
richly in Chile's nighttime sky.

To the naive eye, the aurora's glow behind a hilltop can look a
lot like something around the bend giving off a weird light.

"If you don't know how to explain it, you have a UFO," said
Jorge Ianischewezki, author of a popular Chilean astronomy

"People from the city, they don't know the sky. The sky is
something strange to them," he said.

"The southern sky is rich in objects."


=A9 2002, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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