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Announcing The Year's Most Popular Stories on Healdsburg Patch

Here's this year's list of popular Patch stories, from meteor showers to fantasy football.

This marks the end of Healdsburg Patch's second full year bringing local news to local people, and we're pretty happy with the way things are going. Just look at our list of the Top Ten (actually, there are 11) stories of the past year. We've added an 11th because the first one is a primarily a video, and there is a tie for eighth place.

It's an intriguing list, showing a range of topics that reflect the variety of local interests. From space exploration to celebrity sightings, controversial ballot initiatives and politics, and a couple stories about local business owners.

Here's a recap of the biggest news of the year, ranked by how many people clicked through to read the stories.

VIDEO: Exciting Footage of Space Shuttle Endeavour California Flight Path Flyover in Sacramento, Bay Area

30,816

4,127

Spotted: Lady Gaga Visits Wine Country

3,674

Is the Prop. 37 GMO Labeling Food Fight Over?

3,133

Healdsburg Shop Owner Denies "Ownership" of Far-Right Hungarian Website

2,873

Sheriff Confirms Likely Suicide in Death of Healdsburg Woman

2,374

Sunset Magazine 'Idea House' Tours Continue This Weekend

2,197

Fantasy Football 2012: Sleepers and Busts

1,884

Proposition Voter Guide: What You Need to Know About California's Ballot Measures

1,884

How to Watch Presidential Debate 2012 Online

1,867

1,846



What were other big news stories this year in Healdsburg? Were you surprised to find some on this list - or some missing? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Cara December 31, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Surprised all the Animal Shelter drama didn't make the cut.
Keri Brenner (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Hi: Some comments about the articles included in this list have been deleted in an effort to avoid confusion. First, regarding the animal shelter stories, many of those -- especially the widely read, high profile articles -- were published in December 2011, which probably accounts for them not being in the 2012 list. Second, the story list above is based on number of page views for each article posted on Healdsburg Patch -- even if the articles were generated at other Patch sites. Sometimes -- but not always -- you can see where the article originated by clicking on the byline of the author. The articles from other Patch sites are posted on Healdsburg Patch if they have some relevance to our readers (i.e. "Is the Prop. 37 GMO fight over?") or if there may be a general interest in that topic (i.e. Space Shuttle, Lady Gaga, etc.). That does not take away from our continuing interest in hyperlocal Healdsburg coverage. We are dedicated to serving this community as best we can. Sometimes that includes a mix of local, regional and national stories as appropriate. Hope that helps answer any questions about this list. Thanks.
Keri Brenner (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Hi: Other comments about Healdsburg Animal Shelter have been deleted due to violations of our terms of use for this comment section. Please keep your comments civil so that this forum can continue to be a productive platform for community conversation, not a vehicle for personal attacks.

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