Random weirdness for the week of July 21, 2015

Random weirdness for the week of July 21, 2015

Referring to a guy in a wheelchair as a mutant is a sure way for a newspaper, even one as disreputable as ours, to incur the wrath of that special interest group More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 21, 2015

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 21, 2015

Russia’s inaction nixes joint polar bear census w/ Norway A joint Norwegian-Russian census of polar bears in the Barents Sea area, the first such count since 2004, has been cancelled after Russia More »

Now even more free: Bruktikken gets more organized look, open more hours

Now even more free: Bruktikken gets more organized look, open more hours

“No more shoes piled up high!!” The same goes for clothes, toys, kitchen items and other goods free for the taking at the renovated Bruktikken thrift store, which is reopening this week. More »

Taking out the trash: Rubbish hut coming down ‘soon’ despite pleas from former haters of art project

Taking out the trash: Rubbish hut coming down ‘soon’ despite pleas from former haters of art project

It took a long time for skeptics to be grow fond of a pile of trash on the beach. But now they can’t talk its creator out of removing it. More »

Unable to forget: Local survivors of Utøya moving to new places, but old scars remain on fourth anniversary of tragedy

Unable to forget: Local survivors of Utøya moving to new places, but old scars remain on fourth anniversary of tragedy

Viljar Hanssen just moved into his own “man cave.” His brother, Torje, celebrated his 18th birthday last week. But as they enter new landmark stages of their lives, they’re being forced to More »

 

Random weirdness for the week of July 21, 2015

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Referring to a guy in a wheelchair as a mutant is a sure way for a newspaper, even one as disreputable as ours, to incur the wrath of that special interest group known as literate people. But we’re doing it anyhow because, well, the guy himself insists that’s what he’s turning into (and no, the gun isn’t to stop him when he turns into The Thing).

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 21, 2015

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Russia’s inaction nixes joint polar bear census w/ Norway
A joint Norwegian-Russian census of polar bears in the Barents Sea area, the first such count since 2004, has been cancelled after Russia failed to grant authorization for researchers to access its territory in time for the count.

Now even more free: Bruktikken gets more organized look, open more hours

bruktikken

“No more shoes piled up high!!”

The same goes for clothes, toys, kitchen items and other goods free for the taking at the renovated Bruktikken thrift store, which is reopening this week. Gone are the tables that goods used to be stacked on; in their place are shelves and clothing racks where everything is far better sorted and much easier to browse through.

Taking out the trash: Rubbish hut coming down ‘soon’ despite pleas from former haters of art project

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It took a long time for skeptics to be grow fond of a pile of trash on the beach. But now they can’t talk its creator out of removing it.

Unable to forget: Local survivors of Utøya moving to new places, but old scars remain on fourth anniversary of tragedy

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Viljar Hanssen just moved into his own “man cave.” His brother, Torje, celebrated his 18th birthday last week. But as they enter new landmark stages of their lives, they’re being forced to admit to themselves they’ll never be able to leave behind the physical and mental scars inflicted on them four years ago today.

Rant: We just got seriously “real” (a.k.a. an offically recognized member of a global alt-weekly network)

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We despise self-important or press release nonsense. But this is a big day for us and we’re damned proud to announce it.

Icepeople, after more than six years, now has official cred as an affiliate member of The Associatiation of Alternative Newsweekies, which in practical terms means the stuff we spew will be out there in the global community of folks reading things like the Village Voice and dozens of other publications. 

Government cleaning up its act: New rules from traffic limits to scrubbing shoes sought for west Spitsbergen

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Having cracked down on where humans can go and do in east Svalbard, officials are now looking west.

Visitors will soon be forced to clean their shoes and clothes to remove unwanted seeds, ships banned from discharging any form of wastewater near shore, and birds granted larger sanctuaries if provisions in a new management plan for west Spitsbergen are enacted.

Near beer: Longyearbyen’s first-ever brewery days away from debut

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After six sobering years of legal battles and several months of sweat-inducing construction work, at least Andreas Hegermann Riis doesn’t have to ponder how he’ll celebrate when the first cans of his history-making beer come off the assembly line.

Random weirdness for the week of July 15, 2015

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One of Svalbard’s famous creatures is coming out of the closet and exhibiting its vibrant hues after six years in the latest release of the horror/drama/comedy series “Sea Monsters of the North.”

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 15, 2015

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New Store Norske subsidiary to focus on tourism, research
Store Norske is hoping a new subsidiary, Store Norske Momentum (SNM), will create 30 jobs in Longyearbyen by the end of next year in industries branching out beyond coal mining and real estate.