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When she's not attending movie premieres, Toni Lance enjoys the company of her chickens. (Susan Ellis photo)

St. Croix Artist Subject of Documentary Film

Not many people have interesting enough lives to become the subject of a documentary, but a high quality, 30-minute film was just released about Toni Lance, artist and founder of the St. Croix Avian Sanctuary. The film, “Under Her Wing,” premiered Friday at Caribbean Cinema.
A visitor browses at the Sprauve Library. (Amy Roberts photo)

St. John Library Woes Being Addressed

The Friends of the Elaine I. Sprauve Library on St. John will hold its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Fellowship Hall at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay, St John. It will be the group's first meeting since January 2017.
Members of the V.I. Senate and the Economic Development Authority gather around the table in the EDA's conference room Monday. (Submitted photo)

Senators and EDA Executives Discuss Economic Development

Members of the V.I. Senate and the Economic Development Authority gathered in Frederiksted Monday to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the EDA.
Mainlanders are beginning to rediscover the magic of a wedding in America's Caribbean. (Photo by Kelly Greer Photography)

V.I.’s Destination Wedding Business on the Road to Recovery

When Hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the islands, all tourism essentially stopped while hotels made repairs and storm recovery personnel snatched up whatever accommodations were available. Now that hills are green again and storm debris has been cleared away for the most part, couples are finding their way back to the islands.
Laura Mersini-Houghton addresses big questions at Prior-Jollek Hall (W. Bostwick photo)

World Renowned Cosmologist Offers More Questions Than Answers

The more we know about the universe, the more we understand how much we don’t know and the more intense becomes our desire and need to know. This is the best summation available to this non-scientist of an hour-and-a-half talk presented Saturday night by cosmologist and theoretical physicist Laura Mersini-Houghton.
Yvette and Dale Browne, owners of Sejah Farms, will again be selling produce at Agrifest and preaching the importance of agrilcuture to local life.

St. Croix’s 48th Agrifest Kicks Off Saturday

The Virgin Islands Agriculture and Food Fair kicks off this weekend, honoring the late Audrey Odetta Browne, who worked on the Board and continued to work very closely with the Agriculture Fair for many years. Agrifest will begin Saturday.
Demar Lewis installs fencing around the Customs lot in Cruz Bay.

Customs Building Construction Limits Cruz Bay Parking

The Virgin Islands Port Authority has closed half of the most centrally located parking lot in Cruz Bay to create a staging area for construction of a Customs and Border Protection Building to replace the one destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Asheem Gregory Charles, known as 'Kartel' (VIPD photo)

Police Seek Asheem Charles, Warn Suspect May Be Armed

The V.I. Police Department on Sunday asked the public to be on the lookout for Asheem Gregory Charles, also known as ”Kartel,” warning that he might be armed and urging anyone who sees him to exercise caution.
An member from Scorpion Reef National Park sees firsthand the effect of stony coral tissue loss disease on the Florida reef. The highly destructive disease is now threatening coral in the territory. (Photo by Emma Doyle/Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute)

Territory Prepares to Face Coral Disease Head On

Officials are scurrying to mount a defense against a highly destructive coral disease sighted a week ago in St. Thomas waters. Members of the V.I. Coral Reef Advisory Group met Thursday to hear firsthand from scientists who have been battling the disease in Florida and to discuss options for mitigating its impact locally.
The Frederiksted kapok tree.

New Law Means Virgin Islanders Need Permits to Prune or Remove Roadside Trees

A law requiring U.S. Virgin Islands landowners to get permits before cutting down many or most trees near the road was signed into law Jan. 6. The Community and Heritage Tree Law protects all public trees.

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