True to word, Gov. Walker lets kids pick new ferry names

Gov. Bill Walker is following the advice of a seventh-grader.


On Monday, Walker introduced House Bill 73, a measure that officially names the new Alaska-class ferries Tazlina and Hubbard, respectively. A companion measure, Senate Bill 33, was also introduced.

In selecting Tazlina, Walker took the suggestion of Port Alsworth seventh-grader Malea Voran, who wrote in an essay that Tazlina is appropriate because it is an Athabascan word meaning “swift river.”

Hubbard was the choice of Eagle River High School 10th-grader Taylor Thompson, who cited the fact that Hubbard Glacier is exceptional because it continues to advance while other glaciers recede.

Alaska’s state ferries have traditionally been named after glaciers.

The names of the two Alaska-class ferries under construction in Ketchikan were selected in an essay contest last year.

Walker’s bills have been referred to the House and Senate transportation committees, respectively.


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