Gas stations hurt by high prices too

With gasoline topping $4.50 a gallon, you'd think gas station owner Harry Norris would feel like he's sitting on a gusher of oil riches.

"I don't know of any gas stations making a profit on gasoline alone," said Norris, who owns the 76 station at Highway 50 and El Dorado Hills Boulevard. "I've always liked it until now. It was profitable up until about a year ago."

That's when gas prices really began to rise. And that's when an already tight profit margin built on pennies on the gallon started evaporating.

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