The 10 Most-Read Posts On NewsBeat In 2015

December 31, 2015
NewsBeat's where we hop on the day's events first. Sometimes we're covering breaking news, sometimes we're just share something weird or wonderful about Colorado. Here are the 10 most-viewed posts since we launched the section earlier this year.
Aug. 10: The orange-colored discharge started flowing from the Gold King Mine near Silverton into Cement Creek and then the Animas River. That prompted heath officials to warn agricultural and recreational water users to avoid the river. This was our first story on the spill, which was eventually calculated at about 3 million gallons, and it triggered our deeper coverage for the rest of the year.
May 21: It takes some extraordinary weather to impress Colorado’s state climatologist, Nolan Doesken. He's been tracking conditions in Colorado since the 1970s, so you know he’s seen everything. But he says this year’s rainy spring is "amazing," "unprecedented," and, of course, "really, really wet."
March 27: Multi-mountain passes are a great way to ski more than one mountain without breaking the bank. The biggest of those passes for the 2015-2016 season went on sale at early-bird prices, and we rounded them all up in one handy place.
June 22: All we kept hearing in our heads was the opening theme to "Northern Exposure."
June 23: The Aurora Borealis occurs when cosmic rays, solar wind or plasma ejections from the Sun hit the Earth's magnetic upper atmosphere -- an explanation that doesn't do justice to the awesome pictures posted on social media.
Sept. 10: Scores of fierce-looking lynx roam the remote Colorado high country, 16 years after they were reintroduced to the state. But the elusive animals are rarely seen or photographed.
Sept. 14: Kelley Johnson made waves, and the video went viral, when she gave a heartfelt speech about her nursing career in plain purple scrubs during the talent portion of the show. 
March 2: Marijuana users should know they're not supposed to drive after getting high, but new research indicates that some users would be considered too high to drive for three days --even though they think they are sober.
Oct. 8: Colorado is second only to Oregon when it comes to bicycle commuting in the United States, according to the latest analysis from The League of American Bicycling. Yes, with a grand total of 1.3 percent of commuters using bicycles, the state outranked almost the whole nation.
April 27: Among the dead was Tom Taplin, a 61-year-old Denver-born filmmaker, camp doctor and Google engineer. Coloradan Matt Moniz, 17, and his climbing team, which includes Charley Mace from Golden, were not injured.