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100 years ago on the Palouse: 2 farmers electrocuted after power line falls onto telephone wire

A windstorm in the Palouse set in motion a series of events that resulted in tragedy for two farmers.

Then and Now: Velox Naval Supply Depot

The Velox Naval Supply Depot got its name from a famous racehorse in the 1890s, Harry Velox. Now the 530-acre property, near Sullivan Road and Trent Avenue, is a business …

Shawn Vestal: Avista, whatever that means, should rename itself something meaningful. How about Washington Water Power?

What if – upon the occasion of Scott Morris’ retirement as head honcho – Avista decided to return to the name that is a part of city skyline? The name …

UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019

Then and Now: The Monroe Street Dam

Washington Water Power’s first major power project, which began producing power in 1890, was located at the lower falls near Monroe Street. An 18-foot dam of rocks and timbers pooled …

100 years ago in Spokane: Washington Water Power says it will buy bankrupt downtown steam plant; chewing gum craze arrives

The Washington Water Power Co, announced that it was ready to purchase the property of the bankrupt Spokane Heat, Light and Power Co. – which we know today as the …

UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Compromise raises streetcar fare to 6 cents; Minnehaha movie studio in trouble

The newest development in an ongoing problems with Spokane streetcar system was the approval of a temporary fare increase.

100 years ago in Spokane: City commissioners turn down deal calling for streetcar fare increase

Spokane’s streetcar crisis entered a new phase when the city commissioners (city council) refused to approve a compromise deal calling for a one-cent fare increase to six cents.

100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor says increasing population would save streetcar system

Instead of raising fares, Spokane Mayor C.M. Fassett said that increased ridership might soon solve the financial woes of Spokane streetcar companies.

Rob Curley: How one defining moment in Avista CEO Scott Morris’ life helped him work through another – the proposed sale to Hydro One

Scott Morris is the CEO of Avista as it heads directly into one of the biggest and more important moments in the iconic Spokane company’s 128-year history: its pending $5.3 …

UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018

Analysts: Hydro One shakeup could threaten or delay Avista sale

Financial analysts say the political shakeup at Hydro One could threaten or delay Avista’s $5.3 billion sale to the Toronto-based utility.

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 …

Editorial: Before Avista pulls up its roots, regulators and customers will have a say

Remember the Washington Water Power Co.? It’s still here, but as Avista after a 1999 rebranding that confused and irked a community that had grown up side-by-side with its utility …

Then and Now: Upper Falls Power Plant

David Lynde Huntington, born in 1870, arrived in Spokane to take an engineering job with W.W.P. in 1894. Within two years, he was managing the day-to-day operations as well as …

100 years ago in Spokane: At picnic, electric company employees highlight safety logo in KKK costumes

From our archives, 100 years ago It took 44 special streetcars, packed to the gills, to transport all of the revelers to Washington Water Power’s annual picnic in Natatorium Park.

100 years ago in Spokane: Facing competition from the Uber of the day, streetcar companies announce merger

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s streetcar companies were in a slump, partly because of the steep rise in auto ownership, and partly because of competition from the jitneys, …

Mobius Science Center to begin renovations on donated Avista site

Mobius Science Center’s new home is a real estate agent’s dream: great location, right price. Officials of Avista Corp. and Mobius showed off the space Friday after signing an agreement …

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A party of 21 boys, age 12 to 16, returned to the Spokane YMCA after a four-day, 80-mile hike.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane police were on the lookout for one of their own, a patrolman accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A lone “yegg” – that is, safecracker – held off an armed posse during a dramatic confrontation at Long Lake.

Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane City Council was preparing an ordinance that would solve the jitney bus problem by requiring all operators to pay a city license …

Mobius Science Center to move temporarily to downtown library

Spokane’s science museum is planning for two big moves this year. The Mobius Science Center will depart its location across from River Park Square at the end of March and …

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A century before the era of Uber, Spokane was trying to deal with a new and unlicensed form of public transportation – the jitney …

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Two Washington Water Power meter installers got a hissing, slithering surprise in the basement of the old Club Cafe on Howard Street.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago John Benton, 9, was arrested for “nearly throwing several Washington Water Power interurban trains down the cliffs at Garden Springs.”

Spokane’s Great Fire of 1889: How a catastrophe sparked a golden age

What was the most crucial year in Spokane’s history? Was it 1881, the year the city was incorporated?

ATV club promotes fun, taking care of trails

The mountains of North Idaho and Eastern Washington provide one of the greatest playgrounds in the world for outdoor enthusiasts who seek to ski, hike or ride their way into …

Landmarks: Nine Mile Falls Dam at core of enclave

The 16 miles from downtown Spokane to the Nine Mile Falls Dam on the Spokane River was once considered such a long journey that a little village was created on …

Mayor: Flag shows Spokane’s true colors

In all its faded glory, Spokane’s flag hung Tuesday in its rightful place, third only to the American and Washington flags. What would normally be unremarkable background at a mayoral …

At 64, Jon Eliassen still feeds and breeds success

People who know him say Jon Eliassen is the busiest retired person they know. After working for Washington Water Power, and then Avista Utilities, for 33 years, Eliassen retired in …

Lights out around the world honor Earth Hour

For an hour Saturday, millions of people and thousands of businesses around the world shut off their lights in recognition of Earth Hour. Landmarks around the world went dark for …