Two news stories by P.J. Harston of Northern News Service in Yellowknife, Northern Territory, Canada, dated January 15 and January 22, 1996, report a series of sightings of unusual aerial lights in the vicinity of Fort Resolution.
"An unidentified flying object (UFO) with blue, green and white lights was spotted hovering for almost an hour by about 50 individuals," Harston reported. "The spectacle was so intriguing, the North's top military commander, Col. Pierre Leblanc, travelled to the South Slave community Wednesday night [Jan 10?] with two military investigators." Leblanc and his team flew over the area, interviewed witnesses and optained a copy of a videotape shot by one witness. They intended to take their date back to Defense officials in North Bay, Ontario for further study.
According to Harston's story, Jim Bronskill, a reporter with the Canadian Press, recently researched UFO sightings files at the National Archives in Ottawa and found that UFOs have been reported in the North for as long as records have been kept.
Another witness, Leo Norweigian of Fort Simpson, told of a November sighting after hearing the Fort Resolution report. "He said he had seen a lot of things in his life, but nothing like these lights," Harston wrote. "He said he had seen lots of Northern lights and other atmospheric phenomena, he had even seen an unexplained glowing fireball shoot across the sky 25 years ago. But on Nov. 13, when he and an eight-year-old child witnessed lights on a hovering craft near Fort Simpson similiar to what was reported in Fort Resolution, he was baffled. 'I'm just glad that someone else has seen it too,' he said, admitting he didn't tell too many people about his sighting because he feared he wouldn't be believed.
The Alberta Unidentified Flying Object Research Association has launched an investigation into the recent sightings in the Western Arctic, as more reports of "flashing lights" are coming in from Fort Resolution as well as Hay River, Hay River Reserve and Fort Simpson. "What we'll do is collect as much data on the sightings as we possibly can, look at all the possibilities and forward that information to the witnesses," investigator Cory Sine said, adding that flashing lights like those reported in recent weeks could have a simple explanation -- as simple as a bright star low on the horizon, or the planet Venus. "I'm not saying that's the case, but it is one possibility," Sine said.
For more information:
Northern News Services
Phone: (403) 873-4031
Fax: (403) 873-8507
The Alberta UFO Research Association has a web site at http://ume.med.ucalgary.ca/~watanabe/ufo.html
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