The Buzz: Political fog enshrouds renaming of Yosemite peak

03/19/2014 10:20 PM

06/27/2014 2:36 PM

Panel backs renaming of peak in Yosemite

The House of Representatives is closer to renaming a Yosemite National Park peak after Jessie Benton Fremont, putting the 19th century activist and political spouse into a 21st century tussle.

Over National Park Service objections, a House panel last week approved a bill to redesignate the current 12,117-foot Mammoth Peak as Mount Jessie Benton Fremont. The prominent peak, near Kuna Lake, is Yosemite’s sixth highest.

Fremont was the wife of famed explorer and politician John C. Fremont and an ardent advocate of preserving Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia trees.

“The naming of the peak is an important and overdue step in recognizing her important contributions to California and the nation,” declared Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove.

The House Natural Resources Committee’s green light of McClintock’s bill on a voice vote does not guarantee the name change will happen. Other Yosemite-area renaming proposals have stalled before, and some have been stuck for years.

So far, a companion bill has not been introduced in the Senate.

– Michael Doyle

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