- Written by Keith Rowell
- Last Updated: 14 October 2013
Recently, a retired Eugene area pilot, Charles Vance (pseudonym), with commercial and instructor's licenses, emailed Oregon MUFON his detailed observations of at least four different anomalous objects in the night sky. He viewed these objects from just outside his house, and they appeared from 9/11/13 to 9/19/13 variously from 9 to 10:30 PM. Most observations were made with a Bushnell spotting scope on a tripod without vibration.
On 9/11, I noticed a very bright "star" at 9:15 PM at 20º NE (magnetic) and 19º above the horizon. The "star" was blinking at a set sequence like a rotating beacon with white, red, and green at a constant rate. At 10:30 PM, it had raised its position 15º higher.
On 9/12, "star" #1 was again observed at the same location, and there was an additional "star" (#2) rotating like a beacon at 15º NE of "star" #1 at 10 PM.
On 9/13, "star" #1 and #2 were observed the same as the previous night when a third "star" (#3) rotating like a beacon appeared at 15º NE of "star" #2 at 10 PM.
Some cloudy nights intervened and then on 9/16, "stars" #1 and #2 appeared in the same location as "star" #3 at 10 PM.
On 9/17, "stars" #1, #2, and #3 appeared at 10 PM in a similar configuration as on 9/13.
On 9/18, "stars" #1, #2, #3, plus a fourth "star" appeared 15º NE of #3. All four were evenly spaced in a gradual arc accross the sky. "Star" #1 was the brightest of the four probably due to atmospheric lensing.
On 9/19, "star" #1 was the lone anomalous object and was much brighter than ever before.
These objects/beacons were not aircraft. Some were seen crossing the sky but were not as bright as before.
In a later email, Charles said,
[that he believed he had seen some triangular UFOs similar to the ones from Belgium in the late 1980s and earlier 1990s] except the lights were white, red, and blue/green [at the corners]. I did not see the same angle as the [witness to the famous] Belgium [photo did] but rather [my UFOs were] angled [so that I was looking about] 5º [from] above the object [,that is,] looking down on it. I did not see the mass in between the lights that were spinning/rotating, but saw the glow going about half speed of a helicopter main rotor blade 400RPM +/-.
When I first saw [the first "star"] on 9/11, I could clearly see color changing with my naked eye, and I called my wife out to see it also. She saw a definite flashing, but did not see the colors.
I was very curious and got out my 60 power spotting scope. I braced it against a 4x4 post, and was amazed at what I saw. The object was moving around in very tight circles all within my field of view. I thought about what I saw and decided to put the scope on a tripod and observe without heart beat and hand shake.
Last night at 10:10 PM, we had clear skies, and I again saw four similar objects as described on 9/18 with the fourth object being 10º above the gentle arc.
One thing that really puzzles me is that commercial and military aircraft [fly] in north/south airways along the same general gentle arc. Their view of this would have to be startling [I would think].
'I know what I saw' and am still amazed.
I asked Charles to do some illustrations of what he saw and he graciously sent the following illustrations. Oregon MUFON thanks Charles for taking the time to tell us about his UFO sightings.
Anomalous Objects Charles Saw Through Spotting Scope
- Written by Keith Rowell
- Last Updated: 13 November 2013
Author Jordan Hofer will talk about his new UFO book for juveniles, Saucerville, at Oregon MUFON's November 2013 meeting. He will speak about how he came to write the book and how he found a publisher in addition to how he worked out the story and characters.
Check out Jordan's book on Amazon, where you will find a paperback and Kindle edition. Four reviewers have all given the book five stars, the maximum rating! Jordan has written another book, a work of nonfiction, Evolutionary Ufology, to be published early next year.
Oregon MUFON's Assistant State Director, Keith Rowell, will bring along a sampling of juvenile UFO titles and discuss them briefly before Jordan talks about his books and his experience researching, writing, and publishing them. Download the presentation.
Jordan is a MUFON Research Specialist in Anthropology and has taught courses about anthropology and allied subjects in Oregon at the college level. Help us welcome Jordan to Oregon MUFON at November's monthly meeting.
