Patrick Hagen and Henry Bailey photo

(L-R) Patrick Hagen, Avista, and Henry Bailey, Kamiah Joint School District 304, stand next to the 2011 Chevrolet utility truck donated by Avista to the district.

KAMIAH — Thanks to a generous donation from Avista Corporation, Henry Bailey, Kamiah Joint School District 304 maintenance director, has a new set of wheels for hauling supplies and materials for school district work.

Mike Tatko, Avista’s regional business manager for the Lewis-Clark region said, “At Avista, once a vehicle reaches a certain age or mileage, we replace that vehicle. Then, if we are able, we donate the used vehicles to schools, nonprofits, or municipalities.”

Bailey received a 2011 Chevrolet 3500 HD utility truck with 162,710 miles on it, presented to him by Patrick Hagen, Avista district manager in Grangeville. The truck will replace a 1999 Ford pickup with 210,000 miles on it, that Bailey said that Avista donated to the school district about 10 years ago. Bailey will hand off the Ford to the school district’s bus mechanic.

Avista has donated vehicles in recent years within the company’s Lewis-Clark region to the following: the City of Cottonwood, Boys and Girls Club of the Lewis-Clark Valley, Elk City Fire Department, City of Pierce, Winchester Rural Fire Department, City of Ferdinand, City of Stites, City of Winchester, Prairie High School and the National Guard Youth Challenge Academy in Pierce, according to Tatko. “There is no set time frame for how often we donate a vehicle,” Tatko said. “It depends upon what vehicles are coming to the end of their Avista life. Once we determine a vehicle will go to donation, we go through it thoroughly to ensure it is in excellent running condition.”

If any organization would like to be considered for a future vehicle donation in the Lewis-Clark Region (Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis, Nez Perce and Asotin counties), contact Tatko at 208-798-1425.