Strikers planning to put work in a brief deep freeze

Strikers planning to put work in a brief deep freeze

It may be -20C and gusty, but a group of folks standing around outside will be burning hot. More »

Longyearbyen man killed in major avalanche

Longyearbyen man killed in major avalanche

A Longyearbyen man was killed when an avalanche several hundred meters wide struck a popular snowmobiling area in Fardalen on Saturday morning, triggering a large-scale search for victims, according to The Governor More »

Loan plea: Yeas, nays and frays

Loan plea: Yeas, nays and frays

The prime minister wants to keep tapping the Arctic’s energy resources at full speed despite huge price crashes. Opposing interests say it’s embarrassing pleas to keep coal mining alive in Svalbard weren’t More »

Showbizzy

Showbizzy

Albus Dumbledore has been resurrected as Longyearbyen’s senior-most resident, only he’s suddenly not sure he recognizes the town at all. Nor will lots of other longtime Svalbard inhabitants if they’re viewing their More »

Headlines stolen from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 27

Headlines stolen from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 27

Private owners help dog population reach record high A record 717 dogs were living in Svalbard at the end of 2014, nearly 100 more than at the end of 2013. More »

 

Strikers planning to put work in a brief deep freeze

strike notice

It may be -20C and gusty, but a group of folks standing around outside will be burning hot.

Longyearbyen man killed in major avalanche

Avalanche site in Fardalen

A Longyearbyen man was killed when an avalanche several hundred meters wide struck a popular snowmobiling area in Fardalen on Saturday morning, triggering a large-scale search for victims, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Loan plea: Yeas, nays and frays

Erna Solbert at Arctic Frontiers 2015

The prime minister wants to keep tapping the Arctic’s energy resources at full speed despite huge price crashes. Opposing interests say it’s embarrassing pleas to keep coal mining alive in Svalbard weren’t rejected immediately. And some advertising guy earned 15,000 likes on Facebook in a couple of days for alleging the government is planning a mass sale of assets, including half of its land in Svalbard.

Showbizzy

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Albus Dumbledore has been resurrected as Longyearbyen’s senior-most resident, only he’s suddenly not sure he recognizes the town at all.

Nor will lots of other longtime Svalbard inhabitants if they’re viewing their neighborhood through a collection of new programs on TV and streaming video screens.

Headlines stolen from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 27

Svalbardposten: Jan. 23, 2015

Private owners help dog population reach record high
A record 717 dogs were living in Svalbard at the end of 2014, nearly 100 more than at the end of 2013.

Icepeople PDF: Jan. 27, 2015

Icepeople PDF, Jan. 27, 2015

Icepeople PDF, Jan. 27, 2015

Longyearbyen man killed by large avalanche in popular snowmobiling area, new shows give Svalbard lots of exposure on the small screen and reactions from folks to Store Norske’s bailout loan request range from favorable to conspiracy theories.

(Yeah, we skipped the Jan. 20 issue. Getting the new website up took a bunch of time, so we’re publishing this week’s issue a day early with breaking news about the avalanche instead of last week’s even more absurdly past deadline than usual.)

Random bits of weirdness for the week of Jan. 27

“Change the world” is a nice motivational motto for individuals, but frequently ends up being problematic when countries take the message to heart in the literal sense.

Sucks to be me – and you, if you’re reading this

Since I’m pretty much porting my entire newspaper over to a blog site, I might as well have a category for the mindless crap that represents 99.? percent of all posts. And you’ve just wasted a bit of your life reading what’s basically a test post, But so it’s not a complete waste of time, I’ll also include some initial “insider” crap about publishing this fishwrapper.

Longyearbyen losing top leaders

leadersleaving

As Longyearbyen heads into choppy waters due to perhaps its worst economic crisis ever, it will need to find new leaders to guide the way.

Lance a lock

Lance departs

It sounds like a punchline for skeptics: Climate change scientists are hoping to move forward by getting stuck.

But the researchers are serious enough they’re parking the Lance research vessel in solid sea ice for six months for one of the most ambitious voyages ever undertaken by the Norwegian Polar Institute.