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News and sighting reports, January 2001:

Some of the UFO sighting reports and ufology news in January 2001 are listed on this page. Please note that these are not studies, but second hand observation reports, although mostly obtained from reliable and well known sources.

01.28.2001UFO flap in Darbyshire, UK.
01.27.2001AFP news item: Russian airport shutdown because a UFO hovers above runway.
01.20.2001Lynch Mountain mystery deepens.
01.16.2001Harlemville, NY Triangular shaped UFO.
01.14.2001Isle of Man, flying triangle.
01.12.2001Hovering ufo sighted in Maine.
01.11.2001Massive power shortage after UFO flyby in Southern Brazil.
01.11.2001Giant green fireball lights up western USA.
01.10.2001Triangular UFO sighted in Southeastern Ohio.
01.06.2001Slow moving triangular UFO over Kentucky.
01.04.2001Dark disc-shaped UFO seen in Saginaw, Texas.
01.03.2001Strange moving lights.
01.02.2001Trio sights triangular UFO in Germany.
01.01.2001New Zealand disc starts milenium.


An E-mail interview, from Filer's Files #02 - 2001; January 9, 2001.

NEW PLYMOUTH - Five people in a car spotted five disc shaped objects in the sky on January 1, 2001, at 12:01 AM along the western shore of North Island. They were driving down Highway 3 and had the radio tuned to 94 FM.

The witness says, "I knew there was enough coverage in the area for good radio reception but we started getting a static buzz when we left Inglewood. This buzz continued for a minute so we decided to switch the radio off."

The witness continued:

"As we approached the next corner, I saw an orange light over the trees that soon vanished. We retained speed through the next few corners and something orange hovered above us. It appeared to be about 100 feet above us and looked to be between 30 and 50 feet long and the same in width (basically circular). There were five of us in the car who could see it. The object hovered soundlessly as we all stepped out of the car. As we looked around we saw three other objects hovering and swaying around in the air. They looked like they were changing color from metallic glowing orange to metallic deep purple and shades of blue. One more larger object appeared on the horizon and sped towards the other four. Each seemed to react in a way similar to an army unit and formed a line and disappeared almost instantly over towards Mount Taranaki. As we left several minutes later we realized we hadn't seen any traffic for half an hour and only saw some as we entered New Plymouth."


An observation Email Form Report addressed to and published by UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 6, Number 3, January 18, 2001. Editor: Joseph Trainor. See the copyright notice.

On Monday, January 1, 2001, at 12:25 a.m., Dr. Jann Arende, a physician and amateur astronomer, his wife and his sister-in-law were watching the New Year's celebration fireworks from a lofty hillside in the suburbs west of Freiburg, a city in southern Germany.

"The sky was almost clear and visibility quite good," Dr. Arende reported, "When walking back down the hill at about 12:25 a.m., we suddenly noticed a flickering object approaching from the east over the city of Freiburg. The object appeared somewhat oval or triangular in shape. The color was yellow or orange, with a glistening or flickering of the color across the object. It then appeared as if the object were hovering up in the sky. The size was about one-quarter of the full moon."

"The object moved slowly and stealthily towards us at an approximate great height (altitude). It took one minute for the object to reach a point directly above us. We heard no sounds that we could attribute to the object. The color continued to flow across the object. When the object had reached a point roughly above us, it stopped moving and remained motionless at a point close to the star Capella in the constellation Auriga."

"After about three to four minutes, it started to move again but it moved in a different direction and went north. The (departure) speed was similar to its speed during approach."

"When the object halted above us, we started running home to get our binoculars. Viewing it as it went away, the object seemed smaller in size and retained its flowing orange color. We used 10 X 40 binoculars to observe the object. The shape appeared to be similar to a triangle with a convex rounded base. At that point, the object disappeared behind a wall of clouds moving in from the north."

"The observed event, however, was different from anything I have ever seen," he added.

Freiburg is located 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Stuttgart.


A sighting report addressed to the National UFO Reporting Center in the US, the 01.03.2001 from a witness in Hamilton.

