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North Coast residents react to local gas prices

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EUREKA- Average retail gasoline prices statewide have risen 7.5 cents per gallon in the past week.  Those figures are according to gasbuddy.com 

California gas prices on Sunday were recorded as more than 20 cents per gallon higher than one month ago.  However, the prices Sunday also were about 44 cents per gallon lower than last year at that time.  In Humboldt County, the average price per gallon of gas is currently $3.97 per gallon, almost 20 cents higher than the statewide average, which is $3.78 per gallon.  News Channel 3 was in Eureka today and talked with North Coast residents about what they think of current fuel costs.

"I drive every day from Fortuna to here every week.  I spend at least 100 dollars on gas. Comparatively speaking, ten years ago, it was probably 30 dollars," said Fortuna resident Jerome Thompson.

"It's something I'm used to at this point.  I mean it will go up and down.  I'm sure part of it is time of the year.  There's statistics and people are driving more here and there and I just take it with a grain of salt," said Timothy Luedtke, who lives in Arcata.

"It's too expensive, but you're kind of forced.  If you have a car, you have to have gas I guess, if you want to drive it anyway," said Stacey Kejmar, who lives in McKinleyville.