Top Russian official in charge of Arctic policy is in Svalbard despite ban by Norway for his role in Ukraine crisis

Top Russian official in charge of Arctic policy is in Svalbard despite ban by Norway for his role in Ukraine crisis

A top Russian official who is among those credited/blamed for the Ukraine crisis is in Svalbard now, despite a ban by Norway, and preparing to visit a mass collection of troops north More »

The news is there’s no news: Norway’s biggest newspapers halt shipments to Svalbard, citing costs

The news is there’s no news: Norway’s biggest newspapers halt shipments to Svalbard, citing costs

Most of Norway’s major newspapers are no longer sending copies to Svalbard, citing the cost of doing so on commercial flights, with Longyearbyen’s largest researcher now scrambling to negotiate an alternative means More »

Stay away from Billefjorden so polar bear cubs can eat, governor warns

Stay away from Billefjorden so polar bear cubs can eat, governor warns

Snowmobilers are being urged to avoid driving on the sea ice at Billefjorden because “there have been observed two polar bear families with four-month-old cubs in the area and these cubs are in More »

Random weirdness for the week of April 14, 2015

Random weirdness for the week of April 14, 2015

If an armed society is a polite society, then the North Pole is a very tactful place indeed these days. More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 14, 2015

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 14, 2015

Trapper Hilmar Nois’ hut moved from eroding shore Villa Fredheim, the landmark historic hut at Sassendalen used by trapper Hilmar Nois, was moved about 50 meters from the shoreline Friday to prevent More »

 

Top Russian official in charge of Arctic policy is in Svalbard despite ban by Norway for his role in Ukraine crisis

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A top Russian official who is among those credited/blamed for the Ukraine crisis is in Svalbard now, despite a ban by Norway, and preparing to visit a mass collection of troops north of the archipelgo in his new role as head of Russia’s Arctic policy.

The visit may end up being more than provocative as Norway now plans to consider stricter entry requirements to Svalbard.

The news is there’s no news: Norway’s biggest newspapers halt shipments to Svalbard, citing costs

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Most of Norway’s major newspapers are no longer sending copies to Svalbard, citing the cost of doing so on commercial flights, with Longyearbyen’s largest researcher now scrambling to negotiate an alternative means of shipment.

Stay away from Billefjorden so polar bear cubs can eat, governor warns

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Snowmobilers are being urged to avoid driving on the sea ice at Billefjorden because “there have been observed two polar bear families with four-month-old cubs in the area and these cubs are in a critical phase of survival,” according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Icepeople PDF: April 14, 2015

icepeoplepdf041415Greenies get a “win” in Parliament in their battle to end coal mining in Svalbard, but it’s purely symbolic since lawmakers are virtually certain to approve a bailout loan for financially-starved Store Norske in the near future. Meanwhile, another more immediate crisis closer to home continues to take its toll as a kennel cough epidemic resulted in a majority of teams being struck from the annual Trappers Trail sleddog race. Plus drones visit Ny-Ålesund, Russian soldiers visit the North Pole and a geologist visits what may be Sauron’s new mountain hideout in this week’s PDF.

Random weirdness for the week of April 14, 2015

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If an armed society is a polite society, then the North Pole is a very tactful place indeed these days.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 14, 2015

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Trapper Hilmar Nois’ hut moved from eroding shore
Villa Fredheim, the landmark historic hut at Sassendalen used by trapper Hilmar Nois, was moved about 50 meters from the shoreline Friday to prevent coastal erosion from destroying the monument.

Lance ready for light duty after halftime stop in Longyearbyen

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They didn’t exactly get a relaxing spring break and when they talk about switching to light duty they’re not talking about slacking off on the job.

Win-win: Green Party’s ‘sustainability’ resolution gets narrow OK, Store Norske gets wide support in Parliament

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The first verdict from Parliament: Pursing environmentally sustainable industries in Svalbard in the future is a worthy goal, but so is allowing Store Norske to continue its coal mining operations for now.

Parliament begins debating Store Norske’s future; vote on support for coal mining expected Tuesday

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The likelihood of Store Norske’s survival and the extent to which it may need to pursue ventures other than coal mining will likely be revealed Tuesday night when Parliament is scheduled to cast its first vote related to an emergency bailout loan the company says is necessary to continue operating beyond June.

In addition, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries may announce if it will recommend the loan to lawmakers as soon as Friday.

Doggone shame: Trappers Trail participants cheerful despite losing one-third of teams due to kennel cough epidemic

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Sébastien Barrault spent 10 days mushing his dogs from Ny-Ålesund to the starting line of the Trappers Trail race he initiated six years ago. But he and others from the settlement suffered a huge setback during their short stay in Longyearbyen as 11 of their 16 dogs were scratched from the race after being infected with the kennel cough virus that’s become an epidemic in town during the past couple of weeks.