BEND, OR -- Drivers are getting more relief at the pump this week. The national average for regular is down 8 cents to $3.95 a gallon, while Oregon’s average fell 4 cents, to $4.87. In Bend, the local average dropped 7 cents to $4.88. "This is the ninth week in a row that we’ve seen pump prices decline," AAA's Marie Dodds tells KBND News, "We are seeing crude oil prices remain below $100 a barrel and demand for gas is lower than it was a year ago." She adds, "Demand for gasoline is bigger than it was a week ago, so we are seeing growth in demand. But it’s still significantly less than it was a year ago - about 307,000 barrels a day lower than it was a year ago at this time."
She expects we’ll see even bigger price declines later in the fall.