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Stephenvill UFO Sightings Still Unexplained

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 09:15:00 -0400
Archived: Mon, 19 May 2008 09:15:00 -0400
Subject: Stephenvill UFO Sightings Still Unexplained

Source: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Texas, USA


Mon, May. 19, 2008

Stephenville-Area UFO Sightings Still Unexplained After Investigation

By Bryon Okada and Matt Frazier
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

VALLEY RANCH -- Despite many eyewitnesses who can be regarded as
credible, investigators from the Mutual UFO Network's state
chapter were unable to conclusively confirm that what people in
the Stephenville area saw in January was a bona-fide UFO.

In addition, what is considered to be the most provocative piece
of evidence about the event -- a 12-minute video by David Caron
that seems to show a moving object writing "glyphs" against the
night sky -- is a zoomed-in video of a star.

"We're probably going to get a lot of flak for that," said the
network's Texas chapter director, Ken Cherry.

The group heard what may well be their investigators' final
report on the matter Sunday afternoon at the Valley Ranch Public
Library and Cherry says he expects that when the full report
gets out to the public, the prevailing sentiment may very well
be frustration.

"It will not satisfy the believers or the debunkers," Cherry
told the group.

The report's contents were delivered by Cherry and the UFO
Network's chief Texas investigator, Steve Hudgeons, in
PowerPoint fashion. It is expected to be published in the
group's upcoming journal.

The findings include:

Most of the significant sightings were in the Dublin area, not
in Stephenville. Of the 19 reports from the January 8 event, 55
percent were in the Dublin area.

Credible witnesses included a pilot, constable, city officials,
business owners, clergy and teachers "and a full conglomerate of
others," Hudgeons said.

About 95 percent of the reports described bright lights: red,
blue, orange, white and yellow.

The object investigators concentrated on was described as being
1 mile long and a half-mile wide.

The sightings came during a period of increased UFO sightings in
Texas. From 1969 through September 2007, there were 496 Texas
cases. In the last six months alone, there have been 240 reports
in Texas. The increase began in December, before the
Stephenville sightings.

Other explanations for what people saw were: a military target
sleeve, sensitivity of cameras, lights from other sources, sun
dogs, lens flares and bad film.

What did the UFOs look like?

Descriptions vary. Some said the object was up to a mile long
and hundreds of yards high. Others described seeing two to eight
lights that flew in formation, changed color and shined with
intensity greater than a welding flame.

What is the network?

The Mutual UFO Network is a nationwide organization that studies
unidentified flying objects. Its Texas chapter took statements
from about 50 witnesses Jan. 19 and interviewed at least 70
more, gathering descriptions, sketches, pictures and videos. A
full report is scheduled in this month's issue of the network's
publication. For more information, go to www.mufon.com.

What's all this about a UFO invasion?

Dozens of people around Dublin and Stephenville -- about 70
miles southwest of Fort Worth -- say they saw flying objects on
or around Jan. 8 that they could not identify and that did not
move like conventional aircraft. Some of the witnesses said the
objects were being accompanied or followed by military aircraft.
News of the sighting captured interest across the world.

Are these people crackpots?

This sighting gained national and international attention
because of the number and quality of witnesses, including a
county constable and a pilot. Many are also familiar with
aircraft because the military has a flight practice zone that
ends just south of the sighting area.

Why didn't they take pictures?

Taking pictures of UFOs is not easy, some of the witnesses say.
A few pictures and videos have surfaced. While some can be
explained, some can't, including a video captured on a camera
attached to the county constable's car.

Was there a military conspiracy?

Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at Naval
Air Station Fort Worth, initially said they had nothing flying
in the area. Two weeks later, Lewis said that there had been "an
internal error in communication" and that 10 F-16s from the
457th Fighter Squadron were training between 6 and 8 p.m. Jan.
8. Witnesses say the admission adds credibility to their

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