In rural Alaska, fuel prices may reach $8 a gallon

Stove oil cost $4.85 a gallon all winter in Emmonak, a Yup'ik village of 800 at the mouth of the Yukon River. Gasoline was $5.91.

Like much of rural Alaska, Emmonak spends eight months locked away from the world, with fuel prices set by the fall season's final delivery. When the first fuel barge of the spring arrives, it brings new world-market prices. This year, the first barge to reach Emmonak is expected to mean $8-a-gallon gas.

"The price increases they've forecast leave me utterly speechless," Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Bethel, said earlier this week.

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