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Thu., March 27, 2008, 8:52 a.m.

Clark: How Does An Avista Exec Cut Corners?

Spring here in the Unwashed Empire is always such an exciting time. The weather churns. The birdies return. And we all get heartburn after reading the latest salary details for fat-cat executives of Avista Corp. What timing. This year’s PCP (Power Czar Payroll) comes on the tippy-toes of Avista’s proposed rate hike for 2009. Well, I can’t fault the Avistanians. If I ran a power company I’d screw with the ratepayers, too. But while crunching the numbers on Wednesday’s front page, I discovered some shocking news. Avista executive “total compensation” is not nearly as magnanimous as it has been in the past/Doug Clark, Spokesman-Review. More here

Question: Anyone out there want to defend the money-grubbing Avista execs who pocket ha-huge paychecks while constantly pushing to increase our utility bills?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.