Democrat's Move Thwarts Effort to Name Nevada Peak for Reagan

Monday, 09 Dec 2013 10:36 PM

By Cathy Burke

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A conservative activist who had been petitioning the state to name a Nevada peak after the late President Ronald Reagan reportedly was thwarted by a Democratic congresswoman who quietly filed a bill to name it instead after Nevada's first female lieutenant governor.

Nevada Democratic Rep. Dina Titus filed the bill to name the Frenchman Mountain peak after Maude Frazier, a fellow Democrat who also helped create the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

It came as a shock to conservative activist Chuck Muth, who in September thought he was making progress on "Mount Reagan" after the state's Board on Geographic Names signed off on it.

"This was a cheap, petty, partisan political stunt," he told the newspaper.

Titus quietly introduced the bill Oct. 30, but Muth said he found out only when he contacted the head of the Nevada Board on Geographic Names last week for a status update on his proposal.

"This is the first situation like this I have seen in my several decades on the NV Board," state board Chairwoman Linda Newman wrote in an email to Muth, the newspaper reported.

Titus spokesman Caitlin Teare said there was no personal or political motive.

"It is simply an effort to name a Nevada landmark after a notable Nevadan," she said. "What could be a better way to celebrate Nevada's 150th birthday than honoring one of our own?"

The national board was expected to take up the "Mount Reagan" proposal before the end of the year, but now any action is on hold pending the outcome of Titus' House resolution.

Muth now plans to take up the issue with well-known conservative activist Grover Norquist, who for years has tried to affix Reagan's name to landmarks, to figure out the next step.

"I'm out of my league here," Muth told the newspaper. "Bigger fish are going to have to jump in on this and tell me what direction we should go, because I have no idea."

Muth is afraid Titus may have hit on a way to keep the Mount Reagan proposal trapped in limbo forever.

The next time around, he said, "Harry [Reid] can put a bill in to name it Snoopy Peak."

"I'm not saying Maude Frazier is not deserving of an honor, but no one had suggested naming that peak after her until after the Mount Reagan proposal was approved by the state board," Muth said.

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