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Story by Aubra Salt - The Oregon Herald
Published on Wednesday March 23, 2011 - 10:59 AM
 
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PORTLAND, Oregon - The good 'ol days of cheap gas has faded to an iconic image of days gone by. How long has it been since your tires were checked? And if they need air, you'll probably need some quarters because air cost these days.

It's not a consumer world. It's all about the corporation, about the glut of a few more pennies to the big oil boys. And while you the consumer may feel like complaining, you started accepting the change long ago. Remember the 1970's?

Today, gas prices are increasing every time the sun rises. The statewide average price of gasoline in Oregon increased by 3 cents a gallon, while the price nationally was down a penny.

AAA representative Marie Dodds says her organization expects gasoline prices nationally to rise to an average of $3.75 a gallon and with a few states increasing to $4 per gallon.

The Pacific Northwest and California usually have higher prices, she says for several reasons including the price of supplies in Alaska, Canada, and the higher cost of transportation.

Dodds says Oregon's average price is now $3.68, which is 13 cents above the national average.