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Kitty Edwards Tackles Environmental Issues in the Virgin Islands

Kitty Edwards, educational outreach coordinator for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources' Coastal Zone Management Division and a founding member of the Marine Rebuild Fund, loves the Virgin Islands and wants to ensure it maintains its beauty future generations.

CBYC Flotilla Fundraiser Will Benefit Coral Bay Projects

The Coral Bay Yacht Club’s annual fundraising flotilla will be held at Johnson’s Bay on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m.

EPA Regional Administrator Meets With Governor

EPA Administrator Lopez met with V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner JP Oriol and representatives from the V.I. Department of Health, the V.I. Waste Management Authority as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Sports, Pars and Recreation Commissioner nominee Calvert White addresses senators' comments. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Sports and Parks Chief Addresses Closed Restrooms, Beach Upkeep

Calvert White, commissioner nominee to the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation, told lawmakers Tuesday that problems such as closed restrooms and beach upkeep are the result of staffing challenges and security concerns.
Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas. (Source file photo)

EPA Seeks Public Input over Proposed Landfill Permits

The EPA is considering a request by the V.I. government to approve a permanent set of rules used to manage the territory’s landfills. As part of the process, federal authorities are inviting the public to attend one of three public hearings.
A safari shows damaged rear windows from a crash. (Facebook photo)

Safety Belt Proposal Puts Safaris in Spotlight

A Senate panel voted Wednesday to move forward a bill requiring passengers in the rear seats of vehicles to wear safety belts, but while officials agreed those ubiquitous tourist vehicles, safaris, should be included, it wasn't clear if the act could apply to them.
Attorney General Denise George-Counts delivers testimony during Wednesday's meeting of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Senate Panel Debates Loitering Bill

A proposed increase in fines and imprisonment for loitering in the Virgin Islands could be excessive or infringe on the constitutional rights of residents, senators were told Wednesday.

V.I.’s Nicholas D’Amour Excels at World University Games

St. Thomian Nicholas D'Amour completed his first-day qualification in archery at the 2019 Summer University Games in Naples, Italy, on July 9

V.I. Federal Prosecutor Honored for Role in Terminix Case

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Chisholm was awarded the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan and International Trade Building in Washington DC. for her role in the Department of Justice's Terminix Enforcement Criminal Team.
IRB Director Joel Lee testifies before the Senate Finance Committee about his department's budget Tuesday. (Photo by Barry Leerman for the V.I. Legislature)

IRB Says There’s No Plan B if Excise Tax Appeal Loses

Internal Revenue Bureau Director Joel Lee told lawmakers Tuesday that if the District Court rules against the government’s appeal to reinstate excise taxes, the bureau has no backup plan in the face of roughly $45 million in tax collection losses each year.

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