AZTEC — A town known locally for its obsession with extra-terrestrials will soon gain national publicity.

At 6 p.m. local time Monday, the History Channel will air a new episode from the series "UFO Files" that will feature interviews from the 2006 UFO Symposium in Aztec, said Scott Ramsey, who organizes the yearly gathering.

The episode is titled "Hangar 18: The UFO Warehouse" and will discuss what happens when a UFO crashes, according to the History Channel's Web site. Many people believe the Wright Patterson Air Force Base contains a top-secret facility named "Hangar 18," where alien crafts are taken.

"They filmed just about all of it last March at the UFO Symposium," Ramsey said.

The episode will explore several UFO crash sites in the New Mexico desert and where the space vehicles were taken after they landed, he said.

The city of Aztec gained prominence among UFO enthusiasts after a crash reportedly occurred in March 1948, almost 12 miles outside of Aztec in Hart Canyon, according to the UFO Symposium's Web



Twelve "crashed disks," which are alien space crafts, were recovered in New Mexico, the Web site states. New Mexico ranks highest in the world for UFO-related sightings.

"They interviewed me for over three hours," he said. "I thought it was a very good interview. They had an interest in documents I have that were declassified by the government."

During the 2006 UFO Symposium, Ramsey provided The Daily Times with documents he claimed were declassified government reports. The documents included a letter written to former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, one written by the United States Department of the Air Force and an investigative report sent to the Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He claimed all of his declassified documents were written internally by the U.S. government.

Ramsey said he does not know how much of the hour-long episode will feature Aztec.

"I don't know how it ended up on the cutting room floor," he said. "The segment of the interview with me will be included in the tape."

Ramsey said History Channel officials recently notified him of their interest in conducting a follow-up interview.

"They haven't set a date for that yet," he said.

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