Jan 242011
Authors: Vashti Batjargal

As some CSU students are trying to tighten up their gas consumption amid high prices and tight budgets, Kathy Koehler keeps driving her 60-mile commute.

Koehler, a senior sports medicine major, travels back and forth to Denver, Parker and Aurora to run her marketing company that sells travel packages through the company World Ventures.

“I have to keep the business going. That’s what pays for my car,” Koehler said.

The prices have been on a steady increase for about a month and are set to rise in March and peak in May to approximately $3.65-$4.05 for a national average, according to Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com in an e-mail to the Collegian.

The average price of gas in Fort Collins, according to FortcollinsGasPrices.com, has increased 0.40 cents per gallon since this time last year and 0.18 cents per gallon since last month.

In response to the price increase, Koehler is planning to cut the number of four-hour trips she takes to go home to Hayden during the semester and walk the 20 minutes it takes to get to campus.

Senior construction management major Brian Over is also trying to curtail spending on gas in lieu of the increase in price.

“I find the cheapest place, even if it’s a little bit out of the way,” Over said.

The hike in prices translates into many students choosing to carpool, like Stephani Unfug, a freshman preconstruction management major.

“[My boyfriend and I] have been sharing a car and splitting gas,” Unfug said “I don’t enjoy [the increase in gas prices]. I’m already broke anyway.”

Gas prices vary significantly from gas station to gas station. In Fort Collins the prices can vary from $2.80 at Western Convenience on Shields Street and Drake Road to $2.99 at the Shell on East Harmony Road just west of I-25, according to gasbuddy.com.

Gasbuddy.com obtains its up-to-date gas prices for individual locations from members who report gas prices to the website for points and money.

Staff writer Vashti Batjargal can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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