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Oil spilled into Clark Fork River

Oil sheens were visible on parts of the Clark Fork River Friday afternoon – a day after a pipe broke at the Noxon Rapids Dam, spilling about 1,250 gallons of …


Rates hike, cold season help Avista’s bottom line

Avista Corp.’s earnings rebounded in 2008, with part of the increase resulting from the higher electric and natural gas rates paid by customers. The Spokane-based company reported net income of …


Rate hikes, cold season help Avista’s bottom line

Avista Corp.’s earnings rebounded in 2008, with part of the increase resulting from the higher electric and natural gas rates paid by customers. The Spokane-based company reported net income of …


In brief: Businesses give Avista good marks

Avista Corp. ranked fourth among 19 Western utilities for customer satisfaction among business clients that spend $500 to $50,000 per month on electricity. The study was conducted by J.D. Power …


Avista rate cut was cold comfort

The last few months have been a roller-coaster ride for most Avista customers, but watching our heating bills reach new heights has been anything but fun. Although Avista teased us …


In brief: Masked gunman robs loan centers

A masked gunman robbed two Spokane payday loan centers Thursday, and police suspect the same man who targeted one of the stores Jan. 20. A man with a handgun and …


Avista rates face appeal

Washington’s attorney general has appealed a sharp increase in Avista power bills and aims to unravel the company’s plan to collect an extra $112 million from businesses and residential customers …


Attorney General wants Avista to lower rates

The state attorney general’s office says that a Dec. 29 legal settlement between the power utility Avista, state regulators and others contains critical flaws that cost ratepayers millions of dollars …


Avista wants more money

Avista Utilities today asked Washington and Idaho regulators to approve electricity and natural gas increases that will boost average combined monthly payments $9 to $10 per month.


Fog overpowers lines

DAVENPORT, Wash. – Oldtimers in northern Lincoln County west of Spokane say they’ve never seen anything like it. A dense layer of persistent fog has caused ice to accumulate, weighing …


Ice buildup triggers airport power outage

Accumulating ice on an electrical transmission line cut power Friday to Spokane International Airport, and a portion of the airport’s backup generating system failed to deliver an emergency supply for …


Residents see big jump in power bills

A lot of people got a shock in the mail over the past couple of days: a whopping power bill.


Avista reduces natural gas rates

Avista Utilities natural gas customers will see a 3 percent decline in their rates resulting from the recent drop in wholesale gas prices, state regulators announced Thursday. The Washington Utilities …


Clearing snow, ice can cause damage to natural gas pipes

Natural gas leaks have become as common as lost gloves as the snow piles up in the Inland Northwest. While collapsing roofs often break gas pipes or meters, more problems …


Avista asks to pass on its savings

With wholesale prices for natural gas in a steady decline, Avista Corp. is paying out less for the commodity and says it will pass the savings on to utility customers.


Avista gift helps fund blow past its goal

Donations of $20,000 from Avista Corp. and its employees and $6,125 from the Fernwell Building tenants helped the Christmas Fund bounce well past its goal today. “This year has been …


Cold snap expected to linger

Frigid temperatures that are expected to last through the week prompted Spokane and Coeur d’Alene shelters to open emergency warming centers for a second night on Sunday. The combination of …


Omdougsman a fortune cookie full of answers

Layoffs. Editor resignations. Newspaper format changes … We’ve had a week of upheaval here at The Spokesman-Review.


Avista request gets rough reception

Avista Corp. should cut its request for higher electric and natural gas rates by at least 40 percent, the Washington Attorney General’s office wrote Friday in a stinging critique of …


Avista must maintain flow of at least 300 cfs during summer

Water will cascade more lavishly over the Spokane River’s waterfalls in years to come. Even during dry years, at least 300 cubic feet of water a second will flow over …


Germans may buy smelter in Addy

A German maker of polysilicon for solar cells and other uses is considering purchase of the idled Northwest Alloys plant at Addy, between Chewelah and Colville. Solarvalue AG representatives visited …


High-speed area network shut down

A private, high-speed fiber-optic network tying local research, educational and health care institutions and touted as an economic development and collaboration tool, has gone dark – at least for now. …


In brief: Washington soldier killed in Afghanistan

A paratrooper from Western Washington was one of two soldiers who died from a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Casey Combs, 28, of Auburn, Wash., and Sgt. David Stephens, …