Perfect scores to mudslides stories dominate online

By Beacon Staff | Dec 30, 2013

Thanks to the power of technology, this year as the Beacon staff began to look back at the top stories of 2013; we stopped to take a look at what were favorites online. Turns out some of our favorite stories were yours too this year.

Here's the top 10 most read stories from the Beacon's website.

1. Kamiak student achieves perfect ACT score (Nov. 13) By Sara Bruestle

A Kamiak High School senior has earned the highest possible score on the ACT college admission exam.

Ryan Vogt, son of Tony and Rachel Vogt, has achieved the top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT.

His achievement is as remarkable as it is rare: On average, roughly one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the test receive a top score.

2. Mudslide cause for emergency repairs (Jan. 9) By Sara Bruestle

The city declared an emergency Monday following a break in a storm line in December just off of 63rd Place W.

A mudslide occurred on Dec. 17 near the intersection of 92nd Street S.W. and 63rd Place W. that pulled a storm line from a catch basin, causing water to spill out and add to the slide.

3. Paine Field to host 18th annual Aviation Day (May 15) By Zoe Jovanovich

Planes will fill the sky on May 18.

Saturday marks the 18th annual Paine Field Aviation Day, put on by Washington Pilots Association, Paine Field Airport, Historic Flight Foundation and the Flying Heritage Collection.

4. Mystery of buried WWII plane revealed (Fed. 20) By Sara Bruestle

A World War II P-40 Kittyhawk was discovered in the middle of the Egyptian desert last summer. The fate of the pilot and the tale of how the aircraft came to be there has been a mystery – until now.

5. Trio here raise call to free imprisoned orca (Sept. 19) By Paul Archipley

Imagine spending your entire life in a bathtub, unable to get out and walk free. Chances are, you’d eventually go mad, or kill yourself, or simply lose the will to live.

That, essentially, is the life humans have condemned a killer whale to live since 1970.

Lolita, a Southern Resident from the family known as L pod, in Penn Cove, was captured off Whidbey Island 43 years ago when she was about 2 to 4 years old.

6. Survival capsule almost ready for Japan (Jan. 16) By Sara Bruestle

After two years designing a capsule to help people survive a tsunami, a team of aerospace engineers has a prototype ready to ship to Japan.

Engineers from IDEA International Inc. in Mukilteo have developed a Survival Capsule that could potentially save the lives of millions globally from the devastation of a tsunami or other natural disaster by riding it rather than running from it.

7. 2 firefighters injured fighting Lynnwood house fire (March 8) By Pat Ratliff

A man safely escaped from a burning house north of Lynnwood after being awakened by a smoke alarm this morning.

The man climbed out his bedroom window and called 9-1-1 from a cell phone to report the fire in his family’s single-story house in the 2200 block of 136th Pl. SW at 10:23 a.m.

8. Teen hikers missing near Lake Mason (July 1) By Sara Bruestle

Two Kamiak High School grads are missing after a day hike in the Cascades on Sunday.

Ricardo Perez, 18, and Brian Chim, 19, set out on a hike and swim around 7 a.m. to Mason Lake, near Mount Defiance. They were expected back that night. Their car was found near a trailhead.

9. Young daughters help save father with CPR (Oct. 9) By Sara Bruestle

Richard Blalock now knows you don’t have to be big to be a hero. He almost died, but was saved by two small ones.

His daughters Lauren, 9, and Jenna, 8, helped his wife Sharon Blalock prevent him from dying of a severe asthma attack last month in their Everett home.

10. Raising rockfish: Trails in a NOAA lab (April 3) By Sara Bruestle

Any day now, two pregnant Copper rockfish are expected to give birth at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab in Mukilteo.

NOAA scientists at the Mukilteo Field Station wait like expectant fathers for the time the females will release anywhere between 16,000 and 640,000 live young each.

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