Fish Hatchery Waits for Visitors Center

FAIRBANKS- Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins would like to open a visitors center in the Ruth Burnett Fish Hatchery, and he’s offering the state a large incentive. Mayor Hopkins says that he can offer the Department of Fish and Game $20,000 in visitor tax money to help open the center. The hatchery opened more than a year ago, but the promised visitors center is still a concept. The hatchery was built on borough land with the stipulation that the state build the visitor center. Fish and Game Department outreach director Terry Thompson says it's a priority project.