2017 Festival Speakers, Bio Information & Film Screening
Christopher O’Brien – Veteran UFO Researcher
From 1992 to 2002 investigative journalist Christopher O’Brien investigated and/or logged hundreds of unexplained events reported in the San Luis Valley—located in South-central Colorado/North Central New Mexico. Working with law enforcement officials from area counties, ex-military members, ranchers and an extensive network of skywatcher/investigators, he documented what may have been the most intense wave of unexplained activity ever seen in a single region of North America. His ten-plus year investigation resulted in the three books of his “mysterious valley” trilogy, The Mysterious Valley, Enter the Valley, (both St Martins Press) and Secrets of the Mysterious Valley. His field investigation of UFO reports, unexplained livestock deaths, Native American legends, cryptozoological animals, secret military activity and the folklore, found in the world’s largest alpine valley, has produced one of the largest databases of unusual occurrences gathered from a single geographic region.
His new book Stalking the Herd (600 pages 2014) is the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject of “cattle mutilations.” It is destined to become the go-to textbook examining this complicated mystery.
His recent book Stalking the Tricksters, released by Adventures Unlimited Press (2009), distills his years of field investigation and research into an ingenious unified field theory that addresses the apparent interrelatedness between divergent paranormal phenomena.
O’Brien has appeared on over 70 TV show segments and documentaries and hundreds radio programs around the world including, Ancient Aliens, Coast to Coast, UFO Hunters, Inside Edition, Extra, Sightings, Unsolved Mysteries, Unexplained Files and his investigations have been featured by the History, Learning, Travel and Discovery Channels, the BBC, Nippon TV, the Associated Press, Denver Post, Albuquerque Journal, Fate, UFO Magazine and many other publications and media outlets too numerous too mention.
He has location-scouted, field-produced, supplied footage for dozens of production companies and directed two segments for the TV show Strange Universe. He is currently an associate producer for Ronald James Films, and his film (co-produced with Ron James and Jennifer Stein) “It Could Happen Tomorrow” won two 2012 EBE film festival Awards—for Best Feature and The Peoples Choice Award.
Clifford Mahooty (Zuni Pueblo)
Clifford Mahooty is a member of the Zuni Pueblo Indian Tribe of New Mexico. Mahooty is a retired civil/environmental engineer (BSCE-NMSU-1969) and worked in many projects with Shell Oil Company, US Federal Government in Environmental justice for Indian tribes, Tribal housing projects in the USPHS as a commissioned officer in water, waste water, and EPA enforcement in environmental compliance. Mahooty is active in the Zuni orders of the Kachina, Galaxy Medicine Society, Sun Clan leadership, and is a wisdom keeper of the Zuni history.
Ronald Regehr has been a UFO researcher for more than 50 years. Regehr is a retired aerospace engineer with 36 years experience at Douglas Aircraft and Aerojet ElectroSystems working in space and Earth surveillance systems. He is MUFON’s Director of Documentation and a MUFON research specialist in space satellite technology. Two of his major areas of contribution in UFO research are satellite detection of UFOs and analysis of photos and other data associated with the Roswell case.
From 1962 to 1999 Regehr was an engineer with Douglas Aircraft (now Boeing) and Aerojet (now Northrop Grumman). At Douglas he was part of the Saturn/Apollo design team responsible for the electrical interface between stages of the Apollo Moon rocket. Later he developed the requirements for the first US space station, Skylab, working closely with the astronauts, NASA headquarters, and Douglas designers.
At Aerojet, Regehr was part of the team that developed specifications for our nation’s top spy satellites, the Defense Support Program or DSP and Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS). The team developed ground data-processing software and interfaces with other program elements. During his career, he held various security clearances up to the level of top secret Q, and he was frequently called upon to assist government specialists in evaluation of classified programs.
Regehr first became interested in the UFO phenomena in the mid-1950s as a young volunteer for the Ground Observer Corps. Through the years he continued reading everything available on UFOs, and in the mid-1980s he became seriously involved in UFO research when his knowledge of classified data indicated to him the US government was not telling the pubic the truth about UFOs.
In particular, based on technical details in the 1976 Iranian UFO case, Regehr became convinced that US spy satellites were detecting UFOs. Between 1988 and 1994 he published a series of articles establishing that this was true, culminating in his April 1994 MUFON Journal article, “Do Spy Satellites See UFOs?” Also in 1994, Regehr made the information available to a national audience as a guest participant in a documentary on the Iranian UFO case on the TV program “Sightings.” In 1998 Regehr published a monograph “How to build a $125 million UFO Detector,” which is an analysis of the technical problems involved in satellite detection of UFOs. Regehr’s Iranian UFO paper, which won 1st prize in MUFON’s 2006 “Best Evidence” contest, combined newly published information (Pratt; Maccabee) with Regehr’s analysis to show that the 1976 event in Iran provides irrefutable evidence of the reality of UFOs.
Other research done by Regehr contributed to knowledge about the Roswell case. Regehr’s Feb. 2000 MUFON UFO Journal article “Not Enough ‘Foil’,” shows that the 200-yd. diameter debris field described by Mac Brazel was far too large to have been caused by the impact of a Mogul research balloon.
Regehr played a key role in bringing to fruition research on the Roswell Ramey office photos carried out by Regehr, Morris, Leveoux, and Johnson. Careful analysis of the photos, rescued from over half a century of obscurity, revealed the times of day the photos were made, that at least two photographers photographed the debris, that the debris pictured in the photos could not have been that of a Mogul balloon, and even that virtually all of the text of the teletype held by Gen. Ramey was readable. This research, and compelling evidence of just why “Bond” Johnson was able to “scoop” the other Dallas/Fort Worth news media are being compiled in Regehr’s latest book, What? Another Dang Roswell Book!
