Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Alien Seizure in Colorado?

Sign rule means 2 roadside aliens may not be long for this world

By Erin Emery
Staff Writer

The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to seize Judy Messoline's aliens, a move she believes is an invasion of intergalactic proportions.

Messoline's aliens are red, made of plywood and stand 3 feet tall. The signs point tourists to the UFO Watchtower, her business along Colorado 17 north of Alamosa where tourists watch for UFOs in an area noted for such sightings.

CDOT says Messoline's signs are illegal.

This month, the department sent letters notifying property owners that signs advertising businesses are illegal if located within 660 feet of a highway right of way and not on the businesses' properties.

Now she has to take the signs down within 60 days.

"That's going to hit right at our tourist season," Messoline said. "If we don't have those signs up, the tourist traffic is going to go right on by. To take away our directional signs is going to kill us."

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