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National parks celebrate with free admission

Free admission to national parks will be offered during National Park Week, which takes place this week through April 24.

The week celebrates this year’s ongoing centennial of the National Park Service.

While some of the more than 400 national parks around the country are free all the time, there are 127 sites with entrance fees, and those fees will be waived during National Park Week.

In Oregon, fees will be waived at Crater Lake National Park.

Other free days in the national parks this year are Aug. 25-28, when the National Park Service founding day is observed; Sept. 24, National Public Lands Day; and Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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Travel Oregon is advertising in The Onion

PORTLAND — Travel Oregon’s latest advertising campaign is in The Onion, but you should take it seriously.

The commission’s communications director Linea Gagliano says the voice of Oregonians — which she describes as “nonchalant, fun and confident, but not overly confident” — fits right in with The Onion, a satirical news website.

She says the idea came from advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy.

The commission launched the $75,000 campaign in March. It includes the usual elements like banner ads and social media promotion, but Travel Oregon is also paying for The Onion staffers to write satirical articles about tourism in the state.

The first article, “Tips For Setting Up A Campsite,” appeared March 21. It offers helpful advice, such as making sure nearby bears sign a non-aggression pact.

— The Associated Press


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