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Colville man killed in avalanche

A Colville man was killed in an avalanche Sunday in Okanogan County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Joshua S. Peters, 24, was snowmobiling with three other experienced riders who had avalanche beacons and avalanche probes with them, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

About 4 p.m. Sunday, Peters was in the area of Brown Bear Basin near Harts Pass when he was caught in the avalanche and buried by the snow.

The other snowmobilers were able to locate Peters and dig him out after about 15 minutes, Rogers said. Peters had quit breathing and rescuers couldn’t revive him.

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