The anonymous witness describes an extremely bright shape moving faster than a normal aircraft could, taking sharp turns and able to stop instantly. It was noticed moving from due North to approximately South by Southeast.

"We live 29 kilometers from our local airport and there will be people working there in the tower tonight. It was a bright white light as it approached us then it turned a mottle green - blue but as it stopped then wizzed off again it transformed into the most brilliant blue hue imaginable. It appeared to be round at first but as it approached it looked like a reverse wing shape but as it speed away it took the shape a smooth rounded oval with small outer (wings) that faced forward (in the direction of travel). My wife is a mother home with our two kids and I manage an Importing Business in our local town. We quite often stargaze together when the children are settled down for the night. This is not the first time that this type of (thing) has been seen by ourselves or the neighbours. We live out of town on a small country/farm block and our view of the night sky is not corrupted by anything on the ground, as well as no lights for over three kilometers. When the sun goes down it is very dark except for the moon and stars. The moon is just under quarter and there are only a few light high clouds, the sky tonight is clear over 70%. Tell me I am not seeing things and please tell me it is just a satellite or something."


An observation sent by Living-Tracer Enterprises addressed to and published by UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 6, Number 3, January 18, 2001. Editor: Joseph Trainor. See the copyright notice.

On Thursday, January 4, 2001, Doug McGinnis and a fellow worker "stepped outside at about 5 p.m." at their workplace in Saginaw, Texas, 14 miles (25 kilometers northwest of Fort Worth, "and we were stating how the sky had been very clear over the last few days when suddenly, we both noticed in the western sky a round black object which seemed to be floating slowly. It was about half the size of a thumbtack held out at arm's length."

"It then started moving towards the northeast and seemed to shine like a star or something reflecting light and seemed to shrink in size at times. Then it would appear round and black again. This continued for about four to five minutes and then it was gone."


An observation Email Form Report addressed to and published by UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 6, Number 3, January 18, 2001. Editor: Joseph Trainor. See the copyright notice.

On Saturday, January 6, 2001, at 10:30 p.m., Landy Tucker was driving on Highway 101 in Clifty, Kentucky when he saw "a UFO that came from the northeast."

Tucker added, "I was traveling down Highway 101 in Clifty when I noticed something in the sky. I pulled over to look at it. It made no sound but I could feel some sort of vibration as it passed over my head. I watched it for five minutes and then it disappeared over the Kentucky hills."

"I don't know what it was, but I was the only person who saw it that night. It was dark in color and V-shaped but made no sound. It flew away to the west southwest."

Tucker estimated that the UFO was "12 feet high, 20 feet long, 5 feet wide at the front and 10 feet wide at the back."


An observation report by James A. Gilliland addressed to and published by UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 6, Number 3, January 18, 2001. Editor: Joseph Trainor. See the copyright notice.

The Self-Mastery Earth Institute in Trout Lake, Washington state opened its second year of UFO sightings with the taping of a large object near Mount Adams.

The institute, also known as the Sanctuary, was the site of UFO events throughout the year 2000. Over 700 sightings have been reported at the ranch, located 49 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Portland, Oregon.

On Sunday, January 7, 2001, ranch owner James A. Gilliland "was driving down Little Mountain Road, which is adjacent to the Sanctuary," on the north side of the Columbia River, "when a very large luminous object caught my eye on the face of Mount Adams, which is approximately 13 miles (24 kilometers) away. It was not yet dark and the object was so bright we could not miss it."

"The only possibility might be a large Snow-Cat (a snowmobile the size of a small bus--J.T.) with a bank of Halogen lights. The light was far more brilliant than any (aircraft) landing lights, yet we had to dismiss all possibilities. It was pulsing, going on and off and moving from side to side. It also moved up into the rocks, a large lava flow (on Mount Adams) that was not covered by snow. These boulders are enormous, and there is about eight feet (2.5 meters) of snow up there. The location is also in the Wilderness Area where no motorized vehicles can go."

