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