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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Search and rescue effort following Stevens Pass avalanche

Branden Powell, center, with King County Search & Rescue, works at a staging area near Stevens Pass ski resort after three people were killed in an avalanche just outside the resort. The two skiers and a snowboarder were in out-of-bounds areas bordering the resorts, where avalanche warnings had been issued for Sunday. The three skiers were expert, longtime regulars of the Stevens Pass resort and were well-known, said Nathan Amisson, a Stevens Pass staff member.

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