Soaring gas prices hit Wyoming residents in the pocket

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By Jennifer Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

As gas prices skyrocket in Wyoming, some residents are being hit harder than others, depending on where they live.

On Friday, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Wyoming was $4, up nearly 35 cents from a week ago.

The cheapest gas price in the state was $3.50 a gallon in Buffalo, followed by $3.56 a gallon in Lingle, according to GasBuddy.com, a company that tracks gas prices at national scale.

The lowest cost for a gallon of diesel in the state was in Gillette at $3.79 per gallon, followed by $3.99 per gallon in Cheyenne and Newcastle.

According to AAA, the highest gas prices in the state are Uinta County at 4.25 gallons, followed by Platte County at $4.23 and Lincoln County at $4.15.

Rising prices are starting to hit Wyoming residents in their wallets, especially when combined with other inflationary pressures.

At Gillette, the prices seemed to cause both sticker shock and some grumbling.

Mike Summers, a veteran, student, substitute teacher and single father of teenage twins, said the raises hit his wallet hard.

“It definitely sucks,” he said.

It used to cost him $30 to fill his tank if it was nearly empty and now it costs almost double that at just under $58.

“It doesn’t break my bank account, but it’s quite inconvenient,” he said. “And I see it growing more and more every day.”

The burden is greater for people living in smaller, more remote communities who are forced to drive to larger cities for work or necessary appointments.

Wright resident Crystal O’Bryan said rising fuel costs have already taken their toll on her family.

Wright is 40 miles from Gillette and 75 miles from Douglas. The O’Bryans have long commutes both to work and to medical appointments for their 12-year-old autistic son.

Rising gas prices are forcing the family to make tough choices, O’Bryan said.

Due to higher gas prices, her husband now carpools to the mine where he works to cut costs.

Meanwhile, son Scot attends occupational therapy at Gillette weekly and sees specialists at Douglas.

“It really hit us hard,” O’Bryan said. “Our medical costs have skyrocketed just because of the price of gasoline. I used to go to Casper every other month to go to Sam’s club, but I don’t know if the savings are worth it.

Stephanie Hutt of Story, between Buffalo and Sheridan, also has to travel long distances for her daughter’s medical care. She and her family are supporting the increased spending on petrol, but she worries about the impact that soaring fuel prices will have on the health of people who may not be able to afford to travel.

“I think for people who are struggling financially, it’s a huge impact,” she said. “People will stop traveling for appointments and follow-up appointments, which will put their health at risk due to high prices.”

Soaring gas prices hit gig workers

Delivery drivers like Randy Mortensen, a full-time Door Dash driver at Gillette, have had to reduce the number of days he works each week and refuse deliveries if they are too far apart.

While he usually only takes one or maybe two days off a week, this week he’s taking three days off because gas prices are getting too high to make deliveries profitable, he said. he declares.

He hopes the company will take steps to increase driver rates, but so far no adjustments for inflation or rising fuel prices have been made, he said. declared.

Typically, Mortensen earns between $150 and $200 a day while working between nine and 10 hours. For now, he is cutting his expenses and will try to make up for the extra money by maximizing deliveries on the days he works.

“It (petrol) keeps going up, and I decided it’s probably best to cut back a bit and not have to drive as much,” he said.

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