Two 18-year-olds suspected of stealing snowmobile while drunk captured after police chase using snowmobiles, helicopter

Two 18-year-olds suspected of stealing snowmobile while drunk captured after police chase using snowmobiles, helicopter

Two men suspected of stealing a snowmobile while drunk early Sunday morning were captured several hours apart by police who chased them using snowmobiles and a helicopter, according to The Governor of More »

Chamber spot: Svalbard’s first classical music festival brings ‘music of friends’ to historic and new performance sites

Chamber spot: Svalbard’s first classical music festival brings ‘music of friends’ to historic and new performance sites

A few hours after people in Longyearbyen experienced their first hour of sunlight in nearly four months, Tim Weiss promised a small group of them “you will get tired of the sun” More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 13, 2018

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 13, 2018

The ratio of foreign residents to Norwegians continues to increase in Longyearbyen; Norway’s trade minister is seeking input about Longyearbyen’s economic future when he visits Monday; tourism was flat in 2017 but More »

Abandon all hope: Svalbard’s 10 biggest stories of 2017

Abandon all hope: Svalbard’s 10 biggest stories of 2017

We’re not going to spin it: the year known as 2017 was a disaster – literally. An avalanche early on shook the community and its leaders to its foundations, climate change inflicted More »

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 30, 2018

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 30, 2018

Record number of fire alarms; kitchen fires a particular concern The Longyearbyen Department received a record 187 alarms during 2017, 15 of which were fires or ignitions. Of those, 11 were due More »

 

The (much) higher price of failure: Cost of dismantling Store Norske’s main mines doubles to 1.5B kroner

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Norway’s government has made it clear they’ll pay whatever it takes to shut down virtually all coal mining in Svalbard – and it turns out they’ll pay dearly as the estimated cost is now twice the 750 million kroner originally estimated.

Birther movement: Jan Morten Ertsaas returning to the town he was born in as the new head of Store Norske

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Jan Morten Ertsaas is one of the few people today who can say they were born in Longyearbyen and one of his first jobs was spending a year working at Store Norske’s coal purification facility. Now, decades after departing for the mainland, he is returning to lead the company as it struggles to find a rebirth.

Controversial immigration minister named new justice minister; responsibilities include governing of Svalbard

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Sylvi Listhaug, a Progress Party member known for controversial stances on immigration, has been named Norway’s new Minister of Justice and Public Security, a job whose duties include oversight of Svalbard. But local officials, while stating it’s vital to know where she stands on matters related to the area’s major economic and societal transition, said they don’t expect her positions on immigration to be a significant factor.

Random weirdness for the week of Jan 16, 2018

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OK, we definitely don’t want the competition given our status as Svalbard’s resident street beggars, but since we’re journalists first and foremost we feel obliged to point out the riches this utterly boring and obsolete photo is worth to folks outside Svalbard who don’t know any better. Yup, it’s a drab and dull photo of that giant Santa’s mailbox that no longer exist (except in pieces in a storage container where it once stood), but digital copies are selling for 4,000 each at Getty Images, a publications, magazines and other media/PR venues. Check out the related images beneath and it’s clear anyone with a smartphone can take premium-priced images if they’re accepted as a contributor. Yup, we’ve sent in our stuff, so if nothing else we’ve got a brief headstart on folks who actually know how to use a camera…

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 16, 2018

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Organized fireworks celebration proposed for next New Year’s
A communal New Year’s fireworks show next year is being proposed by a Longyearbyen resident who says it will be safer and more environmentally friendly.

STORM ALERT: 20-40mm of precipitation, near-gale winds, warm temps, high avalanche risk forecast Saturday

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A storm is expected to dump up to 40 millimeters of precipitation – all or mostly rain – in Longyearbyen on Saturday, causing significant avalanche and flooding risks, according to an alert issued Friday by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

SPECIAL REPORT: Polarizing polar bears – unmasking a proxy war strategy by online climate change denialists

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By Paul Rosenberg
Senior Editor, Random Lengths News

In early December, a video of a dying, emaciated polar bear, foraging for food on an iceless land, went viral on social media. The video garnered millions of views on Facebook and YouTube. For most, it was a vivid signal of the future in store for us all due to human-caused (anthropogenic) global warming ― rising temperatures due to increased carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases. For those who deny or minimize the existence of anthropogenic global warming it wasn’t a polar bear, but a red herring (“Propaganda,” one YouTube viewer called it) — no one knows why it was dying, much less if it can be connected to global warming.

That’s true, but also a bit beside the point.

Random weirdness for the week of Jan. 9, 2018

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We run lots of nudity during our nearly ten years of existence, but we feel safe declaring this the foxiest photo ever published b a tabloid. And it was taken a virgin, no less. This shot of a polar fox under the Northern Lights near Longyearbyen was captured on film Jan. 5 by Lise Loktu, a cultural heritage advisor for The Governor of Svalbard, who said this is her first photo of a fox. As animal porn goes, it definitely delivers a glow…

A lot of lights: Svalbardbutikken proposes redesigned parking area with LED markers for car, taxi and bus spaces

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Svalbardbutikken has no problem with an eye-catching distraction in front of its store. They’re just prefer it not be a competing supermarket.

The inevitable and inexhaustible ‘best of 2017’ listicles are out. Here’s the ones that saw fit to include Svalbard

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The lists include local beer, data, mining of coal and sugar, horror podcasts, and science. And lots of dramatic photos.