“Saucers, Spooks and Kooks – – UFO disinformation in the Age of Aquarius”

A fascinating, thought-provoking new book, now available at AMAZON.

Saucers, Spooks and Kooks – – UFO disinformation in the Age of Aquarius“, written by Adam Gorightly.


Here is a review by Jack Brewer:

“A thorough and well-sourced account of tall tales that arose (and persisted) out of the Bennewitz Affair and surrounding circumstances.  Those interested in the overlapping of the intelligence community with such events, as well as social dynamics of the UFO genre, should particularly appreciate this book.  A worthy and appreciated work.”


Here is a review by PoeD:

“Gorightly nailed it with this book. 

An exciting, entertaining, and thought-provoking journey to the edge and back when it comes to the UFO subculture and community.

The staunch beliefs that often cloud our judgment is our front and center as it should. 

And so is the possibility that the US Government may use those beliefs to weave their own myths for their own purposes.

This is an essential read for anyone who calls themselves a UFO researcher, enthusiast, believer, or skeptic.  Definitely worth the read and then some!”


Here is one more review, by Robert Guffey:

“Not only is Adam Gorightly’s SAUCERS, SPOOKS AND KOOKS one of the most illuminating and entertaining books about UFOs ever written, but — more importantly — it’s also one of the best books about psychological warfare, disinformation, and all around mindfuckery perpetuated against the general population.  If you want to understand how a conspiracy-benighted world came to be so dazed and confused, then this is a good place to start.”


300 pages of fascinating reading – – (in bold are Chapters of particular interest for me): 

Chapter 1:  Crash go the saucers!

Chapter 2:  Bait and switch

Chapter 3:  The strangest collection of weirdos ever assembled

Chapter 4:  Ground rules for regression

Chapter 5:  The attack of the computer ETs

Chapter 6:  Agent Dody and Mr. Huck

Chapter 7:  The Mount Archuleta mystery

Chapter 8:  Mystery orbs and wobbulating beams

Chapter 9:  Leaving New Mexico with a strange feeling

Chapter 10:  UFOs – – the human factor

Chapter 11:  The Cosmic Watergate

Chapter 12:  Do you believe in MAJIC?

Chapter 13:  UFO cover-up lie

Chapter 14:  Flying saucers are real!  Period!

Chapter 15:  Strange breezes in the Gulf

Chapter 16:  Spooks of a feather

Chapter 17:  The alphabet soup working group

Chapter 18:  Dancing with Mr. D

Chapter 19:  The man who bumped into walls

Chapter 20:  The G-men give Lee Graham a pep talk

Chapter 21:  The Crestone Manifesto

Chapter 22:  Welcome to the universe

Chapter 23:  Subterranean alien base blues

Chapter 24:  Bill Moore’s MUFON meltdown

Chapter 25:  Bill English and the human mutilators from another planet

Chapter 26:  A chain of apparently related documents

Chapter 27:  Rogue Agent Doty?

Chapter 28:  My breakfast with Tal

Chapter 29:  Behold a pail of horseshit

Chapter 30:  The Las Vegas nexus

Chapter 31:  Bob Lazar, superstar

Chapter 32:  The further adventures of Dr. Strangelove

Chapter 33:  The Area 51 cottage industry

Chapter 34:  Mr. Mike from COM-12

Chapter 35:  The Dulce War boiler plate

Chapter 36:  Composite characters

Chapter 37:  Jumping the Dulce shark

Chapter 38:  The Bennewitz Papers

Chapter 39:  Just another flash gun heroes

Chapter 40:  Bob Bigelow’s spooky squad

Chapter 41:  At the top of the Aviary birdhouse

Chapter 42:  Step right up for the SERPO circus!

Chapter 43:  What happened to Jaime Shandera?

Chapter 44:  Sifting through the Roswell wreckage

Chapter 45:  The MJ-12 Papers ride again

Chapter 46:  The song remains the same

Chapter 47:  The rock and roll UFO show



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French scientist’s diary of the 1988 Mount Archuleta expedition, northwest of Dulce, New Mexico

By Dr. John GilleJean-François G. Gille, former theoretical physicist, University of Marseilles, France


Thursday, October 6th, 1988, 0645 a.m.:

We arrive, my female companion Elaine A. and I, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, after eighteen hours on the Grey Hound.

Elaine A. is a registered nurse from Paris, France.

She had worked in New York, New York during her twenties, enough time to acquire U.S. citizenship.

