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Spokane Valley manufacturer named Washington’s employer of the year

Wagstaff Inc., a Spokane Valley manufacturer, has been named 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.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

State regulators have tough questions regarding Avista sale to Canadian utility

Proposed Avista sale to Hydro One prompts tough questions from regulators after Canadian utility’s management shakeup.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee to speak at solar farm dedication in Lind

Gov. Jay Inslee will speak Tuesday at the dedication of a solar farm in Lind, Washington.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Regulators to conduct hearing Tuesday on proposed Avista sale

Washington regulators have scheduled a Tuesday hearing on Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd., of Toronto.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Area Avista customers not affected by B.C. gas pipeline explosion

Avista’s natural gas customers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho aren’t affected by Tuesday’s pipeline explosion in British Columbia at this time, company officials said.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

One of oldest coal companies in U.S., Colstrip supplier files for bankruptcy

One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. – and supplier to the Colstrip power-generating station in Montana – filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday to deal with more than …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

Electrical work prompts two-month narrowing of Monroe Street downtown

Two lanes of Monroe Street in downtown Spokane will be closed for almost two months while Avista works on its 100-year-old electrical system below the street.


Regulators approve lower electric rates for Avista’s Idaho customers

Avista has lowered electric rates for Idaho customers by 5.5 percent. Residential customers will see an average decrease of $4.85 per month.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

Avista sale includes protections against Canadian government influence and rate hikes, consultant says

Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. has safeguards to protect local customers from Canadian government interference and rate hikes if Toronto-based utility runs into future financial troubles, says …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

Avista executives to receive $18 million payout on day of sale

Thirteen of Avista’s top executives will receive about $18 million in immediate payouts if the Spokane-based utility is sold to Hydro One Ltd., of Toronto.


Avista extends date for sale to Hydro One

Avista Corp. is extending the deadline to complete its $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One Ltd. until March 29, although both companies expect the sale to close in late December.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Idaho regulators approve new timeline for Avista sale deliberations

Idaho regulators said they may not be ready to make a decision by mid-December on whether or not to approve the $5.3 billion sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Huntington Park will close Monday for crane assembly

Huntington Park in downtown Spokane will be closed Monday while a crane is assembled on site, according to Avista officials.


Avista seeks lower natural gas rates in Idaho

Avista Corp. is asking regulators for permission to decrease natural gas rates for Idaho customers, effective Nov. 1. If approved, a typical household was save about 34 cents on a …


Spokane Tribe launches ‘Children of the Sun’ solar initiative, with long-range plans for energy independence

Starting in mid-September, work will begin on the $2 million “Children of the Sun Solar Initiative” on the Spokane Reservation. Solar panels will generate energy for 14 tribal buildings, including …


Avista proposes lower electric and natural gas rates in Washington starting Nov. 1

Avista’s Washington customers could see about $10 in savings each month on their combined electric and natural gas bills under a proposed rate reduction.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

Hydro One appoints new board, wants review of Avista purchase to restart

Hydro One Ltd. has installed a new board of directors in the aftermath of a political shake-up that jolted the utility’s efforts to acquire Avista Corp. The Canadian utility wants …


Safeguarding utility workers: UI grads create device to reduce electrocution deaths

Tim Ledford, Brandon Bledsoe and John Thompson developed a


Guest Opinion: Let’s keep the trust between U.S. and Canada

The United States and Canada enjoy a largely free interchange of goods, capital and people between the two countries due to decades of cooperation and trust. Let’s work to keep …