A storm that rocked the Kootenay Lake ferry was captured by one of its employees. Photo: Dirk Jonker

A storm that rocked the Kootenay Lake ferry was captured by one of its employees. Photo: Dirk Jonker

2021 YEAR IN REVIEW: The Star’s most-read stories

Here’s the stories you connected with this year

When local doctors and nurses spoke out against vaccine passport protests, readers listened.

Published on Sept. 7, “A kick in the teeth: West Kootenay doctors, nurses react to protests” was the most-read local story on nelsonstar.com, according to Google Analytics statistics for Jan. 1 to Dec. 20.

Although COVID-19 stories remained well-read throughout 2021, Star readers weren’t only interested in the persistent pandemic.

The second-most read story was actually an account of a possible Bigfoot sighting near Silverton published on Jan. 15. Of course, the only evidence was some suspect footprints, but that didn’t stop believers from flocking to the story.

No. 3 was a story about a rocky ride across Kootenay Lake during a storm that included eye-popping video taken by a ferry employee. That was followed by a story about JJ’s Fashion, a clothing store in Trail that found social media success due to its “hot boss.”

Readers also remain invested in the disappearance of Cory Westcott, who hasn’t been seen since Aug. 31, 2020. An interview with his mother Rena Zacher in January was our fifth-most read story.

Here’s the top-10 most popular stories on nelsonstar.com by page views:

1. “A kick in the teeth: West Kootenay doctors, nurses react to protests

2. Possible Bigfoot sighting shocks, excites Silverton residents

3. VIDEO: Storm makes for wild ferry ride across Kootenay Lake

4. West Kootenay clothing store rockets to TikTok stratosphere

5. Nelson man still missing after five months

6. 43 days, 187 cases: Nelson and surrounding area suffers as COVID-19 spreads

7. More evacuations ordered, RDCK declares state of emergency as wildfire burns in Castlegar

8. 26 days later, Nelson’s Rob Little is alive after battle against COVID

9. LETTER: Brainwashing comes to Canada and Nelson

10. Kootenay Lake Hospital welcomes first baby of 2021

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2021 Year in Review