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From the mayor’s desk: Meadow Martell

I am proud of the community I live in. The Santa Holiday event at the I.V. Visitor Center was a great success. This year it was staged inside the back office of the Visitor Center, which was a much warmer and drier experience for Santa and the elves. So many organizations and volunteers from our community come together to make this event happen, that I can’t possibly name them all and I don’t want to leave anyone out. Every helping hand was important- from the people and organizations that donated toys, gift wrappers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Park Service, and all the community elves. The event started with much fanfare at 3 p.m. with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus (aka Tim and Pam Lenhart) in an I.V. fire truck. Volunteer elves handed out over 400 presents, candy canes, hot chocolate and cookies baked by Mrs. Claus. By 6 p.m. the last gift was given out and after cleaning up, all the tired volunteers went home with full and warm hearts. Thank you once again, Cave Junction, for being such a wonderful and caring community.
At City Hall I am appreciative and grateful for the competent and professional staff I work with. Rebecca (Becky) Patton, the Cave Junction City Recorder. Patton was born and raised in Josephine County. She had the opportunity to travel to several states and Germany with her husband who was in the military. After 20 years she moved “back home” to Cave Junction. She now lives in O’Brien on 5 acres on the Illinois River with Suki, the City Hall dog. Patton loves to garden, care for her indoor plants, hunt mushrooms and float the Illinois River.
Patton started working at City Hall in 2007 as a utility clerk. In 2017 she took the position of city recorder. Becky is the glue that manages all the steps that help the city run smoothly. She supports the city council and staff, making sure they have what they need to do their jobs. She is also the lightening rod that enforces city and state codes and makes sure that things get done the right way.
Patton is proud that Cave Junction has a transparent relationship with the community and that you can trust this local body. She says if you have concerns, get involved, come in and ask questions. She also wishes the city had more money so it could thrive like it should and she sees light at the end of the tunnel.