Fairbanks Mushers Hall to close for the winter

 

A popular meeting venue in Fairbanks is closing for the winter.
 
  The Alaska Dog Mushers Association says it can't afford to maintain the Mushers Hall and the log structure will close from Oct. 1 to March 1.
 
  AP reprots Association President Mike McCowan as saying that the building has been operating in the red for years.
 
  McCowan says membership in the association has fallen. He says gaming revenues have been used to pay bills but income from pull tabs has fallen and the association can't afford to pay to heat the 2,600-square foot building.
 
  The building was constructed with a legislative grant about 30 years ago. It gets regular use for meetings, wedding receptions and other functions.