BAKER CITY — A local man died Saturday after an avalanche hit him and his snowmobile high in the Elkhorn Mountains.
Richard Delbert Stephens, 33, was trapped in a snow slide, Baker County Sheriff Travis Ash said.
Ash said Stephens and three others were riding snowmobiles in the upper pars of the Rock Creek drainage when the avalanche happened, trapping Stephens.
None of the other three riders, who were friends or relatives of Stephens, was hurt, Ash said.
Baker County Dispatch received a call about the fatality at 6:04 p.m.
Ash, who was attending the Baker County Chamber of Commerce Awards banquet, said he immediately mobilized a search and rescue team.