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Rising gas prices greet motorists

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

With gas prices reaching more than $2.85 for premium octane, Glenwood Springs felt the burn of Fridays record high crude oil prices.Rising crude oil costs, reaching $66 per barrel Friday, influenced prices that ranged from $2.59 for regular unleaded to nearly $2.90 for premium gas in Glenwood. Prices reached nearly $3 a gallon in Aspen. Roy Wells, who was returning to Las Vegas from Sturgis, S.D., in his silver Dodge Ram pulling a large camper, said the rising gas prices proved costly. He said Colorado and Glenwood Springs seemed higher than other spots.Its been an expensive trip. Round-trip will be about 3,000 miles, Wells said. Every stop we put in about $65 and get about 300 miles per fill-up.Valarie Argueta, manager of the Bradley Petroleum station on Grand Avenue, said prices jumped nearly 20 cents at her station since Thursday. We went from $2.37 to $2.43 per gallon yesterday, and today were up to $2.53, she said.With the stations pumps automatically stopping at $50 purchases, Argueta said she would probably adjust prices to accommodate cars and trucks that were taking more than that to fill up their tanks.Weve had one-third more customers because weve been the lowest of them all, Argueta said. I was actually surprised when I did price checks because we were so much lower. I knew we would have to raise the price. We want to be below everybody else.Near Interstate 70 at exit 116, the Conoco Kum & Go listed $2.66 for unleaded, $2.76 for super unleaded and $2.80 premium a gallon for gas Friday.A few people have complained about gas being high, especially compared to Denver, said Conoco Kum & Go cashier Heather Stindle.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

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