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Sargassum Continues to Hinder Water Production, and Governor Announces $40 million to Decrease Retroactive Pay at Busy Media Briefing

St. Croix has "barely enough water each day" due to the continuing influx of sargassum, Daryl Jaschen, director of the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, said at the Government House media briefing Monday.

Sargassum Emergency Focuses on Health Protections

This summer's influx of sargassum, which threatened water and energy production on St. Croix, has provoked the government to consider how it can best protect the people who have to deal with its clean-up and disposal.

Board of Elections Chairman Apologizes for Delay in Publishing Full Primary Election Results

The system continues to be upgraded by introducing new and advanced technology.

Primary Voters Trickle Into Voting Centers on St. Thomas-St. John

Voters across St. Thomas and St. John spoke softly on Saturday as the Election System of the Virgin Islands opened its voting centers for Primary Day.

Early Voting Turnout Breaks 2018 Records, Elections System Reports

A record-breaking 4,418 people cast their ballots during early voting for the Democratic Primary election that ended on Monday, according to Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes.

Elections Board Relocates Two 2022 Primary Election Voting Centers

The V.I. Board of Elections informs the public of recent changes to the locations of the 2022 Primary Election Voting Centers territory wide.

Rwanda Journal 2022: A Mystical Journey Part Four

Within the city limits of the sprawling capital of Rwanda lies a magical place called Umusambi Village. Umusambi supports the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association’s work of increasing awareness and changing behaviors towards poaching, the pet trade, and habitat.

DOH Goes Before CZM for Demo of Charles Harwood Complex

The V.I. Health Department went before the St. Croix Coastal Zone Management Committee on Friday to seek approval of its plans for the complete demolition of the Charles Harwood Memorial Hospital's main building, annex building, and other permanent structures on the site, followed by the construction of a replacement building.

Taxicab Commission Officials’ Testimony Leaves Finance Committee Doubtful

After hearing testimony from officials of the V.I. Taxicab Commission on Friday, members of the 34th Legislature Committee on Finance voiced exasperation. The commission's director and board chair appeared to answer questions about the agency's million-dollar request for Fiscal Year 2023.

Women’s Coalition Reels in Golden Hook Winnings

While Todd Gentilucci won a prize for the biggest fish, the Women's Coalition of St. Croix was the big winner Saturday of the Golden Hook Fishing Club's St. Croix Summer Slam Fishing Derby - with a donation of half of the derby's earnings.

Lavish Tributes in the End for former Governor Charles Turnbull

Governor Charles Wesley Turnbull, sixth elected governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, was remembered for his servant leadership, his passion for education, history, and family at a funeral service held Saturday on St. Thomas.

Man Arrested for Attacking a Woman and Her Cat

On Saturday, a man was arrested for assault and animal abuse, police say.

St. Croix Man Arrested on Gun Charges

On Friday, a St. Croix man was arrested on gun charges after a warrant was executed, police say.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: August 15 – 19

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Wife and Lover Guilty in Manno’s Murder

More than 17 years after police found well-known St. Thomas restaurateur Egbert "Manno" Stuart dead in his bedroom, a jury has convicted his wife and her lover of stabbing him to death, prosecutors said Monday.

Sargassum Continues to Hinder Water Production, and Governor Announces $40 million to Decrease Retroactive Pay at Busy Media Briefing

St. Croix has "barely enough water each day" due to the continuing influx of sargassum, Daryl Jaschen, director of the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, said at the Government House media briefing Monday.

81C Brings Art to Visitors Staying at One Perfect Day Villa on St. Thomas

81C's curation of art at One Perfect Day Villa aims to heighten visitor experience while representing artists living and working on St. Thomas.

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Sargassum Continues to Hinder Water Production, and Governor Announces $40 million to Decrease Retroactive Pay at Busy Media Briefing

St. Croix has "barely enough water each day" due to the continuing influx of sargassum, Daryl Jaschen, director of the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, said at the Government House media briefing Monday.

Wife and Lover Guilty in Manno’s Murder

More than 17 years after police found well-known St. Thomas restaurateur Egbert "Manno" Stuart dead in his bedroom, a jury has convicted his wife and her lover of stabbing him to death, prosecutors said Monday.

