Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Gas prices suck; price gouging law in effect


More of what’s going around:

-Gas prices went up 30 cents on Thursday on my street in Asheville (from $2.39 a gallon to $2.69) following the news that the Colonial Pipeline was shutting down due to impacts from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The national average is $2.52 a gallon, the highest its been in two years. And gas prices could go higher. North Carolina Gov. Roy Copper on Thursday declared a temporary state of emergency in the state to help maintain gasoline supplies, WCNC reported. He also signed an executive order that “declares an abnormal market disruption for gasoline in North Carolina based on the temporary shutdown of Texas and Louisiana fuel refineries due to Hurricane Harvey,” according to the story. “As a result, North Carolina’s price gouging law against overcharging in a time of crisis is now in effect statewide for the next 45 days.”

Goombay is Sept. 8-9 in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville.

-Heirloom Hospitality Group in Asheville (the Curate/Nightbell team) has organized an effort among the Asheville food and beverage community to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, according to a press release. Participating restaurants and bars include Curate, Ole Shakey’s, Posana, Chai Pani and many more. Here’s more from the release:

The fundraiser, called “Benevolent Spirits: Houston” and starting today, September 1 through September 7, will donate all proceeds from select drinks served at participating Asheville bars, restaurants and coffee shops to the Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation, The Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Houston Food Bank.

-Dave Krishock has been named production manager at City Bakery’s production bakery, according to a press release. Dave Krishock most recently worked in the Department of Grain Science at Kansas State University as the BNEF (Bakers National Education Foundation) Instructor. He taught Bakery Science, Bakery Layout and Design. He also taught bakery courses for the International Grains Program, according to the release.

-The Thirsty Monk’s eighth annual Thirsty Fest beer festival is set for Sept. 11-16. The event will be held at the Belgian beer bar’s downtown Asheville and Biltmore Park locations. More:

Each year, we dedicate an entire week to the scarce, the exceptional and the downright unusual. These are exciting beers hardly ever poured in Western North Carolina, plus very special selections from our local and regional neighbors.

A few beer highlights:
Thirsty Monk Brewery Brother Joe’s Coffee Stout
Hi-Wire Flanders Red
Zebulon Mixed Berry Sour
Pisgah Barrel Aged Mountain County Tripel
Mikkeller San Diego Haze Cadet
Highland POW Triple IPA
Cascade Framblanc
The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday
Haw River Ales Javaberry Stout
Deschutes Black Butte Anniversary XXIX
Olde Hickory Daniel Boone
Stone Ruination 2.0 with Blackberry & Lemonpeel

-An industrial hemp entrepreneurial summit will be held in Asheville beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 22. Here’s the press release:

The United States Industrial Hemp industry is poised to be a billion dollar industry, and North Carolina is enjoying its first year cultivating the crop in decades. As a corollary, the industry needs more entrepreneurial minded people interested in starting up a hemp based business. To that end, Venture Asheville and the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association invite you to attend a workshop taking place on September 22nd, from 11:30-2pm, in the Hatch Building, 60 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.

Leading up to HempX Asheville, this special event will include 3 distinguished speakers, Bert James, CEO of Bio-Regen Innovation Coop/Former President of the NC Association of Crop Advisers – Eric Mathis, Director of the Institute for Regenerative Design & Innovation – and Marty Clemons, President of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association.

Each presenter will give offer their unique perspective as per the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of as related to the hemp industry, with a Q&A session afterwards.

Space is extremely limited – please RSVP to


Tim Peck September 3, 2017 - 10:50 am

“Higher gas prices would make many rethink their usage”

Indeed. That is the very argument in favor of price surging. Price surging signals to consumers that a commodity is scarce and should be consumed only in critical cases. Rising prices effectively ration scarce resources to everyone’s benefit.

“and further spur alternatives”

Oil is a cheap, plentiful and reliable energy source. When ‘alternatives’ can claim a similar status, they will be competitive and put to use—and not until then.

“I wish it was $10 per gallon”

Nothing good is achieved by falsifying reality. However, naturally rising prices during a temporary period of shortage provides a valuable function. It is ashamed that Roy Cooper doesn’t see that his anti-gouging stance is harmful to the state he supposedly governs.

luther blissett September 4, 2017 - 12:42 am

Oh, honey. Bless your heart.

Is the gasoline at the Biltmore / Hendersonville Road Shell station 30¢ more expensive per gallon because it’s extra-special gasoline that shouldn’t be burned like the gasoline everywhere else in town?

Ah, you wouldn’t know about such things any more.

Barry Summers September 4, 2017 - 1:57 pm

Oil is a cheap, plentiful and reliable energy source.


Cheap? Factor in the portions of the US defense, intelligence, and diplomatic budgets over the last century that can be traced to acquiring and then protecting access to foreign sources of oil. Don’t forget to include the costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the ‘War on Terror’, etc. that we wouldn’t be paying except for the fact that that part of the world is where most of the oil is…

Now tell us how “cheap” it is.

Stewart September 3, 2017 - 8:48 am

Gas prices suck? If you factored in the environmental costs of using gasoline, the price would likely double. As it should be. I wish it was $10 per gallon, then people might use it sparingly. Yes, I know, this is elitist, and many people are struggling to make ends meet and need to get to work, etc. I am not sure how we address all of that, I only know that people pollute the planet for the most frivolous reasons. Higher gas prices would make many rethink their usage and further spur alternatives.

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