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The summit to be named is in the Lemon Creek area near Thunder Mountain.

Comments period extended for Heintlzman Ridge peak name proposal

Posted: June 17, 2014 - 3:43pm  |  Updated: June 19, 2014 - 11:03pm

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names, which has authority to name geographic features for federal use, has received two proposals to name the same peak on Heintlzman Ridge. The area to be named is a summit located near Thunder Mountain.

Due to overwhelming public response, the USFS has extended the comment deadline to Thursday, July 31.

The commemorative name proposed is Mount Scribner. Jonathan W. Scribner (1942-2005) was a Juneau resident and regional director of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Southeast from 1983 to 1997.

Sen. Egan penned a letter on Jan. 3, 2013 in support of the naming. He wrote “Jon Scribner helped build the young Alaska government, setting an example of professionalism, dedication and hard work that today serves as a benchmark for government service ... Alaska would be a very different and much less prosperous state without Jon’s considerable engineering ability and his formidable personal relations skills. His life would be appropriately memorialized by giving his name to one of the mountain peaks he so greatly loved and enjoyed climbing.”

The historic Native Alaskan name proposed is Tlaxsatanjín, meaning Idle Hands or Hands at Rest. This traditional name has been used by Tlingit people for 450 years. The name, Tlaxsatanjín, is documented in the publication “Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land” by Thomas Thornton.

The Forest Service is accepting public comments on the two proposed names and forwarding the information to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names for their consideration.

If you have any comments associated with these proposals, please send an email to tongass_webmaster@fs.fed.us. Put “Comments on Juneau Summit” in the subject line.

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