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Archive for July 18th, 2015

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 18, 1973

By Cathy Clouston

The dream-like prices listed outside the abandoned and soon to be demolished 4 Corners 76 station are unlikely to ever come again according to Louie Duett, manager of 4 Corners Exxon. Duett blames the steadily rising cost of living.

The dream-like prices listed outside the abandoned and soon to be demolished 4 Corners 76 station are unlikely to ever come again according to Louie Duett, manager of 4 Corners Exxon. Duett blames the steadily rising cost of living.

The current gas shortage has hit local station dealers hard, leaving some bitter toward their respective oil companies who, they feel, could have given them more warning of their reduced supply.

Stations began receiving notices of cuts in gas allowances this May—“quite a shot out of the blue,” according to Stew Minarsich of Wilderness Chevron, “when only a few weeks before the company had continued to urge promotional items that would increase the sale of gas.”

Wilderness Arco’s notice, received May 14, was retroactive to May 1. Since trucks began delivering gas to stations on the first of the month, it left Manager Fletcher Richardson in a bind for two weeks until his June supplies came in.

One station manager doesn’t believe there is an actual gas shortage. “We have the same facilities for handling gas as last year, the same refineries, the same amount of imported oil, but we do have fewer stations. My company closed 21 stations in Seattle alone last year and opened only four new ones.

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