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16 years after Phoenix Lights, mystery remains

PHOENIX -- On March 13, 1997, a mysterious formation of lights was spotted above the Valley and across much of the state.

People who saw the formation said it was miles long and wide. Weeks later, Dr. Lynne Kitei said the military passed off the event as flares from a military training exercise. Kitei didn't buy the explanation then or now.

"You can only think that they were pushed to come up with something," the Valley physician said.

Kitei said to this day there is no clear-cut answer to what she and thousands of others witnessed.

"A formation of lights attached to something or an actual craft."

Kitei runs a website dedicated to the lights mystery, has written extensively on the subject and produced a documentary, "Phoenix Lights: We Are Not Alone," which will be shown Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Scottsdale Harkins Shea at 75th Street and Shea Boulevard.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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