Border War paradox precludes Miners’ Rendezvous

Security PARADOX: No security in the Coronado National Forest, WAR on Private land!
SEPT. 26th 4 PM : Southern Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties, Arizona;
Border Patrol, Forest Service, Feds are not patrolling PUBLIC LANDS,
They are not, cannot confront smugglers or illegals there. {I know, it does not make sense.}
They are entering Private Land [w/o warrants] to make arrests of illegals & smugglers,
subjecting residents to a lot more potential of being caught in a cross-fire,
not to mention being awakened by a wild chase across the property. {I know, It doesn’t make sense.}

We have also found serious errors in property surveys, even those of the National Forest Boundary!

So it is now evident that it is neither a fair nor safe situation for the public, for rock-hounds, mineral collectors,
as well as hunters, hikers, bird watchers, all the multiple users of our public lands!
That’s an INTOLERABLE situation. Why should we pause? Can we afford to hesitate?
We have been endangered, our entire National Security, and my peaceful sleep, ONLY by
the cowardice and dereliction of duty of those sworn to do otherwise.

So, if one camps in the Forest, you are on your own.
 They won’t come to a citizen’s aid even if he manages to call for help!
But they can show up at your private home’s front door uninvited!
It makes no sense to plan, or operate, MINERS’ Rendezvous Mining Camp under such circumstances.

Amethyst Ranch, therefor, will NOT be opening our gates as planned.
We thank all of you who have been following this story and we share disappointment with a
larger-than-anticipated group of people who support us as we and much of Arizona battles negativity,
and a minerals interest group which apparently has been following this old prospectors trails for many years. (I am honored.)

This does NOT mean there will not be commercial mining ongoing,
so, as has been true for over 35 years, collectors, dealers, museums,
 can still think of Frank Lavoie as a good source of fine mineral specimens.
Look for our postings on Facebook and on Ebay as  Timelessgemminer

Despite this, there will be good news and surprises!

Miners’ Rendezvous in Border zone Arizona updated Canx as of 26th.

CANCELLED as of update, Sept. 26th, 4 PM 

Rendezvous of Miners  see Amethyst Rancher on Facebook
There’s a community of sorts, about 150 people, if you include our locals as well as the Facebook family,
who have taken seriously our invitation to "Get a piece of the mining boom and land scramble" in Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
There has been a growing discussion of supporting such a place for conferences, mineral symposiums, and other field collecting associated efforts taking form near the Tucson annual trade shows.

Additionally, an excellent rationale has been established for investing in the preservation of historic mining localities from acquisition or bullying by the large corporate mining companies now grabbing LARGE parts of the Patagonia Mountains and the San Rafael Valley. The mineral values are high while real estate prices are low.

We are looking at a private land offering which includes a famous mine and much remaining mineral deposit. It was last sold for $128K, was last listed at $92K, and is now available for less. WE hope to acquire it for ourselves, and private use, but are open  hosting an annual event for mineral enthusiasts and a seasonal fee-dig.  Where YOUR opportunity comes in, is the chance to get an AFFILIATED MINING CLAIM within 2 miles, a short ride, from Amethyst Ranch, site of the *tangible Miners’ Rendezvous Mining Camp. (Or, to ‘put in’ with us in buying a World-Class locality!)

 [*aside from the one that exists on the internet, as a community with common interests and projects.]

For those mineral collectors, self-employed contract miners, and dedicated mineral dealers who see this as the bargain it is, have asked good questions of process and procedures, given the apparently inconsistent nature of the BLM administration of mining claims in different districts, and the controversy, now in Congressional Hearings, about the FS & BLM & BP NOT PATROLLING the PUBLIC LANDS. {The Coronado National Forest "abandonment issue"} Thus, this posting on the details of the existing RULES. One may not camp ON PUBLIC LAND while digging a claim. One may camp UPON the claim. Casual Use may include a form of "occupancy" and posting a watchman. Read, please so you will know—we know what we are doing, and we believe there will be great success.

