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Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of March 29, 2016

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Debris from homes wrecked by avalanche go to mainland
The remains of the 11 homes destroyed in the Dec. 19 were placed on a freighter for transport to the mainland last Wednesday. The Hagland Captain is carrying about 3,000 cubic meters of wood fragments, five or six large containers of hazardous materials such as appliances and windows, 12 vehicles, 21 snowmobiles, and several hundred meters of cables, according to LNS Spitsbergen Administrative Director Frank Jakobsen. LNSS sorted and crushed most of the debris while spending about three weeks bringing the material to a temporary storage site at Hotellneset. The material will be further sorted for final disposal by Perpetuum AS in Balsfjord. The avalanche site remains off-limits due to wreckage and debris that remains under the snow, which is scheduled to be be removed during the summer. There is also infrastructure such as frozen and/or damaged pipes that must be removed or repaired.

Three men rescued during separate holiday incidents
Two snowmobilers were rescued by helicopter in separate incidents during the long Easter holiday weekend, with both victims hospitalized with fractures, according to The Governor of Svalbard. A Russian broke his arm in an accident at about 7 p.m. Thursday while snowmobiling with a group just outside of Pyramiden. A Longyearbyen man was hospitalized with arm and facial fractures after a snowmobile accident Friday afternoon near Colesbukta, A helicopter was also used to rescue a a Belgian citizen who suffered frostbitten legs during a group tour Thursday morning. Two snowmobiles also caught fire – one on Wednesday and one on Friday – but no assistance from the governor was required in either incident.

Polarsyssel returns, busier  season of service planned
The Polarsyssel returned to Longyearbyen on March 22 and will spend the next nine months as the service vessel for The Governor of Svalbard. The ship will be more active than previous years due to a 13.5 percent increase in the governor’s transportation budget.

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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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