Metolius residents could be faced with a City Council recall question for the second time in as many years.

This time, the mayor and three of five councilors have been targeted for the way they handled a recent dustup involving the city’s use of a toy train built by a convicted child molester.

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Garrett Andrews has covered crime for The Bulletin since 2018. A native of the Olympic Peninsula (Sequim), he's been a newspaper reporter for 14 years and has an MA in political science from the University of Colorado-Denver. A lover of overcast skies.

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"(Mayor) Carl Elliott has brought shame and disgrace to the residents of the City of Metolius," "He publicly disrespected the victim of child abuse and pushed forward his agenda against common decency and integrity."

The the most factually accurate statement I have read all day. And I've been ready sworn declarations all day!


And for those actions he should face either censure by the city council or recall.

It's too bad his former and perhaps future (this November) political opponent is involved.


Former mayor John Chavez paid an appropriate price for his hubris.

At the same time, he had already made a political enemy in Ms. Muilenberg, with her MBA from the University of Oregon and many years of running a B&B in Madras.

“Muilenberg, who ran against Chavez in the last election in November 2018, lost the three-way race for mayor by one vote, with 90 votes to Chavez's 91, and Foncie "Carl" Elliott's 76 votes. If Chavez were to step down, she said, Elliott, who is the council president, would take over as mayor.”

It had to be hard losing the election by one vote.

And then have (Mayor) Carl Elliott step in to replace Chavez when Elliott, in the three-way race, only garnered 76 votes to Muilenberg’s 90.

Oh, you have to love truly small-town politics.

Also, the “Friends of Metolius” should not be confused with “Friends of the Metolius” (see below”.

Friends of the Metolius is a non-profit conservation organization that serves to protect a legacy of Oregon’s heritage, the Metolius Basin, with its unique qualities of water, forest and wildlife, its diversity, and its spiritual values, for future generations.

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