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Whitewater Engineering Corp., a Bellingham company convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the death of one of its workers, received a pardon from (former) Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski just before he left office.

The employee killed was working on a $15 million hydroelectric project in a valley outside Cordova. He was on a backhoe when snow slid off a 2,000-foot slope and buried him.

Workers had previously complained about the danger, and an avalanche expert hired by the company had warned Fischer there was a high probability of a serious snow slide at the site, according to a report from the state’s occupational safety agency.

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