Gas Prices: On the Rise

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

RENO, NV - The average price of regular unleaded is $3.76 a gallon in the Reno-Sparks areas. That's 15 cents higher than the national average. Many people are worried the prices are just going to keep climbing.

"The prices are going up!" says Rigo Fernandez, a Reno driver.

His observation is one a lot of people are making, but it's not stopping them from filling up.

"I don't know what it is!" says Fernandez. "The economy's bad right now. We need these prices to go down."

It looks like that won't be happening any time soon. Just ask the owner of the 7-11 near Victorian Square in Sparks.

"We've gone up about 20 cents," says Roy Brennan, recalling what the price spike has been like in the last two weeks.

"They're going up ridiculously and it seems like right now, we're just starting out. I think it's going to go even higher," he says.

Brennan hates to raise prices. He knows people are struggling and he hears customers voicing their concerns.

"Nobody wants to pay almost 4 dollars a gallon for gas. i think 2 dollars is the comfort level here," he says.

"When gas prices are going up, there seems to be a reason. I haven't really heard a reason," says Brody White, who was driving through Sparks with friends. They were coming from Provo, Utah and heading toward the Bay Area.

According to AAA, you can partially blame the unrest in Greece. It's making investors nervous. Also, the demand for gas is down, so refineries are cutting back on production - which drives up the price.

Whatever the reason, it's too much for some people in the area who have had to change their driving habits.

"I don't run around as much," says Samantha Munden, a Reno driver. "It's ridiculous."

And they're worried this recent climb is just the beginning.

According to AAA's, the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.52. That's up from $3.38 a month ago. The average price in Nevada is $3.53 a gallon, up from $3.43 a month ago.

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