We publish the Top 10 stories of the year to give readers a chance to reflect on the year past, remember the events that gripped us and in some cases, see how things turned out in the end.
This year's Top 10 stories offer some closure, but others continue to evolve and may even appear on the 2013 list.
The process of choosing these stories starts in early December, when we compile a lit of about 30 important local news stories covered over the year. Post Independent staff members and columnists cast a weighted ballot for their top 10 stories, and the tallied results yield the Top 10.
So what were the other 20 or so contenders? We won't list them all, but here are a few notable also-ran stories from 2012:
• Glenwood Caverns installs world's highest roller coaster.
• Garfield Re-2 and District 16 adopt four-day school weeks; community organizations fill fifth-day gaps.
• Garfield BOCC rejects proposed asphalt batch plant next to Eagle Springs Organic farm after public uproar.
• Village at Crystal River proposal defeated by Carbondale voters.
• Suspects arrested in Glenwood and El Jebel bank robberies; Carbondale bank robbery still unsolved.
• Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley gas compressor station controversy.
• Glenwood Springs teen drowns in South Canyon; Gypsum man drowns in Glenwood Canyon.
• Separate embezzlement cases against five women move through the court system.
• Chicken-keeping ordinance passed in Glenwood Springs, beekeeping ordinance passes in Silt.
• New libraries under way in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, new libraries open in New Castle and Silt.
• Glenwood Springs completes wastewater treatment plant.
• Two Rivers charter school proposal faces tough sledding.
• Car dealerships build or remodel new facilities: Mountain Chevrolet, Bighorn Toyota and Berthod Motors.
• Proposed MRI waste transfer facility controversy rocks Carbondale.
• Colorado Mountain College President Stan Jensen resigns; collects $500,000 severance.