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  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2015, 9:07 A.M.

    Avista reports higher 2014 earnings

    Last year was a busy one for Avista Corp. The Spokane-based utility celebrated its 125th anniversary, bought an electric utility in Alaska and sold off a subsidiary. Those transactions are …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2015

    Avista seeking Washington rate hikes in 2016

    Avista Utilities has begun the process of asking Washington regulators to approve higher electric and natural gas rates, with an effective date of January 2016. In a filing Monday, the …


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2015

    Mobius Science Center to move temporarily to downtown library

    Spokane’s science museum is planning for two big moves this year. The Mobius Science Center will depart its location across from River Park Square at the end of March and …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 4, 2015

    Dam relicensing funding is boon to kayakers at popular Spokane River rapid

    Kayakers are enjoying ritzy new facilities at Trailer Park Wave. A $480,000 access to the Spokane River geared especially for nonmotorized paddlers, floaters and anglers has been completed by Avista …


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 3, 2015

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Two Washington Water Power meter installers got a hissing, slithering surprise in the basement of the old Club Cafe on Howard Street.


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2014

    WSU to begin American Indian studies certificate

    Washington State University is launching an online certificate program in American Indian studies next year, with the goal of broadening understanding of native history and culture. The online courses are …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014

    Christmas Bureau still needs help to pay for holiday cheer

    As the Christmas Bureau serves its last family today and packs away any leftover toys and books for next year, it will be bittersweet. Something good has happened here. Once …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2014

    Avista’s aging headquarters gets energy-efficiency update

    Even Avista watches its power bills. When the heating-and-cooling system at the Spokane utility’s corporate headquarters passed the half-century mark a few years ago, officials decided it was time for …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

    Avista studying Long Lake carp’s effect on water quality

    Carp are mud grubbers, rooting through the sediment at the bottom of Long Lake as they search for food. “They’re like little plows,” said Chris Donley, a fisheries manager for …


  • WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014

    Panel OKs’ Avista plan to hike rates

    Electric and natural gas rates will increase for Avista Utilities’ Washington customers on Jan. 1. Residential electric rates are increasing by about 2.7 percent. Typical customers using 965 kilowatt hours …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2014

    Avista offers Post Street site to Mobius Science Center

    Spokane’s science museum may find a new home in a building overlooking the Spokane Falls offered by Avista Corp. Mobius Science Center has been looking for new space for more …


  • MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014, 8:49 P.M.

    Council names plaza for Spokane Tribe

    The new plaza next to Spokane City Hall has a new name: the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place.


  • WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2014, 8:44 A.M.

    Avista reports slightly lower 3Q earnings

    Avista Corp. reported slightly lower third quarter earnings of $10.5 million, or 16 cents per share today, compared to $11.4 million, or 19 cents per share, for the third quarter …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

    Names for plaza next to City Hall narrowed down to three finalists

    The man who brought Expo ’74 to town. A doctor who delivered thousands of babies and helped stop a bridge from being built over the lower Spokane Falls. The region’s …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014, 4:05 P.M.

    Natural gas rates rising this winter

    More than 1.2 million natural gas customers in Washington will pay more for fuel beginning Saturday as a result of higher wholesale natural gas costs and colder than average temperatures …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014

    Fridge recycling demonstration impresses Sheridan students

    At Sheridan Elementary School last week, Herman Marioth, a manager of Jaco Environmental in Portland, took a large chisel and popped off the side of an old refrigerator. A collective …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2014

    Avista sees range of job openings over next five to 10 years

    When Josh Burnside got laid off from a sawmill job, he used retraining money to attend electrical lineworker school. Now, the 30-year-old is a journeyman lineworker, teaching others the trade …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014

    Steam Plant smokestacks lit in pink for breast cancer awareness

    You might have noticed a pink glow in Spokane’s skyline Wednesday night. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the twin smokestacks of the historic Steam Plant in downtown Spokane …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1, 2014, 8:56 P.M.

    Steam Plant stacks turn pink

    As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the twin smokestacks of the historic Steam Plant in downtown Spokane are being bathed in pink light throughout October to help bring attention …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014

    Avista replacing brittle natural gas lines

    More than 350 miles of brittle, accident-prone natural gas lines run under the Inland Northwest. Shorter sections of the pipe made from the same material join the steel mainline of …


  • MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

    Avista cautions customers about scams

    Avista wants customers to know it never makes high-pressure calls threatening to turn off electricity if they don’t pay instantly over the phone. Utility scams are increasing across the country …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 2014

    Avista requests slight rate changes

    Avista Utilities is asking for a slight decrease in electric rates and a slight increase in natural gas rates for its Washington customers, citing changing power costs. The Spokane-based utility …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2014, 8:19 P.M.

    Avista proposes rate increase and decrease

    Avista Utilities is asking for a slight decrease in electric rates and a slight increase in natural gas rates for its Washington customers, citing changing power costs.


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014

    Avista planning rate hikes

    Avista plans to raise rates again this winter, but not as much as the Spokane-based utility first proposed six months ago. A typical customer in Washington would pay $2.10 more …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014, 1:31 P.M.

    Avista settles on 2015 rate increases

    A typical Avista customer in Washington would pay $2.10 more for electricity and $3.62 more for natural gas each month starting Jan. 1, 2015, under a negotiated rate settlement announced …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

    Damage from windstorms still challenges some homeowners

    Most of the Spokane area was just about done cleaning up after the last storm when the National Weather Service issued a new thunderstorm warning Tuesday morning. The previous storm …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

    Avista to fix Post Falls Dam’s south channel

    The 108-year-old Post Falls Dam is undergoing renovations that will allow Avista utilities to respond faster to changing flows in the Spokane River. As part of the work, the original …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

    Sale boosts Avista gains

    Avista Corp.’s sale of its energy management subsidiary helped push the utility’s second-quarter earnings past the $100 million mark, officials said Wednesday. Avista reported earnings of $100.9 million, or $1.67 …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014, 2:17 P.M.

    Electric companies making progress on power restoration

    Avista Utilities said today it expects to have 95 percent of customers’ power restored by 10 p.m.


  • MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014, 7:49 A.M.

    Crews working to restore power, fight fires from Saturday’s storm

    More than 10,000 customers remain without power around the area after a powerful windstorm struck the region Saturday night. Firefighters are also working to control a trio of blazes sparked …


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