Random weirdness for the week of April 17, 2018

Random weirdness for the week of April 17, 2018

Well, the governor did issue a warning last week about photographing polar bears. And sure enough, this was definitely a “don’t get too close” moment for a group participating in a recent More »

Some locals are thinking about offering Canadian polar beat meat on menus. It isn’t going over well among residents here

Some locals are thinking about offering Canadian polar beat meat on menus. It isn’t going over well among residents here

It’s much fattier than beef and the liver is fatal (years ago the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel used to issue certificates to guests who had “eaten a polar bear entirely at their own More »

Learning from loss: Local and visiting Red Cross rescuers try new type of training exercise based on 2015 avalanche

Learning from loss: Local and visiting Red Cross rescuers try new type of training exercise based on 2015 avalanche

Rescuers frantically dug the human-like shape out of a tightly packed mix of snow and smashed bed debris, then one of them laughed when someone asked if they could guess the sex of the “victim.” After More »

Increasingly international: Percentage of foreigners in Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund doubles in less than a decade

Increasingly international: Percentage of foreigners in Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund doubles in less than a decade

A total of 29.7 percent of residents in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund are foreigners, a total that has more than doubled in less than a decade in a steady increase that appears likely More »

Random weirdness for the week of April 10, 2018

Random weirdness for the week of April 10, 2018

The inside of an industrial building is the new fishing hot spot? A Stupid Criminal Trick involving a coat thief was foiled when he set an apartment on fire? Damn (by which we mean dammit More »

 

10 years of mush: Lots of howling as landmark Trappers Trail race is the largest ever

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It’s come a long way from the small cluster of amateur dog lovers doing something of an anything-goes race ten years ago, but one thing remains consistent: the world’s northernmost dogsledding race attracts an amazing eclectic mix of participants far more into the revelry than the rivalry.

HIGH ANXIETY: Highest hopes collide with cold reality as North Pole base camp facing at least a week of delays due to logistics problems

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It’s shaping up as another season of amazing dreams and stories for those hoping to reach the North Pole – and another potentially disastrous shattering of many of them since the opening of the base camp for expeditions has been delayed at least a week.

88 MPH!!! (Months of Peculiar Heat, that is); streak of above-average temps continue with March madness

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Only one place in Norway had above-average temperatures in March. The same place where they’ve been above normal for more than seven years.

The average temperature at Svalbard Airport in March was minus 12.7 degrees Celsius, three degrees warmer than normal. The relative heat is also being blamed for causing a frigid month on the mainland.

Wara is the boss: Tor Mikkel Wara, out of politics for 25 years, is Norway’s third justice minister in three weeks

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Svalbard has its third boss in as many weeks and, unlike his vehemently anti-immigration predecessors, so far the most controversial thing is the fact he’s not in Norway’s national population registry.

Random weirdness for the week of April 3, 2017

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Egad, how shameful is it our Local Paper of Record resorted to clickhits by playing up this YouTube video that’s as natural to Svalbard’s best-known wildlife as it is to its humans living the wild life? Um, well it’d be the rest of Norway’s media, including our supposedly non-conforming deviant selves, following in their, um, tracks.

Weekend walkout? Dozens of workers at Mine 7, Svea may join nationwide strike starting Sunday

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Fifty-three Store Norske employees working at Mine 7 and Svea may go on strike starting Sunday as part of a nationwide labor walkout involving at least 35,000 workers, a local mining manager told Svalbardposten on Wednesday.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 3, 2018

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Controversial apartment complex with reduced parking approved by council
The construction of a controversial 60-apartment subdivision with a less-than-standard number of parking spaces was approved by the Longyearbyen Community Council, but with harsh criticism from some members who accused some city officials and the builder of trying to force the project through without proper debate.

‘Fight against evil’: Svalbard Church priest’s Easter serman denounces anti-immigrant minister, Israeli attacks in Gaza

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Never one to shy from controversy, Svalbard Church Priest Leif Magne Helgesen used his Easter Mass to denounce deadly Israeli attacks against Palestinian protesters and a Norwegian minister stirring up fears of foreigners and the mass murders by Anders Behring Breivik in a narrative about fear and the need to not submit to hopelessness against fighting it.

March makeover: Free beauty care, but no more cheap ‘red-tag’ produce; here’s what’s up with all the changes at Svalbardbutikken

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Shoppers seeking sardines are searching the aisles, those seeking staples may no longer be able to make a connection and devotees of the sad-looking – but immensely popular among students and others – “red-tag” blemished produce are being denied entirely.

Out of sight: Blind and unable to rely on sounds for guidance ‘the only option was to proceed without thinking’ anyth

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By IRINI COSESCU
Guest contributor
At the end of February I had an experience that can hardly be described in words. A week in Svalbard – an island in the Arctic Ocean, close to the North Pole. Despite cold, ice-covered landscapes, there are warm, friendly people who come from all over the world to taste everything that nature has to offer.