Uriarte has co-authored four books with Noe Torres focusing on incidents in the Southwestern United States and Mexico: Mexico‘s Roswell, The Other Roswell, Aliens in the Forest and The Coyame Incident.
Journal: How did you come to join MUFON?
Uriarte: I was very motivated to join MUFON after reading two significant books, Communion by Whitley Strieber and Missing Time by Budd Hopkins. The authors mentioned MUFON throughout their books and this intrigued me to attend a local MUFON meeting in the San Jose area in Northern California. I had met a number of interesting people that inspired me to become a MUFON member. I have been a member of MUFON since 1989 as a Field Investigator, and currently am also on the International Team with David MacDonald, Director of International Development and Chuck Reever, MUFON International Director of Investigations.
Uriarte: One of my “Wow” moments was when I was invited to assist Washington State MUFON as a translator and interview a forestry crew regarding an Elk Abduction Incident that occurred in February, 1999. A group of Latino forestry workers were planting “tree seedlings” in a small forest clearing in a mountainous area of the Cascade Mountains in Southern Washington. Two crew workers were about to take a lunch break. One witness was walking up a slope toward a pickup truck and noticed an elk herd browsing on a nearby slope northeast of the worker’s location. Then, out of the northeast, the witness spotted a strange moving object slowly flying toward the elk herd. The object had a strange, slow wobble while in flight. The object’s color was red on the right half and white on the left half. The object advanced toward the elk herd, staying close to the ground as if in a “stalking mode.” The elk herd became aware of the object and ran and scattered in different directions. Most of the elk tried running up the slope to the east, but it was difficult terrain causing the elk herd to run slow. A lone elk separated from the herd and headed north. The craft flew toward the lone elk. Both witnesses were surprised and astounded, as they observed the object picking up and taking the elk over a row of trees and then up into the sky until the object was obscured by clouds. Some of the work crew members were very disturbed and frightened by what they saw. I said, “Wow,” when the witnesses said that if this thing can pick up an elk, it can probably pick up a person. I continue to say “wow” from our past and current investigations conducted by our staff and field investigator team. I have been very blessed being surrounded by excellent and dedicated people in Northern California.
Journal: As well as your work with MUFON, you traveled the world during your time as the Research Director and Tour Guide for Beyond Boundaries. Do you have any other investigations that were really interesting?
Uriarte: I was also a former research director for Beyond Boundaries, a company specializing in taking tour groups to various UFO “hotspots” around the world. It was through synchronicity that connected me with Beyond Boundaries. I never would have dreamed that I would be traveling someday to other countries on UFO expeditions. Some of the interesting investigations include the following:
1. I had a significant experience where I saw three objects close up with binoculars when I went on my first crop circle tour to England in the summer of 1994. My experience was published in Dr. Richard Haines's book, Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind. My story/experience was also aired on the Travel Channel’s “UFOs Crashed My Vacation” episode about my adventure.
2. I interviewed a young boy named Claudio Gonzalez on our 1996 expedition in the small town of Atlimiyaya located near the Volcano Popocatepetl, Mexico. Three years earlier, in 1993, Claudio and his friend, while herding goats, had encountered three small beings. The boys were sitting along a rock ledge when suddenly a bright, intense light appeared. The goats became very frightened and formed a protective circle. Claudio said he was able to see three small beings wearing tight fitting clothing. He described them as having large heads, strange faces and no visible mouths. Claudio described one of the beings as having strange markings on its head and a small beard or growth of fine hair or quills on its chin. The bearded being spoke "telepathically" to both Claudio and the other boy. A garbled voice could be felt in Claudio's head. The bearded being said that they were there to protect the volcano and to prevent the "Others" from erupting the volcano. During the telepathic link, the being revealed a future event that caused Claudio great puzzlement. The bearded being said that there will be a "war" in New York. The being revealed that the "war" would cause the entire world to go "On Alert." Claudio had limited education and had never been outside his village. He did not know anything about New York. When I interviewed Claudio in 1996, I had thought that his story was referring to the first terrorist attack in 1993 on the World Trade Center. Obviously, after the 2001 attack, my assessment of the mysterious prophecy delivered to Claudio had changed. Could it be that the being may have been foretelling the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and possible worldwide events? The "Strange Universe," a paranormal television show, originally aired from September 9, 1996, through January 1, 1997, and presented "The MeXico Files" or "MEX Files" a series on the UFO Phenomena in Mexico. The film crew traveled to Mexico and interviewed Claudio about his encounter with the beings and the strange prophecy. I have so many interesting stories and fortunately I have kept a journal of our expeditions. Perhaps I will write a book someday about my experiences.
