Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat


August 30, 2013

Oil prices rise heading into holiday weekend

AAA projects 400,300 Oklahomans will travel

EDMOND — Oil prices are rising — just before a travel holiday weekend — as the Obama administration prepares for a possible military strike against Syria.

AAA projects that 400,300 Oklahomans will travel more than 50 miles during the Labor holiday weekend, a 3.7 percent increase from last year. Eighty-five percent will travel by vehicle, 8 percent by air and 7 percent by other means.

Monday the national average for a price of regular unleaded gasoline stood at $3.54 per gallon, according to the auto club AAA. The price was fractions of a penny more than a week earlier, 10 cents less than a month earlier and 21 cents lower than the same day last year.

The question is: How much will they pay for a gallon of gasoline during the coming days?

Mid-day Tuesday the price for crude oil (WTI) stood at $109, a 3.09 percent jump, and the price for crude oil (Brent) stood at $114.23, a 3.50 percent jump, according to Bloomberg.

The company was reporting that the Obama administration was building its legal and political justification for a limited military strike against Syria, where a growing number of voices say the Bashar al-Assad regime recently used a chemical weapon.

A team of United Nations inspectors on the ground in Syria spent its first day in the suburbs of Damascus at the site of the alleged incident interviewing witnesses, survivors and doctors and collecting samples, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday via a news release.

Ban said the use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstance is a serious violation of international law and an outrageous crime.

The team is spending up to 14 days, possibly more, working with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the UN World Health Organization.

In June, the UN reported 93,000 people — likely a conservative number — had died between March 2011 and April 2013 during the civil war in Syria. Civilians are bearing the brunt of the attacks, the UN reported.

“For many of us, our home is our biggest asset,” said AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai, an Edmond resident. “As home prices improve, more families are feeling more comfortable about traveling.”

The largest share of holiday travelers (46 percent) will leave Friday. The most popular return date is Monday, with 43 percent planning to return then. The average traveler is expected to travel a round-trip distance of 594 miles and spend $804.

Popular destinations include bodies of water like Arcadia Lake. Jenny Monroe, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department, said the agency will have extra patrols out at night and will watch the lake closely during the last holiday weekend of summer.

Text Only
  • Tribal ag program brings farm to casino

    The Quapaw Tribe has started an agriculture program that is supplying locally grown products for its casino restaurant.

    May 12, 2014

  • Charities helping residents after wildfire

    Local charities are on the scene to help Logan County residents sift through the ashes after wildfires swept through the rural area near Guthrie.

    May 8, 2014

  • ALDI Norman store opens ALDI opens Norman store on West Main Street

    A light rain didn’t deter dozens of shoppers who showed up to help open the ALDI store at 2440 W. Main Street in Norman early Thursday.

    May 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lebanese Festival planned for two days

    Food, music, dance, culture and traditional home-cooked Lebanese food once again comes together in Norman in the form of Middle Eastern hospitality.

    April 24, 2014

  • Senators accuse GM of covering up defective switch

     Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths, and pressed CEO Mary Barra to commit to punishing anyone involved.

    April 2, 2014

  • Bethesda 1 University of Okla. students paint murals, brighten up nonprofit

    The harsh, cold, metal door slipped away as green, then blue, turned into a lush, green field with a winding path and a group of University of Oklahoma undergraduate students painted murals Monday at Bethesda Inc., a local agency that specializes in sexual abuse treatment and prevention for children and adolescents.

    March 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Fly-tying Frenzy at Sam Noble Museum

    The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will offer Fly-Tying Frenzy, an adult fly-tying workshop, from 8 to 11 a.m. for beginners and from 1 to 4 p.m. for intermediate and advanced participants April 5.

    March 12, 2014

  • JC_GE BUILDING.jpg Industry giants represented at Oak Tree

    Two corporate leaders discussed their company’s respective impact of business expansion on the local economy Thursday at the Edmond Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon.

    February 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Cherokee Nation raising minimum rage

    The Cherokee Nation, one of the largest Native American tribes in the country, is raising its minimum wage by 50 cents, Chief Bill John Baker announced Monday.

    February 25, 2014

  • Moore City Council denies zoning change request

    Residents protesting a requested zoning change to allow apartments to be built in an area devastated by the May 20 tornado filled Moore City Hall on Tuesday night, then applauded when the Moore City Council denied the zoning change request unanimously.

    February 19, 2014

Business Marquee

  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.





    e-mail request to

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow