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November 30, 2010

U.F.O. Watchtower

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Excerpts from Kirk Johnson's November 26, 2010 New York Times story appear below.

Selections from an audio slide show accompanying the Times piece appear above and below.

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“I like humans, they’re fun," Judy Messoline [below]

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said as she showed a visitor through her vortex garden, which psychics have said contains not just one, but two separate portals to a parallel universe.

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“The world needs a place where people can go to talk about their experiences and not be laughed at,” she said.

“The best sightings have been when people are just out enjoying the evening,” she said. Fifty-nine events — lights that move erratically or, during the day, objects that defy explanation in shape or movement — have been witnessed from the tower since 2000, Ms. Messoline said, sometimes by dozens of people at the same time.

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No one knows the count before that, since no local institution existed for counting. Many residents, though, say the San Luis Valley, just north of the New Mexico state line, has been a hotspot for decades. U.F.O. reports reach all the way back to the early settlements of the 1600s, with a particularly noted wave in the late 1960s.

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The sky, with barely a town to break the landscape, is black at night — a riot of stars not visible from the big city — and huge at all hours. And people here are used to being out and aware of their surroundings, which makes them perhaps more likely than city folk to see things in the great Out There.

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“There’s not a lot of activity, so people have more opportunity to be watching what’s around them,” said JoDene Newmyer, 64....

Ms. Messoline says the years of scanning the sky and of meeting people who are drawn to her and her tower have changed her.

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She decided recently to put the patch of ground under the tower and the vortex garden in her will, donating it to a U.F.O. research group in Denver to continue the work, or the fun, after she’s gone....

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The video below featuring the watchtower

is among a number to be found here on YouTube.

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