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No charges for snowboarder who triggered killer Montana avalanche

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A snowboarder who inadvertently triggered a deadly avalanche that engulfed a Montana home in February will not face charges for riding a mountain slope that was closed to the public at the time, prosecutors said on Friday. The avalanche that tore down a mountainside and into a Missoula neighborhood leveled the two-story house of an elderly couple several blocks from the University of Montana campus, burying them and two neighbor children in snow.

Two Colorado avalanche mitigation workers injured in blast

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Two workers helping mitigate the risk of avalanches on a Colorado mountain pass were injured on Monday when a mortar shell used to trigger controlled snow slides to prevent larger ones exploded prematurely, officials said. The accident occurred just after sunrise on Loveland Pass, a high snow slide area where five snowboarders were killed last April in an avalanche, said Tony Devito, a regional director with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Two Colorado avalanche mitigation workers injured in blast

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Two workers helping mitigate the risk of avalanches on a Colorado mountain pass were injured on Monday when a mortar shell used to trigger controlled snow slides to prevent larger ones exploded prematurely, officials said. The accident occurred just after sunrise on Loveland Pass, a high snow slide area where five snowboarders were killed last April in an avalanche, said Tony Devito, a regional director with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Water experts say it's too soon to predict if Alberta facing more flooding

CALGARY - A long and snowy winter in Alberta isn't necessarily a precursor to another year of flooding like the province suffered through in 2013, says a government official. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources checks the snowpack each month and says the snowpack was only slightly above normal compared to last year in the last measurement March 1.

Expert urges people to check avalanche forecasts after eight deaths in one week

REVELSTOKE, B.C. - An avalanche expert says the deaths of eight people this month in the mountains of British Columbia and Alberta is especially heartbreaking because there is so much information available warning of the danger. The people who have died since March 8 range from snowmobilers, backcountry skiers, hikers and snowshoers to a father and son who were buried while tobogganing within sight of the Chateau Lake Louise luxury hotel.

Flood worries linger in Montana, Wyoming as crews assess damage, work to restore road access

BILLINGS, Mont. - Water levels began to drop on flooded rivers in Montana and Wyoming on Tuesday, and authorities scrambled to restore road access for hundreds of people left isolated by high waters. Recent floodwaters have damaged numerous homes and business in both states, and some Montana residents living close to the Musselshell River remained evacuated. Meanwhile, forecasters warned that rising temperatures later this week could again increase the runoff from melting snow in some areas.

Snowmobiler in B.C. dies after being caught by avalanche; 2nd snowmobiler survives

NELSON, B.C. - One man is dead following an avalanche in British Columbia near Kooteney Glacier Provincial Park between Nelson and Cranbrook. Nelson Search and Rescue Manager Lou Coletti says two snowmobilers were swept away by the avalanche on Tuesday. He says one rider was buried while the other managed to get down to Gray Creek to call for help at about 2:30 p.m. Kimberley Search and Rescue says they dug the snowmobiler out of the snow after three to four hours but he died on the way to hospital. The names and ages of the two men have not yet been released.

Two killed in avalanche near Lake Louise; another three unhurt

LAKE AGNES, Alta. - Parks Canada says two snowshoers have died after being buried in an avalanche near Lake Louise. Another three were uninjured. Officials say the group was at the bottom of a steep slope and triggered an avalanche on Lake Agnes around 3 p.m. They say the three who weren't caught in the slide called for help on their cellphones and managed to pull one of their companions out. Parks Canada safety crews took four of the snowshoers away from the site then triggered two more avalanches.

Snowmobiler trapped in Colorado avalanche

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An avalanche tore down a southwestern Colorado mountainside on Wednesday burying five snowmobilers, one of whom remained unaccounted for, in a winter season that has already left at least 19 people dead, authorities said. The group set out from the town of Mancos and were snowmobiling in the rugged San Juan Mountains in the western state's remote Four Corners area when the slide occurred at an elevation of 10,500 feet, Montezuma County Undersheriff Lynda Carter said.

Avalanche tears through Colorado slope, killing skier

DENVER (Reuters) - A backcountry skier died in an avalanche in southern Colorado on Tuesday, bringing to 19 the number of people killed by snow slides in U.S. states this winter, authorities said. The skier, who was not identified, was crossing slopes near Conejos Peak, 280 miles southwest of Denver, when the accident occurred at an elevation of 11,700 feet, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said in a statement.
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