Grand commissioners briefly considered a proposal from Summit County commissioners that would rename the Gore Range to the Nuchu Range. The 75-mile-long range spans across Grand, Routt, Eagle and Summit counties.
Commissioner Merrit Linke made it clear he does not support the effort, and he doesn’t think it’s worth the board’s time to even discuss it.
“I think that it’s trying to change history from 150 years ago,” Linke said. “I get it, that Mr. Gore — 150 years ago in 1857 or whatever it was — wasn’t maybe by today’s standards somebody that we would look up to in terms of what he did.
“But I don’t think changing the name of the Gore Range today to ‘Nunchuck,’ or ‘Nuchuck,’ or whatever it is, is really going to fix all those things.”
The state’s Geographic Naming Advisory Board was revived last year following rising social consciousness of racist and fraught landmark names during the Black Lives Matter protests. The Gore Range’s name change will ultimately be decided by a federal board.
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