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Dr. Know: Willamette River Water Quality

Dr. Know
The news says it’s not safe to swim in the Willamette today because of sewer overflow. So…it was safe to swim in it before? Seems the river has always had a rap for being unsavory, but details a   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Dearth of Mosquitoes?

Dr. Know
Traveling around America, I’ve noticed fewer mosquitoes in Portland than most other urban areas. Is it the climate? Secret nighttime spraying? Or just hungry salmon? —Forrest Here’s the thing:   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Manhole Mess

Dr. Know
There are clumps of five, seven and 11 manholes on nearly every block of Alder. Each intersection has multiple clumps, which means we’re talking about 25 to 40 manholes every city block. What gives    More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Pissed Off

Dr. Know
So the City of Portland drained 7.8 million gallons of Bull Run goodness from Mount Tabor Reservoir 1 because some asshat from Molalla peed in it? Fine. But where does all that water go when it’s dr   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Moth Attack!

Dr. Know
What are these small brown house moths that are taking over my house? I have killed many, eradicated any open food sources and conducted seances, and yet they still are plaguing my house. What are    More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mounted Patrol Manure

Dr. Know
Speaking of horse cops (Dr. Know, May 25, 2011), who cleans up the enormous turds the horsies leave on streets, sidewalks and bike lanes? —Ben Sometimes I wonder if all this dwelling on enormous t   More
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: PPS Property Problem

Dr. Know
Portland Public Schools owns so many vacant properties—why don’t they sell some off? Or at least lease them out to raise funds for the repairs and upgrades that they seek? —Cynthia V. Ah, Cynt   More
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mt. Hood Freeway?

Dr. Know
In at least two spots near where I-5 meets I-84, would-be traffic lanes overhead stand half-completed, as if freeway builders ran out of money halfway through the job. What’s the deal? —James An   More
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland Mounted Patrol

Dr. Know
Why, in 2011, does Portland still have cops on horseback? Do we have a big problem with rustlers downtown these days? Or are these super-horses that can chase down speeders?  How much are we pa   More
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Se Habla MAX?

Dr. Know
The recordings on MAX are only in Spanish and English. What about Russian and Vietnamese, if they’re really trying to “honor” non-English speakers? Won’t this discourage other groups from r   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 MARTY SMITH

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