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Year in Review: July

*It was Illinois Valley High School Alumni weekend and the city of Cave Junction was buzzing with activity Saturday, July 1, especially on top of the hill at Schumacher St. The second annual Cave Junction Soapbox Derby, a fundraiser for the nonprofit Main Street Cave Junction, entertained a good-sized crowd, with handmade, creative carts with recycled parts.
*On June 28, the commissioners established “No Parking” zones on prominent county roads: Abegg Rd; Crow Rd; Edgewood Rd; Galice Rd; Gunnell Rd; Highland Rd; Merlin Av; and Pleasant Valley Rd. “This has been complaint-driven by people that are parking unsafe along these particular areas of the county,” noted Board Chair Baertschiger.
*Prolific community volunteer Roger Brandt was surprised with the unveiling of a plaque designating the baseball field at Jubilee Park “Roger Brandt Field” at the I.V. Little League Closing Ceremony. “As a volunteer, I hear people say Cave Junction is full of the scrungiest people around – drunks and drug addicts – but I don’t know who these people are. I only know people working hard and volunteering to make their community a better place to live, better for kids, better for businesses. They use their energy and skills for the community,” said Brandt.
*IVFD Chief Holmes reported at the fire district’s July 10 meeting that IVFD was awarded $984,500 for the fire hydrant and sewer project in Cave Junction. Holmes thanked Representative Lily Morgan and OSFM for facilitating the grant. Holmes added the district had been approved for $1,777,236 over the following fiscal year.

*The CJ Council voted July 10 to grant a conditional use permit for I.V. HOPE Village. Justin Gerlitz from Gerlitz Engineering Consultants explained that while the property has been zoned into an L-shape, the transitional living facility will only take up the corner area of the property. It will be a fully fenced area with a common building, recreation area, and 16 small structures that will serve as bedrooms for residents. I.V. HOPE Village project manager Laura Mancuso noted, “I.V. Hope Village is only for participants trying to get into stable housing” meaning that they must follow the facility’s strict guidelines and rules to work toward achieving this goal.

*As of July 17, the Flat Fire two miles southeast of Agness, Ore. has grown to 5,477 acres. A total of 332 personnel, 19 fire engines, 10 crews, one bulldozer and seven helicopters were involved in firefighting efforts.

*The first of two public hearings in the matter of forming a law enforcement district spanning the entirety of unincorporated Josephine County and the city of Cave Junction was held Wednesday, July 12 at a county meeting. “While it’s not the fat cash cow, it is something that does create some stability for our law enforcement within Josephine County, and really that’s the goal, is stability,” Sheriff Daniel said.

*Judge Robert S. Bain signed a judgement dismissing the court case David and Nancy Garcia brought against the city of Cave Junction with prejudice.In 2022 Garcia and his wife filed a lawsuit against the city that included the mayor and city recorder personally, seeking $8.4 million from the city and therefore the residents of Cave Junction. They alleged the city exhibited intentional interference with prospective economic advantage related to Siskiyou Pines Development.

*The commissioners proclaimed the week of July 16-22 Parole and Community Supervision Week. “Community Corrections professionals are responsible for supervising justice-involved adults in the community and Community Corrections practitioners are trained professionals who provide services and referrals for offenders,” the proclamation read in part.

*JoCo Recreation Director Tamra Martin said it was her pleasure to attend the July 19 county commission weekly business session, where she joined the commissioners in recognizing the hard work of park employees involved with the renovation of Tom Pearce Park east of Grants Pass. Plaques were made for each employee who worked on the Tom Pearce Park renovation – Sean Clark; James Fimbres; Jake Scallon; Steve Harvey; Ryan Hendon; Tony Rodriguez; Cole Nichols; and Josh Sabota – and they were called up individually to receive them from an enthusiastic Board Chair Herman Baertschiger.