Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 21, 2015

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Snowmobilers told to avoid Billefjorden due to bear cubs
Snowmobilers are being urged to avoid driving through Billefjorden, a popular route for approaching Pyramiden, due to two polar bear families with four-month-old cubs observed there, according to The Governor of Svalbard. They are in a critical phase of survival,” a statement at the governor’s website notes, adding officials will be monitoring traffic in the area.

Decision on Store Norske loan may come this week 
A decision by the Norwegian government about recommending an emergency bailout loan for Store Norske may be reached early this week, as the two sides are engaging in final negotiations, but a public announcement may be somewhat delayed. Annette Malm Justad, chairwoman of the company’s board of directors, declined to provide details about the talks, but said the loan is likely to be the top item at the agency during a board meeting next week. The company is seeking a 450-million-kroner loan after a record loss of 537 million kroner last year due primarily to low prices, but has waited three months for a decision and says it doesn’t have enough cash to continue operating beyond June. The loan, if recommended by the Ministry of Trade, Industries and Fisheries, will still need approval by Parliament, although Store Norske officials and local politicians have said they believe they have the votes.

Svalbardposten honored for local coverage at awards
Svalbardposten received an honorable mention award for best local newspaper in 2014 from Norway’s National Association of Local Newspapers during its awards ceremony Saturday. The jury singled out the newspaper for its diversity of topics from close-ups of the unique everyday life in the archipelago to international political and environmental challenges. “For readers, this can mean fabulous adventure on the one hand and international politics on the other,” the jury wrote. “This range Svalbardposten masters in a very good way with theme choices, mediation, systematics and visual presentation.”

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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