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Hurricane debris piled in Coral Bay, St. John.

Federal Hurricane Response Cited in Latest Court Filing on Voting Rights

Current and former leaders of the U.S. Virgin Islands responded to the federal government's response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the latest legal filing in an ongoing case on U.S. territories' voting rights.

Amid Blackouts, WAPA Board Approves New Generator Lease

The V.I. Water and Power Authority governing board authorized a multimillion-dollar lease on a new 20-megawatt generator for St. Croix Thursday, as WAPA worked to restore power to all parts of St. Thomas after a generator failure.
Eight men and three women were taken from this 19-foot vessel in the Mona Passage. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard Repatriates 18 to Dominican Republic

The U.S. Coast Guard returned 18 Dominican migrants Friday morning to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, following two at-sea interdictions authorities Tuesday just off Aguadilla,...

IRS Postpones Tax Filing Deadline Until June 29 for Victims of Hurricane Maria

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds victims of Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that filing...

Round the Rocks Winners Announced; 45th St. Thomas International Regatta Starts Friday

Nearly a dozen boats reveled in the mix of spectacular scenery plus tactical challenges in brisk winds and bumpy seas as the fleet sailed around the island of St. John in the 3rd Round the Rocks Race.

Court Says Pay Past-Due Pension Contributions – But How?

The Government Employee Retirement System has won a court order directing the V.I. government to make the pension system whole, but it is unclear if the government can make those payments and also pay its other bills.
A damaged St. Thomas home with a blue tarp roof in March of 2018. (Bill Kossler photo)

Slow Insurance Settlements Leading to Lawsuits

Many Virgin Islanders are seeing long delays and some are complaining of low settlement offers as they negotiate insurance claims to repair their homes before hurricane season arrives again June 1.
Much of WAPA’s solar farm in Estate Donoe was destroyed by last year’s hurricanes

WAPA Discusses Resiliency Plan at Energy Roundtable

At an energy roundtable held this week to discuss recovery, rebuilding and sustainability, much of the focus was on what the V.I. Water and Power Authority has done in the wake of September’s hurricanes and how officials propose to strengthen the system before the next storm season begins in June.
A St. Croix ground lizard.

Apparel Brand Boosts Awareness of Caribbean Endangered Species

St. Croix is home to several threatened species, and the recent Lacoste Save Our Species polo shirt may give local conservation efforts a welcome international boost.

FEMA Still Hiring for U.S.V.I. Recovery Jobs

Positions are available for community planners, historic preservation specialists, an environmental specialist, a flood insurance specialist, an administrative assistant and an engineer.





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