Halting the truck, Jim and his two companions got out to further observe the UFO. Jim grabbed his camcorder and began shooting footage. "I continued to film it, and all of a sudden, it took off, and another brilliant light appeared directly above that position. It looked equally the same only now it was rising rapidly and moving towards the east."

Shortly afterward, "a small jet, most likely military, was vectoring in on it. When the jet came close, it (the UFO) picked up speed and vanished. This we caught on film. As I just centered on the course of the UFO, it disappeared on the mountain."

"Then the light appeared again overhead lit up brilliantly and dimmed yet again. I caught the tail end of it on film. due to the slow response of the camera."

Jim said that ABC and FOX affiliates had visited the ranch and videotaped the phenomena. He added, "Seattle's Evening Magazine also covered the event, yet each time they had to put their twist on the story, like we were filming street lights or meteors. There are no street lights anywhere near the ranch, and 'meteors' do not hover or make right-angle turns."


Many thanks to Peter B. Davenport of the NUFORC for these reports.

On Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at witness in Wilmington, Ohio "reported that at around 3:-5 to 3:-7 a.m., a huge boom was heard and 'felt'.' Nothing was seen but the witness heard another distant boom, much the way thunder echoes."

On Thursday, January 11, 2001, at about 6:30 p.m., two adults and a four-year-old child from Jefferson County, Ohio were driving "north on (Ohio) Route 151 near Steubenville," when they saw that "a bright light seemed to be moving back and forth and looked like a triangle shape" as they drew closer.

"A flashing red light was said to be hovering over a tree and vanished as they approached. Suddenly, a rumbling sound became audible to the threesome." (Many thanks to Kenny Young of Cincinnati UFO Research for these reports.)


An observation report addressed to and published by UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 6, Number 3, January 18, 2001. Editor: Joseph Trainor. See the copyright notice.

On Thursday, January 11, 2001, at 9:53 p.m., a gigantic green fireball lit up the night sky in the USA west of the Mississippi River and was seen by hundreds of witnesses.

The glowing object first appeared in the eastern sky and was reported by people in North Dakota and South Dakota.

According to Peter B. Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, the "giant green fireball was seen from locations in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona," plus North Dakota and South Dakota.

Various reports "were inconsistent" in agreement on the flight path of the object, Davenport added, "And some credible reports suggest that more than one object may have been seen."

Several witnesses in Boulder, and (elsewhere) in northern Colorado, report that the apparent diameter of the fireball was approximately equal to two diameters of the full moon."

"One witness in north central Kansas was looking almost due west when he allegedly witnessed the fireball, (which was) approximately equal in size to his thumb held at arm's length. It descended almost vertically to the horizon."

"Other witnesses report the object reaching the horizon but no one reported hearing a sonic boom."

Also, the same evening, residents of Rockford, Illinois reported "witnessing three to 23 lights" over the city at about 9 p.m. "The lights moved in a variable formation and drifted across the sky for approximately 20 to 30 minutes."

Rockford, Ill. was the site of a previous UFO overflight in February of the year 2000.


A luminous UFO has been observed over 4 major cities of the Southern coast of Brazil.

After the UFO flew by, there has been a massive and unexplained shortage of electrical power in the whole sector.


An observation Email Form Report addressed to and published by UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 6, Number 3, January 18, 2001. Editor: Joseph Trainor. See the copyright notice.

On Wednesday, January 10, 2001, Andy Wendell reported, "At approximately 10:50 p.m., my wife happened to look out the window of our house, which faces the south-southeast, and observed a bright shimmering object about 10 to 15 degrees above the horizon. The object appeared stationary and at an unestimable distance" away from their house in Solon, Maine.

"It resembled the brightest of stars that shimmer and shine (red, blue, white--A.W.) yet the object at that height above the horizon was absolutely too big to have been a star, and because of the position and the shimmering, it was not Venus. We observed the phenomenon for approximately four minutes, at which point it disappeared, probably by having traveled away from us."

Andy and his wife did observe the UFO with a pair of binoculars. "It did not look like a plane, my binoculars showed only bright and flashing lights at this distance. No definition and no movement until the lights disappeared."


