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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FOR SVALBARD FOR SUNDAY: Arctic Husky Travellers seeking homes for dogs, government seeks to boost local emergency rescue capabilities and more

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This story will be updated throughout the day. Photo of Nokas, left, a six-year-old “friendly and gentele sleddog,” by Tommy Jordbrudal.

Svalbard remains free of officially diagnosed cases of coronavirus as of Sunday afternoon and…regardless, all is not well.

While some more families in are being observed together doing “typical” leisure activities as the coronavirus crisis enters its third weekend in Longyearbyen, such as playing in fresh snow and gathering in the cafes/restaurants still open, one outdoorsy family is confronting the painful prospect of a breakup due to the near-total and likely months-long tourism crash.

“Due to this corona situation we at Arctic Husky Travellers are considering finding new homes for some of our furry friends, if we find the right family for them,” wrote Tommy Jordbrudal, a longtime musher and manager of the company, in a Facebook announcement Saturday that includes pictures and descriptions of each dog available. “All dogs, who are looking for a new homes, are happy, healthy and social Alaskan Huskies. Also perfect family dogs – all used to children.”

Those interested can contact Jordbrudal at the Facebook link or 9929 3943.

In other local happenings:

Svalbardposten reports Parliament is planning emergency service upgrades for Longyearbyen to serve as the “northernmost main base for Norwegian rescue services.” The plan “will be up for consideration in the spring, depending on how quickly Parliament gets time to work on non-corona cases.”

• Tio Moncho’s Mexican food truck is offering deliveries from 4-7 p.m.

 

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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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