- Written by Keith Rowell
- Last Updated: 22 September 2013
Recently, an Oregon MUFON site reader sent your Assistant State Director an email. In it, MM, a currently 60 year old member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, described his encounter in 1979 with "high strangeness" northeast of Lincoln City, OR, near the Van Duzer Corridor on the Salmon River Highway (Highway 18). See the map below.
I also became aware this year of an extensive series of UFO events of high strangeness including video and photographic evidence that took place in the hills just to the east of Devils Lake in the 2000s. Currently, we cannot share details of these encounters, however, because the witnesses are not comfortable with this. Perhaps at some future date, they will tell their story.
Note that Devils Lake just to the east of Lincoln City is considered a place of high strangeness in local Native American lore and legend. (http://www.devilslakeor.us/history.html)
Here is MM's recounting of what happened to him:
What I saw was something that I have been basically keeping to myself for quite a while. I was only 26 in 1979 and working as an itinerant day laborer in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington.
[At this point in my life, I want] to share with your organization my account of that strange morning.
I cannot remember the exact date, but it was in late June of 1979 when I managed to get a ride out of Portland with a guy named "Gino," a 30-something Italian-American from the East Coast. Gino said that he wanted to check out Lincoln City for a few hours. When I encountered Gino earlier that day, he said that he was going to Sacramento, but once in Lincoln City he started drinking at a bar, so I decided to travel back to Portland where I could work for a while and save money for a bus ticket to Oakland (where I had planned to spend that summer).
All I had was $20 and some change, so I started walking along the road that would lead me back to Portland. I tried hitchhiking, but no one stopped for me as it was dark before too long. In those days, I often walked for miles, once walking for 12 hours non-stop in the winter in South Dakota. That night (in June, '79) I had a 40-pound duffel bag with a shoulder strap that slowed me down somewhat.
I walked at about one mile every 15 minutes, so I estimate that I was perhaps 16 miles out of the Lincoln City limits when this event took place.
There was next to no traffic and the entire universe seemed to consist of just the road and the trees that loomed as an eternal canyon before me. The sky was totally clear and the stars were exceptionally bright that far away from any manmade light sources. The only sounds were of crickets chirping away.
Shortly after midnight I needed to take a break, so I ventured into the forest about twenty yards off the road. My plan was to rest for a half-hour and then journey on.
I lay down against my duffel bag and lit a cigarette and just looked up at the beautiful night sky.
After I finished my cigarette, I noticed that the crickets were completely silent. Then I heard something moving through the woods to the north of my position, maybe 70 yards away. I thought that whatever it was it had to be a large deer, so I was not at all alarmed by the sound of brush being disturbed. And I also sensed that the deer had to be running.
In the darkness, I tried my best to visually locate the deer, so I stood up and took several steps forward. As soon as I stood up, the deer stopped its movements and there was dead silence.
Then I heard a sharp electronic buzzing coming from the direction of where the deer was, followed by a sound similar to that of a very muffled explosion but several seconds in duration. I also sensed that the air all around me was somehow being "pulled" in the direction of these sounds.
To my amazement (and horror), a vehicle, at approximately 120 yards away, suddenly began a slow ascent. It displayed lights that manifested a definite, flat (isosceles) triangular shape against the sky. There was a red light at the vertex point and white lights at the base angles. This craft rose to about 200 feet and then instantly and silently vanished (meaning with no sound of any kind of propulsion). Perhaps ten seconds later, the crickets made noise again.
This was by no means any sort of conventional aircraft. The horror I felt upon seeing this thing was soon replaced by the most powerful sense of awe and wonder I have ever experienced. I knew then that humanity is definitely not alone in the cosmos and that there is an advanced intelligence among us.
Elated by what I had just seen, I started to walk back towards town. After less than an hour I became strangely exhausted and felt an overwhelming urge to just lie down anywhere and sleep. I walked over to a house in the woods and found a place to sleep behind some garbage cans. I slept a dreamless sleep and that morning walked back to Lincoln City where I took a bus to Portland.
This is my account of what occurred then, described to the best of my ability to do so. I have not seen anything like it since then.
Oregon MUFON thanks MM for taking the time to write up his UFO encounter of long ago.
Lincoln City/Devils Lake/Van Duzer Corridor
- Written by Keith Rowell
- Last Updated: 26 January 2013
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