An informal silent memorial for Atle Husby and Nikoline Røkenes, who were killed in Saturday’s avalanche, is planned at 9 p.m. Christmas Eve at the…
Posts published in December 2015
A future on hold: Government agrees to give Store Norske up to 400M during next three years to ‘pause’ Lunckefjell, double shifts at Mine 7
The Norwegian government is recommending spending up to 400 million kroner so Store Norske can maintain inoperative facilities at its largest mines during the next three years and employ a double shift at Mine 7.
Thanks to everyone for their kind words these past few days. For those interested in “the rest of the story,” this is a “family and friends” e-mail I sent on Christmas Eve:
Hei alle (tell me I haven’t ignored any of you long enough that you think I misspelled my greeting)…
Those of you who read my fishwrapper may know I’m back home again, although it’s anyone’s guess for how long. I’ve already written about most of what I went through early this week, so this e-mail is mostly to fill in the gaps.
AVALANCHE UPDATE: Governor makes entering restricted zones a criminal offense, releases drone video of slide area as workers begin sealing off damaged homes
Entering areas closed due to avalanche risk is now a criminal offense, The Governor of Svalbard announced Wednesday after a ski tourist was spotted traversing the area where Saturday’s snowslide occurred.
Daily reports about avalanche conditions in Longyearbyen and the surrounding area are now being provided as the city was added to Norway’s avalanche warning system Wednesday.
An update about the avalanche crisis will be presented in English at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Rabalder cafe, according to an announcement at the…
Editor’s note: Everyone has their avalanche story; here – very briefly – is mine and a request to others who want to share (since we know many are tired of the media intruding)
I didn’t want to be a journalist Saturday – and in some ways I couldn’t be. Now, aside from simply updating people about things that matter, I still feel much the same way.
But I want to give a voice to those who want one, in their own words rather than filtered through mine.
Kroa is offering a free Christmas Eve dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. for residents still unable to return to their homes. “It would be…
Up to eight millimeters of precipitation and winds gusting to 43 kilometers an hour are forecast Wednesday, with additional occasional snow during the week and possibly strong winds this weekend, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and Storm.no.
Editor’s note: Links to other news from the past week, including the government’s long-awaited Store Norske plan, can be found here
While the avalanche and its aftermath will obviously dominate our website’s “front page” for the foreseeable future, there was other major news during the past week, including the government’s decision to provide up to 400 million kroner to Store Norske so it can “pause” operations at Lunckefjell and employ a double shift at Mine 7. Links to those articles are below: