Traditional Chief David Salmon blesses a ceremonial wooden stake he made for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center being built along Wendell Street on Wednesday in Fairbanks. The stake, which was signed by members of the Athabaskan community, was driven into the ground in the middle of the building site to be forever a part of the new center, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2008. When complete, the $29.3 million center will be used jointly by the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Tanana Chiefs Conference.
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