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Dubious honors: Truckee tops list of U.S. towns with expensive gas

Associated Press

Gasoline prices continue to skyrocket as the summer driving season nears, and Truckee was given the dubious honor of having the most expensive gas in the continental United States, AAA Nevada said today.

In the continental U.S., the California towns of Truckee and Yreka had the highest average price of $4.10, AAA said.

Motorists in Nevada pay 26 cents a gallon more than a month ago, as statewide average for a gallon of self-serve unleaded hit a record $3.72, 47 cents higher than May 2007.

With Memorial Day weekend still 10 days away, AAA said the traditional start of the summer driving season may kick off with more of a thud than a bang.

“These prices are exactly where the Energy Department forcasted they would be ” for June,” said Michael Geeser, spokesman for AAA Nevada.

“The fact that we are already paying more than anticipated along with the realization that we’re paying about 50 cents more for gas than we were a year ago at this time signals a new era for consumers statewide.”

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Nationally, the average price rose 40 cents since April to $3.73.

Geeser said oil prices, which shot to a new record Tuesday near $127 a barrel, are fueling rising costs at the pump.

The most expensive gas in Nevada was found in Elko, where the price jumped 51 cents to $3.89, AAA said.

Prices rose 22 cents in Reno to $3.80 and 23 cents in Carson City to $3.76.

In the Las Vegas area, the average price was $3.66, up 27 cents to 30 cents, depending on location, AAA said.

The latest monthly survey ranks Nevada tied with Georgia for the 22nd highest average price in the country.