What's really important? A different Year in Review list

On the first week of January, we ran a Year in Review story that was a little bit different from how we’ve done it in the past. The selections were based on the numbers of readers who clicked and read these stories on the Valley Record web or mobile pages.

It was interesting to see what people clicked on, but I think that in future, we may curate that list a little bit differently. The reason being is that, just because a story is popular, or that its readership goes beyond this Valley, doesn’t mean that it’s the most important. The stories that matter simply aren’t always the major draws. You don’t change minds, inspire hearts or win thanks for the umpteenth tragedy, killing or celebrity sighting in the Valley.

This past year, we did stories on:

The truck-stop chaplain at North Bend’s TravelCenter, also known as Truck Town

• The members of the King County Search and Rescue

The people and mission of the Snoqualmie Valley Elk Management Group

• Michael Reagan, who paints portraits of fallen soldiers with help from local students

Locals who depend on the Valley bus system to get around

The way the community came together to help North Bend nursery owner Nels Melgaard in his cancer fight

The North Bend homeless shelter’s residents

World-traveling timber sports athletes David and Annette Moses

The Random Acts of Kindness Club at Cedarcrest High School

The bike lovers of the Snoqualmie Valley Velo Club

That’s just the first four months, so I’m going to stop there. But the above stories, which we featured prominently, all, in a different way, show community in action, real people of all ages and backgrounds making a difference, pushing for something and someone they need or love.

Yes, readers, myself include, are always going to be drawn to the tragedy and terror, or the celebrity stuff. But it’s not all what the news should be about. Let’s not lose sight of that in 2014.


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