Avalanche Kills 4 in Washington

    Peaks in the North Cascades are seen Thursday, April 1, 2010, in Stehekin, Wash. No roads go to this remote Washington outpost, surrounded by 2.5 million acres of wilderness in the shadow of the rugged Cascades. The 80-or-so people living in the Stehekin Valley sell it as an escape: no phone service, no fuss. When a telephone company jumped to install basic service for a handful of people who sought it, many longtime locals blasted the idea. The fracas gradually died down once about 20 telephone lines were installed, both in Stehekin and the downlake community of Holden Village. The federally-subsidized cost is $13,000-per-line annually. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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    At least four people are dead after deadly avalanches in Washington. Three deaths occurred in an out-of-bounds area near the Stevens Pass ski resort, the sheriff’s department said. At Alpental, the snowboarder was reportedly buried underneath a cliff shortly before noon. A friend was able to get out and called for help, but rescue workers were unable to find anyone else for an hour and a half. By the time they reached him, the snowboarder was unconscious and could not be revived. Eight people had been recorded missing earlier on Sunday, and the sheriff's office said that all the missing have now been accounted for.

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