AVALANCHE UPDATE: Silent memorial for Atle Husby and Nikoline Røkenes at 9 p.m. Christmas Eve at Vei 230

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An informal silent memorial for Atle Husby and Nikoline Røkenes, who were killed in Saturday’s avalanche, is planned at 9 p.m. Christmas Eve at the barrier on Vei 230 where access is still restricted.

“Feeling like a strong need to think about and remember Nikoline and Atle,” Heidi Jorunn Brun wrote in a post on a Longyearbyen community Facebook page that has received more than 200 “likes” since the evening of Dec. 23.

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