Yes! Last week’s reader traffic to the website brought much welcome news, showing that readers still want and care about longform journalism and that they’re not just interested in the fender-bender that happened over the weekend. Readers flocked to the first part of reporter Andy Hobbs’ series on downtown Olympia as well as a sidebar to that opening piece. After that, readers returned to form, curious about a personal injury lawsuit at WinCo Foods and another installment of restaurant inspections.
Here’s the list:
1. Downtown Olympia: Taking back the streets: It’s safe to say that this opening story of a three-part series on downtown Olympia was the talk of the town, generating more than 10,000 page views and stimulating discussion on our website as well as on our Facebook page.
2. South Sound man died after giving CPR to dying mother, but his legacy lives on: News Tribune columnist Larry Larue told this emotional tale about a son collapsing alongside his mother after he had a heart attack while trying to save her. “Michael Lee Dale was a hero to his family when he died this month, a man who had a heart attack shortly after trying in vain to resuscitate his mother. Lacey emergency medical technician Karen Hoffman, called to the scene, found both Michael and his mother, Emma Lou Dale, on the floor of their Olympia home.”
3. Olympia woman sues WinCo after injury from falling coffee cans: What happened? Well, the headline pretty much explains it.
4. Restaurant inspections for Oct. 1: Nothing terribly outrageous in last week’s inspections, but I will leave you with this: “An employee was observed taking cash at register and preparing ready-to-eat foods with no handwashing in between.”
5. Olympia Timberland Library a hot spot for crime calls to police: The sidebar to Andy Hobbs’ opening series mainbar on downtown Olympia showed that Timberland’s downtown branch has had its challenges. “Crime at the library drove former employee Kristin West to resign in June after nearly 21/2 years on the job. Library employees saw drug-dealing activity involving the same people over and over, West said, and felt powerless to stop it. They still pick up needles or clean up blood in the bathrooms, she said. Staff members also routinely observed patrons who were drunk or watching child porn on computers, West said. Once, an employee found a small baggie of black tar heroin, she said.”