Most-read stories on Columbian.com for the week of July 31:No. 1) Beacock Music founder killed in cycling accidentDale Beacock, a longtime musician and founder of Beacock Music, died late Thursday morning after being struck by a log truck’s trailer while riding his bicycle on Highway 101 north of Garibaldi, Ore.No. 2) Increase in silver prices may turn consumers into metal detectorsA surge in silver prices has made the precious metal, in some instances, more valuable than the object it was crafted into. And that has folks digging out — and digging up from backyards — long-forgotten silver caches to sell for cash.No. 3) Man found dead outside burning house A man was found dead early Monday morning in the backyard of a burning house on Lieser Road, fire officials said.No. 4) Hound sniffs out cougar in tree near VA hospitalThe young cougar was lounging and sleeping 12 feet up a Douglas fir tree Monday morning in Vancouver, with the sun dappling her tan fur.No. 5) Several in custody following downtown meth bustSeveral people were taken into custody following a methamphetamine investigation in downtown Vancouver Wednesday.