A look back at the 10 most read stories on the Review’s website for 2020:
A man living in Revelstoke with an Albertan licence plate had his car keyed and was left with a note telling him to “f**k off back to Alberta. This story got more than double the amount of clicks than the second most read article in 2020. It may be one of the most read in the Review’s history.
In mid-March, a Comox Valley resident returned from Spain and warned Canadians to start taking COVID-19 seriously. The disease forced Spain to go into lock down and Claire Patterson urged Canadians to start social distancing to prevent the same fate.
Alexandre Labonté went missing while sledding near Revelstoke in February. He was sledding on Mount MacPherson, which overlooks the city. He was sledding with a friend, but became separated.
Labonté was found dead the following morning by search and rescue.
|Revelstoke’s Alexandre LabontÃ©. (Facebook)|
In March, a local resident reacts after receiving an email from Revelstoke Property Services, which stated regardless of the challenges caused by COVID-19, rent was due, in full, on the first of the month. No exceptions.
The company later admitted that the email was “heartless” and sent another apologizing, asking tenants to contact Revelstoke Property Services if they were unable to pay.
This was before the province banned evictions. However, the ban was lifted on Sept. 1.
The Selkirk Medical Group sent a letter to the community in March, urging residents to adhere to physical distancing measures and isolate to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“We cannot wait one more hour or one more day. Join us. Help us,” read the letter.
In March, the Selkirk Medical Group tells Revelstoke that COVID-19 is in the community and spreading.
|Michelle Hunter holds baby Hank. Hunter caught COVID-19 days before giving birth and was one of three Revelstokians to test positive for the virus between January and October. She has since recovered. (Submitted)|
The first positive case in Revelstoke is revealed.
In August, two days before his 26th birthday, climber David Xiao fell to his death on Mt. Sir Donald in Glacier National Park.
Sir Donald is a classic alpine route. Although exposed, it’s commonly climbed unroped. Friends say it looked like Xiao grabbed a large loose boulder, causing him to lose balance and fall.
Xiao’s family and friends said they found solace knowing he left the world doing what he was most passionate about.
Xiao had recently moved to Canmore.
On July 5, a westbound Honda Accord, east of the city lost control coming out of a curve and swerved across the centre line into the path of an oncoming semi truck.
The driver and passenger died on scene.
RCMP and search and rescue searched the Columbia River near the Big Eddy Bridge on an evening in July. The police said they had reports of an eye witness spotting a human body floating in the river.
A body was never found and the search was eventually called off.
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