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Summit Voice: Most-viewed and week in review

Blue whales stand a good chance of rebuilding genetically healthy populations.

Whales, skier deaths lead the most-viewed story list

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —It’s always nice when a good-news story gets top billing, and that’s what happened with our report on some genetic research into blue whales, the gentle giants of the ocean. The whales, hunted for their blubber and oil until there were only a few hundred left, are making a comeback, and a new study suggests that their genetic diversity is high enough to ensure a robust population rebound. Google News helped drive visitors to the story, and more general Google searches led readers to several skier death stories, including two at Summit County ski areas, as well as a short report on the Teton avalanche that killed two well-known local mountaineers.

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