Eight names submitted for new ferry

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 ferry.

Eight names were formally submitted  to the state Transportation Commissionby last Friday’s deadline. They are Illahee, Cowlitz, Suquamish, Sammamish, Chimacum, Taima, Tukwila and Nawt-sa-matt.

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 corridor.

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.