Ivar, killer whale in running for new state ferry names
Source: Doug Esser, Associated Press
SEATTLE (AP) - The names of colorful seafood chain founder Ivar Haglund and the orca Tokitae are among the seven possibilities under consideration for two new Washington state ferries, a state agency said Thursday.
The five other candidates - Cowlitz, Hoquiam, Muckleshoot, Samish and Sammamish - follow the more traditional route of tribal names and words carried by most of the 23 ferries already in service on Puget Sound.
Transportation Commission members will discuss the names at an Oct. 16 meeting in Olympia and likely make a decision at a Nov. 13 meeting in Tacoma.
The public was invited to suggest names for the two new Olympic Class ferries under construction. The names needed widespread public support along with petitions or endorsements from groups or officials.
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