UFOs in Puerto Rico
Efforts to Build a UFO Landing Port in Lajas, Puerto Rico
Get International Attention
LAJAS, Puerto Rico (AP) -- People in this sleepy hamlet are so sure they have been receiving other-worldly visitors, they want to build a UFO landing strip to welcome them.
A bright green sign along a lonely country road in southwestern Puerto Rico proudly displays a silhouette of a flying saucer and two words: "Extraterrestrial Route."
Most Puerto Ricans laughed when a horse farmer installed the sign on his property at the request of Reynaldo Rios, a local elementary school teacher who says he's been communicating with alien visitors to this U.S. territory since he was a child.
Rios, a 39-year-old with a goatee and a shock of dark hair, won't be ignored. With the blessing of a local government desperate for tourist dollars, he's dedicated himself to building the UFO landing strip.
"I can't say exactly when they will come, but I know it will happen," Rios said. "I want to keep believing in my dreams."
Lajas Mayor Marcos Irizarry's support for the idea has provoked outrage among islanders who complained it would be a waste of money at a time when the government is encouraging thousands of employees to shorten their work week to cope with a staggering fiscal deficit.
"What nonsense," said Luis Arocho, 47, sipping coffee with friends in a cafe in historic Old San Juan. "This country is in crisis, and since politicians are incapable of creating jobs, they create fantasies."
Irizarry quickly clarified that his municipal government would not invest in the project. Instead, he has promised to help Rios get the proper building permits.
UFO beliefs widely held The mayor insists his goal is to attract tourists to his small town.
But he is also among Lajans who believe they have seen UFOs in the area.
"It's a very mysterious place," said Irizarry, who says he once saw red lights zigzagging above the hills. "A lot of people have seen things."
Francisco Negron, the farmer who put up the sign and allows UFO watchers to gather at his ranch, volunteered his property for the landing strip. He and Rios estimate the project could cost up to $100,000 and are looking for money from private companies.
Negron, a soft-spoken grandfather, has applied for a permit to build a road to Indian Hill, the chosen site for the strip. Negron and others say a UFO crashed on the hill in 1997. They claim they heard a boom and saw the hill go up in flames.
Rios, who leads a group called "UFO International" that holds nighttime vigils to search for signs of alien life, lets Negron worry about details like investment costs and permits while he envisions the design. The landing strip would be 80-feet (24-meters) long and have pyramids as control towers because aliens are attracted to the shape.
The mayor hopes that UFO enthusiasts will flock to Lajas as they have to Roswell, New Mexico, the site of a supposed UFO crash in the 1940s. Hundreds of visitors have come to check out the Extraterrestrial Route since the sign went up, Irizarry said.
Puerto Rico is known for its Arecibo Observatory and its 1,000-foot (304-meter) parabolic receiver that astronomers really do use to search for extraterrestrial life. The huge dish, in northern Puerto Rico, made a cameo appearance in the 1997 film "Contact," starring Jodi Foster as an astronomer who picks up a signal from extraterrestrials.
What's blimp looking for? But it's a little-known aerostat off the Extraterrestrial Route that inspires UFO lore in Lajas. The U.S. military uses the aerostat, a tethered blimp with a radar system, to detect low-flying drug smuggling planes.
But many Lajans don't believe that. Even Irizarry has suggested that the aerostat's true purpose is to detect UFOs.
A paved road leading to the blimp curves out of sight between two hills. Two signs warn against trespassing. Rios claims he was once briefly detained while trying to see the aerostat.
The school teacher says he first encountered aliens at 13. He says white lights burst into his bedroom, entered his body and cured him of a back injury he had received during a basketball game.
In Lajas, people who have grown up hearing reports of UFO sightings seem more open to his scheme.
"If we have the technology to reach the moon, there could be others who have the technology to come here," said Ronaldo Barea, 26, a sandwich shop owner
REPORT FROM REINALDO
The Mayor of Lajas in Puerto Rico, Irizarry Marcos, Supports to 100 % this UFO Airport, where the next Saturday 24 of September the first maneuvers of a landing was made UFO. And a permanent monitoring by Professor Reinaldo Rios who has I throw a call to all the people whom they love to attend this so important event, in search of UFO sightings.
This project that possibly initiated in the 2006 where come tourism, many uses where Reinaldo Rios was in charge of the administrative part since wrath to its east name project. They have scientific areas and the runway that sera innacesible to the people like a legacy to the existence of the extraterrestrial ones. A place destined for them if they wish to land. The Government has seen with good eyes this work in all Puerto Rico comments on this historic event of acceptance of the Municipal Government of the extraterrestrial life thank to the work in that place for Reinaldo Rios.
This it could be the beginning of a new time where the humans we will be able to travel to other planets and being visited by beings come from the stars a dream that we think that reality can be done already we we took the first step, with this new ovnipuerto,de which we presented/displayed a drawing of how it will be. Hoping that other countries do the own thing and in a future not very distant to try to establish a direct bonding with these visitors of the universe in good of the humanity.
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The following article, which appeared in the San Juan Star, was sent to us by Reinaldo Rios of Lajas, Puerto Rico.