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Friday, May 4, 2018

Mile High Mystery Conference addresses UFOs, Bigfoot and more with local and national speakers

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2018 at 12:28 PM

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In October of 2017, the Mile High Mystery Conference hosted its inaugural event, bringing together UFO-enthusiasts, Sasquatch hunters, and other believers in the weird, unexplained and unexposed.

On May 4-6, they’ll be doing it all again, with some speakers famous in their respective circles.

Linda Moulton Howe, journalist and ufologist, will talk about San Luis Valley animal mutilations and their possible relation to UFOs and Bigfoot. David Paulides, author of the Missing 411 series, will present cases of people who went missing in the mountains, and invite speculation about the cause. And the rest of the weekend’s roster boasts other individuals and organizations who specialize in such mysterious matters.

Though many tales of Bigfoot tend to originate in the Pacific Northwest, and UFO culture is particularly big in the Southwest, the fact of the matter is that, according to a 2017 study by Chapman University, 35 percent of Americans believe aliens visited Earth in our early development. (For more on that often racist belief that discredits the accomplishments of ancient civilizations, get drunk and watch the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens.) The survey also found that 26 percent of Americans believe aliens routinely take trips to check us out. (For more on that much-less racist belief, cruise the Netflix documentary section and pick practically anything. Inebriation unnecessary, but helpful.)

Bigfoot, on the other hand, doesn’t have as big a believer base. Only 16 percent of Americans tend to think the Sasquatch is real, which hasn’t stopped the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, whose lead investigator in Colorado will also be speaking at the conference.

But the Mile High Mystery Conference doesn’t just cater to those 26 and 16 percent respectively. They also open their doors to skeptics to hear the evidence, meet the experts and make their own judgments.

One such skeptic, who is fascinated by the human quest for answers to life’s mysteries but buys into little else on the xenological/cryptozoological/paranormal spectrum (that’s me, by the way) will be attending some of the seminars on Saturday.

I’ll report back with any proof that may be presented or, more likely, some conversations with an interesting cast of characters and a look into this culture of the curious.

If you're interested in attending, head to the Sallie Bush Community Building in Green Mountain Falls, 10795 Ute Pass Ave., 5-10 p.m. on May 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 5, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 5.

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