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Avista promoting natural gas

Beulah Townsend keeps her apartment at a comfortable 71 degrees, and still pays less than $34 per month for utilities. “I like the double-pane windows,” said Townsend, a retired travel agent.

Milfoil may be fuel source

Ask boaters, dock owners, swimmers or scientists and you’re likely to get the same answer: Eurasian milfoil is a good-for-nothing pest. Since the mid-1970s, the feathery water plant has spread in the Inland Northwest’s rivers and lakes, and hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent battling it each year.

Avista subsidiary buys Ohio business

Advantage IQ, a subsidiary of Avista Corp. that manages energy use and other utilities for corporate clients, has bought a competitor in Cincinnati. Shareholders of privately held Cadence Network will receive a 25 percent minority stake in Advantage IQ. Together, the combined firms will have annual sales of about $62 million, serving more than 500 customers at hundreds of thousands of sites across the U.S. and Canada, officials said.

Busch to stop making alcoholic energy drinks

Anheuser-Busch will stop making "alcohol energy" drinks that combine alcohol with high amounts of stimulants such as caffeine as part of a multistate settlement, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and attorneys general of 10 other states announced Thursday. The attorneys general said the products, including "Tilt" and "Bud Extra," were marketed to young people with slogans such as, "You can sleep when you're 30."

Idaho bill redefines land use definition

BOISE – Idaho has a "new natural resource" on its state endowment lands, lawmakers say: Wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other renewable energy resources that could be profitably harnessed to make money for schools. The state Senate voted unanimously Monday for final passage of HB 500, to revise rules for commercial leases of state endowment lands to include renewable energy projects. The bill earlier passed the House and now heads to Gov. Butch Otter for his signature.

Waiting for winter

La Niña developing off the coast of Chile could bring moisture to a parched Inland Northwest this winter, more snow to area ski resorts – and higher energy bills to homeowners. Over the past 30 to 50 years, La Niña – sustained periods of cold ocean temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific – typically has meant cooler and wetter weather for the Northwest.