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  • Avista Idaho rates subject of workshop

    Staff from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission will hold a Dec. 20 workshop on unresolved issues from the last Avista Utilities rate case.


  • Avista honors nurse for actions

    When nurse Lisa Dunham was working at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s emergency room on Thanksgiving evening, a family brought in two children to be checked out. They spoke English as …


  • Business, civic leader Wendell Satre, 92, dies

    Wendell Satre, who rose from transmission clerk to become president of the Washington Water Power Co., now Avista, died Friday at the age of 92. A Post Falls native, Satre …


  • Avista rate hikes approved with warning

    Washington regulators granted part of Avista’s request for higher rates Friday, but also said the electric and natural gas utility must conduct annual expense audits to make sure that ratepayers …


  • Regulators approve Avista hike, order audit

    Starting Dec. 1, Avista’s residential customers will see a monthly increase of about $7.80 in their combined electric and natural gas bills.


  • Former WWP head Satre dies at 92

    Wendell Satre, who rose from a transmission clerk to become president of Washington Water Power, now Avista, died Friday at the age of 92. A Post Falls native, Satre played …


  • Wind brings hint of what’s ahead

    A powerful burst of wind, possibly in excess of 80 mph, knocked down a string of Avista transmission poles near Potlatch, Idaho, at the height of Tuesday morning’s storm that …


  • Q’emiln Park launch closing

    The Q’emiln Park boat launch ramp on the Spokane River in Post Falls will close for the season on Monday.


  • Avista rates on the rise in Washington

    Starting Monday, Avista’s Washington customers will pay about $4.50 extra on their monthly gas and electric bills. The price hike is a result of higher wholesale natural gas costs and …


  • Higher rates approved as Avista announces earnings

    Starting Nov. 1, Avista’s Washington customers will pay about $4.50 extra on their combined monthly gas and electric bills. The price hike is a result of higher wholesale natural gas …


  • Here’s the Dirt: Safeway updating regional center

    It’s costing Safeway Corp. $1.9 million at its Spokane regional distribution center to move the large building’s refrigeration system onto the roof. The work started in July and is expected …


  • SNAP smooths process for helping with heating bills

    Spokane County residents seeking help paying heating bills should encounter fewer hassles and less frustration this winter, according to SNAP, the agency that administers that service.


  • Sustainable September includes series of green events

    For the second year in a row Community Minded Enterprises is putting together a series of events as Sustainable September. The kickoff luncheon is on Wednesday at the Masonic Center …


  • Avista seeks rate increase for Washington customers

    Avista customers in Washington could see their electric rates go up 7.2 percent and their natural gas rates rise 3.2 percent starting Dec. 1, according to an agreement pending state …


  • Group works to balance Spokane River’s aesthetics, power generation

    What qualities does a good waterfall have? An evaluation team strolled around Riverfront Park on Wednesday morning, listening to the sound of the Spokane River and rating its appearance as …


  • Avista testing falls’ appearance with different flows

    Avista is conducting tests on the Upper Spokane Falls today to determine what flows make the best-looking waterfalls.


  • Avista rates going up again

    Avista customers in Washington will see their electric rates go up 7.2 percent and their natural gas rates rise 3.2 percent starting Dec. 1, according to an agreement pending state …


  • Hearing set for Avista hikes for Idaho customers

    Avista’s Idaho customers can participate in a 7 p.m. hearing Thursday via telephone regarding the utility’s request for rate hikes. To listen or participate, customers should call (800) 920-7487. The …


  • Tests will temporarily dry up river channel

    Beginning tonight at sunset, water flows in the north channel of the Spokane River downtown will be stopped as Avista tests an “aesthetic flows program” and works to remove rock …


  • Inspection and scales moving to fast lane

    A $6.7 million Washington port of entry and weigh station complex under construction along Interstate 90 at the Idaho state line will provide nonstop service to many truckers, Department of …


  • Avista changing power line operation

    Avista Corp. is making temporary changes to its power line operations as a result of dry conditions and wildfire risk.


  • Dry conditions prompt Avista power-line changes

    Avista Corp. is making temporary changes to its power line operations as a result of dry conditions and wildfire risk.


  • Wise Words with Randy Barcus

    Randy Barcus, chief economist for Avista, is known for delivering economic forecasts in language everyone can understand. He did just that in a Wise Words interview with Rebecca Nappi of …


  • Avista profit dips slightly in second quarter

    Avista Corp. saw its profit decline slightly in the second quarter, the Spokane energy company said today. The results primarily are due to an increase in interest expense, other operating …


  • City of Spokane to pay $125,000 in lawsuit over blast

    A natural gas explosion that burned the owners of a heating and air conditioning business in 2005 will cost the city of Spokane $125,000. The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 …


  • Avista rates could increase in Idaho by Oct. 1

    Avista’s Idaho customers could see a 6.6 percent hike in their electric bills by Oct. 1, along with a corresponding 1.9 percent hike in natural gas rates.


  • Gas leaks erupt in Cheney, North Spokane

    A break in a one-inch gas line has caused evacuations and a street closure in downtown Cheney, while North Spokane fire crews went to Little Spokane Drive on a second …


  • Avista plans summer dam work

    Avista Utilities will begin work today on several dam projects along the Spokane River in the downtown Spokane area. The highly visible work will involve a crane near the Monroe …


  • Long Lake dead fish creating quite a stink

    At Long Lake, hundreds of dead carp are washing up on beaches, collecting under docks and creating a stink for residents living along the 24-mile reservoir. “If you’re water-skiing on …


  • Dead carp washing up at Long Lake

    At Long Lake, hundreds of dead carp are washing up on beaches, collecting under docks and creating a stink for residents living along the 24-mile reservoir.

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