Gas prices soar to record highs |

Gas prices soar to record highs

Unleaded gasoline prices in western Nevada County continue to set new record highs, and they’re increasing at a faster pace than throughout the rest of the state. But the area’s average price is still slightly lower than the state’s.

The price of regular unleaded at seven stations in the Grass Valley area, surveyed monthly by The Union, averaged $2.59 a gallon Tuesday. That’s an increase of 34 cents, or 15 percent, since March 15.

Prices at the stations surveyed ranged from $2.55 at the Unocal station on Nevada City Highway to $2.64 at the Shell and Chevron outlets on East Main Street.

Statewide, gasoline averaged $2.63 a gallon Tuesday, up 32 cents since March 15, according to AAA of Northern California.

“Prices in many communities have increased by 70 cents a gallon or more since the beginning of the year,” said Sean Comey, a spokesman for AAA. “The rate of increase has jumped recently from a penny or so a day to a nickel or more in some cases.”

Less than 25 miles from Grass Valley, Marysville had the lowest average price in California at $2.49 a gallon. The highest price in the state is in Eureka, where it averages $2.82, according to AAA.

“The outlook appears bleak for the consumer,” Comey said. “We’re looking at record prices heading into the time of year when fuel consumption typically increases, which may trigger more price hikes.”

Gas prices

Local stations 3/15 through 4/12

Arco $2.22 $2.56

Chevron $2.28 $2.64

Exxon $2.22 $2.58

Flyers $2.22 $2.58

Robinson $2.26 $2.58

Shell $2.30 $2.64

Unocal $2.22 $2.55

Source: The Union monthly survey

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