The Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2012

The Lander Community Center fire before most of the responders arrived on June 28.

The Lander Community Center fire before most of the responders arrived on June 28.

By Joshua Scheer, reporter,

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – 2012 was a busy year. And if we’re going to be completely honest, it wasn’t always a great one. For’s first complete calendar year as a online news agency, we compiled what stories were read the most. This wasn’t a list that we as an office compiled. This is what you, our readers, viewed more than anything else. What immediately caught our attention was the overwhelming amount of tragedy. No story that made the top 10 most read list is of a happy nature. But do not allow that fact to bring you down as you look forward to 2013. Reflect on the positive aspects of the lives of those that were lost. Let the destruction of property be viewed as a chance to rebuild. Here’s to 2013 and the opportunities it brings all of us. From everyone in the and PitchEngine office, Happy New Year.

10. Classic Aviation air ambulance crashes east of Riverton

9. Man found frozen to death on South Pass

8. Lander joins growing list of no fireworks on July 4; county bans fireworks effective immediately

7. One dead in Lander homicide early Tuesday; suspect in custody; State Crime Lab technicians en route

6. Tribal liaison Wadda killed in rollover crash in Johnson County

5. Explosion reported at Lost Cabin Natural Gas plant

4. Police cordon off Lander streets, multiple officers on scene including Riverton SWAT team

3. Lucas Myhre, 27, shot and killed in Riverton; Dustin Nickelson, 23, charged with murder (In the raw numbers of top stories, a secondary story relating the victim’s father’s similar death was also high among the top most read.)

2. Stolen car smashes into and through Riverton Walmart early Saturday; juvenile male arrested

1. Lander Community Center Engulfed in Flames; Fire Destroys City Landmark – (In addition to the breaking news to the historical building’s loss, the survival of Gizmo the dog and and the start of the investigation were also among the top most read stories of the year.)