Tag Archives: The Governor of Svalbard

Shelter until the snow flies: Governor lifts evacuation order for homes evacuated after avalanche – but only temporarily

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Nearly 60 residences evacuated after an avalanche destroyed two nearby apartment buildings in February can be used as temporary housing until “the ground is covered by snow” unless protective measures are implemented, The Governor of Svalbard announced Tuesday evening.

ALERT: Five people hospitalized, two critically injured, as nine Russian snowmobilers fall through sea ice in Tempelfjorden

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Nine people were hospitalized Thursday, and one remains in critical and unstable condition, after nine Russian snowmobilers broke through the sea ice in Templefjorden, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 11, 2017

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Spate of accidents, small avalanches causes for caution during sunny and busy Easter Week
Several accidents resulting in injuries and at least two small avalanches have occurred in the past few days as Svalbard enters one of its busiest weeks for outdoor excursions, according to The Governor of Svalbard and other officials.

Mining and/or tourism? Government friend and/or foe? Store Norske’s unpredictable future takes more volatile turns

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The question used to be what options, if any, were possible at Svea since coal mining was shutting down. Now the dilemma is it might be possible to have mining and other new activities already occurring – but government officials who’ve been so supportive in the past might block some or all of those options this time.

WARNING SIGNS: Another major avalanche shatters people’s faith in official alert system as well as homes

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Exasperating as the multiple widespread evacuations were, there was a general level of support and understanding for the “better safe than sorry” policy of local leaders. Now that’s been shaken up as much as residents’ nerves were following an avalanche 18 months ago that started it all.

Governor issues travel warning after avalanche near Longyearbyen; heavy snow forecast through Tuesday

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An avalanche triggered by heavy snow this weekend forced the temporary closure of a popular snowmobile trail on a glacier just south of Longyearbyen and The Governor of Svalbard said the risk of snowslides in the mountains remains high with more snow forecast through Tuesday.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 14, 2017

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UNIS boat trip that stranded occupants may have violated law
The malfunction of a boat that left 12 students and staff from The University Centre in Svalbard stranded for hours on the icy sea between Barentsburg and Longyearbyen last month will be investigated by The Norwegian Maritime Authority.

A bear of an all-nighter: Trio of polar bears return to town Sunday, officials ‘chase them as far as possible’

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OK, this time they’ve really been chased far enough away from town to keep them from returning.

Or so say/hope officials working for The Governor of Svalbard who spent all of Sunday night chasing a mother polar bear and her two cubs from dog kennels at the edge of Longyearbyen all the way to Van Mijenfjorden. The coast of the fjord south of town is perhaps 40 kilometers away as the crow flies – but a lot longer for bears, snowmobiles and others navigating the highly mountainous terrain.

ALERT: Polar bear tracks spotted at UNIS early Tuesday morning; storm making monitoring animals difficult

Tracks from a mother polar bear and two cubs were discovered within the city limits of Longyearbyen early Tuesday morning, the latest of several visits near town since Friday despite efforts by officials to chase the animals away, according to residents and The Governor of Svalbard.

Bears are back: Mother, two cubs return to Mine 7 Monday after long effort to chase them far from town

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A mother polar bear and two cubs that have twice been chased away from areas near Longyearbyen since Saturday were spotted on the Mine 7 mountain late Monday morning, according to The Governor of Svalbard.