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A milestone for the vault

Publisert: - Oppdatert: 20.02.2017 kl 09:36

Some of the seeds pulled out of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in 2015 after the gene bank in Aleppo in Syria was destroyed are being returned for safety storage.

 
UNIS boat failure to be investigated

Publisert: - Oppdatert: 10.02.2017 kl 14:38

The Norwegian Maritime Authority will examine what regulations are applicable to boats used by The University Centre in Svalbard. It is likely that voyages with passengers during the winter are prohibited.

 
Rained out in Longyearbyen

Publisert: - Oppdatert: 10.02.2017 kl 15:13

A snowmobile trip for participants of a large mathematics conference was rained out this week. A couple on their honeymoon didn't get to go to the seed vault, but did get to see the Northern Lights.

 
Svalbard Turn gets two cabins

Publisert: - Oppdatert: 03.02.2017 kl 15:31

The Governor of Svalbard has taken over and will provide a cabin in Grøndalen to Svalbard Turn. In addition, the sports club is also borrowing a cabin on Nordenskiöldtoppen.

 
– It was a serious situation

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Twelve wet and icy students and staff from The University Centre in Svalbard were rescued by the Norwegian Coast Guard on Friday. The group's boat was leaking and both engines stopped.

 
Working on reopening Svea

Publisert: - Oppdatert: 30.01.2017 kl 12:35

Store Norske plans to submit startup plans to its board of directors before summer. If approved, coal mining may be going again next year.

 
Winging Polarjazz again

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20 years ago, somebody had a good idea. So good the jazz has continued, albeit somewhat diluted.

 
Will evaluate the response

Publisert: - Oppdatert: 20.01.2017 kl 14:56

The Governor of Svalbard has received complaints about the response to a trio of visiting polar bears during the past week. Residents are upset the bears wandered straight into a residential area.

 
Meeting the bears at close range

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Berit Våtvik was awakened by the dogs in the kennel just after 5 a.m. Tuesday. When she came out of the house where she lives a female polar bear with her cubs were there.

 
Rema 1000 to be built

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The grocery chain wants to open a store in Longyearbyen in the parking lot in front of Svalbardbutikken.

 
Yes to food, no to parking

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Politicians in Longyearbyen want competition for food shopping, but are not entirely positive about central parking area construction. 

 
Heartfelt gathering with lots of laughter and a few select Google words

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When children from Longyearbyen met their peers in Barentsburg, they used Google Translate.

 
2016: Warmest and wettest

Publisert: - Oppdatert: 22.12.2016 kl 20:12

This year's temperatures at Svalbard Airport are unprecedented. 'Terrifying,' a climate scientist says.

 
Love and memories live on

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A warm-hearted and powerful gathering touched those who participated in the torchlight procession up to Lia where an avalanche struck on Dec. 19 of last year.

 
Getting more visits from polar bears than humans

Publisert: - Oppdatert: 15.12.2016 kl 11:13

Ten Polish scientists are spending the winter at Hornsund. After this year's Christmas visit they won't see any guests until spring.

 
King Kyrre

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The scissors and razor have lain untouched since April. Kyrre Stræth Fledsberg wants to show his daughter how Harald Hårfagre looked.

 
The biggest gift weighs nine tons

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100- and 50-year anniversaries in Ny-Ålesund will be celebrated on at least four days. One of the gifts weighs nine tons.

 
Lost their brother in the mine

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Frank Robert and Bent Jakobsen lost Geir Arne Jakobsen in a mining accident in 1991. Last Thursday they unveiled the memorial for all the workers who were killed.

 
Celebrating SNSK for three days

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Unveiling a memorial, a cabaret show and an old-fashioned Harvest Festival are planned as Store Norske celebrates its 100th birthday next week.

 
Expected more and larger landslides

Publisert: - Oppdatert: 21.11.2016 kl 10:20

Luck prevented last week's rainstorm from causing major damage. Researchers believe frost on top of the hills protected the city.

 
Mailbox costing 500 kr. a day

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Po Lin Lee says she wants to share joy with tourists and residents. She has not removed the giant Santa's mailbox before the deadline and so far owes more than 9,000 kroner in fines.

 
Taking input seriously

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New proposals in the Svalbard 'white paper' address veterinary care, stronger beer and a long-term energy plan. Store Norske's future is still vague.

 
Extensive safety work

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259 people were forced to evacuate their homes this week in Longyearbyen. Mayor Arild Olsen wants to avoid more evacuations in the future.

 
Creating a Sherpa trail to Platåberget

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Visit Svalbard is 1.9 million kroner short of what it needs to initiate the project. They also need permission from the Governor to build the trail.

 
Getting more cruise money

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The tourism industry is pleased with this year's cruise season and is making plans for next year to be even better

 
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