Erika Bolstad

Erika Bolstad

Your beer has terroir, just like wine

By: - September 17, 2022

ST. PAUL, Oregon — The first hint of harvest time in one of the nation’s major hop-growing regions is obvious: All along the backroads of Oregon’s Willamette Valley trucks overflow with ropes of bouncy, freshly cut hops dropping their distinctive bright green cones on blacktop warmed by the early September sun. Then there’s the fragrance. […]

Public defenders were scarce before COVID. Now, it’s much worse

By: - July 6, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. — On any given day in Oregon jails, 40 or so people remain in custody without a public defender to represent them in court. Some have waited weeks for a lawyer, others have waited months. Several hundred more people charged with crimes but not in jail also await their constitutional right to counsel. The […]

When it comes to monuments, many communities considering how the West was won

By: - May 31, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. — In June 2020, protesters at the University of Oregon in Eugene toppled a statue called “The Pioneer,” which depicted a White man with a gun slung over his shoulder and a whip in his hand, and a second sculpture titled “The Pioneer Mother.” Both monuments had drawn criticism from Indigenous student groups […]

‘Zoom towns’ take aim at vacation rentals in western states

By: - December 29, 2021

DEPOE BAY, Oregon — Postcards with big promises began showing up in mailboxes in Oregon coastal communities in 2019: “Rent your home short term, use it when you want to, guaranteed $5,000 more monthly income than you’re earning with your current property management firm,” recalled Monica Kirk, a retiree. Kirk’s neighborhood began to transform almost […]