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Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 28, 2015

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Now we know what a forest fire looks like in Svalbard   
An usual yellowish haze seen over parts of Svalbard earlier this month apparently was from a large wildfire in Alaska in June that destroyed more than 45 homes, according to the Norwegian Institute for Air Research. Per Erik Hanevoll, manager of the Sverdrup Research Station in Ny-Alesund, asked the observatory for the analysis after spotting the haze drifting in over Kongsfjorden on July 10, which seemed to have a sulphuric taste.

Man who vandalized housing complex faces heavy fine
A man responsible for vandalizing a housing complex at Blåmyra by running amok while spraying a fire extinguisher and leaving feces in a sink has been located and is agreeing to pay the costs incurred during cleanup, according to The Governor of Svalbard. “We received tips that led to that our finding the person,” said Irene Sætermoen, a police chief lieutenant for the governor. “He has been in for questioning, where he acknowledged the facts.” The man, who has 20 to 30 years of ties to Svalbard, did not give an explanation for his behavior, but apparently was intoxicated at the time Sætersmoen said. The cleanup costs exceeded more than 10,000 kroner and he will be fined 6,000 kroner for forcing the fire department to respond to a false alarm. “When someone has literally made a fool out of themselves, as in this case, we forgive the sinner,” Sætersmoen. “I think it’s proper and honest that he will make up for it, even though it is an event we took very seriously.”

Man dies after falling off boat
A Norwegian man in his 40s died after falling off a fishing boat Tuesday afternoon about 50 nautical miles southeast of Hopen, according to the Norwegian Rescue Coordination Center. “Cardiac resuscitation of the man was attempted by the rest of the crew aboard the boat, but it was eventually determined by a doctor at the hospital in Longyearbyen that it had gone on so long it was not possible to save his life,” said Tore Hongset, a rescue leader for the agency. Therefore the rescue operation was called off.”

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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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