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15 September 2006

From: Russ Kick <russ[at]>
Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2006
To: --
Subject: Scientology's mountain vault in NM

The Wikipedia article on the Scientology mountain vault in New Mexico
has some fascinating info. Apparently the tract of land that contains
the vault is now back in the hands of the government. The CoS now owns a
nearby parcel of land (with the big symbol viewable from the air). It's
a strange story - nothing is ever straightforward with the CoS.

But the main point is that if the parcel with the vault is once again
federal property, *a lot* more info should be available than if it were
in private hands.

A Place in the Desert for New Mexico's Most Exclusive Circles

By Richard Leiby
Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, November 27, 2005


From the state that gave us Roswell, the epicenter of UFO lore since 1947, comes a report from an Albuquerque TV station about its discovery of strange landscape markings in the remote desert. They're etched in New Mexico's barren northern reaches, resemble crop circles and are recognizable only from a high altitude.

Also, they are directly connected to the Church of Scientology.

The church tried to persuade station KRQE not to air its report last week about the aerial signposts marking a Scientology compound that includes a huge vault "built into a mountainside," the station said on its Web site. The tunnel was constructed to protect the works of L. Ron Hubbard, the late science-fiction writer who founded the church in the 1950s.

The archiving project, which the church has acknowledged, includes engraving Hubbard's writings on stainless steel tablets and encasing them in titanium capsules. It is overseen by a Scientology corporation called the Church of Spiritual Technology. Based in Los Angeles, the corporation dispatched an official named Jane McNairn and an attorney to visit the TV station in an effort to squelch the story, KRQE news director Michelle Donaldson said.

The church offered a tour of the underground facility if KRQE would kill the piece, the station said in its newscast. Scientology also called KRQE's owner, Emmis Communications, and "sought the help of a powerful New Mexican lawmaker" to lobby against airing the piece, the station reported on its Web site.

Ground level photos:

The large (3MB) 2005 digital orthographic photo below is from the State of New Mexico:

For aerial photo of the CST site, located in Canon Olquin County, select under "Extents Search" the quarter-quad named:

Canon Olguin, NM, SW Quarter
This generates a file for download as a Zipped file in ECW format of 16MB.

A viewer  for ECW files, "Irfan View 3.98:"

Get the program and the plug-in. Once opened in Irfan View the file can be saved in a variety of graphic formats.

Scientology Bunker in New Mexico

Reduced version of the large photo below.,nm&ie=UTF8&z=13&ll=35.509313,-104.575424&spn=0.117658,0.267105&t=h&om=0