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Avista - A Spokane legacy

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Avista Utilities announced it was being purchased by Canadian utilities company Hydro One for $5.3 billion. Formerly the Washington Water Power Co., Avista has been a Spokane mainstay since 1889.

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Firefighters with the Spokane Valley Fire Department remained on scene Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, while crews from Avista Utilities worked to located a ruptured natural gas line. (Spokane Valley Fire Department / Courtesy photo)

Broadway Avenue near Pines Road in Spokane Valley closed due to natural gas leak

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

Broadway Avenue near Pines Road in Spokane Valley was closed for several hours while crews with Avista Utilities worked to repair a leaking natural gas line. Melanie Rose, spokeswoman for the Spokane Valley Fire Department, said at about 4:15 p.m., an independent contractor punctured underground natural gas lines under the east bound lanes of Broadway with a boring machine. Firefighters said an audible hiss of gas was released.

In this Jan. 11, 2005 file photo, student linemen at Avista Utilities' Jack Stewart Lineman School learn to climb a power pole in Spokane, Wash. The sale of Spokane-based Avista Corp. to a Canadian energy company must still win approval from shareholders and regulators. Hydro One, based in Toronto, Canada, announced Wednesday, July 19, 2017, that it would pay $5.3 billion cash to buy Avista, which supplies electricity and natural gas to customers in five Northwestern states. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Sale of Avista would require ‘net benefits’ to ratepayers, Washington regulators say

UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Things to know about the proposed Avista sale: Scott Morris’ stock is worth about $10 million under this deal. Avista’s sales price has caused a stir in Canada, where Hydro One customers worry about rate increases. Washington regulators say Avista ratepayers must receive a benefit for the sale to win state approval.

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In the 1990s Gen. Schwarzkopf sat on the Washington Water Power board

As just a little footnote to the obituary of former U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, we'll mention that the guy served for more than three years on the board of Washington Water Power, now Avista. In 1997 SR business writer Bert Caldwell took note of...

Some good news if you rely on gas heating from Avista

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) on Thursday approved requests by the state’s four investor-owned natural gas companies, including Avista Utilities, to reduce heating rates for customers beginning Nov. 1. Natural gas companies in Washington are required to adjust rates periodically to reflect changes...
Mike Coulter, project manager for PCI Renewables, prepares a solar panel for installation on the roof of the Universalist Church of Spokane on Wednesday. The church and nonprofit SustainableWorks are partnering to install the solar project (Colin Mulvany)

Solar incentives and Washington state: a great website for more reading

It was a challenge putting together today's news story, on page A1, about the incentives offered to businesses or homeowners installing solar energy panels. A challenge because there's a good deal of variety and complexity among the federal and state incentives. One very helpful website...

Avista utilities/condom names

If you go to the power company's website, there's a "Your safety" heading. You can click on it and get a list. Which of the following subheads would make the best name for a condom? A) Electric safety. B) Natural gas safety. C) Call before...

Itron partners with northeast U.S. utility to study advanced smart grid options

On Wednesday, as Itron reported mixed earnings, the Liberty Lake utility technology maker and service provider also announced it's taking part in an East Coast smart grid demonstration project. Itron and National Grid, a northeast U.S. utitlity, announced they will be partners on a project...

Wire theft knocks out power; tips sought

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that led to the arrest of those responsible for a wire theft at an Avista substation that left thousands without power. The thief or thieves cut cooper ground wires and stole portions, resulting in about $10,000 in...

Red Lion Hotels trying to sell properties in Missoula and Medford

Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp. announced they're preparing to sell two of its hotels in Medford and Missoula. Both hotels were part of a group previously leased from iStar Financial Inc. of New York. Last week Red Lion purchased the hotels to end the leases....

Thieves target Avista power lines

Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan: Overhead lines that return unused power to Avista have been targeted by metal thieves since late August, a company employee reported Monday. Since Aug. 22, a suspect has stolen more than one and a half miles of...

Coming Thursday

The Valley Voice will be full of news you can use on Thursday. Reporter John Craig will have a story on the old Great Northern Railroad right of way that is suddenly popular. Spokane Valley and Millwood want to use it as a trail. Avista...

Downtown Spokane offers a twin bill for its annual meeting next week

Downtown Spokane is offering a double-barrelled program for its annual meeting, which starts at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17. It will be at the Spokane Convention Center exhibition hall. Renowned speaker and consultant Roger Brooks, founder and CEO of Destination Development International, will talk...

Power out on South Hill

Power is out on a portion of the South Hill this afternoon as Avista Utilities crews replace a pole at 9th Ave. and Monroe St. destroyed in a motor vehicle accident at about 10 a.m. A spokeswoman said service should be restored to all customers...

Reward offered for tips on Avista theft

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve a burglary in which two Spokane-area companies lost more than $5000 in copper wire and power tools. The crime is believed to have occurred between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday at an Avista Utilities...

$5k in tools, copper wire stolen at Avista

Someone stole more than $5,000 worth of tools and copper wire from an Avista Utilities storage site in Spokane Valley early Wednesday. Employees at 2400 N. Dollar Road believe the thief or thieves cut a padlock from a gate and backed a vehicle into the...

Tips sought on Avista copper caper

Thieves stole more than $1,000 worth of copper cable from an Avista substation in north Spokane this week.Police are looking for tips on whoever cut the padlock at 8307 N. Regal and stole the coils of copper, which were discovered missing about 6:30 .am. Wednesday.A...

Avista Dan Wants You @ City Park

Avista Dan will be interviewing Avista customers (who happen to be milling about) at Coeur d'Alene City Park at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning for the utility's Energy on the Street. E-mails Dan: "Our goal for this project is to get questions from Avista customers on...

Pot suspect with ailing brother granted bond

A Canadian truck driver arrested with 300 pounds of marijuana bound for an Avista plant in Kettle Falls will be allowed to leave jail before trial, a U.S. magistrate ruled Friday. Matthew G. Tutt, 31, has an older brother who has been diagnosed with cancer...
John Hough, co-owner of the Roosevelt Inn bed and breakfast, is taken into protective custody by the Coeur d’Alene Police on Wednesday  after he allegedly had a dispute with Avista about payment for an overdue bill. (Kathy Plonka)

Avista dispute leads to police response

A Coeur d’Alene man who owns a historic bed and breakfast was taken into custody by police Wednesday after threatening Avista Corp. employees over the phone when a serviceman delivered a power shut-off notice. It’s an extreme example, but by no means unique, an Avista...

Door-to-door sales prompt police reports

Door-to-door sales representatives from an Idaho company are prompting a flurry of calls to Crime Check from concerned Spokane Valley residents. Salesmen with Rocky Mountain Insulation in Pocatello are selling insulation they say "may" qualify homeowners for an Avista Utilities or federal tax rebate, according...

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