Regehr has been a guest on the television programs “Strange Universe” and “Sightings,” and on the Learning Channel, and a guest on the Art Bell radio program numerous times. He was a speaker at the 2004 Las Vegas Crash/Retrieval conference, on the topic of the Ramey office photos; at the Roswell UFO Festival in 1999 and from 2006 through 2010; at the UFO Friendship Campout at Rachel, Nevada in 1997; at the International UFO Congress in Laughlin, Nevada in 2000; at HUFON (the Houston UFO Network) in 1994; and at MUFON Orange County, Calif. numerous times. He won MUFON’s contest for the Best UFO Case for his work on the Iranian UFO Incident and spoke at the MUFON Symposium. In 2009 Regehr was a featured speaker at the inaugural Galactic Gathering in Denver, CO. He has published articles in the MUFON Journal and UFO Magazine, and he has presented several workshops at the MUFON International Symposia.
Regehr is the former State Director of MUFON, Utah, and resigned that post to fill the position of MUFON Director of Documentation where he revised and updated the MUFON Field Investigator’s Manual to bring it up to industry standards and enable electronic access and updates for all MUFON members.
Regehr lives in Rimrock, Arizona, where he is enjoying his retirement. He is happily married and the father of 3 grown daughters.
Stanley Milford Jr. & Jonathan Dover (Paranormal Rangers)
Stanley Milford Jr. (Navajo)
Stanley Milford Jr. is currently serving as a Ranger Sergeant with the Navajo Nation Rangers headquartered in Window Rock, Arizona. Mr. Milford graduated the U.S. Indian Police Academy in Artesia, New Mexico and has worked as a sworn law enforcement officer going on eighteen (18) years. Mr. Milford serves as a department firearm instructor, SWAT Team Leader and manages a section called the Special Projects Unit. It was within this section that Mr. Milford worked alongside Jonathan Dover (Ret. Lt.) for ten (10) years. This section’s primary responsibility is managing cases and projects that are deemed sensitive in nature. This could be anything from high priority investigations, dignitary protection, high risk detail, SWAT or emergency operations. Another side responsibility of this section is the investigation of those cases that don’t necessarily fit within the everyday parameters of law enforcement. Enter the “paranormal” i.e. Skinwalkers and Witchcraft, Bigfoot sightings, Ghosts and Hauntings, UFO sightings and Aliens. Today Mr. Milford continues to oversee this unique section.
Jonathan Dover (Navajo)
Jonathan Dover is a veteran law enforcement officer. He has worked with the City of Winslow Arizona Police Department, The National Park Service, Navajo Historic Preservation Department, and the Navajo Nation Rangers. He retired from active duty as a Lieutenant in 2011 after 31 years as a law enforcement officer. Jonathan Dover was trained in Criminal Investigations and was an Archaeological Resource Crimes Investigator. He was also trained as an EMT, in SWAT operations, Hazardous materials, Search and Rescue, and was an instructor in Police Firearms training and High Angle Technical Rescue. During his work on Navajo Nation lands, he along with Stanley Milford Jr. were assigned over a period of 10 years to officially investigate and document significant cases involving Bigfoot, the Paranormal, Navajo Witchcraft, and UFO’s.
Joe Montaldo – Director of ICAR
Joe Montaldo is Co-Founder, International Director, and Spokesperson for I.C.A.R. the International Community for Alien Research. (www.icar1.com) Originally affiliated with MUFON as an Investigator, Mr. Montaldo became disenchanted with the lack of information being shared with the general public. His first step in furthering public awareness was establishing a personal website (www.alienenigma) in 1998. Later, the I.C.A.R. site (www.icar1.com) was added to the Internet.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1963, he attended area private schools before joining the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, Joe earned three degrees in Advanced Electronics and Avionics after getting out of the navy Joe went on the get his bachelor’s degree in Advanced Electronics and Avionics. In April of 2002, Mr. Montaldo began hosting the Wake Up USA a UFO Study talk show. He is now host of the new radio program, UFO Undercover is an Internet talk show that allows the host and his guest to interact and answer questions with the virtual audience thru the Internet and by telephone via a toll free number.
During his time as host for these radio programs, Joe has interviewed most of ufology’s personalities. In the process he has gained many friends in the community as well as the opportunity to work to ward his goal of ufologist and the public sharing information openly. Having been an investigator for almost 30 years, Joe Montaldo is extremely knowledgeable on UFOs, Alien Abductions, Star Children, Indigo Children, Milabs, Government Involvement, and all matters involved in Ufology.
In an effort to go directly to the public, a chat room was opened on Pal Talk under Social Issues-ICAR UFO Alien Phenomena-Voice Room. This chat room provides a place for people to exchange ideas, share experiences and find personal help dealing with Alien Contact.
I.C.A.R., starting as a grassroots organization, is now established with members in 11 countries. While UFO sightings are always investigated, I.C.A.R.’s main focus is on Alien Abductions and the Alien Agenda. I.C.A.R. members and Joe have investigated over 5000 cases of Alien contact and abductions. In 2005, Montaldo and members of I.C.A.R. provided press coverage in Washington D.C. at the X-Conference as well as the last 2 crash retrieval conference and the 2006 Laughlin conference also in 2006 Mr Montaldo was placed on the board of the Exopolitics institute where he advises in alien abduction and media areas.
Mr. Montaldo has been featured in newspaper articles, radio talk shows and speaks at area meetings as well as hosting his Wednesday night talk show. “My future goal is to gain information for I.C.A.R. and share it with the Public. The public needs to understand what is going on with Alien Contact, and exactly what the Alien Agenda is.”