“Casual use” under 43 CFR 3809.1–2 or does not require a Plan of operations under 43 CFR §3802.1–2 and §3809.1–4 or a Notice under 43 CFR §3809.1–3   BUT YOU MUST GIVE the information to exercise your rights. [BTW the fees for filing a mining claim have been raised (w/o notice)  to $189.]
purpose of this subpart is to manage the use and occupancy of the
public lands for the development of locatable mineral deposits by
limiting such use or occupancy to that which is reasonably incident. The
BLM will prevent abuse of the public lands while recognizing valid
rights and uses under the Mining Law of 1872 (30 U.S.C. 22 et seq.) and
related laws governing the public lands, regardless of when those rights
were created. The BLM will take appropriate action to eliminate invalid
uses, including unauthorized residential occupancy of the public lands.
a. Activities Required for Use of Public Lands
§3715.2, in order to occupy the public lands under the mining laws for
more than 14 calendar days in any 90-day period within a 25-mile radius
of the initially occupied site, the occupant must be engaged in certain
activities. These activities must:
(1) Be reasonably incident –
Reasonably incident means the statutory standard “prospecting, mining,
or processing operations and uses reasonably incident thereto” (30
U.S.C. 612). It is a shortened version of the statutory standard. It
includes those actions or expenditures of labor and resources by a
person of ordinary prudence to prospect, explore, define, develop, mine,
or beneficiate a valuable mineral deposit using methods, structures,
and equipment appropriate to the geological terrain, mineral deposit,
and stage of development and reasonably related activities.
or undue degradation, as applied to unauthorized uses, means those
activities that are not reasonably incident and are not authorized under
any other applicable law or regulation. As applied to authorized uses,
the term is used as defined in 43 CFR §3802.0–5 and §3809.0–5.
Constitute substantially regular work – Substantially regular work means
work on, or that substantially and directly benefits, a mineral
property, including nearby properties under the control of the
The work must be associated with the search for and
development of mineral deposits or the processing of ores. It includes
active and continuing exploration, mining, and beneficiation or
processing of ores. It may also include assembly or maintenance of
equipment, work on physical improvements, and procurement of supplies
incidental to activities meeting the conditions of §3715.2 and
§3715.2–1. It may also include off-site trips associated with these
activities. The term also includes a seasonal, but recurring, work
(3) Be reasonably calculated to lead to the extraction and beneficiation of minerals;
(4) Involve observable on-the-ground activity that the BLM may verify under §3715.7;
Use appropriate equipment that is presently operable, subject to the
need for reasonable assembly, maintenance, repair, or fabrication of
replacement parts; and
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(6) In addition to the requirements specified in §3715.2, the occupancy must involve one or more of the following:
(a) protecting exposed, concentrated, or otherwise accessible valuable minerals from theft or loss;
protecting from theft or loss appropriate, operable equipment which is
regularly used, is not readily portable, and cannot be protected by
means other than occupancy;
(c) protecting the public from
appropriate, operable equipment which is regularly used, is not readily
portable, and, if left unattended, creates a hazard to public safety;
protecting the public from surface uses, workings, or improvements
which, if left unattended, create a hazard to public safety; or
being located in an area so isolated or lacking in physical access as to
require the mining claimant, operator, or workers to remain on site in
order to work a full shift of a usual and customary length. A full shift
is ordinarily 8 hours and does not include travel time to the site from
a community or area in which housing may be obtained.

If the need
for a watchman or caretaker to occupy the public lands to protect
valuable or hazardous property, equipment, or workings, is asserted, it
must be shown that the need for the occupancy is both reasonably
incident and continual. It must be shown that a watchman or caretaker is
required to be present either whenever the operation is not active or
whenever workers are not present on the site.
The BLM may allow
temporary occupancy at a single site to extend beyond the 14-day period
described in §3715.1 if it is needed to secure the site beyond 14 days
through the use of a watchman as allowed by §3715.2–2 and the“Casual
use” under 43 CFR 3809.1–2 or does not require a Plan of operations
under 43 CFR §3802.1–2 and §3809.1–4 or a Notice under 43 CFR §3809.1–3

Consultation with the BLM and submittal of the materials is required by §3715.3–2 to BLM.
Any casual use activities that do not involve occupancy and are reasonably incident may proceed in accordance with 43 CFR §3809.

In accordance with the revised 43 CFR 3809
regulations, reclamation bonds are now required for both plans of
operations and Notices. The regulations provide for three types of
operations on public lands: Casual Use, Notice level and Plan of
Operation level operations.

