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  • Accident causes power, Internet outages

    Avista customers lost electrical power and a number of businesses lost Internet service Tuesday morning after a car smashed a utility pole in Otis Orchards.


  • Thaw runoff forces utility to level flows

    The huge runoff from recent thaw prompted Avista Utilities to open all of its spill gates at Post Falls Dam on Wednesday The utility also canceled a planned drawdown of …


  • Runoff prompts Avista to open Post Falls gates

    The huge runoff from recent thaw has prompted Avista Utilities to open all of its spill gates at Post Falls Dam, the utility said today.


  • Avista storage site looted

    Someone stole more than $5,000 worth of tools and copper wire from an Avista Utilities storage site in Spokane Valley early Wednesday.


  • Accord reached in Odessa explosion

    Avista Corp. filed a settlement agreement Friday with Washington state regulators that would, if approved, resolve all issues stemming from a December 2008 natural gas explosion and fire that injured …


  • Avista agrees to fine in Odessa explosion

    Avista filed a settlement agreement Friday with Washington state regulators that would, if approved, resolve all issues stemming from a December 2008 natural gas explosion and fire that damaged a …


  • Avista to lower Long Lake reservoir

    Boaters should be alert to changing water levels.


  • SNAP expecting federal aid for energy assistance

    With thousands of Spokane County families needing help with their heating bills this winter, federal assistance is expected, but it’s up to the new Congress to decide how much. “We …


  • Storm continues to play with power lines

    The Washington State Patrol has reopened all routes in the vicinity of Interstate 90 and Harvard road, with the exception of the westbound freeway onramp. A pickup-semi crash caused the …


  • Geothermal systems help tame energy bill

    In part, John Adrain bought his house in northwest Spokane for the great views of forests and peaks. But those views came at a premium. In the winter, the windows …


  • Avista fined over energy assistance

    State regulators fined Avista Corp. more than $60,000 for improper handling of customer accounts. Most of the violations were related to errors in how energy-assistance dollars were credited to low-income …


  • Avista fined for handling energy assistance money

    State regulators fined Avista Corp. more than $60,000 for improperly handling customer accounts, including disconnecting customers for nonpayment of their bills.


  • Avista Idaho rates subject of workshop

    Staff from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission will hold a Dec. 20 workshop on unresolved issues from the last Avista Utilities rate case.


  • Avista honors nurse for actions

    When nurse Lisa Dunham was working at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s emergency room on Thanksgiving evening, a family brought in two children to be checked out. They spoke English as …


  • Business, civic leader Wendell Satre, 92, dies

    Wendell Satre, who rose from transmission clerk to become president of the Washington Water Power Co., now Avista, died Friday at the age of 92. A Post Falls native, Satre …


  • Avista rate hikes approved with warning

    Washington regulators granted part of Avista’s request for higher rates Friday, but also said the electric and natural gas utility must conduct annual expense audits to make sure that ratepayers …


  • Regulators approve Avista hike, order audit

    Starting Dec. 1, Avista’s residential customers will see a monthly increase of about $7.80 in their combined electric and natural gas bills.


  • Former WWP head Satre dies at 92

    Wendell Satre, who rose from a transmission clerk to become president of Washington Water Power, now Avista, died Friday at the age of 92. A Post Falls native, Satre played …


  • Wind brings hint of what’s ahead

    A powerful burst of wind, possibly in excess of 80 mph, knocked down a string of Avista transmission poles near Potlatch, Idaho, at the height of Tuesday morning’s storm that …


  • Q’emiln Park launch closing

    The Q’emiln Park boat launch ramp on the Spokane River in Post Falls will close for the season on Monday.


  • 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.


  • 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 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 …


  • 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 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 …

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