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Conoco Executive Dies in Avalanche

Jim Bowles, who headed the oil and gas company's Alaska division, was riding a snowmobile when an avalanche buried him.
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) -- Jim Bowles, the head of


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Alaska division, was killed Saturday by an avalanche, according to published media reports.

Bowles had been riding a snowmobile in the Grandview wilderness area near Seward, Alaska when the avalanche struck at about noon, according to the

Associated Press


Helene Harding, the vice president of the oil and gas company's North Slope operations and development, will temporarily perform Bowles' job,

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reported, citing a company representative.

Rescuers have recovered Bowles' body, but weather had complicated a search for the body of a fellow ConocoPhillips employee, Alan Gage, the


reported. Officials believe Gage, a member of ConocoPhillips' capital projects team in Anchorage, is also dead, the



The two men were among 12 people riding snowmobiles when the avalanche struck.

Shares of ConocoPhillips finished Friday down 23 cents at $48.67.

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