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Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Avista Reach Deal

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has announced a
deal with Avista Corp. that will speed the relicensing of
hydroelectric dams on the Spokane River.

The tribe and the Spokane-based utility agreed to support the
issuance of a single 50-year license from the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission for the hydro projects.

Avista will pay more than $150 million over the life of the deal
to compensate the tribe and to protect the environment of Lake
Coeur d'Alene, the source of the river. The tribe owns the lower
one-third of the scenic lake.
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