Casual Use means activities ordinarily resulting in no or negligible
disturbance of the public lands or resources. Casual Use does not
include the use of mechanized earth moving equipment, truck mounted
drilling equipment or motorized vehicles in areas closed to “off-road
vehicles”, explosives, chemicals, or occupancy as defined by 43 CFR
3715. Operators conducting operations at the Casual Use level are not
required to post a financial guarantee for their operations.

Casual Use operations involve simple prospecting with hand tools such a
picks, shovels, metal detectors and camping for less than 14 days in a
90-day period. It does not involve any type of explosives, chemical
usage or mechanized earth moving equipment. Small scale mining devices
such as dry washers having engines with less than 10 brakehorsepower are
allowed, provided they are fed using only hand tools.

CFR 3809
This document provides interim guidance for
Operators/Claimants to submit Notices and Plans of Operation under 43
CFR 3809 for mining activities on lands administered by the Bureau of
Land Management (BLM) in Arizona. It is subject to change pending
subsequent guidance and policies now under review at the BLM national
The BLM does not process applications
for Casual Use activities under 43 CFR 3809 and you are not required to
contact BLM before beginning Casual Use activities. You are however
required to have a working knowledge of all applicable laws and
regulations pertaining to mining in Arizona before you begin your Casual
Use activities. A simple example of a Casual Use activity common in
Arizona is the operation of prospecting or rock collecting using a metal
detector and/or other hand tools while camping on public lands. Your
camping must be in compliance with all camping regulations and you must
not occupy the public lands
, within a radius of 25 miles for more than
14 days in a 90 day period.
When submitting a Notice, your
Notice must contain all of the information listed under 43 CFR 3809.301.
If you propose an occupancy, as defined by 43 CFR 3715, your Notice
must also include the information required under 43 CFR 3715.3-2.
Processing Notice level operations involves a 15-day time frame. [They have to give you a reply in that time.]

Gold: $1276/oz   Amethyst cut gems: $2250/oz {@ $15. per carat*, 150 cts to the ounce.} 
    * can be as valuable as $75/ct.

DO NOT DELAY CONTACTING US! We both desire rapid progress and quick results, and the PRACTICALITY is that some wholesale level, valuable mine production can be underway very soon, and upgraded to a very profitable market asset within 120 days with the establishment of a continuing presence. This may be done with an ‘encampment’ according to the above defined regulations, or established independent of BLM approval or subsequent changes or limitations by using private land nearby.

For more information, or to make a deposit [easy through PayPal!] to secure your interest**, call us without delay.
** Part interest in the "Miners’ Rendezvous Mining Camp" Joint Venture, and/or Part interest in a Joint Venture Mining Project, and/or part interest in Contract Mining Leases, or part interest in mine production (or net profits) facilitated by your support, for example. We can file shared claims and operate mines on behalf of participating investor(s) as well.{limit ten claims per person, or 200 acres}

Welcome ‘home’ for artisan hard-rock miners

Old Tombstone Studio & Timeless Mining Company NEWS

Amethyst Ranch, AZ Sept. 8th.  The project is well underway, “Miners’ Rendezvous Mining Camp” is Arizona’s unique (& only) ‘fee-dig’ mineral collecting destination, in the beautiful green Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona. Our home-base has been the famous silver mining camp of Tombstone, from where we now start our excursions and guided expeditions. We are now announcing that we will have a base-camp in the mountains to make the prospecting & mineral collecting possible on an on-going basis, thanks to a high demand for such opportunities. The excitement isn’t just about the plentiful excellent mineral specimens or Mineral Clubs hosting guests for FREE at our camp, or winter visitors “snowbirds” coming early for the February Tucson Gem & Mineral Trade Shows & Conventions and staying late an hour away at Amethyst Ranch…its also MAKING HIGH-DEF VIDEOS! Its not too soon to contact us about scheduling your mining camp experience, at “Miners’ Rendezvous”

Poster specimen until we dig more

Prize specimen dug by Terry Allison

Feds lose ground to Cartels, Miners fight to rescue land, resources

The Gunbelt Report

September: "Pick & Shovel" War begun.
INDEPENDENT Prospectors & Miners take on Cartels,
challenge border zone ranchers  in wake of Federal
abandonment of Coronado National Forest.

