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Biotechnology Takes on Mosquitoes in the Battle Against Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya

If you want to know what positive role the mosquito plays in the universal Chain of Life, don’t bother asking Krystal Seger to solve the mystery.

Legislature Demands Transparency Surrounding $1.4 Billion In Pandemic Relief

Senate President Donna Frett-Gregory demanded a higher level of transparency from the V.I. government surrounding the use of $1.4 billion in pandemic-related aid issued to the territory.

Survey Organizers say Early Data Shows Widespread Health Impacts from Limetree

One day after the Limetree Bay Refinery on St. Croix announced it was shutting down, organizers conducting a community survey of the facility's health and environmental impacts released some damning preliminary findings.

Fire Service Struggling With EMS Training Hurdles, Officials Tell Senate

The Virgin Islands Fire Service is working on a decade-old goal to merge Emergency Medical Services into its operations, out from its traditional home within the Department of Health, and cross-train firefighters in Emergency Medical Response.

Grounded Cafe Offers St. Croix a Coffee Experience with Roots

Grounded Cafe on St. Croix offers a fine coffee experience in three locations – growing in just a few years from one to three outlets – and owner Reginald Perry has his sights set higher. “We would love to be the Starbucks of the Caribbean,” Perry said,

Citizens Petitioning Federal Government to Return Tax to Territory

Randolph Thomas, a government retiree, is familiar with the financial challenges the territory faces, and is circulating a petition asking the federal government to pay what he estimates as $7 billion it owes the territory in unpaid excise taxes.

Controversial St. Croix refinery ceases operations given ‘extreme financial constraints’

Monday's announcement suggests that the refinery, which now owes tens of millions of dollars to contractors and faces multiple class-action lawsuits from residents, might never restart.

Governor Says Limetree’s Decision to Shut Down Was Not a Surprise

At 6 a.m. Monday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. learned that the Limetree Bay Refinery would be shut down, affecting as many as 800 jobs directly and indirectly. It did not come as a big surprise, the governor said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

PSC Approves 2.3-Cent Increase in Electric LEAC

At the bottom end of a six-hour meeting Monday, Public Services Commission members approved a 17.215-cent electric levelized energy adjustment clause rate, an increase of about 2.3-cents per kilowatt hour.

Elections Systems Campaign Disclosure Reports Due July 15

Supervisor Fawkes said that “the June 30, 2021, disclosure report must be submitted to the Office of the Supervisor of Elections no later than Thursday, July 15, 2021.”

Eastern Caribbean Heads Express Solidarity With USVI on Safe Restart of Cruise Tourism

In a letter, Roosevelt Skerrit, prime minister of Dominica and chairman of the OECS, expressed the subregional group’s deep appreciation to Gov. Bryan for writing to Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Man With Shotgun Wounds Taken to Hospital

A man who appeared to be shot in the back with a shotgun was taken to Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment Tuesday night, according to the V.I. Police Department. 

Op-Ed: Tabletop’s Value in Shaping Disaster Response

Tabletop exercises test the territory’s strengths and weaknesses in the face of disaster, and they test emergency workers' ability to respond to them.

Four Virgin Islanders to Compete at Tokyo Olympic Games in July

Originally planned for 2020, the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games have been delayed for a year due to the pandemic.

Government House on the Air in June

This is a list of upcoming radio appearances by Gov. Albert Bryan, Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach and Bryan-Roach administration Cabinet members.

Veterans and Family Members Are Eligible for $100,000 Vaccination Lottery

Bring your vaccination card and a government issued Id to the Office of Veterans Affairs within your district by Friday, July 2.

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Royson Nicolas Jno-Baptiste died on June 6.

