Most read stories on Columbian.com, week of July 31

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Most-read stories on Columbian.com for the week of July 31:

photoDale Beacock died Thursday in a cycling accident in Garabaldi, Ore. He was 81.

No. 1) Beacock Music founder killed in cycling accident

Dale Beacock, a longtime musician and founder of Beacock Music, died late Thursday morning after being struck by a log truck’s trailer while riding his bicycle on Highway 101​ north of Garibaldi, Ore.

No. 2) Increase in silver prices may turn consumers into metal detectors

A surge in silver prices has made the precious metal, in some instances, more valuable than the object it was crafted into. And that has folks digging out — and digging up from backyards — long-forgotten silver caches to sell for cash.

No. 3) Man found dead outside burning house

A man was found dead early Monday morning in the backyard of a burning house on Lieser Road, fire officials said.

No. 4) Hound sniffs out cougar in tree near VA hospital

The young cougar was lounging and sleeping 12 feet up a Douglas fir tree Monday morning in Vancouver, with the sun dappling her tan fur.

No. 5) Several in custody following downtown meth bust

Several people were taken into custody following a methamphetamine investigation in downtown Vancouver Wednesday.