I am merely holder of a Green Card since 1986.


Friday, October 7:

I have a short phone conversation with Gabriel Valdez*.

Gabriel Valdez, or rather ‘Gabe’ is a policeman of the State of New Mexico.

At this time he is in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the little town (I’d call it a village) of Dulce, a community in the most northern part of the State, quite close to the New Mexico/Colorado State line.

Mr. Valdez invites me to go there and see him without delay.

I had previously obtained Valdez phone number through William Steinman* (he wrote UFO Crash at Aztec, a book I had read a number of times.

Some ufologists did not take that book seriously – and I personally would not vouch for the reality of the ‘Aztec Crash’ itself – but I was interested and moved by the story about Paul F. Bennewitz*, of whom I heard for the first time in Steinman’s book).

I had recently received in France, where I lived, a few pages called ‘The Dulce papers’. I had translated into French the John Lear Statement [1].

Trying to know more and, if possible, beginning to understand not only the How but also the Who and, above all, the Why of the ‘Mutes’ – the animal mutilations, the paranormal cattle mutilations should we say – were the prime motivation of the whole trip to New Mexico.


Tuesday, October 11:

Driving to Dulce from Albuquerque is a three hours trip.

It’s a beautiful landscape, especially for people who love the deserts.

However, as one goes further to the northern part of the State, closer to the Colorado border, the hills and mesas look greener.

Around noon, we meet Gabriel Valdez and his wife, Marge*, for the first, at their home in Dulce.

Mrs. Valdez is a teacher in the village, which is at the limit of the Jicarilla’s [2] Indian Reservation.

The Valdez, and their kids, are quite friendly and straightforwardly/outspoken [See: ‘The Dulce Book’, by Branton*, chap. 2, available on the Internet with no charge].

Of course Marge sounds a little bit least interested than her husband by the whole UFO stuff.

Some very religious Christians believe that UFOs and their so-called occupants belong rather to negative (i.e. demonic/hellish) spiritual forces than to the natural/material universe/cosmos.


Friday, October 14:

I am living now at 1501 Indian School Road, NE, apartment E‑309.

The momentous broadcast of “UFO Cover Up ‑ Live” is tonight.

We heard about Falcon* and Condor* [3].

We also saw William Moore* on the TV set that night.


Wednesday, October 19:

I call Bob Girard*, a bookseller specialized in ufology and related domains, who has a Pop’ and Mom’ business called Arcturus, and sells his books through the mail.

He is at that time located near Atlanta, Georgia.


Friday, October 21:

Sometimes after noon, I call Marge Valdez* to arrange details for the trip scheduled to Dulce.

About 7 pm I call at John Lear*’s place.

Somebody, a polite gentleman, tell me that Mr. Lear will call back in less than two hours.

And he did!

John Lear is very friendly, and he invites me at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Unfortunately, at that moment I have not the money necessary for such a trip from New Mexico to Nevada.


Saturday, October 22:

At 9:35 am I receive a call from Gabriel Valdez.

We set up, my companion Elaine and I, for a trip to the town of Dulce, in the north of the State.

The planning is to reckon an area a few miles west of Dulce, an area near Mount Archuleta (8136’) where Gabriel and his two sons had been, a number of times, the witnesses of strange phenomenon.


Sunday, October 23:

Our party is composed of eight persons: Elaine A., a registered nurse working at Albuquerque Veteran Hospital;  Gabriel Valdez*, New Mexico State Police; Edmund Gomez*, rancher and a friend of Mr. Valdez (he had lost cattle from animal mutilations); “Jack”*, (not his real name), PhD, a research scientist for a major lab in the US [4]; Manuel Gomez, Jr., younger brother of Edmund Gomez; Greg, son of Gabriel Valdez; Jeff (or rather Geoff), younger son of Gabriel Valdez; John Gille (the author of the present notes).

(ABOVE PHOTO, courtesy of Edmund Gomez – – getting ready for the expedition)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – From left to right: Elaine A., Edmund Gomez, Gabe Valdez and William T. McGarity – – not in this photo: Greg and Jeff Valdez, Manuel Gomez, Jr. and French scientist, Dr. John Gille.  By the way William T. McGarity, far right in this photo, courtesy of Edmund Gomez,  was a Los Alamos scientist…..he went by the name of “Jack”)


We left about 2:30 pm in the four wheel drive pick-up of Gabe Valdez.

At about 5:30 pm we arrived at the proposed campsite.

