(Above illustration – – courtesy of Legends of America)
According to a testimony given by former Dulce, New Mexico resident Darren Vigil Gray, it was in the late 1960s that this amazing incident took place on Hwy 64 between Dulce and Lumberton.
At that time Darren was a fourth grader on the Jicarilla Apache reservation in northern Rio Arriba County.
At around 6:30 a.m. that particular morning, he claims he saw a flying saucer on his way to a parochial school which was located in nearby Lumberton.
A “dirty metallic colored” disk about 20 feet in diameter passed about 50 feet in the air over his school bus between Dulce and Lumberton, he said.
“It created all this chaos on the bus,” Gray said. He said his brother, then a sixth-grader, yelled, “It’s a flying saucer !“, but the priest driving the van didn’t stop to investigate the phenomenon and instead stepped on the gas.
Gray said the disk appeared to come from Archuleta Mesa and continued for several miles over the low hills south of the highway.
He said cattle mutilations soon began to be reported in the same area, and the mesa was said to be a sort of UFO base.
“The experience really changed my whole scope,” said Gray, now a well-known artist in Santa Fe:
This incident was also confirmed by a former Dulce rancher Edmund Gomez, who was also among more than a dozen students in that school bus.
(The Gomez family had the largest ranch in the Dulce area at that time. Beginning around 1975, the Gomez family began to report many incidents of cattle mutilations in their ranch, which were soon investigated by State Patrol Officer Gabe Valdez, who was assigned by the State of New Mexico to find out what was actually happening.
To this date, the cattle mutilation incidents in the Dulce area of those years still remain unsolved. – – both Edmund Gomez and the late Gabe Valdez have expressed their belief that it was the government, and not the aliens, that were perpetrating these incidents.)
Edmund Gomez stated that he was also in that bus and was a witness.
“There were more than a dozen students riding in that bus”, he stated.
This incident was mentioned in Albuquerque Journal by Tom Sharp on April 5, 1996:http://www.abqjournal.com/roswell/ufo3.htm
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