Denali or McKinley? What to call the Great One?
Locals and other folks sometimes ask the question… “Why is the mountain called by two different names? What is its “real” name?”
It’s a good question, because officially, in the eyes of the government, the mountain has two. In the United States Board of Geographic Names (USBGN, the federal governmental body responsible for naming geographic features in the U.S.), the mountain is listed as Mount McKinley, named by William Dickey, a gold prospector impressed by the mountain while digging in the sands of the Susitna River. In early 1897, he wrote a discovery account printed in the New York Sun. “We named our great peak Mount McKinley, after William McKinley of Ohio, who had been nominated for the Presidency.” (It begs the question, what made it his to name?)
In 1975, the Alaska Board of Geographic Names (ABGN) officially changed the mountain’s name to “Denali,” the name by which Alaska's Native people living near the mountain have always known it. In the language of the Alaskan Koyukon Athabascans, Denali means “the great one”. In 1975, the Alaska Legislature also requested the U.S. Board to officially change the name to “Mount Denali.” Then and now, those requests have been blocked by members of the congressional delegation from Ohio, the home state of President McKinley.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), which incorporated McKinley National Park (originally created in 1917) into a larger protected area named Denali National Park and Preserve. Naming the new, larger park Denali while retaining the name Mount McKinley for the mountain was thought to be a compromise by many. However, many others maintained that calling the mountain and park by different names only created confusion.
In 1981, Ohio Congressman Ralph Regula, a fierce proponent of keeping the name of the mountain as McKinley, devised a new tactic to support the Mount McKinley name. Capitalizing on a USBGN policy that states the Board cannot consider any name-change proposal if congressional legislation relating to that name is pending, Regula began a biennial legislative tradition of either introducing language into Interior Department appropriation bills or introducing a standalone bill that states that the name of Mount McKinley shall not be changed. This effectively killed any Denali name-change proposal pending with the Board. Congressman Regula retired in 2009 and a rekindled interest in renaming the mountain was seen. But, despite strong efforts in Alaska, U.S. Representatives from Ohio took on Regula's role as congressional guardians of the Mount McKinley name.
In June of 2012, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced new legislation to change the name. Senator Murkowski stated that under her bill the Alaskan name for the mountain would become the technically correct term for one of Alaska’s major landmarks, and people could continue calling it whatever they wanted. She noted that “…making Denali — the name that Alaskans use anyway — the official name of America’s tallest mountain, means something to Alaska.”
At this time, the mountain continues to go by two different names. In any language though, and by any name, anyone who has ever seen it standing high and proud on a clear day knows how it astounds, inspires, and awes. If you have not yet experienced the mountain, it’s truly something to look forward to.
(Note: Wikipedia sources were used in the fact finding for and writing of this blog.)
There is more than one way to skin a cat, and more than one way to eat your salmon. A friend named Mike has the best pickled salmon recipe I've ever eaten, but I haven't made it in a long time and I'd kind of forgotten about it. We recently came into some salmon around here, and Karen, my sister and next door neighbor, took home with her a big, fat, whole red salmon. I thought to myself "What in the world is Karen (who is quite petite) going to do with that big, fat salmon?" Answer? She pickled it! It looks beautiful and I can't wait to try it.
Bonus Trivia question: Who said.... "How comest thou in this pickle?"
Happy Fourth of July! I'm very proud to be an American, and part of the fabric of this great country. God bless the USA.
So what is a quintessential American summer fruit? Cherries! Phil came into some cherries this week from his friend Jim VdV in Pasco, and I also had some arrive from Full Circle Farms. There were a lotta cherries in the house! FCF sent along an interesting looking recipe for Summer Cherry Salsa... it sounded so good I gave it a try. I served it with blue tortilla chips and also alongside some fresh Bristol Bay red salmon.
Simply put, it was fabulous. It's beautifully colored and was a nice contrast to the pink of the salmon and the blue of the chips. It would also be gorgeous - and taste great on- grilled halibut. Am sharing the recipe...
Summer Cherry Salsa
1 lb. sweet dark cherries
I cup red onion, diced in 1/8 inch pieces
6 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1-2 jalapeno peppers (depending on how hot you like it) minced
1 cup basil leaves, finely chopped
I cup Italian parsley leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
3/4 tsp sugar
Combine the onion with the vinegar and let mellow for 20-30 minutes.
Wash, stem and pit the cherries. Chop in at least quarters, or finer if you like it that way. Combine the cherries with the vinegar mixture and remaining ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Did you know? If you don't have balsamic vinegar, you can sub 5 Tbsp. red wine vinegar plus 1 Tbsp. port, or use all wine vinegar and increase the sugar to 2 tsp.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy!
And they are good! Moist, dense and jam packed with fresh peach flavor! They are so good, I'm sharing the recipe. It's the first time I've made these, but it won't be the last. Yep. This recipe is no lemon. It's a peach.
Fresh Peach Muffins
OK. Work at the APCA is pretty well behind me and I am on to putting full attention on the 11th Avenue B and B. It's looking good in the hood around here. The landscaping is beautiful and the place looks great! Welcome, all who come here.
Summer is on the way and it's exciting. The green is on the trees, and in doing the yardwork this last weekend, we could see that all the perennials that were planted last year are coming up fast. The bleeding hearts already have flower buds and the ferns are unfurling quickly. It's still a little cool out, but the plants on the deck (with it's low walls and south facing aspect) are warm and happy. Flowers everywhere out there. And the hops I planted in memory of my dad are going crazy. Looking forward!
Marilyn Walsh Morgan