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Murkowski pushes to name mountain peak after Stevens

by Diana Haecker ~ September 21st, 2010

With the intent to recognize the lifetime achievements of former Senator Ted Stevens, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced legislation to name a peak on Mount Hunter “Stevens Peak”.Murkowski said that naming a mountain and part of an ice field after Stevens would be a fitting tribute.

The proposed Stevens Peak is commonly known as South Hunter Peak.

The peak is located in Denali National Park and Preserve and is visible from the Parks Highway. At almost 14,000 feet, the mountain is the tallest unnamed peak in Alaska.

Murkowski has also proposed naming the northern half of the Chugach ice field after Stevens.

Stevens died in a plane crash near Dillingham on Aug. 9. He represented Alaska in the U.S. Senate from 1968 until 2008.

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