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Most Popular KPBS Stories Of 2015

Students are shown standing on the Border Field State Park and Playas de Tijuana to form the words "Unite Por El Mar," Feb. 26, 2015.
I Love A Clean San Diego
Students are shown standing on the Border Field State Park and Playas de Tijuana to form the words "Unite Por El Mar," Feb. 26, 2015.

These 10 stories were the most viewed on the KPBS website this year.

Some may surprise you — like no story about the Chargers and their stadium woes rose to the top. But what may delight you is the variety of the topics.

1) Extreme Haunt McKamey Manor To Leave San Diego

McKamey Manor has been listed on horror websites as one of the top extreme haunts in the world. The owner of the haunt was looking to move it out of the San Diego area after he lost his job.

2) San Diego County-Tijuana Kids Send ‘Unite For The Sea’ Message

In February, nearly 1,500 students from San Diego County and Tijuana formed the words "Unite Por El Mar," or "Unite for the Sea," across the border fence that extends into the sea. The students began the day by picking up trash on the beaches. Before the event at the border, the students got lessons on the environment.

3) San Diego Offering Rain Barrel Rebates In Advance Of El Niño

After previously running out of money, the city of San Diego reinstated its popular rain barrel rebate program in September.

4) Coronado Puts The Brakes On All Future Bike Lanes After Resident Complaints

A father and son ride down a bike lane next to Coronado's elementary school, Sept. 22, 2015.
Katie Schoolov
A father and son ride down a bike lane next to Coronado's elementary school, Sept. 22, 2015.

Faced with more bike lanes that they considered unsightly, Coronado residents persuaded the City Council to suspend all new bicycle lanes.

5) Will Slab City Remain The Last Free Place In America?

A car serves as the foundation for the Slab City skateboarding park, March 28, 2015.
Angela Carone
A car serves as the foundation for the Slab City skateboarding park, March 28, 2015.

People have lived on Slab City’s 640 acres for decades. They are squatters on state-owned land. As the state considers selling the land, some residents are taking action while others disagree with the move.

6) Coming El Niño Has Emergency Officials Preparing, Researchers Watching Closely

The last time a strong El Niño pounded San Diego County, nearly two decades ago, rainfall averaged 188 percent of normal, triggering floods, mudflows and coastal erosion.

7) San Diego School Incorporates CrossFit Kids Into Curriculum

Empower Charter School, which opened in Linda Vista last year, has built the CrossFit Kids Program into its regular curriculum. CrossFit Kids isn't a scaled down version of CrossFit. It's an exercise program for children that includes a warm up, practicing a movement, a workout and a game.

8) San Diego Scientist: Every Medical Pot Study Showed A Benefit To The Patient

UC San Diego psychiatrist Igor Grant heads the state-funded Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. KPBS spoke to him about the center that researches marijuana use.

9) San Diego Airport Debuts Gender Neutral Restrooms

The San Diego International Airport now has 12 single-stall public restrooms that are gender neutral.

10) Two Encinitas YMCA Board Members Forced Out Over Youth Membership Dispute

A sign is shown in front of the Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas, May 2015.
Nicholas McVicker
A sign is shown in front of the Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas, May 2015.

Board members Lizbeth Ecke and Bob Ayers say they were asked to resign from the board at the Ecke YMCA after objecting to a decision to eliminate discounted youth memberships at all of San Diego County's 12 YMCAs.