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Avista Names Steve Aubuchon New Operations Manager for Kellogg
Former manager Bob Beitz retired after 38-year Avista career

Sept. 12, 2014: Avista has named Steve Aubuchon as the new operations manager for Kellogg, Idaho. In his new role, Aubuchon will oversee all aspects of Avista’s electric and natural gas operations for the approximately 14,000 customers in the area that ranges from the 4th of July Pass to Mullan to St. Maries.
Aubuchon is a 21-year employee of Avista, having served as a lineman, local electric representative and as the operations supervisor and district manager in Davenport, Wash. During his seven years in Davenport, Aubuchon participated in a number of community organizations including the Chambers of Commerce for Davenport, Reardan, Harrington, Hunters; Lincoln County Economic Development Council; Lincoln County Utility Notification Council; and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for five years. He is also a veteran, serving 14 years in the U.S. Air Force where he received an associate’s degree from the Community College of the Air Force.
 
“I am excited for the opportunity to serve customers and the company as the Kellogg/St. Maries operations manager. My wife and I welcome the chance to become part of the Silver Valley community,” Aubuchon said.
 
Bob Beitz, former Kellogg and St. Maries operations manager, has retired after serving in the position for the last 10 years of his 38-year Avista career.
“Steve brings a demonstrated commitment to the community and to providing excellent service to our customers,” said Greg Gfeller, director of operations for Avista’s Idaho service area. “He will be a great leader for our operations in the Kellogg and St. Maries area.”
About Avista Utilities
Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 365,000 customers and natural gas to 325,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista Utilities is an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit www.avistautilities.com.
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