Other items: Body found in water was missing woman's; Spokane teen commits suicide with pistol at school; and Spokane signs off on deal to end garage battle.

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The Stevens Pass ski area will not open today as originally scheduled, due to unseasonably warm weather and heavy rains that have reduced the 3-foot base of snow to mere inches.

The ski area, about 75 miles east of Seattle, received almost 5 inches of rain in the last two days. A new opening date has not yet been rescheduled, a Stevens Pass spokeswoman said.

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Body found in water was missing woman’s

A woman who was found dead Friday morning in Kingston Cove has been identified by police as 60-year-old Sandra Salsberry.

She had been missing since Wednesday evening, when a companion helped her walk partway back to the Kingston marina, where she lived on a boat.

A Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman said Salsberry was found floating in the water at around 10 a.m. Friday morning.

Because she still had her purse over her shoulder and had no external injuries, there was nothing to indicate her death was suspicious, the spokesman said. An autopsy was scheduled for today.


Teen commits suicide with pistol at school

A 16-year-old Stevens County boy died Friday about five hours after he shot himself in the head with a handgun at school.

Skyler Cullitan shot himself early in the afternoon in the entryway at Lakeside High School in Suncrest, about 14 miles northwest of Spokane. He was flown by helicopter to Deaconess Medical Center, where he died.

None of the teachers or 500 other students at the school was injured or threatened, said Stevens County sheriff’s Capt. Mike George.

Classmates described Cullitan as fun, outgoing and creative, though parent Shelly Toone and others said he struggled with anger, depression and frustration.


City signs off on deal to end garage battle

The City Council yesterday approved an agreement to end a long-running parking-garage dispute with developers of downtown River Park Square.

The deal approved by the council on a 5-2 vote calls for the city and the developer to drop legal claims against each other, without admitting fault, in federal and state courts.

It would get the city out of the parking-garage business, repay Housing and Urban Development block-grant funds and drop most legal claims. The mall developer would get title to the garage. The deal still must be approved by the federal judge handling a lawsuit alleging fraud and misrepresentation in construction bonds for the project. Portions of the pact also must be cleared by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The dispute stemmed from city participation in the $110 million redevelopment of the downtown mall, which is linked to City Hall via a skybridge.

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