When Glacier Oil and Gas suspended operations last spring, North Slope crude was averaging less than $30 a barrel.
The Philippine government, beset by charges of incompetence and corruption in its handling of the pandemic, has mounted a vaccination campaign that any of its Southeast Asian neighbors might envy.
A barrel of Alaska North Slope crude was about $71 on Monday, $11 less than the week of Thanksgiving.
Alaska’s virus hunters are looking for signs of the coronavirus’s omicron variant in batches of tests from around the state.
Health officials are asking Alaskans to get their COVID-19 vaccine boosters and redouble other precautions as they brace for the arrival of the new omicron variant.