A second victim of Tuesday’s avalanche that hit a group of six back country skiers near Haines has died.
Twenty-six year old Nickolay Dodov, of Truckee, California, was taken off life support this afternoon (Wednesday) at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Dodov was one of two people caught in the Takhine Ridge avalanche, about 20 miles northwest of Haines. The skiers – who had accessed the area by helicopter – called the snowslide “massive.”
Their guide, 35-year-old Rob Liberman, of Telluride, Colorado, died Tuesday. Both men were recovered by other skiers and snowboarders using avalanche beacons.
- The state has asked the new presidential administration for a waiver to pay more than 80 percent of reinsurance costs.
- The state’s only professional sports franchise, the Alaska Aces, will fold after this season. The decision was announced Thursday, Feb. 23.
- Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
- Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.