Not surprisingly, the topic that dominated 2020 — the COVID-19 pandemic — also dominated the top of the list of the stories that were most read on castlegarnews.com during the year.
The website for Castlegar News saw 2.9 million page views in 2020. If you push COVID-related stories to the side, the most popular stories included traffic fatalities and a local arson fire.
Coverage of the arson fire on Yew street that destroyed two homes came out in a series of stories starting with video live from the scene, through to the arrest of a suspect and second fire on the same property months later. Total page views for the series of stories was 18,789.
Top COVID-19 stories:
COVID-19 comes to Castlegar — 15,843
Castlegar COVID-19 cancellations and closures — 9532
Castlegar doctors and mayor urge residents to take COVID-19 seriously — 7921
COVID-19 case confirmed at Castlegar secondary school — 6693
West Kootenay couple caught in Spain’s COVID-19 lock down — 5665
Top local stories:
Missing Nelson woman found dead — 7,555
Head-on collision closes Highway 3a — 6,115
Mysterious fireball rips through Kootenay sky — 5777
Province seeks feedback on proposed all-season rec resort near New Denver — 5411
Firefighters on scene at Castlegar house fire — 5441
Two big housing projects planned for Castlegar — 5361
First certified net zero home in the Kootenays built in Shoreacres — 4571