Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
State regulators on Dec. 26 conditionally approved a multi-party settlement agreement that will allow Avista to raise electric and natural gas rates for the next two years for its Washington customers.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) accepted a settlement that allows Avista to implement a rate increase for electric and natural gas customers over the next two years. New rates went into effecton Jan. 1.
Updated Dec. 22 â€” One driver needed to be extricated following a two-car accident around 4 p.m. Friday at the intersection of H Street and U.S. Highway 395.
The female driver of a Honda sedan needed to be extricated. A child in the back seat was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Washington State Patrol investigators said the driver of the Honda tried to enter the highway when she was struck by a northbound Ford Explorer.
The driver of the Ford Explorer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Area residents making the Wednesday afternoon commute had to navigate extremely slick roadways and then spent the next day digging out from a winter first storm that left 8-plus inches in its wake.
Spokane County law enforcement agencies reported almost 250 traffic accidents on Wednesday, most of them slide-offs.
City of Deer Park snowplow crews spent most of Thursday cleaning city streets.
Mary Walker School District officials closed school on Thursday. Deer Park and Riverside School districts had begun their two-week holiday schedule earlier in the week.
Spokane County Major Crimes detectives arrested a pair of men in connection with a stabbing outside a Chattaroy restaurant on Wednesday morning.
Dwayne Hackley, 42, and Brian Reinhart, 25, were arrested later in the day and charged with first-degree assault.
Area school district officials offered sympathy to the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newton, Conn., but tried to assure parents that there are steps in place students safe.
â€śIt is with great sadness that we hear of the news of the tragic shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were victims of this senseless violence, â€ť in a statement released by Deer Park School District Superintendent Becky Berg.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputies continue to investigate the details of a large-scale marijuana growing operation that was discovered in Elk on Dec. 11.
Investigators discovered the operation after two Inland Power and Light Co. transformers blew up because of the growing operationâ€™s high power use. A subsequent search of a nearby building on the Newport Highway uncovered nearly 100 marijuana plants, 40 grow lights and 40 electrical ballasts.