It was on a relatively flat area about 435 yards south‑east from the peak of Mt. Archuleta.

At 7:51 pm all eight of us spotted a very bright light coming from the south at a very high rate of speed.

I personally was not able to make out any structure inside that light.

The trajectory was flat, straight, rectilinear and horizontal.

Through the persistence of luminous impression, a standard physiological reaction, it looked like a perfectly straight luminous line, yellowish, and of some thickness, like one which would have resulted from a plane’s landing light.

However, it was definitely not a plane.

I used this comparison to give an idea of the luminosity of the trajectory.

We had seen already a number of shooting stars that night.

The path of the trajectory of our phenomenon was maybe hundreds or thousands of times more luminous than theirs.

There was not any sound coming from the phenomenon.

That fast moving forward light stopped dead on its tracks.

Its trajectory’s final spot was very close to the top of Mt. Archuleta, as we saw it from where we were.

At the same time, it became extremely luminous, lighting at least half the sky up.

It looked literally like the blossoming of a flower of light.

There was a “display of gorgeous lights of pure color” [5]: yellow, pink, green – enhanced by the center of that luminous phenomenon, giving out a shower of sparks (not unlike portable fireworks mounted on a stick, seen on the 4th of July).

There was kind of a mist, too, around the object’s center, at this same moment.

It then sort of “folded on itself”, and disappeared, vanished.

There was not anymore anything to be seen.

The duration of the whole phenomenon was no more than 5 or 6 seconds.


Monday, October 24:

After the sighting of yesterday, I tried to sleep under the same small tent than my girlfriend.

I was exhausted, and filled with joy at the same time.

As Mr. Valdez has told me the day before: “You look terrible, but you’re not out of shape”.

So it was in plain daylight that we climbed to the peak of Mt. Archuleta.

A large landscape filled up our eyes, not with breath-taking high mountains with steep slopes, but a rather monotonous infinity of rolling hills, with vegetation and no human establishment in sight.

We did not see anything out of the ordinary, but for the famous clipped off pine tree that Paul Bennewitz signaled to Gabriel Valdez during their trip together on the same mesa a couple of years ago.

That unfortunate tree was supposedly clipped off by a crashing UFO, a ‘real-thing’, alien UFO, or a poor human-made copy of the same.

We were back, Elaine and I, in Albuquerque the same evening.


[1] See attachments: John Lear Statement (by John Lear), The Secret Government (by Milton William Cooper), UFO Sighting over Mt Archuleta, Oct. 23, 1988 (by John F. Gille)

[2] An Indian tribe belonging to the great Apache Nation.

[3] They belong to the so-called Aviary, a group of people rumored to be lead by a Colonel John Alexander.

[4] This gentleman, who hiked with us, was not Mr. ‘Jason Bishop*’ (a.k.a. Tal Levesque), as ‘Branton*’ has erroneously supposed in a note of chapter 2 of his Dulce Book.

So Bishop and Levesque are the same man. Branton – a separate individual – is a pseudonym for Alan DeWalton, who obtained most of his information from ‘Bishop’ (private communication).

“Jack” told me his real name [Thomas W. “Bill” McGarity] and asked for an indefinite anonymity. At one point “Jack/Bill” asked me (JFG) how come I knew about the secret SR-71 plane, and stared at me, looking very suspicious. I simply answered that all that I knew was in a book about military planes, currently displayed, and ready to be sold to anyone who would want it, in the main bookshops of Albuquerque! – A precise reference for one of those books is: An Illustrated Guide to USAF, The Modern US Air Force, by Bill Gunston, Arco Pub. New York (1982), ISBN: 0-668-05497-2. On pages 88-93 the Lockheed SR-71 is described, with photographs included. I bought my own copy on December 27, 1983, in a Houston, Texas, bookstore.

[5] To quote the John Lear Statement.



I, Norio Hayakawa, had a great pleasure of meeting Dr. Gille at Aix-en-Provence, France, on April 28, 2016.

Dr. Gille was one of the 8 members of the 1988 Mount Archuleta expedition in Dulce, New Mexico that included the late Gabe Valdez, Edmund Gomez, Greg Valdez, Jeff Valdez, Elaine A., Manuel Gomez, Jr. and Los Alamos scientist William T. McGarity.


Here is the information on “Jack(his real name, Bill T. McGarity, Los Alamos scientist) who was the other scientist in the expedition:




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What I like about the city of Rio Rancho in New Mexico, U.S.A.

