Legislature(2017 - 2018)

2017-01-23 House Journal

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HB 73                                                                                                                         
HOUSE BILL NO. 73 by the House Rules Committee by request of                                                                    
the Governor, entitled:                                                                                                         
     "An Act naming the state ferries built in Ketchikan and entering                                                           
     Alaska marine highway system service on or after 2017; and                                                                 
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
was read the first time and referred to the Transportation Committee.                                                           
The following fiscal note(s) apply:                                                                                             
1.  Zero, Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities                                                                           
The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 20 follows:                                                                     
"Dear Speaker Edgmon:                                                                                                           
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska                                                                   
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill to establish the authorized names                                                        
for the State ferries built in Ketchikan and entering the Alaska Marine                                                         
Highway System service on or after 2017.                                                                                        
Currently, two Day Boat Alaska Class Ferries are under construction                                                             
at Vigor Alaska in Ketchikan. As required by Alaska law, each vessel                                                            
bears the name of an Alaska glacier. One ferry will be named the                                                                
Motor Vessel Tazlina and the other the Motor Vessel Hubbard.                                                                    
Last year, I called on Alaska students to submit essays on potential                                                            
names for the vessels. The Lieutenant Governor and I reviewed and                                                               

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selected two names from those suggested in the hundreds of essays                                                               
submitted. One of the winning essays was by Tanalian School 7                                                                   
grader, Malea Voran, who proposed the name "Tazlina." In her essay                                                              
she explained that "Tazlina," an Ahtna Athabascan name meaning                                                                  
"swift river," is an appropriate name for a ferry, which should be                                                              
named after something swift and agile. "This name would remind us                                                               
that even small things are capable of doing big things. This small boat                                                         
could be named after something big and inspiring," Malea wrote.                                                                 
The Tazlina Glacier begins 1.6 miles north of Mt. Cushman, flows                                                                
north 25 miles to its terminus one mile south of Tazlina Lake and 43                                                            
miles north of Valdez. Tazlina Glacier was named in 1898 by W. C.                                                               
Mendenhall of the U.S. Geological Survey for the Tazlina River.                                                                 
The other winning essay was by Eagle River High School 10 grader,                                                               
Taylor Thompson, who suggested the name "Hubbard," which, unlike                                                                
many glaciers, has been thickening and advancing into                                                                           
Disenchantment Bay for over a century. Taylor noted "this glorious                                                              
slab of ice has defied its predisposition and proved to be a true                                                               
wonder. An Alaskan ferry should be just as incredible," Taylor wrote.                                                           
The Hubbard Glacier flows southeast and southwest 80 miles to its                                                               
terminus at Disenchantment Bay, 34 miles north northeast of Yakutat                                                             
in the St. Elias Mountains. Hubbard Glacier was named for Gardiner                                                              
G. Hubbard, 1822-1897, a regent of the Smithsonian Institution and                                                              
founder and president of the National Geographic Society. Hubbard                                                               
was interested in the exploration of Alaska and helped instigate                                                                
Israel Cook Russell's 1890 and 1891 expeditions, which were                                                                     
sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the U.S.                                                                       
Geological Survey.                                                                                                              
Like you, I look forward to seeing these beautiful vessels sail in                                                              
Alaska waters for years to come. I urge your prompt and favorable                                                               
action on this measure.                                                                                                         
Bill Walker