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DOG DAZE: Longyearbyen’s only veterinarian may be forced to leave due to housing shortage, prompting howler of a debate

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A critical housing shortage that is forcing people to leave Longyearbyen despite having jobs is threatening the shutdown of the town’s only veterinarian by next month, triggering an intense debate about the necessity of local animal care and what role government should play in supporting it.

Snow barrier: Evacuation of homes in avalanche area upheld until summer; access to retrieve items cut back to once a week

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For the past month people have generally been allowed into their evacuated homes for a few hours a day to collect belongings except for a few rare days when storms heightened the avalanche threat. Those days are over at least until the snow is gone.