Happy New Year to all of the Valley community. Like New Year’s resolutions, we have a tradition at the record of, at the end of the year, looking back on our most read stories of the year. Instead of our choices for the big stories, of the year, this list is entirely reader driven. The more views and clicks a news story got, the higher on the list it climbed.
So, in the past year, what did you readers like the best? Well, number one is one of my favorites, too. It’s the tale of Yogi, the resilient boxer who got lost on a hike just two days before the start of 2017 and found his way home to his family days later after who knows what adventure.
I wrote it, yes, but that’s not why I say it’s a great story. No, it’s a great story because it had elements of all great stories — emotional highs and lows, a loveable main character (have you seen Yogi’s photo?), a whole family of smart and determined heroes, not one, but two courageous quests and a happy ending. We don’t always get those, so we have to treasure the ones we do.
According to our year-end website statistics, you probably thought it was a great story, too. “Lost on a trail, missing Boxer finds his way home after four stormy days” was the most-read story on the Valley Record website in the past year.
Our top 10 list also included its share of tragedy, crime, business and feel-good stories. A death at Snoqualmie Falls was our second most-read story, followed by the era-ending closure of the Snoqualmie Valley Riding Club at number 3. A car crash at the North Bend Post Office was fourth, and an update on planned development on Snoqualmie Ridge was fifth.
The news showed a distinctly more positive trend in the bottom half of the top 10. The planned opening of Heirloom Cookshop in downtown Snoqualmie was sixth, North Bend’s new 32-acre mountain bike park, to be named Tennant Trailhead Park was seventh and an update on North Bend’s downtown plaza project was eighth. A local woman’s 15 minutes of fame with Oprah was our ninth most read story, and the top 10 ended on a sad note with the announced closure of Miller’s Mercantile in Carnation Dec. 31.
Here’s the list of our top stories of 2017: