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Sunday, May 26, 2019

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David Weatherly

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David Weatherly is a renaissance man of the strange and supernatural. He has traveled the world in pursuit of ghosts, cryptids, UFOs, magic and more. From the specters of dusty castles, to remote, haunted islands, from ancient sites, to modern mysteries, he has journeyed to the most unusual places on the globe seeking the unknown.

David became fascinated with the paranormal at a young age. Ghost stories and accounts of weird creatures and UFOs led him to discover many of his early influences. Writers such as such as John Keel, Jacques Vallee, Hans Holzer and others set him on course to spend his life exploring and investigating the unexplained.

Throughout his life, he’s also delved into shamanic and magical traditions from around the world, spending time with elders from numerous cultures in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. He has studied with Taoist masters in China, Tibetan Lamas, and other mystics from the far east. He’s picked up knowledge from African and Native American tribal elders and sat around fires with shaman from countless other traditions.

Along his path, David has also gathered a lot of arcane knowledge, studying a range of ancient arts from palmistry, the runes, and other obscure forms of divination to alchemy and magick. He has studied and taught Qigong and Ninjutsu as well as various energy related arts. David has also studied stage and performance magic.

Rocky Smith

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Rocky Smith was born and raised in Oregon City, Oregon. Today, he teaches art at Oregon City High School, where he has worked for the last 17 years. Rocky is also well known in the community as a local historian and paranormal investigator. Smith finished his second term on the Oregon City Commission in 2016 and has been taking a much-needed break from politics. In college Rocky worked for three years in the historic Ermatinger House, the oldest house in Oregon City and the third oldest house in the state of Oregon. He has had many paranormal experiences over the past 20 years in the Ermatinger House including his first experience, which was featured in Susan Smitten's book, Ghost Stories of Oregon. Smith has also worked to preserve the historic 1843 home which has undergone a complete restoration and will open to the public this summer!

Smith started researching the paranormal activity in 1995 and has documented hundreds of haunted places. In 2006, he combined his love for history and knowledge of the paranormal, founded Northwest Ghost Tours. Smith has been featured on local radio and TV and has been asked to speak at paranormal conferences up and down the west coast. In 2006 and 2007, he was awarded Teacher of the Year at Oregon City High School. Smith was awarded Oregon City's Citizen of the year for 2013 and is the director of the quickly growing Oregon Ghost Conference that will take place in Seaside, OR March 29-31st, 2019.

Jay Verburg

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Jay Verburg began his unexpected paranormal journey as one of the two Greenhorn miners on SyFy's Ghost Mine. With a passion for the Old West, he has been casually exploring ghost towns and abandoned locations, striving to discover historically rich areas for the past 15 years. Fascination with history and the gold that still runs through the mountains of Eastern Oregon unexpectedly landed him in the small town of Sumpter. It was there he found himself not only working as a hard rock miner, but witnessing events that led him to an entirely new journey — paranormal research. Research of history and the paranormal have led Jay to some of the greatest location throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Utah, and Colorado. Jay currently travels the U.S., speaking on paranormal research, and revealing how history can lead to the discovery of many rumored haunts. Jay works closely with like-minded individuals and investigative groups such as A.S.E.P., the Paranormal Studies Institute, Paranormal Research & Investigations of Washington, and Oregon Paranormal. As Director of Historical Research for Oregon Paranormal, Jay focuses on studying energy and the pursuit of awareness surrounding the existence of intelligence beyond death. As a featured investigator on the internet network Dark Zone, Jay often reveals behind the scenes videos while working on his latest joint project, The Permanents – A documentary focusing on the paranormal “permanent residents” of the Old Wheeler Hotel on the Oregon Coast.

Ross Allison

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Paranormal Investigator, Author, Media Host, Lecturer, Teacher, and even Tour Guide.

The Pacific Northwest’s only full-time Ghost Hunter

Ross is the Founder and President of A.G.H.O.S.T. (Advanced Ghost Hunters of Seattle-Tacoma) and now runs AGHOST Investigations. With close to 30 years of investigating the paranormal and over 15 years running a ghost hunting group. Ross travels internationally to investigate paranormal activity, collect ghost stories, research cemeteries and teach others about the strange things going on all around us.

Patrick Doyle

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Patrick Doyle’s experience with the paranormal began with a ghostly encounter as a 7-year-old kid, and his fascination with the supernatural has never ceased. While building his name as a paranormal investigator, Patrick and his frequent collaborator Kristen Luman were selected by an Oregon based mine owner to investigate The Crescent Mine, one of the most haunted locations in the Pacific Northwest. Their research was documented for the hit SyFy Channel series, Ghost Mine, which lasted for two seasons.

For most of his life Patrick has been an avid outdoorsman and has developed a reputation for investigating paranormal activity in some of the country’s most remote and dangerous locations, venturing where other ghost hunters fear to tread. Since Ghost Mine ended, Patrick appeared as one of the hosts of Reelz Channel’s Behind The Screams, and is also an accomplished author and illustrator. Some of his work includes the critically acclaimed Y.A. series Edgar Font’s Hunt For A House To Haunt, the sci-fi adventure Next Rest Stop: Earth, the graphic novel The Ghost of Zombie, the children’s storybook The Lair of Forgotten Bears, and the best selling memoir Ghosts From The Ground Up.

Harvey Althaus

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Harvey has been involved with the paranormal, both directly and indirectly, for all of his life. He started investigating when he was 16ish with an old Kodak 110 camera and a Cassio tape recorder. Harvey says "Obviously, I had no idea then what I was doing, but was able to capture some truly amazing and eerie evidence". Being a sensitive and intuitive have come in rather handy while pursuing spirits. Individuals and groups from around the world request his assistance in helping them with his ability of Remote Viewing to understand what they are dealing with.

Nicole Strickland

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Nicole Strickland is the founder and director of the well-respected San Diego Paranormal Research Society and co-host of the "Spirits of the Adobe tours at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. She serves as a consultant to various other teams. Nicole is the published author of several books and writes for FATE Magazine, Let's Talk Magazine and Paranormal Underground Magazine. Having a passion for public speaking, she has presented at numerous paranormal-themed conferences, events and libraries in addition to being a guest on several internet and terrestrial radio shows. Nicole has also appeared in television and film, such as "My Ghost Story-Caught on Camera," "Travel Channel's Ghost Stories," "San Diego's Channel 6 and 8 Morning News Programs, "Southern California Paranormal Investigators," "All Around Us" among others. Having an innate passion for history and the supernatural, Nicole is an advocate for spiritual energies, the clients she serves and the paranormal field at large.

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