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Altoona Lakes Avalanche Death Marks 4th This Year

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MISSOULA -

The avalanche near Altoona Lakes on Monday that killed a 27-year-old Missoula man marks the fourth avalanche death in western Montana this year.

Just two weeks ago, a Missoula woman died from injuries she received after being buried by an avalanche that swept down Mount Jumbo onto the lower Rattlesnake.

A Libby man died in an avalanche southwest of Troy last month.

On New Year's Day, a man from Bozeman died in an avalanche in the Onion Basin near Big Sky.

State avalanche experts said Montana averages four avalanche deaths per year.

They said 35 people have died in Montana avalanches over the past decade.

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