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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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Could take a while to get it out (Photo courtesy Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Could take a while to get it out (Photo courtesy Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Where to Put All the Snow

This is going to take a while to clean up. We came darned close to setting a new snowfall record in February.

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Missoula Snow Day March 3rd 2014 – Missoula County Public Schools Closed

Missoula County Public Schools have declared yet another snow day for Monday, March 3rd, due to concern for teachers and staff attempting to attend.

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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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Photo courtesy of a Rattlesnake resident
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Fundraisers For Missoula Avalanche Victims

On Friday, February 28, an avalanche destroyed two homes in lower Rattlesnake. A man, a single mother and her 10-year-old daughter were able to escape, but their fourth family member, 8-year-old Phoenix Scoles, was trapped for 45 minutes before being rescued.

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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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City Responds to Storm With 24 Hour Plowing to Clear Streets Through Weekend [AUDIO]

In responding to the major blizzard event that has buried Missoula, the City of Missoula will be working 24 hours a day in an effort to keep the streets cleared of snow.

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Photo courtesy of Jon King
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Missoula County Shuts Down “Nonessenial Departments” as Blizzard Intensifies

First the schools shut down because of the blizzard and now this; many Missoula government buildings are being closed as the blizzard intensifies. Here's a brief update on how authorities are dealing with the snow...

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A long hike up for a fun run down (Photo courtesy Cameron Spencer/Getty images)
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Snowboarders on Mount Sentinel

Gosh this is a fun and wacky place to live. Yesterday I told you about the young lady who stepped into her downhill ski bindings, skied up Mt Sentinel and turned around and skied back down. The “

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Missoula County Public Schools Declare a Snow Day – Western Montana School Closures

Missoula County Public Schools sent out an email and voice mail to parents at approximately 8:26 p.m. Thursday (2/27) night:
A message from MISSOULA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Based on current weather conditions and projected weather for Friday, all Missoula County Public Schools will be closed on Friday, February 28, 2014

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The 10 Best Missoula “Snow Day” Activities

Schools out! Now what?

Check out our top 10 list of things to do with the kids during the first official snow day in Missoula this season.

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