State Releases Conflicting ODOE Reports; Hayes a "Rock Star"

Cylvia Hayes

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Oregonians can now see two very different accounts of what happened in the Oregon Department of Energy investigation, in which four employees were accused of steering state business to Cylvia Hayes, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s companion. The first report was prepared at the request of former Gov. Ted Kulongoski and written by retired Malheur County Judge Francisco Yraguen. Yraguen’s heavily-detailed ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Updated: Four Suspended ODOE Employees To Be Reinstated

John Kroger

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WW has learned that four Oregon Department of Energy employees will be reinstated today, marking the latest twist in story that began with an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into ODOE contracting practices that last August.The investigation has received intense scrutiny because the employees were accused of steering state business to Cylvia Hayes, the long-time companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber.The ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Energy Department Director's Lawyer Sues Attorney General John Kroger

John Kroger

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The battle between former Oregon Department of Energy interim Director Mark Long and Attorney General John Kroger's Oregon Department of Justice continues to escalate.Bill Gary, Long's attorney, filed a lawsuit last week in Marion County Court accusing Kroger of withholding records related to the racketeering theory that Justice Department criminal investigators pursued in last year's probe into the ...   More
 
Thursday, April 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Release of Oregon Energy Department Investigation File Delayed Again

John Kroger

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The long saga of the Oregon Department of Justice's investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy has gotten even longer.First, a recap: DOJ began an investigation last August into whether ODOE employees had improperly steered a $60,000 subcontract to a Bend renewable energy consulting firm run by Cylvia Hayes, the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber. At the time ...   More
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Energy Department Investigation Result Delayed Again

John Kroger

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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

Cylvia Hayes

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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

John Kroger

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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

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