AUFORA News Update
Sunday, March 16th, 1997

SIGHTINGS IN PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA

by Laura Hinchey, The Daily Courier

A man reported sighting UFOs above a shopping center in Prescott Valley at about 8 p.m. Thursday night, according to Prescott Valley police. Peter B. Davenport, director for the National UFO reporting center in Seattle, said his organization's hot line received more than a dozen calls last night from several areas of Arizona regarding objects seen in the sky.

Davenport said the hot line began receiving calls for a sighting in the Paulden area, then Prescott, then the Glendale area and the last report was for objects seen over Tucson.

A man from Paulden called The Daily Courier and said he saw five diamond shaped objects with wispy tails around 8 p.m. last night. Upon hearing that other people have reported also seeing the objects, he said, "I'm glad to know I wasn't the only weirdo."

Kurt Milam, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, said they received some calls last night from people who saw low-flying objects, but YCSO did not dispatch deputies to investigate.

A speaker at the Federal Aviation Administration said they had only received calls from people wanting to know if any UFOs had been sighted.

An astronomer called into the hot line office and told them he saw the UFOs in northern Phoenix, five of them with lights.

According to the hot line speaker, Luke Air Force Base apparently sent two jets last night to intercept the UFOs. The pilots recorded the objects on camera, and returned to base. Allegedly one pilot was shaken, and the base was locked down for the night.

Media liaison at Luke Air Force Base Sgt. Rolla Suttmiller said no aircraft were sent out and there was no lock-down, adding that the cameras on the aircraft's only take pictures of targets during practice.

She said the base received no calls Thursday night regarding UFO sightings. "We do not respond to something like this," she said. "And we do not fly in the evening."

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