Open Forum: Puerto Rico Shares Some of St. Croix’s Rich Maroon History

By 1760, the landmass of St. Croix was almost totally cultivated with sugarcane. For the merchants and planters of the St. Croix sugar economy, this was the “Golden Era” when sugar was King. For the enslaved populations, it was hell. 

Nicholas D’Amour Wins United States Open

At the end of two days, Nicholas D'Amour finished first, with America’s best archer, Brady Ellison, finishing second. He was declared the winner and number one seed for the United States Open. 

81C Brings Art to Visitors Staying at One Perfect Day Villa on St. Thomas

81C's curation of art at One Perfect Day Villa aims to heighten visitor experience while representing artists living and working on St. Thomas.

Nicholas D’Amour Wins United States Open

At the end of two days, Nicholas D'Amour finished first, with America’s best archer, Brady Ellison, finishing second. He was declared the winner and number one seed for the United States Open. 

John Bruno Giraud Dies

John Bruno Giraud passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, July 26. He was well known for the handsome white ponytail he sported for many years.

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Gov. Charles Wesley Turnbull, sixth elected governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, was remembered for his servant leadership, his passion for education, history, and family at a funeral service held Saturday on St. Thomas.

📸: Mourners at the final viewing for former Governor Charles Turnbull (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

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While Todd Gentilucci won a prize for the biggest fish, the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix was the big winner Saturday of the Golden Hook Fishing Club’s St. Croix Summer Slam Fishing Derby — with a donation of half of the derby’s earnings.

📸: Todd Gentilucci, left, with his prize-winning mahi-mahi, along with teammates, and friends from the “Ruffian” Saturday. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

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After hearing testimony from officials of the V.I. Taxicab Commission on Friday, members of the 34th Legislature Committee on Finance voiced exasperation. The commission’s director and board chair appeared to answer questions about the agency’s million-dollar request for Fiscal Year 2023.

📸: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Kurt Vialet (Photo courtesy of the Virgin Islands Legislature)

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The V.I. Health Department went before the St. Croix Coastal Zone Management Committee on Friday to seek approval of its plans for the complete demolition of the Charles Harwood Memorial Hospital’s main building, annex building, and other permanent structures on the site, followed by the construction of a replacement building.

📸: The proposed design of the new Charles Harwood Hospital. (Zoom Screenshot taken during St. Croix Coastal Zone Management Committee Meeting)

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On Saturday, a man was arrested for assault and animal abuse, police say.

Calijah Brewley, 21, was arrested after a former acquaintance reported that she had been assaulted. The victim stated that Brewley became upset after her cat allegedly attacked him and that he began chasing the animal throughout the house and struck it several times with a broom.

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A St. Croix man pleaded not guilty to federal drug and gun running charges Friday. He was one of seven St. Croix residents prosecutors indicted in an alleged drug trafficking, gun running, and murder conspiracy that began in 2013.

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Chairman of the Board of Elections Raymond J. Williams thanks all Virgin Islanders who participated in the Democratic Primary on Saturday, Aug. 6. Chairman Williams offers an apology, however, for the inability to immediately publish the full results of the Primary 2022 Election as early as intended. The system experienced delays in transferring files for two of the St. Thomas Voting Centers, which caused the unexpected wait.

📸: Board of Elections Chairman Raymond Williams. (Source file photo)

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The first cruise line to lift its mandate that passengers be vaccinated against Covid-19 will visit St. Thomas soon after the policy shift.

📸: The Norwegian Bliss, tied up at the WICO pier in St. Thomas. (Photo: Mat Probasco)

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Scores of St. John residents plan to take to the streets later this month, protesting the continued closure of their lone public library.

📸: Scaffolding around the Elaine Ione Sprauve Public Library and Museum of Cultural Arts in St. John. (Photo: Carla Sewer)

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The last chapter in the life of Anne Marie Porter, 69, is being remembered by the friends who helped her navigate the ravages of a terminal illness. Often seen in public dressed in flowing garments and a broad-brimmed hat, Porter was best known in her role as a wedding officiant.

