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UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 9:36 a.m.

Hidden Mother Brewery creates limited-quantity ‘Jcurrency IPA’ in honor of Jess Roskelley

The Hidden Mother Brewery in Spokane Valley has brewed a limited-quantity beer to honor the late Spokane mountain climber Jess Roskelley in conjunction with his family and friends, and the …


States turn to drones to predict avalanches, spot wildlife

In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick …


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 11:19 a.m.

Climbers mourn Roskelley’s death, raise money for his family

A downtown Spokane event to support local climbing routes turned into an evening of remembrances Sunday as attendees raised money to support the family of Spokane climber Jess Roskelley, who …


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 9:56 p.m.

Spokane climber Jess Roskelley missing and presumed killed by avalanche in Canadian Rockies; David Lama, Hansjorg Auer also presumed dead

Spokane climber Jess Roskelley, 36, was attempting to climb a difficult route over the past two weeks on Howse Peak in Banff National Park with Austrian climbers David Lama and …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Man killed in eastern Idaho avalanche

Authorities say one person has died after an avalanche in eastern Idaho near the Wyoming border Friday afternoon.


Avalanche, accidents add snow-related deaths in Europe

Heavy snowfall this week in the Balkans has closed down schools, left some remote villages cut off and disrupted traffic and power supplies in the region, while authorities in Bulgaria …


Winter storm blasts Europe; 13 dead amid heavy snow, gusts

Deadly winter weather blasted Europe for yet another day Tuesday, trapping hundreds of people in Alpine regions, whipping up high winds that caused flight cancellations and increasing the risks of …


Reader photo: Rip, rip, roar goes the avalanche

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UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 5:52 p.m.

Six avalanche deaths in two weeks highlight need for safe backcountry travel

Over the past two weeks, six people have died in avalanches in Washington State.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Missing snowshoers killed in avalanche near Snoqualmie Pass

Authorities say two teenagers who went missing during a snowshoeing trip near Snoqualmie Pass were killed in an avalanche.


Avalanche near Easton buries snowmobilers, killing 1

An avalanche has killed a 32-year-old Seattle-area man who was snowmobiling with four friends in the Central Cascades.


Slide blocks rugged North Cascades Highway

An avalanche has covered a section of rugged highway in northern Washington state, blocking traffic in both directions and preventing several dozen people from leaving the area.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, 12:11 p.m.

Schweitzer Ski Patrol controls large avalanche, Thursday

Schweitzer Ski Patrol used explosives to successfully control an in-bounds avalanche in the North Bowl, Thursday.


Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

Twelve people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of a volcano near a famous hot spring resort in central Japan were injured Tuesday by flying rocks during a sudden …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

Snowmobiler killed in avalanche in eastern Idaho

Authorities say a snowmobiler has died after being caught in an avalanche in eastern Idaho.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Snowmobiler dug out OK from avalanche near Idaho-Utah border

Authorities say a snowmobiler was rescued by others after being buried by an avalanche along the Idaho-Utah border.


Field reports: Local clubs offer Nordic ski lessons

Spokane-area Nordic ski clubs are planning group and private ski classes, including some for children.


Dead climber directs recovery team to girlfriend’s body

An accomplished climber who took his own life after his girlfriend died in a southwestern Montana avalanche left directions to lead a recovery team to her body.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

Skier dies in southwestern Montana avalanche

Faced with the incredible sorrow of losing his girlfriend in an avalanche in Montana, renowned mountaineer Hayden Kennedy “chose to end his life” the following day, his family said Tuesday.


Flood-stricken city in Colombia mourns as death toll tops 270

Lines of people quietly walked the streets of Mocoa, followed by hearses carrying coffins to a cemetery where open graves waited.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 4:16 p.m.

Landslide death toll tops 260 as Colombia declares emergency

More than 260 people were confirmed dead Monday two days after severe flooding and landslides hit the city of Mocoa in southwestern Colombia.


Avalanche awareness key to off-trail snowmobiler survival

The same conditions that make Cooke City so attractive to snowbobilers can also prove deadly – a high concentration of big, steep mountains; old mining roads that provide easy access …


Seven students, one teacher confirmed dead in Japanese avalanche

Seven high school students and one teacher were confirmed dead as a result of the avalanche that hit a joint high school mountaineering training session in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, on …


Avalanche kills 7 students, instructor in Japan

An avalanche killed seven Japanese high school students and an instructor Monday during a mountaineering field trip at a ski resort north of Tokyo, authorities said.


100 years ago in North Idaho: Snow slides kill 3; entire blacksmith shop near Mullan carried away

Huge snowslides roared into valleys in North Idaho, killing three people. On Placer Creek, near Wallace, Custer Laird heard the avalanche coming and, according to witnesses, ran as hard as …


Avalanche forecasters keep motorists safe at a snowy pass

John Stimberis’ office looks nothing like that of a typical state employee. Sure, there’s an ancient coffee pot in the corner, cheap carpet and old computers humming quietly. But you’re …


Father, son on ski trip survive avalanche in western Montana

Authorities in western Montana say a Helena man and his teenage son have been hospitalized after they got caught in an avalanche while cross-country skiing.


Man snowmobiling killed in avalanche near Cle Elum

A Kirkland man’s body has been recovered after he was caught in a large avalanche while snowmobiling near Cle Elum.


3 skiers killed in avalanche in Italian Alps

Italian alpine rescuers say three skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the northern Italian Alps that injured another five people.


Avalanche kills 7 army troops in Kazakhstan

A Kazakhstan emergency official says seven army soldiers have died in an avalanche in the ex-Soviet republic’s southern mountains.