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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.


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 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 …


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 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.


Spokane River closed in Post Falls area

Boating and swimming will remain prohibited in the Spokane River between the Spokane Street Bridge and the Post Falls Dam during the holiday weekend, Avista officials said today.


Power restored in Deer Park area

Electricity has been restored to the 3,200 Avista customers in the Deer Park area who were without power for about two hours this afternoon.


Power restored in Deer Park area

Electrical power has been restored Deer Park area this afternoon. Avista Utilities reported that the outage that started at 2:09 p.m. initially affected nearly 1,900 customers.


Avista to open Post Falls dam gates

Avista Corp. will open additional gates at the Post Falls Dam today after heavy rains have caused the water level on Coeur d’Alene Lake to rise. The utility won’t open …


Meeting will discuss work at Nine Mile Dam, reservoir

Avista Corp. will hold a meeting tonight to discuss work at Nine Mile Dam and reservoir.


Avista: Power restored on West Plains

Power has been restored to about 4,800 customers on the West Plains, according to Avista’s website. The outage was reported at 4:15 p.m. today. The cause has not yet been …


State seeks fine in gas explosion

State regulators say Avista Corp. should be fined in excess of $1.1 million for a December 2008 natural gas explosion in Odessa that injured two people and destroyed property. Avista …


Animal may have triggered outages

Nearly 6,000 Avista Utilities customers were without power Tuesday morning when fuses blew at a substation near Francis Avenue and Cedar Street on Spokane’s North Side.