Tag Archives: The Governor of Svalbard

Lock ’em up, take away the key: Governor tells motorists to stop leaving keys in vehicles after recent thefts

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For decades it’s been a tradition for Longyearbyen residents to leave their keys in vehicles because there was virtually no change they’d be stolen. The Governor of Svalbard says those days are over.

Fire forces 12 to move out of apartments early Monday morning; second early-morning incident in two days

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A fire in an apartment building on Vei 232 shortly before 4 a.m. Monday forced 12 residents to evacuate the building for about 12 hours while officials investigated the incident. The cause remains undetermined and the National Criminal Investigation Service is scheduled to investigate the matter Tuesday.

“All residents were told that the building is evacuated and no one has been injured,” Police Chief Lt. Vidar Arnesen told Svalbardposten shortly after the fire was extinguished. “There were flames in a storage room in the building, but the fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department.”

Fright night frights: Persistent polar bear family makes another visit near Longyearbyen, governor issues travel warning

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A mother polar bear and two cubs who have visited the vicinity of Longyearbyen repeatedly during the past month was sighted in Hiorthhamn moving toward Adventdalen late Friday afternoon, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

“The governor encourages everyone to exercise caution when entering the terrain and to take precautionary measures with regard to polar bears,” a prepared statement notes.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Sept. 26, 2017

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Final fate of Svea and Lunckefjell mines may be determined Oct. 12
The few employees left at Svea will learn if the government supports resuming operations at the coal mine, as well as the one nearby at Lunckefjell, when the proposed national budget for 2018 is submitted Oct. 12.

Polar bear ransacks cabins at Kapp Laila; officials tranquilize it and fly it far north

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A polar bear that ransacked several cabins at Kapp Laila was tranquilized and flown by helicopter to Nordaustlandet on Friday, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

1,600-liter barrel of diesel captured on film as it falls from governor’s helicopter into sea near Pyramiden

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A 1,600-liter barrel of diesel fell from a helicopter into the water near Pyramiden while it being carried by one of The Governor of Svalbard’s aircraft, with those transporting the fuel lacking the equipment to contain the spill before it dispersed into the sea, according to officials.

Persistent summer visitors: Mother polar bear and cubs spotted in Adventdalen, governor closes area to traffic

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A mother polar bear and her two cubs – and there’s no official word on if they’re the same visitors spotted near Longyearbyen a few days ago – wandered into Adventdalen on Sunday afternoon, prompting The Governor of Svalbard to close a portion of the area to public traffic.

Just the usual summer visit: Mother polar bear returns to familiar turf near Longyearbyen w/ cubs before being chased away

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A mother polar bear and two cubs lingering for several hours in a cabin area across the channel from Longyearbyen were chased away Thursday evening using a helicopter, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Costly chase: Snowmobile guide fined 12K for disrupting polar bear; governor threatens travel ban where animals are

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A tour guide has been fined 12,000 kroner – and future tours are facing an arguably much harsher penalty – after disrupting a polar bear by leading a snowmobiling group too close to the animal, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Deck of tour boat M/S Langøysund catches fire with 34 aboard during BBQ; passengers trapped, no serious injuries reported

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The deck of the M/S Langøysund tour boat caught fire in Isfjorden shortly before noon on Thursday, according to The Governor of Svalbard.but was extinguished by the crew a short time later with no major injuries to the 34 people aboard, but one crew member was treated at Longyearbyen Hospital for smoke inhalation.