The week of April 15 brings little relief for Montana motorists.

"Prices across Montana have inched ever so slightly higher, going up to an average of $3.34 per gallon," explained Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "That's an increase of 4/10 of a penny from a week ago."

The national average, now at $3.52, has been dropping for over a month, losing a nickle off its price in just the last week. Montana prices, on the other hand, have stayed stagnant.

Typically, Montana lags behind national trends by just a few weeks. DeHaan says that increased demand for Canadian and North Dakota crude may be leading factors in Montana's stagnant price.

On a happy note for motorists, prices in Montana are about $ .44 cents cheaper today than they were a year ago.