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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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Avalanche Alert for Western Montana Increased to Stage Three

Recent heavy snowfall has pushed western Montana's avalanche alert level to stage three or "considerable."

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Avalanche Danger is Up!

On slopes above 6000 feet in elevation and steeper than 35 degrees there is CONSIDERABLE AVALANCHE DANGER in the West Central Montana backcountry. The instability in the upper snowpack from last week’s storm has gained strength; but old, persistent, weak layers in the snowpack still exist

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Photo courtesy of Natasha Baydakova/AP
Photo courtesy of Natasha Baydakova/AP
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Dog of Owners Who Died in Avalance Found Alive

A dog that was feared dead after a weekend avalanche killed its owner showed up exhausted and hungry four days later at the Montana motel where its owners had stayed before going skiing.

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