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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

Montana lawmaker wants state to buy beleaguered Colstrip power plant

A Billings legislator’s proposal that Montana buy Colstrip power plant drew criticism from business and environmental groups alike at a Monday hearing in Helena.


Oregon regulators halt review of Avista sale

Oregon regulators have halted their review of Avista’s proposed $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One Ltd., after the transaction was denied in Washington and Idaho.


The Dirt: Construction of Avista parking garage to begin

Avista will begin construction of a five-story parking garage with 500 stalls near its Mission Avenue headquarters, according to city permit data.


Construction of Avista parking garage to begin

Avista will begin construction of a five-story parking garage with 500 stalls near its Mission Avenue headquarters, according to city permit data.


Second building announced as part of Catalyst project in Spokane

Development at the south landing of Spokane’s University District Gateway Bridge on East Sprague Avenue continues, with the announcement Tuesday of a partner building to Avista’s Catalyst building.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Washington regulators won’t reconsider decision to deny Avista sale to Hydro One

Washington state regulators have declined to reconsider the proposed sale of Avista Corp. to Toronto-based Hydro One Ltd.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Idaho regulators deny sale of Avista to Canadian utility

Avista Corp.’s proposed $5.3 billion sale to a Canadian utility took another hit Thursday, when a second state moved to block the sale.


Avista, Amazon fulfillment dominate local business coverage in 2018

Avista’s proposed sale to a Canadian utility and Amazon’s fulfillment center in the West Plains dominated local business news in 2018.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

Avista, Hydro One say Washington regulators erred in blocking $5.3 billion sale

Washington regulators erred when they blocked Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. by exaggerating the political risks to Avista’s customers from the province of Ontario’s ownership in Hydro One, …


Plan for public group to buy Avista has major obstacles

Setting up a public entity to buy Avista may be unprecedented and definitely faces obstacles.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Avista and Hydro One ask Washington regulators to reconsider denial of $5.3 billion sale

Avista Corp. and Hydro One Ltd. will ask Washington regulators to reconsider their Dec. 5 decision denying the $5.3 billion sale of Avista to the Toronto utility.


Avista begins drawing down Lake Spokane on Jan. 1

Avista is starting its annual draw down of Lake Spokane starting January 1.


Avista deal began to unravel over the summer with Ontario elections

A hearing in Olympia last May offered hints that Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. was headed for trouble.


Shawn Vestal: A thank you to regulators who nixed Avista deal

Those of us who pay Avista to heat our homes owe a big thanks to Washington state regulators today.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

Avista may seek another ‘white knight’

Avista Corp. remains a likely takeover target, even though the Spokane-based utility’s plan to be purchased by a Canadian company is apparently dead.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 4:44 p.m.

Idaho regulators wrap up hearings on proposed Avista sale

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday afternoon finished its technical hearing on Avista Corp.’s proposed $5.3 billion sale to a Canadian utility.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

Avista honored for charitable giving to WSU medical school

Avista Corp. is among eight companies that will be honored for philanthropy Thursday in Olympia by Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 6:27 a.m.

Idaho regulators question if Canadian politics could hurt Avista if sale to Hydro One is approved

Hydro One Ltd.’s independence was on the stand Monday, as Idaho attorneys grilled executives about the Canadian government’s influence on the utility trying to buy Avista.


Idaho regulators asking hard questions about Avista’s sale to Canadian utility

Idaho regulators are raising tough questions about Avista Corp.’s sale to a Canadian utility, and their concerns have the potential to unravel the $5.3 billion deal.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 11:21 a.m.

Spokane Valley manufacturer among finalists for Washington’s employer of the year

Wagstaff Inc., a Spokane Valley manufacturer, is one of three finalists for Washington’s employer of the year.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 3:23 p.m.

State’s largest solar farm nearing production

Washington’s largest solar farm will begin commercial production next month, helping a Spokane Valley manufacturer 85 miles to the east move to all renewable energy.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

Gregoire chosen for Avista post-sale board of directors

Former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire would sit on Avista Corp.’s board of directors if the company is sold to a Canadian utility.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Avista reports higher third-quarter earnings

Avista Corp. reported higher-than-expected earnings for the third quarter and for the first nine months of the year.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

Eli Francovich: Avista demurs on I-1631, climate change because it’s too complicated

Avista isn’t taking sides on Initiative 1631 carbon fee because “climate change is a complicated policy issue.” If I remember correctly, that was my go-to excuse for not doing my …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

At least one of Rep. Matt Shea’s campaign donors wants money back

The political arm of the Northwest Credit Union Association, which represents 180 credit unions in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, gave $1,000 to Shea’s campaign this year but recently asked the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Avista cut power to much of downtown Spokane for 10 minutes due to trespasser

Spokane police announced on social media late Monday morning that most of downtown would lose power for about 10 minutes.


Rob Curley: How one defining moment in Avista CEO Scott Morris’ life helped him work through another – the proposed sale to Hydro One

Scott Morris is the CEO of Avista as it heads directly into one of the biggest and more important moments in the iconic Spokane company’s 128-year history: its pending $5.3 …


Front & Center: Avista CEO Scott Morris discusses the utility’s proposed sale, his role and what it means to his hometown

Spokesman-Review Editor Rob Curley recently spoke with Avista CEO Scott Morris for a podcast that touched on several aspects of the company’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd., including what …


Vestal: Avista’s $200,000 for French, Kuney TV ads puts timing, Hydro One sale in spotlight

Avista Corp. gives a lot of money to local candidates. If it leans in any political direction, it is toward incumbency – toward those already in power. But Avista’s recent …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Area residents to see lower natural gas rates

Inland Northwest residents who heat their homes with natural gas will get a break on their winter heating bills.