Portland houseboat residents say the city is trying to tax the rain that falls on their roofs. City officials insist they're just trying to treat everyone equitably, but they appear to be clouding over an attempt to raise more money from 1,000 households that own or rent floating homes. At issue is a few innocuous-sounding wording changes in an obscure city ordinance that governs how the Bureau of Environmental Services collects fees to support the stormwater drainage system.
Wildlife Services, a wildlife-killing unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has agreed to halt killing beavers, river otter, muskrat and mink in Oregon, in response to a threatened lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and Northwest Environmental Advocates. Despite beavers' well-documented ecological benefits, the unit killed more than 400 beavers in Oregon in 2016, using traps, snares and firearms, according to the environmental groups.
Portlander don't have to wonder if the city will ever face devastating flooding as Houston endured last August. That's because we already did during the 1948 Vanport Flood, when Oregon's second-largest city vanished hours after the Columbia River levee system failed. This area's flood-control system has improved since then, but a new state study shows just how vulnerable we are should the levee system fail again.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".