No straight answers on gas

Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 8:21 AM
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  • Well put Kelly bottom line is what I said to you yesterday, IF YOU LIVE IN MOUNTAIN HOME IDAHO BUY YOUR GAS EAST OR WEST OF THE SMALL COMMUNITY AND SAVE AS MUCH AS FIFTY CENTS ON THE DOLLAR IN FUEL PRICES....Do not buy local fuel and watch the prices drop within a week or two. SUPPLY AND DEMAND PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who is running the show them or us??

    Stan Podesek

    -- Posted by spodesek on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at 8:37 AM
  • I hope the editor of the MH News is not on the check book. I could hardly get past the first line of the article. If you are going to be serious about this then be serious. Kelly let me help you out with the math here. Your car has a 20 gal. tank and gets 20 mpg. You have a 1/4 tank. At todays prices in town it will cost you 15x$2.35 or $35.30 to fill. Now drive to Boise.

    It will cost you 2 gal. of fuel purchased in town or $4.70 to get there. 17 gal. to fill @ $1.90 or $32.30. You use 2 gal. to get home and need to replace to fill $4.70. Total cost of filling in Boise. $41.70 in addition to 2+ hrs. of your time. I wish you put this much effort and research into the WECRD.

    -- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at 1:18 PM
  • People on Facebook who were commenting about gas prices were the ones who banded together and emailed or called our local Television Stations. They also wrote the legislatures and contacted our Mayor.

    Some still today are not happy even though the gas stations have lowered the gas prices.

    I haven't been out checking gas prices however these people on facebook are saying they all lowered their prices to the same price $2.19 gal.

    If you would like to join in on the discussion join Mountain Home Idaho "sharing the news" on facebook.

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at 2:29 PM
  • Just seen on Facebook Pilot has lowered their gas price to $1.99

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at 2:34 PM
  • Strange what negative publicity will do isn't it? BTW, your town wasn't the only place that had big price differences. I remember when Boise was 30 cents or more than Canyon County.

    -- Posted by the old progressive on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at 3:16 PM
  • So Kelly the private gas station businesses told you to mind your own business about their books. I like that comment about the WECRD, maybe a little unbiased investigation into WECRD PUBLIC books will sell a few newspapers.

    time to go fill up at Pilot before they change.

    -- Posted by gmoney on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at 3:17 PM
  • When I left town Sunday night at 10:30pm I filled up my car at Pilot, the cost was $2.35 per gallon. So I am quite confident that the voice of the people is being heard. Obviously the individual who went to such trouble to do the math and try to defend the added cost of a commute outside Mountain Home to show that it would not be cost effective should run for a government office. This is how you make your voice heard. Kelly wrote is piece based on the large volume of Americans who will no longer tollerate being taken advantage of. How ironic is it that Pilot just lowered there price per gallon of fuel $.36 per gallon within 72 hours??? srp

    -- Posted by spodesek on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at 4:39 PM
  • Oh yeah!!!!!!!!! a great response.Me I gased here to get to boise and filled up there when I needed to go.Didn't need a special trip.But we did what we needed to make them listen.POWER TO THE PEOPLE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by lamont on Wed, Jan 7, 2015, at 6:22 PM
  • My-2-cents, I hope you realize my comment about free market was meant to point out the fallacy of so called unfettered free market capitalism. The end result of this concept is what you folks in Mountain Home have suffered through as far as gas prices. Beware though, there are folks out there that will call your boycott a form of communism or socialism because you folks are revolting against being gouged by the private sector.

    -- Posted by the old progressive on Thu, Jan 8, 2015, at 6:28 AM
  • Pilot $1.95

    Jacksons on ABR $2.19

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Jan 8, 2015, at 3:46 PM
  • Sweet, I think I have been officially initiated into the world of the Mountain Home News blog by getting my post deleted from yesterday. I guess my thoughts on local station owners and their predatory practices on our youngster airman (and the rest of us) must have hit too close to home. P.s. No worries, I understood what your line of thought was on the free market comment. They can charge whatever they want, and if people don't want to pay they don't have to stop there. I just think it is unfortunate that owners choose to use unscrupulous pricing to put greed in front of ethics. Besides the fact that when they give us a financial incentive to coordinate gas buys in Boise, it trickles down to the rest of innocent businesses. As long as I am making it a point to get my gas in Boise, since I am already there I may as well also enjoy a nice meal at PF Changs, and a nice movie at the Village, and maybe even stop at Costco on my way home to load up on groceries. The more things I can enjoy over there in the same trip makes it even easier to justify being well worth the trip. all because it started with refusing to pay usury rates out of pure principles.

    -- Posted by My-2-cents on Thu, Jan 8, 2015, at 6:08 PM
  • Gas update for you.... Fred Meyer in Boise was running $1.78 a gallon today. Most of the stations here in town... $2.09. And as long as you are in Boise, and at Fred Meyer, be sure to check out their awesome sushi bar and beer selection (with a growler refill station). With the money I saved on gas today (2 cars worth), I basically got my $12 sushi for free. Nothing like enjoying a 15% discount on gas! A 15% cushion on gas prices in Mountain Home? That would be like gladly paying $150,000 even though you know the home is only worth $127,000.

