The name Illahee that many of you readers selected through this
blog has a 12.5 percent chance of winding up on the next 144-car
Eight names were formally submitted to the state
Transportation Commissionby last Friday’s deadline. They are
Illahee, Cowlitz, Suquamish, Sammamish, Chimacum, Taima, Tukwila
Taima is the name of the Seattle Seahawks mascot.
I had no idea what Nawt-sa-matt was. Had to look it up. Turns
out, now I can’t find it. Oh, here. It’s a a new regional coalition
of Native Americans and non-natives banding together to protect the
Salish Sea from corporations seeking to turn it into a fossil fuel
The other six are all places with Native names.
Your Illahee didn’t get a great deal of support from local
municipalities and officials. Oh well, it’s strength is it was the
choice of you people, hundreds of you.
A decision will be announced on Nov. 19.
The deadline is Friday for submitting nomination packets to the
state Transportation Commission to name the third Olympic-class
ferry. So far, I know of three others besides Illahee, which you
readers chose through a competition on this blog. I sent that to
Olympia on Monday.
The other three are Suquamish, which was your second pick, Cowlitz
Cowlitz and Sammamish are resubmissions from two years ago, when
Tokitae and Samish were chosen. They’re the work of Cowlitz County
Sheriff Mark Nelson and the city of Sammamish, according to those
areas’ community newspapers.
Other finalists then were Ivar Haglund, Hoquiam and Muckleshoot. I
haven’t heard anything about them, but it wouldn’t take much to
resurrect them. Ivar, proffered by Seattle Times columnist and
former Kitsap Sun reporter Ron Judd, stole the attention last time,
but didn’t sway commissioners.
A key, according to the commission, is to show support from
community and state leaders. We sought the backing of most of the
area’s movers and shakers, including the Suquamish Tribe. We won’t
be getting that one.
So far, the city of Bremerton is backing Illahee. Sen. Christine
Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, and Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge
Island, support both Illahee and Suquamish. The city of Bainbridge
and Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, went with Suquamish. Both are
good names. There’s still time get behind one of them.
The names will go through a review and public
comment process and we’ll get the outcome at the commission’s Nov.
19 meeting in Lakewood.
Tons of people rode the ferries to the Seahawks’ season-opening
pummeling of Green Bay Thursday. The number paled in comparison to
those who went for the Super Bowl parade in February, but it was
More than 27,000 rode the Bainbridge and Bremerton boats for the
Packers game, which might be the second-busiest day ever at Colman
Dock, behind the “unprecedented,” as Washington State Ferries put
it, 40,000 who crowded through the terminal on Feb. 5.
The system isn’t built for those kinds of hordes. Parade day was
insane. You couldn’t even get into Bremerton, much less find a
parking spot. Our maintenance guy extraordinaire, John, was chasing
people out of our lot when I drove in. I knew it was going to be
wild, but never imagined anything like that.
Last Thursday, fans traveled throughout the day so there weren’t
lines going up to Sixth Street like for the parade. Also, WSF put
on extra terminal staff and security to help with the crowds, and
communicated more with riders through tweeting and travel alerts. A
round trip to Bremerton was added that night.
The Seahawks don’t have any more prime-time home games on the
schedule. They all start between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., although
times could change. Two nationally televised night games are on the
road — Monday, Oct. 6, at Washington and Thursday, Nov. 27, at San
Francisco, so the ferries won’t be affected. That 49er game is on
Thanksgiving, by the way, at 5:30 p.m., so the turkey and
cranberries time to settle.
Who knows what’s going to happen during the playoffs. Plus I’m
thinking the Mariners are going to be hosting some postseason
games, too, so there still could be some huge ferry crowds to