Submitted by Access Media for Norio Hayakawa
Posted: 12:30 December 10, 2008
RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO — Norio Hayakawa is a resident of Rio Rancho
who believes that wild rumors may not always bring a bad name to a
community or hurt it. Sometimes they bring curiosity seekers, and even
tourism may flourish. Take, for example, the city of Roswell. “Roswell
has raked in quite a lot of tourist dollars all these years, despite
the lack of any tangible, solid, irrefutable evidence that an
extraterrestrial spacecraft crashed in the desert outside of the city
in July of 1947,” Hayakawa noted.
And when it comes to the subject of UFOs, Hayakawa believes that
there is a much more interesting area in New Mexico than Roswell.
According to Hayakawa, Dulce, New Mexico, a sleepy little town of
less than 4000 (inhabited by the Jicarilla Apache nation), has
attracted quite a number of UFO and conspiracy buffs since rumors
surfaced in the mid-1980s that a U.S./alien joint biological laboratory
and base exists a mile under the town’s Archuleta Mesa. “This rumor has
become so well known among UFO buffs around the world that anyone doing
a Google search on Dulce, New Mexico would find the bulk of over
300,000 search results related to the alleged underground base,”
Skeptical of such claims, Hayakawa, a retired funeral director,
visited the town of Dulce in 1990 with the crew of a Japanese
television program to attempt to document the existence of such an
alien base. Although unsuccessful in locating it, Hayakawa claims that
he and the television crew were inexplicably detained by the police
chief while interviewing the citizens on the street about UFOs and
Now, almost 19 years later, Hayakawa and a few UFO enthusiasts from
New Mexico, California and Arizona would like to clear these unfounded
rumors. They are planning a one-day public conference in the town of
Dulce next March. It will be appropriately titled: “The Dulce Base: Fact or Fiction?“
Hayakawa likes to separate fact from fiction. “There has not been
any physical evidence whatsoever that there is such a base in or near
Dulce,” Hayakawa asserted. “However, when it comes to UFOs, most of the
residents there are believers, since beginning around the mid-1970s and
lasting till the mid-1980s, the entire town of Dulce was buzzed by
frequent sightings of strange lights in the sky.” This is fact,
according to Hayakawa.
fact is that many ranchers in the nearby communities began to report
mysterious cattle mutilations and frequent sightings of military
helicopters during that time. Some Dulce officials, concerned about
these incidents, attended the first Cattle Mutilations conference in
Albuquerque in 1979, including Raleigh Tafoya, who was the Dulce police
chief at the time. This also is fact, not fiction.
Hayakawa believes that there could be prosaic explanations to both
the UFO sightings and cattle mutilations, although he still doesn’t
have the answers.
It was during the mid-1980s that wild stories of an underground
alien base surfaced — and still continue to this day — so much so
that the entire town of Dulce has almost become synonymous with the
alleged alien underground bio-lab. The fact that Dulce is located only
100 miles northwest of Los Alamos provided additional fuel for the
conspiracy buffs. According to Hayakawa, Los Alamos is the leading-edge
research laboratory on human genome/DNA research in the U.S.
But again, Hayakawa likes to remain skeptical when it comes to “underground bases.”
Although throughout the years the residents of Dulce seem to have
taken all these strange rumors about their community with a grain of
salt, Hayakawa says that he would like to restore some sense of
normalcy to Dulce. This is the reason he will hoste Dulce’s first
public conference on the topic. Hayakawa is intent on dispelling
rumors, once and for all, that there are such bases in or near Dulce.
Will the townsfolk of Dulce speak up at the conference? Will there
be some new revelations about Dulce? “It will be fascinating,” said
One of the speakers at the conference will be Greg Bishop, author of
a book entitled PROJECT BETA. Bishop has thoroughly investigated the
claims of an Albuquerque scientist by the name of Paul Bennewitz who
was one of the initial sources behind the rumors of underground bases
at Dulce and other U.S. locations.
The conference, open to the public, will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at the Best Western Jicarilla Inn in Dulce.
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