An OPEN LETTER to the border zone ranchers:
1Dear Mr XXXXX, and other Border Zone Ranchers:
Thank you again for your note of concurrence supporting our intent to exercise
our rights in accessing our mining claims and private properties in Cochise &
Santa Cruz Counties, by contributing to road repairs to our mutual benefit. Our last
visit, on Father’s Day, had us in your front dooryard waiting for you or XXXX,
with four Border Patrol guarding us for well over an hour. It’s a pity you didn’t come out
to talk, and answer a few questions for us then and there. I will find the answers or the
courtesy of a reply from you immediately. We were very disappointed in your lack of
response to our prior letter. Silence was, quite simply, incriminating, as is the obvious
lack of effort on your part, to get volunteers or guards to secure your part of the border
zone nor to protect your ranch & resources, and further, conspicuously absent, any
public visibility [above the ranch group’s unpublished 18 point plan to secure the border]
in terms of responding to offers of qualified help, nor to host militias or Minuteman type
groups who have made recent offers on TV. The inference is of cowardice in the face of
cartel threats, and/or complicity in denying Public Use of Public Lands -benefiting the
smugglers. Silence is no longer an option. NO ONE IS NEUTRAL.

If you are in fear, no one will protect you. Honest people have no fear. Just let me know
when you will be at the Patagonia P.O. & I will call the pay-phone. Or just get me your
cell #   We intend to destroy the Cartels. Everyone knows who they are on both sides.
My first question is how much private property do you own at "XbarX" Ranch? How
much of those THOUSANDS of acres is grazing lease from BLM? Would you be willing to sell all or
part of your property immediately? Would you consider leasing all of the ranch and
sell off the cattle?

Are you “Gentleman’s Recreational Ranching” without profit, or as a business venture in

concert with the Cattle Rancher’s Association; are any of you showing a profit?

Prudence would dictate your time and money could be much better spent, but it seems
much too late for old dogs & new tricks. I see no future in cattle, so my next question:
What plans do you have for the property? [assuming you own it quiet title & all, w/o
partners or bank leeches] Cows till Kingdom come? Are you planning to sell or Will the
ranch to someone? WHEN? Is there any other potential for El Rancho  beyond cattle
if there is no grazing lease available? If the lease were canceled or forfeited this month
what would you do?
When drug stashes are found, smugglers captured, + the ranchers’
hired raiders caught [you know the day is at hand] on your land…and people do talk, as
they already have…under drug seizure law, ranchers like you are in such jeopardy, only
the foolhardy would not bail out asap.
How can you sleep at night knowing…you are widely thought of as lazy, greedy, selfish
land hogs who are “Failing to deny haven & sanctuary to criminals & terrorists” ?

That is an applicable, PROVABLE criminal charge, and the other is “Knowingly
providing haven, sanctuary, and/or support for criminals and/or terrorists.”

As I said, doing nothing is no longer an option, and since you seem oblivious
to your own plight, and have yet to act, I put it simply: We want your ranch
right now, since we think you are about to lose it, and we think you’d rather
leave it in our hands than lose it all -or more- to the Zetas. (Who have already
taken at least 2 ranches in TX, thankfully allowing the ranchers to escape with
their lives); They are still in (Mexican) standoff mode, with our forces planning
a counter-offensive to liberate the ranches.) We expect a Word to the Wise is
sufficient. Mexican “Army”-like units are already camped in the mountains*
[*see the report link & map at the bottom of the page.]
There is a war imminent, and the ‘spreads’ along the border zone are now
under a threat unlike any you have ever faced. It’s time to dig into that
retirement treasure chest and go live on a sailboat in the Gulf- I hear there’s
some real deals on used fishing boats. We are asking you to voluntarily
abandon your leased BLM Lands, to let your Grazing Permit expire, and to
constrain yourself and your business to private land.
Many are seeking to force you to do so, we are openly, brutally honest
about wanting all cattle off Public Lands.
You cannot convince me that you and R and J have things under
control, or that you can be relied upon to yell for help, since you haven’t yet.
Are you waiting for blood? Do you really think you have a “Separate Peace” or
an ‘understanding’ with the cartel that keeps you safe? DO YOU THINK WE
TRUST YOU to be able to secure & hold your part of the ‘Gunbelt’? Do you
really think Old Tony Estrada can hack a gun-battle?

