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Helicopter Helping Avista Replace Power Poles in St. Joe River Valley
Work requires power outages June 15 thru 17 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


About 350 Avista customers in the St. Joe River Valley will experience power outages June 15 thru 17, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day as Avista crews work to replace nine power poles in remote locations, requiring the use of a helicopter.


The outages will affect customers on St. Joe River Road (NFD50) from Scott’s Logging at mile marker 14 to Avery, Idaho.


Over the past year, power poles in portions of the St. Maries area, including the St. Joe River Valley, have been inspected as part of Avista’s on-going Wood Pole Replacement program. Under the program, a percentage of Avista’s over 274,000 service-area poles are evaluated each year to help ensure reliability of the company’s electric system. In 2009, Avista spent over $8.2 million on the program.


According to Matt Swan, Avista’s local representative in St. Maries, pole repairs identified through the inspection having the least impact on St. Maries-area customers have been completed. The remaining work of replacing poles is now causing service interruptions.


 “We apologize for the inconvenience this series of outages could create and appreciate the patience for our customers. We encourage those with special considerations to make alternative arrangements during this time frame,” Swan said. “Our crews, with the assistance of a helicopter, will work as quickly and safely as possible to return everyone to service.”


A few additional planned outages are expected this summer as Avista crews perform maintenance on equipment to ensure continuing service reliability. Customers are encouraged to update their phone number online at www.avistautilities.com or by calling Avista at (800) 227-9187 to ensure they receive future planned outage notifications by phone.


Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 356,000 customers and natural gas to 316,000 customers. Our service territory 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’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.


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