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Some W.Va. ski resorts delay opening

Dec. 15, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- Winterplace Ski Resort is pushing back its opening date for ski season.

The Raleigh County resort had hoped to open this weekend. But The Register-Herald reports it now has a tentative opening date of Dec. 21. Winterplace's website says that there is no snow base and no snow being made.

Timberline resort in Davis also plans to open for skiing Dec. 21 and nearby Canaan Valley Resort expects to open Dec. 26.

Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County opened its ski slopes in November.

West Virginia resorts draw more than 800,000 skier visits a year, typically luring visitors from Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida. Last year, though, the numbers were off by about 15 percent because of late openings and an unusually warm winter.

Gasoline prices soon to hit low point for 2012

NEW YORK -- Gas prices will soon drop to their lowest level of the year.

By Monday, the national average should fall below the $3.28 a gallon that drivers paid on Jan. 1, according to analysts. The drop is a gift for those hitting the road during what is expected to be the busiest Christmas travel season in six years.

Still, it's more like a stocking stuffer. That's because for the second straight year, Americans will spend a record amount on gasoline. The government estimates that gas averaged $3.63 a gallon this year, 10 cents above the record set a year ago.

Drivers can only hope that forecasts for lower prices next year come true.

A combination of high oil prices and supply shortages caused by refinery and pipeline problems kept gas prices elevated for most of the year. The national average hit a high of $3.94 a gallon in early April and was around $3.87 in September after Hurricane Isaac disrupted supplies from the Gulf Coast.

Federal emergency unemployment expiring

CHARLESTON -- WorkForce West Virginia was informed by the U.S. Department of Labor that the last payable week for federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation will be the week ending Dec. 29.

This change applies to all federally funded EUC benefits. Even if there is a remaining benefit balance, no further EUC benefits can be paid after the week ending Dec. 29. Prior to that expiration date, the EUC program was providing up to 37 weeks of benefits in addition to the regular state benefits.

WorkForce West Virginia will mail affected claimants a notice of expiration, as well as post the information on its website at www.workforcewv.org.

If Congress acts at any time to extend or otherwise change federal benefits, WorkForce West Virginia will mail claimants a notice of potential additional entitlement.