We regret not having trustworthy neighbors, and we take great offense that
None of You have been able to kept the area safe; all of you seem to be cowards
 -not worth defending, so just get the hell out of the way so other, braver MEN can
defend the resources that belong to us and our grandchildren,
….and understand why we want your risky lack of responsibility in holding such lands
to end, and end NOW, before we lose MORE territory and freedom
because you chose the ‘easy way out.’

 You also failed to report corrupted officials trafficking tar opium

 picked up on your grazing lease by your “friend” Exx Kxx, Badge # 1942, and the fact that many
smugglers trails converge near “xyz” ‘s camp off F.R.4×20. As if you did not know!

We are such highly qualified resource managers, we are certain of our ability
to HONESTLY pay any reasonable price for any parcels of land in the area.
~ I had mentioned in our personal conversation a plan for commercial mining
operations in the vicinity, which would have benefited the community greatly,
but we have suspended those plans for enriching your area with tens of millions
in royalties each year, as it seems the inaction of the community suggests the

resources could have already fallen into the wrong hands.

In that we have what we want, it’s the County and the State taking the future loss
at the hands of the Federal Government, again, by failing to secure the actual border.

    We seek to take possession and control of as much land near the border as possible,
as soon as possible, by adverse possession if necessary. Our public postings,
our legal notices of intent- have gotten NO negative feedback, no resistance,
no denial of the right to do so. {Implied Consent}

I enclosed two CD data discs in my previous unanswered mailing to you, with mining
claim & other permittee’s legal status & rights explained and elaborated. {In part provided
by}  We have made public evidence the Phoenix BLM has committed several “Plain
Error” violations in defiance and contempt of 36 CFR Part 261 of Dec. 8, 2008, adding to
the corruption charges against the FSLE of the Sierra Vista Forest Service Office.

What we have is what Sheriff Paul Babeau said: “The Federal Government is the enemy.”

Would you rather have a giant mining corporation arrange for Ranches to be taken by imminent
domain? See web page, and examine their Eastern Patagonia
Mountains Mines page, wherein they spell out plainly, Augusta Resources, (Rosemont Mine)
plans for our lands, including YOUR RANCH. We (not you) are in a unique position, able to
deal with such companies and regulatory agencies. {I authored a similar ‘controlling
research’ report for the OIG, Dept. of AG. in Colorado, 2002} Therefor, I come to my…
CENTRAL PROPOSAL: If you own any of the in-holdings, patented claims, such as at the
xxxxx xx Mine or near the Duquesne site, as we have indications you do, we want to buy
them immediately. (Why didn’t you reply?)

Your issuance of a lease, and/or permission & transfer of the right to possess and occupy
& mine same will assure you of your price paid in a short time. If, on the other hand,
we cannot determine the ownership, or your lack of reply indicates that you neither own them
nor wish to admit to owning same, be assured someone has taken adverse possession
and the actual, true owner will be forced to come forward or forfeit the land. {for Property taxes}

Rather than be dependent on you to responsibly make a courteous and timely reply, and
being unwilling to wait months AGAIN for any reply at all, and being independently free of any
outside influence or regulatory constraints, we only give you this
 we  Post on the internet THIS letter because one sent to you did not receive a written reply.

 Yes, you Border Zone Ranchers are under a tremendous amount of pressure -its a
LAWLESS ZONE. But because the Federal Government is now widely understood to be truly
considered treasonous, much of the Public Lands having now having been abandoned,
CITIZENS have responded LEGALLY by seizing and protecting more and more of the
Coronado National Forest, which means YOUR GRAZING LEASE with the BLM has been
declared null & void by parties challenging the administration [not to mention the cartels]
by holding fast to the 36 CFR Part 261 Decision on Petitioners (Class Action) Sovereignty
by virtue of the Mineral Estate Grant of 1866, in effect ‘patent’ of claims filed by
members of the Action. By holding these mineral rights the “Group” can stop the Giant
Corporate Mines and control an artisan small mine industry employing thousands & far
out-producing in value & variety the largest open-pit copper monstrosities and much
more beneficial to the local economy and benevolent to the landscape. Its a powerful
economic force previously hidden & underestimated, but whose time has come. I will
NOT, as part of this historic transfer of resources, be patient. CALL 520-508-7592
Here’s the TRUTH: Cartel teams in position in S. AZ remain unchallenged.
Neither Ranchers nor BP/ICE nor State of AZ admit this is TREASON.