    -- Posted by My-2-cents on Fri, Jan 9, 2015, at 6:41 PM
  • Now that the gas prices have dropped, our legislators will be kicking around raising gas taxes.

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Sat, Jan 10, 2015, at 2:48 PM
  • Of course Ms.Marylin but if gas prices continue to go down it will be worth it. unless you can figure out another way to raise money to rebuild infrastructure that doesn't include a gas tax or any tax for that matter. How about a toll booth to collect money from those entering and exiting Idaho?? Somebody's got to pay.

    -- Posted by Grumpy old man on Sat, Jan 10, 2015, at 3:33 PM
  • I topped off today in Boise as well, I didn't really need gas (half tank), but figured why not pay $1.85 a gallon (by Albertsons in Columbia Village) and come back home to the world of $2.09 with a full tank. And even better... When I go to wash my windows, the Boise stations actually don't skimp on the suds in the windshield washing either! For $2.09 a gallon here, I would expect the station owner to come out and personally clean my window after they finish pumping my gas. But instead, we get $2.09 and dirty water to clean dirty windows. Fred Meyer is now at $1.78 and Tesoro off of Broadway is under $1.80.

    -- Posted by My-2-cents on Sat, Jan 10, 2015, at 8:12 PM
  • Even at a 500 BILLION surplus a year, it would take 36 years to pay off the national debt!

    Do you really think the Republican party or the Democrat party would sit still for that big of a surplus for that long? The last time we had a surplus, they cut taxes 1 TRILLION AND STARTED 2 WARS!!!!!

    -- Posted by the old progressive on Sun, Jan 11, 2015, at 2:35 PM
  • A Saudi engineered the 9/11 attack. A group of Saudi's executed the attack. The Taliban let the 1st Saudi operate out of it's country, true. We went in and ousted them. That should have been the end of it all. Let the Afghans solve their own internal problems instead of trying to force a government on them. Absolutely no one has ever won a war in Afghanistan except the Afghans. Why didn't we invade Saudi Arabia since their citizens attacked us? Afghanistan equals another Vietnam, except the enemy this time are terrorist not communist.

    I'll take the low prices for gas as long as they last, but supply will once again be artificially reduced by big oil to bring back $4.00 a gallon gas.

    -- Posted by the old progressive on Mon, Jan 12, 2015, at 7:49 AM
  • I drove from Eagle road to the Caldwell fairgrounds on Chinden 4 times this weekend. Gas prices ranged from $2.09 to $2.19. Have to wonder how much of stink those folks are raising.

    Speaking of which, do those of you who protested/complained of the "gouging" in Mt Home really think you had any thing to do with the lowering of prices?

    -- Posted by joe_smoe on Mon, Jan 12, 2015, at 9:32 AM
  • Mike, I just love how you avoid the hard issues I raise. I guess it's easier to side step them.

    -- Posted by the old progressive on Mon, Jan 12, 2015, at 9:34 AM
  • I heard through the grape vine Maverik is selling gas $1.87. Sign said $1.89 they hadn't gotten around to changing the sign.

    I also heard the gas prices now are only temporary so if gas taxes are raised what happens when the cost of gas goes up? Do you think they will lower the gas tax?

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Mon, Jan 12, 2015, at 12:02 PM
  • M M The gas tax has nothing to do with the price of gas, ie if the tax is 25 cents per gallon, then it doesn't matter if the gas sells for $ 1.00 or $ 5.oo.

    -- Posted by Mr.427539 on Tue, Jan 13, 2015, at 8:56 AM
  • Mr 427539

    Your right sort of. :) I was talking about IF the gas tax is raised (which State and Federal are talking about).

    As gas prices fall, higher federal gas tax is getting kicked around by our legislators in congress. Right now the federal gas tax is 18.4 cents a gallon. States often add their own tax on top the federal gas tax. As of now our state tax on gas is 26 cents a gallon.

    If they raise the gas tax it will be passed on to US the consumers.

    I say enjoy the lower gas prices now before they go back up.

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Tue, Jan 13, 2015, at 1:10 PM
  • Once again... Filled up my tank today at Fred Meyer on Federal Way for $1.78 a gallon. I am half tempted to take a couple of empty gas cans with me next time to fill up as well. That way if I am running on fumes in Mountain Home I would at least have a backup plan to tide me over until in Boise next. I had a brother in law come through town this weekend, he said he filled up in Twin Falls for $1.48. I found that hard to believe until I pulled up Twin Falls on my gas app and found a handful of stations offering at $1.54 a gallon or less.

    -- Posted by My-2-cents on Mon, Jan 19, 2015, at 7:52 PM
  • We have the oppposite dynamic here in Nevada. In Winnemucca, gas is 50-75 cents less per gallon than in Reno. As one goes East on Interstate 84 towards Utah, prices go down until you reach Salt Lake City and then back up. Needless to say, I am not driving 175 miles to save .50 per gallon.

    -- Posted by twilcox1978 on Tue, Jan 27, 2015, at 9:14 AM
  • Edit to comment above, Interstate 80 not 84.

    -- Posted by twilcox1978 on Tue, Jan 27, 2015, at 10:16 AM
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