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VIWMA to Hold Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Implementation of Tipping Fees

The virtual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8, will discuss the implementation of commercial solid waste tipping fees. The fees will commence on Jan. 10, 2022.

Red Hind Spawning Aggregation Area at Lang Bank Closed to Fishing Beginning Dec. 1

No harvest of any species is permitted within the delineated boundary of the Red Hind Spawning Aggregation Area from Dec. 1, 2021 until Feb. 28, 2022.

Social Security Benefits to Increase More Than Usual in 2022

Federal benefit rates increase when the cost-of-living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).

Elections Board Considers Pending Bills, Seeks Financial Scrutiny

At a scheduled meeting held Monday by the Board of Elections, officials approved a measure that would require the head of the Election System to get prior approval for any purchases or payments totaling $5,000 or more. They also considered a bill that would return the option to voters of choosing a party symbol when casting a ballot.

Bureau of Economic Research Pushes for Mandated Data Collection of Hotels

Data collection is pivotal for government operations and securing federal funding, but during Tuesday's Government Operations and Consumer Protection hearing V.I. Bureau of Economic Research Director Allison DeGazon said hotels are withholding tourism data.

USVI Sets Its Sights on Hotel Development; Boschulte Attends CHICOS Conference

Attending the recently concluded annual Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) in The Bahamas, USVI Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte was encouraged by the strong sense of hope and optimism

Barnes to Stand Trial Dec. 6 in Casino Control Case After Motion to Continue Denied

Stephanie Barnes will stand trial Dec. 6 on charges of stealing from the Casino Control Commission after V.I. District Court Chief Judge Robert Molloy denied her motion to continue the matter to a later date.

Lieutenant Governor Expresses Profound Sadness for Tragic Loss of VIFS Firefighter

This incident is a painful loss that has impacted the lives of so many in our community and throughout our emergency response services.

U.S. Department of Education Approves VIDE’s Plan to Spend $138 Million in Rescue Act Grant Funding

Berry-Benjamin said the approval of VIDE’s 56-page ARP-OA SEA Implementation plan is a significant step forward in the department’s commitment to large-scale transformation of the territory’s public education system.

Crown Act Advances, Seeks Protection Against Hairstyle and Texture Discrimination

Following the rhetoric of a dozen states, the Education and Workforce Development Committee voted to advance legislation during Tuesday's hearing seeking the adoption of the Crown Act, which was first campaigned in 2019 in partnership with former California-based Sen. Holly Mitchell.

Bajo El Sol to Host Tami Navarro Signing Newly Published Book Followed by Discussion, Q&A

“Virgin Capital: Race, Gender, and Financialization in the U.S. Virgin Islands" examines the cultural impact and historical significance of the Economic Development Commission in the USVI.

Government House: Pay Attention To Personal Health, Limit Family Gatherings

Taking on a seasonal tone, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. focused on the territory's overall health and wellbeing during Monday's Government House weekly press briefing, spotlighting mental health and diabetes awareness aside from the Department of Health's push for herd immunity achieved through COVID-19 vaccinations.

VIFS RESPONDS TO STRUCTURE FIRE AT THE BISTRO

ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS- At approximately 9:02 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, the Virgin Islands Fire Service was dispatched to a reported structure fire at The Bistro in Gallows Bay. Units from both the Herbert L. Canegata Fire Station (Richmond) and the Renceliar I. Gibbs Fire Station (Cotton Valley)...

VIPD Leadership Meets with DOT and NHTSA Administrators

ST. THOMAS, USVI – Police Commissioner Designee Ray A. Martinez and members of his leadership team met with Shannon Purdy - Deputy Regional Administrator, US Department of Transportation and Richard Simon - Regional Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Region II regarding territorial traffic safety issues. ...

Governor Issues Thanksgiving Proclamation, Grants Administrative Leave

Non-essential employees are granted leave on Friday, Nov. 26., as well as Thanksgiving.

Tech Village in Jeopardy Without Critical Land Swap

The Tech Village is slated to use 30 acres of land for a mixed-use development dedicated to agricultural research and technology, featuring residential housing, a building designated for commercial space, a 120-room "teaching hotel," a conference room, a solar micro-grid, and designated farming space. But the entire project hangs in the balance of the Legislature's swift approval of Bill 34-0145, which would provide for the land for the Tech Village project.

DLCA Educates Before it Regulates: At Least Two Forms of Payment is the Law

The V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs is warning the territory's businesses that they must accept two forms of payment -- cash and either credit or debit card -- under a law passed in 2019.

Virgin Islands Port Authority Informs Vendors About DUN Numbers and SAM Registration

All vendors doing business with VIPA must have a Data Universal Number (DUNS).

Lawmakers Push for Gender Equity Across Governmental Boards

In a step towards equity, the Rules and Judiciary Committee advanced legislation during Monday's hearing directing the governor to make a "good faith effort" to balance genders when appointing members to the over 100 U.S. Virgin Islands boards and commissions.

Oversight Committee Finds Trump Administration Officials Showed Willful Disregard for Hatch Act

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett issued the following statement after the Office of Special Counsel found 13 senior Trump Administration officials, including top White House aides and cabinet members, violated the Hatch Act.

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