One of several witnesses gives the following account from last Tuesday January 16 evening around the Catskill Mountains town of Harlemville, NY, USA:

"It is very dark there at night but from what I could see it had sort of triangular shaped body with rectangular shaped blue lights at 10 or 12 points around the craft, it also must have had a smaller upper deck as some of the lights were positioned higher on the craft. There were no landing lights, red wing tip lights or other equipment you would see on a plane or helicopter... It glided with the grace of a large jet when it is landing, but had no changes in altitude or speed... It was cold so the windows were up but as best I can tell there was no noise... The only other thing I can think of to comment on is how surreal it was to witness this and how mezmerizing it was to watch its graceful flight. Neither my son or I ever felt afraid, just peaceful and excited at the same time, and dumbfounded afterward to try and explain what we had just witnessed. A few minutes later I called 911 and was switched to another agency, I spoke with a man seemed to know approximately where I saw this and which direction I was headed upon asking he informed me that many calls were made regarding this sighting... This incident occurred 1-16-2001 I would appreciate an E-mail from anyone else who witnessed this particular sighting my address is"

ISLE OF MAN, UK, 01.14.2001:

A large triangular flying object hovered above Mount Snaeffell, in the Island on Man, England. It was said that the authorities are investigating.


An article addressed to and published by UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 6, Number 3, January 18, 2001. Editor: Joseph Trainor. See the copyright notice. See Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State, Harcourt, Brace and Co., New York, N.Y., 1939, pages 242, 243, 438 and 439. Also Virginia: A Guide to the Old Dominion, Oxford University Press, New York, N.Y., 1940, page 539.

During the month of December 2000, Lynch Mountain in eastern Kentucky was the site of many strange reports.

Residents of nearby Appalachia, Virginia reported seeing "oval luminous UFOs" hovering over the mountain, located on the Kentucky/Virginia state line. Mysterious white vans were also seen in Appalachia and in nearby Norton, Ca. and also south of Pikeville, Kentucky, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) to the west.

According to local researcher Chris Light, the USA Department of Defense built a facility there sometime in the 1950s.

Now Albert LaFrance, a historian specializing in underground facilities and communications networks of the Cold War era, is seeking more information about Lynch Mountain.

UFO Roundup has learned a bit more about the area. But the new facts merely add to rather than clear up the mystery.

In 1917, the USA's federal government acquired 42,000 acres of land in the Lynch Mountain area as a "strategic coal reserve," as part of the national defense effort in World War One. The coal was mined by the United States Coal and Coke Company. and the four mines in the area remained open for a couple of decades. There was one serious coal miners' strike in Lynch, Ky. in 1934.

UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor has turned up a few strange Fortean ties to the Lynch Mountain area.

Just north of the mountain is Pound Gap, which was originally a migration route for Virginia settlers coming into Kentucky. Pound Gap was originally called "Sounding Gap" because of strange booming noises heard by the first pioneers.

"At first called Sounding Gap because the rocky formation seemed to give back a hollow sound, the name was corrupted to Pound Gap."

Lynch Mountain was also a powwow site for the Ontouagannha and Ani-Yupuya, indigenous peoples of the region, also known as Shawnee and Cherokee Indians.

The Ontouagannha war chief Benge (pronounced Ben-gay--J.T.) was killed nearby in a battle with Kentucky and Virginia militia back in 1794.

The area was also the site of a bizarre murder in 1935, when a man named Maxwell was found dead of multiple stab wounds. The murder was amazingly similar to those of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles in June 1994. The victim's daughter, Edith Maxwell, was tried for the crime. Her first trial ended in a hung jury. But Edith Maxwell was convicted in the second trial and sentenced to twenty years at the state women's prison.

"Interestingly, there are two unusual feature names in the area," Trainor added, "There is a Looney Creek leading up to the mine. And a oddly-named Faith Hill. Perhaps some reader can tell us where these names came from."

UFO FLAP, UK, 01.28.2001:

The Derbyshire is a region of the Midlands in Great Britain. Since 3 months, a massive UFO flap generated numerous observation in particular by residents of the towns of Matlok and Rowsley.


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