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Senate President Novelle Francis presides over the Legislature Wednesday. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Francis: Legislature Will Allow Automatic Emergency Extensions

Senate President Novelle E. Francis Jr. announced Saturday that the 33rd Legislature has opted to allow the automatic extension of the state of emergency that Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. requested on July 5.

American Martial Arts Alliance Honors Local Master Jerry Otto

The American Martial Arts Alliance Awards ceremony was to be hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 10-11.  Due to the pandemic, all Las Vegas events have been canceled; however, the entire celebration this year was online.
Ivy Hunter, Aaron Hutchins and David Morales stand at the new Leatherback store front. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Leatherback Opens Sporting Goods and Experiences Store

Biking and water sports enthusiasts can now shop for kayaks, paddleboards, surfboards, bikes and accessories while they sip a Leatherback beer at the brewery west of Christiansted. Soon they also will be able to book an outdoor tour or lesson at Island Life Adventures.
Ruth Beagles attended her granddaughter Rudi’s graduation in 2008. (Photo provided by John Beagles)

Virgin Islanders Mourn Venerable Educator Ruth Harrigan-Beagles

Former educator and cultural advocate Ruth Harrigan-Beagles died on June 6 in Sun City, Florida, and Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. was one of the first to offer his condolences.

This Week’s Senate Calendar for July 13-17

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

Bureau of Motor Vehicles to Close on July 14 for Training

The bureau’s employees will be engaged in mandatory training that will enhance and transform the way the BMV conducts business.

DPNR to Hold Annual Commercial Fisher Registration

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources will commence annual commercial fisher registration territory-wide from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., July 13 – July 17.

Fawkes Gives Update on 2020 Primary Election Early Voting

Voting has been suspended in the St. Thomas-St. John District until further notice. An individual conducting business at the St. Thomas Elections System office recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Casino Control Commission acting Chairman Usie Richards testifies before the Finance Committee meeting on Friday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Casino Control Commission Urges Government to Fill Vacancies

The Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission remains frustrated over the lack of an administration appointed nominee for the director position of the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the position of Casino Control Commission chairman.
Department of Property and Procurement Commissioner Anthony Thomas defends the department’s FY 2021 budget during the Finance Committee budget hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Senators Criticize High-Paying Supervisory Positions at Procurement

Senators grilled V.I. Department of Property and Procurement Commissioner Anthony Thomas at Friday's budget hearing about having too many high-paying leadership positions within the department.

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