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Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 15, 2019

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Owner still hoping for alternative heating in new building despite city mandate
A new office/warehouse building in the seaside area of Longyearbyen that hoped to implement an alternative environmentally friendly heating is being told it must still hook up to the city’s central heating system at a cost of 150,000 kroner – but the owners said they still plan to follow through on their intentions.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Dec. 11, 2018

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Svalbardbutikken prices 25 percent to 40 percent higher than mainland grocers
Grocery prices at Longyearbyen’s only grocery store are far higher than six supermarkets on the mainland, according to a comparison of nearly 90 products.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Nov. 27, 2018

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Mine 7 sees record income a year after other Store Norske mining ceases
A year ago Store Norske shut down nearly all of its coal mining operations, but the relatively small-scale production continuing at Mine 7 experienced a record year by achieving the first “real surplus” in the mine’s 52-year history.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Oct. 23, 2018

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UNIS student housing proposal features 250 dorms, 30 hotel rooms, solar panels
A total of 250 dorms and 30 hotel rooms are included in the latest proposed student housing project for The University Centre in Svalbard.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Sept. 25, 2018

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A cruise ship illegally sending boatloads of passengers to get a close-up look at a polar bear is caught on camera, the Radisson will be closed for more than three months for a massive upgrade and the parents of a girl killed in avalanche are scheduled to discuss settlements with the people they are suing for negligence.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Nov. 18, 2018

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Norway’s justice minister says the “government is working on a solution” for private homeowners in avalanche-prone areas, 72 applicants seek 39.1 million kroner  from the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund and seven Russians help Store Norske workers clean up debris at the aging Mine 2B.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of September 4, 2018

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A unique “freezing wall” is protecting the seed vault during its reconstruction, demolition of about 150 structures in avalanche-prone areas is scheduled to begin next fall and a polar bear disrupts the plans of an annual youth camp.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 17, 2018

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Oil pump failure at boiler house results in lack of hot water
Much of Longyearbyen is experiencing a lack of hot water due to the failure of an oil pump that is part of the city’s backup power system, which is being used while the main power plant undergoes maintenance.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 3, 2018

Svalbard Auto to begin by-the-hour car-sharing this fall
A car-sharing program allowing people to use cars at locations in the center of Longyearbyen for an hourly fee is scheduled to start this fall. “We are looking to start the our car-sharing service with four to six cars, and we’ll see how this works,” said Roger Eriksen, general manager of Svalbard Auto. The cars will be located between Svalbardbutikken and The University Centre in Svalbard, and can be booked using a smartphone app. There are more than 1,000 registered cars in Longyearbyen, including many who have access to vehicles through an employer, but “here are also many who do not have a car,” Eriksen said. “They may need to borrow a car to shop for food, take a driving tour and have greater freedom when they get visitors from the mainland.” The dealership received a grant from Innovation Norway to implement the project.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 26, 2018

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The road between the cemetery and Huset is closed to all foot and vehicle traffic following a landslide, the bridge between downtown and Svalbard Church must be demolished due to damage, and a man driving around asking for drugs is shut down by the police.