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Idaho AAA explains why gas prices are rising

Gas prices are up across the nation, AAA Idaho says, due to rising crude oil costs and a slower-than-expected increase in supplies. Idaho’s average price is $2.59, which is among the nation’s highest. The average price for a gallon in the United States is at $2.48, which includes a 7-cent bump in the past week.

However, gas is still cheaper in the Gem State than it was a year ago, when drivers were paying $3.45 a gallon, and the national average price was $3.67.

"Idaho is experiencing some of what one analyst termed 'a bipolar effect,' a reference to the fact that regional Utah refineries produce too much gas in winter, then can’t keep up with demand later in the year," said AAA Idaho spokesman Dave Carlson. Read more.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.