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – – EACH PHOTO ON THIS PAGE CAN  BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING – – all photos were taken by yours truly, Norio Hayakawa)

This is just my biased opinion.

My wife and I have been living here in Rio Rancho since 2008 and we just love this city.

Here are just a few of the thing we like about this place:

Rio Rancho is the third largest city in New Mexico  (after Albuquerque and Las Cruces)  with a population of about 100,000.

But being such a fairly large city, there are no tall buildings here.

The beautiful and majestic Sandia Mountains are always prominently visible to the east.

Rio Rancho is very spacious.  In area size, it’s more than half of the entire area of the city of Albuquerque, with only one-sixth of Albuquerque’s population.

Rio Rancho is not a flat city.  Rio Rancho has a diversity of topography.  It has areas with nice hills as well as areas with great desert atmosphere.   Part of the city even touches the Rio Grande, with pretty riverside beaches.

There is no such a thing here as downtown, unlike other cities.

Rio Rancho is one of the safest places to live in New Mexico, as far as we are concerned.

The civic center and the city hall are located in an open space area, and are never crowded.

There are also plenty of nice, small neighborhood malls with plenty of amenities.

These are just some of the positive things about this city.

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Still unsolved – – is an abandoned ranch adjacent to the northern slope of Mt. Archuleta, northwest of Dulce, a former CIA operation?

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – A “hunting stand” in disguise? – – photo, courtesy of Greg Valdez)

It has been known by many researchers that the now-defunct National Institute For Discovery Sciences  (NIDS, formerly headed by Las Vegas billionaire Robert Bigelow, who presently owns Bigelow Aerospace) reportedly had made an investigation earlier (ca. 1998) regarding this suspicious ranch.   This still seems to be unsolved.

This ranch, now totally abandoned  (and still off-limits to anyone),  has often been associated as part of an alleged Dulce “base”, even though there is no evidence so far that a large underground base has ever existed.  Such an alleged “base” was rumored to have existed on the northern slope of Mount Archuleta on the New Mexico side, just south of the Redding Ranch.  This ranch is not visible from Dulce.   In fact Mount Archuleta itself is not even visible from Dulce.   Mount Archuleta is located close to the northwestern portion of the Archuleta Mesa.   From Dulce, only the Archuleta Mesa and the Archuleta “Peak” (where the radio towers are located)  are visible.


(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT, reference provided by Norio Hayakawa – – How to get to the now-abandoned Redding Ranch which is still off- limits to anyone – – from Lumberton, go north on County Rd. 357, then go to 359 from Edith, then go west on 542)


The following report itself made by NIDS regarding this ranch seems to be more suspicious, even now.

(QUOTE, from the original NIDS report)

“It has been reported in the media and on the internet that the Redding War Ranch, located at 37° 2.91′ north latitude and 107° 1.44′ west longitude (GPS) next to Mt. Archuleta (straddling New Mexico – Colorado border), is rumored to be an undercover facility engaged in secret activity connected with Mt. Archuleta.

These rumors further state that the ranch has eight armed guard watch towers  (disguised as hunting stands?)  scattered along the property.

(ABOVE, close-up photos – – “hunting stands” in disguise?  – – courtesy of Edmund Gomez)

In addition, there is an unusual round steel (and air conditioned) building located behind a ranch entrance gate on the opposite side of the property (37° 6.02′ north latitude and 107°2.85′ west longitude – GPS).

A metal plaque prominently posted on a watch tower door identified the manufacturer as Houston Blow Pipe & Steel Plate Works (P.O. BOX 1692, Houston, TX 77251-1692, phone: 713-675-2273, FAX: 713-675-5038).

Having seen the towers and being interested in their origin and purpose, a simple phone call was made to the phone number above.

It was learned during the phone conversation that the President and CEO of the company is Mr. W. A. Redding.

Contrary to the myths that have been perpetuated, a simple explanation was provided by Mr. Redding.

1) Mr. Redding stated that the watch towers are actually hunting stands with the brand name “The Ultimate Hunting Stand.”  (But are they just disguised as “hunting stands”?)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – “hunting stand” in disguise?)

The hunting stands on the ranch are weather proof-heavy gauge steel construction (5 feet diameter, 850 pounds est. total weight) equipped with 10 feet high steel angle frame supports, steel ladder or a steel walk-up type stairway with steel pipe hand railing, propane heater and tank, five large one way mirror-pane plate glass (hinged and latched) windows (hunters can see out, but game cannot see inside), swivel chair, and indoor-outdoor carpet on floor and side wall.