Exeter NH & Tombstone AZ UFO sightings anniversary REVELATIONS

           The Exeter UFO Incident
                             Sept. 3rd, 1965

                     A Vision of the Mission

Just before 2 A.M., September 3, 1965, on Route 150 about 20 miles
north of Haverhill, Massachusetts, lights stream through the trees ahead, blue-white,
like intense carbon-arc lamps or aircraft landing lights. Behind Carl Dining’s farm, the horses are
in a panic; the dog is barking. At the back corner of the hayfield, uphill toward Brewer’s the
lights in the woods beyond the pasture cast vivid black shadows, while everything in the beams
glows phosphorescently. But for the horses and the neighbor’s dog, all else is silent.
Faintly, the sound of a car engine comes up the hill toward Exeter and the man
crouching in fear in the shallow ditch by the side of the narrow two lane road, just past the
farm. He and the driver’s attention are on the source of the mysteriously floating source of the
lights, now flashing and moving above the trees and the field.
Only Norman had a clear view from the side of the road at that point, above the field.
He was stunned, realizing what had risen out of the woods had “hopped” over the trees and had
landed in the field… silently. The driver was coasting to stop – quite near Norman – to see what
had landed in the field, expecting to hear a helicopter’s engines as he shut off the car and
opened the door to step out.
‘It couldn’t be an aircraft.’ The observers thought, correctly, being familiar with the B-52’s
and other planes flying out of Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, only a few miles away,
visible and highly audible, particularly at tree-top level.
The driver realized too, what was at hand, but for both young men, standing frozenly
witnessing, intensely aware that the flashing lights had stopped moving, the moment was
balancing upon a knife edge; neither was aware of the other; they were each focused only upon
the object behind the lights.
“They know I’m here!” Each thought. Trying to avoid panic, each experienced a flood of
thoughts as though the stream of consciousness had just turned into a torrent and swept them
A flash was all the neighbors noticed, but for Norman Muscarello and Frank Lavoie, it
was the moment of seeing the Face of the Future.
Twenty-five years later, long after John G. Fuller’s book, Incident at Exeter, ONE of
them realized that it had been a VISION OF THE MISSION, transmitted in the synchrotron
flash, a Door to All Time.
The saucer was only about twenty-five feet across, but its ‘presence’ made it appear
larger as it lifted off and drifted across the open field toward the road, just barely over their
heads. Norman turned and stepped out of the roadside ditch and ran for Frank’s car. They raced
toward Exeter’s Police Station, next to Murphy’s Bakery. Frank’s Ford 358 spinning the tires
easily in a squealing, smoking burnout, with the engine making enough of a roar to bring the
people at Brewer’s house outside in time to see the saucer brushing and singeing the top of the
Elm tree behind the garage.
The “Vicky” was speeding down Route 150, both Holley four-barrel carburetors drawing
fuel at full throttle. Drifting away silently, the UFO flashed, soon to be seen by hundreds of
witnesses over a two week span.
“Man, what am I going to do now? After the Betty and Barney Hill case, I got serious
about UFO’s and joined NICAP. I’m a UFO Investigator for the National Investigations
Committee on Aerial Phenomenon. After what we saw, how can I be objective?”
Yeah, I heard about the Hill abduction. I don’t want the Merchant Marines to hear
about this, they’re my only hope to escape the draft. I’ll tell the cops I got picked up by an
elderly couple that didn’t want to get involved… but I gotta report this, its still out there!”
Norman was looking intently out the windshield at the sky.
“You gotta do that so the cops will call me with a UFO sighting, and then I can see you
officially to do the report. Then its real and you won’t look crazy.”
“Be at my place at 79 ½ Front Street about 6:30.”
“I’ll bring donuts. This is weird, like I already know you.”
What neither of them expected was that before their sunrise rendezvous, too soon, the
saucer would return to the same spot, and that two police officers, Bertrand and Hunt,
examining the site with Norman before dawn, would also experience “The Flash”, and they
would all be overcome in the following hours by a puzzling and powerful sense of Deja-vu.
{Upon meeting again during the days and weeks that the UFO was in the area, the feeling we
experienced repeatedly was a focus of John Fuller’s investigation, guided by Frank, who
seemed to uncannily find witnesses, including the mother of his future wife. }
Thousands of people saw it, and more than a few had close encounters.
At Norman’s that morning, {I’d gotten my call within hours.} I joked about how quickly things
had happened, how 6:30 was still an hour away, but already more people had
seen it. I’d barely finished my sketch of the UFO, with its rotating circle of flashing lights, the
two tiny red lights, every detail, and phoned in the report to Washington
when it occurred to me that because the cops had seen it, and called me, it was likely the news
media was on its way already.
Sure enough, looking outside I could see there were several cars being parked.
“Norm, better make more coffee, there newsmen on their way up your driveway, and
their gonna knock on your door any moment. I’m sure glad I got to see this one. That thing was
fantastic! But Norm, you gotta keep our secret.”
He did.

