By Leigh Black Irvin
The Daily Times
FARMINGTON — For decades, strange lights in the night sky and mysterious cattle mutilations have sparked rumors of a secret underground alien base near the small town of Dulce, which is tribal headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Nation.
A new book, “Dulce Base: the Truth and Evidence from the Case Files of Gabe Valdez,” purports to solve the mystery. It claims that humans, not aliens, are behind the strange happenings. The book’s author is Greg Valdez, son of former New Mexico State Police Officer Gabe Valdez.
In 1976, ranchers found many mutilated cows, and Gabe Valdez became one of the lead investigators into the case, his son said.
Prior to his death in 2011, the former police officer determined that the mutilations and strange aircraft were, in fact, human-caused.
After pouring over recently declassified documents, Gabe Valdez concluded that the federal government was using the Jicarilla Apache Nation to test environmental contamination caused by nuclear testing in the late 1960s.
Greg Valdez says this contamination was caused by an experiment known as “Project Gasbuggy” that took place 21 miles southwest of Dulce on Dec. 10, 1967. The project’s goal was to identify peaceful uses for nuclear explosions, and it involved the detonation of a 29-kiloton device located 4,227 feet underground. The intent was to release pockets of natural gas that could be used commercially.
Gasbuggy was carried out by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory and the El Paso Natural Gas Company, according to the book.
While the device was successfully detonated and gas wells were drilled at the site, the gas was too radioactive for commercial use.
Greg Valdez said his father found out that the federal government conducted the cattle mutilations to determine the effects of radiation from Gasbuggy.
“They were testing the cattle to avoid panicking the public,” he said.
Greg Valdez alleges that several government agencies and military entities, such as the U.S. Air Force, were heavily involved in the cover-up. He says that the CIA and National Security Agency also became involved when Albuquerque businessman Paul Bennewitz discovered evidence of secret military projects on the Kirtland Air Force Base, which also had ties to Dulce.
To protect the secrecy of their operations, Gabe Valdez learned that the government started a disinformation campaign and encouraged rumors about UFOs, said Greg Valdez.
Aztec resident Brooks Marshall, a UFO enthusiast and local paranormal expert, has followed reports of the supposed Dulce underground base for years.
Marshall believes there is truth to a secret military presence centered around Dulce. But he doesn’t think government involvement comes close to explaining the cattle mutilations.