Saturday, January 16, 2010
Another cave Dweller
A friend of mine sent me this article from usa today about a cat named Roy Moore who had been living in a cave on restricted land for several years.
We share the same last name so we might even be cousins; he had his cave fixed up with a wood burning stove, solar panels and a satellite radio.
He sounds like and interesting and resourseful dude.
Please find below the story as it was taken from USATODAY.
Tomahawk - Scouts out!
Man found living in cave on Los Alamos lab land LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have evicted a man from a cave on Los Alamos National Laboratory land where they say he apparently lived for years with the comforts of home — a wood-burning stove, solar panels connected to car batteries for electricity and a satellite radio. Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Doug Tucker said Roy Michael Moore's hideaway, which also was equipped with a bed and a glass front door, was discovered earlier Oct. 13 after a Department of Energy employee working at the Los Alamos site office noticed smoke wafting from the cave in a heavily wooded, steep canyon.
The employee reported the smoke to the fire department. Tucker said the smoke came from Moore's wood-burning stove.
Ten marijuana plants were found outside the cave. Moore, 56, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court documents. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bond.
An officer called to the site by firefighters pulled up the plants and confiscated about 21 ounces of dried marijuana, according to a statement of probable cause filed in magistrate court in Los Alamos.
Tucker said that as fire crews and lab security force members approached the cave after its discovery, they saw Moore and discovered "numerous" marijuana plants growing around the cave.
"From the campsite that I saw, he had been there quite a long time. ... I was really impressed with his ability to set up a camp," Tucker said.
He said it was impossible to see the cave or any sign of Moore from the edge of the 75- to 100-foot cliff above, which is inaccessible because of a tall fence.
The lab has not used the restricted area where the cave is located for years, said Bernie Pleau, a spokesman for the department and the National Nuclear Security Administration in Los Alamos. It is about 50 yards out his office door and down the cliff, he said.
"I don't know if anyone has tried squatting on DOE property before or not," Pleau said. "Pretty strange, don't you think?"
The site was not near any high-security or critical areas, he said."It wasn't a security threat by any means," Pleau said. The DOE ordered the lab to remove all of Moore's property from the area Oct. 16, Pleau said.