An old Alaska state ferry may have a second life as a floating hotel Portland, Oregon, state officials said Tuesday. Bids for the M/V Taku were due on Friday. Three companies put bids in, said Aurah Landau, spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Portland-based company KeyMar LLC emerged with a winning $300,000 bid. The company "intends to renovate and use the M/V Taku as a floating hotel in Portland," DOT said.
Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield announced Tuesday that health insurance premiums in its individual market will drop by 26.5 percent on average in 2018, slightly more than what the company originally expected. Premera's least expensive silver plan, which in 2017 cost $879 per month for a 40-year-old non-smoker in Anchorage, will cost $626 next year. For a 40-year-old non-smoker in Anchorage on the least expensive bronze plan, the premium will drop from $703 to $526 a month.
An owner of the floating strip club Wild Alaskan was convicted Wednesday of improperly dumping sewage into the Kodiak harbor and then lying to investigators about it, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Darren Byler, 55, was convicted of violating the Refuse Act and making false statements to investigators. His wife, Kimberly Riedel-Byler, was found not guilty of the same charges by a federal jury, the U.S. attorney's office wrote in a release Wednesday.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".