The New Year is right around the corner and as we get ready for 2017 we are taking a look back at the top stories and topics you clicked in 2016. Take a look back at ten of the stories that were the most important to you, the viewers, over the last year.
The story of a missing girl “spotted” in Idaho Falls leads the pack for most clicked article this year. Though it was later found out that she was never in Idaho, Tennessee police credit people from around the country in helping to find the missing girl.
A deadly plane crash devastated two Ammon families in March, when the parents of both families were killed. The community rallied around the Anderson and Summers families during this hard time.
Not all the popular links on our site this year were tied to hard news. Viewers from around the area loved this gallery of images from the Idaho Falls 4th of July Parade. Did your family make their way onto the website?
The Henry’s Creek Fire was the single, biggest wildfire in all of eastern Idaho in 2016 and one of the larger ones in the nation after it burned to cover 52,972 acres before it was fully contained. The cause was later determined to have been fireworks and the man responsible arrested and charged for the crime.
The search for and the investigation of what happened to DeOrr Kunz, Jr. continued into its second year in 2016. The news surrounding the case continues to draw attention. This year saw the firing of the cases private investigator, the parents being named as suspects, and the one-year anniversary of they boy’s disappearance. DeOrr would now be 4-years-old.
An accident involving five different vehicles, including a semi with trailer and a truck pulling a 5th wheel trailer, blocked traffic on I-15 for hours earlier this year. The slow down and concern for those involved had views from all over clicking. The good news at the end of the day was that no one was killed.
Another bad accident that blocked traffic this year and left one man dead. The driver of the semi tried to slow to avoid the tractor and then swerved but couldn’t avoid the tractor in the end.
A transgender man was arrested in Idaho Falls earlier this year after being caught taking photos of a woman in the Target changing rooms. Sean Patrick Smith later pleaded guilty to the crime and has been sentenced. The crime got big attention just weeks after Target announced it’s transgender bathroom policy.
The death of Roger Ramirez rocked the local community after the boy was found dead after running away from home. The news that his death was a suicide, hit home even harder.
Family homes and business alike were left without power for hours all across the upper valley after a major power outage in July. A fire at the Goshen substation knocked power out to people in Shelley, Idaho Falls, Ammon, Rigby, Rexburg and more for hours. The fire was later determined to have been caused by two crows who got into a capacitor bank.