On Thursday, Oracle filed a tort claim against Retread and his former chief of staff:
Oracle America Inc. this afternoon filed tort claim notices with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, notifying the state that the company may sue former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his former chief of staff, Mike Bonetto.
The notices followed the company's filing of a lawsuit earlier in the day against five of Retread's consultants.
Oracle's apparently seeking to hold Retread personally accountable for damages, so as mentioned here previously, he's going to be bankrupt before he knows what happened; legal fees alone are going to wipe him out.
And as for the First Squeeze: the federal grand jury has subpoenaed materials related to her involvement in a "green energy" project at the Bend landfill and in relation to development of the Pronghorn Golf Course (also in Deschutes County).
Federal authorities are now interested in finding out how Hayes was involved.
These events occurred "early in Kitzhaber's third term as governor".
The landfill project would inject steam into the landfill in order to accelerate decomposition, which proponents claim would increase gas production at the site, which could then be captured, refined, and marketed. Opponents note that the gases are toxic, and given that the dump is located in close proximity to a middle school, argue that production of gases should not be enhanced; they also don't buy claims that the project would be able to capture 98% of the gases.
As for the Pronghorn deal, the developer has been working on the course and resort for about a decade, but ran into trouble during the recession.
Willamette Week reported in October that Hix emailed Hayes and Kitzhaber aides in the weeks leading up to a scheduled Dec. 1, 2011, foreclosure, asking for any help they could give.
Hix later wrote an email thanking Kitzhaber’s staff for their help. He included Hayes in the email.
Things are so bad that when landfill employees recently noticed the two at the dump, they called police, who then spent an hour or so combing through the trash. Employees for some reason found it strange that the pair were at the dump so soon after investigations got underway.
After The Bulletin requested videos and incident reports from the county and sheriff’s office, the FBI told county officials not to release any information about the incident, according to County Administrator Tom Anderson.
Presumably, the FBI will also be examining proctology reports.