Crater Lake visitor center gets emergency repairs

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CRATER LAKE, Ore. (AP) -- The main visitor center at Crater Lake National Park is showing some wear and tear from heavy snows the last few winters.

The Herald and News newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/nKbBdz ) Tuesday that major structural damage discovered in the rafters of the Steele Center required $500,000 in emergency repairs to keep it open this winter.

Park Superintendent Craig Ackerman says the damage was discovered while investigating ceiling leaks and mold in an office. The snow regularly builds up from the ground over the roof of the historic stone and timber building, and over the years that weight has taken its toll.

He says the emergency repairs are done, and the building will stay open to the public through the winter. Permanent repairs will be done later.