[CNI News thanks Phoenix-based researchers Tom King and Bill Hamilton for informing us on this developing story. This text is based in part on a story in the Arizona Republic newspaper, dated May 10, 1997, written by Susie Steckner and Chris Fiscus, with additional information from Tom King and Bill Hamilton.]
Phoenix, Arizona city councilwoman Frances Emma Barwood said on Friday, May 9, that the recent UFOs seen by thousands of Phoenix citizens deserve an inquiry by city officials, at the very least.
"I asked them to find out if it's a hoax or what," Barwood said. "I did not see it. I wish someone would have called me."
Sheryl Sculley, the assistant city manager, has asked police to look into the sightings at Barwoods request.
In mid-March, callers from Prescott Valley to Tucson flooded the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle with reports of a boomerang-shaped set of lights in the night sky. Several people captured the strange events on videotape. The UFO Reporting Center called it "the most dramatic sighting" of the past two or three years.
"Personally, I think it's something the Air Force is working on, some sort of large transport," Barwood said. But UFO researchers have their doubts about that. Officials at nearby Luke Air Force Base and at Sky Harbor International Airport say they have no idea what caused the sightings.
On the question of UFOs, Barwood said, "I guess I have an open mind." Since God created the universe, she said, "Why couldn't he have created others?"
Barwood said the main reason she asked the city to look into the matter is because a camera crew from the TV show "Extra," recently in Phoenix to do a story on the sightings, asked her why no one was investigating the reports. The "Extra" segment aired nationwide on Thursday, May 8.
On hearing of Barwood's interest in the events, Phoenix-area UFO researcher and videographer Tom King called her office to see if she wanted to see the videos. She told him she was definitely interested. So King, along with fellow researcher Bill Hamilton and several others, arranged to do a briefing for Barwood and other interested city officials, scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, May 14.
Just prior to our press deadline, CNI News learned via email from Bill Hamilton that a TV crew from "Extra" was again on hand for the Wednesday briefing in Phoenix and will air their coverage of the story on Friday evening, May 16.
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