Readers’ Choice: WhatcomTalk’s Most-Read Stories in October


With autumn in full swing, our readers enjoyed looking at the interesting stories of people who choose to call Whatcom County home.  These were our readers’ favorite stories published in October.

1. Helen and Cal Swindell – Keeping the Neighborhood Clean, One Walk at a Time

Cal and Helen post on a walking bridge at Cordata Park. The two collect garbage each outing in an effort to keep their neighborhood looking nice. Photo credit: Theresa Golden.

This sweet couple picked up 23,681 cigarettes butts in six months on their walking route.  Learn more about what motivates Helen and Cal Swindell in this article by Theresa Golden.

2. Krissy Moehl—An Ultra Runner’s View of Trail Running in Bellingham

Krissy Moehl (left) poses with members of Revolution Running at the finish of the Chuckanut 50k in March 2016. Training for the Chuckanut 50k 2017 begins December 1. Photo courtesy: Revolution Running.

Abby Johnson is a great writer – and also a high school student.  This fall we kicked off our first high school internship program.  In her first month, Abby’s article about Krissy Moehl, an ultra trail runner, shot to the #2 spot for most-read articles.

3. Paws for a Beer: Fairhaven’s First Off-Leash Dog Bar

Owners Amy and Rylan Schoen saw a need for a dog-friendly bar in Bellingham. The couple created Paws for a Beer that is now open. Photo courtesy: Rylan Schoen.

Dogs + Beer = Great Combo for WhatcomTalk readers.  The article about Paws for a Beer, a new bar that welcomes off-leash dogs was a quick success and earned Theresa Golden a second article in the Top 3 for October.

4. Editor’s Pick: Rod Hanson – 22 Years, Millions of Pieces of Mail Delivered in Bellingham

Rod Hanson reminisces about his career as a Bellingham mail carrier. Photo credit: Darrell Hill.

I admit to being loving story pitches about everyday heroes.  Rod Hanson, a local mail carrier, is someone who brightened lives daily.  I appreciate that WhatcomTalk can share stories about people doing a good job in what may seem like the smallest ways.

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