January 2, 2011 in City

In brief: Ski resort opens new gondola

From Wire Reports

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, Wash. – After a week and a half delay, Crystal Mountain officials have opened the ski resort’s new gondola.

The $5.5 million enclosed lift was to have started carrying passengers the week before Christmas. But engineers at the resort near Mount Rainier found that its cable had stretched too much, and the cable had to be re-spliced.

The gondola started running early Saturday, and officials said it already had carried more than 3,000 passengers.

Shot man dies; officer on leave

PORTLAND – Portland police said a 32-year-old man shot at a downtown club has died.

Police said Saturday that officers reported a fight and then shots about 1:30 a.m. They said several hundred people poured out of Club 915 afterward.

The victim, whose name had not been released, died later at the hospital. Police said they had detained and were interviewing several people, but no charges had been filed.

Police said an officer who arrived at the club, saw the victim lying at a street corner and was dealing with “persons associated with the shooting,” fired his weapon. A police spokesman said investigators have found no indication anyone was hit. The officer was placed on leave.

Foreign student found in tree well

KALISPELL, Mont. – Authorities said a 16-year-old foreign exchange student from Germany was in critical condition after being found in a tree well near the summit of Whitefish Mountain Resort ski area.

A spokeswoman at Kalispell Regional Medical Center on Saturday said the Columbia Falls High School student was in the intensive care unit.

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