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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Avista customers bills in Idaho will fall by 1%

The region’s 133,000 customers of the public utility will see their monthly energy bills drop 1% this winter, according to a news release from the public utility commission.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Avista announces settlement in Idaho rate case

Avista Utilities has reached a settlement with stakeholders in a rate case that could reduce electric service rates for Idaho customers.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Avista says power restored to 97% of customers affected by snowstorm

City crews and South Hill residents continued clearing fallen trees and tree limbs from yards, streets, sidewalks and parks on Friday.

UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019

Body pulled from Spokane River on Tuesday is young woman reported missing earlier this week

A young woman whose body was pulled from the Spokane River downtown early Tuesday morning was reported missing earlier this week by friends and family.

UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Body pulled from Spokane River downtown Tuesday morning

Avista Utilities workers pulled a body from the Spokane River early Tuesday morning.

UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

Man walks away unharmed after energized electrical wire falls on his hood near busy South Hill intersection

A man was briefly trapped in his car Friday morning on the South Hill as a charged electrical wire sat on his hood.

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019

Boom truck snags overhead power lines in northeast Spokane, causing hundreds of power outages

A boom truck became tangled in power lines on East Broadway Avenue Thursday afternoon, leading to hundreds of power outages in northeast Spokane.

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

Avista cautions customers of ongoing phone scams

Avista Utilities is cautioning customers to be aware of telephone calls from scammers demanding payments or requesting confidential information.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019

Classes expected to resume Tuesday after campuswide power outage at Spokane Community College

Spokane Community College canceled classes Monday due to a campuswide power outage. A post on the school’s Facebook page said classes would resume on Tuesday.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018

Lincoln County marijuana growers sues Avista alleging breach of contract

The lawsuit, filed last month in Spokane County Superior Court, alleges Avista provided inadequate equipment to power a planned expansion of Buddy Boy Farms, a large-scale cannabis operation based south …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018

Washington regulators shut down $5.3 billion Avista sale to Ontario’s Hydro One

Washington regulators denied Hydro One Ltd.’s proposed purchase of Avista Corp., finding the merger does not serve the public interest.

UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018

Downed power line leads to brief bouts of chaos in downtown Spokane

A downed power line in downtown Spokane Tuesday afternoon led to brief bouts of chaos as cars navigated street-light-less roads and hospitals operated on backup generators.

UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Upriver Beacon fire largely contained; three structures lost

Firefighters said Thursday morning that the Upriver Beacon fire has been largely contained.

UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Evacuated residents return to homes as crews mop up fire on Beacon Hill

People returned to their homes in the Beacon Hill area Wednesday morning after a fast-moving wildfire burned more than 115 acres and forced evacuations.

UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018

About 2,000 lose electricity in central Spokane

About 2,000 customers – including Shriners Hospitals for Children – were without power for several hours Monday after an Avista Utilities power line went down near Fifth Avenue and Walnut …

UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018

More than 1,500 Spokane Valley Avista customers experienced power outage Monday morning

About 1,600 Avista Utilities customers in Spokane Valley were without power for about an hour Monday morning.

Then and Now: Washington Water Power building

In the bustling post-war era, Spokane produced a cadre of elite young architects who challenged and pushed each other with every project. That competition produced many notable features in the …

UPDATED: Sun., June 10, 2018

Thousands lose power in Stevens and Spokane counties Sunday

Thousands were without power in northern Spokane County and the southern tip of Stevens County as the region experienced rolling thunderstorms and heavy wind.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018

Broadway Avenue near Pines Road in Spokane Valley closed due to natural gas leak

Broadway Avenue near Pines Road in Spokane Valley was closed for several hours while crews with Avista Utilities worked to repair a leaking natural gas line. Melanie Rose, spokeswoman for …

Avista crews head south to help with Irma damage

Avista Utilities sends people and equipment to Georgia to help with repairs in the wake of Tropical Storm Irma.

UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

Hundreds in the Inland Northwest without power after Monday evening thunderstorm

Hundreds of people in the Inland Northwest remain without power after a thunderstorm whipped through the area Monday evening with high winds and heavy rain.

UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017

More than 100 Avista customers in Spokane Valley lose power after pickup knocks over power pole

About 115 Avista Utilities customers are without power after a truck hit a power pole in Spokane Valley this morning. A man driving a Dodge Durango crashed into a power …

UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Contractor mum on who approved illegal road bulldozed into South Hill bluff

The contractor who illegally bulldozed a road through the middle of forested park land on High Drive Bluff told Spokane city officials he was working for Avista Utilities but instead …

UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017

Grain elevator collapses near Edwall, knocking out power to rural area west of Spokane

A grain elevator collapsed late Wednesday morning in Edwall causing a brief power surge and warping a section of BNSF Railway track.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

Avista loses bid to have 2016 rate hikes reconsidered by state regulators

Avista has lost another round in its latest attempt to raise electric and natural gas rates. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, which previously rejected the utility’s proposed increases, on …

Getting There: Avista opens electric car charging station in Rosalia

Avista Utilities has opened a new fast charging station in Rosalia.

Avista’s Idaho customers will get a slight break on their electric bills

Avista Utilities’ Idaho customers are getting a slight break on their electric bills over the next 12 months.

Avista taking measures to prevent wildfires during electric outages

Avista Utilities is taking measures to prevent wildfires when the utility restores electricity after outages in rural areas, which could mean longer waits for customers.

Avista should ask for smaller rate increases in 2017, commission staff says


Power restored in Spokane Valley

Avista Utilities reports that nearly 6,000 customers in south Spokane Valley are without power Thursday afternoon.