ConocoPhillips' Alaska Chief Dies in Avalanche

Citing Alaska State Troopers, Reuters reported Sunday that Jim Bowles, president of ConocoPhillips Alaska, was killed in an avalanche Saturday in the Grandview wilderness area on the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage.

Bowles, 57, was with a group of about a dozen snowmobilers when the avalanche struck, Reuters said. The Conoco chief took the reins at Alaska's largest oil producer in 2004.

Alan Gage, a member of ConocoPhillips' capital projects team and part of Bowles' snowmobiling party, was missing and presumed dead following the recovery of Bowles' body near Spencer Glacier by rescue workers on Saturday.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters told Reuters late Saturday that "Bowles was pulled from the avalanche debris and CPR was given for about 30 minutes before they stopped the effort."


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