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Significant avalanche in Montana’s Glacier National Park strands cyclists for eight hours

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A group of cyclists spent hours stranded on the other side of an avalanche in Montana’s Glacier National Park on Monday.

It happened at Triple Arches on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The park closed the road to pedestrians and cyclists earlier in the day after a separate rock slide blocked the road but 13 cyclists were already beyond the road closure at that time.

It took about eight hours for road crews to clear the rock slide and cut a path through the avalanche debris so the stranded cyclists could head back down the mountain. Officials say they were cold but in good spirits and no one was injured.

Glacier National ParkĀ is reminding people to always pack extra food, bring extra clothes and learn about potential hazards that might exists in the area they plan to visit.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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