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Avista names Jim Kane operations manager for Sandpoint

June 15, 2012: Avista Utilities has named Jim Kane operations manager in Sandpoint, Idaho. In this position Kane will oversee all aspects of operations for Avista’s 14,000 electric and 8,800 natural gas customers in the area, while also overseeing Avista’s local community involvement.

Kane knows North Idaho well, having been born and raised in Coeur d’Alene. In his 22 years with Avista, Kane has worked at nearly every level in operations including journeyman lineman, apprentice instructor, general foreman and for the past 18 months as the temporary operations manager in Sandpoint.

“Jim has been a great addition to our Sandpoint office for the last year and a half,” said Al Fisher, Avista’s director of operations. “He has a strong focus on the needs of our customers and is well-respected by our employees for his safety-first attitude and professionalism.”

“I’m honored and very appreciative of this opportunity in Sandpoint,” Kane said. “This is a beautiful area with wonderful people. I’m looking forward to serving our customers in Bonner and Boundary counties.”

Kane, who was educated at North Idaho College, has been married to his wife Tammy for 30 years. They have two grown children. 

About Avista Utilities
Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 360,000 customers and natural gas to 321,000 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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