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Child care financial-aid deadline is Nov. 1

The application deadline for Kids First child care financial aid is Nov. 1, with assistance starting Dec. 1.

Only new applicants need to apply at this time. Applications are available at Pitkin County licensed childcare programs, at Kids First or at http://kidsfirst.aspen pitkin.com. For more information, contact Kids First at 970-920-5769; 215 N. Garmisch St., Suite 1; or cecelia.martin@cityofaspen.com.

Name proposed for mountain summit

A 13,493-foot unnamed summit, located in the White River National Forest/Mount Massive Wilderness that borders Lake and Pitkin counties, is proposed to be named Mount Bellamar by Scott Kellogg, a Parker resident.

Kellogg said hikers and climbers have known the summit as "Montbellamar" because "(they) look up the mountain into the Colorado sea-colored blue sky." ("Belle" means "beauty" and "mar" means "sea" in Spanish.)

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He also said that for general safety reasons, it would be useful to be able to reference named landmarks.

Pitkin County Commissioner Steve Child suggested consulting the Colorado Mountain Club or the Independence Pass Foundation to see if they have any thoughts on the naming of the summit.

"I don't mean to be insulting," Commissioner Rachel Richards said, "but that name sounds like a shopping center to me. I don't know that it really has connections to the mountains or the heritage of the area or the early settlers."

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