📸: After a lifetime of making magic moments, friends say Porter had one left as she died Aug. 5 (Photo by Laura Hollander)

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The Justice Department responded Thursday to claims by Jeffrey Epstein’s estate that the government’s emergency motion to lift a stay of proceedings in its civil suit against the estate is “legally meritless” and worthy of court sanction.

📸: Little St. James Island off St. Thomas.

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Virgin Islander, Keo L. Brown, a Coast Guard Operational Specialist Technician stationed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James received an Achievement Award for superior performance from July 2019 to July 2022. According to a release from the Coast Guard, Todd D. Vance, the cutter’s Commanding Officer, recognized Petty Officer Brown for his accomplishments last month when the vessel was docked in the port of Charleston, South Carolina. Petty Officer Brown’s commendable achievements include a demonstration of his exceptional knowledge in singlehandedly rebuilding the cutter’s communications suite while underway at sea, thus maintaining the National Security Cutter’s ability to remain on mission while deployed to the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. In the Fall of 2021, Petty Officer Brown also developed a robust command and control training curriculum for the cutter’s first counter-narcotics patrol.

📸: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Keo L. Brown (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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Wednesday, the Board of Elections reviewed allegations contained in a civil lawsuit filed by the Republican National Committee and a group of local Republicans. Board Chairman Raymond Williams reported that a discussion took place at the end of a one-hour executive session at the start of the Wednesday meeting.

📸: During the 2018 primary, voters fill in their ballots at the Gladys Abraham Elementary School Polling site at UVI. (Source file photo)

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Just before 7 a.m. Thursday, a fire engulfed the maintenance shed at Havensight Mall on St. Thomas that houses golf carts. “All of the contents of the structure were totally destroyed,” Government Employees’ Retirement System Executive Director Austin Nibbs said in a release Thursday afternoon. GERS owns Havensight Mall.

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The V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation Territorial Board — the board of directors for the Virgin Islands hospitals on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John — learned Wednesday night that the Charlotte Kimmelman Cancer Institute could be rebuilt as soon as December 2023.

📸: A rendering of a new atrium at the Charlotte Kimmelman Cancer Institute. (Image from Hospital & Health Facilities Corporation Territorial Board meeting )

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A research study released last month concluded that nationally students are beginning to make up recent learning loss attributed to COVID-19 restrictions, but it is unclear whether that is the case in the Virgin Islands.

📸: Standardized tests are one tool the V.I. Education Department uses to assess student proficiency in math and language arts. (Shutterstock)

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More than two years after it held its first formal meeting, the V.I. Cannabis Advisory Board has approved the final draft rules and regulations that will govern the territory’s medical marijuana market, with an eye to serving patients starting in March or April 2023.

📸: Office of Cannabis Regulations Executive Director Hannah Carty presents the office’s strategic plan and rules and regulations for the rollout of medicinal marijuana in the territory to a meeting of the V.I. Cannabis Advisory Board on Wednesday. (Screenshot from Zoom meeting of the Cannabis Advisory Board)

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The St. Thomas-St. John Historic Preservation Committee made it clear to State Historic Preservation Office Director Sean Krigger, Tuesday, that members of the board believed they were not getting the support they needed from paid government workers at the Preservation Office. Committee members are volunteers.

📸: Pan African Support Group member Anna Francis takes a photo of the rededicated Freedom statue located in the heart of Emancipation Garden. (Photo by Ananta Pancham)

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Representatives of the Republican National Committee won a preliminary injunction against two officials of the Virgin Islands Republican Party on Wednesday. But the federal judge who granted their motion said the court would not decide if defendants John Canegata and Robert Schanfarber were in or out as party officials.

📸: John Canegata (File photo)

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Gov. Charles W. Turnbull lay in state at the Government House in Christiansted, St. Croix on Wednesday. The public viewing marked the first day in a series of events scheduled for the territory throughout the week.

📸: The body of Charles W. Turnbull is carried outside of the Government House on St. Croix. (Photo provided by the Government House)

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