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Readers’ Top 10

In online poll

  1. Lousy economy persists.
  2. Downtown makeover.
  3. ‘Gang Green’ drug raids.
  4. Murder-suicides by fire.
  5. Bears baseball plan.
  6. Abuse cases.
  7. Columbia River Crossing.
  8. First Independent Bank.
  9. Condit Dam.
  10. Davy Crockett cleanup.

TOTAL ONLINE VOTES: 275In newsroom voting

Also nominated

UFO spotted in East Vancouver turns out to be high-tech kite; Downtown biomass plant proposed, rejected; state Rep. Jim Jacks resigns in 49th District, Sharon Wylie wins his seat; Census means redistricting in the 3rd; Election (city council races, David Madore candidate slate, C-Tran’s Proposition 1 passes); Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s first year in office; Coldest spring and summer since 1955; Occupy Vancouver; BPA power line discussions; Prominent deaths (Dale Beacock, Hal Dengerink, Dollie Lynch, Harriet Wilson); High-profile court cases (Bethany Storro sentenced, ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Michael D. Collins resentenced); “Wheel of Fortune” jackpot divorce; Teens accused of shooting cats; Value Motel criticisms; Woman accused of trying to sell baby at Taco Bell.

Top 10 Web-hit stories of 2011

  1. Washougal standoff and murder/suicide
  2. ‘Operation Gang Green’ drug raid and court appearance
  3. Breaching Condit Dam: before, during and after
  4. Tuan Dao sets fire to house, killing himself and five children
  5. Crowd pulls few punches at town hall with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
  6. Was that a flying saucer hovering over east Vancouver?
  7. Fatal collision between C-Tran bus, pedestrian /victim identified
  8. Young man jumps from I-205 bridge
  9. Off-duty police officer found dead in woods
  10. Couple allegedly imprisoned autistic boys

Top 10 of 2010

  1. Economic struggle.
  2. Bethany Storro case.
  3. Cowlitz casino.
  4. Herrera Beutler vs. Heck congressional race.
  5. ‘Gavel down!’
  6. Hospitals merge.
  7. (tie) Agencies cut budgets.
  8. (tie) I-5 bridge (Columbia River Crossing).
  9. Charges dismissed against former policeman in child sex-abuse case; DNA clears two men convicted in 1993 rape.
  10. Local elections.