Further, the stands are used for photographing game and birds, and hunting of game (deer, elk, javelina,moose, sheep and turkeys).

According to published literature, the stands have been in production since 1963 and employ 75 years of hunting and 60 years of steel fabrication experience in their design for all-weatherhunting.

2) The round steel building is a bunk house for ranch hands designed and manufactured by Mr. Redding’s Houston steel company.

The bunk house design employs the same all-weather heavy gauge steel construction as the hunting stands along with air conditioning and fuel-oil heater.

It is not currently being used.

3) The owner of the Redding War Ranch is Mr. Redding himself.

He can be contacted at the phone number given above.

4) The Redding War Ranch is used to raise small herds of Beefalo”.




Yes, I think so.

Here is what Edmund Gomez from Dulce said about this.

And I agree with him.


“Based on the source of research by NIDS, yes, this was their take on the ranch years after the ranch let its defense down and allowed folks to travel through it.

From early 1960’s to late 1980’s, you could not trespass on the Redding Ranch, not even to retrieve a cow.


That is the million dollar question.

And, why are all the structures including the towers, doors and windows in bunkhouse constructed of a very heavy gage steel (making them bulletproof)?

(ABOVE PHOTO, courtesy of Edmund Gomez – – “hunting stand” in  disguise?)

NIDS continues to provide information  (or is it disinformation?)  to keep us off track, in my opinion.

In the fall of 1997, I led Gabe Valdez  (the late former New Mexico State Patrol Officer in charge of the Dulce area)  and two other scientists from NIDS on the expedition and continued through up to Mt. Archuleta.

We were able to go directly to the towers, enter, photograph and see the tags with the manufacturer.

I told them that the glass, doors, shutters and structures were bullet-proof and was going to show them, but inexplicably, Gabe Valdez stopped me.

I could not get them to go to the “bunkhouse and hangar” to investigate further.

Also, I noticed that the airstrip had been plowed and planted with oats.

But again, no interest was shown by the NIDS folks”.



I could not agree more with the above quote from Edmund Gomez.

I also never trusted NIDS  (National Institute of Discovery Sciences).

By the way, Greg Valdez, in his excellent book DULCE BASE, mentions that (the late) “Mr. Redding owned Houston Blow Pipe and Steel and was a military contractor providing manufacturing of heavy-duty plate rolling, which was commonly used at the Nevada Test Site for construction of underground tunnels during the testing of nuclear bombs in Nevada.

Mr. Redding’s company also provided air circulation systems (that’s one of the services a blowpipe company usually provides, in case you’re curious), which would be convenient technology to have for constructing an underground base or tunnel”.

Redding Ranch is currently owned by the Southern Ute tribe which purchased it from W.A. Redding on August 16, 2005.

It now seems to be abandoned.

Redding passed away in 2009 in Texas. Redding acquired the property in 1976.

According to Greg Valdez, in his book DULCE BASE, “the land directly south of the Redding Ranch did not indicate a previous owner.

The key to this is the fact that the United States government owned all the property prior to 1965 and it wasn’t the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management.

When Edmund Gomez looked into the property records during the 1980s, he found ficticious companies listed  (a common tactic of agencies such as the CIA as the owner on record of the Redding Ranch.

After Edmund’s finding of the fictitious companies became public, the ownership records changed back to Mr. Redding.”

The big question is here:

Was this some type of a remote test site  (such as small aircraft)  operated by the CIA?



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Mike Rogers says he is “no longer to be considered a witness to Travis Walton’s supposed UFO abduction”


by Robert Sheaffer, author of the book “Bad UFOs, March 19, 2021



On March 19, 2021, Michael H. Rogers posted the above image to his personal Facebook page.

What exactly does this mean?  Mike Rogers was the guy driving the truck at the time Travis Walton reportedly ran out into the woods toward a UFO, and was abducted by aliens.

Now on Rogers’ Facebook page, he refers to “Walton’s supposed abduction,” but is rather vague about exactly what that means.  Several people, including myself, have asked Rogers to please clarify what he is saying.  Jay Michael asked him, “Are you saying the event didn’t happen, or you no longer want to be associated with it?”, Rogers replied “I want nothing more to do with Big-T specifically.  The event most definitely happened, from our perspective anyway.”  Whatever that means.

