Flashing Light, Noise Upset Dogs, Stir Search
By Mary Jane Williams, Statesman Correspondent
NEW MEADOWS — An intensive search covering
several hundred acres in the area of Brush Mountain northwest of Zim's Plunge near New Meadows for the cause of flashing
light, barking dogs and strange sounds has been discontinued pending further
tangible information, according to Adams County Sheriff Bud Mason.
The search was brought about by an unusual
set of circumstances and at times it was feared a downed aircraft was in the
reported that around 7:20 p.m. Thursday Jack Goforth,
New Meadows, was traveling west on Highway 55 from the Goose Creek Store to
Meadows when he saw what was described as a flash of light seeming directly
over Zim's Plunge Resort.
light was said to last several seconds moving neither right nor left at eye
level and changing color from red to orange before becoming engulfed in a cloud of
"steam" which apparently extinguished it.
Goforth reported the experience to Adams County Deputy Sheriff
Don Wilson of New Meadows who investigated in the plunge area. Wilson
reported later to Sheriff Mason that the owner of Zim's
Plunge had heard around 7:20 p.m. what she thought was a plane go over, then
a dull thud somewhat like a car door slamming.
At this time dogs at the resort began to
bark and the owner said she checked the driveway for a car, finding none.
second report of a plane allegedly flying so low over his home — going north
— that it caused disturbance of dogs in the yard was given by Lawrence Dixon,
New Meadows, who placed the time also at a little after 7 p.m. Sheriff Mason
checked with the Federal Aviation Administration, Mountain Home Air Force
Base, and Chet Moulton, Idaho aeronautics director, and none reported any
missing aircraft in the area.
a search was made of the area by members of the New Meadows Ridge Runners
Snowmobile Club, Payette National Forest personnel, and the Mountain Search
and Rescue, McCall unit, using 35 snowmobiles.
that perhaps there was a small craft down which had not filed a flight
report, the search continued through Thursday night disbanding at 6 a.m.
Friday, having found no trace of any craft.
afternoon, teams of three snow machines again combed the area, returning at 6
p.m. At this time Sheriff Mason discontinued the organized search due to a
lack of tangible information and due to snow and lack of visibility.
search was carried out by men familiar with the area who
have worked and hunted in it. They were valuable in leading search
teams," Mason said Friday night. He also said searchers would be
ready to go again if the situation warranted.
This reference: News clip from “The Idaho
Statesman” Second Section, Boise, Idaho, Saturday, January 23, 1971, p. 13
With Thanks to The J. Allen Hynek
Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/
Note: The text that the UFO was “changing
color from red to orange before becoming engulfed in a cloud of steam"
is interesting in that, the color change could indicate a “power-up” by the
craft; this producing more heat that might have caused the
melting of snow into steam. That there was snow on the ground was indicated
by the use of snowmobiles to perform the original search. Of course this
is speculation only.-CF-
UFOCAT PRN - 92787
UFOCAT URN – NONE News clip from “The Idaho Statesman”
Boise, Idaho, Saturday,
UFOCAT URN – 092787 APRO Bulletin, January
1971, p. 7 (News Clip)
UFOCAT URN – 069820 UFO Investigator,
Publication of NICAP, April 1971, p. 3
UFOCAT URN – 147873 A Geo-Bibliography of
Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0083, © 1980
North America – United States, Idaho, Adams
New Meadows Latitude
44-58-16 N, Longitude 116-17-02 W (D-M-S)
Brush Mountain Latitude
45-07-07 N, Longitude 116-24-27 W
Plunge Is probably - Zim's Hot Springs, 2995 Zims
Rd., New Meadows, ID 83654
Goose Creek Store Many listings for Goose Creek (Mainly a stream)
Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 44.97 N, Longitude 116.27 W (D.%)