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LISTEN – Avalanche Update And A Look Back At Deadly Urban Avalanche of 2014

With over a dozen deaths attributed to avalanches this winter, KGVO News spoke with Steve Karkanen, Director of the Western Montana Avalanche Center about the current alert level in the Missoula area...

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High Avalanche Danger Warnings Issued Across West-Central Montana

High avalanche warnings have been issued across west-central Montana including the southern Missions, southern Swans, and central Bitterroot.

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Avalanche Warning Issued for Cooke City Area

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is continuing a backcountry avalanche warning for the mountains around Cooke City, north of Yellowstone National Park.

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Montana Mountain Ranges Under “High” Avalanche Danger

Some regions of Northwest Montana are under a high risk warning for avalanche danger after recent precipitation.

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Back Country Avalanche Danger High in West Central Montana [YouTube]

Back Country experts are warning skiers and snowmobilers that avalanche danger in west central Montana is very high at this time. 

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Four Snowmobilers Survive Seeley Lake Avalanche

A close call Saturday afternoon, as 4 snowmobilers who were buried in an avalanche northeast of Missoula all survived, and were able to ride out on their own, according to Seeley Lake Search and Rescue.

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UPDATE – Missoula Man Dies in Avalanche Northeast of Phillipsburg

UPDATE - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 11.

Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the victim in Monday afternoon's back country avalanche in the Altoona Lakes area was identified as Peter Maxwell, 27, of Missoula.

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City Officials Warn Rattlesnake Area Residents of Further Avalanche Danger [AUDIO]

Missoula City Fire and Police Department officials are going door-to-door in the Rattlesnake area letting residents know of further avalanche danger.

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Female Missoula Avalanche Victim Dies From Injuries

The Missoula Police Department has confirmed that Michel Jo Colville has died as a result of injuries received in Friday afternoon's avalanche.

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Avalanche Expert – Snowboarder Triggered Mount Jumbo Slide – Danger Still Exists [AUDIO]

The avalanche that rumbled down Mount Jumbo late Friday afternoon was set up by bands of heavy snow, followed by warm temperatures, more snow, and strong winds.

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Missoula Search and Rescue Chief Praises Efforts of Volunteers With Avalanche and Missing Skiers [AUDIO]

Missoula County Search and Rescue Coordinator Jeremiah Peterson hasn't slept since Thursday night.

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UPDATE – Emergency Crews Clear Avalanche Scene – Elderly Couple Identified

UPDATE - Missoula Police Department Public Information Officer Travis Welsh issued a press release at about 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1.

Avalanche Update; Saturday March 1, 2014

As of 2:00AM this morning, emergency crews have cleared from the scene of the avalanche. Power lines have been secured, and the gas lines have been capped. There is no information currently available regarding the medical condition of the three persons rescued, they remain hospitalized. There is continued concern that the unstable snow conditions in the Missoula Valley may produce other slides and citizens are advised to stay out of closed areas.

Detectives have conducted interviews in an investigative effort to determine if the avalanche was caused by human activity, however at this time no determination has been made. Those efforts are continuing. Anyone with information as to the cause of the slide is asked to contact Detective Dean Chrestenson at (406) 552-6705, or Detective Guy Baker at (406) 552-6284. You may also call Missoula Crime-Stoppers at (406) 721-4444.

Our news partners at NBC Montana-KECI-TV have identified the elderly couple as Fred Allendorf and his wife, Michel Jo Colville. They were listed in critical condition Friday night at St. Patrick hospital. On Saturday morning, the hospital upgraded Allendorf to serious condition.

The identity and condition of the eight year-old boy injured in the slide are still unknown.

UPDATE - Paige Pavalone with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office confirmed at 7:30 p.m. that all three victims of Friday afternoon's Rattlesnake area avalanche have been recovered, and all are alive.

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