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Senators Support Protesting Teachers, Decry Decrepit Conditions

Senators diverged from Rules and Judiciary Committee’s agenda Wednesday to voice support for St. Croix teachers who held a walkout to protest their working conditions.

Outside Help Arriving to Fight Bovoni Fire

Volunteer firefighters from St. Croix and a helicopter from the Puerto Rico National Guard arrived Wednesday to help extinguish the Bovoni landfill fire, which has been burning since Sept. 14, according to VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen.

HUD Awards $1.5 Million to HIV/AIDS Housing Program in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Research shows that a stable home is critical to the well-being of people with HIV, and it results in better health outcomes, including viral suppression.

Education Adjusts School Schedules Due to Heat Wave; Double Sessions Possible for One STT School

Education Commissioner Dionne Wells-Hedrington held a press conference Tuesday to announce emergency measures for six public schools. Five schools on St. Croix will see abbreviated school days due to soaring temperatures, while virtual learning returns to a St. Thomas middle school that’s been closed since Thursday due to smoke from the Bovoni landfill fire.

Historian to Present ‘Cruz Bay, A Forgotten History and Genealogy’ at Caribbean Genealogy Library

Historian and author David W. Knight Sr. will present the history and genealogy of Cruz Bay on Sunday, Sept. 24, at CGL.

Election System Celebrates National Voter Registration Day From Sept. 19-23

The day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

Government Offers Updates on WAPA Outages, Tropical Weather

After a duct bank and electric cable were punctured Saturday during construction by the V.I. Water and Power Authority, some residents of St. Thomas and St. John are living with rotating power outages and will continue to do so until further notice, according to Richard Motta, Government House communications director.

This Week’s Senate Calendar for September 18 – 22

Here is what is happening at the Legislature this week.

USVI to Start Industry Training Program With Oaksterdam Cannabis Business Webinar

The Office of the Governor has approved a special program for Virgin Islanders to enroll in Oaksterdam Cannabis Business Programs at a deep discount. Join a special webinar at 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18, to learn more about this opportunity. Classes begin on Sept. 25.

Roach Reminds Property Owners of Availability of Payment Plans to Address Delinquent Taxes

Lt. Gov. Tregenza A. Roach Esq. reminds the public that the grace period for the payment of 2023 property taxes has expired. Property owners are urged to start an installment payment plan if unable to pay all delinquencies.

St. John Land Swap Approved in 9-5 Vote

Although another option came to light Friday, and although several legislators vowed to fight on against ever giving any land to the National Park Service, the Senate approved exchanging Whistling Cay — a 17.97-acre island off Mary Point on the north shore of St. John that is owned by the territory — for an 11.3-acre site in Estate Catherineberg owned by the National Park.

Senators Concerned about Market Squares and Abattoir

Louis Petersen, commissioner nominee for the Department of Agriculture, told the Committee on Economic Development and Agriculture Wednesday that his Department had a plan to maintain the cleanliness and attractiveness of the four farmers market squares in the territory.

State Office of Special Nutrition Announces USDA Commodity Distribution

The State Office of Special Nutrition Programs informs the public of its upcoming drive-thru distribution of USDA commodities for the territory. Distribution will take place across both districts on the following days for all eligible persons.

Head Start Program Is Relocating; In-person Registration Moves to Mars Hill Offices

Operations at the Anna’s Hope offices have been completely discontinued. Please take note that recruitment and registration of new students are ongoing.

Cannabis Industry Rising from Stalled Start

Sen. Marvin Blyden called legislation passed in January legalizing recreational marijuana “landmark legislation,” which has been “stuck in start.”

Emergency Services Agencies Detail Disaster Readiness to Senate Committee

Governmental disaster response agencies described their readiness, while the territory faces the peak of hurricane season, during Tuesday’s Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety.

Bill to Grant Medical Parole Approved in Committee Despite Director’s Veto

A bill regarding medical parole passed the Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety Committee in spite of objections from the V.I Bureau of Corrections. The bill the BOC Director Wynnie Testamark studied may not have been initially the same substitute bill the committee approved.

Feds Sending VIPD Marine Unit $3.9 Million

The federal government is sending the Virgin Islands Police Department more than $3.9 million for new police boats, Congressional Delegate Stacey E. Plaskett announced Tuesday.

WAPA Warns Customers About Unsolicited Calls or Messages Claiming Prizes

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA or Authority) informs customers that under no circumstances does the Authority share its customer information with third parties.

Waste Management, Hospital Workers Angry at Government After Years Working Under Expired Contracts

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 2725 who work in waste management and at public hospitals in the U.S. Virgin Islands are calling on the USVI government to end its delay in labor negotiations and processing labor charges for essential public employees


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