 Norman Muscarello is being inducted into the Exeter UFO Hall of Fame this weekend,
during the Exeter (NH) UFO Conference at the Town Hall.
Frank Lavoie, Sept. 3rd, 2010

A-10’s chased a giant UFO across S.E. Arizona
On August 25th, 2009

The Tombstone UFO Incident

Tombstone, AZ Sept.1st. 2010 It’s the first anniversary of an amazing sighting in 2009 of a humongous UFO,
but authorities associated with the military interception and tracking of the ‘mother-ship’ have not been forthcoming,
and the sighting
seems not to have appeared in the media, so the eyewitness & author of this report
has issued an invitation for witnesses (including radar operators and pilots) -specially residents of Cochise County-
 to add their reports, anonymously if desired.


“I heard an unusual roar of aircraft engines, above what I usually associate with
‘the twins’, a pair of A-10 ‘Warthogs’ regularly seen patrolling the southern Arizona
skies near Sierra Vista’s Ft. Huachuca, though I assumed A-10’s I saw northerly
near Benson may have been from Davis-Monthan AFB in South Tucson. I stepped
outside to look.

"Six A-10’s at high throttle passing over Tombstone at 8:10 PM alarmed residents
[some, like myself, Air Force veterans.] who assumed from experience in the border zone,
that an intercept of a smuggler’s aircraft was imminent. Those who did more than merely
glance out their windows were not expecting three sets of ‘twins’, much less all of them
using afterburners. I watched from an open area with little obstructing my view of the sky
as the 3 pairs of A-10’s took a direct heading in line toward an area over the southern
Chiricahua Mtns. {N. of Douglas}

"In what may have been New Mexico airspace [judging from thunderstorm clouds and
TV radar]  -at about 40 air miles, the target of intercept seemed to be a set of three dim
orange small round lights moving together some distance apart as a vertical equilateral
triangle, base down.

"The first pair of ‘twins’ -south of the lights [my right facing southeast]-turned left to
intersect the object’s flight path. It was advancing toward my position faster than the A-10’s.
The scale at distance of first discernment was that A-10 wingtip lights could barely
be resolved as a pair for each aircraft. The interceptors were no less than 1200 feet apart.

 "Relative to the A-10’s the dull, pale orange lights appeared as round lanterns a magnitude

less bright [1/10th] than the A-10 wingtip lights, but rock-steady in position relative to
each other and moving with the same dreadnought speed and motion together relative
to the ground.  "By comparison, the A-10’s drifted like hawks despite their flying directly
into a left banking turn as tandem pairs struggling to attain side-by-side formation,
the result was their trailing the object at its port aft and falling further behind as the other
pilots tried to follow more closely.

 "The advance toward my observation point of the lights, attended by the throttle-up

of each pair of planes in turn, as they banked together, brought me to think this triangle
of lights was traveling faster than they [the A-10’s ] were. I moved to an unobstructed view
of the northeast and north sky as it was apparent the orange lights were passing between
Elfrida and Tombstone over South Pass of the Dragoon Mtns.
"Coming closer, with the A-10’s still trailing behind, were two more orange lights,
identical to those of the forward triangle, one above the other, at some distance directly
behind and aligned with the point of it.

"All the yellowish orange lights were moving together in very precise tandem with the
aft two on the center-line, the bottom of which was level with the triangle’s base.
The upper one directly over the lower, all five lights rock-steady relative to each other,
as if they were mounted on some gigantic ‘aircraft carrier’ about two miles long.

