10 years ago this week — 2010
The decade ended with the North Coast looking back on many headlines, including developments in the liquefied natural gas controversy and three county recall elections.
Because of their stance on LNG, Clatsop County Commissioners Ann Sameulson, Jeff Hazen and Patricia Roberts all face the wrath of voters. Samuelson was ousted, by a very small margin, but the other two survived easily.
There were other highs and lows, perhaps characterized by news about aircraft.
In March, SeaPort Airlines launched passenger air service between Portland and the coast with help from $4.5 million in state and federal startup subsidies. The news was heralded with cautious optimism. As the year progressed, the flights between Portland and Newport proved to be more popular than the flight between Portland and Astoria.
Another aircraft story created the worst “what if?” thoughts.
Astorians were shocked when a single-engine plane crashed into the Columbia River on a Friday afternoon in April and even more shocked to learn former Astoria Mayor Edith Henningsgaard-Miller was on board and her son, Bill Henningsgaard, was the pilot. The community breathed a collective sigh of relief when the pair were rescued relatively unscathed.
The controversy over liquefied natural gas development in Oregon made the biggest ongoing headlines. The Bradwood…