Alaska program seeks to officially name peak 'Gorgon Spire'

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska outdoor education program is trying to officially name a mountain peak.

The Juneau Empire reported the Juneau Icefield Research Program is seeking recognition of the name "Gorgon Spire" for one challenging peak.

Program faculty member Scott McGee submitted a geographic name proposal to the Alaska Historical Commission in February for the peak 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Juneau.

McGee said he was prepared to submit a different name before finding the peak referred to as Gorgon Spire — after the Greek word "gorgos" meaning grim or dreadful — in old climbing periodicals.

The historical commission will decide whether to submit Gorgon Spire to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

A public comment period is open through the end of June.

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