Residents shocked by gas prices

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The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline reached an all-time high of $1.75 on Saturday, and Northwest Colorado drivers are feeling the pain.

"It's outrageous," said Ben Norris, a Moffat County High School junior. "I'm going to start riding my bike everywhere."

Norris paid $1.90 per gallon for mid-grade gasoline Saturday at the Sinclair Short Stop. He is concerned he won't be able to continue to drive after losing his part-time job at Kmart.

A survey of prices for regular unleaded in Craig showed a low of $1.83, a high of $1.90 and an average of $1.878. That compared with a statewide average of $1.757 per gallon for regular unleaded, according to AAA.

Prices in other Colorado communities included $1.74 in Denver, $1.746 in Grand Junction, $1.859 in Glenwood Springs, $1.762 in Durango and a statewide high of $2.067 in Vail.

Prices for regular unleaded top $2 per gallon in three states -- California, Hawaii and Nevada. Oklahoma and South Carolina have the cheapest gasoline in the nation with averages of $1.61 per gallon.

Kortney Gelvin said gas prices are incredible while filling the tank of her SUV during a sudden snow squall Saturday afternoon at the Loaf N' Jug.

The convenience store was charging $1.909 a gallon for regular unleaded.

Two-dollar gas isn't far off for many Craig residents.

Already, most Craig stations are selling premium gas for $2.05 a gallon or more.

The Maybell Store, which usually charges one or two cents more than gas stations in Craig, is charging $1.94 a gallon for regular unleaded and $2.04 for premium.

Gas prices have been rising steadily. At the beginning of February, gas in Colorado cost only $1.53 per gallon. The change marks a 14.3-percent increase in less than two months.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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