Woman suspected of multiple arson incidents exiled from Svalbard during investigation

Woman suspected of multiple arson incidents exiled from Svalbard during investigation

A woman suspected of trying to set multiple fires in several occupied residential buildings along Vei 222 late Friday night is in custody on the mainland as police and fire officials investigate More »

Reporter’s notebook: Hasty scribblings during the March 20 total solar eclipse

Reporter’s notebook: Hasty scribblings during the March 20 total solar eclipse

“I’ve never seen so many phenomena during an eclipse,” said Kathy Biersdorff, a Calgary resident watching her 11th total solar eclipse since 1979. “You picked a fabulous one.” More »

Photo: It’s eclipse day – good morning!

Photo: It’s eclipse day – good morning!

A group hoping to see the March 20 total solar eclipse, at far left, gets an early start walking out into Adventdalen, just beyond the east edge of Longyearbyen, as the sun More »

Svalbard’s dark side: Blizzards, blackouts and blunders can cloud eclipse experience

Svalbard’s dark side: Blizzards, blackouts and blunders can cloud eclipse experience

There are many ways the sun can be blocked from view. For almost everyone in Svalbard this week, only one of them is good. More »

Polar bear attacks group, injures tourist at Fredheim

Polar bear attacks group, injures tourist at Fredheim

A polar bear attacked a tour group of six people early Thursday morning about 30 kilometers northeast of Longyearbyen, with one man rescued by helicopter after sustaining injuries to his face and More »

 

Woman suspected of multiple arson incidents exiled from Svalbard during investigation

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A woman suspected of trying to set multiple fires in several occupied residential buildings along Vei 222 late Friday night is in custody on the mainland as police and fire officials investigate the case, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Reporter’s notebook: Hasty scribblings during the March 20 total solar eclipse

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“I’ve never seen so many phenomena during an eclipse,” said Kathy Biersdorff, a Calgary resident watching her 11th total solar eclipse since 1979. “You picked a fabulous one.”

Icepeople PDF: March 17, 2015

icepeoplepdf030315We’re still so busy covering eclipse-related stuff we’re late getting this week’s article online, but while we’re catching up on that here’s this week’s PDF so you can see what most of the awesomely great and terrifying commotion of the week up here was about.

Photo: It’s eclipse day – good morning!

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A group hoping to see the March 20 total solar eclipse, at far left, gets an early start walking out into Adventdalen, just beyond the east edge of Longyearbyen, as the sun rises into a largely clear sky at about 7 a.m. The weather forecast during the eclipse – which lasts from 10:11 a.m. and ends about two hours later, with the total blockage of the sun happening from 11:10:02-11:13:09 a.m. – is for partly cloudy skies, temperatures of -16C and mild winds.

Svalbard’s dark side: Blizzards, blackouts and blunders can cloud eclipse experience

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There are many ways the sun can be blocked from view. For almost everyone in Svalbard this week, only one of them is good.

Polar bear attacks group, injures tourist at Fredheim

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A polar bear attacked a tour group of six people early Thursday morning about 30 kilometers northeast of Longyearbyen, with one man rescued by helicopter after sustaining injuries to his face and arm not considered to be life threatening, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Random weirdness for the week of March 17, 2015

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The corner outside Karls-Berger Pub isn’t exactly the hottest red-light district in the world, but at least the price for exchanging bodily DNA is right.

Eclipsed by crowds? Try these alternatives

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You’re starving, but every eatery is packed and the lines at the supermarket are endless. It’s -20C and windy, and your “cold-weather” gear isn’t. You desperately need to send an e-mail or post on your blog, but every public wi-fi network is hopelessly overloaded.

Shelter seekers, sellers scrambling during final days before eclipse

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Mȯnica Castellvi was desperate enough to use a dating website hoping to hook up with someone in Svalbard, even though her boyfriend is with her.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 17, 2015

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Store Norske facing another cliffhanger – but it’s at work 
Embattled Store Norske is facing yet another first-time challenge, although it at least involved ongoing coal production as workers are trying to cope with an overhang of blocking stone in an area scheduled for excavation this year.