Gas prices hit $3.05 a gallon
AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch reported that statewide gas prices per gallon for unleaded fuel hit a low of $3.05 this month. That’s two cents less from this day last week and $1.04 more per gallon than one year ago.
On average, Farmington residents are paying the highest prices per gallon currently, at $3.28. Albuquerque drivers pay the least, at $2.99. Taos County residents are paying around $3.11 on average. Nationally, the average gas price per gallon sits at $3.15.
Demand for gas is up from last year, according the Energy Information Administration. Weekly regional fuel supply number also increased slightly. Crude oil prices have fluctuated recently over concerns surrounding rising COVID-19 cases in many areas of the country. Hurricane Ida is expected to impact gas prices as the month ends, as the tropical storm shut down 90 percent of Gulf Coast refineries as it made landfall this past week.
USDA offers one percent loans to refurbish rural homes
A new program from the United States Department of Agriculture is offering loans of up to $40,000 to very low-income homeowners to repair, improve or “modernize” their homes at a fixed interest rate of one percent, according to a press release from the USDA this month.
Known as the Section 504 Home Repair Program, the loan initiative is targeting homeowners in rural areas that have fewer than 35 thousand residents. The program also offers grants up to $10,000 for elderly very-low-income residents to remove health and safety hazards in their homes.
Alice Choyou, a Gallup homeowner, was highlighted in this month’s release. She used funds to fix a leak in her sewer system that posed a risk.
To find out if you qualify for funding, call (505) 761-4950.
TSV hosts ‘Mutt Strut,’ a Stray Hearts Benefit
On Saturday (Sept. 4) from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., the Resort Plaza at Taos Ski Valley will be filled with a 5k Dog Fun Run/Walk, dog activities, music, food and fun with proceeds benefiting Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.
Dogs must be on leashes and owners/handlers are responsible for cleaning up their pup’s poop.
Online registration will run through Friday (Sept. 3) at 6 p.m. Multi-dog pricing is for dogs in the same household, according to a press release. Please note that the ski valley will only accept payment by card.
1 Dog: $20; 2 Dogs: $35; 3 Dogs: $45
Day of Registration: 1 Dog: $25; 2 Dogs: $40; 3 Dogs: $50
9:30 a.m.: Registration / Check-In
10 a.m.: Stray Hearts booth open
11 a.m.: Mutt Strut: 5k Fun Run/Walk Starts
11:30 a.m.: 2:30 p.m.: Live Music
12:45 p.m.: Awards and prizes