Metal morons: We’re clueless about Manowar, so we’re mostly farming this story about their gig here to social media fanboys

Metal morons: We’re clueless about Manowar, so we’re mostly farming this story about their gig here to social media fanboys

It’s 9 p.m. in Longyearbyen…do you know where your eardrums are? If they’re worrying absent, it’s because the heavy metal band Manowar that’s built a huge cult following since forming in 1980 is More »

EVACUATION ALERT: Gruvelageret, nearby buildings vacated due to avalanche risk, Huset remains open

EVACUATION ALERT: Gruvelageret, nearby buildings vacated due to avalanche risk, Huset remains open

Gruvelageret and the surrounding buildings on the mountainside beyond Huset have been evacuated due to the avalanche risk, The Governor of Svalbard announced Monday afternoon. More »

Mushy mountainside: Avalanche across Vei 300 near Huset closes road yet again to all traffic

Mushy mountainside: Avalanche across Vei 300 near Huset closes road yet again to all traffic

An avalanche that sent snow across a stretch of Vei 300 just before midnight Sunday has resulted in the closure of the road to all traffic between Huset and the intersection near More »

BREAKING NEWS: Entire North Pole season cancelled for first time ever due to political, weather problems at Barneo ice camp

BREAKING NEWS: Entire North Pole season cancelled for first time ever due to political, weather problems at Barneo ice camp

The entire North Pole season at the Barneo ice camp has been cancelled for the first time in its 18-year history due to a breakdown in weather after a lengthy political crisis, More »

BAILING ON BARNEO: North Pole Marathon cancelled; other Pole expeditions trying to reach ice base camp uncertain as ‘you can’t trust anything they say’

BAILING ON BARNEO: North Pole Marathon cancelled; other Pole expeditions trying to reach ice base camp uncertain as ‘you can’t trust anything they say’

(UPDATE: The entire North Pole season is now cancelled.) A political crisis at the Barneo ice camp that has now delayed all expeditions hoping to reach the North Pole this spring by More »

 

10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY FLASHBACK: This was Icepeople’s homepage on July 29, 2010. It has most of our web articles between then and the first issue in March of 2009

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Seeds inside the Doomsday Vault in peril, amazingly warm winter temperatures, warnings about behaving badly around polar bears, a wrecked ship abandoned in a remote part of Svalbard…hmmm, maybe contrary to common perception Svalbard hasn’t changed all that much in ten years.

We’re putting the last touches on Icepeople’s 10-year anniversary issue and, while looking up a few of our first articles, came across this archived version of the homepage in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine from July 29, 2010. So we’re sharing it here just for the hell of it. It features most of the major stories between then and our first print issue on March 3, 2009, and contains plenty of surprisingly repetitive topics along with some now equally oddly obsolete content.

MISSING MAIL: Postal flight cancelled Wednesday and Thursday, so some of these shelves may be empty before the weekend

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Technical problems have resulted in the cancellation of the postal flight to Longyearbyen on Wednesday and Thursday, meaning many fresh grocery products and other items may be in short supply or unavailable, according to officials.

(Auto)pilot project: Shuttle bus comes to Longyearbyen for first-ever autonomous vehicle test in Arctic; free rides offered Thursday as company seeks longer route/test period

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The way people are gawking and taking photos at the stubby green contraption moseying its way up and down the center of Longyearbyen you’d think they’ve never seen a shuttle bus before. And they haven’t – at least not one where the “driver” is  navigating it by programming its route into a computer while sitting on the rear bench.

WINDY WHITEOUT: Blizzard puts Longyearbyen on avalanche alert, delays flight to mainland until at least after midnight

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A blizzard resulting in heavy snow and near-zero visibility Monday has triggered an avalanche alert for Longyearbyen, and led to the cancellation of one passenger flight to the mainland and the delay of a second until at least after midnight Tuesday, according to officials.

TRYM, TRYM, TRYM AGAIN: Three-time national gold medalist Trym Aunevik, 17, takes lifetime of overcoming disability to new heights with personal bests at Special Olympic World Games

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Trym Aunevik, 17, can fire the rifles local teachers carry at recess in case of polar bears, but isn’t allowed to attend school because there’s no program for someone with Down’s Syndrome. But the lessons of a lifetime of challenges and endurance are reaping unprecedented rewards for him – and family and supporters at his side since birth – as the three-time national champion swimmer is achieving new heights of victory this week at the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi.

10TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE SPECIAL: Extra-extra-extra massive amount of random weirdness for the week of March 12, 2019

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Quiz before reading the next sentence: What worst-case local police emergency explains the “hot” vehicle in this picture?

‘This is not a joke. This is a robbery.’ Man accused of Longyearbyen’s first bank heist officially charged; ‘he was not looking for money at all, but attention,’ attorney says

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A 29-year-old Russian man accused of Longyearbyen’s first-ever bank robbery by demanding money at gunpoint was formally charged this week, with his attorney stating his client was actually seeking attention and help for his psychological problems in the short-lived caper.

Too much to bear: Open weekend at Fredheim cancelled by governor due to several polar bears located nearby

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An annual open weekend at the Fredheim trapping station at the entrance to Templefjorden has been cancelled this weekend due to the presence of multiple polar bears in the vicinity, The Governor of Svalbard announced Thursday. The announcement comes a day after the inner portion of the fjord was closed to motorized traffic due to numerous incidents of wildlife being disturbed.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 12, 2019

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Mary-Ann Dahle strongly considering selling Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg because she is seriously ill with cancer, Svalbard’s walruses making a strong comeback after being nearly hunted to extinction and two intoxicated men found crawling/walking barefoot in the snow are saved by observers.

TEMPELFJORDEN TRAFFIC BAN: Governor’s closure effective immediately due to ‘several unfortunate’ intrusions on wildlife

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A ban on snowmobiles and other motor traffic in a popular travel area of Tempelfjorden is in effect immediately due to several recent incidents of wildlife being disrupted at a time when they are particularly vulnerable, The Governor of Svalbard announced Wednesday.