FAIRBANKS (AP) The National Park Service says it can't afford to notify more than 14,000 losers of its annual Denali Road Lottery this year even though all applicants sent self-addressed, stamped envelopes to get word.
For the first time since the lottery's inception in 1990, the Park Service is notifying only those who won a chance to drive 82 miles into Denali National Park and Preserve after shuttle buses stop running in September.
About 16,000 lottery hopefuls submitted self-addressed, stamped envelopes to be notified of results, but only 1,600 winners got them back. The rest more than $5,000 worth of postage wound up in the trash. The Park Service simply could not afford to process all the applications and notify both winners and losers, as it has in past years, said Stacey Chadwick with the superintendent's office.
The Park Service has posted the list of winners on its Web site at www.nps.gov/dena.
Each fall, the Park Service opens the only road that leads into the 6 million-acre park to a limited number of private vehicles 400 a day over a four-day period. This year's schedule is Sept. 12-15, weather permitting.
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