Replying to a post saying, “It is unfortunate that after all of these years you have chosen to say that the abduction never happened,” Rogers said “I am not saying it didn’t, Chuck.  We witnesses all took polygraph tests, remember.  All I have said is ‘supposed‘.  Like in Yippee Maybe.  All I mean by supposed is like ‘still steaming pasture pie’ maybe.”  So maybe the abduction did happen, and maybe it didn’t.  And maybe it’s a still-steaming pile of manure.

Later, Rogers writes, “I am sure I will loose (sic) a lot of friends over this, but I hope not.  I have been waiting a very long time to say this…  I am very tired of holding this in.”

In a reply to this same posting on the Facebook group Desert Hart Paranormal, Rogers says, “Travis tried to keep a new remake of the movie a secret from me.  He has always had his big secrets that he has kept from me.  It angered me.  I tried over the last two weeks to reason with Big-T, but of no avail.  I don’t believe Travis is an honest person, and therefore I want nothing to do with him.”  This brings to mind what Steve Pierce, another member of the woodcutters’ crew, said about Travis:

Travis is the most ignorant, stupid person I’ve ever met in my life.  He ain’t got enough sense, you know the book he wrote, he couldn’t have wrote that book by himself.  He ain’t got enough common sense to write that book.”  (It was widely rumored that John G. Fuller, author of The Interrupted Journey and other rather sensationalist books, was Walton’s ghost writer.)

Pierce also says that he never liked Travis in the first place, and explains why..

Some are suggesting that this is just a spate involving money between former friends, in fact, in-laws (Travis Walton is (or was) married to Mike Rogers’ sister.  I hope this is not just another episode of Family Feud.

However, Rogers’ statement can be interpreted another way:  He seems to be saying that he will no longer vouch for Travis’ account of the event. Travis’ story is either a “real” alien abduction, or else it is a hoax.  There is no other reasonable possibility.  Rogers was in a position to know with certainty whether or not it was a hoax.  In fact, if Travis’ story is a hoax, Rogers must have helped him plan it and pull it off.

On March 20, Travis Walton wrote on Rogers’ Facebook Page “In his sudden attacks on me he wants attention and it’s working.”  To which Rogers replied, “Travis Walton, You hope?  But they are right, get off my page, or I will get even more truthful.  All I tell is the truth about you, Big ‘liar’ T.”




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“Ancient Alien Visitors” – – original instrumental music

Original music by keyboardist Norio Hayakawa of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

All photos (except one) were taken by yours truly in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Dulce and Tent Rocks – – one photo of Mount Archuleta at Dulce was provided by Greg Valdez.

Click here to listen to the music and see all the photos:


The story behind this music composition.

I didn’t really know what I was doing with this until things all came together at the end.

10 minutes went so fast – – no music notes  (I never ever learned how to read notes) – – it was all in my head.

No rehearsal, a one-shot recording – – I just created the melody line and fillings as I went along, taking a chance with my keyboard.

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Incredible shortage of available homes in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, New Mexico, U.S.A.

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – a quiet neighborhood in Rio Rancho)

by Norio Hayakawa, March 16, 2021:

It seems like more and more people are moving in to states such as New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.

But there is one problem.

Take New Mexico, for example – – an incredible shortage of available homes in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

More and more people are looking for homes in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, and that is causing inventory to drop and making it more challenging to close deals.

As soon as “FOR SALE” sign is up, homes are sold within a day or two, or at most, within a week or so here.

Newlywed and a recent homebuyer said finding a new home in Rio Rancho for her and her husband wasn’t easy.

“We saw some “for sale” signs, but once we put in our bids, someone beat us to it,” she said.

“We’re seeing multiple offers on properties now, especially in that $250,000 – $280,000 price range.  You’ll see anything from two to four offers on one property,” said a realtor here.

Companies such as Netflix, Facebook and Amazon are bringing people to the area and are convincing people that New Mexico is the place to be.

“It’s exciting, as an Albuquerquean.  We’re happy for that, for our economy, but we do need to start increasing the inventory of homes for people who are going to move here,” said the realtor.

If you are thinking of moving in, click the following video links and see some great neighborhoods in this area:




Now, some paranoid folks living in New Mexico seem to be worried that New Mexico will become another California, with the influx of more people.

Here is the big question:

Will New Mexico become another California?

My answer is:


New Mexico will always be New Mexico, with its distinct cultures, its great people, its great mild climate and great food.   It will never become another California.

