An arson fire on Yew Street was one of the most read stories of 2020 at Photo: Hybreed Photography

An arson fire on Yew Street was one of the most read stories of 2020 at Photo: Hybreed Photography

Castlegar News’ most read stories of 2020

Here are the online stories that garnered the most attention in 2020.

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 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 cases confirmed in region: Castlegar doctors plead with people to stay home — 24, 061

COVID-19 comes to Castlegar — 15,843

Castlegar doctor shares personal COVID story, calls for adherence to guidelines — 10,513

Castlegar COVID-19 cancellations and closures — 9532

Interior Health investigating large youth gathering near Castlegar — 9,113

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:

Two men killed in Hwy 3 collision west of Castlegar — 15,330

Woman killed in two-vehicle collision on Highway 3 A — 11,316

Missing Nelson woman found dead — 7,555

One person killed in Thrums head-on collision — 7039

Kootenay woman dies in Genelle collision — 6151

Head-on collision closes Highway 3a — 6,115

Suspect arrested in arson fire that destroyed two Castlegar homes — 5,857

Dog attack seriously injures young boy in Castlegar — 5,821

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

‘I thought I was going to die’: Rossland skier talks of being lost on Red Mountain — 4599

First certified net zero home in the Kootenays built in Shoreacres — 4571

LAST YEAR: Castlegar’s most read online stories of 2019

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