PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A refinery shut-down in California has sent prices up by more than a quarter in just a week.
As such, gas prices are getting close to the $4 mark in Oregon and Washington states.
And that makes the price of a gallon of regular gas in both states significantly higher than the national average.
"Bottom line, I guess I just have to make more money," Portlander Ty Hankins said at the pump Monday.
The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.92. That's up 26 cents in a week, and it's 34 cents higher than the national average.
Metro prices from AAA's Monday survey include: Portland $3.91, Salem $3.92, Eugene-Springfield $3.96, and Medford-Ashland $3.94.
Many drivers are starting to shop around for cheaper gas. A gallon can be more than $4 in downtown Portland while it's as low as $3.58 at the Wilsonville Cosco.
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A 17-year-old Portland girl, described as "medically fragile," left her Southwest Portland home Monday afternoon and her family contacted police.
The website for Washington's health insurance exchange is back down again -- with new technical issues after problems last week took the website down for four days.
The final suspect in an infant-snatching case in Vancouver was found in Portland Sunday, according to Vancouver Police Department.
From Newberg to Gresham to Camas to Southwest Portland, schools were shut down by the middle of Monday with cold weather building ailments.