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Gas Prices Drop Across Silver State

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In case you haven't noticed, there is some good news at gas pumps across the Silver State.

According to, average prices have fallen nearly 10 cents per gallon in the last week. That drops the average to $3.61, making things a little easier for drivers now that the summer travel season is in full swing.

"Oh, it's a lot easier. It makes a big difference," says Marilyn Oostema, visiting Reno with her family. "You just cringe every time you look up there and it's $3.99, you say 'forget it.' Can't go anywhere."

If gas were still $3.99 a gallon, Oostema and her California family say they wouldn't have taken this vacation to Reno.

"Stay home, stay around town, go to the parks," she says. "Swim in the backyard. It helps when it starts coming down."

And when those prices start coming down like they are now, it takes the pressure off everyone.

"I'm delighted actually," says Lynn Herron. "And I wonder why they don't do it, why we can't keep it this way."

Most of us can agree if prices stay this way for at least a while - things will be looking up. And with the Fourth of July just around the corner, many agree keeping prices under $4.00 per gallon is essential to actually afford to travel.

"Especially short trips, short hops like (Lake) Tahoe, or maybe up to Wine Country," says Bill Burg. "I think for staying close to home, I think it's going to help a lot."

Some vacations are already underway though. Andy Rowell drove his motorcycle from Idaho to the Bay Area.

"I wouldn't have been able to afford the trip to San Francisco except for the mileage, the gas," he says.

He's on his way back home, and thankfully prices have at least dropped a little.

"Just barely made it as it is. I got $30 to get to Idaho. So I'll make it."

As for the national average that dropped almost nine cents in the last week and is sitting 14 cents lower than one year ago.

Written by Adam Rasmussen 

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