Fueling a price war | SierraSun.com

Fueling a price war

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Rob Wolter, manager of Donner Park 76 service station, changes the prices of gasoline sold at his pumps on Wednesday. Wolter said he has been trying to keep 76’s prices 5 cents lower than Gold Ranch at the state line for the past six weeks or so.

Gas prices in California have been creeping up lately to an average of $2.06 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline according to AAA of Northern California.

In Sacramento, the closest California market to Truckee that keeps daily records, the average on Thursday was $1.93 per gallon, and in Reno the price was $2.06.

Current prices are well below the state’s record high price of $2.45 per gallon set on Oct. 21, 2004, but Sean Comey, a spokesman for AAA of Northern California, said that prices have been going up approximately three to four cents per week since mid January.

Comey predicted that prices will continue to rise through the busy Presidents’ Day weekend and into the summer.

“It’s certainly possible we could see new record high prices this summer,” he said, adding that long-range predictions are almost impossible to make.

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