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Denver died in 1998 when a small plane he was piloting crashed along the coast of California.

Other long-time locals of the valley consulted by The Aspen Times had similar sentiments. "I think it's a bunch of bull," said Jerry Gerbaz, 73, a native of the Roaring Fork Valley. "We have his music. What more do we want?"

The peak is named after Richard Sopris, an early explorer and gold-seeker in the vicinity who later became mayor of Denver. The peak has two summits, identical in elevation if a half-mile apart.

 

Names should honor those with associations

JACKSON, Wyo. - Examining the map, Todd Wilkinson finds plenty of places in the Yellowstone region whose namesakes had an entirely fleeting, even detached relationship to the region.

Mary Bay, in Yellowstone Lake, for example, was named for the girlfriend of a surveyor. And Craig Pass, between Old Faithful and the south entrance to the park, honors the maiden name of the first tourist. And, of course, the map in the Yellowstone region - and also in the Colorado Rockies - is rife with names of Civil War generals who later led campaigns against Indian tribes.

What did they really do to deserve being remembered? asks Wilkinson, writing in the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

A better policy would be one that imbues points of geography with more relevant and contemporary meaning. For example, he points to troubadour James "Walkin' Jim" Stotlz, who died a year ago.

"Few hikers in the last 24 year had slogged more backcountry miles and climbed as many regional summits as Stoltz did. He knew the vast stretches of our wild backyard intimately, far more insightfully than any member of the Hayden or Washburn expeditions who passed through Yellowstone 140 years ago," says Wilkinson.

 

Old sneakers to stay hanging in Park City

PARK CITY, Utah - Something called Shoe Tree exists in Park City's original residential neighborhood, now called Old Town. Various shoes dangle from its branches, something of an ad hoc statement of surrealism.

Locals mostly seem to be fond of it. When a real estate development was built at the site several years ago, developers took care to leave the tree in place.

"It was funky. It was historic. It had been there a long time," explained Harry Reed, a member of the development team. "We wanted them there. They were part of the atmosphere then. They still are."