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Crater Lake without cars

Crater Lake National Park's East Rim Drive will be closed to motorized traffic this weekend to give hikers, bikers, runners and walkers a chance to enjoy the lake without cars.

This is the first of three vehicle-free events the National Park Service is planning for this year after last year's inaugural vehicle-free days at the park proved exceedingly popular, according to park Superintendent Craig Ackerman.

The others will be Sept. 20 and 27, both Saturdays.

The park plans to reserve every third and fourth Saturday in September as an annual opportunity to highlight nonmotorized use of the park, and it will do the same at some time in June, depending on snowpack, according to the park service.

The vehicle-free section for this weekend will be on East Rim Drive from Cleetwood Cove to the park headquarters and Steel Visitor Center. Visitors can park either at Cleetwood Cove or the Steel Visitor Center.

For the September events, the route will be extended to begin at the North Junction headquarters. Parking areas generally fill up quickly, and normal park entrance fees apply.

Today is the day of reckoning for hunters vying for 134,312 big-game tags in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's controlled-hunt lottery, which metes out tags in limited-entry hunters for the rest of this year and early 2015.

Results of the lottery will be available beginning today, allowing individual hunters to learn whether they drew a tag in a controlled deer, elk, pronghorn, Rocky Mountain goat and bighorn sheep hunt.

Results can be found online at https://or.outdoorcentral.us/or/hunterreport.

The link is accessible through the ODFW's website at www.dfw.state.or.us. Hunters can also get their information from ODFW by calling 1-800-708-1782.

This year, for the first time, agency employees will not be mailing postcard notifications to hunters of the lottery results, instead requiring hunters to check for themselves.