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Gas Stations Struck by Fuel Shortage

The fuel crunch has hit hard again in the Snoqualmie Valley, and service station


operators from North Bend to Carnation are experiencing


hard times at the pumps.


In a telephone survey last Friday, several


operators said they would run out of gas soon, and two


said they were out already.


Those out of gas presently are Maskrod's


in Snoqualmie and Don's Chevron in Fall City. They have been out of gas since Jan. 17 and


neither expects any gas until after Feb. 1. Until that


time, according to Don Moe, his station will be open


to handle lube room customers.


Meanwhile, several of their colleagues


have decided to ration gas while others, not feeling


the pinch so badly, are not rationing. In other


cases, however, gas station operators locally are


simply pumping their gas, with no limit, until their


storage tanks are dry.


A different approach is being tried at


Chuck's Chevron in Carnation, where customers face a


double rationing system devised to keep gas flowing for


a time each day until Feb. 1 and new allotments come in.


That system is based on a limit per customer


and also a limit per day from the pumps. Chuck said


that he usually opens the pumps for a couple of hours


each day, until he reaches the daily limit he figured


out some time ago, and then he locks them up again.


This way, he hopes to be busy until the first of the month.


Most of those interviewed voiced the same


concern and same idea of what they will do; they will


hold their collective breath until Feb. 1 and the


new allotments start coming in.


In the words of one disgruntled operator, "I'd


just LOVE to stay open more."

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