Looking back on the news events of 2009, it’s easy to make a wish list for the new year. We wish for:
•No more cases of H1N1 (swine flu).
•An end to local layoffs and furlough days, and a better economy at the local, state and national level.
•Permanent eradication of Sudden Oak Death.
•Additional funding for county government, law enforcement and our public schools.
•Lots of wind for the annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival.
•Larger audiences for local theater, music and art events.
•Continued efforts by the Trash Dogs to keep our wilderness clean. Better yet, no more illegal dumping.
•The successful construction and opening of the new community college campus at Lone Ranch.
•The completion of the new intersection at Constitution Way and Highway 101.
•Liberal regulations for local fishing seasons and the annual Slam’n Salmon Derby.
•The Port of Brookings Harbor to overcome its many challenges and become the successful tourist destination it was meant to be.
•No major earthquakes or tsunamis – or minor ones, either.
•The continued safety of U.S. soldiers serving overseas.
•A U.S. Health Care Reform bill that really helps the majority.
•All dog owners to pick up after their pets.
•Permanent beach access to the north jetty of the Chetco River via Seacliff Terraces.
•No more people stuck on Bear Camp Road east of Agness.
•Another great crab season next winter.
•More positive news to report in the Curry Coastal Pilot.
Happy New Year!