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Deputy Elections Supervisor Kevermay Douglass listens to concerns from Board members Lydia Hendricks, left and chairman Arturo Watlington, Jr.

Delegation to Observe V.I. Election; Early Voting Numbers Set Record

Glitches with the video conferencing system cut Friday’s Board of Elections meeting short and while some issues – such as concerns over the use of picture identification cards at the polls – were not addressed.
Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter smile and laugh in the official Government House photo from a government sponsored forum in Estate Tutu. The taxpayer-funded Government House statement is headlined "Recovery Successes Cited by Governor at Packed Town Hall Meeting."

Mapp Holding More Self-Praising Government-Funded Events as Election Nears

Gov. Kenneth Mapp appears to be making the most of the bully pulpit of the governorship to help his campaign, calling more and more official news conferences as the election nears.
Capt. Richard Smith is owner and captain of Cimmaron. (Facebook photo)

Prosecutor Asks Judge to Detain Boat Captain Charged with Negligent Death

A federal prosecutor is asking a judge to detain Richard Smith, a St. John boat captain, after he was charged with manslaughter in the death of a crew member.
Hurricane Isabel in 2003, as seen from the International Space Station. (Image by Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)

What the Candidates Say About Climate Change

In this series, the Source introduced the community to the platforms of the candidates for governor and gauged their approaches to issues in the territory. Here are their answers about climate change.

D. Hamilton Jackson Day Event Draws Hundreds

The Grove Place Action Committee's annual D. Hamilton Jackson Day celebration at Grove Place drew hundreds of Crucians and Virgin Islanders to honor one of the "founding fathers of the Virgin Islands of the United States."

Elections System Sets Special Election for March 30 *Updated*

A special election for reapportionment of the V.I. Legislature is set to be held March 30, 2019, according Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes, who said voters will be asked to choose between two measures appearing on the ballot.
V.I. Chief Negotiator Natalie Nelson Tang How discusses government raises and the budgets for her department, the Office of Collective Bargaining.

Government House Says PBA, Not Government, Delayed Police Contract

Government House released a statement Wednesday asserting recent criticism by the St. Croix Police Benevolent Association is "politics," and contract delays are the fault...

Prison Bureau Seeks Permission to Skip Steps on Jail Reform

The challenge of managing the mentally ill behind bars led officials from the Bureau of Corrections to ask a federal court to let them skip items on a list of mandated compliance steps.
UVI professor Tyler B. Smith examines coral on a research dive at 220 feet on the South Drop of St. Thomas. Lamarck’s sheet coral and two reef butterflyfish are in the foreground. (Photo by Viktor W. Brandtneris)

UVI’s Research Diving Earns High Rank in Low Places

In less than three decades, scientific diving at the University of the Virgin Islands has grown from a small program that taught students how to dive to a globally competitive marine science research engine.

Answer Desk: Waiting on Unemployment Assistance Extension

A reader asked about the status of 26 more weeks of extended unemployment assistance announced earlier this month. The extended assistance has not yet been rolled out yet but could start as soon as "a couple of days," time, according to the V.I. Department of Labor.

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STT-STJ AG FAIR -- on St. Thomas, connecting farmers and the fruits of their labors with the
Public. Bordeaux Farms Pavillion provided the venue, although the traditional host, University of the Virgin Islands, is eager for a reunion.
The AG FAIR is an opportunity for shoppers to pick up meats and veggies for the Thanksgiving table. Chef Ashley Allen staged a turkey carving demonstration, followed by a turkey tasting.
An appreciative crowd formed an audience for a dance troupe and tips on composting, plus a contest to see who could quickly light a coalpot.
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