Journal: You actually are in possession of a number of seeds from various crop circles that you have collected over the years. You have psychically had boots on the ground experience at many very famous crop circle events. What are your feelings on crop circles showing up around the world?
Uriarte: I find the crop circle phenomena very intriguing. I had served as the California State Coordinator for Circle Phenomena Research International (CPRI) founded by Colin Andrews. I am a current member with the Independent Crop Circle Researchers Association (ICCRA). I have been very fortunate meeting a number of great crop circle researchers and dedicated investigators over the years. I have always been in awe when walking into the formations. Yes, there are the "hoaxers" claiming responsibility for making the formations. Then there are those formations that have no "man made" explanations. It is concluded through investigations that these mysterious formations are created from " unknown" anomalous sources. I have been amazed on the increased reports of crop circles in Mexico, South America, Canada, Europe, Asia and many other parts of the world. The mystery continues!
Journal: Could you say that over the years throughout your research that your theories on UFOs has changed?
Uriarte: Yes, my theories are always changing. We are dealing with a phenomena that is not always "Nuts & Bolts." I have read many books on the UFO/Paranormal subject and I have a huge book library. I was told by a psychic in Scotland that books are my best friends. I am making more time to read now that I am retired. I am most fascinated by people's experiences with the unknown. What I find most interesting is that the experiences and descriptions are similar around the world. I have coauthored a number of books with Texas UFO researcher Noe Torres about UFO historical cases and major UFO crashes that have occurred along the border of the Southwestern United States and Mexico. Please see web site roswellbooks.com.
Journal: In your opinion, what are a few qualities of a good investigator?
Uriarte: Many of our members come from diverse backgrounds and will often bring some of their life's skills and talents. The ability to meet and work with many types of people especially in a team setting is very important. This is especially important when conducting field investigations and phone interviews. Keeping an open mind and a willingness to learn new things is also important. The ability to write detailed narrative reports is also very important.
Journal: Any advice to someone new to the field?
Uriarte: Continue to improve your technical skills and ask for assistance as needed . Having patience and sometimes tolerance may be required when dealing with circumstances beyond our control. Continue to enhance your skills and interest by reading various books and materials and attending conferences, meetings and lectures. Select several mentors. Stanton Friedman is one of my mentors. Continue to expand your network and share your ideas. We are a volunteer organization and try to balance your life obligations if possible.
Journal: If you could go back in time and be the lead investigator in any case in UFO history, what would it be?
Uriarte: This is a very tough question. I love historical cases especially when it involves the military and other credible witnesses such as police officers and pilots. I enjoy researching cases that are not well known. I am torn between what case and time period to choose. I am very fascinated with the 1950s UFO activity and the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Project Blue Book was started in 1952 regarding the systematic studies of unidentified flying objects by the United States Air Force. Did you know that Area 51 opened in July 1955, but the U.S. government did not acknowledge its existence until 2013? Our fighter pilots were ordered to shoot down UFOs and there was a major UFO flap over Washington DC in 1952. So much happened during this interesting decade.
Journal: Is there anyone in MUFON that you have never met and would like to meet?
Uriarte:I would like to meet as many of the State Directors and their members and a number of the staff /officials that work behind the scenes to make MUFON into a viable organization. The MUFON symposiums have been a great way to network and share information among dedicated people.
Journal: Being the State Director of Northern California, you have a steady stream of cases coming in daily and are actually one of the heaviest rates of anywhere in the world. Just so far in 2015 in the 45 counties in Northern California that you control, have you noticed any specific trends?
Uriarte: Devlin Rugne, Assistant Director/Chief Investigator for Northern California provided the following sighting analysis. Sphere like objects reports continue to be on the increased trend.
Number of reports for Northern California MUFON
331 cases were submitted in 2013 and 439 cases were submitted in 2014.
•The percentage of Unknown -UAVs (unknown aerial vehicles) for 2014 is about 14%.
•The percentage of Unknown - other for 2014 is about 27%.
•The percentage of IFO (Identified Flying Object) - Natural Phenomenon for 2014 is about 6%.
•The percentage of IFO- Man-made object for 2014 is about 12%.
•The percentage of IFO- Identified other for 2014 is almost 4%.
•The percentage of Hoax - Event (A staged event designed to fool the public into believing that they have witnessed a UFO sighting) for 2014 is 0.7%.
•The percentage of Hoax - Keystroke (Hoaxes reported to MUFON that are written fabrications) for 2014 is almost 7%.
•The percentage of Insufficient Data (Witness does not respond after three attempts and the description is too vague to draw a conclusion) for 2014 is almost 4%.
•The percentage of Information Only (When a witness wants to share an event that did not happen to them, or wants to bring our attention to something on the Internet or in the media that appears anomalous) for 2014 is almost 2.5%.
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