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Valley drivers fearful of rising gas prices

Katie Crowther

Valley drivers fearful of rising gas prices

CREATED Oct. 9, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Gas prices are on the rise in Southern Nevada.

If you're feeling pain at the pump, just remember the good old days back in January of 2009, when the Energy Information Administration reports the average price for a gallon of gas in the mountain states was $1.64 per gallon.
Now, it's easily twice that in the Silver State where the average now stands at $3.92 per gallon.

It's even worse in California where gas is averaging $4.67 per gallon. The price of gas there has risen almost a dollar per gallon over the past week after a series of refinery mishaps pinched supplies.

"I commute between Los Angeles and Las Vegas for work every week," says Jonathan Machiaveli. "Last week in LA, I paid $5.05 per gallon. It's crazy there."

Drivers here in the Las Vegas Valley are hoping that kind of price increase doesn't cross state lines.

"I'm already working two jobs to make ends meet," says Amber Lopez. "I sometimes have to choose between getting gas or buying a meal. I'm always comparing prices at gas stations throughout town. Sometimes saving a penny, saves a lot."

"I have a big truck that costs about $150 to fill," adds Anthony Alba. "I've been trying to drive less and make my routes more efficient. I just hope they figure something out soon. It's getting ridiculous."

Gas prices hit a record high in Nevada back in the summer of 2008, when a gallon cost $4.27.