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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

Lincoln County marijuana growers sues Avista alleging breach of contract

The lawsuit, filed last month in Spokane County Superior Court, alleges Avista provided inadequate equipment to power a planned expansion of Buddy Boy Farms, a large-scale cannabis operation based south …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Washington regulators shut down $5.3 billion Avista sale to Ontario’s Hydro One

Washington regulators denied Hydro One Ltd.’s proposed purchase of Avista Corp., finding the merger does not serve the public interest.


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Downed power line leads to brief bouts of chaos in downtown Spokane

A downed power line in downtown Spokane Tuesday afternoon led to brief bouts of chaos as cars navigated street-light-less roads and hospitals operated on backup generators.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Upriver Beacon fire largely contained; three structures lost

Firefighters said Thursday morning that the Upriver Beacon fire has been largely contained.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 12:03 p.m.

Evacuated residents return to homes as crews mop up fire on Beacon Hill

People returned to their homes in the Beacon Hill area Wednesday morning after a fast-moving wildfire burned more than 115 acres and forced evacuations.


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 2:59 p.m.

About 2,000 lose electricity in central Spokane

About 2,000 customers – including Shriners Hospitals for Children – were without power for several hours Monday after an Avista Utilities power line went down near Fifth Avenue and Walnut …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 8:18 a.m.

More than 1,500 Spokane Valley Avista customers experienced power outage Monday morning

About 1,600 Avista Utilities customers in Spokane Valley were without power for about an hour Monday morning.


Then and Now: Washington Water Power building

In the bustling post-war era, Spokane produced a cadre of elite young architects who challenged and pushed each other with every project. That competition produced many notable features in the …


UPDATED: Sun., June 10, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Thousands lose power in Stevens and Spokane counties Sunday

Thousands were without power in northern Spokane County and the southern tip of Stevens County as the region experienced rolling thunderstorms and heavy wind.


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

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

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 …


Avista crews head south to help with Irma damage

Avista Utilities sends people and equipment to Georgia to help with repairs in the wake of Tropical Storm Irma.


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 3:38 p.m.

Hundreds in the Inland Northwest without power after Monday evening thunderstorm

Hundreds of people in the Inland Northwest remain without power after a thunderstorm whipped through the area Monday evening with high winds and heavy rain.


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

More than 100 Avista customers in Spokane Valley lose power after pickup knocks over power pole

About 115 Avista Utilities customers are without power after a truck hit a power pole in Spokane Valley this morning. A man driving a Dodge Durango crashed into a power …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Contractor mum on who approved illegal road bulldozed into South Hill bluff

The contractor who illegally bulldozed a road through the middle of forested park land on High Drive Bluff told Spokane city officials he was working for Avista Utilities but instead …


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

Grain elevator collapses near Edwall, knocking out power to rural area west of Spokane

A grain elevator collapsed late Wednesday morning in Edwall causing a brief power surge and warping a section of BNSF Railway track.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Avista loses bid to have 2016 rate hikes reconsidered by state regulators

Avista has lost another round in its latest attempt to raise electric and natural gas rates. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, which previously rejected the utility’s proposed increases, on …


Getting There: Avista opens electric car charging station in Rosalia

Avista Utilities has opened a new fast charging station in Rosalia.


Avista’s Idaho customers will get a slight break on their electric bills

Avista Utilities’ Idaho customers are getting a slight break on their electric bills over the next 12 months.


Avista taking measures to prevent wildfires during electric outages

Avista Utilities is taking measures to prevent wildfires when the utility restores electricity after outages in rural areas, which could mean longer waits for customers.


Avista should ask for smaller rate increases in 2017, commission staff says

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Power restored in Spokane Valley

Avista Utilities reports that nearly 6,000 customers in south Spokane Valley are without power Thursday afternoon.


Avista to begin installing electric vehicle chargers in homes, workplaces

Avista Utilities will start installing 272 free charging systems in Washington customers’ homes and workplaces and in public areas this month. The two-year pilot program will help the utility gather …


Windstorm workers sport a symbol of their long days restoring power

When an Avista old-timer retires and co-workers gather to say goodbye, the event that often highlights his or her career is the 1996 ice storm. Utility workers now have an …


Avista estimates some customers won’t have power restored until mid-week

Avista Utilities still hopes to have most customers back on line by Monday, but as the work gets more time and labor intensive, CEO Scott Morris cautioned that it may …


Avista asks to restart conservation upgrade rebates in Idaho

Avista Utilities wants to resurrect a program that gives Idaho customers rebates for upgrading to high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and other energy conservation projects.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 29, 2015, 4:17 p.m.

Natural gas rates will drop for Avista’s Washington customers

Heating bills for Avista Utilities’s Washington customers will drop this winter as a result of lower wholesale prices for natural gas.


Outage knocks out power for 4,800 on South Hill

Nearly 5,000 people on the South Hill are without power Friday morning.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 31, 2015, 3:31 p.m.

Gas leak forces evacuation of downtown Spokane buildings

A natural gas leak in downtown Spokane has prompted the evacuation of The Spokesman-Review building at Monroe and Riverside streets.


Deane Osterman: Utilities’ solar programs deliver benefits

As someone who has spent his entire career working in natural resources management, everything comes down to the relationship between energy and the environment. Increasingly, state and federal mandates, and …


Michael Senske: Energy investment will keep region attractive to business

Access to affordable energy drives many business decisions. Whether you operate an advanced manufacturing plant, a health care facility, a large office complex or a biotech company, energy represents a …