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Alert: Svalbardbutikken closed temporarily due to water line problem

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Update: 2:50 p.m.: The supermarket has reopened. The closure, for safety reasons, was due to the break of an aging water main pipe. No damage or loss of inventory is being reported.

Svalbardbutikken closed its doors at about 1:20 p.m. Monday afternoon due to a water line problem that is flooding part of the store. Morten Helliksen, the store’s administrative director,  said he expects the store to remain closed for up to 90 minutes.

The news is there’s no news: Norway’s biggest newspapers halt shipments to Svalbard, citing costs

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Most of Norway’s major newspapers are no longer sending copies to Svalbard, citing the cost of doing so on commercial flights, with Longyearbyen’s largest retailer now scrambling to negotiate an alternative means of shipment.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 14, 2015

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Trapper Hilmar Nois’ hut moved from eroding shore
Villa Fredheim, the landmark historic hut at Sassendalen used by trapper Hilmar Nois, was moved about 50 meters from the shoreline Friday to prevent coastal erosion from destroying the monument.

Panic buyers, homeless visitors join sun as dim bits of Eclipse Week

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Obviously local businesses and plenty of homeowners made out – like bandits in some cases – but the high cost of seeing Svalbard’s dark side resulted in some dim moments from locals and the penny-pinched visiting hoards.