Gas Prices a Bit Cheaper in NW for October

By Tom Bacon

It's a bit cheaper this week than last getting from here to there - a little, but not much. The new AAA auto club survey pegs the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Washington at $3.53, about $3.50 in Oregon and in Idaho, $3.60.

But there are some oddities in the survey. Spokane gasoline prices, for example, average $3.62 a gallon, above the state average of $3.53. Ordinarily, prices on the eastern side of the state are below those west of the Cascades, but this week, cheaper fuel can be found in, for example, Olympia where the average is $3.46 a gallon.

In Idaho, there's a north-south split, with prices in the panhandle averaging only about $3.40 a gallon, roughly 20 cents a gallon less than the state average. And eastern Idaho drivers hit a streak of good fortune - temporary at best - with a couple of local outbreaks of gas wars in Idaho Falls and Shoshone. Last week, for example, Idaho Falls drivers paid only about $3.15 a gallon, while just a few miles south in Pocatello, pump prices were $3.68.

Overall, the average cost of gasoline was down about a nickel a gallon in the past week, and 22 cents over the past month, but inland northwest drivers are still paying a few cents more per gallon than the national average.
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