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WASHINGTON STATE BOARD ON GEOGRAPHIC NAMES TO MEET AT FRIDAY HARBOR; ACTION EXPECTED ON NAMES FOR THREE SITES IN SAN JUAN COUNTY

WASHINGTON STATE BOARD ON GEOGRAPHIC NAMES TO MEET AT FRIDAY HARBOR;
 ACTION EXPECTED ON NAMES FOR THREE SITES IN SAN JUAN COUNTY
 OLYMPIA, Wash., May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington's Board on Geographic Names will hold its quarterly meeting on June 4 at Friday Harbor to facilitate public comment on proposed names for three geographic features in San Juan County, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources said today. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. at the San Juan County Administration Building, 350 Court St.
 The board initially considered the San Juan County proposals in September 1991, but deferred action. The agenda for June's meeting includes final consideration of 13 name proposals affecting six sites in the San Juan Islands:
 -- British Camp, English Camp, English Campsite: a proposal by the National Park Service to change the name of an area within the San Juan Island Historical Park from English Camp to British Camp. While the Park Service has stated that the name British Camp more accurately reflects the fact that troops stationed there were from throughout Britain, not just England, a number of residents oppose the change. English Camp is the name most commonly used by local residents, though the current official name on U.S. Geologic Survey maps is English Campsite.
 -- Echo Bay Island, Joint Island, Justice Island, Slammer Island, South Finger Island: In September 1991, the board considered a proposal to give the name Echo Bay Island to a small island in Echo Bay. Since the island is one of a pair of islands called the South Finger Islands, a second name change was proposed, renaming the remaining island South Finger Island. Alternate names proposed for this northern island -- Joint Island, Justice Island and Slammer Island -- reflect its colorful recent history. The island was confiscated by the federal government and turned over to the state after the owner was convicted of running a drug-smuggling operation.
 -- Harnden Island: The board will consider correcting the spelling of the name of Harnden Island, named after early resident and sea captain William Harnden. The name appears on some maps as Harndon.
 -- Mt. Valerianos, Mt. Apostolos: The board will consider several proposals to name mountain peaks or points on San Juan Island to honor Apostolos Valerianos, who is credited with discovering the Straits of Juan de Fuca in 1592. The applicant's preferred proposal calls for giving a subsidiary peak on Mt. Dallas the name Mt. Valerianos. Alternatives include naming as Mt. Apostolos a second subsidiary point on Mt. Dallas; changing the name of Little Mountain to Mt. Valerianos; and applying Mt. Apostolos as the name of a subsidiary point on Little Mountain.
 The following names will receive initial consideration by the board: Benton County: Switzler Canyon; Chelan and Kittitas counties: Blewett Pass; Mason County: Fairchild Creek; Whatcom County: Sumas River, Tamanamus Creek.
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 /CONTACT: Anne Sharar or Sandi Snell of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 206-753-5330/ CO: Washington State Board on Geographic Names ST: Washington IN: SU:


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