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  • Avista expects 46 percent dip in profits

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


  • State staff, Avista reach rate hike settlement

    State regulators recommend that Avista be allowed to raise electric and natural gas rates in Washington. If the Washington Utilites and Transportation Commission this winter adopts a settlement reached by …


  • Doug Clark: After all we spent on efficiency, it’s still gonna cost us

    The Spokesman-Review’s most oft-repeated headline reappeared the other day on our Business page. “Avista seeks hike in rates.”


  • Area companies beat S&P, Russell

    Inland Northwest companies had a strong quarter from July through September. The Hart Capital Inland Northwest Index grew 14.3 percent in the third quarter. That’s dramatically better than the S&P …


  • Avista requests rate hikes in Idaho

    Spokane-based Avista Corp. is asking Idaho regulators for permission to raise electric rates and natural gas rates paid by North Idaho customers next year, unwinding rate reductions that just went …


  • Avista proposal decried as too high

    Avista Corp. is asking too much of its customers in its latest push to raise rates 6.3 percent for electricity and 6.9 percent for natural gas, the Washington Attorney General’s …


  • Attorney General’s office opposes Avista rate increases

    Avista Corp.’s proposed rate increases are being challenged by the Washington Attorney General’s Office, citing excessive executive compensation and other factors.


  • Axworthy leads Avista’s outreach to customers, organizations

    Anne Marie Axworthy has spent most of her life in Spokane and most of her working life at Avista Utilities, although she started there when it was still called Washington …


  • Avista names new director of government relations

    A man who has managed Avista’s government relations in Washington state for 22 years has been tapped as the company’s director of government relations.


  • Avista proposes big rate reduction in Idaho

    Avista has proposed reducing its rates for its Idaho customers this fall in response to lower natural gas prices and lower power supply costs.


  • Avista’s low-cost energy audits to end

    Avista Utilities is offering low-cost energy audit services to homeowners in Spokane and unincorporated areas of Spokane County, but residents must sign up for the program by Friday.


  • Meeting discusses work at Post Falls Dam

    Avista Utilities will hold an informational meeting Tuesday about construction work at Post Falls Dam this summer and impacts on recreation.


  • Shallow gas line delays Sprague roadwork

    Sometimes digging in the dirt is a bit like a treasure hunt. Spokane Valley project manager Pete Fisch knows this first hand. The already complicated Sprague Avenue reconstruction project between …


  • Baby boomers change demographics of working population

    Connie and Scott Brunell were living the early-retirement dream shared by many baby boomers once upon a time. They left telephone company jobs in the Seattle area to work for …


  • Cheap trips promote knowledge of river

    Spokane’s Meet Me at the River summer trip program is gearing up for the fifth year, offering the public a convenient opportunity to connect with the entire length of the …


  • Preserving Spokane River is group effort

    The Spokane River is a standout in the vast experience of Peter Grubb, who founded ROW Adventures 33 years ago. That’s a story in itself, considering Grubb’s been guiding rafters …


  • County taking multifaceted approach to reduce energy use

    Spokane County has turned up the heat on efforts to save energy across its multiple buildings and shops. Officials are combining grants and incentives to create building blocks for reducing …


  • EWU economist headed to Avista; Barcus retiring

    Two of the Inland Northwest’s most well-known economists are shifting responsibilities, with Eastern Washington University professor Grant Forsyth becoming chief economist at Avista Corp., and Randy Barcus, who has held …


  • Eye on Boise: GunPAC’s targets curiously chosen

    BOISE – Among the weirdest things that emerged from campaign finance reports in Idaho this week – which showed that House Republican leaders were funneling money from their leadership PAC …


  • Avista gives cash to oust two N. Idaho incumbents

    BOISE – Avista Corp. is spending thousands of dollars trying to unseat two longtime North Idaho legislators, throwing its support behind tea party-backed challengers in next week’s Republican primary. Being …


  • Avista wants two North Idaho lawmakers replaced

    Avista Corp. is spending thousands of dollars trying to unseat two longtime North Idaho legislators, throwing its support behind tea party backed challengers in next week’s Republican primary.


  • Landmarks: Nine Mile Falls Dam at core of enclave

    The 16 miles from downtown Spokane to the Nine Mile Falls Dam on the Spokane River was once considered such a long journey that a little village was created on …


  • Avista reports lower earnings

    Avista Corp. reported a profit of $38.4 million for the first quarter, slightly down from last year’s first quarter profit of $41.9 million. The results, released Wednesday morning by the …


  • Avista reports slight drop in first-quarter profit

    Avista Corp. reported a profit of $38.4 million for the first quarter, slightly down from last year’s first quarter profit of $41.9 million.


  • Construction starts on wind farm

    A $210 million wind farm to be built south of Spokane this summer will include 58 windmills and generate power for about 30,000 Northwest homes. Boston-based First Wind marked the …


  • Frigid waters pose springtime risk

    Water in area rivers and lakes may look tempting during warmer weather forecast for the weekend, but experts say rivers and lakes remain deadly cold. Air temperatures will soar into …


  • Utilities battle over renewable energy credits

    Methane gas that long has formed deep within the rotting garbage at Kootenai County’s Fighting Creek Landfill is going to a new use these days: It’s generating enough electricity to …


  • Mayor: Flag shows Spokane’s true colors

    In all its faded glory, Spokane’s flag hung Tuesday in its rightful place, third only to the American and Washington flags. What would normally be unremarkable background at a mayoral …


  • Avista seeking increase in rates

    Avista Corp. is seeking to charge its Washington customers more next year to offset the higher cost of delivering power and natural gas in Eastern Washington. It’s a trend that …


  • Lower gas rates in Idaho begin today

    Avista’s Idaho customers will pay less for natural gas after state regulators approved the utility’s request to lower rates beginning today. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved Avista’s request to …

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