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An erroneous Associated Press article appeared in the April 21 issues of both the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and the Denver Post, and also showed up in TV news broadcasts. It might better have appeared on April 1.

These news releases stated that according to National Geodetic Survey officials, the Four Corners Marker of the intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah is about two-and-a-half miles west of where it should be. These officials are totally unaware of how the north-south boundaries of the western states were established.

In 1850, congress declared the meridian through the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. to be the American Meridian to be used thereafter instead of the Greenwich Meridian. The Naval Observatory is 77˚- 03;-02.3″ west of Greenwich, which puts the western state boundaries about two-and-a-half miles west of the nearest Greenwich Meridian.



The western boundary of Colorado was never intended to be the 109th Greenwich Meridian (as the National Geodetic Survey claims), but was established as the 32nd American Meridian, which is two-and-a-half miles further west. Similarly, the eastern boundary of Colorado is on the 25th American Meridian, which is two-and-a-half miles west of the 102nd Greenwich Meridian.

The error is not in the original survey – it is the ignorance of the National Geodetic Survey officials.



“During the period of nearly 62 years (1852-1912) that the act was in force, the meridional boundaries of the Territories and States of Arizona, Colorado, Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, and the States of Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and were referred to the Washington meridian.” Boundaries of the United States and the Several States, Geological Survey Bulletin 1212, page 6.

Hal Sundin

Glenwood Springs

That was one heck of a rebuttal Ross, the learned doctor takes his time to write a two column response to your irresponsible comments about cancer treatments, and what do you take from it?, that he might not like New Castle. Wouldn’t it have been easier to just say: “Don’t confuse me with the facts, my mind is made up.” And how in the world did you somehow equate this to politics? Your column goes on to deliver the same message that it has from the very beginning, obviously there are those who like a repetitive theme but to me it is getting a little stale, but then again I don’t have to read it. Regarding your comment about panspermia, we already know that live microorganisms can be transmitted from one planet to another. During one of the Apollo missions they landed close enough to earlier surveyor mission that the astronauts literally went over to it and removed a strut to bring back for analyzing, mainly for the environment. But what they also found were live organisms that had been sent up with the earlier mission and then we brought them back on the strut and still alive. If you might be suggesting that panspermia is something new, might I remind you of the Apollo 11 astronauts waving at us from inside their quarantine facility, it was and still is a concern for someday manned Mars missions. And finally, didn’t you really sum up your true thoughts and what your column is all about?, when you said: “If you’re old and not a conservative you don’t have a brain.” Maybe you should think “outside the box,” or is that considered young and liberal?

Tom Collins

Rifle (but wouldn’t mind living in New Castle, I like it too)

I agree wholeheartedly with Buzz Reed ” it’s time Stan Rachesky retired from the Voices page and found a new outlet for his anger. How many times must we be reminded President Obama doesn’t have a birth certificate? The letters in the past few months seem to be authored by the same people over and over again. I’m tired of the neverending sour grapes over the election and the propensity of some writers to turn the entire section into a religious forum. And perhaps it’s time to put Ross Talbott out to pasture as well. Surely there are many bright and talented people in the valley who can put a fresh spin on the PI’s letter page. The election, believe it or not, is over. The arguments over the Bible will go on without concession until the end of the world. I don’t think it’s the newspaper’s place to host the battleground for these contentious gladiators. It’s time for change.

Susan Mountjoy

Glenwood Springs

Be sure and bring your business cards to Monday’s (May 11) brainstorming meeting at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The meeting is to begin the process of getting the community to start identifying new jobs, products and services that can make a positive impact on our current employment situation and to meet new people with whom you’ll be able to swap services.

If you don’t have business cards and have access to a computer type your name, address and phone number on a sheet of paper a bunch of times and cut it up, so you can hand it out to people. Or, write how people can contact you on a scratch pad so you’ll have something to give people who may want to get hold of you. We’ll even have note pads at the meeting compliments of The Print Works Inc.

Come early to network so we so we can network and help us set up. Brainstorming begins promptly at 6 p.m.

For the most success, we need people with as many different backgrounds as possible to brainstorm their ideas. We need people who are out of work as well as potential employers and people who own or have access to resources such as un-rented buildings and ski areas that don’t use all of their facilities year-round as well as retired folks and people from other countries which can bring a whole wealth of ways things are done where they come from.

We’d like to thank our sponsors by Alpine Bank, The City of Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Mountain College, Office Services Unlimited, Oneirica Art Ranch, Neil News LLC, Bank of Colorado

CacaLoco, The Print Works Inc., Lightning Heart Enterprises, Jean’s Printing, inPRESS PR, Ricki McKenna Health Coach/Certified Nutritionist, Kim Doyle Wille Photographer, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, Staples, RFTA and RifleWorks.

A second meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday May 19 at Colorado Mountain College Rifle.

Nick Isenberg

Community Employment Connection-Working Together to Keep Hope Alive


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