Many of the stories that made the top of the most-viewed list for Castlegar News in 2018 were related to forest fires.
The top story, “Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts,” was read by 25,000 people on our local news site, and by many thousands more across the Black Press Media chain.
“Fire closes Hwy 3” was read about 20,000 times locally.
Stories related to the November death of tow truck operator Wayne Kernachan were also among the most read stories of the year, attracting close to the same number of readers as the wildfire stories.
Other top stories:
“New night club opening in Castlegar” — The Woods opened downtown in March
“Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail” — Police report a body was found in the trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic
“Cops raid Castlegar house in burned-body investigation” — Police investigating the death of Jordan Workman, who was found in the trunk of a car in January
“New restaurant opens in downtown Castlegar” — The Trackside Bistro opens
“Woman carjacked on Highway 6, cops led on wild chase” — New Denver woman found herself an unwilling participant in a long-distance police chase
“Bounty on West Kootenay northern pike” —Reward for northern pike caught in Columbia, Kootenay and Pend d’Oreille Rivers.
“Transit bus crashes in Castlegar” — BC Transit bus went off the road near Southridge Drive
“Castlegar voters choose Tassone as new mayor“ — Election results