"The rapid progress over me, about 30 degrees from zenith from north-east to north-west,
and the scale of what was being intercepted and‘escorted’ struck me. The A-10’s were
still attempting to pull alongside the ‘front’ of the light assemblage at high throttle,
…with typical wobbles and banking adjustments.

"The sheer stability of the ‘formation’ and its size became evident as the A-10’s inability
to keep up was dramatically echoed by repeated afterburner attempts by all six trailing
pairs of aircraft. I could assume the pilots were having difficulty adjusting speed in part
due to the challenge of estimating the speed of such a large object.

"As it eclipsed stars with the volume outlined by its lights the last possibility of
interpreting this as five distinct, separate objects disappeared.

"The scale of the “intercepted object” could be estimated many times in the five or more
minutes of approach. Its appropriate to describe the ‘object’ upon which the lights were
affixed as moving very like an aircraft carrier or stealth submarine on very calm waters.
An estimate based on size, position, and distance from the observer was made using
the A-10’s: at least 7500 feet, more likely twice that long, and at least 1750 feet wide.
"At closest approach, it seemed the UFO was long enough to serve as a runway
compared to the aircraft. It was not more than two miles away; the jet engines of the
interceptors were very distinct. The flight path was over the intersection of Hwy’s. 80
and 82 north of Tombstone. The altitude was about 4000 ft. {8600′ above sea level};
the heading from there was westerly to west, passing over the Whetstone Mtns. to the
West of Mustang Corners, north of Ft. Huachuca, in a slow curve, still trailing the
planes -two posted near the ‘tail’ [port side] and four some 1200 ft behind, as
close as five of them would get.
"As this close encounter procession began to move away from my position,
the inside wing-man of the lead pair seemed to have gotten authorization to abuse
‘His" A-10, or he just lost patience, or a panic feeling set in as the realization that
this huge UFO could continue toward Tucson at its current bearing. I clearly heard
that A-10’s engines throttled beyond 100% and then the afterburners’ roar as the UFO
attained the lower slopes of the Whetstones.

"The UFO started a slow left southward turn at which point the A-10 which had

been gaining a position just off the port bow orange light was being‘closed in on’
to within about six to ten A-10 widths.

The A-10 was forced to gain altitude to avoid collision,
allowing the UFO to pass underneath
by 800 to 1000 feet.

"That A-10 then descended & resumed a similar position off  the starboard bow light,
which (position) he maintained for a short distance as the UFO (at about 12 degrees
above the horizon) continued its turn [without any banking] passing just west of the
Mustang Mountains into the San Rafael Valley and down the West flank of the Huachuca
Mountains, but still visible above the ridge-line as seen from Tombstone’s Walnut Gulch just

south of the 80/82 intersection.

 "The UFO gained distance ahead of the planes, still distinguishable, as the entourage
completed the turn over the high southern peaks of the Huachuca Mountains south of

Sierra Vista. They assumed a straight path which I recognized as a return to the area
of origin-toward New Mexico airspace.

"The UFO and its chase planes, after completing the circuit of Ft. Huachuca

continued to disappear to the southeast taking about 20 minutes for the entire
episode described. I found myself saying aloud to my neighbors who had been
outside too:
 “Those pilots have one hell of an experience to tell their kids about, don’t they!

Note: {I sighted the same “escorted” giant UFO during a family camping trip around Sept. 10th.
from the west side of the San Rafael valley, on the same flight path! All of our party got at least
a short view of it, confirming what I had seen a week+ prior.}

Considering the probability that the many witnesses to the clear-sky early evening
UFO included those A-10 pilots and involved (AF) Base Flight Operations Officers, radar
records can confirm the incident. Perhaps the complete vulnerability and helplessness the
military then experienced was the reason The Tombstone UFO Incident has yet to hit the
national news. After a year, however, without any functioning National Security in the
Border War Zone and lack of any honest intellectual disclosure by Ft. Huachuca or the Air
Force, or DHS, it’s incumbent upon this witness to publish the sighting for truth sake, and
to focus the public onto “the imperative of answers”.

Respectfully submitted by Frank Lavoie, Sept. 1st 2010 at Tombstone, AZ