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Gas Prices - Is Ketchikan #1?
By Sandy Powers


December 16, 2008

I just read an interesting article on, called "Uh-oh: Gas prices on the rise". It states that the national average price for a gallon of gas rose to $1.663 from $1.66 the previous day. Uh-oh, indeed. The article went on to say, "Two states still have average regular unleaded gas prices of $2 and higher. The highest gas prices are in Alaska, at $2.689 a gallon. The remaining 48 states and the District of Columbia have regular unleaded gas prices below $2. The cheapest gas prices are in Missouri, at $1.477 a gallon."
Obviously, their figures regarding Alaska are inaccurate, whether that was a state average or a pump price comparison. Either way, there is absolutely no excuse for the price gouging here in Ketchikan with prices still at $3.49 a gallon, and in smaller, more remote communities it is doubtless even higher.

But my conclusion, based on reading this article, is that it's entirely possible that (with the exception of remote bush communities) Ketchikan, Alaska could well have the highest gas prices in the entire nation. We're No. 1! And that's an "honor" we could certainly do without.

Sandy Powers
Ketchikan, AK


Received December 14, 2008 - Published December 16, 2008



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