Officials: Gas price increase a spring ritual

Tonjia Rolan

Gas prices are creeping higher, a spring ritual according to officials. There is some talk of gas reaching $4 and even $5 per gallon this summer.

New Mexicans are paying 7 cents more per gallon this week than last — an average of $3.36 per gallon on Thursday — and 20 cents per gallon more than this time last year.

Rising gas prices are causing some local residents to cut back on fuel consumption and are already impacting some local businesses. Projections of rising pump prices have others anticipating a trickle down effect, while some seem determined to suck it up and carry on as usual.

AAA public affairs official Sarah Schimmer expects gas prices to continue to rise through the summer, as spring break and vacation travelers place greater demands on fuel supplies.