Erika Bolstad

Erika Bolstad

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 […]