Average cost of gas $2.56 a gallon

According to AAA of Northern California, the statewide average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.56.

Even thought the price in California has dropped a couple of cents in the last week, it is up 20 cents from AAA’s last survey on Jan. 10. The price is also 48 cents higher than one year ago.

The most expensive average gas price in Northern California communities where AAA monitors fuel costs is in Eureka, where regular unleaded sells for $2.80 per gallon. The lowest price among California cities is in Pleasanton and Tracy, where the costs average to $2.42 per gallon.

The statewide record price of $3.05 was set on Sept. 9, 2005.

The nationwide average price is $2.29 per gallon, down three cents from last month’s survey. The lowest price tracked by AAA was found in Columbia, Mo. at $2.03. The highest price per gallon was recorded in Wailuku, Hawaii, at $3.10.

Counties declared a disaster area

The U.S. Small Business Association has declared the California counties of Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer and Sierra a disaster area due to damage caused by severe storms and flooding that occurred between Dec. 30, 2005, and Jan. 4, 2006.

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by the storms and flooding.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is April 11. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Nov. 13.

For more information or to obtain loan applications, call (800) 659-2955.

Completed applications may be mailed to SBA, 14925 Kingsport Road, Ft. Worth, TX 76155.

Conflict resolution workshop set

Alternatives to Violence Project, a worldwide association of volunteer groups offering experiential workshops on conflict resolution and personal growth, will hold a workshop next weekand at the Superintendent of Schools Office in Nevada City.

The workshop will start Friday, Feb.17, in the evening and end at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.19. It will include exercises, games and role-plays. The participants will practice active listening, assertive communication, and will explore their experiences with the power to transform conflict and violence.

For more information about this workshop, call Joyce at 477-7455. For more information about AVP, check out

Hospital hosts cancer help group

The Sierra Nevada Cancer Center is sponsoring A Head and Neck Cancer Help Group from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of the month at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Outpatient Center Room 110.

For more information, call 274-6872.

– The Union staff

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