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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Man arrested on DUI charge after truck hits power pole on Division Street, knocking out power

The driver of the truck, 43-year-old Robert A. Pashon, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Semitruck hits sagging power line in Spokane Valley, knocks out electricity

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and a crew from Avista Utilities responded after the incident occurred on Montgomery Drive near University Road. No injuries were reported.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Hillyard crash knocks over power pole, closes Crestline for hours

After running a red light in Hillyard Tuesday, a truck hit another vehicle and then ran into a nearby power pole causing a portion of Crestline to be closed into …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

High winds take out trees, down power lines, close roads in Spokane and North Idaho

High winds and gusts stronger than 45 mph took out trees, downed power lines and closed roads in Spokane and North Idaho on Saturday.


Bella the therapy dog makes Avista proud

Avista Utilities recently hired a new customer engagement specialist, and she’s already hugely popular. Employees call out to her as she walks down the hall. She’s got an employee ID …


Avista offering $270K in seasonal support to needy

Avista is supporting regional food banks and community services agencies who serve the needy with more than $270,000 this holiday season, bringing the utility and its foundation’s annual charitable giving …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

NorthWestern Energy seeks to buy more of Colstrip coal plant in Montana

NorthWestern Energy said Tuesday it will seek regulatory permission to acquire part of Puget Sound Energy’s share of the Colstrip Power Plant for $1 as some utilities look to unload …


Copper the bunny joins family home in Sandpoint, gets warm welcome from Tucker the pit bull

Robby Meyer said he was surprised when the family dog took a liking to Copper. The chestnut-colored bunny was a birthday gift for Meyer’s 5-year-old daughter.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Crews respond to early outages in north Spokane, North Idaho as high winds increase

Spokane area and North Idaho utility crews were responding to dozens of small outages and a few larger ones early Wednesday morning after high winds hit the region.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Partial settlement reached in Avista request for rate increases

Avista Corp. has reached a partial settlement in its request to increase electric and natural gas rates, an agreement that would help fund costs associated with the eventual closure of …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Avista says customers have been targeted by utility scams

Avista Corp. customers throughout its Washington service area are being targeted by scammers, according to the Spokane-based utility.


Avista would not use California blackout strategy to prevent wildfires

Avista is watching the California wildfires in hopes of gaining insight on how to prevent or contain such problems in the Northwest.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Average Avista customer to see nearly 15% gas rate increase after Washington state regulators’ action

Avista’s natural gas customers will see a nearly 15% rate increase, on average, following a rate adjustment approval by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Council approves development of Upriver Drive into a new Spokane public park

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a proposal from Avista Corp. to close a nearly half-mile stretch of Upriver Drive and replace it with a public park.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

Volunteers plant 3,000 plants in downtown Spokane, 250 pines along Centennial Trail

Around 400 volunteers planted about 3,000 small plants and 250 trees at two sites as a part of the Lands Council and Avista’s eighth annual Reforest Spokane Day.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Power restored to approximately 3,000 homes in Hillyard area

Avista said the outage started shortly after 12:30 p.m.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019

Wintry weather knocks out power for 2,000 homes, drops record snow Saturday night

The National Weather Service recorded 1.9 inches of snow at the Spokane International Airport on Saturday, setting new daily and monthly records. It was the first measurable September snowfall in …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

Washington attorney general, regulators demand Avista refund customers more than $41 million

In written testimony filed Friday with the state Utilities and Transportation Commission, Ferguson argued that Avista should refund customers for overcharges between January 2016 and April 2018, and urged the …


Avista’s installation of new meters continues in Spokane

Avista Corp. is continuing to install smart meters across its service area, with residents on Spokane’s South Hill the latest recipients of the advanced metering technology.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

Annual rate adjustment would raise natural gas rates 5% for Avista customers in Idaho

Avista Corp. has requested an annual rate adjustment in Idaho, which if approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, would increase natural gas revenues by $3.3 million.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Annual adjustment would raise gas, electric rates for Avista’s Washington customers

The Spokane-based utility has filed requests with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for rate adjustments based on lower levels of customer usage in 2018 related to a warmer than …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Crowd pushes back against Avista proposal for new park and road closure

Avista’s plan to permanently close a section of Upriver Drive to build a park met with stiff headwinds Wednesday evening, as most speakers at a meeting of more than 100 …


Editorial: Avista gives Spokane an exciting vision for Upriver Park

Avista Corp. has


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Avista restores power Tuesday for thousands who lost it in Coeur d’Alene, Spokane Valley

Avista restored power Tuesday to thousands of customers in Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene who experienced outages Monday and Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

12,000 left without power in Coeur d’Alene

Power outages spread across Coeur d’Alene Monday night leaving approximately 12,000 without power.


Avista second-quarter earnings remain consistent

Avista Corp. held steady in its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday, with income of $25.3 million, or 38 cents per share.


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Avista requests Idaho rate adjustments that would lead to slight decrease in electric bills

If both rate adjustments are approved, the average residential electric customers in Idaho will see their monthly bills decrease from $82.57 to $82.12 – or about 45 cents a month


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Fire, power crews struggle to catch up to aftermath of Tuesday night storms

The day after a major lightning storm moved through Eastern Washington and North Idaho, igniting more than 20 fires erupted in Spokane County and contributing to some 500 power outages …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019

More than 5,300 South Hill homes without electricity Tuesday evening

Power outages on the South Hill left more than 5,300 homes without electricity Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019

Avista seeks regulator approval for Idaho rate increases

Avista Corp. has finalized its request to Idaho regulators seeking an increase in rates for its residential electric and natural gas customers.