Dialing it up a notch: Landslides, mining shutdown, record rain and heat among Svalbard’s 11 biggest stories of 2016

Dialing it up a notch: Landslides, mining shutdown, record rain and heat among Svalbard’s 11 biggest stories of 2016

Let’s set aside niceities: in all honestly, this list is lunacy because it will be the job of historians to document just how profoundly Svalbard changed in 2016. Because those change are More »

ALERT: Polar bear tracks spotted at UNIS early Tuesday morning; storm making monitoring animals difficult

ALERT: Polar bear tracks spotted at UNIS early Tuesday morning; storm making monitoring animals difficult

Tracks from a mother polar bear and two cubs were discovered within the city limits of Longyearbyen early Tuesday morning, the latest of several visits near town since Friday despite efforts by officials More »

Bears are back: Mother, two cubs return to Mine 7 Monday after long effort to chase them far from town

Bears are back: Mother, two cubs return to Mine 7 Monday after long effort to chase them far from town

A mother polar bear and two cubs that have twice been chased away from areas near Longyearbyen since Saturday were spotted on the Mine 7 mountain late Monday morning, according to The Governor More »

Korking good time: 2.9 million kroner in annual city grants recommended for 43 recreational and cultural projects

Korking good time: 2.9 million kroner in annual city grants recommended for 43 recreational and cultural projects

In: A big trampoline, repairs to landslide-damaged dog kennels, guided fishing trips for kids, an overnight snowmobile trip for high school students to Barentsburg. Out: Russian-language classes, a floating dock for small boats and More »

A long Sunday drive: Officials chase trio of bears a far distance after they return near Longyearbyen

A long Sunday drive: Officials chase trio of bears a far distance after they return near Longyearbyen

Update 5 p.m. Sunday: The three polar bears that wandered near Longyearbyen twice during the weekend have been chased far from town by officials, who say they are ceasing active monitoring of More »

 

Dialing it up a notch: Landslides, mining shutdown, record rain and heat among Svalbard’s 11 biggest stories of 2016

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Let’s set aside niceities: in all honestly, this list is lunacy because it will be the job of historians to document just how profoundly Svalbard changed in 2016. Because those change are of such historical proportions it will be decades before all impacts are truly known.

ALERT: Polar bear tracks spotted at UNIS early Tuesday morning; storm making monitoring animals difficult

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Tracks from a mother polar bear and two cubs were discovered within the city limits of Longyearbyen early Tuesday morning, the latest of several visits near town since Friday despite efforts by officials to chase the animals away, according to residents and The Governor of Svalbard.

Bears are back: Mother, two cubs return to Mine 7 Monday after long effort to chase them far from town

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A mother polar bear and two cubs that have twice been chased away from areas near Longyearbyen since Saturday were spotted on the Mine 7 mountain late Monday morning, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Korking good time: 2.9 million kroner in annual city grants recommended for 43 recreational and cultural projects

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In: A big trampoline, repairs to landslide-damaged dog kennels, guided fishing trips for kids, an overnight snowmobile trip for high school students to Barentsburg. Out: Russian-language classes, a floating dock for small boats and “the ultimate snowmobile film from Svalbard.”

A long Sunday drive: Officials chase trio of bears a far distance after they return near Longyearbyen

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Update 5 p.m. Sunday: The three polar bears that wandered near Longyearbyen twice during the weekend have been chased far from town by officials, who say they are ceasing active monitoring of the area, but travelers are still being urged to exercise caution and report any sightings.

Original story: A mother polar bear and her two cubs who returned to an area near Longyearbyen on Sunday after being chased away Saturday are being chased even further away by officials using a helicopter and snowmobiles, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Friday night fright: Governor chases away mother polar bear, two cubs near Longyearbyen

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A mother polar bear and two cubs whose tracks were seen headed toward Longyearbyen on Friday afternoon were chased away from a heavily traveled area about 10 kilometers east of town shortly after midnight, according to The Governor of Svalbard. Officials plan to check the area again Saturday and are urging travelers to take precautions.

Random weirdness for the week of Jan. 10, 2017

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Imagine paying lots of bucks to see and/or hear yourself starring in the professional championship game of your choice (a thing that has actually been offered). Now apply that concept to being a brave Arctic explorer in the rugged untamed wilds of Svalbard and you’ve got a grasp on a trip being offered at the end of May by a UK company that allows “budding David Attenborough’s” to “star in your own wildlife documentary.”

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 10, 2017

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Company wants to build Rema 1000 grocery store – directly in front of competitor Svalbardbutikken
Longyearbyen may get a second grocery store as the company that owns the Rema 1000 chain is seeking to build one as part of the city’s central redevelopment plan.

Building the walls: Avalanche-protection barriers in Longyearbyen could cost 79M to 180M kroner, NVE reports

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Installing protective barriers in areas of Longyearbyen considered at risk of avalanches could cost 79 million to 180 million kroner, depending on the extent and level of protection, according to a report presented to city officials Tuesday.

Wigging out: Boaty McBoatface, Aquaman, Pokémon among the stars in Svalbard’s ten strangest stories of 2016

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A travesty of an election that ignored the will of the people. A political ad where an innocent little girl was obliterated by a weapon of mass destruction. Battling alien invaders, yet again. Nuclear armageddon, yet again.

When it came to the ways we were weird, 2016 made Svalbard great again. Bigly.