Dr. Know: Hot Wheels, Raw Deals

Why do I have to pay the towing fees for my recovered stolen car?

Dr. Know
My car was stolen. Thankfully, it was recovered. But since the cops had it towed, it cost me $200. The tow company says it sends most of this money back to the city. Why should I have to pay to    More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Major League Dreams

Who in Portland is rich enough to buy the city another professional sports team?

Dr. Know
Portland still has only one team—the Trail Blazers—from one of the four traditional major sports leagues. Does your privileged position as a widely read columnist give you access to the well-h   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Local Fish Story

What are the chances that there are monster-sized fish swimming in Bull Run?

Dr. Know
With Bull Run being off limits to most everyone for years, there could be some monster-sized fish swimming around in there. Has it ever been considered for a monster-fish reality-TV show? —Stim   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Vanishing Candidates

The number of candidates in my Voters' Pamphlet doesn't match my ballot. Conspiracy?

Dr. Know
My Voters’ Pamphlet lists only one Democratic candidate for governor. However, my primary ballot has two candidates listed. For U.S. senator, the pamphlet has one candidate and the ballot has three.   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Guy Walks Into a Bar...

Is it illegal to bring a metal water bottle into a bar?

Dr. Know
I’m getting scolded for bringing my metal water bottle into the bar. Some bars say it’s illegal; others say I can keep it, but only if I let them fill it with their water. I can’t find this    More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Highway Punditry

What’s the deal with that wacky religious billboard just outside of Kalama?

Dr. Know
I drove to Seattle over the weekend and passed that wacky religious billboard just outside of Kalama. What’s the deal? —Joseph Ah, the legendary Uncle Sam billboard of Chehalis. For half a cent   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Beneath the Skin

If our skin cells are constantly regenerating, why do tattoos persist?

Dr. Know
I heard that our skin naturally exfoliates and is continually replaced by new skin cells. Then why aren’t the tattoos on my favorite waitress slowly fading away? —Big Tipper You “heard,”   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Cali Concious

Is Portland being invaded by Californians?

Dr. Know
Is it just me, or is Portland being invaded by Californians? Lately I’ve counted between six and 14 cars per day with California license plates. What gives? —Mini Coupe We interrupt this broa   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Signing-Off On Signs

Who paid for the interstate signs pointing to the Moda Center instead of the Rose Garden?

Dr. Know
I noticed all the interstate signs have been changed to direct people to Moda Center instead of the Rose Garden. Who paid for those new signs? Paul Allen or you and me? —A Different Paul ’Ti   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Urban Coyote Conundrum

Is there a fine for shooting a coyote?

Dr. Know
An asshole coyote just reduced our chicken population from 14 to five. There’s probably a fine for shooting that bastard in the face, but what should I do instead? —TLDR You’ve got asshole   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MARTY SMITH


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