Oregon Energy Department Investigation Result Delayed Again

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A Marion County judge ruled last week on an arcane but important point in the ongoing battle over the results of an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into contracting practices at the state Department of Energy.The Justice Department announced Dec. 29 that it would not charge any of the four agency employees involved in a contract with the engineering firm R.W. Beck with official misconduct. ...   More
 
Monday, March 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read the Document: Two Powerful Lawyers Attack the Investigator in the Cylvia Hayes Probe

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As the probe continues into whether the Oregon Department of Energy unlawfully steered business to a company co-owned by Gov. John Kitzhaber's longtime companion, two well-connected defense lawyers have gone on the offensive against the chief investigator in the case.WW has obtained a 30-page letter (PDF) in which Dave Frohnmayer and Bill Gary outline a series of accusations against Sean Riddell (in ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Cylvia Hayes Has a New Job

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 Cylvia Hayes, the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber, has accepted a job with the Eugene-based West Coast Regional Clean Economy Collaborative, according to Sustainable Business Oregon."We really see the benefit in building bridges between urban and rural communities around clean energy," Hayes' new boss, Craig Smith told Sustainable Business Oregon. "We don't want anyone to think that ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

War of Words Continues Around ODOE Investigation

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Last week, The Oregonian reported on details of an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy. That investigation is politically fraught because it involves an ODOE subcontractor, Cylvia Hayes, who is the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber. The O based its reporting on a copy of the Justice Department investigative file that DOJ had ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read the Letter: Oregon Energy Department/Cylvia Hayes Investigation Gets Messy


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Last week, Attorney General John Kroger's office issued a statement marking the end of his investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy. "We are currently of the opinion that we could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any state employee committed Official Misconduct in the First or Second degree while awarding the Energy Assurance Grant," wrote Kroger's ...   More
 
Monday, January 3, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski Wants Outside Counsel to Investigate ODOE; Cites "Potential Conflict of Interest"


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski ratcheted up the pressure today in his desire to see a thorough investigation of the Oregon Department of Energy's contracting practices. Last week, the Oregon Department of Justice completed its investigation into one ODOE contract that involved Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber's longtime companion Cylvia Hayes, finding it "could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any state ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

ODOE-Gate: Mark Long's Lawyers Say Kroger's Search Illegal, Threaten to Sue


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The former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, Mark Long, has filed a tort claim notice [PDF] with the State of Oregon, threatening to sue for what his attorneys term the "warrantless search and seizure, without probable cause" of his work computer. The tort claim notice, which WW obtained yesterday under a public records request, increases the likelihood that controversy will ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

ODOE-Gate: Kulongoski Will Get His Independent Investigation After All; Updated


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For a guy leaving office in less than a week, Gov. Ted Kulongoski is pretty busy. After Attorney General John Kroger on Jan. 5 rebuffed Kulongoski's request that the governor be allowed to hire an independent counsel to investigate contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy, it looked as though Kroger had effectively blocked the governor. And that meant Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber, ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski on John Kitzhaber


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski has had a strained relationship over the past few years with John Kitzhaber, the fellow Democrat who preceded him as governor and will succeed him on Jan. 10, although the two, who were close during Kitzhaber's two previous gubernatorial terms from 1995 to 2003 have now resolved their differences. Many years ago, Kulongoski commented on how the difference between him and ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Here's What's Holding Up Release of Documents in Energy Department Investigation


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Although much of today's focus in Salem is on the start of Gov. John Kitzhaber's historic third term, some unfinished business relating to Attorney General John Kroger's investigation of contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy is also inching toward resolution. As WW reported last week, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who leaves office today, has hired retired Malheur County judge Frank ...   More
 
Monday, January 10, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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