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Past articles by Stuart:

Everyday Heroes: Friends work together to find a kidney for Oregon woman

As a Portland-area woman faces a life of daily dialysis to survive her kidney disease, a group of her friends is pulling out all the stops to find her a donor for a new kidney. Time is running out, but she and her "tribe" of women are not going to quit. When Cathy Gidley and KC Strader met, they were both dancers for the One More Time Around Again Marching Band, a regular fixture of the Rose… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: An activist, developer and refugee coordinator

This week's Everyday Heroes -- a community activist, boutique hotel owner and developer, and an immigration and refugee coordinator -- connected and planned together to get a family of three living in a van off the streets and into stable housing -- and a brighter future. This family of three immigrated from a tiny island named Chuuk (chook) in Micronesia and faced serious challenges in… → Read More

Heavy snow and ice causes Portland Rowing Club roof to collapse onto boats

Heavy snow and ice led to the collapse of the roof at the Portland Rowing Club early Saturday in Southeast Portland. A spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said that an estimated 40 boats moored in slips below the roof and about 5 houses were affected by the collapse. Caption: A spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said that an estimated 40 boats moored in slips… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Julia Nicholson fought cancer and won; now she's giving back

This week's Everyday Hero is a teenager who was inspired to help make a difference by the smile of one brave little girl at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Now, she's on a mission to bring more happiness to kids struggling with severe health problems, and it all started with a serious health scare of her own. --------------------------------------------If she hadn’t been thrown from a horse in… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Christine Bartlett leads health care workers during pandemic

This week’s Everyday Hero is one hero among many. As director of adult critical care at Oregon Health & Science University, Christine Bartlett had barely settled into that role when the coronavirus pandemic began. Since then, her clear communication skills and positive managerial style has struck a chord with frontline health care workers at the hospital. On Friday, Feb. 28, Bartlett was just… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Beekeeper and bee expert John Edwards

Today's Everyday Hero was nominated for sacrificing profits to help keep a local industry buzzing. He also values protecting local jobs and helping the environment over making a quick buck. All while the number of his business's competitors have dwindled. It’s a glorious fall afternoon at John Edwards’ Bee Outside beehives in West Linn, and the bees are all abuzz. If you don’t think bees are… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Luke Marshall and the spirt of volunteerism

Today's Everyday Hero is a volunteer with the Cascade Aids Project, which for the past 30 years has provided free HIV services such as affordable housing, medical treatments and advocacy. And with the pandemic they've added food delivery to their list of services. -------------------------------Every week you'll find Luke Marshall getting ready to hit the road. But this is no vacation or fun… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Cinda Jackson of Self Enhancement Inc. found her calling 20 years ago

Today’s Everyday Hero didn’t wake up one day and decide to help children and their families in her neighborhood. For her, it was all about the joy of helping them meet a need and it came, she says, naturally. For nearly 20 years, Cinda R. Jackson, a Self Enhancement Inc. → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Keeping businesses afloat in the age of COVID-19 with 'Good Shirts'

Civic pride is alive and well in Camas and Happy Valley. Just ask our two "Joes. " Joe Barhoum and Joe Graves own a consulting firm called HYVA (hi-vah) -- Finnish for "good. " Just like many businesses in their two respective towns, they saw business decline during the pandemic. Now they've come up with a "good" way to inspire and help out local business owners with the HYVA Good Shirt Program. → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Hospital chaplain Father Freddy and Covid-19 spiritual guidance

Doctors and nurses at providence Saint Vincent Medical Center are working around the clock to care for those infected by the coronavirus. While their focus is the physical health of patients, one staff member's focus on the spiritual, not only for the benefit of patients and their families, but the doctors, nurses and support staff too. → Read More

At Home: Summer road trips are hot; here's how to stay safe

For more than three months now, people around the metro area have been navigating social distancing, remote learning and being stuck at home. Since mid-march KATU has been On Your Side at Home to help share ideas and solutions. But now that it's summer, we're faced with a new set of challenges. One of those being, how to travel the highways, and if it's even safe to do so. → Read More

Oregon couple donates $3 million to Legacy Health, OHSU in fight against COVID-19

The Oregon co-founder of SurveyMonkey and his wife are giving $3 million to Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University to support the frontline doctors, clinicians and health care workers fighting COVID-19. Ryan and Mary Finley donated $1. 5 to both health systems they said as a gift to those risking their lives each day. “We love Portland and these gifts are from our family to our… → Read More

Portland man arrested on manslaughter, DUII in pedestrian death

A 30-year-old Portland man was arrested on accusations of second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence and reckless driving after police said he struck and killed a pedestrian while driving a car early Tuesday morning. Portland police said they responded to the area of Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Southwest Parkhill Drive at 12:40 a. m. and spoke with the driver, Ivan Cam. Cam told… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Two Oregon choirs combine to shine light on mental health

When it comes to choral conducting, Oregon Chorale artistic director Jason Sabino is at the top of his game. Sabino earned his master's degree in choral conducting from Portland State University and is involved as the director of numerous other choirs and high school ensembles. But 18 months ago, his career -- and his life -- nearly ended. → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Vancouver girl wins international contest with cochlear implant idea

An 8-year-old Vancouver girl will be winging her way to Austria this summer with her family. Kenzi Cayton entered an international competition sponsored by Med-El, the Austrian-based company that makes her cochlear implants. She is one of just a dozen winners from around the world. Wearers of the implants like to customize the external parts of their implants with stickers, or "skins. "But what… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Roosevelt High School senior produces award-winning documentary

Roosevelt High School senior Kaiya Laguardia-Yonamine is one of two Oregon students to win the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She won for producing a video, "Our Island's Treasure," on the struggle of native Okinawans to stop construction of a large U. S. military air base in an environmentally sensitive bay. Narrator on the video:"Henoko is the name of the region where the base is being… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Out of grief, CCA founder Regina Ellis created 'Joy' for children

Out of the anguish and pain that comes with the death of a child, Regina Ellis founded the Children's Cancer Association 25 years ago. The organization's undeniably upbeat message -- "We prescribe joy" -- has propelled the nonprofit from an idea conceived around the dinner table to an integral part of how families and children cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment, touching the lives of… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Ginger Salon owner encourages clients to reach out to others

Owner and Ginger Salon founder Deanna Everson wants to take getting a haircut or style a few steps beyond, by challenging her customers to make a positive difference in their communities. That message of hope is on display at her Northwest Portland location. -----------------------------------------------------------As you would expect at the Ginger Salon in Northwest Portland, women are getting… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Portland police Sgt. Israel Hill brings new meaning to youth outreach

If you were looking for a training ground to prepare men and women for a job in law enforcement, you could do worse than the schools, churches and sidewalks of Northeast Portland. That's where Sgt. Israel Hill of the Portland Police Bureau made his bones, working for youth- and gang-outreach nonprofits before joining the bureau six years ago and making a rapid rise to a supervisor in North… → Read More

Everyday Heroes: Susan Shilke and the Hand Chimers at Mary's Woods

Retired music teacher Susan Shilke has a master's degree in music therapy. She also taught French to elementary school kids, and over the years directed adult music ensembles for voice, recorder and hand chimes. At Mary’s Woods senior living community in Lake Oswego, Shilke is teaching again -- to seniors. Shilke, with the help of managers at Mary’s Woods senior community, started the chimes… → Read More