New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the Union, yet the entire population of the state is only 2 million.   

With such humongous area in size, New Mexico can easily accommodate another several thousand people or more easily.   LOL !!

We must also take into consideration that New Mexico has a huge percentage of retirees from many areas.

While there may be new influx of people from elsewhere, many of these retirees are also passing away in large numbers at the same time.

No, I wouldn’t worry that much about New Mexico becoming another California.



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Strange clouds invade New Mexico, U.S.A. !! – – it happened on February 10, 2018

(CLICK TO ENLARGE ABOVE PHOTO – – amazing photo taken by Cindy Romero on Febuary 10, 2018 in Albuquerque)

February 10, 2018 was the day when something strange happened to the skies of New Mexico, especially over Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

It happened around sundown.

Thousands of residents of both Albuquerque and Rio Rancho saw the sky turn into an eerie sight.

Many many folks took hundreds of photos of this phenomenon of stunningly magical and mysterious formations in the sky.

CLICK TO ENLARGE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS taken by some of the residents of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho on that memorable day – – February 10, 2018.

Here is one more stunning photo taken by Cindy Romero in Albuquerque:

Here is one that I myself took the very same day in Rio Rancho, around the same time:

And another one that I took minutes apart in Rio Rancho:

Here is one taken by Zinas Maxilom at Montano and Golf Course Rd. in Albuquerque’s west side:

Here is one taken by Rick Langlada, around the same time:

Here is one taken by Bill Sap, from the Sandia foothills, at the same time:

Here is one taken by Sofia Maestas, from the west side looking towards the east:

Here is the one taken by Jake Werth in Albuquerque, the very same day, around the same time:

Another one by Jake Werth:

Here are two great snapshots taken by Ernie Miranda:

Tod A. Wilson, during his visit to Albuquerque, put this beautifully in his short video clip:

Here is the one taken by Paula Bennett, the very same day in Placitas – around the same time:

Here is one by Ivan Gallegos of Albuquerque while driving through the city, few minutes earlier  (also see his amazing video footage at the bottom):

And here is the stunning video taken by Ivan Gallegos (mentioned above) from inside his car:



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Anomalous “object” photographed over Farmington, New Mexico, U.S.A. – – in 2011


It is quite rare for me to post an item such as this, especially a photo such as this, unless I consider it to be significant.

I have known Dave Oz  (formerly from Farmington, presently in Aztec, New Mexico)  for quite a number of years and I consider him to be a sincere and trustworthy colleague of mine in our mutual desire to get to the bottom of this phenomenon, whatever it is…..and going beyond the superficiality of speculations and not coming to a definitive, dogmatic conclusion of what it is.

This photo was taken by Dave Oz on August 28, 2011  (between 9:03 p.m. and 9:13 p.m.)  in his Farmington, New Mexico neighborhood.  A series of photographs shows an object hovering almost motionless and silent, slowly moving to the left.  The stars are showing some streak, yet the object is quite stationary.

I know that Dave carries his camera  (I am not talking about a cellphone)  with him quite often  (just like me).  I would say that he was lucky at this moment when he took this fascinating photo.  I wish it was me who took it, but I rejoice just as much the fact that it was he who was lucky enough to take this photo that evening

I am certain that this photo was analyzed by many photo specialists in detail, such as for possible lens flare, light from the streetlight reflected by the lens elements, etc.

But it seems that nothing conclusive has come up regarding this.

Dave stated that he did see both the object above as well as the street lamp at the same time with his naked eye.

According to Dave, he took the photo while taking pictures of lightning, thinking the object was a bright star before photographing.  It moved very slowly to the left, changing angles.  After loading it in the computer, he zoomed it in realizing it was not a star.

According to Dave, “there’s always going to be skeptics, no matter how accurate your findings or evidence presented.  I’ve seen lens flares in photos, but few ever have detail, or drift and change angles like what I photographed.   I did see the object glowing dimly, thinking it was a star.  By the way, I remember talking to a young Navajo gal after showing her the photo, telling me she saw the “craft-object” floating over Ojo Amarillo Canyon 10 miles west of Farmington, while we were in math class at San Juan College.”

According to Dave, “lens flare is not an issue, since there is no bright object in another photo taken nor others after the time frame on the same spot with tripod:


…..time/date is 9:15 p.m., 08/28/2011 using a Sigma 28-70mm lens at F5 aperature.  Multi-coated Hoya filters used to prevent lens flare.  The “object” (the first photo on this page) was photographed between 9:03 p.m. to 9:13 p.m.  All seen here in this other photo are stars with minimal streaking on a 20-second exposure, clouds starting to move in from a storm.”

