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Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake Hits the U.S. Virgin Islands

At approximately 9:32 Sunday morning, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake rattled the US Virgin Islands, causing minor damage to items in the homes of those impacted.

Executive Session Drives Hospital Board Meeting

Most of the Territorial Hospital Board's monthly meeting was taken up by a variety of subjects tackled in an executive session Wednesday.

Editorial: “Local Tourist” Feedback Received

When I suggested an honest self-assessment of our islands — calling for us to act as "local tourists" and look around with fresh eyes, as if it were our first time here — I hoped to get four or five responses. I figured that would give me enough for a follow-up article. I underestimated. A lot.

Editorial: A Fresh Look at City Planning

Traffic and trash: finding a way to temper both within the territory could be as easy as reconfiguring a few of the major local intersections into roundabouts, said Mayor Jim Brainard, who's been recognized nationally for a similar initiative he's undertaken in Carmel, Indiana.

Whadablee’s Sendoff: Fit For A (5X) Calypso Monarch

St. Clair deSilva, best known by his stage name Whadablee, was laid to rest with one of five crowns he won as Carnival Calypso monarch on his head and a microphone below his chin in his folded hands.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Tills the Soil for Next Generation of Writers with Itty Bitty Book App

The Itty Bitty Book App, created by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Melvin Claxton, enables children and young people from five to 17 to write, illustrate and publish their own books.

Vialet and Sarauw Officially Announce Gubernatorial Bid

Senators Kurt Vialet and Janelle K. Sarauw officially made their gubernatorial announcement on Thursday at the Blue Bambou, formerly known as the new drive-in. About 60 people including friends, family and supporters of the candidates gathered to show support, with those numbers swelling to 200 as the night wore on. 

Amid Community Uproar, VIPD Announces Two New Animal Cruelty Investigators

Just one day after the community learned of the gruesome torture and killing of a female dog in April on St. Croix, word traveled through the territory that the only animal cruelty officer had been removed from his duties. Angry messages and petitions clamored on social media for explanations and the reinstatement of the police officer; Detective Daniel Rodriguez.

WICO Gets OK to Issue Bonds

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., who chairs the Public Finance Authority, raised concerns about how the West Indian Company would pay back a $55 million bond issuance it was asking the Authority to approve.

Heroes Honored with Key to the USVI

Two men who dove off the West Indian Company dock to save a young tourist in the water, the first Black woman to ever receive the Coast Guard’s Air Medal, and the territory’s “commissioner of song” for nearly four decades were all honored at the Legislature Thursday morning.

Roach Tests Positive for COVID; DOH to Test Students, Staff for Return to School

Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the remainder of Carnival activities as he self-quarantines until May 2, his office announced Thursday. The V.I. Health Department said Friday that due to a rise in cases, it will test all public school students and staff on May 2 and 3.

Governor Released From Quarantine; Officials Warn About COVID Spread During Carnival

Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. was released from quarantine by the V.I. Health Department after testing positive last week for COVID 19.

Rare Leatherback Sea Turtle Nest Found on St. John

When Leeanne and David DiGiacomo went for an early morning swim this Sunday on St. John, they were surprised to find what appeared to be tractor tracks emerging from the water.

Liberty Mobile’s New Store Cements New Partnership with Spearhead

A new store in Red Hook St. Thomas gives Liberty Mobile two things: a quick connection for customers on St. John as it ups its locations to six and a new partnership with Spearhead, a nationally recognized telecom brokerage and internet technology services firm that boasts clients such as Verizon and Comcast.

T-Mobile Officially Launches with Focus on Excellence and Experience Representatives Say

While they're proud of their upload and download speeds, what makes the difference in T-Mobile, according to officials attending a recent launch on St. Thomas, is the company's team and its commitment to "experience and excellence."

Soursops, Sugar Apples, and Rat Apples

On Wednesday morning, April 20, the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John attracted an enthusiastic crowd for their Earth Day-related plant and tree giveaway.

Human Services Reminds Public to Recertify Documents for SNAP/ Cash Benefits

Please pay attention to the due dates on each document because the SNAP/CASH benefits will not automatically upload to one’s card and may result in a person’s case being closed.

Photo Essay: Crowds Gather for Earth Day at Frank Powell Park in Cruz Bay

Hundreds of children and adults gathered in Cruz Bay's Frank Powell Sr. Park to celebrate Earth Day on Friday.

Recycling and Upgraded Wastewater Lines Are Underway for VIWMA

The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority continues to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to formulate projects to assist with waste management in the territory.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Denial of SSI Benefits to Territories

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Thursday that it is not unconstitutional to exclude residents of U.S. territories from a federal benefits program that provides aid to the elderly, blind and disabled, a decision that V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett slammed as “reprehensible.”

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