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  • An appetite for weeds

    Seventy-five goats pushed past Reece Dobson as he opened the enclosure to a new area of pasture. Heads down, they tore into a thorny plant called prickly lettuce. Before they …


  • Idaho, Washington combat rise in metal theft

    BOISE – Metal thieves who steal from electrical substations and other utility installations in Idaho now face stiffer penalties, particularly if their pilfering interrupts service. And if the thieves are …


  • Clark: Avista ‘report card’ puts me in a class by myself

    Well, they’ve done it again – those weasels at the Avista Corp., I mean. If these meddlers aren’t raising our gas and electricity rates every other month, they’re sending everybody …


  • Shorter varieties to replace trees cut along Crestline

    Neighbors near South Crestline Street and the Woodfield Place neighborhood were surprised Monday morning when 25 maple trees were being cut down along Crestline Street, between 49th and 53rd avenues. …


  • Plan would improve visitor access to Spokane Falls

    Plans for a redesign of Huntington Park along the lower Spokane Falls are getting tweaks from the public. Ideas for the $2 million makeover have already been modified in response …


  • Avista eyes small electric rate increase

    Avista’s Washington customers could see a small hike in their electric rates on Aug. 1, as a result of a proposed change in a surcharge that funds energy efficiency rebates …


  • Avista reports profitable quarter

    Higher rates in Washington helped Avista Corp. recover from a down year and report a more profitable first quarter. Net income for the quarter was $42.3 million, or 71 cents …


  • Middle school students hope to hatch trout eggs in river

    East Valley Middle School students braved Friday’s rain to nest trout eggs in the Spokane River. “They’ll be hatched,” said eighth-grader Mark Tredway on his expectations for his next visit …


  • Gauge tells 100-year-old tale

    Reaching the ripe age of 100 is still a big deal in this part of the world, worthy of celebration for institutions such as Lewis and Clark High School, St. …


  • The dirt on digging

    Digging up buried utility lines may give you the shock of a lifetime. But it will zap your wallet as well. Anyone who fails to use Washington’s free “Call Before …


  • Landers: Redbands in upstream battle

    The Spokane River, and some of its native inhabitants, were in the spotlight Tuesday and Wednesday as a wide range of scientists, policy makers and industry leaders convened for the …


  • Landers: Redbands in upstream battle

    The Spokane River, and some of its native inhabitants, were in the spotlight Tuesday and Wednesday as a wide range of scientists, policy makers and industry leaders convened for the …


  • Doug Clark: Avista’s covered win or lose

    Avista has given us so many blessings over the years. Light. Heat.


  • Gas buying strategy scrutinized

    The Washington attorney general’s office is pushing for more regulatory review of natural gas purchases by Avista and other utilities, saying hedging strategies are costing ratepayers. The Public Counsel Division …


  • Area high schools win top awards in Avista video competition

    When Ferris High School students Mark Balabanov, 17, Colin Calvert, 18, and Irina Peregudova, 15, got a class assignment to make an energy preservation video for Avista, they were all …


  • Avista’s earnings dip 22 percent

    Warm weather, a sluggish economy and poor results at a subsidiary all contributed to Avista Corp. announcing a 22 percent decline in 2012 earnings. Avista announced early Wednesday that the …


  • Warm weather contributes to Avista’s lower 2012 income

    Warm weather, a sluggish economy and poor results at a subsidiary all contributed to Avista Corp. announcing a 22 percent decline in 2012 earnings.


  • 2,600 on South Hill without power

    About 2,600 people are without power on Spokane’s South Hill.


  • Sheriff’s office investigates another copper wire theft

    The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating yet another case of copper wire theft.


  • Avista warns of employee imposters

    Avista issued an alert today warning area residents of people prowling around Spokane homes and claiming to be Avista employees when confronted.


  • Avista rates to rise next week

    Avista Corp. will raise electric and gas rates in Washington in the new year and again in 2014 under an agreement with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Following months …


  • Avista rate hikes approved for next 2 years

    Avista will be allowed to raise electric and gas rates in Washington in the new year and again in 2014, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission said today.


  • 56 Avista employees approved for buy-out

    Avista Corp. will buy out 56 employees in a cost-cutting measure, the Spokane company said Thursday.


  • Sheriff says ad campaign has boosted reports, reduced crime

    Local billboards, television and radio spots are telling residents what they can do to lower the crime rate: “Report suspicious activity.” It’s a call to action that Spokane County Sheriff …


  • Avista reports drop in third-quarter profit

    As expected, Avista Corp. today reported third-quarter results and a forecast for the fourth quarter that fall below expected performance for the Spokane-based energy company.


  • Update of power grid in Inland Northwest has begun

    With the push of a button on their smartphones, Inland Northwest residents will soon have a way to adjust their thermostats and their electric bills. In Pullman, a $38 million …


  • Hit-and-run causes power outage

    An early morning hit-and-run knocked out power temporarily for north Spokane residents after a power pole was toppled near the Crestline Street and Lincoln Road roundabout.


  • Avista reports copper wire theft

    Authorities say more than a half mile of copper wire was stolen recently from an Avista Utilities substation. Avista employees told the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office the wire was stolen …


  • Ecova main cause of Avista woes, says CFO

    Avista Corp. brass sought to explain Tuesday why company profits are taking an unexpected dip this year, and they placed the blame largely on its non-utility operations, namely energy-services subsidiary …


  • Third-quarter profit down

    Avista said Monday that third-quarter profit would drop 46 percent from a year ago, and cut its guidance for the year. Its forecast for 2013 also fell short of Wall …

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