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Cda power outages

COEUR d'ALENE - More than 2,000 people in the downtown Coeur d'Alene area experienced power outages for a bit more than an hour Saturday afternoon when windy conditions caused trees to blow into power lines.

Avista Utilities spokesperson Laurine Jue said an interrupted “feeder,” a major electrical distribution line, was the source of the high volume of outages.

“An entire feeder was affected,” she said. “When a feeder goes out, it certainly affects a significant number of customers.”

Climatologist Cliff Harris recorded a wind gust of 47 mph at 10:38 a.m. Saturday.Read more. Devin Heilman, Cda Press

Anyone affected by Saturdays power outages?

Crooks Turned Out Lights To 6000

Item: Theft causes power outage: Avista blames stolen copper, equipment failure/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Roughly 6,000 were without power Monday morning across Kootenai County and part of Spokane, when theft at an Avista Utilities substation led to two stations being off line. Avista crews discovered early Monday that copper wiring had been clipped from equipment in a dozen places at the substation at Prairie Avenue and Huetter Road, which resulted in power operating at lower levels. The utility decided to take the station off line and transfer customers to the Appleway substation, where other pieces of equipment failed in the process.

Question: Dan Kolbet of Avista described this theft as an act of brazen stupidity because it endangered the lives of the crooks, as well as Avista customers. Do you agree/disagree?

Traffic lights out south of I-90 on Argonne, Mullan

There's been a lot of chatter on the scanner in the last few minutes about traffic lights being out on Argonne and Mullan south of I-90. It looks lke the lights at the Argonne freeway on and off ramps are also out. I can't tell if there's a backup on the freeway or not because the DOT cameras are also out. Everyone be careful out there.

1:22 p.m. update: The DOT traffic cameras are back up, but I'm not sure about the stop lights. It doesn't look like traffic is backed up on the freeway, though.

Power outage in University City area

A car just hit and knocked over a power pole at Broadway and University, which has turned off the lights in an large area around University City. Traffic lights are out as well, so use caution. Remember that all intersections become four way stops.

10:47 a.m. update: The lights are back on.

Otis Orchards feeling the pain

A car hit a utility pole in Otis Orchards at 4:30 a.m. today and wiped out power and internet for hundreds of residents. Avista was able to restore power within about 90 minutes, but the internet problems are taking a bit longer to fix. Read more details in a story by reporter Tom Sowa.

Too hectic to be this old, but still struggling…

Good morning, Netizens…


I cannot help but plead the fifth, for this is the second time in as many months that I have had to work exorbitant hours repairing damages caused by power outages for which there is no reason that I/we can decipher. Yesterday’s power outage, which encompassed a substantial area, given the good weather we have been enjoying and lack of damaging winds, came as a complete surprise throughout much of the downtown area. It also overwhelmed several Internet Service Providers and thus, several servers that normally broadcast to the world are down this morning.


Even worse than that, our dear Jeanie is home sick with the flu. The flu, by itself, even in the face of the various perversions of the flu making the rounds, normally would be a non-event. However, with her kidneys in the final stage of failure, Jeanie has no defense mechanisms left in her body to combat such things and thus she is quite ill.


So, despite being well-known for being exceptionally verbose, this morning I have little choice but to throw my fates to the Deities and hope I can get some time later on today to write more about the news of the day.


If you have any prayers handy in your most secret places, please say a few for dear Jeanie. Things may get better, but then they might get much worse.


Dave