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Cancer survivors on St. Croix are trying art therapy to help relieve depression and pain caused by the the illness and its treatment. Based on the smiles, laughter and camaraderie during Yemaya Jones’s class on Shibori – similar to tie die – it worked over the last two week for 25 breast cancer survivors and caretakers.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Several of the scarves created by breast cancer survivors hanging on a line. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)
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Grounded Cafe on St. Croix offers a fine coffee experience in three locations – growing in just a few years from one to three outlets – and owner Reginald Perry has his sights set higher.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Keandra Charles, serves the Ault family, clockwise from bottom left, Josiah, Jayla, LaToya and Solomon. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)
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An early July weekend of culture and fun, celebrating V.I. Emancipation Day and U.S. Independence Day, are in the works for the island of St. John. Even with pandemic precautions in place, organizers say they’re encouraged that an abbreviated July 4 fete is possible.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Spectrum Band playing at the 2020 St. John virtual 4th of July Festival Village. A few more in-person events are scheduled for this year. (Department of Tourism photo)
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About 15-20 ships, almost half of the Royal Caribbean Group’s fleet, will be deployed in the Eastern Caribbean this year, starting on July 6 with a stop on St. Thomas, according to cruise line officials.
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✏: Article by James Gardner
📸: Royal Caribbean representatives announced four cruise ship calls for the territory this summer, along with COVID-19 protocols meant to keep passengers and residents at each destination port safe from exposure. (Photo courtesy of Government House)
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In high school, Nkosi Thomas was unsure of the career path he would take when he graduated. Now, his path has been a vital part of his career in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he became the first Virgin Islander to captain a cutter into Charlotte Amalie harbor and has worked at the very top of the Department of Homeland Security.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Coast Guard Lt. Commander Nkosi Thomas receives the Legion of Merit from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. (Photo by Zachary Hupp)
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More than five years after the Island Resources Foundation attempted to finalize its operation in the U.S. Virgin Islands by passing 44 acres of environmentally sensitive, protected land in Fish Bay, St. John, to another non-profit, community-based conservation organization, a prominent St. Thomas attorney has filed a suit in V.I. Superior Court against the tax assessor and lieutenant governor.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
📸: Photo by Gail Karlsson
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While driving home from a lovely lunch celebrating my son’s birthday this week, it finally happened. I was hit just shy of head on by a speeding vehicle on the wrong side of the road on a curve less than a quarter mile from home.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
📸: Submitted photo
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The green tassels of sugar canes were a surprising sight on a May morning in 2021, waving in the wind more than half a century since the crop was grown on a large scale on St. Croix.
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✏: Article by Patricia Borns
📸: Photo by Patricia Borns
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The Kids First St. Croix project is asking the St. Croix community to gather Saturday, June 12, at the Midre Cummings Park in Frederiksted to produce drawings and design plans for a renovation of the playground just east of Fort Frederik.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Juliette and Gracie’s mother brought them to the Midre Cummings Playground for a photo shoot, (Photo provided by Christina McPherson)
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I was thrilled when my friend Cheryl sent me a photo of something unusual that had landed on her front step. What could it be?

Actually, I could see right away it was a fat green caterpillar. But I had never seen one like this before. It was close in size to the large striped caterpillars that eat all the leaves off the frangipani trees, but was mostly green, except for a dark band across its face that expanded to look like one big eye in the center of its forehead. Below that was something that looked like a mouth but wasn’t. Weird.
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✏: Article by Gail Karlsson
📸: Photo by Gail Karlsson
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As the start of hurricane season, the month of June fills some people with dread. But for volunteers in the Virgin Islands National Park’s Sea Turtle Program, June is a time to rejoice.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Newly emerged hatchling turtles begin their journey to the sea. (VINP screenshot)
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Using genetic testing, researchers have discovered a major clue to the origin of the green iguana that is so prevalent in the Virgin Islands.
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✏: Article by Bernetia Akin
📸: The iguanas on St. Thomas and St. Croix may be ‘home-grown’ pests, rather than a result of the pet trade, a new genetic study says. (Source file photo)
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“Dorsch After Dark” on Tuesday will mark its third month as a pop-up exhibit with music and art at the Dorsch Center in downtown Frederiksted.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Singer Deri Tucker. (Submitted photo)
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Chris Pardo, architect and hospitality designer, was recognized in Dwell Magazine for his rebirth of the Waves at Cane Bay and his 30-year love affair with St. Croix.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: The mirror in the bathroom of the refurbished Waves hotel reflects the new look of the room. (Photo provided by Chris Pardo)
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The V.I. Legislature hosted the annual African Liberation Day Ceremony, “Forward Ever to World-Wide Pan-African Unity,” in honor of the territory’s citizens who descended from African ancestors.
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✏: Article by Iyanla Irby
📸: Sen. Genevieve Whittaker delivers remarks on freedom and African Liberation Day. (Photo by DaraMonifah Cooper)
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The University of the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service Coordinator Howard Forbes Jr. has been awarded the National Summer Learning Association’s Innovation Fellowship for Leaders of Color and will use the award to support the Youth Ocean Explorers summer program at UVI.

The NSLA is a national, nonprofit organization that invests in summer learning to transform neighborhoods and communities, one child at a time. The organization has been operating for more than 25 years and, in the news release announcing the award, says it plans to fill its next 25 years with even greater possibilities.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: A Youth Ocean Explorers student takes note of his observations of marine life. (Photo by Howard Forbes Jr.)
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The Virgin Islands can create a more sustainable and healthier community by adopting practices being followed in other island communities around the world, according to a webinar hosted Wednesday by the Caribbean Green Technology Center.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: John Harder of Zero Waste Kaua’i encourages composting recycled food scraps. (Webinar screenshot)
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