- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - The southeast Alaska community of Saxman has won an $825,000 community development block grant from the state for the planned expansion of the city’s carving center.

KRBD (https://is.gd/yyv5j0) reports the current size of the Edwin DeWitt Carving Center is 1,300 square feet. The center was built in the 1980s.

Project consultant Max Mercer says a major reason to expand the center is because local totem poles are aging and need to be restored or replaced.

Mercer says another reason for expansion is that budding carvers need to learn from master carvers and the current facility cannot accommodate many people.

Also, Saxman saw only about 10,000 tourists a year when the center was first built. Now 120,000 visitors each season are lured to the popular totem park tour.

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Information from: KRBD-FM, https://www.ktn.net/krbd/


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