Top web stories of 2019

Mustafa Stefan Dill
webmaster@taosnews.com
Posted 1/7/20

The most-read story on TaosNews.com for 2019 was the main article reporting the Taos Ski Valley avalanche (“One skier dies, second critically injured after avalanche at Taos Ski Valley,” Jan. 17) with 298,085 page views.

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Top web stories of 2019

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The most-read story on TaosNews.com for 2019 was the main article reporting the Taos Ski Valley avalanche (“One skier dies, second critically injured after avalanche at Taos Ski Valley,” Jan. 17) with 298,085 page views, nearly double the second-biggest story  ( “Biker pileup kills two on third day of Red River Motorcycle Rally,” May 25), which garnered 161,307 page views.

 Two follow – up stories on the avalanche placed in the top 10,  and a follow –up story detailing the sheriff’s announcement that speed was a likely factor in a three-vehicle, two –fatality crash in September (“Sheriff: Speed likely contributed to crash that killed Taos High teen, Texas singer,” Sept. 5; 72,636 page views) edged out the original story (“Three-vehicle crash kills San Cristóbal teen, Texas singer-songwriter ,” Sept. 5; 67,115 page views), with both pieces placing as the third and fourth most-read stories, respectively. 

Placing fifth with 50,936 page views (and still occasionally spiking traffic)  was “A Taos close encounter of the hunters and aliens kind,”  Sept. 6.

Other non-related stories rounding out the top 15 were:

Questa man accused of molesting children wanted for raping 5-year-old,” Jan. 25; 

FBI looking into possible double murder at Taos Pueblo,” June 3;

“Avalanche crashes into house in village of Taos Ski Valley,” March 13;

 Former Taos U.S. Bank branch manager indicted on embezzlement charges,” May 17;

New Mexico hip-hop artist Wake Self dies,” Nov. 5;

“Man charged in shooting death of Taos coffee shop owner,” Sept. 13;  and

 Body recovered from Río Grande Gorge,” April 25.

Most discussed on social media: 

 Not all the most-read stories generate the most conversation.  The most talked-about news story of the year was the reaction to the La Pocha Nostra performance  (“Paseo performance stirs dispute,” Sept. 19) with 263 comments on Facebook. 

“Hunters and aliens” was the second most discussed story, with 151 comments , tieing with “Man accused of raping stepdaughter pleads no contest to lesser charge," July 25.          

  Other hot talkers included Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s disapproval rating (“Poll finds Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham among most unpopular governors“),  the Sting concert announcement (“Sting is coming to Taos “) and a crowdsourcing call to share pothole experiences.

 

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