Saturday, December 16, 2006

‘Ridicule Factor’ Fading, UFO Buff Says

By Chuck Tobin
The Whitehorse Daily Star
12-15-06

Martin Jasek     Among the 26 people who attended a local UFO conference last Saturday night was a Wolf Creek resident who also saw two large orange balls floating over the area in February 2005.

A report of the sighting over the Mary Lake subdivision next door to Wolf Creek was filed with UFOBC by a couple who watched the unidentified flying objects together with the husband’s parents.

It was later learned that others also witnessed the UFO event. They included a couple of building contractors who were in the subdivision looking at a house project with some children in their company.

It’s reported the group actually took refuge under the house because the objects appeared so close there was a fear they would actually land on the roof.

The conference host was Martin Jasek, a former Yukon resident who helped found the Yukon UFO chapter in the 1990s. He said the Wolf Creek resident shared his story last weekend about seeing the orange objects the same night.

The numbers attending the conference were down from the 60 who showed up at the 2002 gathering and just a faction of the 300-plus for the inaugural millennium event in 2000.

Jasek, however, remains insistent that openly discussing and questioning the unexplained remains as important as ever.

“I would like to see it accepted by the mainstream,” Jasek reiterated in an interview Monday. “I think it is all of our responsibility . . . to ask officials questions.
“So the next time there is an election, and somebody is knocking on your door asking for your support, ask them what they think about the UFO issue,” he said, matter-of-factly.

Jasek, a professional engineer who studies river flows in B.C., came to Whitehorse specifically to host the conference, which was to mark the 10th anniversary of what Jasek refers to as the giant UFO sighting. The event was witnessed by at least 31 Yukoners, from motorists travelling the highway near Fox Lake, to residents of Carmacks, Pelly Crossing and Mayo.

He said it was unfortunate the giant UFO anniversary of Dec. 11, 1996 doesn’t fit well with the approaching holiday season and the ongoing office Christmas parties, which he suspects are part of the reason for the lower numbers.

Jasek and conference co-ordinator Cher Davidson of Whitehorse travelled to Pelly Crossing last Sunday for a meeting sponsored by the Selkirk First Nation and organized by Jean Van Bibber.

Van Bibber, a candidate in October’s territorial election, was witness to the 1996 sighting, and was one of three attending the meeting.

Still, Jasek and Davidson are not deterred, and plan to host another conference in 2008 at a different time.

“I have always been interested in weird stuff but I really did not get involved until the millennium conference,” said Davidson, who has witnessed more than one inexplicable event.

One of the events involved a golden, V-shaped object in the sky over the area at the south end of Lake Laberge, she said.

Like Jasek, Davidson believes there is a need to maintain open discussions about UFOs, to advance the subject as something that needs to be talked about openly.
“I think the ridicule factor is slowly diminishing, but there is still a lot of it out there,” she said. “But we will take your calls seriously, and we will listen to them and offer such support that we are able to.”

Jasek: “The more people talk about it, the more people will take it seriously.”

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