On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Dave again returned to the exact spot and took the following photo, showing no lens flare:


Once again, let’s look at his original 2011 photo:




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B-21 bomber shelter may reveal size of secret jet

by John A. Tirpak, AIR FORCE Magazine, March 3, 2021



The Air Force has erected a prototype temporary shelter for the B-21 bomber at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., one of a number being evaluated for use at B-21 bases, depots, and potentially at forward deployment sites.  An image released with a press release about the shelter, however, may also divulge the dimensions of the aircraft, which have never been revealed.

The image shows the temporary shelter on the tarmac at Ellsworth.  Adjacent to the shelter is a vehicle in the class of a Ford F-150 or Chevy Silverado, both of which are about 20 feet long.  Comparing the truck to the grid of concrete sections on the tarmac, also about 20 feet square, indicates the shelter is about 150 feet long and 80 feet deep.  The Air Force indicated in its press release that the shelter is meant to cover the entire airplane.

By comparison, the B-2 bomber has a wingspan of 172 feet and a length of about 70 feet.  Temporary, deployable, inflatable shelters for that aircraft measure 250 feet by 126 feet, indicating the potential margin required around the edges.

Based on these dimensions, the B-21’s wingspan could be about 140 feet, if its wing sweep corresponds to that of the B-2, and having a length of about 50 feet.  Air Force Magazine has previously estimated the size of the B-21 as having a wingspan of no more than 150 feet and a length of 55 feet.

The Air Force could not immediately comment on the size of the shelter.

The shelters would permit easier work on the bombers outside hangars, to protect them from the elements, and to get them in the air faster at need.

The structures are intended to help extend the life of the B-21 by limiting ultraviolet exposure from the sun, limiting snow accumulation and melt, and reducing de-icing operations “over time,” Col. Derek Oakley, Air Force Global Strike Command’s B-21 Integration and System Management Office director, said in a press release.  The shelters “also help us generate sorties more quickly by eliminating the need to always have to move aircraft in and out of hangars.”

Major maintenance operations, however, “will still be performed indoors in hangars, but the B-21 Raider design will also provide us the flexibility to perform routine maintenance right on the flightline,” he said.

The shelter built at Ellsworth is an open-air affair with a peaked roof; more akin to a sunshade than a hangar.

Oakley said several designs will be considered, and “we will collect a few years of data on the shelters and then incorporate those data into the final Environmental Protection Shelter design.”  The B-21 will likely be based at Ellsworth, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, but Ellsworth was chosen as the shelter test site because it has the most “extreme and diverse” weather conditions of the three.

Each B-2 Spirit bomber has its own hangar at Whiteman, and the Air Force has a number of inflatable, closable shelters designed for it, used in deployments to places like Diego Garcia and Guam, so the B-2’s temperature-sensitive low observable treatments can be cured on deployment if necessary.  Since the B-21 is somewhat smaller than the B-2, those shelters will likely also be usable by the B-21.

The B-21 Integration and System Office is co-located with the B-21 Program Office at the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office “to ensure tight collaboration” between operational units and the acquisition team, the Air Force said.

RCO Director Randall G. Walden told Air Force Magazine in a recent interview that bomber maintainers and technicians have been included in all aspects of the B-21’s design and development phase, to ensure the jet is easy to maintain in operational service.

“Throughout the engineering and manufacturing development phase, sustainment and maintenance personnel have been integrated into every design decision we make to ensure technical solutions do not inadvertently result in sub-optimal outcomes once the weapon system is fielded,” said Col. Jason Voorheis, B-21 system program director and acquisition lead. Sustainability and maintainability requirements have been “at the forefront throughout the design and development phase” of the B-21, he said in a press release.

Ellsworth recently held an industry day to solicit interest in building other B-21-specific facilities on the base, such as a General Maintenance and a Low-Observable Maintenance hangar.

While Dyess, Ellsworth, and Whiteman are the preferred main operating bases for the B-21, they will not be formally designated as B-21 bases until this summer, with the conclusion of environmental impact studies.  No additional impact is expected, because all three bases now host USAF bombers.  Ellsworth is the preferred location for the first B-21 squadron, with Dyess the second preference.  The Air Force is already retiring some of the B-1 bombers now based at these locations.




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