CacheValleyDaily’s most popular stories of 2010

As the 2010 calendar year has come to a close, it is a common practice of many news outlets to reflect back upon the year that was. Rather than ranking what stories the news staff felt were the biggest, we have instead chosen to display what you, our readers, have determined to be the biggest. The following stories (or groups of stories) are ranked based upon the number of views for each story.


#1<a href=”;”>Two hospitalized after eight-vehicle collision in Providence (with photo gallery)</a> (72,600)

</strong>The single most viewed story on for 2010 involved a semi truck, eight vehicles, pallets of bananas and a roaring fire. On September 14 a semi truck driven by 37-year-old Mark Risher, Providence, barreled through the intersection at 1200 South Highway 165, right in front of the Maverik gas station.Risher’s truck slammed into an electrical box, causing the truck to flip onto its side and hit a Jiffy Lube sign. Eight other vehicles were involved in the accident, sending two to the hospital. Risher’s truck cabin erupted in flames, spilling into the trailer filled with bananas. Incidentally, Risher died on December 8 from hypothermia after being found in a neighbor’s backyard.

<strong>#2 Photo Galleries by Craig J. Peterson</strong>

Our number two most-viewed story was not just a story, but a number of photo galleries put together by CacheValleyDaily staff photographer Craig J. Peterson, notably of Utah State University sporting events. Some of Peterson’s most-viewed galleries include:

<a href=”;”>Utah State-BYU football gallery (26,821)</a>

<a href=”;”>Utah State-BYU basketball gallery (12,241)</a>

<a href=”;”>Utah State-Idaho State football gallery (9,575)</a>

<a href=”;”>Utah State-Weber State basketball gallery (8,785)</a>

Peterson’s galleries, in general, are consistently among the top items viewed on To see more of his work and other photo galleries, visit our

<a href=”;”>Photo Gallery</a>



#3 <a href=”;”>Health Dept. warns against Spice</a> (29,228)

</strong>What began as a word of warning from the Bear River Health Department has turned into a movement throughout the state of Utah to ban what was a commonly available substance known as Spice. Sold as a form of incense, the substance was being used much like marijuana.This particular story is not very earth-shattering or ground-breaking. What is unique about it, however, is all the comments that have followed. The comments section has turned into a common message board among users of the synthetic drug. Several of these comments have been referred to by officials who seek to ban to the substance. Several cities have already moved to ban the substance within their city limits and in January 2011 the Utah Legislature will be exploring laws to regulate and criminalize Spice throughout the state.

<strong>#4 Weather-related stories</strong>

<a href=”;”>Windy night ushers in snow storm, power outages (with photo gallery)</a>

(19,642)Cache Valley woke up to snow on the ground the morning of April 27, but the shock of seeing white stuff just days before the start of May was of little consequence compared to the overnight storm that brought it all in. The storm brought fierce winds, knocking down trees and power lines, causing widespread power outages.

<a href=”;”>WINTER STORM UPDATE (with photo gallery)</a> (11,361)As predicted, a massive winter storm moved into Cache Valley right before Thanksgiving, packing winds, snow and dangerous conditions. Bitter cold temperatures followed the storm. Dozens of accidents and several slide offs were reported and a number of school districts, government offices and businesses closed early so people get home before the winter blizzard struck.


#5 <a href=”;”>Mendon siblings die in accident</a> (11,427)

</strong> Bad road conditions contributed to a fatal accident in Providence the morning of Saturday, Dec. 18. Two siblings died in the accident, 7-year-old M’gwire Ferguson and his 10-year-old brother Bridger. M’gwire died upon impact and Bridger passed away later that evening after having been transported by helicopter to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. The boys’ older sister was driving when her car spun into oncoming traffic.

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